Valorant Agent Killjoy Abilities Revealed
Valorant’s 12th agent Killjoy has had everything from her voicelines to her abilities leaked before she launched, and now Riot’s pulled the curtain back officially on her kit and role within the game.
“The genius of Germany, Killjoy effortlessly secures key battlefield positions with her arsenal of inventions,” Riot said in their description. “If their damage doesn’t take her enemies out, the debuff her robots provide will make short work of them.”
Killjoy is one of only a few Valorant agents in the game to have abilities that cause direct damage. Her turrets are also the only automated damage aims on its own, aside from where Killjoy places the turret. One could argue that her turret might not do the same kind of damage than other guns, but this ability will make her one of the most divisive agents to join the cast.
What Are Killjoy’s Abilities?
Killjoy’s kit focuses on debuffing, slowing, and ultimately zoning out opponents, so they are easier to pin down and take out. Here’s a full breakdown of her kit via Riot Games.
“Killjoy arrives in Valorant Act II,” they said. “The latest Agent is a genius inventor that brings the chill of the Berlin nightlife and deploys her killer tech for some strong defensive impact. Outsmart your opponents or lock down an area for a stress-free Spike plant.”
- Alarmbot – EQUIP a covert Alarmbot. FIRE to deploy a bot that hunts down enemies that get in range. After reaching its target, the bot explodes, applying Vulnerable. HOLD EQUIP to recall a deployed bot.
- Turret – EQUIP a Turret. FIRE to deploy a turret that fires at enemies in a 180 degree cone. HOLD EQUIP to recall the deployed turret.
- Nanoswarm – EQUIP a Nanoswarm grenade. FIRE to throw the grenade. Upon landing, the Nanoswarm goes covert. ACTIVATE the Nanoswarm to deploy a damaging swarm of nanobots.
- Ultimate: Lockdown – EQUIP the Lockdown device. FIRE to deploy the device. After a long windup, the device Detains all enemies caught in the radius. The device can be destroyed by enemies.
Blowback From Valorant Fans
There has been some blowback from Valorant fans over Killjoy’s kit. One of the biggest claims from Riot about Valorant before it launched was that “aiming matters.” This statement seems to run counter to Killjoy’s kit, which includes a turret that has some auto-aim to it, albeit low damage when compared with a shot from a real player. Regardless, this has been the statement that many pros, casters, and fans have been making on social media.
“To be clear, in Project A, shooting matters,” Riot CEO Nicolo Laurent said last October when the game was announced. “You don’t kill with abilities. Abilities create tactical opportunities to take the right shot. Characters have abilities that augment their gunplay, instead of fighting directly with their abilities.”
It could be argued that Killjoy’s kit does that and that the turret and other abilities in her kit exist more as zoning tools than things to get outright kills. However, the turret can pick up kills from a retreating, low health agent, or even give the key advantage in a pitched teamfight. While the turret can be destroyed, key time in targeting the turret in engagement could be all the Killjoy. Her team needs to take advantage in a fight.
It’s unclear exactly what Killjoy’s role will be in the meta. Turret heroes in other games like Overwatch via Torbjorn, have never been meta despite the role a turret could play. However, generally speaking, Overwatch’s heroes survive much longer than the faster-paced Valorant, where a key bullet placement can mean the difference between life and death. There’s much more leeway to deal with a turret in a game like Overwatch than in Valorant.
Killjoy will release on Aug. 4 with the Agent alongside her contract which includes:
- Three sprays
- Two Titles
- One Gun Buddy
- One Player Card
- Killjoy Agent