VALORANT Patch 7.09 Highlights

VALORANT Patch 7.09 Highlights

31. October 2023 by Valentin Pasetti

Release Date: Oct. 31, 2023

General Overview:

  • A new duelist agent, Iso, is introduced.
  • Several changes to existing agents.
  • Nerfs to the weapon “The Judge.”
  • Improvements to VALORANT’s Premier mode.
  • Behavior updates and icon styles for Riot’s other games.


  1. New Duelist – Iso:

    • Abilities:
      • A bullet-bending wall.
      • A molecular bolt that makes enemies fragile.
      • Ultimate: Summons an inter-dimensional 1v1 arena.
      • Signature: Rewards precise gunplay with invulnerability.
    • Unlock: 8,000 Kingdom Credits or 1,000 VP.

Valorant’s Newest Duelist: Meet Iso and His Game-Changing Abilities

  1. Agent Changes:

    • Cypher:
      • Trapwire:
        • Concussion time reduced from 3 seconds to 1.5 seconds.
        • Slow effect duration increased from 0.75 seconds to 2 seconds.
        • Trapwire can now re-arm itself after trapping an enemy.
    • Skye and Fade:
      • Skye’s Trailblazer and Fade’s Prowler have updated hitboxes allowing them to evade certain Trapwire placements.
    • Raze:
      • Paint Shell grenade:
        • Primary blast range reduced from 6 meters to 5.5 meters.
        • Secondary blast range reduced from 6 meters to 5.25 meters.
        • Minimum damage reduced from 15 HP to 1 HP for both blasts.
        • Damage multiplier to utilities reduced from 250% to 100%.
      • Satchels/Blast Packs:
        • No damage until fully armed.
        • Arm time increased from 0.5 seconds to 1.5 seconds.
  2. Weapon Changes:

    • The Judge:
      • Maximum magazine size reduced from 7 to 5 bullets.
      • Increased bullet spread when jumping (from 1.25 to 2.25) and running (from 0.1 to 0.75).
  3. Premier Mode Changes:

    • Added timeouts, practice queue (scrimmages), and matchmaking changes.
    • Points for playoffs qualification reduced from 675 to 600.
    • Uneven number of teams per Premier zone to match regional infrastructure.
    • New Team Creation Window for easier team-player matchups.
    • Evolving team crest reflecting team performance.
  4. Player Behavior Update:

    • Mute players immediately upon reporting.
  5. Friends List Icons Update:

    • New icon styles for players of other Riot games such as League of Legends, Legends of Runeterra, and Teamfight Tactics.

The Patch 7.09 seems to aim at refining the balance between different agents, enhancing competitive experiences, and improving user experience in terms of gameplay and interface.