In-Depth Valorant Phoenix Gameplay Guide
Valorant is among the most popular video games at the moment. What was Fortnite back in 2018, Valorant is today. It’s not just a video game, it’s a movement. A movement that’ll conquer both the gaming and the esports industry.
There’s a massive demand for Valorant guides at the moment. That’s not surprising at all considering the number of players trying to become pro in what could be the biggest esports title ever! Today’s guide, as the title implies, focuses on Phoenix, one of 10 currently available agents in the game.
Our Valorant Phoenix guide aims to provide you with a fresh set of information about the game as well as a fully-fledged gameplay guide on one of its most popular and, at least for the moment, most viable agents.
In our Phoenix guide, we’ll cover all four of his abilities. We won’t just cover their basic explanations but the most effective ways to use them. Phoenix abilities guide will be followed by the key skills Phoenix mains must possess. We’ll round everything off with gameplay tricks on all three maps and go through the most frequently asked questions!
Valorant Phoenix Guide | Abilities 101
This section of our Valorant Phoenix guide revolves around the agent’s abilities. As you all know already, each agent has four unique abilities. Two are purchasable before each round, one (AKA signature ability) is free, and the last one (AKA the ultimate ability) has to be charged.
As for Phoenix’s skillet, it’s a mixture of healing and crowd control mechanics, nicely poised with a unique ultimate ability that allows Phoenixes a ton of different gameplay options. Here’s a closer look:
Blaze costs 200 in-game credits and acts like a vision blocking wall. It’s not the same thing as Sage’s wall, though. Phoenix’s Blaze wall isn’t solid, although it will deal damage to everyone who passes through it. It will, at the same time, heal Phoenix and give him that extra bit of leeway in uphill battles. Blaze can also be curved by holding down the fire button and aiming towards one side. The ability has the same exact effect, but curved either left or right, depending on your mouse movement.
You can use this ability to do many things. The most obvious one – blocking entrances. Blaze works like a charm in both offensive and defensive scenarios, all thanks to its length and curving mechanics. In some instances, if placed correctly, Blaze can block not one but two entrances.
Keep in mind, though – enemy players can walk through your wall and suffer on a few damage points, meaning you have to keep tabs on it. One last thing – Blaze can also be used for healing. It’s not as easy to set up as Hot Hands but makes for a great and effective alternative when Phoenix’s E isn’t available.
Curveball is Valorant’s equivalent of a CS:GO flash. It’s the same thing, just with a shorter fuse and curved flying path. After pressing Q, you can press either left or right mouse button to choose the direction in which you want your Curveball to travel. Right click will send it around the right corner; the left click will send it around the left corner. Phoenix can have throw two Curveballs in a round, and use it to blind incoming enemies, reducing their vision and potentially scoring easy early-round kills.
Hot Hands is Phoenix’s signature ability meaning it’s available each round. Upon pressing E, Phoenix equips a small fireball that he can then throw at the desired location. Upon contact, the fireball explodes and creates a fire zone that deals damage to everyone who walks over it. Anyone except Phoenix – Hot Hands heals Phoenix.
Strategically placing Hot Hands is the key to maining Phoenix. Randomly throwing it in the direction of your opponents won’t get you far. Remember – Hot Hands has two layers. The first layer, it damages everyone who walks over it. The second layer – it heals you when you’re standing within its borders. Placing Hot Hands in an area where both of its layers will serve their purpose is of essential importance for all Phoenix players!
Run It Back
The concept behind Run It Back, Phoenix’s ultimate ability, is fairly simple. Upon pressing X, a marker is placed instantly on your current location. You can roam around the map freely with the marker active, but if you die or the ult’s timer expires, you will be sent back to the marker’s location.
Needless to say, Phoenix’s ultimate ability brings forth a ton of unique possibilities that can be deployed in a variety of different scenarios, both offensive and defensive. For instance, you can use it for site rushing, quick plants, or random early-round pushes with a high surprise potential.
Key Skills Phoenix Players Must Possess
Moving on with our Valorant Phoenix guide, here’s a closer look at the two main skills players who want to main Phoenix should possess:
First up – patience! Yep, patience is the word we’re looking at here. If you want to be a good Phoenix main, you need to be patient! Yes, his ultimate ability suggests rushing, but patience is what you’ll need to time it correctly and make the most out of it. Run It Back can be a quick and effective way to do all sorts of things other than to rush in on a site and try to shoot down a few opponents by surprise. You can use it for quick spike plants, preventing plants, and suicide recovery attempts. Use your imagination – Phoenix’s ability gives you an extra life so make sure you make it count!
