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Vatu is a Flank Champion in Paladins, added on May 26th, 2021.

Lore[]

Behind every door of the mind is the fear of the darkness in the corner of a dimly-lit room. It is the unknown — the terror without a form, but with a name: the Shadow.

Vatu’s origins are shrouded in the same shadow he uses as a weapon. He is the knife in the night, ending an eternal conflict – he is the untimely death, never confirmed as accidental. He and the Thousand Hands guild have an understanding: they provide him with work and money, and he takes care of their problems. The only thing clear in his actions are his desire to protect his Ska’Drin people and his deadly capability to do so.

Wielding sharp Kunai and mysterious shadow magic, Vatu takes care of business with a ruthless efficiency matched only by his strict code of ethics. His are not the eyes you want to see staring back at you from the darkness, for by that time it is already too late.

Summary[]

To be added

Skills[]

Kunai Damage (each/per tick)300 /0.9s

Direct Damage

Launch 3 Kunai in an arc from your hands, dealing 300 damage per Kunai.

Ability Placeholder LMB.png

Details

Launch 3 Kunai from your hands every 0.9s, dealing 300 damage per Kunai. Has a max Ammo count of 5 and is fully effective up to 75 units.
  • Kunai are fired in an arc.
  • The spread of the Kunai could be reduced by firing it up or down, or by moving your view quickly.
  • Has a reload time of 1.15s.
  • Generates 2.33% of ultimate charge per Kunai per enemy hit.
  • Has a max Ammo count of 5.
  • Has a max range of 320 units.


Ability Video

WeaponAttack Vatu Icon.png

Kunai

Direct Damage
Ability Placeholder LMB.png
Damage (each/per tick)300 /0.9s

Launch 3 Kunai in an arc from your hands, dealing 300 damage per Kunai.

Details

Launch 3 Kunai from your hands every 0.9s, dealing 300 damage per Kunai. Has a max Ammo count of 5 and is fully effective up to 75 units.
  • Kunai are fired in an arc.
  • The spread of the Kunai could be reduced by firing it up or down, or by moving your view quickly.
  • Has a reload time of 1.15s.
  • Generates 2.33% of ultimate charge per Kunai per enemy hit.
  • Has a max Ammo count of 5.
  • Has a max range of 320 units.


Ability Video

Shadow Bombs Damage (each/per tick)10 + Additional 200 /0.3s

Area Damage

Throw out 3 explosive projectiles that stick to their target and deal a small amount of damage on hit and an additional damage when they explode.

Ability Placeholder RMB.png
Cooldown Icon White.png 10

Details

Throw out 3 explosive projectiles that stick to their target and explode after 0.3s. Each explosive deals 10 damage on hit and an additional 200 damage in a radius of 10 units on explosion. Has a range of 150 units before auto-exploding in the air.
  • Also sticks to walls.


Ability Video

Ability Shadow Bombs.png

Shadow Bombs

Area Damage
Ability Placeholder RMB.png
Cooldown Icon White.png 10
Damage (each/per tick)10 + Additional 200 /0.3s

Throw out 3 explosive projectiles that stick to their target and deal a small amount of damage on hit and an additional damage when they explode.

Details

Throw out 3 explosive projectiles that stick to their target and explode after 0.3s. Each explosive deals 10 damage on hit and an additional 200 damage in a radius of 10 units on explosion. Has a range of 150 units before auto-exploding in the air.
  • Also sticks to walls.


Ability Video

Ambush Damage (each/per tick)200

Direct Damage

Teleport next to your target, dealing damage in an area on arrival. Can be refired on another enemy within 4s of teleporting.

Ability Placeholder Q.png
Cooldown Icon White.png 11

Details

Teleport next to your target, dealing 200 damage. This ability can be re-fired a second time within 4s on a different target. Damage hits in a 20-unit radius and is fully effective up to 10 units. Teleport has a range of 85 units.
  • Your target is marked with an indicator. No indicator will be shown if your target is out of reach.
  • Ability needs line of sight to a nearby target to be activated.
  • Has wind up time of 0.3s.


