VALORANT: How to Play Cypher

by | Jul 10, 2023 | Guides - Valorant, Valorant

Thanks to his amazing and versatile information-gathering abilities, Cypher is practically a must for every Valorant team. A skilled cypher can provide his team with a plethora of information regarding the whereabouts of the enemy, providing them a huge advantage over their opponents. Our Valorant Cypher guide will take you step-by-step through every one of Cypher’s skills and provide specific guidance on each one, including the wackiest, most broken Spycam placements for every map!

Is Cypher the Right Agent For You?


  • Can protect sites alone and even
  • Provides amazing vision for the team
  • Can be played aggresively


  • Utilities can be easily shut down if opponents are familiar with your set up
  • Have difficulties in retaking sites if the set up is located at a different site

Cypher Abilities


EQUIP a trapwire. FIRE to place a destructible and covert tripwire at the targeted location, creating a line that spans between the placed location and the wall opposite. Enemy players who cross a tripwire will be tethered, and dazed after a short period if they do not destroy the device in time. This ability can be picked up to be REDEPLOYED.

Cyber Cage

The Shock bolt is ranged damage dealing arrow that creates a damage-dealing electric explosion on landing. The shock bolt can be fired at varied power resulting in a shorter or longer range and can be changed to bounce once or twice on map surfaces before landing and exploding.


EQUIP a spycam. FIRE to place the spycam at the targeted location. RE-USE this ability to take control of the camera’s view. While in control of the camera, FIRE to shoot a marking dart. This dart will reveal the location of any player struck by the dart.

ULTIMATE – Neural Theft

INSTANTLY use on a dead enemy player in your crosshairs to reveal the location of all living enemy players.

The Road to A Cypher Main

Traps… Camera… Action!

Cypher is able to spy on two areas simultaneously because to his spycam. Cypher becomes an important pick for larger sites like Breeze because he can manage a whole site while the team concentrates on the double-mid area.

Learning lineups is essential if you want to hide the camera effectively. By doing this, you can keep opponents away from a bombsite for a longer period of time. Keep teammates near the entrance so they may shoot vulnerable guys while they struggle to dodge the dart and cause heavy damage to the opponent.

Usually, you place the camera on high elevations to get vision for the whole site. In such way, if your opponents destroy the trap wire, tell your team mates. When a web becomes inactive, Cypher receives an alert. When playing on the attacker side, plant trap wires around the flanks. On larger battlefields, where it can be challenging to scout flanks, these wires are helpful.

Neural Theft requires precise timing, so avoid utilizing it when there is just one opponent left or when your allies are dead. For instance, you might occasionally need to use his ultimate in dangerous circumstances with numerous foes clustered around the corpse. It can be difficult to watch the radar right now. If your teammates are still alive, they can help you and use the information.

To get started on learning those sneaky lineups watch Peak’s Cypher Lineup Guide

Best & Worst Maps for Cypher

His kit works best in maps in tight walkways, high elevated maps with numerous obstacles and open area maps. His Spycam is what makes cypher good in a certain map. Also maps that features many areas that can be easily wall banged. If Cypher tags his enemies with his Spy Cam or if they run into his Tripwires, he and his team can begin shooting through the wall. As long as Cypher switches the location of his traps every now and then, he will remain unpredictable and hard to deal with.


  • Split
  • Bind
  • Ascent


  • Pearl
  • Fracture

And that should be it. If you want to learn more about other agents as well, check our Agent Guide List




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