Valorant - a guide to the initiator role

Valorant Agents

Valorant Agents

The initiator role in Valorant is one of the most important roles in the game. We have many different initiator agents, with every single one having a unique playstyle.

It's one of the trickier roles, and it can be a bit of a battle to understand the play style. This is why a Valorant initiator guide is perfect for people who are new to the game or just want to master this role.

With the variety of tactics, strategies and playstyles, the role is very exciting and dynamic to play. So, let's take a look at how to play the initiator role in Valorant and how to help your team get the W!

Which Agents are Initiators?

There are currently 6 initiators in Valorant as of June 2023.

These are...

  • Breach
  • Fade
  • KAY/O
  • Skye
  • Sova
  • Gekko

Whilst that may seem like a small number of agents to pick from, they do all have pretty different playstyles.

Valorant Initiator Playstyles

Information is the most valuable thing in Valorant. That's why initiators are so important since they can provide your team with plenty of it

Using utility to recon an area will allow initiators to find the whereabouts of enemy players. Setting up their teammates with flashes, stuns, or other types of abilities, will make it easy for them to take control of an area or bombsite.

Valorant Sova
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Knowing where the enemies are or aren't playing is crucial for when you are in a retake situation, or executing into a bombsite. Players have fewer angles they need to check, making it especially easy for duelists to take map control.

Since initiators set up their teammates, they tend to be the last ones alive. This means they need to be good in clutch situations. Being able to correctly play 1v1 or 2v1 situations is something great initiators can do naturally.

Initiator Tips and Tricks

Here are some crucial tips on how to play initiators to keep the wins high!

Valorant Breach initiator
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  • Use abilities to scope out an area and increase the vision of enemies.
  • Communicate with your teammates if you are using an ability, especially if it's a flash
  • Open the gateways for your duelists to engage in fights.
  • Support your team more than attacking the enemy.
  • Gather as much information as possible, including player locations, enemies' health, and general communication.
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