With Valorant becoming one of the most popular games in recent years, it’s no surprise that new players are flooding to the game every day to see what all the hype is about.
Its thriving competitive community and popularity on streaming platforms like Twitch has meant that Valorant has soon become one of the games to play this year.
If you’re new to playing Valorant however, there is a lot to learn, from all the different terminology, as well as the various different gameplay mechanics that make the game as enjoyable as it is.
So whilst all of this might seem quite daunting at first glance, it is the key to your success as a Valorant player (see also ‘How Does Valorant Ranking Work?‘), so you should pay close attention when you’re being taught something!
Today, we’re going to teach you how to drop the Spike in Valorant, which is an essential skill to have, and you’ll soon see why.
What Is The Spike In Valorant?
Whereas similar shooter games to Valorant, such as CS:GO, feature a bomb that the attacking team has to carry. Instead, Valorant replaces the bomb with the Spike.
The person who carries the Spike from spawn is incredibly important and should protect it at all costs to ensure that your team’s attack is successful.
However, there might be some occasions where you need to drop the Spike to one of your teammates, especially if you find yourself low on health and in a position where you’re likely to die.
So if you’re choosing to take a certain route on a map that’s going to put you in a dangerous position, then you’ll want to know exactly how you’re able to drop the bomb in order for your teammates to be able to pick it up and carry it to where it needs to be planted!
How To Drop The Spike In Valorant
So, if you want to drop the Spike whilst playing Valorant, then simply follow these steps in order for you to be able to drop the bomb.
Firstly, you need to select the spike, which you can do by pressing the “4” Key, this will then place the Spike in your hands ready to drop.
Then to drop it, all you have to do is press the “G” Key, and then it will drop the Spike right in front of where you’re looking!
In fact, the “G” key is used to drop any item that you’re holding at the time, including weapons!
So if you need to pass over a weapon to a teammate in a dire situation, then just use the same key as you would to drop the spike!
However, if you find out that the G key is awkward to use when looking to drop the bomb, then you can always rebind the key in the controls settings!
How To Plant The Spike In Valorant
If you need to plant the Spike in a game of Valorant (see also ‘How To Remake In Valorant‘), then it’s not the “G” key that you need to use in order to be able to plant the Spike to win the game!
So if you want to plant the Spike in a game of Valorant, you need to first use the “4” key in order to get the Spike into your hands, and then hold down the “4” key which then lets you begin to start planting the Spike!
The Spike only takes 4 seconds to plant, but this is still enough time to be caught out by the enemy whilst planting the spike, so make sure that you either have a teammate defending you as you plant the spike.
How To Defuse The Spike In Valorant
Defusing the Spike makes use of the same controls as planting the Spike, so just hold down the “4” key whilst next to the spike will begin defusing it.
The defusing time for the Spike is 7 seconds, which means that there is more time for you to be attacked by those trying to defend the Spike.
However, as you begin defusing the bomb, you’ll notice that there is a completion bar that will show to you how far along you are in defusing the bomb.
Halfway along this completion bar, is a small mark that acts as a checkpoint, once you’ve passed this checkpoint, if you have to drop the bomb in order to fend off any defenders, then when you go to defuse the bomb again, it will only take half the time it would to usually defend the bomb.
So, if you have to pick up the bomb again, it will only take 3.5 seconds to defuse the bomb from this point onwards!
If you’re new to Valorant, you might be wondering if there are any tips or tricks to the way you handle the Spike.
Thankfully, we have a small list of some of the best ways to handle the Spike to ensure victory for your team.
Did you know that you don’t need to be looking at the plant site in order for you to be able to plant the Spike, which means that you’ll be able to scout out the area for any possible enemies before you begin planting the Spike.
If you think there may be some enemies nearby before you plant/defuse the bomb, you can begin to initiate the process, which will make the same noise cue it would as if you were doing it normally.
This will draw out the enemies and allow you to get the drop on them!
How To Rebind Control Keys In Valorant
Rebinding your keys on Valorant (see also ‘How To Surrender In Valorant‘) is as easy as dropping the Spike, simply navigate your way to the settings page on the menu, then go to controls, and then you can scroll down through the controls settings until you see the key binding of the control for dropping the item you hold in your hands.
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