Valorant buffs Viper and adds HTRF in latest patch notes

Read the full Valorant 2.06 patch notes here to learn everything that's improved for Viper and Yoru mains.

The Valorant 2.06 patch notes popped up briefly on the game’s website yesterday before being taken down once more. It’s likely they were put up earlier than intended, but given they were removed, take the Valorant 2.06 patch notes below with a grain of salt. There’s every chance some details could change before they’re officially revealed. With that said, here are the biggest changes detailed in Valorant’s 2.06 patch notes, including massive Viper buffs and a nerf to the Bucky.

Valorant’s 2.06 patch notes - buffs, nerfs, and HRTF

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Update 2.06 brings buffs aplenty for Agents, most notably Viper and Yoru. Yoru has had his flash improved, the detection range for Gatecrash’s orb reduced, the kill cost of Gatecrash swapped for a 35 second recharge, and his Ult cost reduced to six pips. Will these adjustments make him any less rubbish? We’re not quite sold, yet.

Now, the long awaited Viper buffs. The poison queen has had a massive number of changes, the biggest of which sees anyone who interacts with her walls or orb immediately inflicted with 50 Decay, with further inflicted the longer they stay in contact. In pistol rounds, that’s a brutal health reduction to suffer. Both Toxic Screen and Poison Cloud will endure for two seconds after Viper’s death (unless she runs out of fuel), and her Snakebite is now faster to equip. Scary stuff.

Another big change comes to the Bucky, which has had a huge nerf to its right click fire. The number of pellets in an alternate-fire shot has been reduced to five, meaning even if all hit at minimum range, they’ll only kill with headshots. Sorry, Bucky fans.

Finally the next biggest chance is the addition of HRTF, or Head Related Transfer Function audio. Provided you’ve got a decent pair of headphones, enabled HRTF should make it far, far more possible to consistently identify the direction and distance of any sounds you hear.

With the major points covered, read on for the full Valorant 2.06 patch notes.

Agent Updates


In the wake of Masters we’re introducing some bigger updates to our Agents, with Viper first in line. We looked at a lot of possible changes for her, but ultimately landed on changes that pushed what makes Viper’s play pattern unique and still resonate with her theme. When compared to other Controllers, we want Viper to make big, committed decisions that truly alter the map and how both sides plan around her influence. She should claim ground with force and dare opponents to challenge her. The updates to Toxin should also project more threat on enemies who consider pushing her smoke and will hopefully add a significant bite to her marque Toxic Screen. Paired with a couple other buffs and some new tools for learning and practicing lineups, we’re excited to see if Viper can deliver on the deadly impact she promises while solidifying her spot on our roster.

  • Toxin (passive) 
    • Enemies that cross through Viper's Poison Cloud, Toxic Screen, or Viper's Pit are instantly inflicted with at least 50 decay. Their decay level increases the longer they remain in contact with toxin. 
    • While in cloud, Decay over time decreased 15 >>> 10 
    • When out of Viper’s cloud, delay before health regen decreased 2.5 >>> 1.5
  • Poison Cloud (Q) 
    • Can now immediately be redeployed when picked up, but grants a temporary charge instead of a permanent charge 
    • If active when Viper dies, Poison Cloud now remains up for an additional 2 seconds, or until Viper runs out of fuel. 
    • Pickup distance increased 200 >>> 400
  • Toxic Screen (E) 
    • If active when Viper dies, Toxic Screen now remains up for an additional 2 seconds before deactivating
    • Full blind distance from the wall increased to better match the blind distance from the edge of smokes 
  • Snakebite (C) 
    • Equip time decreased 1.1 >>> .8
  • Practice Tools 
    • In custom games with cheats and infinite abilities enabled, Viper can hold down “activate” on Poison Cloud and Toxic Screen to recall them 
    • In custom games with cheats and infinite abilities enabled, Poison Cloud’s landing location is shown on the minimap while equipped


Yoru carries a fantasy that you’ve been excited to see through, but we believe a few restrictions have made it harder to access. Although Yoru is a unique duelist on the roster, both in pace and in playstyle, we think he should still be a strong contender for good compositions and want to ensure the value he offers to his team is more consistent throughout a match. These changes should push the needle but we'll rapidly test some new changes to other parts of the kit, such as his Fakeout, to ensure Yoru players have the tools they need to succeed. 

