Stinger Buffed, Pearl Updated in Valorant Patch 5.06

"Pearl gets the home renovation treatment, and a few Stinger updates arrive with a splash."
"Pearl gets the home renovation treatment, and a few Stinger updates arrive with a splash." / Image courtesy of Riot Games

Now that Valorant Champions 2022 is officially in the rearview, Riot Games has announced its upcoming Valorant 5.06 patch.

From buffs for the Stinger to map reworks for Pearl, here's a breakdown of the 5.06 patch notes for Valorant Episode 5 Act 2, per Riot Games.

Valorant Patch Notes 5.06: Full List

Weapon Updates


  • Primary Fire error adjusted from 1.6 error after 7 bullets -> 1.3 error after 6 bullets
  • Alt Fire first shot error adjusted from .5 -> .35

Map Updates


  • B Main: "Lowered waist-high wall on the left side of B Main so that it can no longer completely hide anyone."
  • Mid Shops: "Clearing this area in Mid Shops is harder than we intended. By extending the platform, we're still keeping some of the holding power for attackers, but making it easier to push this area."
  • Mid Shops to Mid Plaza: "This is another spot on Mid Shops that’s proven to be painful to clear when trying to move through mid. So we’ve removed one of the corners."
  • Mid Top: "Mid currently favors attackers so we've pushed in a wall on Mid Top, to remove a 50-50 check. This should make it slightly easier for defenders to challenge mid."
  • A Art: "We noticed the difficulty both sides have had moving effectively through A Art. We’re simplifying the space so there are fewer areas to check."
  • B Link: "This box provides a good piece of cover for attackers pushing B link, but it’s been tough to re-clear for defenders. We’re keeping a little attacker-side power, but making it easier for defenders to manage. The stack of boxes cover closer to the site will shift from the left side to the right, to simplify the number of angles approaching players need to consider, as well as close a difficult sightline to B Hall."
  • A Main: "Removing a cut-out on the wall of A Main to simplify the space, which should also make this area slightly easier for defenders to aggro into (although really, you should hold site)."
  • A Main to A Site: "This spot was unnecessarily tough to smoke effectively. By tightening the choke by a margin, we hope to make smoking easier and give a small buff to defenders (i.e, a new utility spot). The cubby on the right will also shrink slightly to keep it from being too deep."

Social Updates

Disruptive Gameplay-based Behavior Indicator

  • We've introduced a feature that will show at the end-of-game screen, which players have been detected for engaging in disruptive gameplay-based behavior.
  • This has been added to the following game modes: Unrated, Competitive, Spike Rush, and Replication, with more game modes to follow in the near future.

Bug Fixes


  • Fixed issue with KAY/O’s Zero/point sometimes incorrectly displaying enemies that were hit on KAY/O’s UI


  • Fixed a bug where Clutch Mutes would persist after the match ended
  • Fixed a bug that prevented you from being able to respond to a whisper by clicking on the Riot ID of the player who sent the whisper in Chat
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Social Panel to close when right-clicking into the Friend Note text field
  • Fixed a bug where pending invites would not disappear after all friends have left the Party
  • Fixed a bug where the incorrect system message was sent when accepting a friend request via the Match Tab in-game

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