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Phoenix Quick Guide – Abilities, Tips and Tricks for Beginners

As one of the faces of VALORANT, Phoenix is an agent who is as useful as he is stylish. If you're ready to run it back, check out our quick guide!

Agent Overview

ArchetypePlaystyleDifficultyTier List Rank
DuelistEntryEasyA Tier

Phoenix was previously the lowest pick rate agent in Valorant and received multiple buffs to his kit. Since the buffs, Phoenix is a very strong duelist that has the potential to enable his teammates to take a site single-handedly. Paired with how easy he is to play, Phoenix offers a lot of utility and has strong agency as a self-sufficient duelist. Phoenix is a great pick for any players who take the time to learn the intricacies of his kit and want to lead their team into the fight.



  • His wall is relatively underwhelming and doesn’t have the firm cover that a hard smoke or even a viper wall can offer.
  • Phoenix is very rooted where he is. Unlike most duelists, he is one-dimensional with a single goal: get onto a site and push your opponents back.
  • If piloted by an inexperienced player, Phoenix can inflict damage and disruption to his own teammates considering all of his abilities affect teammates adversely.

Skill Breakdown

Ability 1 (C) – Blaze

Equip a flame wall. Fire creates a line of flame that moves forward, creating a wall of fire that blocks vision and damages players passing through it. Hold Fire to bend the wall in the direction of your crosshair.

Ability 2 (Q) – Curveball

Equip a flare orb that takes a curving path and detonates shortly after throwing. Fire to curve the flare orb to the left, detonating and blinding any player who sees the orb. Alternate Fire to curve the flare orb to the right.

Signature Ability (E) – Hot Hands

Equip a fireball. Fire to throw a fireball that explodes after a set amount of time or upon hitting the ground, creating a lingering fire zone that damages enemies.

Ultimate Ability (X) – Run It Back

Instantly place a marker at Phoenix’s location. While this ability is active, dying or allowing the timer to expire will end this ability and bring Phoenix back to this location with full health.

Tips and Tricks

Tip #1 – Hot Heals

One very important part of Phoenix’s skillset is that he can actually heal himself after taking heavy damage. This can be a handy tip to keep in mind since Phoenix will be taking some shots from his opponents when entering his way onto sites. The same logic can be applied to Phoenix’s ultimate ability Run It Back, as it will heal you to 100 health.

Tip #2 – Running it Back Aggressively

With Phoenix’s ultimate ability Run It Back he has the ability to be reborn, returning to the place where his ultimate was activated. One tip for this ability is to use it in aggressive positions where Phoenix can push deep into enemy territory and has a high chance of taking a fight. The reason for this is that, since he literally gets a free life, it’s better for Phoenix to take any fight possible to gain the most information he can for his teammates during the short activation period.

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