Valorant is undeniably and unapologetically a team game. Sometimes that’s a good thing, like when your teammates pop off and secure a win when you’re having a bad game. Awesome!
Then, there are the times when you have four teammates so bad they might as well be playing with their feet. It’s those bad moments that brought you here in search of ways to grab a match by the reins and force wins, even when your teammates let you down.
Well, we’ve got some good news and some bad news for you.
The bad news is that Valorant is still a team game. There’s only so far that a strong Agent and stellar shooting skills will get you. Sometimes everything can and will go wrong.
The good news is that we’ve put together this list of Agents that will give you the best shot at winning when you’re stuck with a bad team. So, without further ado, here are the Agents to pick to solo-carry games in Valorant.
Although Sova often falls in and out of favour at the pro level, his strong intelligence-gathering abilities have kept him relevant in competitive matchmaking, patch after patch. Owl Drone and Recon Bolt provide a valuable vision that makes Sova strong in alleyways and against campers. The whole team gets the intel, too, so it’s basically a passive buff to your teammates’ map awareness and shooting.
Officially, Sova is an Initiator, but you almost never want to be the first into a firefight. The longer you live, the more opportunities you will have to use your reconnaissance skills. And there’s no exaggerating just how valuable it is to know where the enemy is.
You don’t even need to be a great shooter to make an impact with Sova. Shock Bolt can bounce up to two times before exploding, allowing you to hit lucky shots on campers from odd angles. His ultimate, Hunter’s Fury, both deals damage and reveals enemy locations up to three times in one use.
Sova is the best agent if you are frequently assigned to teams with poor situational awareness. His suite of recon skills provides knowledge about the enemy’s location that even the most map-blind team can’t ignore.
Like Sova, KAY/O is an Initiator whose arsenal allows him to do more than simply set up entries. KAY/O is one of the most self-sustaining Agents in Valorant thanks to a great flash, a killer signature skill, and a powerful ultimate.
This war machine’s greatest asset is his flash, which has two modes of use. The first mode is your typical long toss (tossed with the left mouse button). It’s most useful for blinding campers or enemies behind tall walls. The real strength of KAY/O’s flash lies in its secondary mode (right mouse button), which is a short toss that’s perfect for peeking at corners and getting the jump on enemies.
To properly use his secondary flash, don’t toss it onto the floor. Instead, bounce it off the wall behind you, then turn around and step into the room you’re attacking. The flash will explode behind you, so you can start shooting without blinding yourself.
You can use ZERO/POINT to help get the jump on enemies. Toss it where you think enemies may be hiding, then pay attention to the colour of its explosion. If it glows purple, that means you’ve hit targets and applied the suppress debuff on them. All you have to do next is pop flash and mow them down.
NULL/CMD grants KAY/O combat stim and suppresses any enemy caught in its area of effect. KAY/O can go toe-to-toe with any agent in Valorant if you properly stagger NULL/CMD with ZERO/POINT.
Controllers usually sit back and manage firefights with their buffs and debuffs. Omen, however, is the only Controller with a proper flash. This alone is enough to make him the most independent Controller in Valorant, allowing him to split off and do his own thing, but he’s got a great teleport skill, too. Combined, Omen’s flash and teleport support an aggressive play style rarely seen in Controllers, giving him major solo carry potential.
Paranoia deafens and reduces the vision of players it touches. This is super-useful in hallways, where enemies have to stand in a line. You don’t even have to show yourself to use it; Paranoia passes through walls, so you can hit them from behind cover.
Shrouded Step adds another layer of unpredictability to Omen’s already dangerous toolset. Being able to quickly jump out of danger in a snap makes Omen one of the slippier Agents in Valorant. You can even mess with your enemy’s head by faking a jump and teleporting to the same position. If they take the bait, you’ll be in a prime position to pump a few bullets into their exposed back.
If you find yourself in duel situations a lot, then Reyna is the Agent for you. Not many Agents can take Reyna one-on-one thanks to her having two instances of Leer and an incredible health regenerating skill in Devour.
You don’t actually have to Nearsight an enemy for Leer to be effective. If the enemy decides to ignore the bomb, they’ll have to take you on with reduced vision. But if they choose to take out the Leer to avoid being Nearsighted, they’ll have to move their crosshair away from where you’re standing, giving you time to take them out. The fact that you have two Leers means it’s virtually impossible to beat Reyna in a straight duel.
Then there’s her Devour. Reyna can consume Soul Orbs to get an easy 100 HP heal every time, keeping her fit and ready for a firefight after every kill. If you’re a good shot, Reyna’s Ultimate and Devour can let you easily take down entire groups of enemies in one fell swoop.
If you paid extra-close attention, you may have noticed that all these Agents are strong in corners and chokepoints. A good solo carry must be able to play independently of the rest of their team. When the going gets rough, you need the toolset to force an attack or fend off a rush on your own. The agents here have strong skills that let you do just that.
That wraps up our guide on Agents to pick to solo-carry games. While Valorant will always be a game about teamwork and careful coordination, the Agents we’ve listed are capable of striking out and making moves on their own. When played properly, you should always be able to make a strong impact on the outcome of a match.
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Article contributed by Sarah Paul, a content outreach writer for OffGamers.
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