KAY/O gets flash and ultimate buffed in VALORANT Patch 3.06

Riot is showing the robot some love.

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VALORANT’s newest agent, the robotic initiator KAY/O, is receiving buffs to his FLASH/drive and NULL/cmd abilities in Patch 3.06, which is set to be released today.

KAY/O’s flash bang ability FLASH/drive received reductions to the windup telegraph for both the left-click and the right-click versions. This means the flash will take less time from when it first lights up to when it detonates, making it harder for KAY/O’s opponents to avoid. The audio that’s attached to FLASH/drive when it gets thrown will also be removed.

Additionally, KAY/O’s ultimate ability, NULL/cmd, has received a buff. It now doesn’t stop pulsing after KAY/O has been downed. This means that KAY/O can still provide ability suppression pulses while he’s been downed and makes it a little easier for his teammates to come pick him up.

In the patch notes, the VALORANT dev team acknowledged that the “over-indexed on telegraphing the projectile, which is holding back its success.” They hope these changes will make KAY/O more viable and reward players who “put in additional effort to throw clever pop flashes.”

The changes come alongside a nerf to a popular initiator’s flash ability since Skye has received a nerf to her Guiding Light in this same patch. With her activation times increasing and KAY/O’s decreasing, perhaps the newest agent will become a more popular pick for teams that play faster.

At VCT Masters Three Berlin, KAY/O had the second-lowest pick rate at a dismal two percent, just one percent higher than Yoru, who was dead last. Skye had a 54-percent pick rate, which was fourth overall and would have been much higher if not for her low Icebox pick rate.

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VALORANT lead staff writer, also covering CS:GO, FPS games, other titles, and the wider esports industry. Watching and writing esports since 2014. Previously wrote for Dexerto, Upcomer, Splyce, and somehow MySpace. Jack of all games, master of none.