Is There Friendly Fire / Team Damage in Valorant?
Many new Valorant players who previously played CS:GO will wonder if there is friendly fire in the newer game like there was in Counter-Strike.
In other words, can you damage your teammates with your weapons or your Agent's abilities?
Is Their Friendly Fire / Team Damage in Valorant?
There is NO friendly fire from weapons in Valorant. This means you can shoot through your teammates to hit enemy players without damaging the members of your team that are in your way.
However, you CAN damage your teammates with your Agent's abilities (including their ultimates).
No Team Damage From Guns a Welcomed Change From CS:GO
If you played CS:GO or other games with friendly fire, you'd regularly face awkward situations where a member of your team was between you and your target.
Should you shoot and risk team killing or try to move out from behind your teammate?
All too often, by the time you finished making this decision, you and your teammate were both dead.
While you could argue this added an extra element of skill to CS:GO, most players will be happy not to have to worry about this in Valorant. If you see an enemy, simply shoot them!
Be Mindful of Team Damage from Abilities
Because there is no team damage from guns, many casual Valorant players assume this also extends to their abilities... But this isn't the case.
Any abilities that can damage enemies can also damage your teammate. This is true even if your abilities don't hurt you!
A lot of new Raze players seem to be unaware of this, damaging teammates with their Paint Shells and Blast Pack abilities.
Sova's ultimate Hunter's Fury is another ability new players commonly damage their teammates with.
Lastly, one of the most interesting examples is Phoenix's Blaze ability. This exploding fireball damages enemies, but heals the Phoenix player who threw it... But it also does damage to the Phoenix's teammates.