Valorant patch notes – latest Valorant balancing changes and updates

If you're looking for the latest Valorant patch notes, and details on any new balancing changes for Riot Games' tactical PC shooter, we have them here.

Five Valorant agents standing in front of an orb

Valorant, Riot Games’ tactical shooter, requires you to stay on top of the ever-developing meta as you go toe to toe with your enemies in thrilling first-person combat. With frequent changes detailed by a list of ever-growing Valorant patch notes, players will find that they’ll need to constantly adapt in order to climb the Valorant ranks.

Riot Games usually pushes a handful of updates out during an Episode’s Act, which all alter our Valorant tier list. The best agents one week might be Jett and Viper – next week, they might be Brimstone or Sage. Even in the updates that aren’t meta-changing, the latest Valorant patch notes often contain changes worth knowing.

So, if you’re looking to get up to speed with the latest alterations and balancing changes – or work out why your favourite agent is suddenly underperforming – here’s everything you need to know about the latest Valorant changes.

Valorant patch notes 5.0

Valorant patch notes 5.0 is, unsurprisingly, filled with changes – though nothing for agents this time around. As the new Valorant Pearl map slides into the rotation, we will be saying a fond farewell to Split for the time being. Pearl’s not the only addition, either, with a new rank – Ascendant – being implemented in Competitive.

Map updates

Pearl

  • NEW MAP: Pearl goes live!
  • Pearl-only queue
  • This queue is a standard, Unrated mode that will give players a chance to practice the new map before they see it in Competitive play.
  • Pearl-only queue will be available for 2 weeks, then after that Pearl will enter Competitive.

Split

  • We are temporarily removing Split from the map pool in Unrated and Competitive queues.
  • There are reasons! You can read more about our decision in our map pool update article.

Competitive updates

NEW RANK: Ascendant

  • Added an additional rank above Diamond, below Immortal, called “Ascendant.”
  • We believe our lower ranks have a few too many of you, especially Bronze and Silver. When we were looking at rank distribution, we realized that if we were to move some of you up and out of those lower ranks, it would overpopulate Platinum and Diamond. So by adding a new rank we can better distribute you across ranks, keep the prestige of high ranks, while helping better define the skill level of each rank.
  • Moved the rank MMR targets that determine rank down, due to the addition of the new Ascendant rank, for all ranks below Ascendant. Moved the ranked target for Immortal 1/2/3 and Radiant up.
  • These are the cut-offs that say “You should be X MMR to reach this rank”. MMR targets determine your RR gains and help push your rank to match your MMR.
  • This means players will go up in rank, if they are below Ascendant.
  • To align with our expectations of what it means to be in the highest ranks of VALORANT, Immortal+ players will find it harder to climb back to their previous episode rank. This means Immortal will also have a smaller leaderboard population in all regions.
  • Due to the seasonal reset, you may not see a rank increase at the start of the Episode without putting in some work; but the reset will be “less harsh” compared to the last Episode reset. So because we are pushing the player base upwards to fill Ascendant, the reset will not hit you as hard.
  • Next time we reset ranks it will probably push you down more than this Episode’s reset. Please remember that the “less harsh” reset is unique to this Episode because of the introduction of Ascendant.
  • Grouping restrictions for Ascendant are 3 ranks above or below the Ascendant ranked player
  • This fits in with our Platinum+ rule set for grouping.
  • The highest placement allowed has increased to Ascendant 1 (previously Diamond 1)
  • Five stacking 25% RR penalty now starts at Immortal 1 (previously Diamond 3)
  • Solo/Duo/5-stack restriction now starts at Immortal 1 (previously Diamond 3)
  • Remember, Diamond 3 and above could previously only solo, duo, and 5-stack. This restriction now begins at Immortal 1.
  • By adding another rank we were able to push the Five Stack penalty and Solo/Duo restrictions into Immortal. This makes it more straight forward, Immortal is where the leaderboard starts and because of this we try to hold players more accountable for their standings.
  • Due to a naming clash with the new rank, we’ve renamed Sage’s tier 8 Agent Contract unlock—the new Sage title is “Dauntless”
  • Renaming this title was not something we chose lightly, but after talking about the title we felt like it was a chance to give the title more meaning to Sage and her personality/theme.

Bugs

Maps

  • Fixed a bug on Haven that was preventing players from using their spray on a wall in A Garden

Agents

  • Fixed a bug where Jett could equip a weapon during Tailwind
  • Fixed a bug where Agents revealed by Sova’s Recon Bolt or
  • Fade’s Haunt would sometimes briefly appear in an incorrect location on the minimap
  • Fixed a bug where the scope visual effect would sometimes disappear when aiming with Chamber’s Tour De Force

Game Systems

  • Fixed a bug where using an Ultimate point orb or defusing the Spike at maximum range could cause channelling and progress bar animations to flicker
  • Fixed a bug where the use channelling progression bar does not update if the player disconnects and reconnects during the match
  • Fixed a bug where some weapon equips could play the wrong equip speed animation, which could visually misrepresent when you were able to fire. Some situations impacted by this bug were:
  • Cypher exiting Spycam
  • Capturing Ultimate point Orbs
  • Cancelling and completing Spike plant
  • Fixed a bug where the use channelling progression bar does not update if the player disconnects and reconnects during the match
  • Fixed a bug where some weapon equips could play the wrong equip speed animation, which could visually misrepresent when you were able to fire. Some situations impacted by this bug were:
  • Cypher exiting Spycam
  • Capturing Ultimate point Orbs
  • Cancelling and completing Spike plant

Valorant patch notes 4.11

Valorant patch notes 4.11 introduces a brand new Clutch Mute feature to give you peace and quiet when you’re trying to 1v5 a round. There are also a whole host of bug fixes, including some major ones that are well worth a look at.

