VALORANT: How to Play Viper

by | Sep 22, 2022 | Guides - Valorant

Viper distinguishes herself in a few ways from the other Valorant agents. If you wish to master this particular agent, there are many things to understand, from her emphasis on area control and damage-over-time to her dependency on fuel to power her abilities. However, our Valorant Viper tutorial is a terrific place to start because it offers a ton of helpful advice for each of her four deadly abilities.

Viper is one of Valorant’s most complicated Agents. She has smoke that can block vision, toxic pools that damage players, a wall that can cut bomb sites in half, and a massive death pit that can lock down a whole bomb site. All these abilities are strong, but she can only use them a limited amount, giving her more to pay attention to than any other character in Valorant.

Is Viper the right agent for you?

Strengths:

  • Hold down sites with powerful smokes that can soften opponents and be used reptitively
  • Strong on retakes by taking control half of the bomb site

Weaknesess:

  • Her fuel bar makes it difficult to manage and may costs round if played wrong
  • Her ultimate ability can disrupt team strategies due to its reduced vision

Viper Abilities

Toxic Screen

Equip a gas emitter launcher. Fire to deploy a long line of gas emitters. Re-use the ability to create a tall wall of toxic gas at the cost of fuel. This ability can be re-used more than once.

Snake Bite

Equip a chemical launcher. Fire to launch a canister that shatters upon hitting the floor, creating a lingering chemical zone that damages and slows enemies.

Poison Cloud

Equip a gas emitter. Fire to throw the emitter that perpetually remains throughout the round. Re-use the ability to create a toxic gas cloud at the cost of fuel. This ability can be re-used more than once and can be picked up to be redeployed.

ULTIMATE – Viper’s Pit

Equip a chemical sprayer. Fire to spray a chemical cloud in all directions around Viper, creating a large cloud that reduces the vision range and maximum health of players inside of it.

The Road to A Viper Main

The Site Defender

The key to a good viper main is to take control of the battlefield. Essentially as a Viper, you should understand where are the choke points, tight corners, and main entrances are placed. Pair it up with a good smoke set up along its snake bite, then you could basically take control that part of the map for a great amount of time.

Viper’s Poison Cloud (Q) is very effective when defending a site, as you can create one way smokes by launching the ability into strange areas of the map. Viper is a very hard agent to force a push against. Viper can throw her Poison Cloud (Q) onto a spike defusing enemy when she is playing attack to force them off.

When you suspect enemies will enter your poison cloud, it’s always good to throw a Snake Bite (C) as it will heavily damage anyone trying to enter. Same goes when you put up your ultimate in the site. Be reminded that her snakebite does not completely kill an opponent by its full duration, so time it wisely with your smokes for it to be efficient.

Your Map is Your Bestfriend

As the scout of the team, you are responsible to make sure that you know where your enemies are and call out spots on the map of where you think they are. You gain the most information out of your team since you know where your recons land. Make sure you communicate out to your allies of what you are planning to do.

Best & Worst Maps for Viper

After her incredible buff, Viper ought to have reached the S-tier by now, and maps like Icebox and Breeze provided her the best chance to advance in the meta. Viper has had a ton of upgrades throughout time and is being used more frequently in professional matches. Viper is one of the greatest agents to use in verticality-based maps thanks to her signature ability, toxic screen, which grants instant 50 decay. She can also provide some of the best one-ways and clear angles on the map with her poison cloud and snake bite, respectively.

Best

  • Bind
  • Breeze
  • Icebox
  • Pearl

Worst

  • Haven

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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