Valorant’s latest big update brings the classic Riot surrender mechanic into the fray

Patch 1.02

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It can be really frustrating to start up a match of something that could go on for 40 minutes, only to find out that one or more of your teammates left out of the gate. You kind of have to go through the motions until the inevitable loss, but thankfully Riot Games is adding a surrender option to Valorant: just as they did to League of Legends so many years ago.

Here’s how it works. Basically, you can “call for an early surrender,” using the chat system, which requires a 100% team vote to pass. To prevent spamming, you can only call for a vote once per half and only spark it after reaching the eighth round. It’s restrictive, but that’s deliberate, to prevent surrender abuse.

In other news, Viper has been buffed so that her poison abilities are a little stronger now, with a small nerf to her poison orb cooldown (up to six seconds from five). Jett got a no-brainer quality of life upgrade on her blade storm ult (it now procs a refresh after Phoenix dies during his ult), as did Reyna with her Soul Orbs (basically, a faux Phoenix ult death now ostensibly counts as a death). Cypher got a few bug fixes for his abilities, and that’s about it: not a huge shakeup.

You can find the bulk of the patch notes below. For specific character and map changes, visit the full blog post, which provides visual cues for the alterations.

Valorant Patch Notes 1.02 [Play Valorant]

Valorant Patch Notes 1.02


We’ve included a set of menu UI changes as part of our ongoing work to clarify the client experience coming out of Closed Beta. This is only a small portion of the improvements, but should push overall usability in a positive direction.Navigation and UI changes are disruptive, so we appreciate your patience adjusting to the new approach and we hope you find the changes to be upgrades after you settle in.

As always, thank you for your continued feedback. We have a long way to go, but we’ll keep hammering on the client UI until it’s a stellar experience for everyone.

  • All main sections views now have a “back” button in the upper left to return to the Home view (pressing Escape is also supported)
  • All details views (gun details, players cards, match details, etc.) have been converted to use the same back button in the upper left instead of a close button in the upper right
  • Small popup dialogs still use the close button in the upper right where appropriate
  • Slide-out options menu removed from the logo button in upper left
  • New options button added to upper right, which opens the menu with Settings, Support, About, Leave Match, and Exit to Desktop buttons
  • Circle progress elements for Battlepass and active contract removed from navigation; missions element remains throughout the experience
  • Navigation reordered to accommodate the changes
  • Exit to desktop flow converted to a single button with a popup that allows a player to exit or sign out and exit.
  •  Note that the Leave Match button is now displayed all the time, but will be locked in cases where leaving a match is not allowed. Previously the button was missing completely when leaving was not allowed, which looked like a bug rather than a restriction.
  • Added a setting that allows players to always display the inventory in the lower right of the HUD
  • Added a new HUD element that tells you when you haven’t been spawned in due to being AFK


  • Added Battlepass text button in the nav to make it easier to find
  • Added small progress bar below text that shows progress for current level of the pass
  • Hovering Battlepass in the nav shows a “peek” flyout of upcoming pass rewards
  • Clicking either goes to a new Battlepass section


  • Moved Agents section out from under Collection to make it easier to find and to provide a home for contract progress in the nav
  • Added small progress bar below text that shows progress for current level of the active contract
  • Hovering Agents in the nav shows a “peek” of upcoming contract rewards
  • Clicking Agents goes to the Agents section, and clicking the contract flyout navigates to Agents and opens the associated contract details
  • Removed secondary navigation from Collection view since Agents no longer lives there and the navigation is no longer needed


  •  An Early Surrender option has been addedYou can now opt to surrender out of a match ahead of the match’s completion if you do not want to continue playing. We will also be adding some light polish and functionality in future patches post 1.02.
    • You can call an early surrender vote by typing: “/ff” “forfeit” “concede” or “surrender”
    • An early surrender vote requires all present players on the surrendering team to vote ‘yes’ to pass
    • You can vote via “/yes” or “/no” along with the settings F5 and F6 (defaults)
    • Each team can only call a vote once per half
    •  Early surrender votes cannot be called before reaching round 8.
      • Once a vote is called the vote option will be queued to vote on for the next round, or if you call the vote early enough in the buy phase you can vote immediately.
    • The winning team gets round win credit for every round necessary to bring them up to the victory condition (13 rounds). The surrendering team will get loss credit for every round necessary to bring them up to 13 rounds
  • Added a setting that to allow players to permanently mute text from enemy players

Update to Tagging (slowdown effect when hit by enemy fire)