Social updates

Clutch Mute – You now have the option to mass mute your teammates and/or party members so you can focus during clutch moments!

  • Go to Settings (Esc) > Controls > Communication
  • Set keybinds for Party and Team Voice Clutch Mute Keys
  • Press the keybind while in-game to Toggle “ON” the Party and/or Team Voice Clutch Mute and then again to Toggle “OFF”
  • When “ON,” you can toggle the mute any time during your match when you hit the assigned keybind. An icon will appear so you know when it’s enabled.

Bugs

Agents

  • Fixed a bug where Skye would sometimes make an unintended pose, seen in third-person, when holding a gun
  • Fixed a bug where Jett could reach very faster than intended speeds by using Tailwind in specific locations (aka. “superdash”)
  • Fixed a bug where Yoru could use weapons earlier than intended when exiting Dimensional Drift (…again)
  • Some of you creative types continue to find new ways to trigger variants of this bug since the last few patches. Fixing these loopholes is intended to improve systems that are used by all abilities in the game. Because of this (in addition to the bad experience of getting shot by invisible Yoru), we are keeping a close eye on the results of these changes.
  • Fixed a bug where Yoru’s mask would flicker while running forward during Dimensional Drift
  • Fixed a bug where you would sometimes see the location of enemy Astra stars
  • Fixed a bug where you were unable to re-stabilize KAY/O after being themselves resurrected by Sage
  • Fixed a bug where the following abilities would sometimes disappear from the minimap:
  • Viper’s Toxic Screen and Poison Cloud
  • Killjoy’s Nanoswarm
  • Cypher’s Cyber Cage
  • Fixed a bug where after switching Agents in the range or in custom game, the buy menu would sometimes show invalid items
  • Fixed a bug where Chamber’s model would still teleport if killed mid-teleport
  • Fixed a bug where Skye’s Seekers and Fade’s Prowler and trails would not navigate down the chute on Breeze
  • Fixed Sova’s trick shot VO line so that it plays when he kills an enemy with a 1 or 2 bounce Shock Bolt
  • It was never intended for these VO lines to play when destroying an enemy trap. This provided information that wasn’t readily available to Sova and his team through other means. We’ve added this back, but restricted it to play only when Sova kills an enemy player with a bouncing Shock Bolt.
  • Fixed a bug where Killjoy’s Alarmbot and Chamber’s Trademark created large white circles on Brimstone’s Sky Smoke targeting map
  • Fixed a bug where Chamber’s Rendezvous range indicator does not disappear when far enough away to be off of the minimap

Valorant patch notes 4.10

Valorant patch notes 4.10 is another smaller patch filled with fixes and optimisations. Riot also added new network charts to give players a better idea of how good their connection to the server is.

  • Agent Progress/Charge Bars – Moved to a consistent location and made a consistent size on the following Agents:
  • Reyna
  • Cypher
  • Breach
  • Fade
  • Jett
  • Omen
  • Phoenix
  • Raze
  • Skye
  • Yoru

Omen

  • Updated 3P model to increase detail and fidelity.

Map updates

Haven

  • Removed some pixel collision on the following areas:
  • Can no longer walk up the front of A site cover
  • Can no longer jump onto the top of C site cover without a boost ability

Gameplay Systems

Added new Performance graph to display Shooting Error values for recent shots on the Client. This is the same information visible in the crosshair error settings, but should help players to better diagnose their own performance after an engagement.

Gameplay Consistency Updates

  • For more information about the below performance graphs and bug fix, please check out the VALORANT Gameplay Consistency Update 2 article.
  • Fixed an issue where ping or framerate spikes could cause an excessive move processing buffer to develop and persist for multiple seconds. While this was happening, you may have been experienced:
  • Increased Server side input latency, which could make inputs take longer to be applied than would be expected based on your ping.
  • Additional delay in your view of other players, which could give you less time to react.
  • In both of these cases, the additional latencies were not reflected in the current “Network RTT Avg/Max” graph or in-game scoreboard ping values.
  • Added new Performance graph showing “Network RTT Jitter” to help you understand if you’re experiencing network issues not reflected in the Network RTT Avg/Max values
  • Added new Performance graph “Network RTT + Processing Delays,” which captures the effective latency you experience due to Network Round Trip Time, Server move processing, and Client move processing delays

Bugs

Agents

  • “Destroyed” Voice lines for deployable abilities will now be heard globally by allies. This includes:
  • Chamber: Trademark and Rendezvous
  • Killjoy: Turret and Alarmbot
  • Cypher: Trapwire and Spycam
  • Yoru: Gatecrash
  • Fixed a bug where Neon’s High Gear would automatically stop after using Fast Lane or Relay Bolt
  • Fixed issue where observers would see Viper’s enemies glow red when they were near but outside of Viper’s Pit.
  • Fixed Chamber’s Rendezvous radius not showing for spectators and observers
  • Fixed Brimstone’s Incendiary (Q) feeling damage in chunks of 15 instead of 1 like the other zone damage abilities in the game
  • Overall DPS should be unchanged.

Cosmetics

  • Bug fix for some minor flickering that was occurring on Protocol weapon’s transparent line VFX when inspecting, ADSing, reloading, etc.

Gameplay Systems

  • Fixed a bug where agent specific keybinds would sometimes not work properly even though the settings menu showed them as applied
  • This fix actually went out in 4.09, but we wanted to make sure users on the live game weren’t experiencing issues in this area before calling it “fixed.”
  • Fixed a bug where the combat report would rarely not show up for the entirety of the game.

Known issues

  • Spike plant and defuse bar are not shown for Observers with Minimal HUD enabled, even when spectating the Agent who is planting or defusing.

