How to play with Neon in Valorant: 5 Tips and Tricks to master the agent

Get in fast and get out even faster. Neon uses and abuses her speed to face her enemies

Want to know how to play with Neon in Valorant? Here's a complete guide to his skills and how to use them to leave the competition in the dust. The nineteenth Valorant agent and Filipino electric duelist, Neon, is the definition of "fast and furious". Able to quickly run around her opponents in the blink of an eye, her vibrant personality and collection of speed-themed abilities make her perfect for those who like to hit hard in competition.

Neon in Valorant is the newest agent to arrive in the game, released with Episode 4 of Riot Games' hero-shooter and promises to shock enemies with her electrical skills. This new Filipino agent is a duelist who is all about speed. The developers used the terms "prickly" and "playful" to describe his personality during the developer's press conference, and used the terms "fast" and "frenetic" to describe his playstyle.

As you can imagine, however, mastering the queen of speed in Riot Games' flagship FPS won't be easy. So here's a rundown of her abilities as well as playing with her in Valorant.

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Neon is the fastest agent in the game

Neon Abilities in Valorant

“Philippine Agent Neon advances at shocking speeds, discharging bursts of bioelectric radiation as fast as her body generates it. She runs ahead to catch enemies off guard, then kills them faster than lightning.”

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All of Neon's abilities are all electricity-based. She provides an attractive alternative to Jett's kit, with a full set of abilities that allow her to quickly spin around the map using her dash and swipe, the ability to slam enemies into corners using a single charge grenade, and the dominant ultimate that can put enemies to sleep in an instant. Here's everything you need to know about the new agent to start slipping around corners and killing enemies.

Expressway (300 credits)

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Fires two lines of energy forward into the ground that extend for a short distance or until they hit a surface. The lines rise in walls of static electricity that block vision and damage enemies who pass through them.

Tips on how to use:

  • Neon's sprint ability is activated by pressing E and can be turned on and off at will. It's governed by a battery that will drain when you're running and recharge when you're not. This is her default tactical skill, so you'll have access to it every round.
  • Sprinting lets her sprint across the map, but she also makes a distinct set of footsteps to let enemies know you're coming hard.
  • She can also slide during her sprint, which will automatically draw her weapon after charging and disable the sprint.
  • Use them sparingly as it only has one slide by default, with you being able to gain extra slide loads by getting two kills for each.

Electric Ricochet (200 creds)

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Electric ricochet

Instantly launches an energy bolt that bounces once. Upon striking each surface, the bolt electrifies the ground below with a concussive blast.

Tips for usage:

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  • The lightning will launch an electrical charge to the ground in a cone upwards where it hit and also where it bounced, so there are two concussive blasts per charge.
  • You can carry up to two repeat bolt charges, so in theory, with the right formation, you can stun 4 separate locations.
  • The height of the cone is not high enough to hit people on top of double crates with a ground hit, but if you hit the top of the crates it will hit people on top of them and the ground below.

Voltaic Equipment (Free)

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Voltaic Equipment

Instantly channels the power of Neon to increase your speed. When charged, to trigger an electric slide use the secondary mode button. Sliding charge resets every two kills.

Usage tips:

  • Enemies will have their vision blocked and take damage if they pass through the electrical barrier.
  • Your teammates will also take damage when passing through the barrier, however Neon will not.
  • This ability only lasts for six seconds, and as it covers both sides of where it was cast, it can be very useful for getting into an area without getting shot down by enemies.
  • This skill has no cap, so watch out for enemies on top.
  • Playing it in front of an intersection or corner while your enemies are advancing is a good tactic for both offense and defense. Just keep an eye on the duration and time it well so that everything comes out perfect.
  • Needless to say, it is excellent for getaways.

Overload (7 ult points)

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Neon unleashes all of its power and speed for a short period. Shoot to channel that power into a deadly bolt of lightning with high movement accuracy. Both duration and slide are reset with each kill.

