Choose Your Agent Unlocks Wisely
You have only 5 Agents to start with: Brimstone, Jett, Phoenix, Sova, and Sage. Of these 5, two are duelists (Jett and Phoenix), while the other 3 fall into the other 3 categories of Agents (Brimstone for Controller, Sova for Initiator, and Sage for Sentinel).
As a new player, you will get 2 extra agent unlocks as part of the Play to Unlock contract: One at 7,000 XP earned and one at 12,000 XP earned. After that, you will have to unlock each Agent through their individual Agent Contracts which takes 200,000 XP each to unlock!
Since they give you such a variety of Agents to start with, sit back and use them for a while before you jump right into unlocking a new one. This will give you some time to figure out which type of Agent fits how you play the game best. Because after the Play to Unlock contract, every next Agent will take a while to acquire for you!
Remember: When you do decide you are ready to unlock a new agent, Why not hop into the Open Range and try out their abilities before you commit. Once you unlock the Agent there is no going back!
The Practice Range is Your Friend
It is highly recommended you check out the Open Range before diving into a game of Valorant! The open range gives you unlimited funds to try out the weapons and Agent abilities.
This will let you figure out which weapons you do and don’t like for your playstyle. You can also try out any Agent here – even the ones you don’t have unlocked. Go nuts!
Dominate the Corners
Valorant is all about getting the right angles in gunfights. The best way to get the drop on your enemies is to hug the corners! Peeking corners will let you find the best line of sight to either drop an ability or check on an enemy.
Always approach corners and new areas with caution, you never know what may be on the other side!
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate!
At the end of the day, Valorant is a team game. It doesn’t matter how good you do on your own. You will need everyone working together to succeed.
Obviously, the best way is always going to be with a headset and using call-outs to let your teammates know enemy positions, but the reality is that isn’t always an option. Luckily, Valorant has an excellent Ping System. Default Key locked to Z (easily changed in settings) will automatically ping the area highlighted by your crosshair. Call out whatever you are looking at, so if you ping an enemy or the Spike, everyone on your team will be made aware of their location.
Use this to ping things like enemy locations, possible flanks incoming, or a dropped spike (if playing Defense). This will help your team position themselves and take the proper angles.
Try Editing Your Crosshair
The ability to customize your crosshair is one of the coolest personalization options that Valorant provides.
This is extremely detailed, with options for changing the color, opacity, width, length, and more! Take a second to move the crosshair around or remove it entirely. It’s your game to do whatever you want!