Valorant patch notes 4.09

Valorant patch notes 4.09 is a much smaller patch than its predecessor, though it still packs a meaningful change as Chamber’s (C) Trademark loses one of its charges.

Agent updates

Fade

  • Nightfall (X) – You should now see a decreased amount of flickering textures on diagonal walls when casting Fade’s ultimate. Also added VFX for additional clarity and visual impact.
  • Seize (Q) VFX change to the orb for a more dynamic presentation in 1p and Agent select

Chamber

“Right now, Chamber’s Trademark outperforms other Sentinel tools in both reliability and power, which feels inappropriate given the amount of defensive combat tools Chamber has spread across the rest of his kit.

We believe Chamber’s identity is defined by his unique weapons and defensive combat mobility, so we are decreasing his level of global flank protection/information and increasing counterplay on a single premium trap. This means Chamber will have to make a choice based on if he wants to play selfishly around his Trademark, or place it to help his teammates instead.

A quick note about Sentinels: When we think about the Sentinel role, we think about its overall ability to keep map control and defend space. We believe that Sentinels and Sentinel players should have many options and methods to control and defend, whether it’s through the use of Sage’s reactive slow abilities, Cypher’s flank-watching gadgets, or defensively-oriented combat and guns like Chamber.

Like all our Agents, it’s important to carve out sharp strengths and weaknesses for Chamber in the roster. If you take him for his weapon arsenal and disengage, you should feel as if you’re giving up a strength—like traps or stall—that his peers excel at. As usual, all eyes are now on Chamber changes, and we’ll adjust if we see him suffer disproportionately on defence relative to attack.” – Jay Watford, lead agent designer, and Dan Hardison, game designer.

  • Trademark
  • Cost increased 150>>>200
  • Charges reduced 2>>>1
  • Audio range increased

Competitive updates

  • Party Lead Transfer – You can now change the lead of your party
  • Current party leader can right click the player name they want to transfer the responsibility to, and choose “Make Leader” in the drop down menu.
  • A number of small tweaks and updates made to the UI

VALORANT PATCH NOTES 4.08

Patch 4.08 for Valorant sets the game up for the introduction of Fade and a host of changes and fixes as a part of the new content drop.

AGENT UPDATES

  • Fade goes live
  • Jett changes can be found here
  • Neon: Battery energy received upon killing an enemy increased 25%>>>100%
  • Sova’s updates can be found here.
  • Jett’s Bladestorm, Raze’s Showstopper, and Sova’s Hunter’s Fury will now show how much ammo they have left when equipped

COMPETITIVE UPDATES

  • Reduced Rank Rating gain/loss penalty for different 5-stack configurations
  • If EVERYONE in your party is Iron–Diamond 2:
  • No RR penalty if within normal grouping
  • 25% RR penalty for all players if any player falls outside of normal grouping
  • If ANYONE in your party is Diamond 3–Immortal 3 (but no one in your party is Radiant)
  • 25% RR penalty for all players
  • If ANYONE in your party is Radiant
  • 75% RR penalty for all players
    Tuned matchmaking to reduce wait time for 5-stacks

Bug Updates

  • Fixed a bug where Jett could find herself unable to use abilities or weapons when using Tailwind immediately after depleting her Bladestorm daggers
  • Fixed a bug where Yoru could teleport out of bounds when using Gatecrash
  • Fixed various exploits allowing Yoru to use weapons before fully decloaking at the end of his ultimate

Performance Updates

  • Fixed a bug in the Shooting Range where bots would respawn unarmed

Valorant patch notes 4.07

Valorant skipped a patch after 4.06 was cancelled. This update adds new LATAM servers, a minor change to the Bulldog and Stinger’s firing delay when bring the weapons up to ADS, as well as the usual suite of bugfixes and system tweaks.

Server updates

  • Added a new set of servers in Latin America, which should help with latency in that region
  • Scheduled to turn on not long after 4.07 is live!

Weapon updates

  • Bulldog and Stinger now delay firing inputs while bringing up the weapon to aim down sights (ADS)
  • Prevents you from getting burst mode accuracy improvements before they finish raising your weapon.
  • Adds a slight cost to the decision to switch to burst firing mid-combat.
  • You can still begin firing immediately while switching back to full auto/hip fire mode.
  • Ability-based weapons* can now also be input-queued to equip after the current action
  • *This includes: Chamber guns and ultimates for Neon, Jett, and Raze

Store updates

  • Load times for the VP purchase page should now load in a matter of seconds (previously, it would take more than thirty seconds in some instances)

Social updates

  • Added new detections for different AFK-like behaviors in rotating game modes

Bugs

  • Agents
  • Fixed a bug where Yoru could use a weapon immediately at the end of his ultimate by exploiting an unwanted interaction with ropes
  • Fixed a bug where it was possible to defuse the Spike while channeling abilities
  • Skye’s Seekers can once again break through the destructible doors on Ascent
  • Social
  • Fixed a bug where comms-restricted players could not listen to team voice chat
  • Fixed a bug where players were not always immediately removed from the game after being banned
  • Competitive
  • Fixed a bug that was causing performance bonuses to show at incorrect times
  • Gameplay Systems
  • Fixed an issue where briefly tapping the “Use Spike” button to plant the Spike could cause you to end up holding the Spike instead of your last equipped weapon

Valorant Patch Notes 4.05

This update is a little lighter than the last, making an important change to Brimstone’s Stim Beacon alongside several smaller Game System updates.

