Valorant is the first-person shooter game from the Creators of League of Legends — Riot. It took the world by storm when it was released in 2020 and has been one of the most-played FPS games since. What makes Valorant unique is the roster of their Agents with their own set of skills.
Mastering the agents is one of the keys to fully mastering and enjoying the game. This will prove difficult because unlocking agents in Valorant isn’t easy — or cheap. The agents are divided into four types: Duelist, Sentinel, Initiator, and Controller. We’ve got you covered if you want to learn more about Duelists.
Duelists are agents that have the greatest firepower in the game. The description in the game reads :
“Duelists are self-sufficient fraggers who their team expects, through abilities and skills, to get high frags and seek out engagements first.”
This is how Riot describes Duelists. Duelists are the cornerstone of damaging and cleaning the enemies’ ranks in the game. It’s fair to say that all agents have the same level of importance in the game, but Duelists are critical in a straight-up gunfight.
The game has five Duelists with unique personalities: Raze, Jett, Yoru, Phoenix, and Reyna. Each has very different skills and, therefore, their specialty and playstyle. They are the true carriers in the game and should have the most kills at any time.
Let’s check out one of these Duelists and help you determine if she will suit your playstyle.
Jett is an agent that comes from Korea, and she’s oozing with speed. Her real name is “Joon-Hee”; she is an agile and very mobile agent who can even attack from high vantage points thanks to her innate ability to control the wind.
This beautiful agent will outsmart everyone else in the game with her Megaman-style dash and knife-throwing ultimate skill. Jett is easily one of the most versatile players in the game, and having her on your team gives you a sense of confidence you don’t usually get with other agents.
The people over at Riot have no chill and decided to make Jett, one of the most difficult-to-use agents, one of the five free agents you can access when you start the game. This is probably their message to the world that they’re not just another FPS game.
Jett’s gameplay is very dependent on extravagant movements that new players immediately get discouraged after trying her after just a few times. If you’re looking to frag many enemies using a complex, fast-paced agent, then maybe Jett is for you.
Drift – Passive Skill
Jett’s total control over the wind enables her to use skills that rely greatly on this element. Jett can slow her descent when you hold the jump button after jumping or dropping off a ledge. During this time, players can hear a blowing sound while Jett hovers. This small but useful skill allows Jett to choose her options and outplay enemies. She is one of the few agents in the game with a passive ability, and this ability is so hard to miss.
Cloudburst – 200 credits
Jett utilizes the wind to create a ball of wind, blocking the view of enemies and allies alike. By pressing C, Jett immediately throws a wind ball where the cursor is pointed and lasts 4.5 seconds. It is immediately activated when you press the skill button. Be careful when pressing keys on the keyboard since this skill, like most of Jett’s skills, doesn’t require pressing the Fire Button. The latest update has reduced the number of charges of Cloudburst to two.
Jett’s Cloudburst isn’t as long-ranged and long-lasting as Omen and Brimstone’s blinds, but this is very potent in its way. Jett can throw this immediately without looking at a map interface saving time in casting and shooting. Use this skill liberally to cause delays in the enemies’ advance or make them rotate altogether. Additionally, Jett can use the smoke to divert your other aerial attacks. We’ll get to that in a minute.
Updraft – 150 credits
When you press Q, Jett uses the wind below her feet to propel her upwards. The height Jett reaches using this skill is higher than Raze’s single satchel jump and is the key skill in Jett’s aerial combos. This skill is automatically activated by pressing the skill button, so if you’re coming from games like CS: GO, try to avoid your tendency to press the Q button needlessly. In combination with Drift, Jett’s slow descent from a high altitude opens new tactical opportunities for assault and ambush since most players intentionally avoid looking up.
Using Updraft will give you a wider view of the battlefield and gather information about enemy locations faster than mere peeking. This is a risky move but will serve your team well. Enemies will be forced to choose between attacking you or attacking your teammates on the ground, providing that much-needed moment of chaos to take down confused enemy players.
When combined with Drift, Jett hovers over the air, slowly descending. This gives you more time to assess the situation or take the height advantage for a deadly assault in combination with Jett’s ultimate skill. This skill gives you a high-risk-high-reward situation when utilized effectively.
