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VALORANT Patch 4.03 Adds Changes to Brimstone, Deathmatch, AFK Detection & More

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VALORANT Patch 4.03 will be released on Tuesday, February 15, and Riot Games has detailed the updates and bug fixes including changes to Brimstone, adjustments to Deathmatch mode, updating AFKA detection, and increasing game performance for CPU-bound players among other updates.

Valorant Brimstone
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Valorant Brimstone

Unfortunately, Brimstone's underpowered Stim Beacon ability will not be buffed or replaced, but players should expect major updates when Episode 4, Act 2 launches next month.

With Patch 4.03, VALORANT players should also have a better experience in Deathmatch mode thanks to the relocation of "dangerous" spawn points. As for the AFK detection improvement, Riot has provided a solution to players exploiting game modes to farm XP.

You can read the full patches notes below:

VALORANT Patch 4.03 Notes



  • Brimstone's ultimate now properly blocks gameplay visibility while active
  • You'll no longer see enemies on the minimap through the ultimate.
  • Abilities that require line of sight (flashes, Sova recon pulses) will no longer apply through the ultimate.



  • Removed and in some cases relocated “dangerous” spawn locations
  • Improved spawn logic and spawn placement to increase the likelihood that you will be facing each other players in an encounter
  • Spawning logic will now favor respawn locations farther away from where you are defeated
  • Fixed an issue where the Warm-Up Phase was not using spawn logic properly
  • Respawn Time Reduced: 3s >>> 1.5s


  • Updated AFK detection in game to deter players from exploiting game modes to farmEXP


Global Invalidation

  • Global Invalidation provides up to 15% improvement to baseline performance for CPU-bound players
  • CPU-bound players are generally mid-to-high spec machines.
  • These numbers are based on data gathered from PBE over two weekends (Jan. 22–23, and Feb. 5–6).
  • Although we expect a large portion of the player base to benefit from these gains, your machine’s performance may vary.


  • Updates to the color of the tile used to display sprays in your Collections
  • Some sprays were too close to the color of the original tile and were hard to see properly before actually using them in-game.


  • Added option to return to strongest weapon
  • You can now return to the strongest weapon when pressing the “Equip Last Used Item” key or when auto-equipping a weapon.
  • To toggle ON, go to Settings >> Controls >> Equipment under “Prioritize Strongest Weapon.”
  • This was released in 4.02 but did not make it into the patch notes. My bad!


  • Projectile follow is now fixed for observer followers
  • Added observer settings toggle to turn Agent portrait on/off



  • Fixed a bug where Chamber’s Headhunter and Tour de Force could float away
  • Fixed an exploit where, using specific line-ups, it was possible to see inside Viper’s ultimate without being affected by the nearsighted debuff
  • Fixed a bug where Viper’s ultimate would sometimes fail to expand through doorways


  • Fixed a bug where pressing enter in pre-game wouldn’t focus chat
  • Fixed a bug where right clicking a player portrait would not bring up a context menu


  • Fixed a bug where performance stats would be hidden while spectating the Spike

Related: VALORANT Agent Yoru is Getting A New Ability!


Esports Features

  • There is a brief flash when swapping into free-cam mode as an observer follower

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