VALORANT Patch Notes 6.02: Stinger Nerf, Server Rewind, Lotus Changes, & More

Nazmul Hassan
By Nazmul Hassan
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Credit: Riot Games

Riot Games released the 6.02 Patch Notes, and along with it, they are finally nerfing Stinger. There’ll also be other changes included with the update.

VALORANT 6.02 Patch notes have been released, and the game update will be coming out shortly, along with many changes to the game. Players worldwide have been eagerly waiting for the patch notes as some recent updates from Riot Games have revealed that slight changes are coming to the game.

For starters, the 6.02 patch will finally nerf Stinger, which has been criticized for being too powerful for its price range in mid and long-range battles. Therefore, this SMG’s cost is also increasing along with the damage reduction.

Moreover, they are also adjusting the max server rewind limit down to 140 ms from 200 ms. Because of this, playing against players with high ping should feel less like you’re getting shot after moving behind cover by a bullet fired earlier. However, players playing with high ping may start to experience hit registration inaccuracy.

On the other hand, Riot Games is making some quality-of-life improvements with the newly added map Lotus. Other than that, there’ll be usual bug fixes waiting to be released in the 6.02 update. Here’s an in-depth look at the 6.02 patch notes.

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VALORANT 6.02 Patch Notes

GAMEPLAY SYSTEMS UPDATES

Dev Notes: When a player fires a shot, it takes time for the input to reach the server. To prevent you from needing to lead your shots, VALORANT implements server rewinding. When the server determines the outcome of a shot, it rewinds character positions around the bullet to match their locations at the time when the shot was initially fired. Finding the right limit for a max rewind amount is important for reducing cases of anyone feeling like they need to lead shots, or that they can still be shot after safely repositioning themselves.

When we launched the game, the max rewind value was set to 200 ms based on what we deemed as acceptable networking conditions (factoring in some amount of additional input/processing latency) to play VALORANT. Based on player data since launch, we’ve determined that this value is too high for the networking conditions experienced by most of you. —Kevin Lee, Software Engineer

  • Adjusted max server rewind limit down to 140 ms from 200 ms.
    • Playing against players with high ping should feel less like you’re getting shot after moving behind cover by a bullet fired earlier
    • Players playing with high ping may start to experience hit registration inaccuracy

WEAPON UPDATES

STINGER

We feel that the Stinger is overperforming at medium to long range engagements at its price point. Force buying Heavy Armor and Stingers on both round 2 and 3 was too effective and lacked the appropriate nuance and economic tradeoffs. We hope that players can occasionally still access this strategy granted they have the credits to do so.

  • Cost increased 950 >>> 1100
  • Damage fall-off changed:
    • Previously:
      • 27 damage per bullet (0 – 20m)
      • 25 damage per bullet (20m+)
    • Now:
      • 27 damage per bullet (0 – 15m)
      • 23 damage per bullet (15m+)

SOCIAL UPDATES

  • Voice Evaluation Beta (North America/English-only)
    • Last year Riot Games began a background launch of the Riot Voice Evaluation (RVE) in North America. RVE will now move into a limited beta phase that will enhance our behavioral reports data collection capabilities and improve the impact of our comms related behavioral interventions.

BUGS

AGENTS

  • Potentially fixed bug with KAY/O’s Zero/point (E) not showing the correct enemies that it has suppressed (please let us know if you see further issues here)
  • Pathfinding has been improved on Raze’s Boom Bot (C) when chasing an enemy. It can now more consistently jump up small heights and will do so with smoother movement
  • Fixed a bug with Boom Bot (C) getting stuck in a wall and rapidly shaking while making a loud noise. It will now bounce off the wall per usual
  • Fixed a bug where Yoru’s Fakeout (C) could get stuck in mid-air in various locations
  • Fixed bug where Cypher’s Neural Theft (X) would only reveal one time if he had been killed or the round had changed during a previous cast
  • Fixed a bug where Cypher’s Neural Theft (X) reveals would be interrupted when he was killed after it had been deployed

MAPS

  • Players will no longer make footstep audio when dropping from Lotus B site platform to the fountain
  • Lotus door volume has been lowered further (we lowered in 6.01 as well) during the rotation phase
  • On Lotus, players next to each other while rotating door…rotates should feel smoother
  • On Lotus, fixed an issue where players were spawning on the wrong side of barrier near C site if standing on rotating door at round end
  • On Fracture, fixed a bug where the “Paul Delmann” badge could be stuck on the screen after Buy Phase ends

WEAPONS

  • Fixed an issue where Frenzy and Bulldog reload audio is quieter than other weapons in third person

SOCIAL

  • Fixed a bug that caused voice chat to no longer function when disconnected from the internet for less than 60 seconds
    • If the internet is disconnected for 60 seconds or less, you will be able to reconnect to voice chat without having to relaunch the game.

Patch 6.02 Release Date

VALORANT Patch 6.02 is set to go live on February 7, 2023. Follow our Facebook and Twitter handles for more VALORANT news and instant updates.

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By Nazmul Hassan FPS Editor
Nazmul is GameRiv's FPS editor. He is a marketing graduate with an immense passion for gaming. As an ex-professional CS:GO player, he holds a strong interest in other FPS titles like Apex Legends, VALORANT, and CoD. However, he also tries out other games when he is free.