Agent updates

Brimstone

  • Stim Beacon
    • Charges reduced: 2 >>> 1
    • Cost increased: 100 >>> 200

Game System updates

  • Added the ability to import and export different crosshair settings via auto-generated codes.
  • Reworked ‘Prioritize Strongest Weapon’ setting.
    • Renamed setting to Auto-Equip Prioritizes: Most Recent | Strongest.
    • New priority: (Ultimate & Primary) > (Secondary & Chamber Pistol) > Melee.
  • Added a new setting: Don’t Auto-Equip Melee

Competitive updates

  • Deterministic Map System enabled for all regions.

Bugs

  • Fixed a bug that was causing the Leave Match button to function incorrectly for PBE players.
  • Fixed issue where Sova’s Recon Bolt was destroyed by Brimstone’s Orbital Strike even if the Recon Bolt was well out of the area.
  • Fixed a bug where the mic icon on the scoreboard could not be interacted with after hovering over it with the mouse.

You can read the full patch notes here, with comments from Valorant’s development team.

Valorant patch notes 4.04

Yoru’s rework is finally here and is joined by several other interesting agent balancing changes. This update is also making substantial changes to Icebox – specifically B Site. There’s a lot to look forward to going into Episode 4 Act 2.

Agent Updates

General

  • Improved the system used to place abilities at targeted ground locations. This update should make it easier to find valid placement locations in tight spaces. These are the abilities affected:
    • Omen’s Shrouded Step
    • Viper’s pit
    • Chamber’s Trademark and Rendez-vous
    • Every Killjoy ability
    • Yoru’s Gatecrash
    • Sage’s Barrier Orb

Omen

  • Dark Cover
    • Cooldown decreased 40s >>> 30
    • Cost increased 100 >>> 150
    • Projectile Speed increased 2800 >>> 6400
  • Shrouded Step
    • Cost decreased 150 >>> 100
    • Pre teleport delay decreased 1s >>> 0.7s
  • Paranoia
    • Added forward spawn offset, so players adjacent to Omen are not hit

Brimstone

  • Sky Smoke
    • Deploy time decreased 2 >>> 1 second
    • Deploy radius increased 5000 >>> 5500
    • Smoke height increased to match other Controllers
  • Stim Beacon
    • Now also applies a 15% speed boost in addition to Rapid Fire.

Astra

  • Stars
    • Max Stars reduced 5 >>> 4
    • Cooldown on retrieving a Star increased 14 >>> 25
    • Astra can now pick up placed Stars during the Buy Phase to refund their charge immediately.
    • Max distance of Star Placement increased 10000 >>> 30000 to allow her to place Stars across the furthest corners of maps.
  • Gravity Well
    • Cooldown Increased 25 >>> 45
    • Gravity Well Size Decreased 525 >>> 475
    • Gravity Well no longer affects anyone fully underneath the Gravity Well.
  • Nova Pulse
    • Cooldown Increased 25 >>> 45
    • Nova Pulse no longer affects anyone fully underneath the Nova Pulse.
  • Nebula
    • Cooldown Increased 14 >>> 25
    • Nebula cooldowns are now sequential instead of simultaneous
    • Nebula size increased 410 >>> 475
  • Astral Form
    • While in Astral form, pings are no longer blocked by level geometry that Astra cannot see
    • Astra’s targeting ring in Astral form is reduced to one ring that reflects the now unified size of all her utility
    • Astra’s targeting ring no longer randomly disappears when aiming across some map locations
    • Increased the speed of the overlay that covers Astra’s screen when transitioning in and out of Astral form
    • Fixed an issue where Stars were placed slightly above the location Astra was targeting.

Viper

  • Fuel
    • Fuel drain increased 50% when Toxic Screen and Poison Cloud are both active.
    • Viper’s fuel bar now turns red when she does not have enough fuel to activate her abilities.
  • Toxic Screen
    • Cooldown after deactivating increased 6 >>> 8
    • Cooldown timer now starts when her smoke starts dissipating instead of when the deactivation telegraph plays.
    • Deactivation delay decreased 1 >>> .8
    • Toxic Screen now has yellow lights that indicate when it is on cooldown
    • Removed delay on Toxic Screen disabling when Viper is suppressed.
    • Added a unique VO line that plays when her smoke is disabled by suppress.
  • Poison Cloud
    • Cooldown after deactivating increased 6 >>> 8.
    • Cooldown timer now starts when her smoke starts dissipating instead of when the deactivation telegraph plays.
    • Deactivation delay decreased 1 >>> .8
    • Poison Orb now has a yellow light to indicate when it is on cooldown.
    • Removed delay on Poison Orb disabling when Viper is suppressed.
    • Added a unique VO line that plays when her smoke is disabled by suppress.
  • Snake Bite
    • Duration decreased 6.5 >>> 5.5

Valorant Yoru: Key artwork for Valorant's agent Yoru

Yoru

  • Fakeout
    • Charges reduced from 2 >>> 1
    • Decoy HP: 150
    • Decoy is now a full running version of Yoru and can only be sent running forward
    • Right -click to place a stationary marker for the decoy
      • Reactivate similarly to footsteps to create the decoy that runs forward
    • Upon taking damage from an enemy gun, the decoy winds up, turns towards the enemy that shot it, and explodes after a short delay.
      • Enemies within the cone are flashed.
  • Gatecrash
    • Charges increased from 1 >>> 2
    • Cost: 200 Credits
    • Cooldown charge refresh removed, switched back to 2-kill reset
    • Gatecrash can be faked by pressing F, while hovering over the beacon
      • Fake teleport will play audio and portal visuals as if Yoru is attempting to teleport.
    • Time it takes for teleport beacon has decreased 1.5 >>> 0.5 seconds
    • Teleport beacon’s in-game audio while traveling reduced 22.5m>>>12.5m
    • Teleport beacon’s speed has been increased 675 >>> 800
    • Upon activating a fake teleport, the beacon creates a small decal on the floor for 30 seconds to indicate location of the fake teleport
  • Dimensional Drift
    • Duration increased 8 >>> 10 seconds
    • Yoru is not revealed to enemies
    • Unequip delay time increased 0.6 >>> 1.2 seconds
    • Yoru is now able to cast all utility out of his ultimate
    • Yoru’s footsteps can now be heard within 15m of Yoru’s location
    • Cast delay added upon casting Dimensional Drift, preventing the invulnerability frame on cast

