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Valorant 4.08 patch notes - Fade, Agent nerfs and buffs, and more

Valorant patch 4.08 is here and you can find its patch notes listing the complete details of Fade, Jett, and Sova nerfs, competitive changes, and more.
Valorant 4.08 patch notes - Fade, Agent nerfs and buffs, and more
Riot Games has revealed the Valorant 4.08 patch notes that announce the inclusion of the most awaited initiator, Fade, into the game. In addition to this, major agent changes to Jett, Sova, and Neon have also made their way into the game.

In addition to this, major changes have been made to the ranked queues, and the Rank Rating gain/loss penalty for different 5-stack configurations has been reduced. Apart from this, various bug fixes have also been implemented, and you can have a look at them in the Valorant 4.08 patch notes.

Valorant 4.08 patch notes

Fade is the 19th agent in Valorant.
Fade is the 19th agent in Valorant. (Picture: Riot Games)

Agent Updates

Fade Goes Live

Jett

The team loves what Jett has continually brought to the fight, but as the game has evolved, some of her impacts have pushed beyond what we think is healthy for the tactical promise of VALORANT. Our update to Tailwind aims to address these concerns while maintaining the aggressive site takes and awe inspiring highlight plays Jett should bring to the roster.
Check out our full article on the Jett update here for a complete breakdown of our approach and the philosophies that drove this update. We expect this change to have ripple effects on the Agents around Jett and the ecosystem overall, so we’ll keep a close eye not only on Jett, but any cascading impacts on the entire roster.

Tailwind

  • Upon pressing E, Jett consumes her Tailwind charge and after a .75 second delay, activates a 12-second window where she’s able to dash on next key press
  • Jett’s Tailwind charge can still be regained with 2 kills
  • To keep parity with the changes to Jett dash, the functionality for Dash during Knife rounds in Escalation will be adjusted

Neon

We’ve been keeping an eye on Neon and wanted to make some quality of life changes to help remove some friction when playing as, or with, Neon.

 

General

  • Battery energy received upon killing an enemy increased 25%>>>100%

High Gear

We've noticed Neon has faced some friction when using movement to lead into combat, specifically failed inputs due to the velocity restriction. We hope these changes help with making her slide a lot more natural when engaging in fights.
  • Slide cannot be cast during equip delay
  • Velocity restriction removed
  • Neon can now slide sideways and forward, and only requires that she is moving
  • Energy drain increased 6.7/s>>>10/s

Fast Lane

  • Wall damage removed
    • This change is intended to push Fast Lane into a more attractive option for Neon, or for an ally by preventing the disruptive portion of doing incidental damage.

Sova

Sova has been nerfed in Valorant patch 4.08.
Sova has been nerfed in Valorant patch 4.08. (Picture: Riot Games)
At high-level ranked or pro play, Sova’s been a staple for quite some time. While his power has not been felt as viscerally as Jett’s, his impact in coordinated settings is nearly unmatched. We wanted to focus on addressing the amount of space that the Owl Drone practically guaranteed, and introduce additional counter play opportunities for opponents.
A reduced Drone duration means Sova has to incur more risk in his positioning to clear deeper angles, and the adjustments to ping reveal (below) give opponents more opportunity to mix up their repositioning without feeling forced to completely exit the area. Shock Dart has also taken a hit as we continue to sharpen damage outputs on non-ultimate abilities, so that they kill less frequently.

Owl Drone

  • Duration reduced 10s >>> 7s
  • Health reduced 125 >>> 100
  • Dart Reveal
    • Number of reveal pings reduced 3 >>> 2
    • Initial delay before first ping reveals increased 1.2s >>> 1.6s*
      • *Delay between the first and second ping remains 1.2s
  • Quality of Life
    • Changed crosshair color to green to better stand out against the white HUD
    • Removed delay on [Target Hit] confirmation text
    • [Target Hit] confirmation text now remains on the player HUD when transitioning out of Owl Drone.
    • [Target Hit] confirmation text now remains on screen for 2s, previously 1s
    • Adjusted audio on drone dart hits for both Sova, and the player hit, to make confirmations more noticeable
  • Fixed a bug with Owl Drone, where the Dart Cooldown UI element would not properly update after tagging an opponent.

Shock Dart

  • Max Damage decreased 90 >>> 75
    • Radial damage has been scaled in accordance with new max damage.

Agent Ability Ammo

  • Jett’s Bladestorm, Raze’s Showstopper, and Sova’s Hunter’s Fury will now show how much ammo they have left when equipped

Competitive Updates

5-Stack Queues

  • Reduced Rank Rating gain/loss penalty for different 5-stack configurations 
    • If EVERYONE in your party is Iron–Diamond 2:
      • No RR penalty if within normal grouping
      • 25% RR penalty for all players if any player falls outside of normal grouping
    • If ANYONE in your party is Diamond 3–Immortal 3 (but no one in your party is Radiant)
      • 25% RR penalty for all players
    • If ANYONE in your party is Radiant
      • 75% RR penalty for all players
  • Tuned matchmaking to reduce wait time for 5-stacks
  • You can read the basics on how Rank Rating penalties work for 5-stacks in our previous patch notes.

Bugs

Agents

  • Fixed a bug where Jett could find herself unable to use abilities or weapons when using Tailwind immediately after depleting her Bladestorm daggers
  • Fixed a bug where Yoru could teleport out of bounds when using Gatecrash
  • Fixed various exploits allowing Yoru to use weapons before fully decloaking at the end of his ultimate

Performance

  • Fixed a bug in the Shooting Range where bots would respawn unarmed

That is everything you needed to know about the Valorant patch 4.08 and it will surely change the way certain agents get picked in the game.

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Featured image via Riot Games.