Valorant devs have released the patch notes 4.04 with the start of Episode 4 Act 2. Controller abilities, Yoru and Icebox map are the main aspects to which the patch brings changes.

With the previous patchnotes Riot had already presented Yoru's Fakeout ability: now it is time to nerf it a bit:

  • Charges reduced from 2 >>> 1.
  • Decoy HP: 150.
  • Decoy is now a full running version of Yoru and can only be sent running forward.
  • Right -click to place a stationary marker for the decoy.
    • Reactivate similarly to footsteps to create the decoy that runs forward.
  • Upon taking damage from an enemy gun, the decoy winds up, turns towards the enemy that shot it, and explodes after a short delay.
    • Enemies within the cone are flashed.

Just after the patch there was a bag discovered that made Riot remove Yoru from the competitive pool for now as he was able to plant and defuse the spike while being invincible. Usually these fixes take Riot just a bit of time, so we'll see Yoru soon enough.

The Controller role sees changes among Omen, Viper, Brimstone and Astra. Precisely:

  • Omen's smokes now travel at the speed of 6 400 instead of 2800. 0% pickrate feels just too much for current state, that's why the Dark Cover speed increases at 229%.
  • Viper's Toxic Screen and Poison Cloud cooldowns are being increased from 6 seconds to 8. Snake Bite effect also gets shortened from 6.5 seconds to 5.5 seconds.
  • Brimstone's Stim Beacon now provides up to 15% speed boost, in assistance with the rapid fire. His Sky Smoke deploys in 1 second instead of 2.
  • Minus one star to Astra's kit. She will now have at her hand 4 stars instead of 5. On the other hand, star placement distance reaches 30,000, compared to 10,000 pts of the past. Cooldowns have been added to Gravity Well and Nova Pulse (25<45 seconds) and Nebula smoke (14<25 seconds).

Lastly, Icebox gets the much anticipated changes: players did not like the angles of a couple of boxes on B site. Attackers now will have easier time to play comfortably on B Green. Also, some more crates are added nearby the Yellow container.


Valorant patch notes 4.04


Valorant Patch notes 4.04

For more detailed info, check the official dev post about Valorant patch notes 4.04.