How to play Yoru: Valorant’s sneaky Duelist Agent - Dexerto

How to play Yoru: Valorant’s sneaky Duelist Agent

Published: 14/Jan/2021 7:36

by Andrew Amos


Yoru is Valorant’s fifth Duelist ⁠— meaning you can finally run the five-Duelist composition of your dreams. However, the Japanese Agent brings more to the table than just a meme, with plenty of utility to play on the flank and really stump your foes.

There’s not really an Agent like Yoru in Valorant. While you can make some arguments for some Agents playing out like others, Yoru is a truly unique addition to the roster. He has filled a void in the line-up that has needed some fleshing out since the game’s release.

If you love playing on the flank and sending enemies on a rat race to nowhere, all while your team takes all the objectives they could want, then Yoru is for you. How does his kit work exactly though? Read on to master Yoru in Episode 2 and beyond.

Yoru abilities

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Yoru allows you to get behind enemies, close and personal, all without being seen.

Yoru’s kit might seem selfish ⁠— after all, he is a Duelist ⁠— but it contains a lot of power for the team. He has a flash in his Blindside, which bounces off walls to create interesting angles. His footsteps can be set up pre-round to sell fakes, and his ultimate is perfect for scouting ahead.

  • Ability 1 ⁠— Fakeout (100 Creds): EQUIP an echo that mimics footsteps when activated. FIRE to activate and send the echo forward. ALT FIRE to place an echo in place. USE the inactive echo to send it forward.
  • Ability 2 ⁠—Blindside (200 Creds): EQUIP to rip an unstable dimensional fragment from reality. FIRE to throw the fragment, activating a flash that winds up once it collides with a hard surface.
  • Signature Ability ⁠— Gatecrash (Free, 2 kill recharge): EQUIP to harness a rift tether. FIRE to send the tether out moving forward. ALT FIRE to place a tether in place. ACTIVATE to teleport to the tether’s location.
  • Ultimate Ability ⁠— Dimensional Drift (7 points): EQUIP a mask that can see between dimensions. FIRE to drift into Yoru’s dimension, unable to be affected or seen by enemies from the outside.

While he can utilize all of these abilities for himself, great Yoru players will be able to combine this with other utility to make space for the team. Selling a few fakes on a Reactor Site with his footsteps can draw enemy attention ⁠— especially if you use it to rush.

He can also gain lots of ground quick on the map with his Dimensional Drift and Gatecrash. While Duelists typically make space with their impressive fragging ability, Yoru actually has the ability to do that by flanking unawares into the backlines and create a pincer.

Yoru firing Judge in Valorant
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Yoru specializes in tricking enemies and catching them by surprise on the lurk.

Yoru gameplay

Yoru excels at one thing in particular: lurking and flanking. He’s the first Valorant Agent with a dedicated kit for the role. The duties previously fell to Cypher, but Yoru is properly built for the job.

His footsteps can sell fakes really well, and you can even use them to “reverse-fake” your opponents if they’ve cottoned on. You can lead with your footsteps and walk quietly behind them, then quickly strike from around a corner with your flashes and your team behind you.

When he’s on the site, he can still be a nuisance. His teleport allows him to quickly swap positions in a post plant, and his flashes are super flexible to get some funky angles. Keep an eye out for the line-up kings like AverageJonas to find some amazing entry flashes with the bounce mechanic.

That doesn’t mean Yoru’s kit is infallible though. You can shoot Yoru’s Gatecrash teleport to close the portal, and it will time out after a certain period. You do have to be mindful of this when you’re breaking onto a site ⁠— an enemy hiding might choose to not shoot it and wait for you to teleport. Make sure you aren’t too reckless.

Also, his flashes take a while to get used to. The bounce can be awkward, so be mindful to not flash your own team. Practice will make perfect.

Yoru in Valorant
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If you like tricking your enemies and staying one step ahead in the mind games, you’ll love Yoru.

Dexerto’s take: Valorant’s new best lurker

Valorant has lacked a dedicated lurker Agent since its release. While the likes of Cypher have filled that void in a competitive sense, Yoru is tailor-made for the job. The duelist brings more to the table than raw firepower, with the ability to keep the enemy on their toes about your team’s actual whereabouts.

He works even better in a coordinated setting than most other duelists, so you can expect pros to take him to the battlefield in VCT. If you do like going on the lurk though, Yoru is for you.


Pokemon trainer gets Lv100 Shiny Blastoise in surprise trade, but there’s a catch

Published: 19/Jan/2021 12:03

by David Purcell


Shiny Pokemon appearing in surprise trades are moments some players will never forget, and for this trainer on Pokemon Sword and Shield, a reaction of jubilation was only natural after receiving a Blastoise. However, the story wasn’t all rosy. 

As regular players will know by now, Shinies are not just spawning all over the place in the Galar Region – nor are they in any other part of the fictional world. In fact, it takes serious persistence to get ahold of one legitimately, and there are a few tactics you can utilize to get better at finding them.

If you’re a seriously lucky person, though, trading can be a great way to grab one as well. Some really generous members of the community have been known to send Shiny Pokemon through this method, leaving the other trainer delighted.

Now, the reaction was of delight and excitement this time, but there was an ugly underbelly to what appeared to be a great moment.

gigantamax blastoise
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Gigantamax Blastoise, and its Shiny variant, can be found in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

Pokemon Sword and Shield surprise trade

As seen below, Reddit user Vegaworldpeace was extremely grateful for the gift. A Shiny Blastoise is a difficult Pokemon to get in normal circumstances, so to have one handed to you is a big deal.

They said: “Someone sent me a LV 100 shiny Blastosie in a surprise trade!”

That being said, quite quickly a number of other users in the subreddit realized this one might be too good to be true.

Some one sent me a LV 100 shiny Blastosie in a surprise trade from PokemonSwordAndShield


“Definitely hacked man. Sorry to say,” one posted, which led to a group of players hinting at the same possibility. After checking the Pokemon IVs and the trainer ID for the Pokemon, it was certain that the mon was definitely hacked – which led, they say, to the player releasing it into the wild.

“It looks like the original trainer was a shorten URL. I try to mess with no hacks so I’ll release it. Thanks for the info everyone, definitely wasn’t try to break any rules within this community.”

A few people had suspected that the post was advertising hacked Pokemon, which is something that’s been seen before in the subreddit. However, it appears to have been a genuine mistake.

How do you know if your Pokemon is hacked?

Screenshot of Shiny Charizard in Pokemon Sword & Shield.
Shiny Pokemon are not always what they seem.

There are a few indicators that your Pokemon may be hacked. It’s always handy to check after trading as well, especially if you want your team to be squeaky clean.

First of all, you can check the IVs of the Pokemon. If they are all perfect, chances are that your latest recruit has been hacked, but that’s not the only indicator. The Trainer ID connected to the Pokemon may also be blank, named after a website selling hacks, or a shortened URL.

These are the main flags to suggest it actually originated through hacks, not caught in a traditional way.

As always, we would encourage players to stay away from hacked Pokemon at all costs. If you ever have a problem, or suspicion, that one of yours may be hacked – tweet us @PokemonSwordNS at any time and we’ll check it out!