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Wherever they run, I will find them.

— Character selection

Sova (codename Hunter) is an Agent in VALORANT.

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Biography

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.


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 [1].

An archery expert, he can equip his bow with different bolts that reveal enemy locations or shock nearby adversaries. He can also deploy a recon drone to survey the battlefield, while his ultimate lets him fire three deadly arrow shots through walls [2].

Originally, Sova was supposed to be a female and was supposed to have a visor.

Personality

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"I believe in all of you, like I believe in myself"

— Sova (Match Start)


Appearance

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Abilities

Basic

COwl Drone
Owl Drone.png

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 periodically reveal the location of its target.

Uses: 1 Uses 1.png Cost:Creds 400



Shock Bolt.png

Equip a bow with 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. Alternate Fire to add up to two bounces to this arrow.

Uses: 2 Uses 2.png Cost:Creds 150 Damage: Damage 90 (Maximum)

Signature

Recon Bolt.png

Equip a bow with recon bolt. Fire to send the 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. Alternate Fire to add up to two bounces to this arrow.

Uses: 1 Uses 1.png Cost:Free Duration: Duration 40 seconds

Ultimate

Hunter's Fury.png

Equip a bow with three long-range, wall-piercing energy blasts. Fire to release a blast in a line in front of Sova dealing damage and revealing the location of enemies caught in the line.

Uses: 1 Uses 1.png Cost:♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ 8 points Damage: Damage 80 (x3)


Gameplay

Strategies

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Contract

Chapter 1

TIER 1 TIER 2 TIER 3 TIER 4 TIER 5
Player Title image.png Spray Take Flight.png Valorant Sova Avatar.png Player Title image.png Spray On Target.gif
PLAYER TITLE:
Hunter
SPRAY:
Take Flight
PLAYER CARD:
Valorant Sova
PLAYER TITLE:
Sharpshooter
SPRAY:
On Target

Chapter 2

TIER 6 TIER 7 TIER 8 TIER 9 TIER 10
Gunbuddy Hunter Icon.png Spray Sova.png Player Title image.png Through The Looking Glass Avatar.png Protektor Sheriff.png
GUNBUDDY:
Owl Charm
SPRAY:
Sova
PLAYER TITLE:
Deadeye
PLAYER CARD:
Through The Looking Glass
SKIN:
Protektor Sheriff

Quotes

Main article: Sova/Quotes

Update History

v3.01
  • Recon Bolt.png Recon Bolt
    • Fixed the projectile from looking deployed for enemies when flying through the air

v3.0

  • Owl Drone.png Owl Drone
    • Cost increased 300 >>> 400
  • Shock Bolt.png Shock Bolt
    • Cost increased 100 >>> 150
  • Recon Bolt.png Recon Bolt
    • Cooldown time increased 35 >>> 40
  • Hunter's Fury.png Hunter’s Fury
    • Ultimate points required increased 7 >>> 8
    • 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

v2.05

  • Owl Drone.png Owl Drone
    • 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"

v2.03

  • Fixed issue where Sova could sometimes get the voice over for Hunter’s Fury.png Hunter's Fury to play, even though it isn’t used, by trying to equip Owl Drone.png Owl Drone at the same time
  • Owl Drone.png Owl Drone
    • Fixed issue where Owl Drone could clip through specific map geo and view the other side
    • 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

v1.09

  • Owl Drone.png Owl Drone
    • Fixed issue where Sova’s hitbox was incorrect while using Owl Drone

v1.07

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

v1.05

  • Owl Drone.png Owl Drone
    • Fixed issue causing Owl Drone to rotate slower

v1.04

  • Owl Drone.png Owl Drone
    • Fixed jittering when reaching the max flight height

v1.03

  • Recon Bolt.png Recon Bolt
    • Removed more locations where Recon Bolt was able to go through walls

v1.01

  • Recon Bolt.png Recon Bolt
    • Will now behave more consistently and only reveal the portion of enemies behind a wall
    • 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

v0.50

  • Reduced collision size on Shock Bolt.png Recon Bolt.png arrows so they don’t get stuck on corners when fired near them
  • Owl Drone.png Owl Drone
    • 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
    • Sova will no longer float in the air if the Sage Barrier Orb.png Barrier Orb wall he is standing on is destroyed while using Owl Drone
    • No longer rapid-fires darts if the prior one hits an enemy
  • Recon Bolt.png Recon Bolt
    • Fixed multiple spots where Recon Bolt could over-penetrate map geometry
  • Hunter's Fury.png Hunter’s Fury
    • Added foe coloring


Spotify Playlist

Gallery

Trivia

Development

  • Sova's Owl Drone ability was originally the ability Drone Dart for the scrapped agent, Joules.

Lore

  • Sova means "owl" in most Slavic languages.
  • Sova says he has "gone through rifts before"
    • "Don't be afraid. I've gone through rifts before"

Relations

  • There is friction between him and Cypher due to all the secrets Cypher keeps to himself, which conflicts with Sova's values of honesty and openness and makes Cypher difficult to trust[3]
    • "Goodbye Cypher. You will not be missed"
    • It is unknown whether Sova's opinion of him affects how Cypher feels about him
  • Sova may have met the mirror version of himself
    • "Sova, I spared you when we first met. I can't let you go again"
    • Whilst many agents react to the fact that there is a mirror of themselves on the opposing team, Sova is the only agent who mentions anything about having met them before the battle.
    • There is a theory that Deadeye, an upcoming agent, is Sova's duplicate as his name is a player title reward in Sova's contract.

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