Sova is one of the best offensive scouts in the game. His kit allows him to gather information from anywhere in the map but takes a lot of memorization with crosshair placements and map knowledge. Learning how to use Sova can be quite intimidating but can get you to high level rank in no time once mastered. This Sova character guide will teach you ways to creatively use his abilities effectively.
|Valorant - Sova Abilities|
|Ability 1 'Q'||Cost||Description|
|Shock Bolt||$100 - 2 Charges||EQUIP a bow with a shock bolt. FIRE to send the explosive forward, detonating upon collision and damaging players nearby. HOLD FIRE to extend the range of the projectile. ALTERNATE FIRE to add up to two bounces to this arrow.
Used mainly to soften players before engaging
|Ability 2 'E'||Cost||Description|
|Recon Bolt||Free - 1 Charge (35 seconds cooldown)||EQUIP a bow with a recon bolt. FIRE to send the recon bolt forward, activating upon collision and revealing the location of nearby enemies caught in the line of sight of the bolt. HOLD FIRE to extend the range of the projectile. ALTERNATE FIRE to add up to two bounces to this arrow.
Used mainly to scout forward areas and gather information
|Ability 3 'C'||Cost||Description|
|Owl Drone||$300 - 1 Charge||EQUIP an owl drone. FIRE to deploy and take control of movement of the drone. While in control of the drone, FIRE to shoot a marking dart. This dart will reveal the location of any player struck by the dart.
Used mainly to precisely scout the area and gather information. Can also be used as bait.
|Ability 4 'X'||Cost||Description|
|Resurrection||7 Points||EQUIP a bow with three long-range wall-piercing energy blasts. FIRE to release an energy blast in a line in front of Sova, dealing damage and revealing the location of enemies caught in the line. This ability can be RE-USED up to two more times while the ability timer is active.
Used mainly to get easy kills when you have precise information about the enemy's location
How to Use Shock Bolt
Shock bolt is usually paired with more area damaging abilities so it can be more effective. It is also used to check and clear the corners but not as effective as other abilities. The Shock Bolt can deal as much as 90 damage if the target is right in the middle of the point of impact.
There are strategies where Sova can use a two-bounce Shock Bolt while setting up his second shot to hit the same location. It is hard to pull off and is only possible on some corners in the game.
How to Use Recon Bolt
There are multiple ways to use Sova’s Recon Bolt effectively. If you are unsure of the angles in which you can bounce the arrow, you can always aim for the high walls with less obstruction. Recon Bolt only works if they are within the vision of where it lands so it is best to place it as high as you can.
There are well placed Recon Bolts you can use to support your teammates or even yourself if you shoot it slow enough.
This Recon Bolt placement allows you to check for enemies pushing in Bottom Mid up to Mid Courtyard in Haven. By only using a short bow charge with a high arc, you can slow the point of impact until you can reach at least the Mid Doors.
Once it has landed and there are enemies visible, you can safely spray through the walls and get as much easy kills as you can. This is also possible for supporting your teammates to do the job as they can reach and even peek the door faster.
How to Use Owl Drone
Owl Drone is one of his more precise information gathering ability. If you are still unsure if there are enemies in the surrounding area after using a Recon Bolt, you can use Owl Drone to carefully sniff out players hiding in obstructed vision from your placed Recon Bolt.
Always use the Owl Drone at below head level. It will be harder to kill as players naturally aim at head level. This can also serve as a perfect bait when the enemy decides to kill at immediately. With a teammate following the Owl Drone, he can hear where and from what angle the Owl Drone was shot.
How to Use Hunter’s Fury
Hunter’s Fury is another great ultimate for defending planted spikes. It has an extremely long range that goes through walls. With a great spike placement, you can easily secure the defense with just a perfectly timed ultimate.
Remember to always use it along with your scouting abilities. Adjust to where you can use the Hunter’s Fury immediately after scouting with an owl drone or a recon bolt. This is more practical in long and narrow pathways so make sure to hug the wall next to it before using your scouting ability.
Once you have encountered enemies, they will be easier to kill because of how narrow their escape path will be.
If you think you have no more options in using Hunter’s Fury when the half ends, it is also smart to use the ultimate immediately at the start of the round. Aim for the area where they would push as most of the players will be at the edge of the spawn zone.
Sova Agent Tips and Tricks – Summary
- Practice predetermined Recon Bolts and inform your teammates
- Shock Bolt for corners
- Keep your Owl Drone low and stay active for the dart
- Hunter’s Fury for spikes or on long pathways
Sova’s greatest asset is his ability to gather precise information and requires some practice and memorization to fully optimize his kit. He can also pair up and synergize with almost every agent and is definitely a great addition to any team composition.