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Viper drops some bombs in a new Valorant teaser

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A week ago, Riot Games released a brief teaser showcasing the talents of Phoenix, one of the first eight characters who will be available in its upcoming competitive shooter Valorant. Today it dropped a new one for Viper, who uses a secondary resource called fuel to deploy acid pools and poison gas bombs.

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From our Valorant character guide, here's the quick rundown of what Viper brings to the party:

Every shooter needs a fighter who loves the smell of their own noxious gas, and Viper is Valorant's. Her abilities also use a secondary resource called fuel.


  • Snakebite - Fire a projectile that creates a pool of acid.
  • Poison Cloud - Throw a gas bomb that emits a cloud of poisonous smoke at the cost of fuel. You can retrieve the gas bomb and throw it again after a short cooldown.
  • Toxic Screen - Creates a line of gas emitters that can be activated to create a wall of toxic gas at the cost of fuel.
  • Viper's Pit (ult) - Creates a poison cloud that blankets a large area, letting Viper easily pick off enemies trapped within it.

Riot was planning to show off Valorant in a hands-on event this month, but cancelled it on March 3 over coronavirus concerns—prudently, as it turns out. That could mean we'll see an uptick in the pace of Valorant reveals, although clearly it hasn't started yet.

Valorant is expected to be out sometime this summer, and will be preceded by a beta.

Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.