The Valorant Lore: Story Explained

The Valorant Lore started out as bits of information throughout the game, but now we start to get a clearer picture of what is happening. So let's take a look at the Valorant Story!
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Just what kind of a story is there in Valorant? | © EarlyGame, Riot Games

Valorant lore has expanded a lot. Here we'll take a look at what exactly is going on in the Valorant world, the overarching story, and important events timeline-wise starting from the beginning to today. Although all the agents have their own story, the focus will be put towards more important agents that have more important roles in the overall Valorant story.

The First Light: The Start of Valorant's Story and Agents

The reason why the Valorant game exists at all is because of an event that happened in the game called The First Light. Valorant is based around our real world, and The First Light happened around 2039. This event created an element that may be familiar to you: Radianite. Some people who were exposed to Radianite obtained superpowers, and that's why our agents have abilities!

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The First Light...the start of EVERYTHING | © Riot Games, Sir Jeppy

All agents weren't bestowed with the same amount of power. You may notice this in Killjoy, whose abilities don't affect her at all! Radianite was too powerful for the world to handle, so some people went rogue with power, while others were humble. Because of this, 2 powerful organizations were created to make the maximum use of Radianite and the superpowered people called Kingdom and the VALORANT Protocol.

VALORANT Protocol and Kingdom: Valorant's Story Saviors

The Kingdom corporation is a power company that was created shortly after The First Light event. As time went on, Kingdom found out ways to use Radianite to their advantage to supply civilization with power! Along with that, they also used Radianite to create weapons, gadgets, and all sorts of tech-related stuff. Being afraid of rogue superpowered agents, they created a secret sub-organization called the VALORANT Protocol, with Brimstone and Viper as its leaders.

Lots of people held grudge against Kingdom, the VALORANT Protocol sought them out. They helped keep rogue agents at bay like Phoenix, but sometimes they recruited them to the protocol, advancing to 19+ agents! These agents' purpose is to keep peace in the world, but nobody expected what would happen next...

Valorant DUELISTS Animation: Venice Spawns Ascent

In 2049, after 10 years from The First Light, Jett appeared in Venice planting some kind of bomb which we all know it's the spike. Phoenix was sent in to resolve the issue and in the first cinematic DUELISTS, we got to see the fight! Having a bad ending, the spike blew off and the Venice incident happened, which made a big chunk of the city rise in the air.

This chunk of land may be familiar to you because that is the Ascent map! After this incident, everyone was aware of what Radianite was capable of, Kingdom's stocks plummeted to the ground, and everyone was in search of Jett. What they weren't aware of though was that the Venice incident wasn't the Jett's fault they were thinking of...

Valorant DUALITY Animation: Mirror World and Mirror Agents

One day after the rise of Ascent, agents were called back to resolve another issue in the Bind map. A spike was planted and nobody wanted another Venice incident on their hands. Killjoy was defusing the spike, while Phoenix saw the enemy. Chasing him, Phoenix didn't expect to see an exact mirror replica of himself!

This was the biggest Valorant lore reveal of all times. Mirror agents exist in another world fighting the best agents in our original world. The spike's purpose is to steal Radianite, meaning that the attacking side is the Mirror agents, while the defending site is the original agents. We know this through small details scattered across social media and in-game: mirror agents have depleted their Radianite resources, and they are looking to steal it from our original world with the spike. That's how we know that the Jett in the Ascend incident was her mirror counterpart!

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Phoenix fights...Phoenix? | © Riot Games

After the fight, we can see that Phoenix doesn't know what is going on, while Viper's already in the clear about it. So still a lot of people are clueless about the mirror world. Although we kept it general about the main events, next up we'll take a look at some agents that have heavy Valorant lore implications.

KAY/O: Valorant's Story Peacekeeper

Let's get this clear: KAY/O isn't from the original world, but an alternate world different from the mirror world we know of. In this alternate world, the agents got their merry way. Overfilled with power, they started to massacre anyone who wasn't bestowed with superpowers and who disobeyed them. KAY/O was created to stop this. We don't know by who, but it is speculated that it was Killjoy who made KAY/O.

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KAY/O the savior! | © Riot Games

On top of that dystopia of killing everyone was Reyna. KAY/O got the strength and killed her, freeing that world of the powerful reign the evil agents had. After this, KAY/O hopped in a teleporter to our world to make sure nothing like that ever happens. But he was met with the evil forces of the mirror world. This is important because once the threat with mirror agents is resolved, we may face a threat story-wise among our agents!

Chamber: Valorant's Story Peacebreaker

When the Chamber cinematic was released, everyone was confused. While every agent is fighting their mirror counterparts, Chamber is working alongside his mirror version! But why is Chamber important to the Valorant story? Well, the VALORANT Protocol was searching for a way to reach that mirror world. While on this mission, Brimstone and Viper got trapped. Chamber was the one who helped them out of that trap, whereas he joined the VALORANT Protocol.

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Who's that behind you Chamber? | © Riot Games

Although Chamber helped the VALORANT Protocol, even establishing a way to reach the mirror world, he isn't as innocent as he seems. The Fracture map was a research facility called the Everett-Linde research facility. This facility's purpose was to create a source with unlimited Radianite to help out the mirror world and the original world. Chamber and his mirror counterpart destroyed it. Why? We don't know, but this process killed many scientists and it killed a cause for the greater good and peace of the world.

Every agent has their story, but this is the overall lore of Valorant. These are the main events and agents we should keep an eye on, as they prove time and time again to be really important in the story. Some speculate that the next map may be located in the mirror world, but nothing's for sure. With the Blackmailer dropping in heavy story plots as of lately, we can only wait to see what the Valorant lore will bring us next!