Ability Video

Ability Ambush.png

Ambush

Direct Damage
Ability Placeholder Q.png
Cooldown Icon White.png 11
Damage (each/per tick)200

Teleport next to your target, dealing damage in an area on arrival. Can be refired on another enemy within 4s of teleporting.

Details

Teleport next to your target, dealing 200 damage. This ability can be re-fired a second time within 4s on a different target. Damage hits in a 20-unit radius and is fully effective up to 10 units. Teleport has a range of 85 units.
  • Your target is marked with an indicator. No indicator will be shown if your target is out of reach.
  • Ability needs line of sight to a nearby target to be activated.
  • Has wind up time of 0.3s.


Ability Video

Dash

 

Quickly dash in the direction of your movement input.

Ability Placeholder F.png
Cooldown Icon White.png 5

Details

Quickly dash 40 units in the direction you are moving, reducing the damage you take by 60% during the dash. Has 3 charges.
  • Dashes in the direction of your movement input depending on the viewing direction.


Ability Video

Ability Dash.png

Dash

 
Ability Placeholder F.png
Cooldown Icon White.png 5

Quickly dash in the direction of your movement input.

Details

Quickly dash 40 units in the direction you are moving, reducing the damage you take by 60% during the dash. Has 3 charges.
  • Dashes in the direction of your movement input depending on the viewing direction.


Ability Video

Nightfall (Ultimate) ▶️Damage (each/per tick)800

Area Damage

Activate to start charging up and fire to dash forward through enemies dealing 800 damage and stunning them for 1.25s.

Ability Placeholder E.png

Details

Activate to start charging up. Reactivate to dash forward extremely quickly through enemies, dealing 800 damage and stunning enemies hit for 1.25s. Distance increases with charge duration. You are immune to Crowd Control while charging. Minimum charge is 0.5s, maximum charge is 2s, and will automatically fire after 3s. Cannot be canceled.

▶️ “Your light flickers!” (Self/Enemy)
▶️ “Witness true mastery...” (Ally)

  • Has a maximum range of 130 units.
  • Charge duration does not effect the damage dealt.


Ability Video

Ability Nightfall.png

Nightfall (Ultimate) ▶️

Area Damage
Ability Placeholder E.png
Damage (each/per tick)800

Activate to start charging up and fire to dash forward through enemies dealing 800 damage and stunning them for 1.25s.

Details

Activate to start charging up. Reactivate to dash forward extremely quickly through enemies, dealing 800 damage and stunning enemies hit for 1.25s. Distance increases with charge duration. You are immune to Crowd Control while charging. Minimum charge is 0.5s, maximum charge is 2s, and will automatically fire after 3s. Cannot be canceled.

▶️ “Your light flickers!” (Self/Enemy)
▶️ “Witness true mastery...” (Ally)

  • Has a maximum range of 130 units.
  • Charge duration does not effect the damage dealt.


Ability Video


Talents[]

Talent Vatu Omnipresence.png
Omnipresence

Default Talent

Your Ambush gains an additional charge and can now be used on allies.


Talent Vatu Unerring.png
Unerring

Unlocks at Mastery Level 2

Increase the explosion radius of Shadow Bombs by 5 units and they now home to enemies.


Talent Vatu EnvelopingShadows.png
Enveloping Shadows

Unlocks at Mastery Level 8

Reduce the Cooldown of your basic abilities by 15% after hitting an enemy with at least one Kunai. This can activate only once per throw.


Cards[]

This is a list with all cards available to Vatu:

