Valorant patch 5.01 was the last major update to Riot’s flagship FPS, skipping 5.02 in order to upgrade the game engine. Patch 5.03, though, will change the way Neon players handle skirmishes.
For many, patch 5.03 was an absolute godsend. With Riot finally chipping away at the single-player army Chamber after a staggering pick rate in the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT), we may finally see the Frenchman slip down the Valorant tier list.
Patch 5.03, slated for August 9, also looks set to bring some big changes to Filipino duelist and fan favorite Neon, while also nerfing her sidekick Jett.
While Neon’s changes are more even (there are buffs there too, don’t worry), they will revolutionize the way players use her Overdrive ultimate, which has been hailed as one of the most powerful abilities in the game since her release.
Current PBE patch notes (available through ValorantPBE subsection) states that Neon’s ultimate will experience some changes to “area damage” – the damage an individual body part takes when hit by the ability.
Chamber and Jett’s ultimates now do less damage to other agents’ legs, but Neon’s Overdrive has undergone some dramatic changes. Her damage per lightning bolt has been reduced, as has her damage to the player’s legs, but her headshot multiplier has been increased to 3 and her killzone has been increased to 20m, meaning she can snipe you from farther away.
These changes are being implemented to help “reward accuracy” – especially in Neon’s case, headshots are now very much encouraged.
The official changes are as follows:
- Damage per shot reduced from 22 > 18
- Killzone increased by 15m > 20m
- Leg shot multiplier reduced by 1.0 > 0.85
- Headshot multiplier increased by 1 > 3
While this is a bit disappointing for casual Neon players who use her ultimate to kill with ease, it adds an extra dimension to her toolkit and is ideal for skilled players. Plus, a headshot is basically an instant kill, which means you don’t stand awkwardly and shoot lightning at enemies as they try to counterattack.
If you took a quick look at the map on Valorant patch 5.03 and found the changes were harder than expected, be sure to use one of the best Valorant crosshairs to get those instant kills.