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Born from the eternal winter of Russia's tundra, Sova tracks, finds, and eliminates enemies with ruthless efficiency and precision. His custom bow and incredible scouting abilities ensure that even if you run, you cannot hide.
— Official description

Sova is an Agent in VALORANT and one of the first Initiators available to play since the Closed Beta.



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Hailing from the town of Severomorsk, in Murmansk Oblast, Russia, Sasha Novikov (Russian: Саша Новиков) is an archer who became an agent for the VALORANT Protocol as its sixth recruit, "Sova". With his right eye replaced with a mechanical one after he lost it, Sova primarily serves as the team's scout, gathering information and searching for targets using olden methods should technology come up short. Being highly capable and reliable both in the field and with his work, whilst also having experience with multiple radianite-related events (having traveled through a rift and having met his Omega counterpart), Sova has earned a reputation of being one of the Protocol's most trusted agents, especially to the organization's commander, Brimstone.


  • Novikov comes from Severomorsk (Russian: Северомо́рск), Murmansk Oblast, Russia.[1]
  • Novikov goes under the name of Filin and is known as a Brother of Steel and String.[2]
  • Novikov loses his right eye.
    • He eventually replaces it with a mechanical one.
  • Novikov travels through a rift.[3]
  • Novikov meets his Omega counterpart.[4]


  • Recruited as its sixth agent.
  • Sova is assigned as a member of the Thimphu strike team.[5]
    • He helps to hold the Legion agents back, but is killed by one of Ω-Raze's grenades.

The Omega Project[]

  • Sova is present during the Max Bot training exercise at VALORANT HQ.[6]
  • Sova is one of the agents to fight against Max Bot.

The Blackmailer[]

  • Sova is involved in searching for the blackmailer.[7]
    • Initial leads are unable to produce any results.
  • Sova contacts Brimstone to inform him that he needed to change priorities from the Omega project to the blackmailer.[8]
    • This was in response to the blackmailer contacting each agent with personal dossiers. Sova’s response to this is suggesting that VALORANT needs them found or dead.
  • Sova organizes the agent assignments for the Istanbul strike team, including himself.[9]
    • Sova was the Ground commander for the team and fights in the team’s final move to apprehend their target.[10]

Continuing the Omega Project[]

  • Sova witnesses the first use of a dimensional radiometer created by Killjoy at Alpha Lisbon[11]

First ventures into Omega[]

  • Sova pushes himself too far in combat training, becoming injured.[12]

Project Landfall[]

  • Sova is assigned to gather intel on a Kingdom facility in Norway, but finds it completely dead save for a faint beacon.[13]
    • He discovers a severely-injured Norwegian woman there who was all that remained of a cargo pickup team the Protocol had been tracking after the rest had been killed.
    • After rescuing the woman and bringing her back to HQ, Sova submits his report on the mission.[14]
  • Sova is assigned as a member of the Los Angeles strike team.[15]
    • Upon reaching the portal room, he is tasked with shutting down the portal, but its controls are locked down.
    • Wingman then has a plan to jump into the portal, taking Deadlock's nanowire accelerator with him. After Wingman enters the portal and causes it to become unstable, Sova and the rest of the agents leave the facility.
    • The portal is successfully shut down, resulting in a massive sinkhole appearing in the facility car park. A Legion strike team then arrives there on a mission for α-radianite, who Sova and the rest of the Protocol team are able to repel.[16]

Scions of Hourglass[]

  • Sova investigates the mysterious disappearance of Landfall's leadership after the events in Los Angeles.[17]
  • Sova is assigned as a member of the Jakarta strike team.[18]
    • He is tasked with a supportive role while Omen enters the SoH's skyscraper base alone, providing intel to him from a nearby building under construction.
    • When Omen gets captured in an energy beam, Sova fires a large energy blast from his location into the SoH skyscraper, destroying the machine producing the energy beam and freeing Omen.


   "I believe in all of you, like I believe in myself"
— Sova (Match Start)

A humble hunter that has taken down man and beast alike, Sova works carefully and with precision, scouting around and retrieving information before taking out the enemy. As he has told Phoenix, Sova believes in the value of patience and strategic thinking. Being the team player that he is, Sova always commends his allies and never hesitates to voice out his vote of confidence in them. He seems to value the team to the point of risking his own life, to which Brimstone reminds him that it is equally important that he looks out after himself.

