Valorant Killjoy guide - Learn how to have a joy from kill!
Valorant is one of the most expected games of the year, and as a part of our Agents guide series, this time we’re talking about the engineer/tech genius released as a playable character in Act II, of course, we’re talking about the colorful german agent Killjoy, and this article is Valorant Killjoy guide. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, Valorant is the Riot Games’ 5v5 First Person shooter that took 2020 by storm. Few months after its official release, the game started Act II adding new maps like Ascent and new characters, like Reyna and Killjoy.
What is Valorant?
Valorant is a fast pacing shooter that focuses on strategy and teamplay. It is not the type of game where you come just to shoot anything that moves, but a more strategic and complex one. Many gmers say that playing Valorant feels more like chess than a shooter game.
As teamplay is an important part of this game, every agent has been carefully developed to fulfill a role into the team strategy. That’s why you have duelists who specialize in aggressive pushing, controllers that can block hallways or sentinels that reveal more information about the enemy than Julian Assange. The new addition to those whistleblowers sentinels is Killjoy.
Killjoy adds an unexpected component to Valorant fast-pacing action, her technological gadgets and impressive abilities can break some of the patterns many players were starting to use, although her versatile, diverse and colorful personality adds a lot of fun to a game that already was challenging and entertaining.
In the opinion of many members of the Valorant community, Killjoy is completely OP because of their abilities, and particularly because of her turret. However, as we’ll see further, Killjoy’s turret works more like an intelligence and distraction tool, than as a killing machine… although, if you know how to use it properly and how to synchronize your abilities with those of your teammates’ well, in that case the only OP thing around here is your skillset.
"Go ahead! Call me tech support again."
Who is Killjoy
Killjoy is the name of the new Valorant Agent who appeared as a new character in Valorant Act II, on august 2020. This colorful nerd is a technological genius that can use a wide variety of bots, technology and gadgets to take down enemies and make them fall into her traps.
This new character brings new vitality to the Valorant community not only because of her playstyle and abilities, but also because of her gadgets and looks. Even if she was one of the latest characters in 2020, by the end of the year she was also one of the most cosplayed characters in the game.
From damaging grenades to turret-bots, she always has some techy stuff under her sleeve to give opponents a really unpleasant time. Her abilities bring new dynamics to the game and can be really useful to lock down entire areas, take enemies by surprise, or to take absolute control of any Spike Site on the map. Her inventions can be used not only to inflict a considerable amount of damage, but also to distract enemies, to bait them or even to trap them inside a spike site. We offer you this Killjoy guide for you to get used to her, but you have to share your best plays with us. Deal?
Bio: Killjoy is a technological Genius from Germany that can help secure the field with her arsenal of bots and inventions. Either her enemies will be highly damaged by her gear, or her robots will become a worse technological nightmare than trying to use Internet Explorer to navigate Apple maps.
A little bot that kind of camouflages in the field waiting for prey. Once it spots an enemy, this little fella will run after them and explode on impact, leaving them ready for you to finish them (no fatality available, sorry). This Ability also works as a great intelligence source since Alarm Bot will run straight to the enemy, revealing their location.
Another bot. This one is a small turret that shots at your enemies as soon as it has them on sight. While the turret doesn’t really inflict much damage, it reveals the enemy's location. But the best part is it can work as a distraction to pull opponents attention while you shoot them real bullets from a different angle. It has an 180 degree cone.
This is no ordinary grenade. Once you throw it, it will remain there, invisible until you decide to activate it. Unlike the Alarm Bot or the E-Turret, Nanoswarm can kill enemies relatively quickly. This remote activated grenade can help you set up traps and kill Spike planters.
This ability will frustrate more than one enemy and completely turn tables for a lot of teams. Once you activate it, it will take a few seconds to explode, but when it does, it will debuff every enemy within its huge radius for 8 long seconds. It will make you think twice before making that run to defuse the spike.
Strengths and weaknesses
Killjoy is a sentinel, and so far, her abilities seem a combination of intelligence gatherer and damage abilities. As a result, you can get a lot of information from the opposite team while playing with her, but you will also have chances to score kills. The ways you can use Killjoy abilities are practically limitless.
She is definitely not an aggressive Agent, and while her defensive abilities work great for her and her team, she doesn't have the best damage stats. As Valorant is a team-focused game, our suggestion is that you check which agents make the best mix for your team, and use Killjoy abilities to enhance your teammates' gameplay.
Killjoy is the best example of German intelligence. Her abilities can help you hold ground, stop opponents’ advance, and convince the enemy team to withdraw in a not-so-friendly way. When combined with other agents' abilities, as Cypher’s, the mix of intelligence, defense and attack abilities can be lethal.
