How to use Sage

The complete guide to playing Sage in Valorant

By Fariha Bhatti


May 17, 2022

Reading time: 4 min

The sole revivor in Valorant, Sage, is the go-to agent for elementary players. But, she has much more to offer. Learn how to use Sage to win more competitive games in Valorant. 

All 19 agents in Valorant have extraordinary powers that set them apart. However, these characters share some special abilities that are the nucleus of any FPS game. Smokes, molotovs, and flashes have generously been distributed among all agents in Valorant. But, Sage is the only agent who holds the power to revive. That’s something that no one else can pull off. 

Part of the original ten, Sage has become a mainstay in all agent compositions due to her mastery of bringing back the dead and strong defensive tools. Here’s how to use Sage in competitive games. 

How to use Sage’s abilities in Valorant

Sage is equipped with a Barrier, Slow, and Healing Orb. Using her ultimate, the agent can revive the dead. Her kit is easy to use but contributes tons to team play. However, players don’t pay much mind to her equipment and use it solely for the heals. Using her correctly can heavily impact your overall game outcome. 

Barrier Orb (C) 

Creds: 400 

Uses: 1

Barrier Orb, in simpler words, is a wall that blocks the vision of enemies and can shut down the entrance to an area. Players often use it at the beginning of the rounds, which is not the smartest thing, especially on smaller maps. Avoid placing your wall unless you have info or sound cues, as it only stays up for 40 seconds. Enemies often wait for the wall placed at the beginning to go away before they can initiate their push.

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Another mistake players make is not practicing their wall placement. A wrong Barrier Orb can create a smooth headshot angle for the enemies. Good examples are Split’s mid area and Breeze’s A site. Make sure you practice crucial walls before using them in high-stake games. It also acts as a shield to defuse the spike or bounce off the attacker’s post-plant lineup. So, try to stay alive to create a barrier around your teammates. 

Finally, Barrier Orb comes in handy to elevate teammates for odd angles. Sage has many uses on defense, but a few use her aptly on the attacker side. Place your wall on unpredictable angles to get to elevated areas and take enemies by surprise. It’s an easy way to add kills to the scoreboard! 

Slow Orb (Q)

Creds: 200

Uses: 2

Slow Orb is another unique ability in Valorant as it deals zero damage but slows down enemies. Throwing it without intel is also not recommended, as it can be instrumental against fast-rushing enemies. It’s ideal to toss a Slow Orb when you have a site anchor like Killjoy, Brimstone, or Viper. Agents with molotov can elevate the value of a Slow Orb by dealing damage against hindered enemies. 

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On attack, Slow Orb serves the same purpose of locking down the site during the spike plant. Pair it with a molotov or even a grenade to ensure one angle is locked while the spike goes down. 

Healing Orb (E)

Signature free ability

Uses: 1

Restock: 45 seconds 

Healing Orb was Sage’s selling point before Skye joined the roster. Still, her healing can be invaluable when used correctly. Often, players scarcely use her heal, waiting for the right moment. It’s ideal to use the orb instantly when required so Sage can reload it by the end of the round when it’s needed the most. Wasting time would result in only one charge. 

As a Sentinel, Sage’s job is to strategize in the backlines and support teammates. So, while your duelists engage in fights, try to keep an eye on health bars and deliver healing when needed. Avoid lurking on the attacking side and stick closer to duelists, so they don’t have to find you across the map for medical emergencies. 

Ressurection (X) 

Ult points: 8

Resurrection isn’t cheap, so use it wisely. The pricey ult can be a game-changer, but saving it till last is also not wise. Try to revive a teammate as soon as ultimate gets activated. You may ask for protection to pick up ult orbs in order to activate Resurrection early in the round. 

Either ask for cover or plant down your wall before reviving a teammate. Leaving location right after reviving isn’t recommended, as it often provides enemies with an extra kill. Try to cover the revived teammate to squeeze full juice out of your eight points. While it may seem wise to resurrect in the middle of a chaotic site take, avoid using ult when multiple enemies are around. The resurrector and the teammate become an easy targets for the enemies due to long animations.