Valorant wall bang analysis reveals why damage is so inconsistent

Published: 16/Jun/2020 22:16

by Alan Bernal


A breakdown of wall penetration shots in Valorant shows how hit registration and damage output can be inconsistent across the various maps or weapons in the game.

Since the title’s official launch on June 2, there’s been a ton of experimentation from players trying to understand all of the mechanics inside of Riot’s new tactical shooter. So far people have figured out the best ways to play on Bind, use Agents like Cypher, and more.

But one concept that still throws players in a loop is the “janky” wall penetration that can sometimes be of use but doesn’t always happen when expected – and when it does, the inflicted damage can be errant as well.

Taking a closer look into the issue, YouTuber ‘quarkez’ tested out different weapons while taking note of factors such as wall materials, bullet damage, degree of penetration, and more.

Through the trials, they found that glass and wooden barriers in Valorant need a low amount of bullet seepage to break through while stone or brick is considered medium, leaving metal as needing a high amount of penetration power to hit.

Wall bangs in Valorant have been found to be inconsistent.

Quarkez noted that the type of material a wall is made of as well as the angle it’s hit, the thickness of the object, and the type of gun being used all influence the outcome.

“From what I learned, wall penetration in Valorant is very janky,” they explained. They found that the damage output from the same shot can be different, meanwhile the penetration of a bullet can change if a single wall is made of two different materials on either side.

Adding to their concerns was the difficulty of measuring how strong the bullet will hit depending on the thickness of the wall and the angle of the shot since there are some circumstances that negate the projectile.

Finally, there are walls that do not give an indication that a bullet has penetrated its hull, but the Agent on the other side gets hit nonetheless.

Playing around bullet penetration is a crucial mechanic that players of all competitive levels aim to master, but Riot might need to fix some of the finer details with it to make it more consistent.


Valorant players demand Ascent rooftop fix after Raze “super boost” breaks the game

Published: 15/Jan/2021 18:58

by Michael Gwilliam


A new Raze “super boost” taking the Valorant community by storm has resulted in players pleading with Riot Games to fix the rooftops on the Ascent map.

Boosting is a controversial, yet intriguing part of most tactical shooters and Valorant is no exception, with players using character models or tricks with abilities to reach new heights.

However, one such boost may be too game-breaking for its own good, leading players to call for Riot to remove it from the game.

The so-called “very illegal” boost was posted to the Valorant subreddit by user Nikkyy and shows how Raze can access positions that make her the most lethal threat in the game.

‘Very illegal’ Raze boost on Ascent from VALORANT

Basically, by performing a satchel boost with her Blast Packs in combination with her Showstopper Ultimate, Raze can travel insane distances. And while it can take a lot of practice to get this right, the end result can be devastating for enemies.

After performing a satchel boost to get on top of a wall on Ascent, players can perform the super rocket boost with the Showstopper to essentially reach the skybox and fire down onto unsuspecting players.

As you can see in the clip, the entire enemy team was like fish in a barrel and fell one-by-one to the Raze player who had a great line of sight from so high up. In the end, the player only died because they started tunnel-visioning on another Agent.

Even the player’s own teammates were shocked at the clip, as they can be heard saying “what the f**k Raze?”

In the comments, users started calling on Riot to fix the map. “These boosts on Ascent rooftops need to be fixed asap,” one remarked.

“This is very illegal. Tremendously illegal. There hasn’t been a more illegal boost,” another added, seemingly mimicking the talking habits of a former Celebrity Apprentice host.

Hopefully, with how much attention the post has received, the devs investigate the issue and prevent the boost from being an issue before it starts affecting more ranked matches.