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Valorant 7.09 PBE Patch Notes Reveal Massive Buffs To Cypher, Raze Nerfs, & Premier Updates

The patch notes for the upcoming Valorant 7.09 PBE update are here, and it’s set to bring a number of important changes to the competitive shooter by Riot Games. From Agent changes to weapon updates, there are many things to check out in this new Valorant PBE update.

While changes to the Sentinel Cypher remain the primary attraction of this update, there are also some minor changes to Skye, Fade, and a nerf to Raze alongside other updates.

Riot developer Jo-Ellen Aragon has already revealed the full patch notes for the Valorant 7.09 PBE update in a Reddit thread. Without further ado, let’s look at everything new that the Valorant 7.09 PBE update introduces to the title.

Valorant 7.09 PBE Patch Notes

Here are the detailed patch notes for the Valorant 7.09 PBE update, as revealed by the Riot dev:



This patch, we’re looking to address some issues in the balance of power between Sentinels, especially Cypher, and some other Agents on the roster. Sentinels often craft very deliberate setups only to have Agents like Raze, Skye, and Fade destroy them with typical utility use. In this patch, we’re updating Cypher’s Trapwire (C) to try to sway these interactions more in his favor, and to encourage enemy Agents to be more intentional and deliberate if they aim to use their utility to counter Sentinel setups.


  • Trapwire (C)
    • Decreased the time until the trap concusses a captured enemy 3 >>> 1.5 seconds.
    • After concussing an enemy or an enemy in the trap was killed, the Trapwire (C) no longer destroys itself but instead re-arms after 0.5 seconds, allowing it to ensnare another enemy.
    • Duration of tag slow when hit by the trap increased 0.75 >>> 2 seconds.

These changes to Skye and Fade are meant to add more strategic depth to the placement of Cypher’s Trapwire.


  • Trailblazer (Q)
    • Adjusted Trailblazer’s collision so that it goes under Trapwires placed at mid-height. This won’t affect the hitboxes for weapon damage.


  • Prowler (C)
    • Adjusted Prowler (C) collision so that they go over Trapwires placed at foot height and under Trapwires placed at head height. This won’t affect the hitboxes for weapon damage.


Raze will have to be more precise with her Paint Shells (E) in order to deal damage to enemies, including destroying enemy traps. Additionally, Raze will need to be more intentional in picking between using the Blast Pack (Q) for mobility or damage.

  • Paint Shells (E)
    • Primary grenade explosion radius 6m >>> 5.5m.
    • Secondary grenades explosion radius 6m >>> 5.25m.
    • Primary grenade explosion minimum damage 15 >>> 1.
    • Secondary grenades explosion minimum damage 15 >>> 1.
    • Damage multiplier to enemy utility 250% >>> 100%.
  • Blast Pack (Q)
    • Satchel doesn’t deal damage until fully armed.
    • Satchel arm time increased 0.5 seconds >>> 1.5.



With the changes below, we’re sharpening the Judge’s identity as a hunker-down style shotgun by reducing some of its effectiveness while moving. With the reduced mag size, we’re hoping to create more opportunities for enemies to catch a person reloading their Judge as well as nudge the person with the Judge to be more efficient in order to get multi-kills.

  • Reduced max mag size from 7 >>> 5
  • Increased Jumping spread from 1.25 >>> 2.25
  • Increased Running spread from .10 >>> .75


  • Updated the icons that appear in the Friends List when friends are playing other Riot Games.
    • We now detect people in Riot Mobile and TFT, and display unique icons for people playing these games.
      • People who are online in Riot Mobile have a “gray dot” Player Card Image.
    • The failsafe “Unknown Product” icon is now a red Riot fist instead of the gray dot.
    • Updated the icons shown for people in LoL, LoR and WildRift.


  • Premier Practice
    • There will be windows of time where you can queue for practice on select non-match days, check your calendars for the schedule! These matches will follow Premier match structure, but will not affect your Premier Score.
  • Enrollment Updates
    • Teams created before or during the new ‘Team Creation Window’ will now be able to recruit members and participate in Premier at any point during the Stage!
  • Timeouts
    • Every match, teams will have one timeout per side and an additional time out in Overtime.
  • Premier Crests
    • Crests will now reflect your team’s performance and evolve over the entire stage.
  • Playoff Qualification Threshold
    • We’re lowering the qualification threshold in this stage to 600 points. We recognize that during this busy time of the year, it can be harder to schedule your team’s matches so we wanted to make it more forgiving if you have to miss a week.
  • Matchmaking
    • We’ve made some slight adjustments to find you fairer matches during the weekly matches.
  • Zones
    • Some regions can’t support the same number of divisions, so we’ve made adjustments to certain zones to support generally healthier queue times and improved match fairness.


Gameplay Systems

  • Fixed a rare issue where detaching from a rope would cause a footstep noise.

Valorant 7.09 PBE End Date

The Valorant 7.09 PBE update is currently live on the PBE servers of the shooter and will be playable until October 30th. Notably, the release of the Valorant Episode 7 Act 3 update is just a day away and is scheduled for October 31, 2023.
That’s everything you need to know about Valorant 7.09 PBE patch notes.

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Sonu Banerjee
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