Valorant - a guide to the initiator role

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The initiator role in Valorant is one of the most varied and has agents from all different walks of life.

One of the trickier roles, it can be a bit of a battle to understand the play style.


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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!

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Which Agents are Initiators?

There are currently only 5 initiators in Valorant as of December 2022.

These are...

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

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

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Valorant Initiator Playstyles

Attacking is an initiator's primary focus and objective.

This means that initiator players who attack points, players, and are aggressive are generally on the right path.

The vision of enemies is hugely important to be able to get a surprise attack. This can be done very easily with Sova's abilities.

Valorant Sova

Whilst initiators are good for damage, they really provide entry for the bigger damager numbers from their duelists.

It makes sense given that they are called initiators, a key fact is to initiate a fight.


Defence takes more of a backseat with this role in Valorant.

Helping teammates is really the only key for defence as the more numbers, the more intimidating a team is.

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Initiator Tips and Tricks

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

Valorant Breach initiator
  • Use abilities to scope out an area and increase the vision of enemies.
  • Be the first agent into a site where players want to push.
  • Open the gateways for your duelists to engage in fights.
  • Support your team more than attacking the enemy.
  • Follow up after flashes to confuse the enemy.
  • Play aggressively when able to.
  • Gather as much information as possible, including player locations, enemies' health, and general communication.