Valorant’s D-DAY is here!
It’s high time for fans to meet Reyna, the first new Agent after launch. The offensive powerhouse is the 11th agent coming to Valorant.
Riot first revealed Reyna’s addition to the official Valorant roster with a teaser video on Twitter.
REYNA /// Mexico
"What hope do these criaturas have?"#VALORANT pic.twitter.com/inO8bR5cto
— VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) May 30, 2020
“REYNA /// Mexico
“What hope do these criaturas have?”
The trailer didn’t explain her abilities in full detail, but it is enough to show players what she’s capable of on the battlefield.
According to Ryan “Morello” Scott, Valorant lead character designer, Reyna is a “feast or famine” Agent. In short, the powerhouse is all about kill or be killed.
She is capable at trading kills and can easily carry her team to victory (if you leave her in the hands of an expert player, that is!)
The catch is:
“If she doesn’t get kills, though, she’s BAD. Like, near-useless. You’re making a big bet picking Reyna.”
Reyna possesses a heal, blind, and a regenerating lifebar as long as the kills keep coming before the cooldown dwindles.
A brief summary of her abilities:
- Ability 1 (C) — Blinding: Cast an Orb that blinds enemies within the surrounding vicinity. Enemies can see and destroy the orb while blinding.
- Ability 2 (Q) — Soul Catcher: Reyna’s health can self-regenerate by absorbing life from Soul Orbs. Collect Soul Orbs from your every kill.
- Signature Ability (E) — Invulnerability: Reyna can temporarily become invulnerable to incoming damage, by using power from Soul Orbs. Collect Soul Orbs from your every kill.
- Ultimate Ability (X) — Sleight of Hand: Temporarily increases rate of fire, decreases reload time and speeds up your skill usage.
After every successful kill, a purple orb will spawn on top of your opponents which you can collect before it’s gone.
Collect these orbs to “feed” Reyna’s power. The orbs also helps the Agent heal to full health and gain up to 50 Armor.
Another core ability is the blind, which she can send through walls or leave suspended mid-air.
Her ultimate ability “Empress” enhances her Soul Orb abilities, wherein the enemies are draped in red highlight.
By activating “Empress,” she increases her rate of fire, speeds up reload, and resets recoil with every kill. Keep her ultimate activated by killing an opponent to reset the decreasing bar.
Many fights in the game rely on “trading,” or the trade-off where the loser dies and the winner survives with lower health. But, Reyna doesn’t suffer such consequences.
For as long as she’s winning fights, she can regain her health and armor due to her Soul Orb healing.
If she doesn’t get kills, however, she won’t be able to offer the minimal team utility like her other offensive counterparts: Jett or Phoenix.
Reyna seems to be more of a hot-head than Phoenix, with a signature sinister personality that goes along with her kill-thirsty kit.
The name translates to “Queen” in Spanish, with the agent hailing from Mexico. She can be heard saying “Give me your heart” after getting a kill (at least in the teaser trailer).
After activating her ult and getting another kill, she’s heard to say “they will suffer” and “more, more” upon collecting the purple orbs.
If your gameplay tends to be on the more aggressive side, Reyna can be the perfect choice!
Leave it to players to discover and unlock her full potential now that Valorant’s official launching date is here.