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Valorant Agent Tier List: Best Characters (August 2023)

Valorant and its agent meta are constantly changing. With almost every patch and update, a new agent is introduced to the game, bringing a breath of fresh air in terms of abilities; the latest being Deadlock. Every small patch and detail can change how your favorite agent plays and can help you secure your next heroic victory. So, we studied all the old and new patches and compiled the ultimate Valorant agent tier list in 2023 (up to patch 7.02). Now, you can decide which character will be your main in the next season of Valorant.

Valorant Agents Tier List (Updated)

Valorant agents tier list

Valorant Agents Tier List (Explained)

S-Tier Valorant Agents

The most popular character among any tier list is the S-Tier. These characters can be strong, fun to play with, or just overpowered. There are several reasons that can make Valorant characters to be placed in the S-Tier. Let us see why these agents belong in this overpowered category.

1. Deadlock

Valorant agent Deadlock

Riot always comes up with a lot of different things in a debut agent, and they did not disappoint us with Valorant’s latest agent, Deadlock. The first thing you have to love about using this agent is that she always sounds pissed off. That means annoying your opponents with the unbreakable barrier or trapping them in a cocoon will sound more satisfying with the voice lines.

Deadlock is exceptional at stalling enemies and blocking them away, which can make them almost give up fighting back. Before she gets a Nerf, she stays in the S-Tier.

2. Jett

Valorant Jett

“Old is Gold” is a saying that goes perfectly with Valorant’s best duelist to date. Be it using the operator or entering the site without giving enemies time to react, Jett even makes you regret blinking. Jett is agile and fun to use, especially if you connect those ultimate knives to an enemy’s head.

But the major reason Jett is in S-Tier is that she is the only viable operator carrier in Valorant right now. There are no agents that can carry operators as Jett does. Another special factor that Jett brings to any Valorant team is that no other agent can escape an ongoing tussle like her, which keeps her at the top of any tier list.

3. Killjoy

Killjoy display screen

Switching from the fun air-commanding Jett, we now move towards the tactical genius, i.e. Killjoy. We can all agree on one thing – Killjoy’s sentry can be another agent, which makes any team a six-man army. The sentry alone is so annoying that she can make enemies feel like keyboard warriors when they are trying to enter a site.

Along with it, Killjoy can gather vital intel about the map through sentry placement and alarm bot placement. This makes her important in rank games and even at a professional level.

4. Omen

Omen Screen Valorant

Speaking of the professional level, there is one certain agent that is not doing well in the Valorant ranked system. Yeah, it is the darkness himself, Omen. He isn’t getting picked enough. But there’s a reason Omen is on S-rank in our Vaorant agent tier list. It’s because you can rely on an Omen on the days when you hate being the last one to pick a controller agent.

Not all games go so well that someone wants to play the controller and be on the backlines. That’s why Omen can be a controller who can provide the flexibility of a gunslinger while having the controller abilities. Trust me, I picked Omen and played it as a duelist.

5. Skye

Agent Skye from Valorant

Our last S-Tier pick is the nature girl from East Australia, Skye. She is one of the initiators who cannot detect enemies actively, but her detection is strong on any map, especially because she has the addition of blindness, nearsightedness, and even concussion. All of these while she detects her enemies.

Not only this, her healing ability can be more practical than a Sage heal if you are just a supportive type of player. Overall, you can never miss how much utility a player provides to a team. Try going aggressive with Skye as the secondary entry fragger, and it will do wonders.

A-Tier Valorant Agents

Now that our S-Tier picks are done, let us jump to the A-Tier of our agent tier list of Valorant. A lot of these agents would jump to the S-Tier group, but because of a few minor shortcomings, we have kept them in this category. A-Tier Valorant agents are consistent and reliable for the current meta. Let us have a look at them:

1. Raze

Raze Valorant

A solid argument is when a lot of duelist players pick between Raze and Jett on certain maps. Well, it is undeniably close, but Raze can be difficult to play comfortably for lower-ranked players. Where you can insta-lock Jett in a bronze or silver game, you cannot do that with Raze.

