If you’re looking to be a cracked Sova main, I have just what you need!
In this Valorant Sova guide, I’ll give you a detailed look at Sova’s toolkit. I’ll even cover his advantages, disadvantages, and EVERYTHING else in between.
As a bonus, I also have some tips and tricks at the end that will level up your Valorant games!
A Brief Rundown of the Valorant Sova Guide
To start my agent guide, let me give you a brief introduction to Sova. He’s an initiator in Valorant, a massively successful tactical shooter by Riot Games.
Basically, his PRIMARY ROLES are to track, reveal, and eliminate enemies with minimal risk to him and his team. To carry this out, he uses an arsenal of tools.
He arms his bow with various arrows to reveal enemy locations or heavily damage any opponent.
He can also deploy a drone for reconnaissance; he even has an ultimate that fires energy blasts through walls!
Sova: His Strengths and Weaknesses
Now that you have a general idea of what Sova does let me give you a breakdown of his strengths and weaknesses.
- Great agent for players who like to play defensively
- He can safely scout for enemy positions without risking you or your team
- His abilities are perfect for post-plant situations
- Superbly effective against barrier-heavy team compositions
- Helps shut down camping enemies
- Sova is vulnerable to attacks while using his abilities
- He can be countered by an enemy team that plays AGGRESSIVE
- His Owl Drone is expensive and can hurt your economy
- Most of his abilities require lineups to be utilized effectively
- His drone and recon dart can be destroyed quickly
- NOT beginner-friendly
Sova’s Abilities: A Detailed Breakdown of His Toolkit
Now we’re getting into the meat of this Valorant Sova guide. I’ll be giving you an in-depth look into his abilities.
If you want something visual, have a look at this video by Ron Rambo Kim!
Disclaimer: The YouTube video isn’t updated for the Sova Valorant nerfs made in Patch 3.0.
In-game description: “Equip an owl drone. Fire to deploy and take control of the drone’s movement. 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.”
- Cost: 400 credits
- Charge: 1
Once you launch Sova’s Owl Drone, you enter the first-person point-of-view.
We encourage you to maneuver the Owl Drone because it’s an ability that’s HIGHLY EFFECTIVE at checking tight angles and corners.
While scouting, you can fire a marking dart to track an enemy. Marked enemies are highlighted and can be seen through walls and obstacles.
Take note that an enemy is notified if the dart hits. Thus you can remove it.
Owl Drone is extremely useful for revealing enemies that are camping in tight spaces and angles.
It can also serve as a decoy your teammates can push behind to overwhelm an enemy cowering in a corner!
Any opposition hit by its darts is highlighted and is visible through walls. This makes it easy to track where your enemy repositions after your Owl Drone pushes them back!
It’s also handy in clutch situations. When Sova is cornered, he can use it to survey the battlefield from behind cover and locate any remaining opponents!
Due to the Owl Drone’s slow flight speed, shooting it down is pretty easy. You might not even get an opportunity to mark the enemies you find!
While using the Owl Drone, don’t forget Sova is vulnerable to attacks. Situational awareness and using it from behind cover helps!
Probably the BIGGEST drawback of the Owl Drone is that it’s an expensive ability. A single charge costs 400 credits, which is a huge amount, so a wasted Owl Drone can hurt your economy!
In-game description: “Equip a bow with shock bolt. Fire to send the explosive bolt 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.”
- Cost: 150 credits
- Charges: 2
- Sphere Damage Radius: 5 meters
- Damage: [Enemy] 15 – 90 Damage; [Ally] 6 – 30 Damage
- Damage Drop-Off: At edges when at least 2.5 meters away
Image Source: Youtube.com
With Shock Bolt, Sova arms his bow with a charged arrow and lets it fly. It detonates an electric charge that can heavily damage opponents upon impact.
When you hold fire, Sova pulls his bow further back to extend your arrow’s reach. You can also choose to give your Shock Bolt up to 2 bounces!
Shock Bolt is GREAT for forcing enemies camping in tight angles to reposition. It’s also a great post-plant ability that allows you to delay any Spike defuse from a safe distance!
Shock Bolt allows Sova to push opponents off tight angles and damage them from a safe position.
A direct hit nets you up to 90 damage. A well-placed Shock Bolt can even reward players with EASY KILLS!
It’s also an ability useful in post-plant situations. It discourages any enemy from attempting a Spike defuse, and your arrows can be launched from a safe area when using appropriate arrow lineups!
It also helps you secure a round!
Shock Bolt DOESN’T have a large blast radius, and it DOESN’T work well in wide spaces. It requires precision and lineups to be able to use it effectively.
Launching Shock Bolts accurately also takes a few seconds. This gives your opponents an opening to land some shots on Sova.
In-game description: “Equip a bow with recon bolt. Fire to send the bolt forward activating upon collision and revealing the location of nearby enemies caught in the line of sight of the bolt. Enemies can destroy this bolt. Hold Fire to extend the range of the projectile. Alternate Fire to add up to two bounces to this arrow.”
- Sonars: 3 separate sonars
- Sonar Speed: 18.5 meters/s
- Sonar Distance: 30 meters
- Sonar In-Between-Delay: 1.5 second
- Restock Time: 40 seconds
Recon Bolt is Sova’s signature ability. It recharges every 40 seconds allowing you to use it multiple times in a round.
