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Riot Games Officially Announces New Valorant Agent Astra

Abhimannu Das
28/Feb/2021 06:50 am

Riot Games has finally revealed Valorant's new agent Astra who will be heading to the game on March 2nd.
The new agent is from Ghana and has the ability to make use of cosmic powers to manipulate the battlefield.
The new agent's kit is based on Stars and her ability to manipulate them using her other abilities as a Controller.

After weeks of teasers, Riot Games has officially announced Valorant’s new agent Astra. The new agent hails from Ghana and harnesses the cosmic energy to fuel her powers. The developers had teased that the new agent in Valorant is meant for “galaxy brain” players and they were serious about it. Astra’s abilities let her manipulate the battlefield and is one of the most interesting Controllers we have ever seen. Here is a rundown of all of Astra’s abilities and a closer look at Valorant’s new agent who is just days away from release. 

Astra Overview 

Astra ArtImage Credit: Riot Games

John “Riot MEMEMEMEME” Goscicki, Producer – Characters revealed “With Astra we wanted to make new Valorant agent that was thinking about the whole map. Her global presence was there right from the beginning. From there the fine-tuning was in finding the right abilities to balance predicting enemies’ actions and reacting to changing game circumstances.” 

The developers talked about how African Futurism played a role in designing Astra’s thematic while also remaining grounded to her personality. The agent will release next week on March 2nd along with other bug fixes and updates for all regions. 

Astra’s Abilities

Valorant AstraImage Credit: Riot Games

Astra will join the group of Controllers along with Omen, Brimstone and Viper. Here is a rundown of Valorant’s new agent’s abilities: 

GRAVITY WELL (C): Place Stars in Astral Form (X). Activates a Star to form a Gravity Well. Players in the area are pulled toward the center before it explodes, making all players still trapped inside fragile.

NOVA PULSE (Q): Place Stars in Astral Form (X). Activates a Star to detonate a Nova Pulse. The Nova Pulse charges briefly then strikes, concussing all players in its area.

NEBULA (E): Places Stars in Astral Form (X). Activates a Star to transform it into a Nebula (smoke).

DISSIPATE (F): Use (F) on a Star to Dissipate it, returning the star to be placed in a new location after a delay. Dissipate briefly forms a fake Nebula at the Star’s location before returning.

ASTRAL FORM / COSMIC DIVIDE (X): X allows you to enter Astral Form where you can place Stars with primary fire. Stars can be reactivated later, transforming them into a Nova Pulse, Nebula, or Gravity Well.

When Cosmic Divide is charged, use secondary fire in Astral Form to begin aiming it, then primary fire to select two locations. An infinite Cosmic Divide connects the two points you select. Cosmic Divide blocks bullets and heavily dampens audio.

Valorant New Agent Release Date 

Valorant AstraImage Credit: Riot Games

Astra will release on March 02 and will be available for unlock for free.

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Abhimannu Das is a part of the content team at AFK Gaming and a lifelong obsessive gamer. He is covering content on esports titles like VALORANT, CS: GO, Call of Duty, Fortnite, PUBG and more. He also writes opinion pieces, cover stories and conducts interviews with esports professionals.