Valorant leak reveals Agent 14 name and abilities

Published: 3/Jan/2021 2:19 Updated: 3/Jan/2021 9:40

by Isaac McIntyre


New Valorant character ‘Agent 14’ ⁠— currently codenamed “Stealth” in the game’s code ⁠— has had its abilities leaked, including a particularly crazy ultimate that turns them “invisible” and “invulnerable” when activated.

The Valorant fandom has been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the title’s next agent, only known as “14” for now,  and now a huge new leak has revealed some major details, including all four abilities and a possible name.

The leak, first shared on Reddit on Jan. 2, shows just over two minutes of the soon-to-be-released Episode 2 agent using their abilities in the Valorant training lobby. The abilities are mainly based around deception, and one is a “flash” attack.

The leak also appears to reveal Agent 14’s official name: “Yoru.”

The leaked Valorant loading screen, which appears to confirm "Yoru" as Agent 14's name.
Riot Games
The leaked Valorant loading screen, which appears to confirm “Yoru” as Agent 14’s name.

At the end of the clip, the new agent ⁠— “Yoru” ⁠— can be seen opening a tear in space. He then grabs a Hannya mask, and enters another dimension. According to the translated ability details, this ultimate turns Agent 14 “invisible” and may even make them “invulnerable” to attacks.

This may work similarly to Wraith’s “Into the Void” tactical in Apex Legends.

Here’s the in-game descriptions for each of Agent 14’s leaked abilities, including the “invisible” ultimate, as translated by /u/kuroi_kaze on Reddit:

All leaked ‘Agent 14’ abilities

  • Z ⁠— Creates steps sound. Press ‘Fire’ to send it ahead, or pre-place it with ‘Alt-Fire,’ then press ‘F’ to send inactive one ahead.
  • X ⁠— Flash. Press ‘Fire’ to throw it, it will pop after contacting with surface.
  • C ⁠— Press ability button to place Portal, press ‘Fire’ to send Portal ahead, anchor Portal with ‘Alt-Fire.’ Press active to teleport through the Portal.
  • Q (Ultimate) ⁠— Press ‘Fire’ to become invisible to enemies, and invulnerable.

Are the new Valorant leaks real?

While there’s been no official confirmation regarding the leaks ⁠— don’t expect there to be either ⁠— the new images do line up with older reveals we’ve seen before.

Late last year, Riot posted a short video on @VALORANTBrazil which appeared to reveal a sneak peek at Agent 14. The in-game footage showed an unfamiliar face in the select screen alongside Sage, Brimstone, Raze, and Reyna.

The small character image showed a mysterious male sporting spiked blue hair and a  jacket. While no one recognized the new Valorant character at the time, it lines up perfectly with this new “Yoru” agent from this week’s Russian leaks.

Riot’s latest tease also said Agent 14 would “tear open” Episode 2. Yoru seems to control portals and open rifts with his Ult, so the leak certainly fits the bill.

Agent 14 silhouette in Valorant
Riot Games
So far Riot Games has only officially revealed a silhouette for Agent 14.

Valorant’s 14th Agent will be released as part of Episode 2 Act 1. The next major update will drop on January 12, 2021. Riot Games is expected to officially unveil the new Agent a few days before the game’s first event of 2021.

Stick to @ValorantUpdates for all the latest news on Yoru and Episode 2.

Call of Duty

3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce


With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.