  •  Effect of tagging on movement speed reduced:
    • Tagging Movement Speed Reduction (Standard) 80% >> 70%
    • Tagging Movement Speed Reduction (Wall Penetration) 35% >> 25%
  • Increased the time it takes to reach desired slow amount when tagged by 100%

Tagging is intended to reward the player with better positioning and the player that successfully lands a shot on the enemy first. When tagged, you will now more gradually transition to the reduced tagging speed. In addition, the reduced tagging speed is slightly more forgiving. If you are positioned close to cover, this should allow you to potentially escape when tagged more frequently than before. Also, the effects of being tagged should feel less jarring especially when playing with higher ping.

Tagging through walls has been further reduced which should enable reliable escapes when being shot through walls.


Spike Rush

  • New Orb Type – Tracer Orb
    • Team-wide buff that grants 2x wall penetration and reveals enemies for .75s when they are hit
    • Duration: Entire round
  • Speed Boost changed to Combat Stim
    • Movement speed and durations unchanged
    • Reload time decreased by 30%
    • Weapon draw time decreased by 30%
    • Spread recovery time decreased by 30%
    • Rate of Fire increased by 30%
    • Jump force increased by 25%
  • Plague Orb now shares a pool with Paranoia Orb
    • Only one of these will be chosen per game
    • Only one Plague Orb can spawn per round
    • Health reduction decreased from 90 to 50
  • Deception Orb now shares a pool with Plague Orb
    • Only one of these will be chosen per game
    • Only one Deception Orb can spawn per round
    • Duration decreased from 10s to 8s (now matches Plague Orb)
    • Tunnel vision decreased by 20% (meaning you see more on your screen)

Practice Mode

  • Reyna: Killing practice bots now properly spawns Soul Orbs
  • Jett: Killing practice bots now properly refreshes Blade Storm


    The team primarily focused on smoothing out framerates in certain scenarios. Mostly this helps out mid to high spec machines.

    • Optimized a worst case performance scenario that occurred when multiple players are moving close to one another.
    • Optimized multi-kill streak banners.
    • Optimized player health bars
    • Optimized creation of pings (z-ping, ping wheel, when an ally dies, etc)
    • Optimized Spawn Barrier audio causing periodic framerate dips.
    • [1.01 Hotfix] Resolved an issue that was causing low memory systems with slow HDDs to perform especially poorly.


    •  Levels 2-7 for the Sovereign Ghost skin are now fixed and unlockable
      •  As we’ve stated, we never intend for skins to be pay-to-win or pay-to-lose . In this case, the Sovereign Ghost was playing unsilenced audio in third-person on Levels 2-7, so it was totally pay-to-lose and we didn’t want any of you to experience that. It’s fixed now, so go ahead and upgrade that baby and enjoy your custom effects, finisher, kill banner, and variants!
    • Fixed Toggle Walk, you can once again use this setting
    • Fixed the Return from AFK message only displaying the name of the last player to rejoin
    • Fixed an issue where the defuse bar would duplicate
    • Fixed several localization strings and text overlaps
    • Fixed several crashes
    • Fixed a bug where the Spike could automatically plant when you walked onto a plant site while it was in your inventory
    • Fixed a bug where the Spike would float in the air if it had been placed on a Sage wall
    • Fixed a bug where the dropped Spike’s model could be invisible to defenders on while it was on the ground
    • Fixed a bug where gun buddies were squished on the Arsenal page
    • Fixed a bug where trying to open the Character Select UI while the megamap in the Shooting Range would result in a deadlock
    • Improved GPU performance of most out of game menu screens
    • Fixed a bug where sometimes players got stuck on the transition into game and never successfully transitioned into game
    • Fixed a bug where the spread on the Bucky’s alt fire was higher when walking than was when running or standing still
    • Fixed a bug where dead players could appear standing when you reconnect to a match
    • Fixed a bug where you could get stuck grabbing orbs
    • Fixed a bug where enemy players would appear on the minimap while watching the Spike, once your team was dead


    • Competitive match overtime on this patch will be resolved using Sudden Death, which we know is intrinsically unfair. We’re actively working on replacing this with a more fair solution.
    •  We’ve discovered issues in our routing software causing some players in Sweden to be incorrectly placed on our Istanbul game servers, and this is likely causing a small number of players elsewhere to also end up on the incorrect game servers. The fix is deployed to our Stockholm networking gear and we’re deploying the fix globally this week.
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