Valorant is a tactical team-based shooter created by Riot Games. The title has multiple unique characters in the Agent pool for players to choose from, all of which are divided into four specific classes - Duelists, Controllers, Sentinels, and Initiators. Out of these characters, Breach is one of the best Valorant Agents, to begin your journey in the game.
Here's our comprehensive guide to playing as Breach in Valorant.
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Is Breach Good in Valorant?
As per Valorant's story, Breach is a bionic Swede and likely once a mercenary, hinted at by character voice lines during gameplay. He was the second Initiator Agent added to Valorant, and was the original “flash machine” in the game.
Breach has a set of abilities catered towards wasting enemy time and making them vulnerable. Due to this, he is one of the best Agents for players of all skill-levels, and is a good part of any team.
Is Breach Good for Beginners?
For beginners, Breach may be tough at first, but players will eventually learn how to control the Agent. Breach has a prolonged animation time for each of his abilities, and this is usually where beginners make a mistake with the Agent. If players can learn to time the use of Breach's abilities, then he is a strong Agent on any team and is overall easy for a beginner to get to grips with.
His abilities revolve around blinding, flashing and concussing the enemy, which can be a difficult concept to grasp when you are new to Valorant and can't predict the actions of enemy players. However, mastering this early on will help players in the long run as they play a range of characters, so in this sense, Breach is good for beginners.
How To Play As Breach — Abilities & Skills
Flashpoint - Breach equips a blinding charge. This charge can be used through walls and it will flash the players hiding behind the wall.
Aftershock - Breach equips a fusion charge. Firing the charge sets a slow-acting burst through the wall. The burst does lethal damage to anyone caught in its area. However, players can always escape the blast radius by moving away.
Fault Line - Breach equips a seismic blast. Players can hold the fire button to increase the distance. Releasing the button will set off the quake, concussing all players in its zone.
Ultimate: Rolling Thunder - Breach equips a massive seismic charge. Players can fire to send a cascading quake through all terrain in a large cone. The quake concusses and knocks up anyone caught in its line.
Breach's Best Weapons
The best weapons for any Agent will depend on their play style. So if you're aggressively pushing sites for entry, then these weapons will be the best choice.
In case you are hanging back and adopting a passive play style with Breach, then work your way around with the following weapons:
Tips for Playing Breach in Valorant
Breach embodies the classic flash-and-dash mechanics from FPS shooters, and that is where his strength lies.
Aftershock also has a large radius with three consecutive blasts that deal 60 damage each, with no damage fall off. Using Aftershock at specific locations to clear out enemies from camping corners or off angles is an effective technique. However, players need to check all angles before peeking the opponent to avoid a crossfire.
The main idea with Breach in the team is to surprise your enemies with a barrage of flashes, and push them back to gain site control. Once the site is yours, you can set up at specific spots and keep flashing/concussing to stop the Retake.
The key tip here is to follow up those flashes and concusses with peeks. The utility goes to waste unless you are peeking the opponent with a teammate. This mechanic is quite strong on attack, and incredibly rewarding on defending rounds.
Although Breach cannot go halfway across the map and throw molotovs for post plant line-ups, he can hold a site on his own or take control of it while attacking with an effective use of his abilities.
What Is Breach Weakness
Breach might sound all-powerful on paper, but there are a million ways to counter his kit in Valorant. The best way to counter a Breach is to avoid angles that are common flash/concuss spots for Breach mains. Players can also try to catch Breach off guard when he peeks after flashing an angle, this can be exceedingly rewarding if timed right.
Additionally, Breach has to focus on a specific line of sight (LOS) to use any of his abilities. Essentially, opponents can bait Breach's abilities and hit him from another angle. Experienced opponents will always keep a note of his positioning, especially the LOS from which Breach is using his kit. Thus, he is vulnerable to every other angle unless Breach's teammates are there to cover him.
To conclude, Breach is a strong Agent due to his ability to control areas, but is rather easy to counter. With the introduction of KAY/O, Breach's pick rate might decline in favour of the robot with similar yet arguably stronger abilities.
That's all you need to know about playing as and countering Breach in Valorant. To find who is best for you to play as in Valorant, check out our tier list of all agents here.
This article was updated on 17th November 2021 by Kelsey Raynor.