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Riot Games has just released a new skin line, Recon, that features VALORANT’s first butterfly knife. The skins are military-inspired cosmetics with a camo-like green and black color scheme.

The collection is available on Tuesday, and is a premium skin line meaning it will cost 7,100 VALORANT points. The knife is also under the name balisong, which is just another name for the rotating blade.

Recon skin line weapons

Butterfly knife VALORANT
Recon skin line in VALORANT. | Provided by Riot Games

Here are the weapon options for applying the Recon skin line:

  • Phantom
  • Guarian
  • Spectre
  • Ghost
  • Balisong

This new skin line also has randomized model changes, like previous premium skin lines and unlockable tiers.

Players can unlock the tiers for the weapon and the knife skins. The randomized models feature changes to the weapon’s bottom and side attachments, letting players play out their military fantasy in this colorful tactical shooter.

“Recon is our attempt to capture that fantasy of being in a more traditional modern shooter, having a gun that feels more representative of something you might see in modern combat,” said Sean Marino, art lead for VALOARNT.

The weapon tiers will also feature custom models and ADS reticles for players to try out. The tiers go up to level four and unlock different aspect of the guns aesthetic. Level 1 gives players access to the custom model, and the ADS reticle. Level 2 is the random side attachment, where Level 3 is the bottom attachment and Level 4 is a Kill Banner. Players can upgrade their weapon skin with Radianite Points.

The color scheme of the camo-like skin can also change from its default green, also appearing as red or blue.

As for the butterfly knife, Riot gave players their wish, and when inspected in-game, the model flips and spins the knife around with flair.

The VALORANT Recon skin line, butterfly knife and all, drops Tuesday, Aug. 24, and will be available for purchase as the shop refreshes for the day. It will replace the re-release of the Sakura Skin Bundle.


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