Raze provides solid information, heavy burst damage, and swift movement. As a duelist, Raze can be a great entry-level fragger, but you have to master the blast pack to do so. Raze will possibly dominate the meta as long as the Judge Gun is overpowered.

2. Gekko

Gekko Valorant agent

When it comes to the word “meta” in a game like Valorant, anything can change with every update. That happened with the introduction of Gekko in Valorant. Before he joined the Valorant protocol, the game was pretty biased toward defensive wins. However, Gekko and his little buddies, especially Wingman, changed how they approached an attack.

You can always send in the Wingman and sit back and relax while he does the spike planting with you. Along with it, Gekko’s passive, which allows him to constantly cast his spells every 10 seconds, can annoy enemies constantly. The reason he is not in S-Tier is that an agent like Kay/o can shut him down completely with a mere zero/point.

3. Viper

Viper agent Valorant

A lot of people were disappointed when Viper received one of the worst nerfs recently. That made Viper’s fuel end faster and drop from S-Tier to A-Tier on our Valorant agent tier list. Viper has been one of the most consistent agents in the agent pool since the game launched.

She can control her vision-cutting abilities while away from a fight and also focus on a lurker. A Viper-focused team can always go to plan C or even plan D because of how versatile Viper can be. If you are one of those solo queue monsters, then play Viper and start lurking like the slithering slick reptile.

4. Sova

Valorant Sova

Tier A is defined by how Sova has been consistent for a long time now. You can never deny how crucial it is to have an information gatherer in Valorant games. Valorant runs on information and movement. That is where our pick, Sova, comes into the picture. Sova is the perfect information gatherer on all Valorant maps. He is easy to use and can go with any team composition. Sova is almost a flawless agent in Valorant right now and is a big contender for S-Tier if the owl drone was not nerfed slightly.

5. Reyna

Reyna display screen

Last but definitely not least on the A-Tier is the empress herself, Reyna. Do you remember the time Reyna had to dismiss or absorb? Yes, we do too. But the times have since changed. Reyna has constantly been nerfed to the point where she fell into the vortex of no pick at all. Then, the blessing came in the form of a Jett tailwind ability change and professional players switching to Reyna.

Well, Jett got back where she belonged, but Reyna got a massive buff in her flash, and thanks to players like PRX Jingg and KC Scream, she got to the A-Tier and is now dominating the rank lobbies too. If you have that crisp aim and you are hungry for blood, then just play Reyna all day and you will never get bored. If you wish to dominate your lobbies, check out the best Valorant crosshair codes here.

B-Tier Valorant Agents

From the best of the best and the average, we now move into the categories of ok and decent agents. B-Tier basically includes agents who are pretty basic or less fun to play. Their use case scenario is rather limited, and these agents cannot outperform S-Tier or A-Tier Valorant agents on the list, even on their bad days.

1. Breach

Breach valorant

The small site and cornered map god Breach find their spot in our B-Tier. The reason why Breach is above D-Tier and C-Tier is because of his useful abilities. But with those come self-sabotaging features. Most of Breach’s abilities are predictable and easy to dodge. Basically, the fact that he needs information (from Sova or Kay/o) to perform most of his abilities makes him second to other initiators.

2. Sage

Valorant agent tier list Sage display

Speaking of optional, we have Sage, a healer who can be a good healer, but only a good healer at that. Outside of healing and some stalling mechanisms, Sage does not have an impact on any map. Even if you are just casually playing for fun, Sage can quickly feel pretty boring and one-dimensional. The only reason she is above C-Tier and D-Tier is that her plays make more sense on some maps. Riot, please bring back the old self-healing amount.