Tips for using the ult:

  • Neon's ultimate ability allows her to zap people while she is moving at sprint speed. Up close, the ultimate can kill in 6 shots, at longer ranges, 15 shots.
  • It doesn't have a range limit, other than the damage drop itself, so if you can see an enemy, you can shoot them.
  • You have 40 bullets while using the ultimate skill, but they reload when not firing and will reset to max ammo when you kill someone.
  • The duration of the ult is tied to a battery similar to your sprint battery. You can switch from the ultimate to your weapon, however if you do, the ultimate's battery will continue to deplete until it runs out.

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How to play with Neon in Valorant

If you like being in the middle of the action, hitting hard and running to safety, Neon is the character for you. However, we've never seen anything quite like her at speed before in Valorant, so it takes some getting used to.

Practicing a bit with the character and testing her Signature and Ultimate skills is a must. Once you get a feel for how fast she's going, you can use those slides and sprints to get through open spaces, avoiding the gaze of a nuisance Operator moving forward, like Jett. Of course, you can also use it for flanking, popping heads from behind and rushing to safety.

One of the many ways to do this is by utilizing her wallrun exploit, where you run straight into a wall in Harry Potter style and use it to launch yourself at your enemies. Carrying the Judge or Bucky weapons with you will give you an instant advantage, or using the Ultimate beam will get you a few kills. Channel your inner power and try some lineups with your teammates to wreak havoc.

The Fastlane is perfect for retreating, as the walls shield you from enemy vision and are simply too menacing to walk through. Even if someone dares to breach those walls of death, you can just go off lane and leave enemies stuck in the middle wondering where you've gone. It is also great offensively as it provides an impenetrable route to the location and perfect cover for your advance.

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Neon's ultimate is pretty good, but it won't do much damage with headshots. This means you will lose to headshots from many weapons, but you will win if your opponents only take bodyshots. You run at your sprint speed during the ult and can use your slide ability to position yourself towards enemies at an unexpected angle so you can take advantage of this and avoid enemy fire. When done correctly, this is already one of the best ultimates in the game.

When you're running, you can use a slide to go around corners, escape, or hide behind cover. When you swipe, you will automatically end your run and pull out your weapon. However, the game will not automatically default to your primary weapon, you will draw whatever weapon you had on hand when you started your sprint. So make sure you have your strongest weapon on hand when you start a sprint if you plan on using your glide skill, otherwise you could find yourself “bringing a knife into a gun fight”.

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Lots of stored energy ready to be discharged on enemies

Quick FAQ

Which agent is the best at Valorant?

The best Valorant agents that are present in every type of tier list are:

Is the Viper a Duelist?

No. She is a Controlling agent in Valorant. The best duelist agents in Valorant are Phoenix, Jett, Reyna, Raze.

Who is the best? Cypher or Killjoy?

Both agents are good, however Killjoy clearly gains the upper hand over Cypher. Cypher's abilities aren't as effective as Killjoy's, and his cyber cables and cages may mark points off the map, but aren't too impactful to help directly.

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Who is the easiest agent to play at Valorant?

Breach is one of the easiest and safest choices in Valorant for beginners.

Who is the hardest Valorant agent to play?

Phoenix. He has the kit of a typical solo player looking for clutches. His power lies in the versatility of his abilities, as he can blind enemies, burn them while healing, as well as create a gigantic wall of flame.

The Valorant Protocol is already in action

VALUE takes place in an Earth version in the near future, after an event known as First Light. This event spans across the globe, leading to major transformations in life, technology and the way governments operate. However, some people across the world are starting to gain skills arising from this great event. These talented individuals are called Radiants.

In response to First Light, a ghost organization founds the Valorant Protocol, which brings together agents from around the world. These agents consist of radiants and other individuals equipped with Radiant technology. Due to the backstories of these characters, the VALORANT team presents an interesting dynamic as individuals not only sometimes know each other, but also come from a wide spectrum of backgrounds ranging from criminal to military. Who are you and how will you use your powers? Only you know this answer.

Now that you know about Neon in Valorant, it's time to test whether it's right for your playstyle or not. After mastering how to play this agent, I'm sure you can create some amazing clips and gameplay with your skills. That's all we have in our Neon guide! Enjoy and read more about Valuing on our website.

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