KAY/O, the new Valorant Agent's abilities

The arrival of the Episode 3 is imminent and with it, a brand new Agent. Riot Games' YouTube channel has unveiled a video of KAY/O, a new robotic initiator.

According to the video and the developers' description, KAY/O excels at hunting Radiants. The video shows us some of his abilities without explaining their functions. The video shows KAY/O throwing a combat knife and various grenade-like projectiles.

In terms of lore, the Agent seems to have a grudge against all radiants, but has a special relationship with Reyna. We also see a world in ruins, in a way reminiscent of Terminator. Did the Radiants destroy the world and KAY/O wants to destroy them? Does he go back in time to prevent this from happening, or does he travel between dimensions as we saw in the previous cinematic?

[UPDATE] We have tested KAY/O and been able to use all his abilities in combat. Read our guide to master KAY/O.

As for the Agent's abilities, we already have descriptions, although we will have to wait until we play KAY/O to understand the full implications:

(E) ZERO/point

  • Official description
    • EQUIP a suppression blade. FIRE to throw. The blade sticks to the first surface it hits. After a delay, it suppresses anyone in the radius of the explosion.

(A) FLASH/drive

  • Official description
    • EQUIP a flash grenade. FIRE to throw. The flash grenade explodes after a short time and blinds anyone in line of sight.
  • Notable mechanic
    • Throwing with a right-click loads the grenade and makes it explode after a 1-second delay only, as opposed to a 1,6-second delay with the left-click.

(C) FRAG/ment

  • Official description
    • EQUIP an explosive fragment. FIRE to throw. The fragment sticks to the floor and explodes multiple times, dealing near lethal damage at the centre of each explosion.

(X) NULL/cmd

  • Official description
    • Enter INSTANTLY into overload. KAY/O is reinforced with polarized Radianite energy and emits large energy pulses. Enemies hit with these pulses are suppressed for a short time.
  • Notable mechanic
    • While overloaded, KAY/O gains combat stim.
    • If he is killed while overloaded, he is disabled and enters a destabilised state that can be re-stabilised by his allies from his core to resurrect him.

Mandatory has been invited to try out KAY/O as a preview. We'll tell you much more as soon as tomorrow, in the afternoon!