3. Brimstone

Valorant agent Brimstone

Brimstone is definitely an A-Tier contender but falls slightly short of being on the very top of our agent list. Now you might see the pick rate and win rate of Brimstone constantly skyrocketing. But, he does not offer anything beyond common defensive controller duties. Sometimes Brimstone’s gameplay can feel slow because of his passive skillset. Overall, he deserves to be in a modest category for being easy to master. You can learn how to play Brimstone in Valorant, along with some cool tips and tricks, via the linked guide.

4. Fade

Fade Valorant

When Fade made her debut, everyone was so excited about how good she was at gathering information and pushing back enemies from certain locations. But all of it changes when you realize that, daily, her abilities are not so practical. Fade has only one enemy tracking ability, and that too is so big that you cannot even know how many enemies are there before it is destroyed.

Along with it, Fade has pretty decent abilities, which sort of make sense but do not justify the initiator role because of how slow they’re on activation. Overall, Fade is a decent agent made for specific maps.

C-Tier Valorant Agents

The C-Tier is made of some nerfed agents and some agents that add nothing substantial to the game. Valorant is a constant-action tactical shooter, so any list will always prioritize the agents who add more depth to their tier compositions.

1. Astra

Valorant Astra

The worst change in an agent Valorant has ever made is nerfing Astra to the ground. The once S-tier agent is now so basic that her difficulty does not make sense anymore. Before, with all those extra stars and enough utility, people would still play Astra, even if she was the hardest agent to master. Now it is just a liability on certain maps.

You can always go for any easy controller like Brimstone, and you will get the same results with less difficulty. So, Astra gets C-Tier on our Valorant Agent Tier list.

2. Phoenix

Valorant Phoenix

From day 1, Valorant Phoenix has always been in the “Why so basic?” category. Now, I know that doesn’t make him a weak agent, but he definitely cannot climb the tier list either. Phoenix is a rough beginner-friendly agent you can use to just play one game unrated before you get bored of his abilities and playstyle.

He comes with two flashes that are less accurate than paid Valorant guides. Along with it, his ultimate is so good that you will be the first one to get stabbed in the game. Phoenix can always represent the C-Tier if he doesn’t receive at least one change in his abilities.

3. Harbor

Harbor Agent display

Speaking of representation, the Indian one did not work out well. Harbor was introduced in Valorant as the raja, and all he ended up doing was being the least-picked controller (even in the quick spike rush game mode). Harbor is boring and very reliant on team fights. His abilities are meant to protect teammates above all. It makes him quite bland and very situational on certain maps. That is the reason he is in the C-Tier. The only thing that keeps him away from D-Tier is his Cove ability.

4. Cypher

Agent Cypher from Valorant

Next up on the C-Tier is Cypher. This is a pick a lot of the Cypher mains will be furious about. But trust us, we have an explanation. Well, you can be a bit biased and pick Cypher every game just to sit in a corner and bait your teammates. Yes, you heard us right. Cypher mains are baiters.

This agent barely contributes anything significant in-game, especially if you don’t talk in-game, and ends up complaining about dying last. Sometimes his defensive abilities can come in a clutch, but with stronger sentinels like Killjoy or Deadlock, Cypher is not a practical pick anymore. Hence, he makes the C-Tier in our Valorant agent tier list.

5. Neon

Valorant Neon

The C-Tier ends with a false promise by Valroant. When Neon debuted on the roster, the focus was on her speed and ability to keep things fast. That died out faster than the hype of CS GO 2. Although Neon looks fun to play, it is because you love playing spike rush and using her ultimate only.

The only thing that can make Neon climb the tier list is when Valroant decides to swap all her abilities for her ultimate. Some professional teams still pick Neon on a certain map, but he doesn’t perform as well as any viable duelist like Jett or Raze. So, Neon stays in our C-Tier.

D-Tier Valorant Agents

D-Tier is also known as the disappointment tier in our dictionary. Valorant tried changing the abilities and powers of these agents in the past to make them part of the meta, but it did not help last time. So, they are still ranked low in Valorant agent tier lists.

