Hey guys! Today I’m going to be talking about Reyna, Valorant’s duelist agent, and the first new agent released with the Valorant’s official launch.
What I mean by duelist is that Reyna is an aggressive agent with immense pushing and solo carrying potential. However, her skill-cap is extremely high and she does best versus uncoordinated teams such as normal ranked or unrated play.
Let’s dig in and explain how to play and carry with Reyna.
I will kick-off this guide with Reyna’s abilities, followed by strategy and tips for each ability.
C - Leer
The ability is purchasable at the start of the round and can hold up to 2 charges. By pressing C, you equip an orb that you can launch to a fixed distance and make the enemies nearsighted when looking at it or, well, in the direction of it.
What nearsighted means is that they can only see a small distance around them, and everything behind the range of nearsighted looks like a barrier / smoke that enemies can’t see through. An enemy can just hide behind the corner or turn away to cancel the effect.
1. Enemies can also destroy the eye by shooting at it if they have a high reflex shooter he can destroy it before it even triggers the nearsighted, and if not, he can destroy it later, similar to Sova’s Recon Bolt
2. Since the ability is destroyable (100 HP), don’t cast it in the head level where everyone’s keeping their crosshair at, make them shoot up or down to waste their time and possibly capitalize when their crosshair is off.
3. It’s worth noting that the ability can travel through walls, meaning that you do not have to peek around the corner to cast it, this fact unlocks immense potential for plays, first and most logical one being - throwing the eye through the wall if you are sure the enemy is there, rushing it and killing him, or repositioning yourself so he doesn’t know where you are anymore.
4. One more thing I’d like to mention is that you can look at your minimap to see where your eye will land when aiming it through the walls in order to maximize potential.
5. Leer can be used to bait out enemy abilities, such as smokes or flashes, by revealing their location.
6. Try to use Leer in a location where the enemy team is likely to be, such as chokepoints or common rotation routes.
7. Try to use Leer when the enemy team is planting the Spike or defusing it to reveal the location of the defuser or planter.
Q - Devour
Reyna’s Q and E are actually one ability with an interesting mechanic. What it does is - when you get a kill on an enemy, a shadow orb appears that Reyna can “capture” in a short period of time and choose whether she will use her Q or E, again, within a short time frame.
What this means is that if you do not get kills, you can’t use Q or E at all!
Her Q is essentially a heal, when Q is used, it rapidly heals Reyna for 100, and even does an “overheal” which is pretty much a free shield, up to a maximum of 50 overhealing, of course. However, the overheal has a timer that you can see right above your health, and when it runs out, your “shield” disappears. If you have a real shield, it still won’t go over 50, therefore, 150 health is the maximum you can have.
E - Dismiss
Like I mentioned earlier, your E also requires a soul orb to activate. What Dismiss does, is that it makes you “intangible” for a short period of time, meaning that you cannot take damage during the duration of Dismiss. And on top of that you look sort if invisible which is cool, but enemies can still see you.
During the dismiss, you cannot use your gun and you have a short animation after the dismiss where you pull out your gun, and all those precious milliseconds are very important in Valorant so this is definitely worth noting.
The first play potential here is obviously killing a person, popping E and getting out of there or hiding behind a corner until it expires. I strongly advise not to run into a room or into your next duel with dismiss, because you cannot use the gun, and you have a small delay after dismiss expires, and that valuable time will just get you killed.
This is quite a situational tip and could be even hotfixed in a patch later on (let us know if it does!). Basically, the spike kills anyone within a certain range when it explodes, but, if you manage to pick up a kill before it explodes, you can time your E well with the explosion and avoid dying from the spike.
X - Empress
Her ultimate transforms you to this flashy higher being state where your firing speed, equip speed and reload speed. The ultimate lasts for a certain time and scoring a kill will refresh the duration.
When in ult state, killing an enemy will automatically start draining the orb without you needing to press Q. You can then only choose to press E, but it will interrupt the heal when done. If done carefully, you can time those perfectly, this will take a lot of practice in order to do it like our Valorant boosting
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However, E now doesn’t make you intangible, it actually makes you completely invisible allowing you time to reposition and escape. It’s worth noting that there is still an audio sound when you come out of invisibility, therefore, enemies can approximately know where you reappeared. And, once again a short animation where you can’t shoot, so the same strategy applies for E whether you’re in ult, or not.
Reyna Playing Strategy
Reyna is a high-risk, high-reward agent, meaning that her abilities can be used to quickly turn the tide of a fight, but if not used correctly, can put Reyna in a bad situation. Therefore, it's crucial to use Reyna's abilities at the right time, in the right place and in the right situation.
A key aspect of Reyna's strategy is her passive ability, "Leer," which reveals the location of any enemy hit by it for a short period of time. This can be used to gain an advantage in duels by catching enemies off guard, as well as to gather information on enemy whereabouts. The ability can also be used to bait enemies out of hiding spots, forcing them to move and reveal their location. The ability has a relatively short cooldown and can be used frequently to gather information on the enemy's movement and positioning.
Reyna's ultimate, "Empress," is a powerful ability that allows her to quickly take out multiple enemies at once. This ability grants Reyna increased movement speed, increased fire rate, and increased reload speed, making her a formidable force in a fight. The ability can be used to push into enemy territory, to quickly take out an objective or to take out enemies who are defending an objective. The ability can also be used to take out weakened enemies in quick succession.
