Riot constantly adds new Agents to their roster. They also update various Agents in order to balance things out. It can be difficult to choose from Valorant’s ever-growing roster.
It’s hard to tell which Agents are great for the competitive queue and which to avoid. We’ve created this Valorant agent tier list to help you choose the best Valorant Agents to use for your ranked games in Patch 7.04.
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S – Tier Valorant Agents
These are hands down the best Valorant Agents you can play in Patch 7.04. They work well with most team comps and can be used in almost any Valorant map.
Phoenix quickly rose up through the tiers and burned as bright as his Curveball. He’s an excellent all-around type of agent who can single-handedly enter a site. Need some cover? No problem, I’ve got Blaze. Need to entry? Flashes for days. When he finally gets control of the site and gets damaged, he can throw Hot Hands and prepare for the next duel.
Fire boy over here has one of the highest win rates across all ranks. He also offers better team play than some of the more “selfish” Duelists in the game – Looking at you, Reyna. All of these factors make a solid case for Phoenix as an S-Tier Agent.
If you’re looking for damage, Raze is your gal. Her utility can easily clear corners, engage fights, and enter sites on attack. She works best with an Initiator who can scan or flash for her, and it’s all over once she enters the site.
Raze is hands-down one of the best Valorant agents you can use if you’re looking to rank up fast. She does a little bit of everything while damaging enemies in the process. She’s powerful enough to carry the team on Attack while also being a solid Defender, unlike the other Duelists.
If you’re looking for a top-tier defensive anchor, Killjoy is your gal. She’s an insanely strong defender and can easily hold sites on her own. She’s a beast on maps like Ascent and Split, which are all part of the current map pool. The return of Breeze and addition of Sunset also solidify her place as the top Sentinel there is.
Killjoy is also great at watching flanks once you’re on the Attacker’s side. She can also help delay defuses using Nanoswarm lineups and can help you easily attack sites using Lockdown. She’s just so much better than the other Sentinel Agents in the game, and you simply can’t go wrong when choosing her.
Sova is by far the best Initiator in Valorant right now. He’s a valuable addition to any team because of his ability to clear corners and scan areas. A good Sova will make it feel like your team has wallhacks.
He also provides a great balance between offense and support abilities, making him a well-rounded Agent. Not to mention how well he delays defuses using his Shock Darts and ultimate. Sova will make the enemy team cry if you have the right lineups.
Viper is another Agent who rose through the ranks because of how the current map pool favors her kit. She’s a top-tier Controller, especially on newer maps like Pearl and Lotus. Breeze also makes a comeback, which is another fantastic Viper map.
Her ability to defend sites like a Sentinel also provides insane value for her team. Her Viper’s Pit ultimate is also an insane ability for post plants or retakes, allowing for instant site control. Add her molly lineups and smoke decay, making Viper the ultimate lineup demon.
A – Tier Valorant Agents
These may not be the best Valorant Agents around, but they’re still pretty solid picks that work with most team comps and on different maps.
Reyna has always been a carrying machine, and she’s the best Valorant Agent to carry with. Her simple abilities, combined with an independent and self-healing kit, result in an insanely strong Agent as long as you’ve got the aim to back it up.
The thing with Reyna is that you need to get kills. You’re useless if you aren’t getting kills and will probably be flamed by your team. So, if you’re the type of player who’s always worried about your combat score, then Reyna is the Agent for you. Just make sure to always keep your aim training on point.
If you want to instill fear into your opponents, then Fade is the best Valorant Agent for you. Fade is a solid Initiator option that does a bit of everything. She can scan enemies, clear corners, drag enemies out of cover, and has a large AOE ultimate.
Fade can provide various tools to her team and create unique opportunities. She also pairs well with top-tier agents like Raze and Jett, making her fit in most team comps. She’s an excellent choice and will work well on most maps, even without any lineups. In the current meta, a Sova or Fade on your team makes winning easier.
Omen is perfect for players who have an aggressive or lurking playstyle but still want to help their team out. His long-range smokes are perfect for those lurks while still helping your team on the other side. The current pool also works in Omen’s favor. He can pretty much work on any given map with a few adjustments to your game.
Omen’s From the Shadows also allows you to teleport anywhere on the map, resulting in unique opportunities that no other Agent can perform. He can also easily perform outplays and baits with his abilities when needed. He’s one of the best Valorant Agents right now because of how well his abilities work with different playstyles.
It might be a bit surprising for some to see Cypher in our A-tier. However, with the fall of Sentinels like Sage and Deadlock comes the opportunity for Cypher to shine. The return of Breeze and the introduction of Sunset, both maps he excels on, help him power-creep the other Agents.
You still have to work around some of the counters to his Trapwires, like Sova’s Owl Drone and pretty much Raze’s entire kit, but he still holds sites well. Give Cypher some space, and he’ll anchor it long enough for reinforcements to come.
B – Tier Valorant Agents
We’re slowly going down the list of the best Valorant Agents. These next Agents are still decent and can work well on different maps when played correctly.
Astra has quietly seen a resurgence in Valorant play. She’s a favorite among pro players because of her versatile kit and insane utility. With the recent buffs to her abilities in Patch 7.04, I look forward to an increase in her pick rate across Valorant-ranked games.
Overall, Astra has the skillset to become one of the top Valorant Agents. The thing that hinders her most is her difficulty to use. Most players can’t effectively take advantage of Astra’s kit because she requires a ton of game and map knowledge.