Timing isn’t a skill now, is it?! Still, it’s something that comes with experience and can make all the difference, especially for Phoenix mains. The capability to time the skills correctly, mostly referring to Curveball and Run It Back, is of utmost importance and it’s basically what separates good Phoenixes from mediocre ones.
Timing isn’t something you can learn. Sure, you can try to count the seconds it takes for the enemy players to rush forward when you’re on the defensive end, but that won’t mean squat if you’re playing against a passive defense. Timing is situational, meaning it varies from match to match, round to round. Once again, it’s something that comes with experience… not necessarily in Valorant but competitive FPS experience in general.
Want to know what sort of skills you need for Jett? Check out our in-depth Jett guide!
Tips for Playing Phoenix | Valorant Gameplay Tricks
In this portion of our Phoenix guide, we’ll be going through all three maps and showing off valuable tips and tricks for playing everyone’s favorite Valorant agent!
How to Play Phoenix on Split
Taking mid control on Split is of crucial importance and I feel like I keep repeating that in every Valorant agent guide I make. It’s important, though – mid paves the way for quick rushes on both A and B and allows attackers to control the tempo by easily guarding off choke points on both ends. On defense, the best way to use Phoenix is to take mid control with Blaze plus Hot Hands combination. Throwing one towards A sewers and other towards B link ought to prevent fast rushes.
If you’d like to get aggressive, you can block one entrance off with your Blaze and slowly push towards the second to collect info. Some opponents might not expect you, meaning you could take one or two kills by surprise… or, if you’re lucky as I was – three.
Playing Phoenix on Haven | Things You Need to Know
Phoenix has a multitude of opportunities on Haven. As you probably know already, Haven features three sites and Phoenix does well on all three of them. Still, mid to C has to be pointed out as his key strength. With Blaze, Phoenix can protect himself and his teammates from A rotations. With his Q, he can create an entry kill opportunity near the double door.
On the defensive end, you can be as passive as you’d like. At the very first sound of footsteps nearing a site, drop your Blaze and do a follow up with a more aggressive Hot Hands. You’ll be safe for the next few seconds while you prepare your Curveball and/or Run It Back.
Phoenix Guide for Playing on Bind
On the defensive end, guarding B on Bind with Phoenix is a pretty easy task. Wall is a great place for people who can control their sprays for hookah pushes. If you’re not that type, guarding a defensive perimeter around elbow is a good option too. You can use your Blaze to isolate either garden or mid, depending on where the action is coming from.
On the attacking end, Phoenix has all sorts of options on doors. He can isolate carpet, peacock or hay. Heck, with a bit of help he could isolate the entire A site, allowing his teammates to either rush through u-hall or teleport to mid/connector. There are several more ways Phoenix can catch people off-guard on the attacking end, but these are some of the most effective ones.
Phoenix Gameplay Mechanics | Valorant FAQ
Last but not least, let’s take a closer look at some of the most frequently asked questions about Phoenix:
How to Unlock Phoenix in Valorant?
The simplest way to unlock Phoenix in Valorant is to level up his agent contrast with Valorant Points. If you don’t want to spend money on a game that’s still in closed beta, and that’s fine, you can grind the levels manually. Last but not least, if you’re just starting you can unlock Phoenix as one of the first two agent updates you get with a new profile.
How to Use Phoenix’s Ultimate?
Phoenix’s ultimate ability, Run It Back, allows him one free rush or one free peek. However, it can be used for more than just that. It can be used for acquiring the bomb from a tricky spot or even planting under enemy fire. Both are risky maneuvers but could pay off if done correctly and in a timely fashion.
Is Phoenix Any Good?
At the moment, Phoenix is one of the most viable agents in the game. He has excellent crowd control, area control, and healing capabilities, coupled with a unique ultimate ability that allows him an extra level of aggression. So yeah, long story short – Valorant Phoenix is pretty good, at least for the moment!
How to Play Phoenix in Valorant?
Playing Phoenix in Valorant shouldn’t be that big of a change for someone coming from a CS:GO background. That’s because Phoenix’s set of abilities is quite similar to the typical CS:GO utility name lineup. You got your flash, your area control, and your vision block. The ultimate ability is a powerful tool too, but requires good timing and excellent game sense to make the most difference.
When playing Phoenix in Valorant, you shouldn’t be too aggressive, even though his skill set might suggest otherwise. Time your aggression, play around with your Hot Hands and Blaze. Remember that both spells heal you – that can make all the difference in tight scenarios.