We’ve finally got our first look at Valorant’s newest agent Killjoy.
The Act II agent was accidentally leaked by Riot through a post on its official website, which was then shared on Reddit.
The leak included Killjoy’s character introduction and her entire agent ability skill set, including a detailed video demonstration of how they all work.
Although her skill set doesn’t really fit into Valorant’s already established agent roster that mirrored CS:GO, Killjoy is set to shake up the Valorant meta with her high tech gadgets that offer a lot of utility and damage capability.
*Notes taken from Riot’s leaked post which was quickly taken down*
- Equip and deploy a bot that hunts down enemies who dare to get in range. When my killer robot friend reaches its target, boom goes the idiot.
- Alarmbot not only deals damage, it temporarily leaves affected targets vulnerable to double damage from all sources. Hold equip if you want to recall your deployed bot.
- Sometimes it’s good to plant some roots. Deploy a turret that fires at enemies within its 180-degree cone. Hold equip to recall the deployed turret.
- With my turret, I can hold an area pretty well myself while the others cover the angles I can’t.
- OK check this out. Throw the grenade. When it lands, it goes quiet. Then, activate the Nanoswarm to deploy a damaging swarm of nanobots and catch the enemy crying.I love this trick!
- You’ll have to adjust your timing for the windup, but once you get this device going, it detains all enemies caught in its radius for about 8 seconds. Yeah, enemies can destroy it—except I built plenty more.
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Based on her leaked abilities, Killjoy will be adding different strategies and play styles to Valorant. First, Killjoy’s Alarmbot ability can be used to attain enemy player location information. She introduces new combo opportunities with Sage’s Slow Orb, or with Sova’s wallbang antics using his Recon Bolt, as enemies will be taking “double damage from all sources”.
Her Turret could also act as an enemy detector in certain locations, and could be used to set up cross-fire angles for incoming enemies. Hopefully, her turret doesn’t also inflict the bullet tagging slow regular guns do, otherwise, this could make it extremely unfun to play against.
The Nanoswarm ability is similar to Phoenix’s Hot Hands, Brimstone’s Incendiary, and Viper’s Snake Bite; in that it could be used to clear corners and prevent opponents from pushing forward.
Killjoy’s final ability, Lockdown, feels like one you’d see in a MOBA, instead of in a first-person shooter. The ultimate is designed to attract the enemy team’s attention and could be utilized to clear entry points, or to help in pre and post spike plant situations.
Killjoy will be released once Act II begins, which is sometime after Valorant’s Battle Pass ends on August 4.