When done correctly, lurking in Valorant can be a great way to disrupt opponents, acquire information, and obtain game-changing kills.
As a lurker, an Agent can be anywhere on the map, while teammates are in an entirely different area. Some Agents in Valorant have abilities that allow them to be more effective than others while lurking. Other Agents need to be near their team when it's time to execute, rendering them unavailable to lurk.
Some lurkers are great at getting first bloods on the opposite side of the map, while other lurkers flourish at acquiring information for their teams. There are countless ways a lurk can change the outcome of any given match in Valorant.
Players that don't check their corners will have a hard time dealing with an opposing lurker.
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Five great Agents for Lurking in Valorant
#5 - Raze
Raze is great at lurking in Valorant as she draws out lots of enemy utility. Not only can she destroy sentinel equipment, but she can also clear corners and obtain information.
Her abilities allow her to take fights head-on, especially on maps like Split and Bind. When Raze is near a certain bombsite, enemies expect her team to execute that bombsite. Her kit is the perfect distraction for attacking the other bombsites in Valorant.
Fight a duelist alone isn’t a good idea, so playing Raze will undoubtedly spread the defense more evenly across the map.
#4 - Jett
Jett’s ability to use the Operator in such an effective manner allows her to excel in lurking. She can also quickly peak at the beginning of a round. Regardless of whether she gets a kill, she can use her Tailwind to get to safety. It is perfect for denying trades and seeing where enemies are playing.
Her ability to play off-angles allows her to catch enemies off guard while they rotate. Most characters in Valorant cannot access the areas that Jett can, making her a stronger lurker than most.
If Jett is using the Operator, she is guaranteed to force out enemy utility. With less utility available, enemies will struggle as Jett’s team pushes a bombsite. This Agent is the perfect counter to a sentinel because of her mobility. If a sentinel is holding a bombsite solo, a Jett lurk may be the ideal way to take them out.
#3 - Reyna
Reyna is perhaps the scariest Agent to face in a one-versus-one duel in Valorant.
Her character thrives in taking fights alone because of her abilities. Reyna can flash any given area to enter a site by herself. Also, with a kill, she can either heal up to 100 health/shield or become invulnerable.
Reyna’s trade denial is the primary reason that she is such a great lurker in Valorant. Losing a teammate to Reyna will be hard to trade. As teams are forced to double-up when facing Reyna, a hole in the defense is created. She creates many five-versus-four opportunities for her team while forcing enemies to be spread more across the map.
#2 - Cypher
Cypher’s utility can be used regardless of where he is on the map in Valorant. His kit is unrivaled in locating enemies. While he lurks across the map, he can also hold his teammates’ flank with his Trapwires.
Cypher’s camera can spot out enemies, and his teammates can attack accordingly. With the Spy Cam, he doesn’t need to risk his life to obtain information, which allows him to stay alive for his team. If Cypher can establish himself onto a site while enemies are elsewhere, he can use his abilities to secure a rotation for his teammates.
As his teammates secure a bombsite, Cypher has his team’s flank secured, then begins a flank of his own. Enemies must then waste utility to deal with his unknown location. This Agent’s lurk effectively slows down a defending team’s site retake, making him one of the best options for a sneaky Agent in Valorant.
His ultimate ability, Neural Theft, reveals the location of all the remaining enemies. Once activated, Cypher’s teammates can choose which site is the least protected and aggressively attack.
#1 - Omen
It sometimes seems like Omen’s kit was made for lurking across the map in Valorant.
His signature ability, Dark Cover, gives him two smokes at the beginning of each round. These smokes come back every 35 seconds, and he can place them precisely from more than halfway across the map. Omen can smoke for his teammates with this ability as they execute their attack while being in a different location. Dark Cover is also great for farming orbs and forcing out enemy utility on a fake site execute.
Omen’s Shrouded Step allows him to escape sticky situations or get past enemy traps. He is one of the few Valorant Agents able to get past a sentinel without alerting them. Omen can smoke off an enemy Killjoy Turret and make his way towards the enemy’s spawn. His flanking ability is unmatched.
Omen’s ultimate ability, From the Shadows, lets him travel to any location on the map. As a lurker, he can quickly relocate to anywhere in the arena. The ultimate is excellent for finding out where enemies are hiding or teleporting to an empty bombsite.
From the Shadows immediately disrupts an opposing team’s strategy, as they never know where Omen is hiding. If need be, he can cancel his ultimate, making for some unbelievably clutch plays in Valorant.
Having a lurking teammate in Valorant can provide countless opportunities for a team to capitalize on. It’s best to select Agents that can force rotations and utility from their enemies while assisting their team.
Lurkers are expected to, at the very least, gain pivotal information about enemies. Spreading an enemy team across the map can be the difference between winning and losing a match in Valorant.
Note: This article reflects the author’s opinion, and what may seem the best to one may not be so to someone else.