Like Shock Bolt, you can also bounce your Recon Bolt up to 2 times, and holding your mouse button extends its reach. Once it lands, it pulses up to 3 sonars to scan the surrounding area for enemies.
Detected enemies are highlighted in red and CAN be seen through walls and obstacles. They can do the following:
- Take cover from your sonar
- Shoot your Recon Bolt
- Cover it in smoke
Sova’s Recon Bolt is one of the best abilities in Valorant for intel gathering. It sends out sonar pulses that reveal any enemy within its line of sight and makes them visible through walls and obstacles!
On OFFENSE, it’s great for figuring out how your opponents are distributed on each site. It gives you valuable information you can utilize before attempting to execute your attack strategy!
On DEFENSE, it gives you an idea about which site your opponents are targeting for their offensive. For site retakes, it’s an effective ability to scout for hidden enemy agents!
In certain situations, shooting your Recon Bolt into smokes or Viper’s Pit reveals any opposition concealed within. It can even locate rivals hidden behind Astra’s Cosmic Divide!
There are some limitations to Sova’s Recon Bolt, though. You can counter it in multiple ways.
One way is by opponents taking cover from its sonar. If the opposing team is effectively hidden, there’s a chance your Recon Bolt WON’T detect anyone!
Recon Bolts can also be destroyed or covered in smoke. When playing against high-ELO players, you can shoot it as soon as it lands or is covered by a Jett smoke!
Keep in mind that aggressive teams can easily rush you before even getting the opportunity to gather precious intel!
In-game description: “Equip a bow with three long-range, wall-piercing energy blasts. Fire to release a blast in a line in front of Sova dealing damage and revealing the location of enemies caught in the line. This ability can be REUSED up to two more times while the ability timer is active.”
- Damage Range (Cylinder): [Length] 65 meters; [Width] 5 meters
- Max Damage: 80
- Max Charges: 3
- Duration: 8 seconds
Hunter’s Fury is Sova’s ULTIMATE ABILITY. With it, you can launch up to 3 long-range arrows that fire out cylindrical blasts and dish out heavy damage to your enemies.
It’s an ultimate ability that can pierce through walls and mark enemy team members it hits!
It’s perfect for pushing back enemies from areas of the map you wish to control and highly effective for post-plant situations!
Hunter’s Fury can serve multiple purposes for Sova. Let me talk about OFFENSE first.
Sova can use his ultimate to clear out areas of the map his team wishes to take control of. One example is using Sova’s ultimate to damage and push back enemy defenders from a site!
Another way to utilize Hunter’s Fury is for POST-PLANTS. It’s extremely effective at securing a round by discouraging any enemy from defusing the Spike!
On DEFENSE, Hunter’s Fury can dismantle any enemy offense. Just catch your opponents who are about to initiate their attack from any bottlenecks in Valorant maps, and you’ll deliver heavy damage!
An extra advantage of Hunter’s Fury is it reveals the position of any enemy it hits. As a result, you have a good idea of where to aim your remaining energy blasts next!
The biggest drawback with Hunter’s Fury is you’re left almost immobilized while using it. This leaves Sova open to attacks from the flank, so make sure you’re in a SAFE position before pulling the trigger!
Another drawback to Hunter’s Fury is you only have 8 seconds to launch all 3 arrows. Make sure you use those 8 seconds well!
Tips and Tricks for Sova Proficiency
Now that you know all about his abilities, here are some tips and tricks to help you improve your gameplay.
Know Your Role
This is probably one of the most important tips, especially for BEGINNERS!
Sova is primarily for providing valuable intel to your team throughout the round. Learn to hang back!
Hunting for picks and revealing opponent positions is tempting, but use your abilities from behind cover or a safe distance.
Also, constantly reposition yourself to avoid being an easy target!
Improve Your Sova Gameplay by Mastering Arrow Lineups
REMEMBER: Sova is one of the not-so-beginner-friendly agents in Valorant.
If you’re wondering what lineups are, let me explain.
They’re points of reference in the map you aim your crosshair at. It helps your Recon Bolt or Shock Bolt hit a specific spot. Lineups are CRUCIAL for the following:
- Hitting areas of the map where your Recon Bolt can reveal the most opposing players
- Via Shock Bolt, damaging and pushing off enemy players hiding in specific angles or spots
- Using Shock Bolt to prevent a Spike defuse from the opposing team
Sova plays an integral role in these situations. If you want to play cracked games as Sova, know your lineups well!
Here are some lineup tutorials (for each map) made by Snapiex:
The Owl Drone to Hunter’s Fury Combo
Use your Owl Drone and mark an enemy agent with a dart.
Once marked, just let your Hunter’s Fury fly. You must land the first shot from your ultimate to set the tone early on!
Use Sova Abilities to Play Mind Games
You can fake out the enemy team using Sova’s abilities. Usually, Sova bombarding a certain site would lead any opposing player to think that your team’s attacking it.
Take this one example. Start the round by firing your Recon Bolt at A site.
Follow it up with your Owl Drone and Shock Bolts to push back any opposition you find. This could force enemy members on the B site to rotate towards A!
This gives you a rotation to a possibly defenseless B site and an easy Spike plant!
Did My Valorant Sova Guide Help You?
I sure hope it did! Mastering Sova takes time, but hey, that’s part of the Valorant experience.
With enough practice, you’ll be ranking up in no time! Watch as you climb up the ranks once the wins pile up!