Valorant’s Battle Pass introduces Agent Story Contracts which will reward players with free and premium cosmetic items. In this guide we’ll explain how it all works.
What does a live service game need? A Battle Pass of course! Valorant’s the latest to receive the famed reward track which’ll arrive alongside the game’s full launch sometime in the summer of this year.
While details are a little scarce, Riot did release a little something with a few tidbits of info on how it’ll work. So below we’ve put together everything we know so far about Valorant’s upcoming battle pass for all your cosmetic lovers out there.
Stay tuned for further info as and when it arrives.
Valorant Battle Pass - Contracts explained
Valorant’s Battle Pass revolves around earning EXP, completing Contracts, and getting sweet, sweet cosmetic rewards for doing so.
When will the Battle Pass launch?
The Battle Pass will arrive sometime after the official release of Valorant. Riot hasn't set a specific date, but we imagine it'll hit the game by the end of June or the start of July based off the fact this is a free to play game, after all, and it'll want to add more monetisation sooner rather than later.
What can I get from the Battle Pass?
You’ll primarily earn weapon skins and while it’s not been confirmed, expect special title cards, Radianite Point (RP) drops, and more.
Radianite Points give you ways to evolve certain weapon skins. So, you’ll unlock a skin then invest RP into making them look cooler, basically. They’ll get new visual effects, audio, animations, unique finishers, and variants.
The video below shows how a weapon skin will evolve as you pour RP into it, and we've got to say, it does look like a decent system with a lot of potential.
The Battle Pass will be the main way of earning RP, but you can buy more from the in-game store.
What are Contracts?
These are ‘reward tracks’ which reward you with cosmetics by playing games and earning EXP. There are two types of Contract: Agent specific and Battle Pass.
The Agent specific contracts allow you to work towards unlocking a particular agent, or if you already own them, you’ll earn cosmetic rewards for them. For example, if you want to unlock some Sage cosmetics, you’ll activate her contract, play games, earn EXP, and gradually begin earning Sage goodies. If you don’t own Omen, for instance, you’ll activate his contract, earn EXP, and upon completing his contract you’ll unlock him.
The Battle Pass Contract (Riot calls it the “Story Contract”) will activate automatically and will progress alongside your Agent specific one. There will be a free and premium reward track for this Battle Pass, with the premium one offering far more cosmetics, but of course you’ll have to pay to access it.
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You won’t have access to the Agent specific Contract straight away. First you’ll have to complete what Riot calls the “onboarding pass” which is fancy spiel for a beginner pass which consists of 10 basic tiers. You’ll power through this pretty quickly if you play the game semi-regularly, and as you work your way through it you’ll get to unlock two agents of your choice.
One you’ve completed the “onboarding pass” you’ll unlock the ability to activate the Agent specific Contracts.
From experience, it takes a very long time to complete these Agent contracts. If you're a casual player who jumps in for a game or two most days of the week, then expect a long, long grind to unlock an Agent.
The Battle Pass Contract will always be active, so all games played, all EXP earned, basically everything you do will feed into this reward track.
That's it for the first iteration of our Valorant Battle Pass page but expect a big overhaul as we learn more.
If you're playing the game a lot right now, make sure you have a read through our Best Agents page an overview of the strongest agents. It also has links to all of our in-depth agent guides too!