Cypher has described the hunter to be a 'measured' person, referring to his calm and collected nature. Described as a man of principle, Sova values honesty and transparency, and he expects nothing less but the same from his teammates.


Sova has a fair skin tone and sports long blond hair that flows down to his shoulders. He has a bionic right eye with blue lenses. He is seen wearing a fur-lined coat suited for the cold weather of his home along with a dark blue cape with a white leaf-shaped symbol on the left shoulder and a X-shape on the back. He wears archery leather gloves and his owl drone rests against his left forearm. His bow is slung across his back in an easy-to-reach position. His boots take on the appearance of owls. His quiver of shock darts is located on the side of his right thigh and he has a hunting knife strapped against his left calf.



COwl Drone
Owl Drone

EQUIP an owl drone. FIRE to deploy and take control of movement of the drone. While in control of the drone, FIRE to shoot a marking dart. This dart will Reveal the location of any player struck by the dart. Enemies can destroy the Owl Drone.

Uses: 1 Uses 1 Cost:Credits icon 400 Duration: Duration 7 s Cooldown: Cooldown Dart: 5 s Health: Health 100 HP Debuff: Debuff 0.6 s real-time Reveals

Shock Bolt

EQUIP a bow with a shock bolt. FIRE to send the explosive bolt forward, detonating upon collision and damaging players nearby. HOLD FIRE to extend the range of the projectile. ALT FIRE to add up to two bounces to this arrow.

Uses: 2 Uses 2 Cost:Credits icon 150 Damage: Damage 1-75 (Min. outer radius-Inner radius)


Recon Bolt

EQUIP a bow with a recon bolt. FIRE to send the recon bolt forward, activating upon collision and Revealing the location of nearby enemies caught in the line of sight of the bolt. Enemies can destroy this bolt. HOLD FIRE to extend the range of the projectile. ALT FIRE to add up to two bounces to this arrow.

Uses: 1 Uses 1 Cost:Free Duration: Duration 3.2 s Cooldown: Cooldown 40 s Health: Health 20 HP Debuff: Debuff 0.75 s real-time Reveals


Hunter's Fury

EQUIP a bow with three long-range, wall-piercing energy blasts. FIRE to release an energy blast in a line in front of Sova, dealing damage and Revealing the location of enemies caught in the line. This ability can be RE-USED up to two more times while the ability timer is active.

Cost:♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ 8 points Duration: Duration 6 s Damage: Damage 80 Debuff: Debuff 1 s real-time Reveal

Agent Cosmetics[]

The following are cosmetics related to Sova from Agent Gear and from other sources (e.g. Battle Pass).


More information: Gear
Chapter 1
Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4 Tier 5
Player Title image Take Flight Spray VALORANT Sova Card Large Player Title image On Target Spray
Player Title:
Take Flight
Player Card:
Player Title:
On Target
Kingdom Credits 2,000 Kingdom Credits 2,500 Kingdom Credits 3,000 Kingdom Credits 3,500 Kingdom Credits 4,000
Chapter 2
Tier 6 Tier 7 Tier 8 Tier 9 Tier 10
Owl Charm Buddy Sova Spray Player Title image Through The Looking Glass Card Large Protektor Sheriff
Owl Charm
Player Title:
Player Card:
Through The Looking Glass
Weapon Skin:
Protektor Sheriff
Kingdom Credits 4,500 Kingdom Credits 5,500 Kingdom Credits 6,500 Kingdom Credits 7,500 Kingdom Credits 8,000

Other cosmetics[]