The only thing that may interfere with killjoy advance are blinding and blocking abilities. For instance, the Turret won’t shoot enemies if they are inside a smoke bomb or if there is an Ice wall between it and their targets. Flashes, like Phoenix Curveball will also affect the Turret performance.
How to win as a killjoy
As a Sentinel, Killjoy has everything she may need to get information about the enemy team. You can use her to secure flanks while pushing into the spike site, or setting up enemies for other agents to “finish the job”. On the offense side, you can armor entirely the Spike site, placing a turret on one entry point and covering the remaining ones with Nanoswarms, or releasing Alarm bots around corners. This will help you not only to get some kills, but to be aware of every advance attempt from the opponents. And if at the end of the round you think everything is lost, a very nasty move could be to activate your Ultimate Ability and remain hidden until it explodes. Killjoy’s Lockdown can even debuff and incapacitate the Spike diffuser or planter.
Killjoy tips and tricks
Killjoy is an ace on the defense Any attempt to gain ground will be much stronger if the team uses her correctly. Remember her attack stats are not that good, so when on the offensive, try to support on your teammate’s abilities. Killjoy is more an intelligence agent than an entry agent.
When combined with Cypher, they can become lethal. They both can gather information, block entrances, and slow down enemies' pushes. Communicate with your team and team play, especially when using abilities.
Sage is another great partner for Killjoy. You can use the combination of Ice Walls and turrets to completely block hallways, or you can use Ice walls and nano swarms to create the perfect trap for the entire enemy team.
Remember blinding abilities affect Killjoy’s turret and alarm bots, so be careful where you place them.
Your Alarm bot doesn’t have enough power to kill enemies, but it still is a valuable intelligence tool. When people get hit by it, they get a debuff for a few seconds and you or any of your teammates can kill them with one shot. Also, as it will chase the enemy, you can know where the enemy is hiding.
Since peeking is an important aspect of the valorant gameplay, you can use that to your advantage and place strategically your alarm bot to repel fire. It will not kill your enemy, but it will do two things for you: It will let you know the enemy's position without you getting into the crossfire, and more importantly, it will distract them for you to be able to shoot them from an opposite corner. They will never expect that.
On the attack you can also use the turret as a contention and intelligence tool. You can place it on a high position and use it to track where enemies are coming from. Remember one of the most important benefits from the turret is that it reveals the enemy's location.
You can activate Nanoswarm at will, that means you have to be smart about where to place it, but foremost, you have to be precise about when to activate it, because the enemies will see it as they approach and they can destroy it. We suggest you take a good look at the map and find the best spots to drop them. You can place them in hidden corners or even behind boxes on the Spike sites. Be creative and more than one opponent will think of you the next time they feel used. On the attack side, the Nanoswarm grenade is an excellent pest control, since you can throw it in corners you suspect enemies are hiding and watch them run for their life like rats!
The perfect play would be the Brimstone on your team calling an orbital strike inside the Spike site where the enemies are at, and block the way out using Killjoy’s nanoswarm grenades. Either you wipe them out or they will get severely damaged.
Lockdown is a great cleaning tool since it has a huge range. It’s setup is slow, so you have to take good cover before using it, but once it explodes, it will debuff every enemy in the area. You can use this to escape, to coordinate with your team to kill everyone affected by the blast or to reclaim a site. Something interesting to take on count is that Lockdown will incapacitate any player planting or defusing, so even if you are the last man (or woman, in this case) standing, you still have a card under your sleeve that could give you the round.
This ability is great on the attack and defense sides because enemies will be slowed down and debuffed, so they will be forced to move out of an area, or get restricted access to another. It’s biggest downside is the time it takes to get activated. During these ong 13 seconds remember to beware of the few intrepid ones that will try to disable it instead of running away.
Killjoy is one Agent that will open your possibilities in many ways, and is a lot of fun to play with, so now that you have all the information you need about this german tech genius, get out there and blow something up! Remember to match Killjoy’s abilities with those of your teammates and defend the nerd side at all cost!
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What does Killjoy mean?
Means “someone who ruins the fun for everyone”. Don’t worry, you’ll get it the first time you get caught by her lockdown device.
What are killjoy abilities?
Killjoy has four main abilities: Q-Alarm bot, a small bot that chases enemies and explodes on them. E-turret, a controversial turret that can be placed on the ground and shoots enemies. C-Nanoswarm, a user-activated molly that remains invisible until someone gets close. X-Lockdown, a kind of EMP that debuffs and slows enemies within it’s blast radius.
How to kill targets with the turret?
Bad news is the turret doesn’t actually kill enemies since its damage is super low, but on the bright side, you can use it to distract enemies and shoot them while they attack it. Check out our Valorant Killjoy Guide to find out everything about her abilities.
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