Map Updates

Ascent

  • B orb can now be taken from the lower box (previously, you had to double jump up to the box to get it)

Icebox

  • Doorway from Attacker spawn building near Green lane moved to the first cubby.
  • Green lane slightly widened.
  • Pocket in Green lane near Yellow extended.
  • Yellow container adjusted and new stack of crates added.
  • Lower container removed and geometry adjusted into a cubby facing Green.
  • Outer wall on B site and crane structure brought in toward the site.
  • Building in Back B closed off.
  • Plant zone on B site adjusted.
  • Back wall in Kitchen adjusted.
  • Crates added to Orange lane to block line of sight from under tube to danger.
  • Boiler ramp geo simplified and slightly narrowed.
  • Cover on back A site adjusted.
  • Head peak on attacker side pipes removed.
  • Doorway into A lowered to prevent foot shot on players on top of screens.

Competitive Updates

  • Deterministic map selection follows 3 rules when picking a map, after players have been selected to play a match.
  • The system will look at all maps players have played over the last 5 maps for that mode.
  • The system will remove any maps that a player has played twice in the past 5 maps.
  • The system will pick the least played map.
    • If all maps have been removed due to the “Twice Played” rule, those maps will be added back to the pool and the least played map will be picked.

You can read the full patch notes here, including numerous bug fixes.

Valorant patch notes 4.01

Good news, anti-Ares squad, the unruly LMG is being brought into check on Valorant patch 4.01. We know some choice phrases have been aimed at the slightly-overtuned gun, but you can always add them to the Muted Words List Riot is also implementing this time around.

Social updates

  • Muted Words List added to the settings
  • Muted Word List is a new section you will find in your settings where you can type in variations of words/phrases that you, personally, would not like to see appear in-game
  • We admit that some players are often smarter than our automated bad word detection system and continually find creative ways to type things we don’t want to in chat. This is why we need your help to make our detections better! Help us, help you 🙂
  • For example: Let’s say “Riot” is a bad word (scary, I know). Our detection may catch the word “Riot” as one that should be blocked and penalized, but there’s a variety of different ways to spell Riot that we may not be catching: R!ot, R!0t, Ri0t, etc.
  • And no, you won’t get “League of Legends” banned from chat
  • We’re hoping that we can leverage the lists that you and others create to make the chat less toxic by comparing them across regions, and using the data we collect to improve our own detections of bad words. Thanks in advance for all that are willing to lend a hand. Let’s make VALORANT a better place for everyone!

Weapon updates

  • Ares
  • Price increased from 1550 >>> 1600
  • Pitch recoil increased
  • Spread changed from .8 >>> .7 after 10 bullets to 1.0 >>> .7 after 13 bullets
  • Crouch benefits spread and recoil reduced from 40% >>> 25%
  • Melee (but for real this time)
  • The melee’s been too tricky to aim with, making it tough to rely on. So we’ve updated both left and right click melee attacks for more reliable Agent-whacking action.
  • Right click hitboxes are now 1.5x larger. Left click hitboxes are now larger than a right click and have a slightly longer range too.
  • Targets closer to the center of your knife attacks will get hit first, so you still have precision if you need it.
  • Bonus: Knifing walls now have instant feedback when slicing up walls (predicted on the client side)

Bugs

  • Weapons
  • Fixed a bug where the Origin collection idle animations weren’t playing for some levels and variants in Spectator mode
  • Esports Features
  • Fixed an issue where observer player hotkeys would change after side-swap.
  • Performance
  • Fixed an issue where performance charts that require NVIDIA Reflex were displayed and could not be hidden
  • Thanks to TowerofShadow for the report

Valorant patch notes 4.0

Valorant Act 4 has finally arrived, and with it come a whole host of changes. From weapon tweaks, to map rejigs, to gating competitive for new accounts behind a level wall, there’s a lot going on. Oh, and of course there’s a brand new agent, Neon, for players to zip around with.

Agent Updates

  • Neon goes live!

Weapon Updates

  • Melee
  • The melee’s been too tricky to aim with, making it tough to rely on. So we’ve updated both left and right click melee attacks for more reliable Agent-whacking action.
  • Right click hitboxes are now 1.5x larger. Left click hitboxes are now larger than a right click and have a slightly longer range too
  • Targets closer to the center of your knife attacks will get hit first, so you still have precision if you need it
  • Bonus: Knifing walls now have instant feedback when slicing up walls (predicted on the client side)
  • Spectre
  • The Spectre’s versatility makes us happy, but it was over-performing in long range engagements and was too powerful even within its intended close range and mobile scenarios. By making the accuracy error come in a bit earlier and switching yaws more often, we hope it will make it more difficult to get kills when spraying over a long range. Likewise, the close range sprays will require more control to be effective.
  • Firing error occurs at earlier bullet stages
  • For example, instead of errors occurring at bullets 4, 7, 10 (in terms of firing order) they will instead happen at bullets 3, 6, 8
  • Increased pitch and yaw (vertical and horizontal) recoil multipliers when running/jumping/on ascender from 1.25 >>> 1.5
  • Protected bullet count from yaw (horizontal) switching while spraying, decreased 8 >>> 5 bullets
  • Lowering time to switch yaw from .24 >>> .18 seconds
  • While spraying, the time you have until you could switch yaws (horizontal movement) again is lower, meaning it can happen more often
  • Ares
  • Alongside changes to the Spectre, we hope to improve the feel and power of the Ares and take it out of the shadow of other weapons in its price tier.
  • Removed spin up
  • Firing rate increased from 10 >>> 13
  • Guardian
  • The Guardian didn’t need the fire rate penalty compared to its fully-automatic counterparts, so we’re removing it. Adding another bullet before it starts to get unstable should make the weapon feel much more proficient at tapping shots, and improve its overall effectiveness in a fight.
  • Removed firing rate penalty on ADS (Aiming Down Sight)
  • Added an extra bullet before it enters a recovery curve
  • Bulldog
  • We’re giving the Bulldog some love to help make it feel like a better buy in those situations when you might need a cheaper but versatile rifle option.
  • Hip fire rate increased 9.5 >>> 10
  • Recovery on burst fire improved from .4 >>> .35
  • Inaccuracy is accrued any time the weapon is re-fired prior to a complete duration of a weapon’s respective Gun Recovery Time. Lower recovery time should improve burst fire efficiency