Player Cards
Image Name Source
Agents on Leave Seoul Card Large Agents on Leave Seoul Unobtainable
Be Mine Sova Card Large Be Mine: Sova Battle Pass:
EP 04 Act 1
Doodle Buds Agents Card Large Doodle Buds // Agents Store:
Doodle Buds
EP 2 FORMATION Card Large EP 2 // FORMATION Prime Gaming Drops
Epilogue Mementos Pt. 1 Card Large Epilogue: Mementos Pt. 1 Battle Pass:
EP 02 Act 3
Hitlist Card Large Hitlist Battle Pass:
EP 08 Act 2
Mementos Pt. 1 Card Large Mementos Pt. 1 Battle Pass:
EP 02 Act 3
VALORANT GO! Vol. 2 Sova Card Large VALORANT GO! Vol. 2 Sova Store:
VERSUS Sova + Cypher Card Large VERSUS // Sova + Cypher Battle Pass:
EP 02 Act 2

Part of collection:
Warm Up Maxbot Card Large Warm Up // Maxbot Battle Pass:
EP 04 Act 3
Written in the Stars Sova Card Large Written in the Stars: Sova Battle Pass:
EP 05 Act 3

Part of collection:
Starlit Odyssey
Image Name Source
Backseat Coaching Spray Backseat Coaching Battle Pass:
EP 04 Act 3
Cover Me Spray Cover Me Battle Pass:
EP 09 Act 1
Defuse Deception Spray Defuse Deception Battle Pass:
EP 07 Act 2
I've Been Hit Spray I've Been Hit Battle Pass:
EP 05 Act 2
Is This A Drone Spray Is This A Drone? Battle Pass:
EP 02 Act 2
One Correct Answer Spray One Correct Answer Battle Pass:
EP 08 Act 3
Sova Says Sorry Spray Sova Says Sorry Battle Pass:
EP 03 Act 1
This Is Not Fine Spray This Is Not Fine Battle Pass:
EP 03 Act 2
VALORANT GO! Vol. 2 Sova Spray VALORANT GO! Vol. 2 Sova Store:
Weapon Skins
Image Edition Skin Weapon Variant Source
Altitude Vandal Deluxe Altitude Vandal Store
Doodle Buds Shorty Premium Doodle Buds Shorty Base Store
Doodle Buds Stinger Stinger Base
Doodle Buds Phantom Phantom Base
Doodle Buds Marshal Marshal Base
Doodle Buds Ares Ares Base
VALORANT GO! Vol. 2 Operator Premium VALORANT GO! Vol. 2 Operator Store
Image Name Source
VALORANT GO! Vol. 2 Sova Buddy VALORANT GO! Vol. 2 Sova Store:


Update History[]

v9.0 (Console)


  • Owl Drone Owl Drone
    • Bugfix Buff Fixed an issue causing kills with Shock Bolt Shock Bolt to not be awarded while using Owl Drone



  • Adjustment Sova's cape dynamics were redone and smoothed out, while still maintaining a silhouette close to his body to not give away enemy position.

Undocumented (6.08-7.04)


  • Recon Bolt Recon Bolt
    • Adjustment Now correctly appears when playing with Bloom turned off.
    • Adjustment Scanning VFX updated to be more visible as it travels through the world.
    • Adjustment Model size increased to more accurately represent its hitbox.



  • Shock Bolt Shock Bolt
    • Bugfix Buff Fixed issue with the bolts not damaging enemy traps and other game objects other than players


  • Recon Bolt Recon Bolt
    • Bugfix Buff Fixed a bug where revealed agents would sometimes briefly appear in an incorrect location on the minimap


  • Shock Bolt Shock Bolt
    • Bugfix Nerf Fixed the trick shot VO line so that it only plays when he kills an enemy agent with 1-bounce or 2-bounce bolt
      • The line will no longer play if it destroys any utility under these conditions


  • Owl Drone Owl Drone
    • Nerf Duration reduced 10s >>> 7s
    • Nerf Health reduced 125 >>> 100
    • Nerf Number of reveal pings reduced 3 >>> 2
    • Nerf Initial delay before first ping reveals increased 1.2s >>> 1.6s
      • Delay between the first and second ping remains 1.2s
    • Buff Changed crosshair color to green to better stand out against the white HUD
    • Buff Removed delay on [Target Hit] confirmation text
    • Buff [Target Hit] confirmation text now remains on the player HUD when transitioning out of Owl Drone
    • Adjustment Duration that [Target Hit] confirmation text remains on screen increased 1s >>> 2s
    • Adjustment Adjusted audio on drone dart hits for both Sova and the player hit to make confirmations more noticeable
    • Bugfix Buff Fixed a bug where the Dart Cooldown UI element would not properly update after tagging an opponent
  • Shock Bolt Shock Bolt
    • Nerf Max Damage decreased 90 >>> 75
      • Radial damage has been scaled in accordance with new max damage
  • Hunter's Fury Hunter's Fury
    • Added Ammo count added to HUD




