The best solo agents for climbing in VALORANT’s ranked mode

Prefer playing alone? No problem.

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VALORANT is an entirely different beast when played alone.

Queueing up for ranked with a team of five, four, or even three will have drastic implications on your gameplay and ultimately give you an advantage. If you prefer being a lone wolf and playing solo, you’ll have to grit your teeth and bear through it. Fortunately, it’s entirely possible to climb the ladder by yourself.

We've ranked the top solo agents in VALORANT from best to worst. Here are our picks.

S tier

  • Reyna
  • Sage
  • Cypher

Reyna is a one-woman army. She’s a high-risk, high-reward agent, but she’s perfect in solo queue. She has built-in self-sustainability with her Devour heal and Dismiss escape, along with one of the best flashes in the game. 

Sage is one of the best all-around agents in VALORANT. Her wall and slow orbs are perfect for putting an end to a push or blocking off a bombsite, and her heal, despite its recent nerfs, and resurrect speak for themselves. 

Cypher can single-handedly defend a bombsite. His cameras, tripwires, and cage all reward solo play, giving him tons of value in ranked. Being able to lock down a bombsite alone while your teammates run rampant should never be underestimated.

A tier

  • Raze
  • Jett
  • Killjoy

Raze is one of the most self-indulgent agents in VALORANT. She offers almost nothing to her teammates in terms of utility. She does, however, have damage—and lots of it. In fact, all of her abilities, in one form or another, deal damage. In solo play, Raze should be used as aggressively as possible to find kills and open up the game. She’s ideal for entry-fragging, clearing bombsites, and picking off unsuspected targets. She’s a playmaker.

Jett falls under the same umbrella as Raze. She’s another Yasuo-type agent that either carries your game or loses it for you. If you’re confident and aren't afraid of facing your opponents head-on, Jett is the agent for you. Her mobility and outplay potential rank her as one of the best solo agents.

Killjoy, like Cypher, is a sentinel agent. She favors the defense, where she can find the perfect setup with her tech and lockdown a site. Her Nanoswarm, Alarmbot, and Turret can all be used to put a stop to the enemy team. But she’s a powerful agent on the attack. Her ultimate, especially, is a gamechanger.

B tier

  • Omen
  • Sova
  • Phoenix

Omen is perhaps the most creative agent in VALORANT. He doesn’t always work well in a team environment, but he doesn’t need to. His smoke screens and short-range teleport allow him to maneuver around the map, push unpredictable angles, and find picks. He’s a lurker, and when used accordingly, he wreaks havoc.

Sova has tons of potential in solo play. He definitely operates better with coordination, but alone, he’s not bad at all. His ability to scout a bombsite and prevent a push rank him highly on this tier list. His ultimate and his drone can lead to some quick and easy kills, too.

If this was a competitive tier list, Phoenix would be considerably lower in the rankings. But for playing alone and carrying your teammates, he’s one of the best agents. His ability to entry-frag is unmatched in VALORANT. His flashbangs, self heals, and ultimate all reward aggression. Players who are confident in their aim can’t go wrong with Phoenix.

C tier

  • Skye
  • Astra
  • Viper

Skye is an all-around strong agent in solo queue. She’s ideal for scouting out enemies, locking them down, and picking them off. Her heal, along with her ultimate, must never be underestimated, even without clear and concise communication. But her flash, Guiding Light, may require some level of coordination.

Astra is another powerful agent with tons of potential in competitive play. But the nature of her kit doesn’t translate directly to solo queue. Her smoke, pull, and wall all require coordination with her team. She can still quite easily carry in the right scenario, though.

Viper still has a long way to go, but she’s slowly getting there. A recent buff to her Snake Bite has made the ability tremendously powerful. In a controlled environment, Viper would most definitely be higher up on this list, but a certain level of coordination remains a requirement to pull her off in solo queue. 

D tier

  • Yoru
  • Brimstone
  • Breach

Yoru’s kit still leaves much to be desired. His Fakeout footsteps are almost redundant in solo queue and his Blideside is one of the most clunky flashes in the game. He’s still a playmaker, though, and with the right amount of skill, he can easily turn the tides of a game. His Gatecrash and Dimensional Drift, when used correctly, can be top tier.

Brimstone is a perfectly serviceable agent in solo play and in a team environment. His smokes and particularly his ultimate can easily turn the tides of a round. He’s far from being the best, though, with his moly and stim beacon leaving much to be desired. 

Breach has some of the best utility in the game and would normally be closer to the top of this tier list. But in solo play, he’s much less valuable without proper coordination and teamwork. Breach absolutely has to work around his teammates and that can be difficult with a group of random players. 

We’ll make sure to update this tier list in the weeks, months, and patches to come.

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