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Published: 13/Jan/2021 14:13by Lauren Bergin
Yoru has just entered the Valorant world with Episode 2, and the Japanese Agent has already started causing havoc. This awesome Agent design though would add another Japanese face to the fray in the form of Kitsune, the Sentinel Agent.
Since the release of Valorant, the fanbase has been coming up with a whole host of creative concepts for characters that they’d like to see in-game.
We’ve seen concepts like Mamuro, the Radianite infused Samurai warrior, as well as Phase, the sound-bending menace. Both of these have been Initiator class Agents though, so we were excited when we saw this new concept was for a different class: Sentinel.
Enter Kitsune, the Japanese fox Goddess and nature witch who would be a dominant force on Future Earth.
MM Artista‘s Kitsune concept draws on ancient Japanese mythology, as the fox has become a major part of the country’s folklore. Foxes have been everything from shapeshifters to messengers, as well as being heavily intertwined with witchcraft and mysticism.
The artist has beautifully incorporated this into her design. They describe her as “experienced in the art of witchcraft, she peeks behind enemy lines and tracks them easily. Enjoy the protection and the subtlety of foxes and surprise your enemies, always one step ahead of everyone.”
A series of awesome abilities also accompany this mysterious description. All of her abilities focus on her wild nature based talents, with her Fur Shield, Fox Tail and Fox Paws all relating directly to her animal heritage. Her ultimate, Invisibility Totem, also follows this pattern. The totem is in the shape of the iconic fox mask (aptly called a Kitsune mask) that can often be seen worn at Japanese festivals and rituals.
In her overview of the sneaky Agent’s abilities, MM Artista provides us with a host of interesting details regarding how the character would function in-game.
The coolest of her abilities has to be her Fox Paws, which utilize her mystical talents to create footsteps that will distract her enemies. Talk about being crafty like a fox!
Here are her abilities:
This design really knocks it out of the park. Uploaded on December 17, the similarities between Kitsune and the newest Agent, Yoru, are astounding. MM Artista was very much ahead of the game, and it would make a lot of sense if we say Agents from the same ethnic background have similar ability styles.
We also love the magical element of her character design, as her lore makes her stand out from the pack. She’s the embodiment of a modernized version of traditional Japanese culture, and she’d make the perfect addition to the battlefields of Future Earth.