Map Updates

  • Bind
  • The double stack of cover at short A has been changed to remove a very powerful one-way smoke location that made the area a little too difficult for Attackers to approach
  • Sentinels will still be able to clog the space, but the new layout should open a few options for attackers pushing in
  • There’s also a small, new bench for a mix up when taking that first peek
  • Breeze
  • Increased the width of the A Main choke and removed 50/50s (where you must choose one of two locations an opponent may be located)
  • This should give defenders more options when playing around A Main. It also removes the 50/50 when both entering or exiting the cave, allowing you to be more methodical when pushing.
  • Added a stack of two crates in cave
  • This provides some cover for attackers pushing the cave while also giving defenders more options for contesting the space.
  • Adjusted cover on the back of A Site and extended the pool to the far wall
  • The cover changes should give defenders both a safe place to fall back to and more cover on retakes. Extending the pool should make playing in this space more comfortable
  • Plant site extension is also to match the new shape of the pool
  • Adjusted curved wall in mid
  • This change simplifies the space and removes the extra pocket.
  • Added cover to the pillar on B Site, blocked off the back site with a new wall, and added a stack of crates to B Wall
  • The new cover on the pillar allows for new pre and post plant opportunities
  • The adjusted back site breaks the head peek to B Main while also giving players new cover to work with. This new cover should be useful when falling back and retaking
  • The new stack of crates limits some angles from B Main, gives you new options when holding or retaking, and should break up some awkward fights that can occur on thin walls
  • Door on A can no longer be reactivated until it is finished opening or closing

Competitive

  • As the map and Agent pool has increased, it’s become increasingly difficult for new players to effectively learn and play VALORANT. However, we haven’t made any changes to when players are able to access our most competitive experience.
  • We believe everyone should take time to learn the ins and outs of core gameplay, and have ample exposure to all the maps and Agents VALORANT will throw at you before competing in our ranked experience. To force this learning period, we’ve decided to add an Account Level requirement to play in Competitive.
  • Starting with Patch 4.0, accounts that have yet to play in Ranked are required to reach account level 20 level before they are able to enter the Competitive queue
  • For those that have not yet reached account level 20, but have already played in Competitive queue, you will still be able to play in ranked.

Game Systems

  • Fixed an issue where the Signature Kill Counter was not updating visually

Esports Features

  • Coaches should no longer experience the issue where swapping targets with number keys and + mouse clicks occasionally fails.
  • Thanks RobWiz for the report!

VALORANT PATCH NOTES 3.12

Valorant update 3.12 is the game’s latest patch and comes with some key new features, including agent-specific keybinds. Competitive play has also seen a nice new addition with the ability to report disruptive players during agent selection as you are chasing Valorant ranks. You can see the full patch notes below.

GAME SYSTEM UPDATES

AGENT-SPECIFIC KEYBINDS

  • We heard you loud and clear. You can now go to the Settings Menu and set different keybinds for each Agent!
  • Go to Settings >> Controls >> Actions to get started
  • Added ability to create, delete, and search for keybind profiles for each Agent. You cannot create more than one profile per Agent.
  • Added ability to copy your default keybindings to a single profile or all profiles at once.
  • Now when your keybinds are in conflict, you can see what other items the binding is assigned to.
  • You can revert individual changes made to bindings in each keybind profile. Reverting will reset the keybind to what it was at the time the profile was created.

SOCIAL UPDATES

  • Report in Agent Select is now live!
    • You can now report disruptive players during the pregame. Just hover over the name and click REPORT.
    • You can also add players to your friends list if you have a positive experience.
  • Friendly Fire detection
    • You Better stop purposely blasting grenades on your teammates cause we’re tracking them and will be punishing excessive damage to allies!

PROGRESSION UPDATES

  • Wide Player Cards
    • After community feedback we are bringing back the Wide Player cards that are shown during the Loading Screens and in the kill banners.

GENERAL

  • Integrated select changes and bug fixes for Slate/UI from Unreal Engine 4.26 and 4.27

BUGS

AGENTS

  • Fixed a bug that caused abilities that consist of a held object to display incorrectly in third person. You’ll notice this fix on Skye, Sage, Jett, Yoru, and Reyna.

SOCIAL

  • Fixed a bug where players were able to spam invite others to party

VALORANT PATCH NOTES 3.10

After what seems like a lifetime of waiting, Chamber has finally arrived in Valorant with update 3.10.

The French agent joins the game’s line-up, alongside a patch which makes five stacks for all Valorant ranks possible. There are a few caveats though, so you’re going to want to read the full patch notes in full below.

