Valorant Agent guide: How to play as the tricky Cypher

Valorant Agent guide: How to play as the tricky Cypher

Joey Carr

5/12/2020, 10:16:29 PM

There has been a ton of talk surrounding a few of Valorant’s Agents as the beta has progressed. At the start, Raze was the talk of the community, as she was extremely overpowered. However, the explosive specialist was eventually nerfed, which led the community to argue over another Agent. That character would be Cypher, who we’ll be going over today.

Cypher is an extremely versatile character in Valorant but has been the subject of some controversy. Putting that aside, Run It Back will be detailing Cypher’s abilities and different ways to utilize those abilities.

looking at cypher’s abilities

  • Basic Ability #1: Trapwire | Cost: 200 | Charges: 2
  • Basic Ability #2: Cyber Cage | Cost: 100 | Charges: 2
  • Signature Ability: Spycam | Cost: Free | Charges: 1
  • Ultimate Ability: Neutral Theft | Cost: 7 Points | Charges: 1


Equip a trapwire. Fire to place a destructible and covert trapwire at the targeted location, creating a line that spans between the placed location and the wall opposite. Enemy players who cross a tripwire will be tethered, revealed, and dazed after a short period if they do not destroy the device in time. This ability can be picked up to be redeployed.

Easily one of the most annoying abilities in all Valorant, Trapwire can be utilized in a variety of ways. How you use it is pretty straightforward; you simply place a disc on a wall where you think enemies will pass through. This will create a connection between two walls that will be tripped if an enemy walks through it. When this happens, you’ll receive a notification and know where that enemy is on the map.

Essentially, Trapwire can take away an enemy’s ability to flank around you. If you place your Trapwires strategically, you won’t have to worry about anyone coming behind you until an enemy trips the wire. The ability is especially useful on offense but definitely can be effective on defense as well. Placing them near your initial entry points is one of the most popular strategies. Also, if you misplace a wire, you can always pick it back up.

cyber cage

Equip a cyber cage. Fire to toss the cyber cage in front of Cypher. Activate to create a zone that blocks vision and slows enemies who pass through it.

Though the Cyber Cage did recently receive a slight nerf, it’s still a solid ability. The Cyber Cage is like other Agents smoke clouds but instead of a cloud, you throw out a cylindrical cage of sorts. This can’t be seen through but can be shot through. This basic ability is a great way to stall an enemy’s entrance to a choke point, as they can’t see what’s past the cage. However, it’s also a great tool for sneaking onto a bombsite or as a distraction if you want to flank around an opponent.

You can view what Cyber Cage does and the rest of Cypher’s abilities in our newest YouTube video.


Equip a spycam. Fire to place the spycam at the targeted location. REUSE this ability to take control of the camera’s view. While in control of the camera. Fire to shoot a marking dart. This dart will reveal the location of any player struck by the dart.

The reason Cypher has been the subject of some controversy is because of his Spycam ability. The little camera has spawned a number of glitches into the game that forced Riot Games to implement a few patches. However, the glitches appear to be solved and the Spycam can go back to doing what it was intended to do. Basically, the Spycam does exactly what you would think, which is spying on the enemies. Cypher can deploy the camera to any wall and keep an eye on that area. The Spycam can also shoot a dart that will mark any enemy that it hits.

The Spycam is more situational than anything, as enemies tend to shoot it fairly quickly. Though, it’s still fantastic at watching lanes as there’s no fear of you dying. It’s most useful on offense when a bomb is planted but can also be utilized on defense. If you’re defending an area, you can place a Spycam then leave to go watch another area. While you’re doing that, you can check on the other area with the Spycam.

neutral theft

Instantly use on a dead enemy player in your crosshairs to reveal the location of all living enemy players.

Cypher has an Ultimate Ability that is extremely useful at some times and rather ineffective at other times. Neutral Theft allows you to see the location of every living opponent. However, you need to find a dead enemy’s body for this to work, which can be difficult at times. If you do manage to find a dead body, all you have to do is click your Ultimate keybind on the body and you’ll see every living enemy on your HUD.

There’s truly no correct time to use this as it really depends on how the round develops. Of course, if you’re trying to find out which bombsite the enemies are at then this can be a great tool for that.

Run It Back has a new Agent guide going up every day, so stay tuned for those and all Valorant news!


Joey Carr

Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.