After Amazon’s Prime Gaming leaked an image of Neon a few weeks ago, fans and players alike have been itching for news about the striking Filipina speedster. Last week, the lightning-fast duelist was teased in full via an agent trailer on YouTube and various VALORANT social media platforms.
If you thought Jett’s dash was annoying, Neon takes speed to a whole new level.
Neon is VALORANT’s 19th agent. She is a female duelist hailing from the Philippines and boasts one of the most ambitious and unique kits to date.
Designed for fast-paced combat and quickly taking and retaking sites, Neon rocks a unique yellow, blue, and green color scheme that makes her stand out among some of the more pale color schemes found on agents like Brimstone and Cypher.
Abilities and Toolkit
That’s enough about the design. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty.
Like every other agent in VALORANT, Neon has three basic abilities: a signature ability available for free every round and one ultimate ability.
Like other duelists, her signature ability can be reactivated within the same round of its initial use if the player gets two kills. The high-velocity assassin’s abilities are as follows:
Fast Lane (C): FIRE two energy lines forward on the ground that extends a short distance or until they hit a surface. The lines rise into two walls of static electricity that block vision and damage enemies passing through them.
Relay Bolt (Q): INSTANTLY throw an energy bolt that bounces once. Upon hitting each surface, the bolt electrifies the ground below with a concussive blast.
High Gear (E) (Signature Ability): INSTANTLY channel Neon’s high power for increased speed. When charged, ALT FIRE to trigger an electric slide. Slide charge resets every two kills.
Uses: 1 (Recharges after two kills in the same round)
Overdrive (X) (Ultimate Ability): Unleash Neon’s full power and speed for a short duration. Fire to channel the power into a deadly lightning beam with high movement accuracy. The duration rests on each kill.
Cost: 7 Ultimate Points
Overview and Release Date
While Jett was the most picked agent in 2021 due to her high mobility and agile play style, Neon is gunning for the throne. While her eligibility in the upcoming VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) 2022 is yet to be discussed, her dynamic could bring major changes to the slow-paced and careful approach used by most teams in the professional scene.
VALORANT was released as a tactical shooter. Its primary mechanic is that movement severely hinders accuracy, forcing players to stand still in gunfights and making their headshot hitboxes much easier to hit.
With champions like Jett and Neon, the style of precision gunplay is brought into question in the game. With Jett being so prevalent in the meta for her toolkit, Neon’s kit seems only to exacerbate the insane mobility of Jett that players incessantly complain about.
It seems like Riot’s approach to the strength of high-mobility characters is simply to add more of them, diversifying the agent selection trends over time. Is this the solution the game needs? We sure hope so.
Regardless, Neon is set to release alongside the Episode 4, Act 1 update on January 11th. So, rally some friends, don the various cosmetics in the new battle pass, and frag out with Neon on your favorite maps when the update drops at 5 p.m. EST.