Here we go:

Agents

  • Chamber, the latest sentinel agent, is now live

Competitive updates

In a bid to reduce smurfing, limitations on five-stacks are being removed so players can squad up with their friends, regardless of rank. However, there are some small ruleset changes for this to mitigate competitive integrity changes.

  • If everyone is Diamond 2 and below: Expect increased queue times as teams will be matched up against other five stacks with similar MMR, rank ratings and losses will be reduced depending on your squad’s ranked disparity.
  • If one or more members are Diamond 3 and above: expect varied queue times as you will wait indefinitely for another five stack of similar MMR to play against. A minimum of 50% RR will be applied and this can increase to 90%
  • If one or more members are Radiant: expect varied queue times as you will wait indefinitely for another similar rated five-stack. A minimum of 75% RR reduction will be applied.

To combat competitive integrity issues, four-stack queues are being removed as it negatively affects the performance of the soloq player. Riot hopes this option will reduce toxicity in game.

ESPORTS FEATURES

  • Observer Agent icons will no longer all get stuck on the same Agent when using the Minimal Broadcast HUD
  • Observers now have different HUD colors for attackers and defenders.
    Attacker abilities will show as red and defender abilities will show as teal
  • There is now a yellow outline on player icons on the minimap to showcase which player is the active target of an observer

BUGS

GAME SYSTEM

  • Fixed a net/sim-tick aliasing issue where running above 128 frames per second could cause packet send rates to drop below the 128fps cap
  • This may have caused up to a few milliseconds of additional delay before the server processed player input when running at high client framerates.

SOCIAL

  • Fixed issues where you were able to re-invite players in lobby that were already invited

ESPORTS FEATURES

  • Fixed a bug where the Observer’s minimap zoom setting did not function
  • Fixed a bug where coaches could not use the hotkeys to spectate a player inside a deployed piece of utility (Cypher’s Spy Camera, Skye’s Trailblazer, or Sova’s Owl Drone)
  • Fixed a bug where pressing shift plus a player number would not go to the proper cinematic camera for that player, if that player was being actively spectated.

Valorant Patch notes 3.09

Valorant patch 3.09 is relatively small, but makes a couple of major changes. The most notable is that the Classic’s run-and-gun capabilities have been nerfed.

Here are the full Valorant 3.09 patch notes:

Classic (Right-click)

The Classic has been over-performing in close to mid-range encounters when used while jumping or on the move. So we’ve reduced the weapon’s effective accuracy while jumping, running, and walking, with the intent of narrowing it’s ideal use case to only really close ranges.

  • Walking firing error changed .05 >>> .6 (total error is 2.5 when walking, up from 1.95)
  • Running firing error changed .2 >>> 1.3 (total error is 3.2 when running, up from 2.1)
  • Jumping firing error changed from 1.1 >>> 2.1 (total error is 4.0 when jumping, up from 3.0)

MAP UPDATES

Fracture

  • The B Arcade attacker barrier is shifted back towards Attacker Side Bridge, to allow defenders to more easily contest the area
  • Defender barrier at A Rope moved up to the top of ropes to make it easier for Sentinels to prepare.
  • A Hall orb shifted into more neutral space, making it less favorable for attackers
  • New piece of cover in Attacker spawn added to break the long sightline from Hall entrance to B Main, which should relieve some pressure from attackers when defenders fast flank

GAME SYSTEMS UPDATES

Smoother Ropes/Ziplines

  • Fixed jittery movement that could occur when stopping or changing directions on a zipline or rope. This was most noticeable when repeatedly moving a small amount and stopping.

ESPORTS FEATURES

  • Observers using gamepad controllers are no longer locked out of the X/Y axes when speeding up with the right bumper (R1). Free Cam observers rejoice!
  • Observers now have the option to set handedness for teams. When this option is toggled, observers will see players that start the match on attacker as right-handed, and players that start the match on defender will be left-handed.

GENERAL

  • One path for all traffic into game servers – For those of you particular to a preferred server, you may notice a previously preferred location is no longer there. Don’t worry, we simply consolidated what was two paths into the game servers into one—we did not remove any servers.

BUGS

Competitive

  • Fixed a bug that was causing the default Act Rank badge to display on Unrated game loading screens

Agents

  • Cypher can no longer place Spycam on the Breeze door in order to destroy or see through the door when it’s lowered.
  • Similarly, fixed random spots where Cypher could not place Spycam in the same area.
  • Fixed bug that displayed Jett’s 1P Updraft visuals incorrectly

VALORANT PATCH NOTES 3.08

Another patch has arrived and it’s another small update. No agents have been tinkered with in Valorant patch 3.08, but a whole load of bugs have been fixed. It also comes at the same time as Riot’s Vanguard team say cheating reports in Valorant are at an all-time low.

Here are the full Valorant 3.08 patch notes:

Social updates

  • You’ll now be notified if action has been taken on one of your reports, whether you’re offline or not

Progression updates

  • You can now equip any Account Level Border you’ve unlocked, regardless of your level
  • The ability to hide your Account Level from players who are not your friends has been made possible

Store updates

  • You can now equip any skin level you want, except on variant, which are always defaulted to the max skin level

Performance updates

  • The amount of times the UI needs to update has been reduced, saving on performance costs
  • Optimised weapon and ability clipping plane calculations
  • Optimised Viper’s Poison Cloud and Pit by 1P HUD

Esports features

  • Coaches have the ability to swap to players with pre-set key binds (1-5)
  • Coaches will see a visual Picture-In-Picture on the top player HUD to indicate who they’re spectating
  • Coaches can see player key bindings on the mini map, similar to observers

Bugs

  • The valves on Viper’s Gloves now appear on the correct side of her hands in Left Hand Mode
  • Weapon skins should appear correctly in-game
  • Attackers at A Lobby in Split could hear gunshots from A ramps during the buy phase – this has been fixed
  • Viper’s ultimate will no longer spawn incorrectly when placed on top of the shipping crates on Icebox’s B site
  • The blinding orbs coming out of walls recently shot have been removed
  • Observers can now see player outlines through barriers
  • Fixed performance hitches related to Barrier Orbs and inputs
  • Fixed a bug where using Ping could stop you from defusing

Valorant Patch notes 3.07

Valorant update 3.07 is only a small one, with only a couple of minor agent changes. The biggest change is the removal of leaving penalties in Deathmatch mode.

