Introduction to Killjoy
Valorant’s 12th agent Killjoy has had everything from her voice lines as well as her abilities leaked before she was launched yesterday, and now Riot’s pulled the curtain back officially on her ability set and her 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 like Raze 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.
We could expect arguement over her turret might not do the same kind of damage than other guns, but this ability will make her one of the most acclaimed agents to join the ranks.
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.
Backlash from fans:
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.”
Killjoy will probably drop when Act 2 of Valorant begins, which is likely beginning of August. Riot hasn’t given an exact date, but with the battlepass ending in a few days we could expect it to be next week.