When playing Reyna, it's important to position yourself in a way where you have a clear line of sight to enemies and can quickly use your abilities. Try to use "Leer" and "Devour" in combination to quickly take out enemies.
Reyna's "Empress" ability should be used strategically, in situations where you can use it to take out multiple enemies at once, or to push into enemy territory. Reyna's abilities have a relatively short cooldown, and can be used frequently, so it's important to use them effectively to gain an advantage in the match.
Advanced Reyna Tips
1. Use your Leer above or under head level
Many new players simply throw Leer at head level which allows enemy players to quickly destroy it without moving the crosshair a lot (since you’re supposed to hold the crosshair at head level 99% of times) and then flick to you easily and kill you.
However, if you throw it significantly higher into the air, or ground level and then push if the enemy is trying to destroy it and kill you on time, he will have a significantly harder time because of the time it takes for him to flick to Leer, destroy it, and then flick back to you. You should have him dead by then. It’s worth noting that Leer is destroyed with around 3 Vandal shots.
2. Don’t be afraid to use both Leers
If you still somehow get punished after you cast the first Leer, don’t be afraid to use two leers, don’t push with the first one and push with the second one hoping that enemies will relax after the first one thinking you won’t be “so bad” to use the second one right away.
Additionally, mix up the placement of first and second Leer, throw first one in the air, and the second one on the ground level, for instance, surprise the enemies, if they get used to where you throw the Leer, they will have a faster reaction time.
If you don’t want to “waste” the first Leer, just peek out for a split second to get info where they are and hide before it gets destroyed. This will allow you to position your crosshair
accordingly for the second Leer at which you will push.
3. Reyna is best on pistol rounds - use it
Reyna is best on pistol and eco rounds, simply because you’re the only agent that can have up to 150 HP during the round. Once you kill the first enemy with the pistol, you heal up to 150 HP while nobody else has shields.
This can allow you to easily snowball easily and maintain up to 150 HP during the whole round by playing aggressively.
Just make sure not to push alone if possible because enemies will try to stop your healing by peeking out and trying to damage you since you need to maintain a line of sight with the orb
, this is when an extra pair of hands comes extremely useful in order to assist you.
4. Practice playing aggressively with Operator
Reyna is amazing on Operator exactly because of how good Leer is. You should be holding strategic and aggressive angles on the map such as mid areas with Operator if your team doesn’t have an Operator player.
Once you do a Leer, peek out and pick up a kill, you can also use Dismiss instead of heal if you haven’t taken serious damage, use the short duration of immunity to scout for more enemies, and reposition once again for another Leer Operator shot.
5. Practice canceling dismiss
Dismiss can also be canceled, and many Reyna’s don’t do it because they just wait for it to expire and feel good being immune. However, a good Reyna if repositioned well, will cancel her Dismiss and pick up a kill from an unexpecting enemy.
This is especially true when dueling another, bad Reyna. She will wait for you to completely expire and try to pick up a kill, not being fully prepared that you can actually cancel it earlier and surprise her.
6. Open the round with an ult sometimes
Opening the round with Reyna’s ultimate which gives her increased fire rate and reload speed can create insane pressure on the enemy team. Picking up the first kill is very important and if you manage that with your ult, it changes the whole tempo of the round.
Each kill fully refreshes the duration of her ultimate and if you push hard enough while having an advantage, you can even keep the ult up for the whole round. This strategy will be especially useful if used during a round where you’re playing a Pistol, Spectre, or Bulldog, those weapons are weaker but with increased fire rate they become super deadly. Just manage your recoil.
Not to mention that her ult automatically heals Reyna as soon as she kills someone, no need to press the heal key, and her Dismiss doesn’t give her immunity again, but rather full invisibility, allowing for a great reposition or surprise kills.
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7. Use the ultimate after a bomb plant
Reyna’s ultimate lasts for 30 seconds while the bomb plant lasts for 45. This means that you can keep your ultimate for the whole duration of the bomb plant by using it strategically a few seconds after a bomb plant.
Even though a bomb lasts for 45 seconds, enemies have to start engaging much sooner if they want a defuse, meaning that you will have your ult up for the full effective duration of the bomb.
The same works for attackers, as soon as you’re close to the site, pop it and get the effective part of the retaking of the site under your ult, giving you a lot more chance to win.
Best Reyna Maps
- offers a good balance of open spaces and tight angles, making it a versatile map for Reyna players.
- features a lot of flanking opportunities, making it ideal for Reyna's mobility.
- has a lot of choke points and limited areas, allowing Reyna to control the battlefield.
- has a mix of long sight lines and close-quarters combat, making it ideal for Reyna to utilize her abilities effectively.
- has tight spaces and multiple levels, allowing Reyna to surprise and eliminate enemies quickly.
Best Agents to Pair with Reyna for Maximum Synergy
- His recon arrow and shock darts can help reveal enemy positions for Reyna to eliminate.
Brimstone - His smoke and incendiaries can control the map and provide cover for Reyna's flanks.
Breach - His ability to create openings in walls can create opportunities for Reyna to catch enemies off-guard.
- His fire abilities and ultimate can create chaos, allowing Reyna to pick off disoriented enemies.
- Her speed and agility can provide cover for Reyna and her ultimate can be used to create confusion for Reyna to take advantage of.
I hope you enjoyed my Reyna guide and that you soaked up some tips that will help you start dominating as Reyna.
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