Riot Games has introduced new Valorant agents so frequently that many players have forgotten about the game’s mysterious missing agent. Where is agent 8, and why did they go missing?
Valorant protocol recently got an update in the form of Chamber, who rolled in with custom guns. The developer is now set to release a new face to the duelist roster in Sprinter who’ll speed up the meta. Amid the agent 19 teasers, players are still left clueless about agent 8.
The whereabouts of agent 8 remain secret. It’s unknown why Riot Games left them out of the original roster and whether they’re alive or dead.
Valorant currently has 17 agents, but Chamber’s message to Brimstone has confused players. The fancy Operator mentioned the arrival of an “agent 19,” which led the players to do a bit of a rewind. It turns out, each Valorant character has a numeral tag on them that sets them apart from one another. For example, Sova’s tag is #6, and Phoenix is #9.
After releasing Sage with the number seven as her tag, Riot hopped past eight to roll out agent nine in Phoenix. Players never paid enough attention to their numbers to notice that agent eight never made an appearance. In Episode 3 Act 3, it’s unknown who this agent is despite new ones entering the roster.
There are a few theories regarding the whereabouts of agent 8 and why they’re missing from the charts. It’s likely related to Valorant lore and might have a more profound impact on the mirror verse lore currently unfurling in Fracture.
Agent 8 could be Viper’s dead or injured family member whose death she blames on Sage in one of her voice lines. Cypher also mentions the quiet voices he keeps hearing, and so does Omen. This unknown agent eight might have ties to various agent mysteries from mirror Earth. Another crazy theory is that the developer might introduce a whole new category through this agent sometime in the future. But this would likely upset the game’s structured meta, so it isn’t sure to happen.
Players have also noticed “hourglass” clues throughout the game hinting at agent 8 being a time-meddler. This would explain his “return” to the roster after being absent for so long. The Memento Mori card released in Episode 1 Act 2 had an hourglass hanging from the keychain, nodding to the dead. Credible leaker Cynprel also noticed a fascinating figure in the game that looks like an hourglass-shaped into the number eight.
Whatever the case, players become more eager to find out more about the mysterious hero with the release of each new agent. For now, it’s certain that the next new agent Sprinter doesn’t bear the number eight tag. So players will have to wait for a few more Episodes and act before this mystery unfolds.