Valorant

02 Mar 2021

Valorant Episode 2 Act 2 LEAKS: Release Date, Patch Notes, Battle Pass, Agent Astra, Map, Skins And Everything We Know

Act 2 Episode 1 is quickly coming to a close and Episode 2 is arriving in VALORANT TODAY.

These new Episodes are a great way to refresh the game from a meta-perspective and an opportunity to inject new content.

A new agent is expected to arrive, Agent 15 has been revealed as Ghanaian controller Astra.

Patch 2.03 brought in some significant changes, adding the new Escalation mode and not long after we could see more new modes added.

Here's everything you need to know about Valorant's Act 2 Episode 2.

Check out what's coming in Act 2 Episode 2 here:

Latest News

Valorant Battle Pass Update! - 2nd March

According to the official Valorant Twitter account, the current season won't conclude until the early hours of March 3.

You'll be able to grind the battle pass until Act 1 ends on March 2nd.

Here are those global times:

  • NA/BR/LATAM 4:30AM PST
  • KR/AP: 12:30PM PST
  • EU: 6:30PM PST.

Astra Reveal Trailer - 27th February

Check out Valorant's brand new Agent 'Astra'.

"She’s already got it all planned out. Harness the cosmos and control the fight as Astra, the newest Agent in VALORANT."

Release Date

Act 2 Episode 2 will begin on March 2nd, as this is when the current Battle Pass expires.

Some content will not go live until the 3rd March, and Act 2 will apparently end on Tuesday, April 20 (according to ValorLeaks on Twitter)

Patch Notes

No official patch notes have arrived, but we're expecting the following to come in the next patch according to VALORANT devs.

AFKs (Target Patch: 2.04)

Over the past several months, we’ve focused much of our efforts on a problem we know is painful to you: AFKs. Even one AFK’d player can turn the tide of a game, and it’s discouraging to know that you’ll have to carry twice as hard for a chance to win. We’ve spent some time working on several features we’re confident will reduce AFKs (both in-game and pre-game) in VALORANT.

CHAT-BASED OFFENSES (Target Patch: 2.04)

We’ve been heads down for a while, and there’s a good reason for that. In addition to AFK’s, we’ve been hard at work improving your experience of communicating with other players in-game.

Say goodbye to “comms bans for all.” To date, we’ve released text moderation for over 11 languages, and we’ve revamped our penalty system for text-based offences. We’ve introduced more nuance to the system, and penalties escalate with both the frequency and severity of the offence.

COMPETITIVE RANKS

Starting with Act 2, Your rank will no longer be lowered at the start of an Act.

If you were Immortal or Radiant, your points will be reduced by 90%. Current Radiant will be put back into Immortal, due to the new requirements for Radiant per region.

You can now queue with a wider group of ranks at lower ranks.

Quality Of Life

Improved Client framerate by 3% on average for medium to high spec machines in 10-player games, by optimizing inventory management.

Reyna Buff

Players have been really distraught with the recent Reyna nerfs and argue she's been made almost useless - it wouldn't be a surprise to see her nerfs reverted.

Trailer

Astra New Agent Reveal Trailer

Price

The Premium Battle Pass for Act 2 will cost 1,000 Valorant Points.

New Agent

Astra, previously known as Agent 15, will launch with a new Act - as it always does (this being Episode 2: Act 2).

Astra's Abilities

  • C: GRAVITY WELL
    • Place Stars in Astral Form (X)
    • ACTIVATE a Star to form a Gravity Well. Players in the area are pulled toward the centre before it explodes, making all players still trapped inside fragile.
  • Q: NOVA PULSE
    • Place Stars in Astral Form (X)
    • ACTIVATE a Star to detonate a Nova Pulse. The Nova Pulse charges briefly then strikes, concussing all players in its area.
  • E: NEBULA
    • Place Stars in Astral Form (X)
    • ACTIVATE a Star to transform it into a Nebula (smoke).
  • F: DISSIPATE
    • Use (F) on a Star to Dissipate it, returning the star to be placed in a new location after a delay.
    • Dissipate briefly forms a fake Nebula at the Star’s location before returning.
  • X: ASTRAL FORM / COSMIC DIVIDE
    • ACTIVATE to enter Astral Form where you can place Stars with PRIMARY FIRE. Stars can be reactivated later, transforming them into a Nova Pulse, Nebula, or Gravity Well.
    • When Cosmic Divide is charged, use SECONDARY FIRE in Astral Form to begin aiming it, then PRIMARY FIRE to select two locations. An infinite Cosmic Divide connects the two points you select. Cosmic Divide blocks bullets and heavily dampens audio.

Astra was first teased in the game with her Stars (one of her abilities)

Modes

We may get more modes added in the new Episode as Riot Games recently detailed a number of different modes they have toyed with in the past.

This could include a 3v3 or 7v7 game mode as well as a shorter game.

Battle Pass Rewards And Weapon Skins

The new battle pass will cost the same as previous battle passes, 1,000 VALORANT Points, or roughly $10.

As always, we're expecting the following rewards in the Battle Pass:

  • Gun Buddies
  • Sprays
  • Weapon Skins
  • Variants

It's rumoured that the Tier 38 Playcard is Connected to Agent 15.

Prime 2.0 Skins Bundle

The Prime//2.0 is the 2021 evolution of the original Prime set that players love: brand new models and upgraded features, such as exhaust ports for additional firing effects.

The set was thoughtfully re-imagined in its design and gun selection, which boasts not just a Phantom but also a karambit-style melee.

Weapons:

  • Phantom
  • Frenzy
  • Bucky
  • Odin
  • Melee (Karambit)

The bundle will cost 7,100 VP.

  • Level 1 - Custom Model, ADS reticle, and ejectable bullets
  • Level 2 - Custom muzzle flash and firing audio; visual effects through gun’s vents and eyes on bull light up when firing
  • Level 3 - Custom equip animation with visual effects and audio; custom inspect audio
  • Level 4 - Kill Banner and Finisher
  • Level 5 - Gold Variant
  • Level 6 - Green Variant
  • Level 7 - Red Variant
  • Melee
    • Level 1 - Custom Model
    • Level 2 - Custom equip animation with visual effects and audio; custom swipe VFX and audio; custom inspect audio