Riot dev explains why Killjoy abilities won't be overpowered in Valorant - Dexerto

Riot dev explains why Killjoy abilities won’t be overpowered in Valorant

Published: 1/Aug/2020 14:38 Updated: 1/Aug/2020 16:40

by Andy Williams


Valorant’s Character Design Lead, Ryan ‘Morello’ Scott, has provided some depth to exactly how Killjoy’s abilities will work.

Following the reveal of Valorant’s twelfth Agent, everyone is keen to see how the German Technician will work in Future Earth — especially her handy Turret and Lockdown Ultimate.

During Morello’s Twitch Q&A on July 31, he confirmed that Killjoy will join the ranks of Sentinel Agents. Scott also added that her abilities will crossover the most with Cypher, with the objective of her utility being to help her secure kills when most vulnerable.

This is exactly where plenty have been skeptical about her Ultimate, with the trailer revealing a gigantic area of effect on the blast radius. While Morello acknowledged that is powerful enough to require respect (i.e., it doesn’t require line of sight), he also explained that it’s easy to avoid. One Redditor perfectly summarized Morello’s take on the aptly named Lockdown Ultimate from his Q&A.

Reddit post of Killjoy's Ultimate in Valorant.
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Morello detailed exactly how Killjoy’s Ultimate would work in-game.

Killjoy’s Lockdown Ultimate & Turret

In terms of countering Killjoy’s Ult, the device can be destroyed during the ‘wind-up’ phase of 13 seconds. While the most likely method of destruction will be via weapons, Morello also added that Agent abilities (specifically Ultimates) can also be used to counter the stun, stating that he “thinks they’ve just added that capability.”

So what about Killjoy’s Turret? The automated bot has a line of sight of a 180-degree cone in the direction it’s placed, with a 0.75 second delay on firing. In terms of destroying the Turret, Morello stated that it can be “sliver-peeked” to capitalize on the delay.

“You can definitely sliver-peek it — you can see it before it sees you, if you’re working perfectly slow. And you can shoot it when it does that.”

But if you want to remain undetected, then another counter might be to deploy a smoke, as Scott also explained. “It uses the same line of sight rules as [Raze’s] Boom Bot, which has a player’s sight simulator on it. So you can definitely smoke it too.”

Killjoy’s Alarmbot & Nanoswarm abilities

So what about the rest of Killjoy’s kit? Well both pieces of tech were referred to by Morello as “stealth deployables,” in a similar capacity to Cypher’s Trapwire.

“It works like Cypher’s trap — if you get close enough to it, it will be visible. Then you can shoot it to interact with it. So that’s how you can stop the post-plant Nanoswarm, and you can do that instead of being hit by the debuff from the Alarmbot as well.”

With this in mind, Killjoy’s Alarmbot could prove especially difficult to counter, considering that it remains near invisible until activated/within proximity. Enemies will be susceptible to double damage once hit, so navigating around this will be pivotal when pushing a Reactor Site!

Morello also touched on some upcoming Agent changes, including a long-awaited Breach buff and potential Sage/Cypher nerfs (which will help accommodate the new Sentinel into the meta).


Valorant leak reveals fan-favorite Reaver skins returning for Halloween

Published: 24/Oct/2020 2:24 Updated: 24/Oct/2020 3:01

by Andrew Amos


The Reaver skins have been long requested in Valorant since the beta. After being an option for players to buy, they suddenly disappeared with no intention of coming back. Except, they are, with a leak revealing the skin line is returning in time for Halloween.

When the Valorant closed beta ended, everyone lost all of their progress. This included Agents and skins, which players were forced to grind for again.

However, while most of the closed beta contents made the full release, the Reaver skin line didn’t. The deep purple and gold skins for the Operator, Vandal, Sheriff, and Melee were left in the closed beta, and players weren’t happy.

Reaver collection in Valorant
Riot Games
The Reaver skins disappeared after the closed beta, but they’re coming back.

Every skin release since has had a dedicated chorus of complaints about where the Reaver collection is. That chorus may be silenced now though, as a Valorant leak has revealed Reaver skins could be returning for Halloween.

According to dataminer ‘ValorLeaks,’ the Reaver skin collection has been spotted in the main Valorant files under the codename “SoulStealerV2.” They’ll be launching in time for the spooky season, and will be “new and improved.”

“The Reaver Skin set will be the Halloween Skins for Valorant this holiday. They will be new and improved. A few updates ago I spotted ‘SoulStealerV2’, [and] Soul Stealer was the code name for Reaver,” they added.

New and improved could mean more skins to bolster the collection ⁠— most Valorant skin lines have five skins, while Reaver only has four. It could also mean new effects on reload, draw, and more.

It also comes after the Valorant account tweeted out a teaser on October 23. With the caption “decode this,” the image hint had six phrases ⁠— all saying “I’m returning” in different languages ⁠— alongside the scoped-in reticle for the Reaver skin.

Almost immediately the puzzle was solved, and the hype is unbearably real. However, there’s still a couple of questions: what guns will be a part of the Reaver collection, and when exactly is it coming?

Given Halloween is less than 10 days away, players can probably expect the Reaver skins to drop shortly. Patch 1.12 is set to release on October 27, and if we were to hazard a guess, it could be coming after the update. Keep your eyes peeled though, because Reaver is back.