1. Yoru

Valorant agent Yoru

Don’t let Tenz’s LCQ or Forsaken’s masters’ performance fool you into thinking Yoru is a good and must-pick agent. With absolutely zero practical abilities, Yoru is a showboat. Yeah, if you find it fun to make a supersonic noise before going behind enemy lines, you are free to do that.

Outside of making sounds with almost every ability he has, Yoru can be a good boy scout. Scouting is a good thing to do, just not as a duelist. A duelist is supposed to be an entry fragger, not a scout. Valorant even tried saving him with a mega update but ended up making him somewhat relevant for content creators only. Yoru is our first D-Tier agent on this Valorant tier list.

2. Kay/o

Kayo agent Valorant

When we mention Kay/o, a lot of people go mad about him being an underrated pick. Outside of shutting down enemy abilities in a gunfight, Kay/o can actually provide a lot of cover by being a dead body. If you are thinking about playing initiators, then choose an initiator with better information utilities and the capability to push forward with the duelist. Kay/o is not even situational and can be replaced by any other initiator with better value in team composition.

3. Chamber

Chamber art

The last agent on our full agent tier list and in D-Tier is the agent who doesn’t even belong to Valorant. Valorant is a game of abilities and gunfights, and Valorant forgot one part while making him. When Chamber was first introduced, everyone started making assumptions about him being a duelist.

With only one defensive ability in Trademark, Chamber has two abilities that give him more guns. Where every other agent can buy a gun from the shop, he has more in his pocket, literally wasting two ability slots. Chamber was an S-Tier agent when he could teleport faster and had two trademarks. Now all he can do is say, “I am rich,” when anyone asks what his abilities are.

Valorant Agent Tier List Ranked Statistics

Following are global rank game statistics of all the agents in our Valroant agent tier list. This list will showcase the agent name, their global pick rate, win rate, and kill-death ratio.

S-Tier Agent namePick RateWin RateK/D
Deadlock (Sentinel)3.1%49.0%0.98
Jett (Duelist)10.0%49.4%1.09
Killjoy (Sentinel)5.7%50.3%0.99
Omen (Controller)8.1%48.7%0.97
Skye (Initiator)5.7%49.3%0.92
A-Tier Agent namePick RateWin RateK/D
Sova (Initiator)3.7%49.3%0.97
Raze (Duelist)7.1%49.9%1.04
Reyna (Duelist)11.3%50.2%1.14
Viper (Controller)2.5%49.1%0.97
Gekko (Initiator)3.3%49.5%0.91
B-Tier Agent namePick RateWin RateK/D
Breach (Initiator)3.0%48.8%0.93
Sage (Sentinel)8.6%50.2%0.89
Brimstone (Controller)5.8%50.8%0.97
Fade (Initiator)2.7%49.0%0.92
C-Tier Agent namePick RateWin RateK/D
Astra (Controller)1.6%49.5%1.03
Phoenix (Duelist)3.4%50.1%1.08
Cypher (Sentinel)3.5$49.2%0.99
Harbor (Controller)1.0%46.5%0.90
Neon (Duelist)2.0%47.9%0.97
D-Tier Agent namePick RateWin RateK/D
Yoru (Duelist)1.8%46.7%0.97
Kay/o (Initiator)2.3%45.9%0.89
Chamber (Sentinel)3.7%48.7%1.08

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the strongest agent in Valorant?

There are no particular strongest agents in Valorant. But anyone from S-Tier in our Valorant agent tier list such as Deadlock, Jett, Skye, Omen, or Killjoy is strong in the current patch.

Which agent is most used in Valorant?

According to our pick rate and win rate data, Brimstone is the most picked agent with 50.8%. He is easy to play and very reliable on any map.

What agent should I unlock first?

Unlock any of the S-Tier agents from our tier list. All of them are strong and flexible in any situation. We will recommend you unlock Omen and Killjoy as first agents.


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