Guide: Master Viper, tips, tricks and advices

Viper is one of the Agents you have to unlock in Valorant. As a Controller, she claims a combat zone for herself and make it hostile for opponents. Her mechanics are based on the management of a poison reserve that handicaps vision and kills slowly.

Rather versatile, she gets by in attack as well as in defense. She was initially to be handled with caution, because her poison made no distinction between allies and enemies. This is not the case anymore, which makes her much more interesting. She remains a relatively solo Agent, though, although excellent coordination can create some very beneficial scenarios.

Before anything else, we advise you to familiarise yourself with Viper's abilities.

Using Viper's abilities

Viper's skills are pretty standard at first glance; a wall, a smoke bomb and a slow zone. There are however two particularities that make it stand out completely: poison and reserve.

Let's see the poison in the first instance. Viper's abilities poison all opponents that come into contact with them. The poison then lowers health points quite quickly, allowing Viper to pick off his targets once they are vulnerable. The effects of the poison are, however, temporary. Players regain their health points as quickly as they lost them a few seconds after emerging from the green fumes.

As for reserveThis is its most important feature. Where Phoenix's or Jett's skills only take effect a few seconds after use, Viper's can be deployed for a very long time, and several times in a round. Viper has full control over his Toxic Screen and Poison Cloud and can turn them on or off at will, as long as her reserve is not empty. When neither of these two skills is active, the reserve gradually recharges.

Poison Cloud

200 Credits - 1 Use

Viper's Poison Cloud skill.

The device deploying the Poison Cloud can be placed without being activated, allowing it to be used in the form of a trap. Since patch 8.08, Viper can no longer pick up the device during the gamebut only during the purchase phase. This is undoubtedly the best smoke bomb in the game, but you need good vision to use it.

The Poison Cloud can be used in many ways. It is one of the most practical tools for creating one-way (pictured left). With this technique, you can create lines that are useful to your team and that will greatly disadvantage your opponents, both in defence and in attack.

Also, this skill can be used to defend the site. It is sufficient to place the trap at the default installation area (pictured right). Viper can then remain hidden and trigger her Cloud when she hears someone planting the Spike. This will force that person to cancel the pose or get out of the orb and plant elsewhere. This gives you the opportunity to make kills easily. Finally, if you prepare the ground well, this is an extremely effective method at the end of the turn to counter the Spike's placement.

The poison cloud is very useful for creating one-way streets.
The poison cloud can be placed on the planted Spike.

When you are on the attack, this method allows you to cover the Spike. If you combine it with a Snake Bite or a Firebombing of Brimstone, it is unlikely that your enemies will be able to disarm it.

Finally, the Poison Cloud can simply be used to block lines of sight. In defence, to be fully effective, this use must be doubled. The Cloud must allow you to blur the visibility of your opponents and reduce their life points. Since you can activate / deactivate this orb at will, block the line of sight at the beginning of the game, then deactivate the cloud to allow the enemies to return to the site, then activate it again when they go on the offensive. This will reduce their HP and make it easier to finish them off.

Toxic Screen

Available automatically at the beginning of the round

Viper's Toxic Shield skill.

TheToxic Screen cannot be redeployed during a round. Its position is final. However, it retains the advantage of being can be activated at any timeThe Toxic Shield is also much longer than any other skill in the genre in Valorant, whether it's to cut off your opponents' vision or to poison them. The Toxic Screen is also much longer than any other skill in Valorant. With the right positioning, it is possible to block several passages in one go. In addition, the placement of the screen goes through walls and obstaclesThis allows for interesting long-distance investments.

The toxic screen is useful for cutting several lines of sight at the same time.

When attacking, this screen can easily block the view of enemies. Place it so that your team can move forward unhindered. However, beware of your poison supply. If you run out of "fuel" during the rush, the wall could disappear and leave your whole team vulnerable. If you are confident, you can also decide to drop it on purpose to surprise the opponents behind.

Whether in attack or in defence, it is imperative that you do not obstruct your allies with your wall. You could slow down, or even abort, an on-site rush if the toxic wall is poorly positioned.

Snake Bite

200 Credits – 2 Uses

Viper's Snakebite skill.

The Snake Bite is also an excellent skill, but it does not take advantage of the poison reserve. It is therefore temporary and single use. Her large puddles hinder players' movement, allowing them to stay in your various poison areas for longer. Note that Viper is not immune to bite damage and will also suffer the Vulnerable effect if she steps in a puddle.

Snakebite damage is significant.

Viper’s Pit, Viper's Ultimate

The ultimate Viper.

Nid de Vipères is one of the best ultimates of Valorant. By deploying its poison gas, Viper can take over very large areas of the map. As long as she remains inside, the cloud remains active, which means that opponents cannot simply wait for the effect to dissipate. All enemies who enter this gas are of course poisoned and have their field of vision reduced. In addition, they are highlighted in red in Viper's eyes, which allows him to spot them very clearly.

This ability is absolutely amazing on Spike sites. Whether it's used to plant the Spike, defuse it or prevent opponents from planting it, there are several uses. Once Viper unleashes her ultimate, she becomes the primary target of her enemies.

Playing Viper in Attack

Although slightly more effective in defense, Viper remains talented in attack. Her Poison Cloud and her Snake Bite can dislodge the most hidden opponents. Use Toxic Screen combined with Poison Cloud to hide yourself from your enemies during assaults. However, be very careful not to block the vision for your own team with your abilities.

Playing Viper in Defense

This is the phase in which Viper excels. Each of her abilities can be used to trap her opponents. Place your poison emitters in hidden sneaky corners to surprise your enemies. By activating your Poison Cloud or Toxic Screen in front of the entrances to a site, you can force your opponents to enter a battleground without any visual information and with less health points than your team. Be careful not to obscure the vision of your allies or yours.

Few tips and tricks:

  • Viper may be insensitive to her own poison but she remains affected by the poison of a Viper in the enemy team.
  • Snake Bite is quite long to equip and throw, which makes it hard to use during fights.
  • The Toxic Screen can be deployed through walls, allowing multiple lines of sight to be cut at once quite easily when properly positioned.