With a new year comes many exciting new developments in the Valorant space, not the least of which is the upcoming release of Episode 4, Act 1 that players around the world are eagerly awaiting. Episode 3 has officially ended, and the first act of episode 4 officially launched worldwide on January 11, 2022.
While there are plenty of new details that players will love, one of the most significant developments has been the introduction of a brand new agent called Neon, which is possibly the most consequential release we’ve seen in the series to date. Read on to find out everything we know about the Agent Neon update so far.
Agent Neon: The Background
Details of the new agent were initially “leaked” via an Amazon Prime listing for the game in late 2021 (although it’s entirely possible this was intentional).
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On Amazon Prime Gaming, Valorant fans were quick to notice images of a brand new agent in the promotional banners for the new episode, and speculation ran rampant on Twitter and Reddit with a statement on Twitter confirming that there will be a new agent and that that agent’s name is Neon is.
The previous agents released in the game were Astra, a controller, KAY-O, an initiator, and Chamber, a sentinel. So it came as no surprise to anyone that Neon was a Duelist agent. It is also clear that there is speculation as to whether or not Neon would serve as a counterbalance agent to Jett, the most powerful agent in Valorant Per pick rate of almost 100% has proven to be correct. Neon is a force to be reckoned with, to say the least.
The most important details
As the name suggests, Agent Neon is a Technicolor explosion of bright colors. Her character is something of a femme fatale, using her immense speed and attacking skills to unleash a blaze of destruction in her wake. The main stats and skills for Neon are as follows:
- Relay Bolt: Throw a bouncing bolt of energy that electrifies the ground and everyone nearby.
- fast lane: Fire two bolts of energy at the ground that rise and create walls of electricity that damage enemies and obscure their vision.
- Full speed: “Charge the energy of neon” to greatly increase speed and unleash highly damaging electrical charges.
- Overdrive: Use a full power meter to instantly shoot out a massive bolt of lightning, killing anyone who takes a direct hit in an instant.
A new era in Valorant’s global success story
The hype surrounding Neon reflects the overwhelming international success of Riot Games’ most popular release. Valorant is now played all over the world and is a mainstay of the global eSports scene.
In fact, the game is so popular in the professional arena that fans as far away as Australia are now regularly betting on their favorite players and leagues Sports betting in Australia is commonplace today as it is a big market with the big bookmakers. The fact that Valorant’s newest agent has caused such a storm is a reflection of this growing worldwide interest in the game itself, which we can expect to see much more in the future.
So what do you think of neon? Whether she will become a top pro pick remains to be seen, but her chances are good at the moment.
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