Valorant is Riot Games’ first hero-shooter, but the developer/publisher is drawing on years of experience with its popular MOBA League of Legends to deliver an eclectic cast of “Agents” that each has their own unique attributes and special abilities. Here we’ll go over who we consider to be the best Agents in Valorant.
Although, we’ll first highlight that in our short experience with Valorant, we think the game’s focus on shooting and positional play –features it borrows heavily from Counter-Strike– mean that the overall balance of play is less sensitive to changes in the meta.
That is to say, while we do think some agents are better than others at this moment in time, there’s no one character that’s streaks ahead of another.
Which Agent you perceive as best is probably going to influenced far more by your own playstyle than their abilities. Still, there’s no doubt that some of those abilities do make for an easier learning curve on the beginner side and more tactical options for veteran players at the other end of the spectrum.
Who the Best Agents in Valorant Are
The first two agents we’ve listed here are genuinely two of the best in the game, but it just so happens they’re also perfect for beginners.
Sova is Valorant’s tutorial character for good reason. Thanks to his abilities to illuminate enemy targets with both his surveillance arrow and owl drone, playing Sova is basically like playing Counter-Strike with a wall-hacking cheat!
His abilities give you a massive advantage in situational awareness, allowing you to catch attacking rushes before they happen or recon Spike sites for defenders before your team enters.
In this way, Sova is both fantastic to learn with as a beginner and a vital part of any veteran squad. He’s the eyes of the team, making it easier for both yourself and everyone else to spot targets. And when you want to go on the offensive, his Ultimate is a powerful offensive attack that can blow through walls — a perfect compliment to his surveillance abilities.
- Shock Bolt: Fire an explosive bolt that emits a damaging pulse of static energy upon impact.
- Owl Drone: Deploy a pilotable drone that can fire a dart that will Reveal enemies who are hit.
- Signature Ability — Recon Bolt: Fire a bolt that deploys a sonar emitter. The sonar pings tag nearby enemies, causing them to be revealed. Can be destroyed.
- Ultimate — Hunter’s Fury: Fire up to three deadly energy blasts that spear across the entire map. Each hit enemy takes heavy damage and is marked.
Another example of an Agent who is both excellent for newcomers and essential addition to any squad no matter how advanced. As the only dedicated healer in Valorant, Sage is always useful to have around. She can both heal herself, other party members, and even revive fallen allies with her ultimate.
Sage also has two excellent defensive abilities that further elevate her overall game. First and foremost, her barrier orb is particularly useful, either to block corridors and doorways or to provide essential cover. You really can get very creative with how best to use it in offense and defense.
Her slowing orb is also very handy, capable of taking the sting out of onrushing attackers or interrupting any defenders looking to enter a Spike site and defuse.
- Slow Orb: Cast out a radiant orb that breaks into a slowing field upon impact with the ground. All caught in the field are slowed, grounded, and make noise when moving.
- Barrier Orb: Conjure a large, solid wall. Right-click to rotate the wall before casting.
- Signature Ability — Healing Orb: Heal an ally or yourself to full health over a few seconds.
- Ultimate — Resurrection: Target a friendly corpse. After a short delay, revive them with full health.
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