  • Blindside (Q) 
    • Flash activation time decreased 0.8>>> 0.6 seconds Flash duration increased from 1.1>>>1.5
  • Gatecrash (E) 
    • Gatecrash is no longer refreshed on kills and is instead replenished every 35 seconds
    • Lifetime of the Gatecrash fragment increased 20 seconds >>> 30 seconds 
    • The range at which the Gatecrash fragment is revealed from stealth decreased 7m >>> 4m 
    • Visuals for visibility range added to the moving fragment
  • Dimensional Drift (X) 
    • Ult Points reduced 7 >>> 6 
    • Yoru can now reactivate Gatecrash while in Dimensional Drift


  • Nanoswarm (C) 
    • Killjoy can now pick up deployed Nanoswarm grenades during the buy phase to get the charge back

Weapon Updates


We want to focus the Bucky more on it's actual primary firing mode (left click) and make that the strength you try to optimize when choosing a bucky vs its alternate firing mode (right-click). The right click should be more of a tool you can use when you can't get into that effective left-click range, or you just need some reliable chip damage. The spreads are reduced on both to increase reliability and smooth the damage curve. The alt-fire's significant reduction in pellet count is a trade off to being able to extend the range as much as it does for a shotgun. 

  • Primary fire (left-click) bullet spread decreased 3.4 >>> 2.6 
  • Decreased spread on Alt-fire (right-click) 3.4 >>> 2.0 
  • Updated damage curve for both primary and alt-fire 
    • 0m–8m is 20dmg per pellet 
    • 8m–12m is 12dmg per pellet 
    • Beyond 12m is 9dmg per pellet 
  • Reduced amount of pellets in a right click shot from 15 >>> 5 MODES UPDATES 


We’ve taken a pass on a couple abilities to add depth to their gameplay and create some more dynamic combat situations, as well as added some spicy loadout variations to the mix. 

  • Abilities 
    • Raze’s Showstopper now comes with two Blast Pack Charges which refill when you touch the ground. Practice those boosts! Snowball Launcher now comes with Skates—the increased mobility should give you an edge against the generally more lethal weapons. 
    • Big Knife now comes with one Tailwind (Jett Dash) charge which refills on kill. Close all the gaps! 
    • Loadout variations will be a bit of a surprise, and they’ll show up rarely. Let us know which ones you like! 

Competitive Updates

  • You can now view a person's career from the in-game Leaderboard We heard some of you asking for the ability to view more info around how the best of the best were doing in their games. So you can now right click on a leaderboard entry and view their career to check out their Match History, see details of their games, and look at their Act Rank progress. 
  • If you are on the Leaderboard, but don’t want to give away who you are, you can leverage our in-client toggle to label yourself a ‘Secret Agent’. 

Quality of Life Updates 

  • To improve legibility, the megamap now consistently uses a mouse pointer instead of a crosshair for map pings 

Head Related Transfer Function (HRTF) 

  • What direction did those Raze footsteps come from? Is she moving from in front or behind you? With HRTF on and a pair of headphones, you’ll be able to better pinpoint other players based on certain sounds. 
  • HRTF processing relies on a profile that contains measurements such as head size and ear shape, among other things. This implementation uses a profile based on a single set of measurements, and may not feel natural at first to all listeners depending on how closely the profile matches their own measurements. We encourage users to give HRTF a few tries as it may take some getting used to. Focused ear training outside a high pressure game environment may pay off in better ability to interpret the HRTF processing. We suggest a custom game or training for this!
  • Added an audio toggle located in the Audio settings panel to enable HRTF 
  • HRTF allows players wearing headphones to play audio in a simulated surround sound audio space.
  • Currently, only footsteps, reloads, and Deathmatch respawns will be rendered in 3D with HRTF enabled. 
  • It’s recommended that players please turn off any other “3D Audio” processing while using this feature.

And those are the full Valorant 2.06 patch notes! If anything changes by the time the proper patch goes live, we’ll do our best to update the notes here. Here's where the notes should be found on the Valorant website once they go back up. Head to our Valorant hub page for more news, updates, and guides.

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