Jett used to be one of the best Valorant Agents in the game. She was nearly unstoppable when put in the right hands. Unfortunately, she Updrafted way too close to the sun and got nerfed to the ground. Look at how Riot massacred Jett.
She’s still usable, especially with how powerful the Operator is when in her hands. However, don’t expect her to match up to her previous elegance with the sniper. It also opens the windows for other Agents to wield the weapon.
Upon first release, Gekko was the talk of the town. He was quite powerful at first, but once players knew how to counter him, he slowly fell off the charts. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still a decent pick and can actually be OP on some of the more open maps.
He has a flash, a molly, a lil buddy that can plant or defuse, and a detaining roaming ultimate. Because of his unique abilities, he easily fits most team comps without much conflict.
Breach has the Initiator role in Valorant. His kit is mainly composed of stuns, concusses, and flashes that put the enemy team in a dazed and confused state. He’s one of the agents who greatly benefited from the current map pool, which helped increase his effectiveness and popularity.
He can be quite tricky to use, which is mainly why he isn’t exactly S-tier material. However, a good Breach player is definitely one of the most annoying ones to go up against.
Yoru being played again is one of the biggest plot twists of 2023. He’s been so bad for so long that I sometimes forget he’s even in the game. However, Yoru Gatecrashed his way into B-Tier with a few tweaks to his kit and maps favoring more lurks. It also helps that TenZ started using him a lot recently.
There are still times when you’ll see Yoru players inadvertently flash teammates, teleport to death, and fail at lurking. He’s still not the best Duelist in town, but he’s definitely usable. Yoru requires the right player to be at his peak, which is why he’s in B-Tier for now.
Skye is still a solid Initiator pick. She can excel when put in the right team composition and used in the right situations. However, with Fade and Sova running the current map pool, it’s hard to choose a Skye over either Agent. She’ll do great as a secondary Initiator, though.
The nature-loving Aussie still has a place in Valorant. Her AOE heal is just unmatched, especially as Sage descends the ladder. However, the nerfs in Patch 7.04 can definitely be felt. So make sure to account for the changes before running out trailblazing.
Unsurprisingly, we see the revival of the other Operator-based Agent in the game. Chamber has been pretty much left untouched since Patch 5.12, so he still isn’t S-Tier material. However, he does have better value in today’s game, especially with the Breeze rework in play.
Chamber will likely be the go-to aggressive Op-peeker now that Jett has received some significant nerfs. His kit could still be better with a bit of tweaking, but for now, he’s at least decent enough to see some rounds in both pro play and Competitive.
C – Tier Agents
The Agents in C – Tier are among the worst Agents in the game. They can still shine on specific maps or with specific team comps, so don’t count them out just yet.
If you’re looking for speed on your team, Neon is the Agent to play. Like Jett, she enters sites with a burst of speed. She also has walls to cover vision, a bouncing stun, and finger guns for an ultimate.
Neon is definitely one of the more enjoyable Agents to play in Valorant. But her lackluster ult and reliance on good Initiators to succeed is what brings her down to our C in our Valorant tier list. Just don’t forget to use a Valorant mouse that can keep up with your speed.
Brimstone is one of the best Valorant Agents for beginners because of how easy deploying his smokes are. But that’s also the reason why he’s not that great. Unlike other Controllers with reusable smokes, once Brim’s smokes expire, that’s it.
His Stim Beacon can definitely be useful in rushes and in certain situations. Brim’s Incendiary and Orbital Strike are great tools to delay defuses. Overall, he’s decent and can still work as a substitute or backup Agent.
KAY/O is one of the top Agents in professional Valorant. He provides a ton of utility within his kit and a valuable NULL/CMD ultimate that prevents enemies from using their abilities. To become truly effective, KAY/O requires a ton of coordination – something you’ll rarely see in your ranked games.
When put in the right hands, KAY/O is an angle-clearing expert who can sometimes replace Duelists as entry fraggers. But due to the nature of Competitive games, KAY/O just doesn’t work as well as he does in pro play. However, I do recommend trying him out if you’re playing with a group to rank up.
It probably comes as a huge shock that Sage is low on our list of the best Valorant Agents. Despite her relatively high pick rate, she’s just not as powerful as she used to be.
Sage can still be a pretty decent pick because of her healing and revive ability. However, she lacks the site anchoring power needed in the current meta. This is the primary reason why she’s in our C-Tier.
Harbor offers decent zoning abilities and opens up opportunities for unique plays. Unfortunately, he requires the perfect mix of aggressiveness and passiveness to be successful. That’s a feat that’s rarely achievable by most players.
He can also be a bit difficult to use, especially compared to other Controllers. Most players also prefer Viper because of the stronger ultimate and the defuse delay potential with lineups.
D – Tier Agents
We’ve reached the final tier in our list of the best Valorant Agents, or should I say worse at this point? The majority of the time, you’re better off picking a different Agent altogether. Only pick these Agents if you’re 100% sure they’re going to work, or else be prepared to get flamed.
The D in D-Tier Valorant Agents stands for “Deadlock.” She was quite decent at first release, primarily because most players didn’t know how to play around her kit yet. Unfortunately, she quickly fell off because of her evident inferiority to the other Sentinels.
Deadlock’s best ability is her Annihilation ultimate. Her Barrier Mesh is also decent, but the rest are just trash. Even the best Valorant players don’t know what to do with her since she’s the only Valorant Agent who didn’t get played during Valorant Champions 2023. Yikes.