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Recon Skin Line introduces first Butterfly Knife to VALORANT

Recon Skin Line introduces first Butterfly Knife to VALORANT

Naim "EnKay" Rosinski

8/24/2021, 12:58:19 PM


VALORANT players have been requesting a butterfly knife to be added to the game for a while now. After a considerable amount of time, Riot devs are finally ready to bring us VALORANT’s very first butterfly knife skin in a brand new skin line named Recon. On top of that, the Recon skin line features randomized attachments when upgraded using Radianite.

Recon Skin Line

The militaristic Recon skin line includes weapon skins for the following:

  • Phantom
  • Ghost
  • Spectre
  • Guardian
  • Balisong (Butterfly Knife Melee skin)

When it comes to the four guns, upgrading their levels will bring never-seen-before randomized side and bottom attachments. Naturally, the attachments give no additional gameplay advantage and are purely cosmetic. The weapons are also available in red, blue, or green camouflage variants.

  • Level 1 – Custom model and ADS reticle
  • Level 2 – Randomized Side Attachments
  • Level 3 – Randomized Bottom Attachments
  • Level 4 – Kill Banner

The melee skin is named Balisong and also features three color variants; red, blue, and green camo. Balisong will have a level 2 upgrade available that unlocks additional animations and audio.

The Balisong butterfly knife folded and unfolded
  • Level 1 – Custom Model
  • Level 2 – Custom Animations and Audio

VALORANT’s Art Lead, Sean Marino has given the following statement about the Recon Skin line.

Recon naturally was one of the more highly anticipated skins we were developing due to the fact that it has a butterfly knife. We always knew that this would be a thing we would give players and it was really incredible to see it all come together with this skin. We spent a lot of time looking at videos of butterfly knife tricks, seeing how other games have implemented them and really just dug deep into delivering on an awesome experience. We just kep building on it every step of the way, knowing of course we would have the flair of flipping the knife around in the equip and inspect, but eventually we said “lets just add it to everything!” and included it as part of the attacks when the weapon comes back to rest.

– Sean Marino

The Recon bundle has a Premium Edition price tier and will release at a price of 7,100 VP (for all skins).

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8/24/2021

Naim "EnKay" Rosinski

An avid competitive FPS lover that started off with covering the Counter-Strike scene and now is starting to love Valorant. Covered IEM Katowice 2019 Major as press and is now conducting interviews on the regular at the Valorant Champions Tour online press room. If I'm not covering Valorant news, I'm trying to break into Diamond with Phoenix or Omen. Twitter: @NaimRosinski Email: naim.rosinski@gmail.com