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Riot has released the patch notes for the upcoming 1.06 update to VALORANT. This update has been dubbed “Air Shotgun” patch by the development team although they make sure to throw in some big fixes as well.

Shotguns will now be less accurate when firing from the air with the spread penalty be moving from .5 to 1.25. “While shotguns are doing well in situations they are supposed to, there’s been overly frustrating moments where people are accurate with these weapons while in the air. We hope to curb some of those encounters while still making them possible if you catch an opponent at a short distance. We’ll also be investigating more potential changes to shotguns now that we’re rested,” the patch notes said.

In addition, this patch has updated the audio and visuals for the blinding abilities of Breach’s Flashpoint and Phoenix’s Curveball in order to “better indicate when to turn away, and when it’s safe to look again.”

You can read the full patch notes below:

AGENT UPDATES

  • The audio and visuals for blinding effects (Phoenix Curveball and Breach Flashpoint) should better indicate when to turn away, and when it’s safe to look again

WEAPON UPDATES

  • All shotguns updated to be less accurate when fired while in the air
    • Spread penalty when in air increased .5 >>> 1.25
    • While shotguns are doing well in situations they are supposed to,, there’s been overly frustrating moments where people are accurate with these weapons while in the air. We hope to curb some of those encounters while still making them possible if you catch an opponent at a short distance. We’ll also be investigating more potential changes to shotguns now that we’re rested.

QUALITY OF LIFE

  • In Collection menu screens, the “Show Owned Only” toggle now persists between screens and client restarts.

BUG FIXES

  • Potential fix for the bug where the player’s HUD sometimes disappears.
  • Fixed a bug in deathmatch match history & match details where ties between 3 or more players were not displaying as a tie, instead showing the lowest rank as if they were not tied (so a 3 way tie for 2nd would show 4TH PLACE instead of 2ND PLACE (TIED)).
  • Fixed a bug that allowed progress towards competitive matchmaking for new players by forfeiting unrated games.
    • Forfeited games will not count towards the Competitive requirement for the team who forfeited.
  • Fixed a bug where ‘<Missing String Table>’ would appear in the chat log.
  • Fixed a bug where strange player names could appear in chat when managing party invites
  • Fixed a bug where some players were missing rewards after reaching the end of Agent Contracts or the Act Battlepass. Playing a game should grant the missing rewards, including missing rewards from Act 1.
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