The next VALORANT Agent is expected to make their debut later in Episode 5. Riot Games hasn't revealed much details about the next Agent, but we already know some details, thanks to some leaks and in-game clues. Fade, a Turkish Radiant Initiation, is the latest addition to the popular tactical shooter but she won't have the distinction for much longer, as Agent 21 should be joining the roster in the near future.
Here's everything we know so far about Agent 21, including their codename/full name, rumored abilities, release window, and other updates. Note that will update this article with more information about Agent 21's abilities once Riot shares more details.
VALORANT Agent 21 Leaked Codename & Full Name
Ahead of Riot's official reveal, Agent 21's codename was leaked. According to Valorleaks, Agent 21 is internally called "Mage".
This is a term with direct connections to Riot's League of Legends, and could possibly indicate another crossover between the two gaming titles like with Neon and Zeri.
Just a few weeks after the codename was leaked online, an early teaser from Riot seemingly revealed Agent 21's full name. As shown in an in-game email in the Practice Range on July 30, "Varun Batra" was mentioned, hinting a new "REALM operative" on the way. The name suggests that Agent 21's ethnicity is Indian.
Based on the name and the fact that the two latest VALORANT Agents are female, it's likely that "Mage" will be a male Agent.
VALORANT Agent 21 Abilities
Since Riot Games hasn't officially revealed Agent 21, it's still too early to jump to conclusions, but given that Astra was the last Controller-type Agent to be added the VALORANT roster, it's likely that the next one will be a Controller Agent.
According to clues revealed so far, it's likely that Agent 21 will have water-themed abilities. The name "Varun" is similar to "Varuna", which is the name of a Vedic deity associated initially with the sky, and later also with the seas.
If this is the case, then the new Agent will likely have the ability to make smokes for the team. If this is the case, then like Brimstone or Viper, the new character will likely hold the smokes for a team and be in charge of cutting enemy sightlines. Since Agent 21's codename is "Mage", it's likely that the abilities will be sorcery-themed.
VALORANT Agent 21 Release Window
The next VALORANT Agent is expected to arrive when Episode 5 Act 2 launches sometime around August 24, 2022. However, Riot hasn't officially announced if this is the case, so expect an update soon.
Also expect Riot to release a trailer for Agent 21 days prior to their official debut.
VALORANT Agent 21 Clues
One of the clues was seen on the bulletin board of the PBE's Range. the new symbol, which looks similar to Hamsa Hand, could be linked to Agent 21's powers and abilities, similar to how Neon's abilities were teased by having her energy backpack appear in one of the player cards in the Episode 3, Act 3 Battle Pass.