  • Recon Bolt Recon Bolt
    • Bugfix Fixed the projectile from looking deployed for enemies when flying through the air


  • Owl Drone Owl Drone
    • Nerf Cost increased 300 >>> 400
  • Shock Bolt Shock Bolt
    • Nerf Cost increased 100 >>> 150
  • Recon Bolt Recon Bolt
    • Nerf Cooldown time increased 35 >>> 40
  • Hunter's Fury Hunter's Fury
    • Nerf Ultimate points required increased 7 >>> 8
    • Bugfix Nerf Fixed a bug where cancelling Hunter's Fury while charging a shot allowed the player to skip the unequip animation by equipping a weapon, ability, or the Spike


  • Owl Drone Owl Drone
    • Bugfix Buff Fixed a rare bug that could leave players unable to move or process inputs until they died when entering or returning from Owl Drone
      • "We previously addressed some causes of this bug last patch, this fix should address the remaining known causes"


  • Bugfix Nerf Fixed issue where Sova could sometimes get the voice over for Hunter's Fury Hunter's Fury to play, even though it isn't used, by trying to equip Owl Drone Owl Drone at the same time
  • Owl Drone Owl Drone
    • Bugfix Nerf Fixed issue where Owl Drone could clip through specific map geo and view the other side
    • Bugfix Buff Fixed a couple input bugs around possessing and unpossessing Owl Drone in the same frame which lead to locking all inputs or locking view direction


  • Owl Drone Owl Drone
    • Bugfix Nerf Fixed issue where Sova's hitbox was incorrect while using Owl Drone


  • Sova Model
    • Buff Updated the physics on Sova's cape so that it should wiggle outside his hitbox less frequently
    • Added Polish work on Sova's 1P hands to bring them up to the fidelity bar of the rest of the agents
  • Recon Bolt Recon Bolt


  • Owl Drone Owl Drone
    • Bugfix Buff Fixed issue causing Owl Drone to rotate slower


  • Owl Drone Owl Drone
    • Bugfix Fixed jittering when reaching the max flight height


  • Recon Bolt Recon Bolt
    • Bugfix Nerf Removed more locations where Recon Bolt was able to go through walls


  • Recon Bolt Recon Bolt
    • Adjustment Will now behave more consistently and only reveal the portion of enemies behind a wall
    • Bugfix Buff The Area-of-Effect indicators now only show up on the enemy's minimap if the player or their allies are close to the affected area


  • Buff Reduced collision size on Shock Bolt Recon Bolt arrows so they don't get stuck on corners when fired near them
  • Owl Drone Owl Drone
    • Adjustment Now includes a layer of sound for engine rotors.
      • Audio should better reflect thematics, while maintaining how noticeable the previous version of Owl Drone audio was for allies and enemies, as heard in 3rd-person
    • Bugfix Nerf Sova will no longer float in the air if the Sage Barrier Orb Barrier Orb wall he is standing on is destroyed while using Owl Drone
    • Bugfix Nerf No longer rapid-fires darts if the prior one hits an enemy
  • Recon Bolt Recon Bolt
    • Bugfix Nerf Fixed multiple spots where Recon Bolt could over-penetrate map geometry
  • Hunter's Fury Hunter's Fury
    • Buff Added foe coloring

Spotify Playlist[]


  • Sova means "owl" in most Slavic languages.
  • Sova does photography. So far, he has shown to have taken interest with nature as his subject.[19]



  • Sova's Owl Drone ability was originally the ability Drone Dart for the scrapped agent, Joules.
  • In an earlier version of VALORANT, the character that would go on to be Sova was originally a woman who wore a visor.
  • According to a VALORANT dev, Sova being a Serb was considered during his early development as well as him being a descendant of Nikola Tesla.[22]