VALORANT’s Next Agent Fade: Abilities, Nationality, Lore, & More

Nafiu Aziz
By Nafiu Aziz
6 Min Read
Image Credit: Riot Games/ Esportsgen

Riot Games has been teasing us with their next agent in VALORANT with clues scattered throughout the maps and the training range.

VALORANT is Riot Games’ foray into the highly competitive first-person tactical shooter genre of games. Despite solid competition from CS:GO and Overwatch, Riot Games managed to garner a dedicated player base consisting of players from different FPS games.

Riot Games introduces new agents, maps, skins, and more to help with player retention, like other free-to-play live service games. While Riot Games has announced that there will be no new agent added to the current agent pool until Episode 4 Act 3, they have already started to tease regarding their upcoming agent.

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With the help of Episode 4 Act 2 battle pass player cards and in-game clues, we have come up with a more clear picture of who this upcoming agent might be and how this new agent will affect the current agent meta.

Fade Teasers

It’s been a tradition for the dev team at this point to tease upcoming agents in the seasonal battle passes. So, we don’t have to look elsewhere to figure out who will join the current roster. In the battle pass, there are two player cards that look suspicious.

VALORANT agent 20
Image via Riot Games

The first player card showcased above showcases an eye. And the subsequent player card gives players a glimpse into an unknown character besides Reyna carrying a Vandal.

On top of that, Brimstone’s office in the VALORANT’s training range has messages from an unknown figure threatening Brimstone with each member’s personal information of the VALORANT protocol. If Brimstone cannot prove his innocence, they will hand over data to the public.

VALORANT agent 20
Image via Riot Games

Following this threat from this unknown hacker, Brimstone calls out a strike team featuring Sova, Neon, Chamber, Breach, Cypher, Kay/0 to deal with the situation.

VALORANT agent 20
Image via Riot Games

Breach’s board can be seen filled with details surrounding the mission in the training range. Unfortunately, the mission fell short of expectation, and they couldn’t find out who this mysterious figure was.

VALORANT agent 20
Image via Riot Games

After the mission fell through, the anonymous hacker reached Brimstone again to let him know not to test the limits of their patience. The hacker later threatens to release personal details of the current members of the VALORANT protocol, claiming it to be just the beginning.

Later, personal information of VALORANT agents can be seen scattered throughout the maps.

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Fade Abilities:

This agent will be an Initiator, according to Riot Games.

  • PROWLER (C): EQUIP. FIRE to send a creature out which will travel in a straight line looking for enemies AND/OR Trails. HOLD FIRE AND MOVE MOUSE to steer the creature in the direction you are facing. When the creature finds a trail or enemy, it will move towards them. Upon reaching the enemy, it will start a .5s cooktime and then NEARSIGHT the closest enemy for 3s. Only one Creature can latch onto a TRAIL ever.
  • SEIZE (Q): Equip an orb. FIRE to throw the orb. The orb will travel in the air a max time of 1.5s until dropping to the ground. Upon hitting the ground, it will stick in place and being to cook for .5s. After .5s a zone will expand out to 7m and all enemies caught will be tethered to the center. Tethered enemies suffer 75 decay damage, are deafened, and cannot escape the zone by normal means for 5s. Can be reactivated in flight to drop earlier.
  • HAUNT (E): Equip an orb. Fire to throw the orb. The orb will travel in the air a max time of 1.5s until dropping to the ground. Once it hits the ground, It raises back up and turns into an Eye that can be destroyed. Equip this ability, fire to send out a wave of dark mist. If the mist comes in contact with an enemy they will be TRAILED, DEAF, and DECAYED for 12s.
  • NIGHTFALL (X): Equip this ability, FIRE to send out a wave of dark mist. If the mist comes in contact with an enemy, they will be TRAILED, DEAF, and DECAYED for 12s.

Fade Nationality

Thanks to Cypher, we might have a clue on the nationality of the upcoming agent 20. According to Cypher’s breakthrough with the encrypted messages sent by the anonymous hacker, the attacker is from Turkey.

Even though this doesn’t confirm the identity of the new agent, it gave us a strong indication that the upcoming agent 20 might be Turkish.

Fade Release Date:

According to Riot Games, the next agent will join the current roster with Episode 4 Act 3, but the exact dates have not been officially revealed as of writing.

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Nafiu Aziz is an avid gamer and a writer at GameRiv, covering Apex Legends, CS:GO, VALORANT, and plenty of other popular FPS titles in between. He scours the internet daily to get the latest scoop in esports.