Phoenix is the best show of what a Duelist is on the field. With a bold bravado and flashy moves, this agent runs with fires on his heels. While his fire ability hurts his enemies (and possibly his teammates), he heals using the flames. What can be more flamboyant than that? This VALORANT Phoenix guide will show you how it’s done!
Valorant Phoenix Guide: Abilities
Description: Phoenix can create a flame wall which blocks vision and hurts players who come in contact with it. Fire to produce your wall ahead or hold fire and slowly bend the flame wall towards the direction you intend. Cost: 200
For Phoenix, being in contact with the wall can heal him and can therefore be used for that need. (Useful if Hot Hands is unavailable or you require more healing)
The wall lasts for 8 seconds.
Description: A flash ability which blinds players in its path. The flare orb can turn corners: left-click to curve the orb left or right-click to curve it right. Cost: 200
Best used to check or push corners as a wrong throw can easily blind you or your teammates. Informing surrounding teammates prior to using Curveball is a nice gesture.
Hot Hands (E)
Description: Phoenix can throw a fireball towards an area or enemies. Upon hitting the ground, the fireball creates a ‘lava zone’ where players take damage when in contact with. Cost: Free
As this zone can heal Phoenix, many Phoenix mains use Hot Hands when in need of healing.
It can also be used to momentarily zone enemies (ex. from pushing in).
The duration of Hot Hands is 4 seconds.
Run It Back
Description: Phoenix is able to leave a marker at his current location and use his ‘fire persona’ during the ability’s duration. Then he returns to the original marker when the 10-second duration runs out or if he takes damage. When Phoenix returns to the marker, he will be at full health. Cost: 6 Ultimate Points
Kills done during ‘Run It Back’ are counted.
Be aware of where you leave the marker, enemies can wait for your return and kill you as you equip your gun. The marker is visually apparent and not too hard to spot.
The ability can also be used for scouting sites and areas.
Similar to Reyna, Phoenix players will have to have that aggressive and fight-seeking mindset to really use the character’s full potential. With his team, agents who are able to find information such as Cypher and Sova can help Phoenix hunt down enemies instead of using his abilities for empty corners or areas. A healing support will also be greatly appreciated even with his ability to heal on his own.
Though it has caused quite the disturbance in the VALORANT scene, a multiple flash team composition can offer its benefits. Putting together a lineup of Breach, Phoenix, and Skye, who also play different roles on the team can show quite a synergy.
Move after using Blaze. When casting the wall, it can be an obvious tell to where you are and enemies will shoot right down through the wall. Remember the wall only obstructs vision, it does not protect you.
A common combo is setting up your Blaze wall then throwing a Curveball. Most players won’t be able to expect where the flash will come from.
You can bounce Hot Hands on the wall. When you know an enemy is stuck in a corner, this might be the safest way to take the kill.
His ability can help with securing kills, but Phoenix will likely be expected to almost always be in scuffles and fights and will benefit the most with a skilled FPS/weapons player. You can’t mainly rely on abilities, brush up on your aim and gunplay!
Your duelists are your fraggers, use Phoenix and you might just win the game and finish on top! As Phoenix says, “there can only be one hero“. Will it be you?
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