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Valorant: Season Start & End Dates

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Turbosmurfs

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10 Jun

If you’re someone who is relatively new to Riot’s FPS Valorant, you might find the entire ranked system to be confusing and overwhelming.

Apart from understanding the ranks and tiers themselves, planning your ranked journey requires you to familiarize yourself with the structure of Valorant’s seasons, including when they begin and end.

Valorant current Episode start and end date

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Instead of using the usual seasonal model where seasons last for an entire year, Valorant’s ranked seasons are primarily split into semiannual resets named Episodes.

The game is in its eighth Episode, named “Episode Eight: DEFIANCE” which started on January 9th, 2024, and is expected to end in the first week of July 2024.

This is based on the schedule the game previously adhered to and it’s hard to imagine that Riot would change anything given that the format became very consistent over the last few years.

Valorant Episode and Act schedule 

Episode / Act name

Start 

End 

Episode One: IGNITION

Episode One, Act One

June 2, 2020

August 13, 2020

Episode One, Act Two

August 13, 2020

October 13, 2020

Episode One, Act Two

October 13, 2020

January 12, 2021

Episode Two: FORMATION

Episode Two, Act One

January 12, 2021

March 2, 2021

Episode Two, Act Two

March 2, 2021

April 27, 2021

Episode Two, Act Three

April 27, 2021

June 22, 2021

Episode Three: REFLECTION

Episode Three, Act One

June 22, 2021

September 8, 2021

Episode Three, Act Two

September 8, 2021

November 2, 2021

Episode Three, Act Three

November 2, 2021

January 11, 2022

Episode Four: DISRUPTION

Episode Four, Act One

January 11, 2022

March 1, 2022

Episode Four, Act Two

March 1, 2022

April 27, 2022

Episode Four, Act Three

April 27, 2022

June 22, 2022

Episode Five: DIMENSION

Episode Five, Act One

June 22, 2022

August 23, 2022

Episode Five, Act Two

August 23, 2022

October 17, 2022

Episode Five, Act Three

October 17, 2022

January 10, 2023

Episode Six: REVELATION

Episode Six, Act One

January 10, 2023

March 6, 2023

Episode Six, Act Two

March 6, 2023

April 25, 2023

Episode Six, Act Three

April 25, 2023

June 26, 2023

Episode Seven: EVOLUTION

Episode Seven, Act One

June 27, 2023

August 29, 2023

Episode Seven, Act Two

August 29, 2023

October 31, 2023

Episode Seven, Act Three

October 31, 2023

January 9, 2024

Episode Eight: DEFIANCE

Episode Eight, Act One

January 9, 2024

March 5, 2024

Episode Eight, Act Two

March 5, 2024

April 30, 2024

Episode Eight, Act Three

April 30, 2024

Early July 2024

What are Valorant Episodes?

Episodes are major content updates that extend over a 6-month period, constantly evolving the game with the additions of significant changes to the game’s balance through Acts.

On average, Riot releases one to two Agents per Episode as well as one new map which keeps the game fresh while presenting a new challenge for players.

Apart from serving as a cornerstone in the game’s trajectory with all of the updates, Episodes also heavily impact Valorant’s ranked landscape.

This is because Episodes serve as soft ranked resets, forcing you to play 5 placement games in order to get your rank back on the ladder.

Episodes won’t fully reset your rank (eg. Platinum resetting to Bronze) as your new rank is massively determined by your previous one and your current ranked MMR.

Valorant current Act start and end date

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Since a dynamic game like Valorant requires more frequent gameplay updates than a single 6-month interval, Episodes are further divided into smaller segments called Acts.

Given that episodes last 6 months, they are divided into 3 Acts, each lasting approximately two months.

The current ranked Episode is in its third and final Act which started on April 30th, 2024, and is supposed to end at the beginning of July 2024.

What are Valorant Acts?

Valorant Acts present milestones in Episodes that offer large gameplay updates and introduce content that is meant to keep the game fresh and updated.

They consist of smaller patches, usually 4 or 5 per Act, each releasing within a two-week frame of each other.

Much like Episodes, Valorant Acts reset your Valorant rank where you have to play 5 placement games to get your rank back, usually landing you within a few tiers of the previous one unless your MMR is very low.

Last but not least, Valorant Acts also introduce fresh content in the form of battle passes that allow players to gain access to unique, limited-time cosmetics.

Even though the free version of the battle pass contains some rewards, the true value lies in the premium pass, as the paid version provides some of the best bang for buck value in Valorant.

Valorant Act rewards

Given that Episodes serve as ranked resets, they also provide you with unlockable ranked rewards that celebrate your ranked success during that Act.

These ranked rewards are distributed in the form of gun buddies whose appearance is based on your peak rank during that Act.

Furthermore, your journey through an Act is also displayed through your profile ranked badge and border, both designed to show off your biggest ranked successes.

This reward system aims to give an incentive to players to take ranked games seriously, as higher ranks get better gun buddies and badges to show off.

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