Here are the full Valorant 3.07 patch notes:

Agent Updates

Viper

  • Passing through the highest portion of Viper’s wall now correctly applies instant decay to high-flying Agents.

Jett

  • Jett’s Blade Storm kunai will now recharge after killing a training dummy or defuse practice bot.

Social updates

  • Penalties removed for leaving Deathmatch early
  • Full game participation is required to earn XP.
  • Many of you use Deathmatch to warm up, and its drop-in-drop-out nature makes that work great. Which is why we’ll now support DM as a drop-in-drop-out mode with no penalties for leaving a game early.

Performance updates

  • New setting, in Beta, “Raw Input Buffer” improves performance of input device processing
  • Valorant has used Raw Input for devices since launch. Enabling “Raw Input Buffer” will adjust which APIs are used for processing Raw Input. Should result in minor performance improvement and identical input latency when used with standard input devices and gaming mice.
  • Major performance improvement when used with 8000hz polling rate mice.
  • 8000hz polling rate mice are supported with this feature enabled.

Game system updates

  • A slew of fixes for some common crashes as reported by players
  • Fixed a bug where the text cursor would relocate to the right when editing text in the Report A Player menu
  • Fixed a bug where Team Ace could be awarded in scenarios where it wasn’t earned by the team (we still respect teamwork!).

VALORANT PATCH NOTES 3.06

A new Valorant update dropped on September 21 and with it comes a round of balancing changes to Skye, KAY/O, and Jett.

Riot says Skye’s flash has become “too effective”, so the unequip time has been increased to make it more difficult to capitalise on Guiding Light flashes than before. This means enemies will have more time to react. Her ultimate, Seekers, has also been made more expensive. KAY/O’s flash, on the other hand, has been buffed – rewarding players who throw innovative pop flashes. Jett’s kit has also been tweaked so that she has one less smoke and her ultimate is more predictable.

Radianite crates on Fracture, Icebox, Haven, Ascent, and Bind have all been made stronger, giving defenders more room to dig in.

Here’s what’s changed in Valorant patch 3.06: 

Skye

  • Unequip time after using Guiding Light (E) increased from 0.5 to 0.75
  • Windup time after activation before flash goes off increased from 0.25 to 0.3
  • Seekers (X) cost increased from six to seven

KAY/O

  • FLASH/drive (Q) windup telegraph reduced from 0.5 to 0.3
  • Duration of windup telegraph reduced on right click from 1 to 0.3. The audio attached to the in-flight projectile has also been removed
  • NULL/cmd (x) does not stop pulsing after being downed

JETT

  • Cloudburst charges reduced from three to two
  • Bladestorm (X) right-click/alternate fire kills no longer recharge her Kunai
  • Bladestorm (X) right-click/alternate fire damage changes reverted, meaning damage and multipliers now reflect the left-click

Fracture

  • Tunnel to Generator/Canteen areas can no longer be wallbanged.
  • One crate on B is no longer pennable

Icebox

  • The crate stack on B site is no longer pennable

Haven

  • One stack of crates on C site is no longer pennable

Ascent

  • One crate on A site is no longer pennable

Bind

  • One stack of crates on A site is no longer pennable

A series of small bug fixes were also made in this patch. You can find them here.

A site on a Valorant map

Valorant patch notes 3.05

This patch brings Episode 3, Act 2 to the fore, introducing the likes of Fracture to the Valorant maps selection, as well as a new battle pass, and a new option for the ever-growing Valorant skins line.

It also sees the return of the Immortal ranks (I, II, III) return to competitive for the first time in months and a rank distribution alteration.

This major Valorant update isn’t just jam-packed full of new content – it also contains some pretty hefty agent changes to the likes of Brimstone, Sova, and Breach.

Here’s what’s changed:

Breach

Breach’s Aftershock (C) ability now deals damage to the following:

  • Killjoy Alarm Bot
  • Killjoy Nanoswarm
  • Killjoy Lockdown
  • Cypher Tripwire
  • Reyna Leer
  • Sage Barrier Orb
  • Sova Recon Bolt
  • KAY/O Zero/Point

Brimstone

Brimstone’s Orbital Strike (X) now deals damage to the following:

  • Killjoy Nanoswarm
  • Cypher Trapwire
  • Sage Barrier Orb
  • Sova Recon Bolt
  • KAY/O Zero/Poin

Sova

Sova’s Huter Fury (X) now deals damage to the following:

  • Killjoy Nanoswarm
  • Cypher Trapwire
  • Sage Barrier Orb
  • Sova Recon Bolt
  • KAY/O Zero/Point

Killjoy

Killjoy’s turret not only deals damage to over-confident enemies, it also provides intel. To nerf the turret’s abilities ever so slightly for pistol rounds, Riot Games has altered its bullet tagging from 72.5% to 29.5%.

Raze

Similar to Killjoy’s turret, Raze’s Boom Bots have also been nerfed with low economy rounds in mind. As a result the max damage of the bot is being reduced from 125 to 80 and the min damage of the bot is being reduced from 50 to 30.

The bots will now cost 100 less to reflect this change.

You can find the full patch notes here.