You can also spam this skill and get your enemy team used to your path using Updraft. Use this opportunity to mix and match your attacks so they constantly guess where you will pop up next — in front of them or up in the air.
Tailwind – Free
This is the signature skill of Jett. Pressing E will automatically dash Jett to your desired horizontal direction. If you’re pressing movement keys, Jett will dash in that direction. If you are not pressing any movement keys, she will dash straight ahead to where the cursor is pointing. Pointing the cursor upward will not enable you to dash upwards, but just to where you’re directed along the floor. Combining Tailwind with Updraft, however, is another story.
Tailwind is why Jett is such a powerful offensive agent and just as easily evasive. However, this skill is better used as an escape tool than a surprise attack tactic. Players with medium to high aim accuracy can easily follow the track of your dash and take you out.
After the dash, there is a roughly one-second delay before Jett can shoot her gun, so remember this when using the skill. This skill is recharged mid-game by killing two enemies giving you a maximum of three uses if you kill 4 out of 5 enemies in any given round.
This is a beneficial skill for its unpredictable possibilities. You can kill an enemy and dash sideways away from the enemy’s crosshairs behind your target. You can dash ahead of Cypher’s tripwire to destroy it and through ground attacks like Phoenix’s flames and Viper’s poison.
Ensure you know the enemies’ positions before you use tailwind; you can just as easily dash to your death. Like Cloudburst and Updraft, this skill is immediately activated when you press the corresponding button.
You can jump at the start of the dash or towards the end of it. This will give a little bit more unpredictability to your dash. If you want to make great leaps on the battlefield, you can use Tailwind after an Upwind.
The combination of Jett’s skills sets her apart from all the other agents. This is also why she’s very hard to master, and if you want to be a Jett main, then be prepared to put a lot more hours in. This will make you dash into the sky and give you more room for fragging enemies or assessing the situation while you descend with Drift.
Blade Storm – 7 Ultimate Orbs
This is the Ultimate Skill of Jett. When you press X, five floating daggers will be around your screen. Using her immense control over wind, these daggers maintain accuracy even when Jett moves or hovers. Each dagger can do 150 hitpoint damage if struck in the head, while it does 50 damage when hit on a foe’s body or legs.
Aside from its lethal nature, Blade Storm makes it formidable. Using this skill once you kill an enemy agent, it will refill all the daggers and become readily available. You can send out each dagger individually using the Fire button.
Using the Alternative Fire button will have Jett sending all the remaining daggers into the crosshair, making for some sure kills. This gives Jett great clutching potential even in eco rounds where you can’t afford to buy a decent rifle.
Jett’s Bladestorm doesn’t work on a timer like Phoenix’s Run It Back, so feel free to arm your ultimate skill or switch back to your weapon without fear of consuming the skill. Since these daggers do not suffer accuracy penalties, using this with your Updraft (or two) can give you a new vantage point most enemies will miss while hiding behind boxes or covers.
You need to have a good game sense and calm hand movements to avoid panicking while hovering to make a kill. When the timing is down, you can wipe out an entire team without equipping a gun.
Jett Bonus Tips
- Drift has a distinct sound that can be heard by other agents when near you, so when you’re hovering, remember that enemies can use this to pinpoint your location.
- Jett works well with short-range weapons like the Bucky and Judge. Her ability to get close to enemies or jump and hover above them greatly uses these weapons.
- Utilize the Cloudburst to create narrow spots for enemies to pass. With a proper lineup, you can pick off enemies easily by setting up your skill nicely and readying your aim for the enemies’ inevitable doom.
- Agents like Jett best use the Operator. Her abilities enable her to move out and reposition quickly after a kill which other players would normally struggle to do after a kill. You would be doing Jett a disservice by not using the Operator with her. Maximize Jett’s skillset by trying all weapons with her and figuring out which suits you best.
Do you think Jett is for you? Do you think you can handle this power-play agent? She is an attack specialist that moves faster than most agents can set up. She is not noob-friendly, but in the hands of an experienced player, Jett is a formidable opponent on the battlefield. When using her, you must be wary of your enemies’ positions and situations to maximize her potential.