Riot officially reveals Valorant agent 19, codenamed Sprinter

Nicholas James • December 23, 2021 12:15 pm

Riot Games is teasing even more information about the upcoming 19th agent for Valorant, a superhumanly quick Filipino codenamed “Sprinter.”

The upcoming addition to Valorant’s roster has been hinted at in multiple ways, and was identified in hidden files some time ago. Sprinter channels lightning to generate bursts of mobility that can be used to disrupt enemy positioning.

What are Agent 19’s powers?

Agent 19’s codename sheds a lot of light on their possible skillset and Radianite-powered abilities. Several teasers have already hinted that the character uses electricity and lightning as part of their kit. In the State of the Agents post made by Riot Games today, the first image of Agent 19 was revealed. Sadly their sleek sportswear is all we get a glimpse of in this post, fans likely won’t see the agent until their final reveal next year.

This follows a tease during VCT Champions that may have revealed the face of the agent. It’s uncertain whether this is meant to be Sprinter, but there’s reason to believe that this is what she will look like.

With purple-blue running shoes and lightning arcing from the heel to the ground, the agent’s previous data mined code name of “Sprinter” seems to be coming true. Riot’s introduction and sign-off for the agent reveal include lines in Tagalog. This adds more fuel to the rumors that Valorant’s next agent will show some love to the Filipino player base, who have proven themselves amongst the game’s most vocal and passionate fans.

Riot also purposefully goes out of its way to use language related to electricity, talking about “recharging” and getting ready to “amp up”. Subtlety seems to be a strategy long-abandoned with this agent, and fans can expect a new rival for Jett in the category of burst mobility.

When will “Sprinter” be released in Valorant?

Filipino Valorant agent “Sprinter” probably won’t be making her way to the live servers this year, but fans can expect her in early 2022.

Jett has long held a monopoly on traditional mobility, this upcoming agent threatens to disrupt that long-time dynamic with her own super-sonic movement. With this latest teaser, Riot confirmed that the agent will not be coming out in the waning days of 2021.

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