Valorant Agent 16 Grenadier: What We Know So Far
Valorant’s Agent 16 should release with the next major content update which is Episode 3. Here is everything we know so far about Valorant’s Agent 16 from all the information gathered by the community and clues that have been hidden in the game and media by Riot. There are some teasers already available on the official Valorant Twitter account and other places. There have been some leaks and it looks like Valorant Agent 16 is codenamed Grenadier.
Valorant Agent 16: Everything We Know So Far
Riot Games is known for its regular teasers but there have not been too many teasers for the upcoming agent just yet. A desert-themed teaser was released sometime back but it turned out to be a promotional teaser for Strike Arabia, a Saudi Arabia event.
In the latest 2.09 update, players have discovered a new name hidden in the game’s code. ‘Grenadier’ is the reported codename but it is unlikely that it will be the upcoming agent’s name going by the naming style for the existing agents.
We recently received a Duelist and a Controller, making the Sentinel and Initiator classes more likely to get another agent. Initiators have abilities designed to initiate fights and give teams an advantage when a teamfight breaks out. They can break open sites or zone opponents for a tactical advantage. Sova is one of the best Initiators right now, and Valorant Agent’s 16 contesting his dominance would be a welcome shakeup to the meta.
Valorant Agent 16 Release Date
Valorant Agent 16 is likely to drop later in Episode 2 Act 3 or in Episode 3 with the next major content update. Riot Games teased Yoru during the First Strike events and we can expect some teasers and promotional materials to go live at Valorant Champions Tour 2021 Stage 2 Masters Reykjavík, which takes place at the end of May. They may also be more hidden teasers in the game’s code from patch 2.09 which is yet to be fully broken down by data miners.
June 22, 2021 is the likely date of launch for the next agent. The current season is set to end and the next Episode will kick off on the same day. Riot Games is known to release new agents with its new Episodes and Episode 3 should be no different. However, the studio has not revealed any details just yet and it is possible that Riot shakes up its release pattern in the future.