The Initiator pool in Valorant is starting to show some depth with Agents like Sova, Breach, Skye, and now KAY/O for players to choose from. While each can be valuable in a given team comp, here’s how they stack up against each other and which role they fit that’s right for you.
While Riot is planning to give every Agent class a lot more to choose from as the game develops, the Initiators available now can already provide dynamic ways to burst into a reactor site on offense or for a retake.
But these characters don’t play the same. While someone like Breach can literally concuss an entire bombsite with one button, Sova and Skye are better for team play or to meticulously pick apart corners during a push.
One thing to note about this tier list: Despite them being individually ranked from worst to best, all four of Valorant’s Initiator agents place in the top-half of our base tier list. They’re all solid picks, but recent changes has really brought the cream of the crop to the top.
Best Initiator Agents in Valorant
Depending on the caliber of players you’re up against, Breach can easily clear a way to a site if you’re not being targeted by the other team. Use Flashpoints to punish stale defenses and Fault Line to give your teammates a clear path to push through.
- Read More: How to play Breach
If you want to be the first through the doors then Aftershock can give you enough space to mitigate an angle. If all else fails, follow a Rolling Thunder anywhere you want to claim real estate on the map.
Breach feels right at home on defense. His ability kit is incredible on offense, but quickly adapts just as well to defense. Anyone one of his abilities can stall out a rush, he can survive inside of a site for a while, and he can decide to effectively play retake or aggressively at a moment’s notice.
Rolling Thunder is your ace in the hole on defense. If you want to 1v5 to stop an obvious rush, then you have a realistic avenue to do that with enough players concussed. If you want to play for a retake, then the ultimate literally eats up an entire site. Take your pick.
Breach is by no means a bad Initiator — so don’t take his placement last in our tier list to heart. The reason he’s so low is because his role is often filled by duelists like Phoenix. However, you can’t go wrong with the Swede, especially if you back yourself to be a bit of a one-man show.
KAY/O is as close to Counter-Strike you’ll get in Valorant. Stacked up with throwables, he can flash, damage, and silence enemies. It’s plenty of utility — and different types — lobbed onto one character.
- Read More: How to play KAY/O
Also, he has a resurrection on his ultimate. Not only does it turbocharge him while he’s alive, but if he goes down, you can be revived by allies. We already know the power of Phoenix and Sage because of their “second lives”, and KAY/O is just another string in that bow.
KAY/O does struggle a bit on defense though. He was built to attack, and it leaves his defense a bit lacking. You can push forward and use your abilities to block doors and stop pushes, but he doesn’t have as much delay power as Breach or Skye.
However, what he can do is offer a very aggressive option, and ruin teams in close quarters. Have a team pushing A on Split? Just throw your silence into A Main, and swing around while they’re all supressed. Easy pickings. Bigger maps like Breeze? Not so much.
While he is very strong, he does lack a bit of flexibility compared to the other Initiators. His base power is very high, but if you can’t maximize it in close quarters, you’re much better picking any of the other three.
It might sound counterintuitive, but Skye should use most of her abilities before actually taking a site. Though her Guiding Light and Trailblazer can be great to get a pick here and there, they are especially potent at disrupting opponents who are holding an angle.
- Read More: How to play Skye
As soon as a spike goes down, make sure to throw out your Regrowth in case the site take left some of your teammates worse for wear. As for her ultimate, try not to use it at the start of a round since that intel can easily change as the play goes on.
Seekers are invaluable at sniffing out where the last enemy or two are as a round dwindles down and information becomes increasingly scarce. Use your Guiding Lights first, and listen for the sound cue.
Skye is one of the best Agents at retaking a site — like most Initiators are. Her Trailblazer is especially handy at stunning enemies holding post-plant angles, helping your team push onto site.
Her Seekers are also incredibly potent, forcing enemies to move their guns towards the beasts and away from friendly heads. Plus, if it all starts to go haywire, you’ve got a heal in your back pocket and a few flashes.
Skye does demand a very specific playstyle, but those that master her intricate mechanics will get more out of the Initiator than you ever could out of the more simple picks.
A well-versed Sova player can pick apart a site with ease. At the start of the round, try to land a well-placed Recon Bolt to pry into the defense. The Recon Bolt has a 40-second cooldown, so you’ll be able to have another one up before your team actually groups to take a site.
- Read More: How to play Sova
If the first bolt gets destroyed, then the defense is likely primed and ready for a hold. If the bolt scans and finds no one, then throw some Shock Bolts in angles that the scan didn’t account for. If all else fails, Drone Owl into the site to really lift the veil on the other team.
Most importantly, the Hunter’s Fury can absolutely ruin a defender’s plan for a last-second defuse from afar. Make sure to use Valorant’s lack of a sky-box to your advantage, and learn your lineups.
It’s important for a Sova on Defense to not get antsy. Players are used to having a lot of intel with this Agent, but on Defense, a patient Sova will prevail.
Like Skye, Sova is great to play retake. However, he is a bit more reliable at sniffing out plays before they happen. His Recon Bolt can give you information of what’s coming around the bend — which is only something the likes of Skye has on her flashes — and it’s very precise.
During a pivotal round, don’t be afraid to use your Hunter’s Fury in the quiet parts of the stage to scope a potential site take. Sova can derail offenses before they even get going.
Sova is an incredible Agent to use overall, and has been a meta pick from Day 1. If you don’t forget to learn a few lineups to avoid predictable Shock Bolts or easily spotted Recon Bolts, then Sova will take care of you in your climb to Radiant.
Try out the different Initiators to see which suits your playstyle or desired role in a team. All of these Agents are good for their own uses, but every one of them can accomplish different jobs.
This list will change as Riot patches Valorant or adds more Agents, so check back to see how these verdicts change over time.