Riot Games has given us more info on Valorant’s upcoming release including a new game mode called Spike Rush, details on the new agent Reyna, and some of what we can expect in highly-anticipated Battle Pass.
The devs revealed a number of details, but the biggest news was on a new game mode called “Spike Rush” and exactly how much we’ll have to shell out for the game’s first Battle Pass.
Valorant leaks from the end of May suggested that Spike Rush matches would only be 8-12 minutes in length, as opposed to the 30-40 minute slog of standard games. Not only that, but gameplay could be in for a major shakeup as well with new, temporary buffs. “Speed boost” is one such power-up mentioned in the leaked files, which could hint at a movement speed buff for individual Agents, or even entire teams.
“Our goal for creating this game mode was: you go through these long, stressful sessions, what do you play when you just need to cool off? Have a quick experience where you can chill a little bit,” Ziegler explained. “That’s sort of what we’ve actually focused it on, we didn’t want to make it too different from what the core game is like. So it takes some of those concepts and twists them a little bit.”
As for the Battle Pass, Donlon revealed it would cost 1,000 Valorant points, which will run players $10. If you don’t want to cough up any cash, the game will also offer a free battle pass as well.
“We always wanted to create something in our battle pass that would provide players with a ton of content they could earn, and really reward them for their time and investment,” she explained. “Tons of different ways for players to express themselves … There’s a bunch of exclusive content in it.”
Neither of the Riot devs specifically mentioned what kind of skins or cosmetics we could see from the Battle Pass, as Ziegler opted to keep that a secret for players to discover at launch.
Last but not least, the devs touched up a bit on Reyna, the game’s 11th and newest Agent. Since players didn’t get the chance to try her out during the beta, Ziegler gave them some insight on how to approach playing as the Mexican one-woman-army.
“The way you’d approach Reyna is similar to the way you’d approach Jett, I’d say, you can’t just run into a group of five and expect to win, you definitely have to bait them into the traps you’re going to be setting for them,” he suggested.
“You really have to be thinking about ‘how do I divide and conquer?’ more than anything else. So instead of taking on two groups of two at once, just try and split them up as much as possible.”
As we mentioned earlier, Valorant and all of its brand new content will be releasing on June 2. We will have more details and gameplay for all of what was discussed above as the game starts launching in various regions worldwide.
Make sure to check out Riot’s release schedule for information regarding the release dates and times in your region.
Whether you’re entering Valorant for the first time or are just looking for a refresher, our guide will take you through everything you need to know.
Valorant is a character-based tactical shooter. Two teams of five take turns to Attack or Defend — the first team to secure 13 rounds wins. Attackers win rounds by either eliminating the enemy team or detonating the Spike. Defenders win by preventing the opposition from detonating the Spike.
What’s this Spike? That’s your objective as an Attacker. Your job is to plant this at designated Reactor Sites on the map. You and your team coordinate strategies to either plant or defuse the Spike. All this in 1:40 mins or less… Tricky, eh? Let’s break it down!
Which Agent is right for me?
Valorant’s characters (referred to as Agents) are split into four categories. Each Agent holds a specific role. Like going in all guns blazing? You’ll be right at home with a Duelist! Prefer to adopt a more conservative approach? A Sentinel will be equipped with all that you need.
Within each category are different Agents, each of which with their own unique set of abilities. You’ll want to dabble with all of these over time, but follow the steps below if you’re just getting started:
1. Select the category that most suits your playstyle.
Duelists — First into the line of fire. Duelists act as your team’s primary attackers in almost all situations.
Initiators — Did someone call for support? Initiators will help disrupt the battlefield and break past enemy lines.
Controllers — Have a plan to execute? Controllers shape the battlefield on both Attack and Defense.
Sentinels — The reinforcer of the pack. Sentinels will sit back and try to stay alive to bolster their team’s chances of success at the end of a round.
2. Find an Agent and learn their abilities — our Agent tier list will help here. You’ll have two core abilities that need to be purchased after use, a Signature Ability that will regenerate after each round, and an Ultimate Ability that you can earn throughout the game.
3. Learn how to use your Agent to counter an opponent’s abilities… If Cypher has put a Trapwire down, you can use Omen’s Shrouded Step to get past undetected, for example.
Use your credits: Weapons, Shields & abilities
There are 17 weapons to choose from and your choice should be situational.
Weapons & Shields
There are 17 weapons in Valorant, all of which are split into their respective categories. You’ll always start out with a Classic (the default Sidearm), but you’ll want to upgrade where possible. This will depend on your Credits and how many you’ve earned — check out our ultimate economy guide to get to grips with how to use your Creds!
As a rule of thumb, you’ll want to buy better weapons when you and your team have sufficient funds to do so. What weapon you choose will depend on your preferences and how many Creds you have. Get yourself into the Shooting Range and test out each one to see which suits you best. Our overview of weapon damage stats will help a great deal here.
So what about Shields? By default, you’ll spawn with 100 Health Points (HP). Light Shields (400 Creds) will take your HP to 125, whereas Heavy Shields will grant you 150 HP. Shields should almost always be prioritized over a weapon upgrade, so buy-up to Heavy Shields whenever you’ve got the dollar to do so!
These are the difference makers. As we mentioned earlier, abilities are your Agent’s unique set of utility. These are designed to help you play your role as well as possible. So naturally, these should be replenished as often as possible.
You’ll need to re-purchase your two core abilities after use, which will vary in cost depending on which Agent you’re using. If you’re planning an attack on a Reactor Site, chances are your abilities will make that a lot easier, so always try to keep stock on what you have.
Your Signature Ability is your character’s way of leaving their footprint on the battlefield, so make sure you get as much use out of this as possible… It is free after all! If you earn your Ultimate, you’ll want to be savvy with how you use this. For example, you probably won’t want to resurrect an ally as Sage, if your team is about to win the round…
How do maps work in Valorant?
Each map adopts the same principles, but each has their own unique spin.
Now you’re well on your way to mastering Valorant’s characters and the tools at your disposal, let’s put it all to use. The game’s five maps (Haven, Bind, Split, Ascent and new map Icebox) work in a lane-based system, and while they’ll all look different, they’ll all generally abide by the same structure.
Learn your map overviews and callouts. Doing this before you hop into a server will make informing your teammates of the enemies’ whereabouts second nature — and most importantly, you don’t need to divert your attention away from the action!
Get to grips with each map and the callouts before you hop into a game.
Become familiar with the routes in and out of Reactor Sites, as this will help you understand where to push as an Attacker, and where to hold as a Defender.
Learn them angles! If you can anticipate where the enemy will push/hold on a map, you’ll be one step ahead of the game and will find it much easier to secure kills.
Adapt your strategy to suit how the round pans out. Certain maps are dynamic – in the sense that you can teleport from one area to another in the blink of an eye – so use this to your advantage if you need to switch it up on the fly!
With 128-tick server, low ping and high fidelity gameplay… What’s not to love?
Whether you’re looking to hop on for a few games of Spike Rush, or are looking to take your game to the next level in Valorant’s competitive playlist, the most important thing to do is to be a good teammate.
Riot Games have explained their intentions on clamping down on toxicity in Valorant. With this in mind, those who spoil matches for others might end up receiving a form of punishment — not ideal for those looking to play the game in the long run!
As some final food for thought…
Try not to move when shooting, as movement inaccuracy is big in Valorant.
Master your abilities (perhaps come up with some funky combos).