Valorant: All Act 3 updates you need to know, plus hands-on look at Skye, Icebox and the mysterious Singularity skins
This week, we got to try out the soon-to-be-released Valorant Act 3 content, courtesy of a special invitation that our eGGcellent friends at Riot Games extended to us and other press media and influencers. So, yes, we got to play upcoming Agent Skye, chilled out with other players in the Icebox, and tried out the insanely cool Singularity weapon skins.
The first Australian Agent/eco-warrior, Skye commands a pack of mystical beasts that aid her and her teammates in battle. The Initiator's healing, scouting and even offensive abilities make her a valuable all-rounder in the field that assist her team to secure victory in various situations.
Equip a hawk trinket. Send forward a hawk that transforms into a flash that blinds enemies when you enable it. It works similarly to Phoenix's Curveball, where you can guide the hawk by holding down the Fire button. One setback: your hawk can be destroyed.
Equip a Tasmanian tiger (nope, not a wolf) trinket that releases said predator. You'll take control of the tiger to scout out enemies ala Apex Legends' Crypto, and can also self-destruct in an explosive blast to damage nearby enemies. Can also be disrupted by enemy gunfire.
Equip a healing trinket that, well, heals your allies. Hold down the Fire button to create a healing circle that heals all teammates within your vicinity. But, you have a limited healing pool that depletes over time and can't be recharged, not to mention that Skye cannot heal herself. Finally, another healer option besides Sage!
Equip a Seeker trinket that Fires three Seekers, tracking down the three nearest enemies. Each Seeker nearsights the enemies they hit. It's like a short-range, more aggressive version of Cypher's Neural Theft ultimate without the delay.
And finally, fulfilling Skye's contract grants you:
- Three sprays
- Two Titles
- One Gun Buddy
- One Player Card
The arctic excavation site of Icebox is the latest icy map to arrive on Valorant Act 3. It's a vast arena when you're in the outdoors, but it gets a little more claustrophobic when you're inside its high-tech facilities.
It contains two big bombsites that are designed as combat grounds, and for the first time ever, horizontal ziplines will be making its debut.
The Icebox map will be available for Unrated, Spike Rush, and Deathmatch modes first before making its way to Ranked on 27 October.
Powerful, abstract, and mysterious, the Singularity are weapons of the far future. The ultra high-tech skins are available in a bundle or individually for these weapons:
A couple of Ranked changes are coming to your way in Act III Competitive, with the hopes of enhancing your competitive experience:
- Receive your Act Rank Badge for Act II, and proceed to work on upgrading your badge for Act III.
- Rank queue lowered from six tiers to three tiers, so that you'll be playing with your peers more often.
- Select your preferred server and improve your ping.
- Immortal+ ranked changes will be affected via wins and losses only.
ACT 3 BATTLEPASS
The Battlepass is back in Act 3, with revised weekly missions that allow faster progressions and more Epilogue tiers. The free Battlepass grants Act 3 cosmetics, such as the “Chilly McFreeze” Gun Buddy, the “Radianite Hazard” Player Card, and the “Stay Safe, Wash Your Hands” Viper Spray. Premium holders will have even more exclusive content, which includes the Ruin Vandal, “Disco Ball” Gun Buddy, and the Surge Bucky.
All Valorant Act 3 content goes live on 13 October, with the exception of new Agent Skye, which will arrive two weeks later on 27 October.