What is Valorant?


Ethan Han

Valorant is a free-to-play 5v5 first-person shooter game by Riot Games. The game was released back in 2020 and propelled quickly into popularity. Riot Games has already released a top-rated MOBA game called League of Legends. The setting is in a future version of the Earth where players control agents, each having unique abilities and role to a team. The objective is to eliminate all enemies or plant/defuse the spike at a bomb site. 

There are a lot of things that make Valorant distinguishable from other FPS games. One of the notable features is the game’s agent abilities. Each agent in Valorant has four powers. One of these abilities is their ultimate. These skills present the game a spin on the usual FPS rule and make for a few appealing gameplay importance! Aside from the range of agents, Valorant has several different game modes that people can play if they are new. The standard game mode is unrated or competitive. Valorant also has a secure and reliable online system. The servers are always consistent and never delayed. This already beats other FPS games, as they frequently deal with server issues. Finally, Valorant’s map design is first-rate. The maps are well-designed and offer a difference between various vantage points and choke points. Each map has its unique design, requiring players to proactively create strategies with their team.


There are currently 22 different agents: Brimstone, Viper, Omen, Killjoy, Chpher, Sova, Sage, Phoenix, Jett, Reyna, Raze, Breach, Skye, Yoru, Astra, KAY/O, Chamber, Neon, Fade, Harbor, Gekko. Each agent has a specific role to fill. 

  • Brimstone, Viper, Omen, Astra, and Harbor are all classified as controllers. “Controllers have abilities that allow them to assist teammates by cutting enemy vision, taking control of an area, and forcing enemies into choke points.”
  • Killjoy, Cypher, Sage, and Chamber are sentinels. Sentinels are for defensive plays. “They provide support to the rest of the team, provide intel, anchor bomb sites, and prevent enemy teams from flanking.”
  • Sova, Breach, Skye, KAY/O, Fade, and Gekko are initiators. “Initiators are the ones initiating attacks on site. They help get rid of the enemies hiding in corners to assist the team when going into a battle.”
  • Phoenix, Jett, Reyna, Raze, Yoru, and Neon are duelists. “Duelists are for players who like to be aggressive and are the first ones to take duels and entry bomb sites.”*



*Descriptions of agents are quoted directly from the game.