Name Image Description Cooldown Category
Assassin's Tools Card Assassin's Tools.png Reduce the damage you take by {6|6}% for 2s after activating Shadow Bombs. Ability Shadow Bombs.png Shadow Bombs
Contemplation Card Contemplation.png Heal for {100|-7.5} every 0.5s for {0.5|0.5}s after activating Dash. This effect stacks. Ability Dash.png Dash
Deadly Dash Card Deadly Dash.png Generate 7% Ultimate charge after activating Dash once every {60|-8}s. Cooldown Icon2.png 60-28 Ability Dash.png Dash
Extraction Card Extraction.png Increase your Movement Speed by {5|5}% for 2s after Dash ends. Ability Dash.png Dash
Final Sight Card Final Sight.png Reset the Cooldown of Ambush after falling to or below {10|10}% Health. Cooldown Icon2.png 15 WeaponAttack Vatu Icon.png Armor / Weapon
Gathering Shadow Card Gathering Shadow.png Reduce the damage you take by {5|5}% for 2s after Ambush ends. This applies to each Ambush in the chain. Ability Ambush.png Ambush
Infiltration Card Infiltration.png Heal for {70|70} after activating Ambush. This applies to each Ambush in the chain. Ability Ambush.png Ambush
Memento Vivere Card Memento Vivere.png Increase your maximum Health by {40|40}. WeaponAttack Vatu Icon.png Armor / Weapon
Nightwatcher Card Nightwatcher.png Reduce the Cooldown of Dash by {0.5|0.5}s after hitting at least one enemy with Shadow Bombs. Ability Dash.png Dash
Outnumbered Card Outnumbered.png Generate {1|1} Ammo after hitting at least one enemy with Shadow Bombs. Ability Shadow Bombs.png Shadow Bombs
Retribution Card Retribution.png Increase the Radius and Effective Radius of the damage from Ambush by {15|15}%. Ability Ambush.png Ambush
Shadow Garrote Card Shadow Garrote.png Generate {5|5}% Ultimate charge after hitting an enemy with your Ultimate. WeaponAttack Vatu Icon.png Armor / Weapon
Shadow's Gaze Card Shadow's Gaze.png Heal for {40|40} for after activating Shadow Bombs. Ability Shadow Bombs.png Shadow Bombs
Shadow's Perch Card Shadow's Perch.png Increase the range of Ambush by {10|10}%. Ability Ambush.png Ambush
Shattered Worlds Card Shattered Worlds.png Reduce the Cooldown of Shadow Bombs by {8|8} after earning a Killing Blow or Elimination. Ability Shadow Bombs.png Shadow Bombs
Tranquility Card Tranquility.png Increase your base jump height by {30|30}%. WeaponAttack Vatu Icon.png Armor / Weapon

Pre-Built Loadouts[]

All of the following cards are in Vatu's pre-built loadouts:


Omnipresence
Card Shadow's Perch.png


Shadow's Perch
Rare
CardSkin Frame OB67 Silver Rare.png


Increase the range of Ambush by 30%.
3



Card Retribution.png


Retribution
Rare
CardSkin Frame OB67 Silver Rare.png


Increase the Radius and Effective Radius of the damage from Ambush by 45%.
3



Card Final Sight.png


Final Sight
Rare
CardSkin Frame OB67 Silver Rare.png


Reset the Cooldown of Ambush after falling to or below 30% Health.
3
Cooldown Icon.png15


Card Gathering Shadow.png


Gathering Shadow
Legendary
CardSkin Frame OB67 Silver Legendary.png


Reduce the damage you take by 25% for 2s after Ambush ends. This applies to each Ambush in the chain.
5



Card Memento Vivere.png


Memento Vivere
Common
CardSkin Frame OB67 Silver Common.png


Increase your maximum Health by 40.
1



Unerring
Card Shattered Worlds.png


Shattered Worlds
Legendary
CardSkin Frame OB67 Silver Legendary.png


Reduce the Cooldown of Shadow Bombs by 40 after earning a Killing Blow or Elimination.
5



Card Shadow's Perch.png


Shadow's Perch
Uncommon
CardSkin Frame OB67 Silver Uncommon.png


Increase the range of Ambush by 20%.
2



Card Memento Vivere.png


Memento Vivere
Rare
CardSkin Frame OB67 Silver Rare.png


Increase your maximum Health by 120.
3



Card Shadow's Gaze.png


Shadow's Gaze
Epic
CardSkin Frame OB67 Silver Epic.png


Heal for 160 for after activating Shadow Bombs.
4



Card Outnumbered.png


Outnumbered
Common
CardSkin Frame OB67 Silver Common.png


Generate 1 Ammo after hitting at least one enemy with Shadow Bombs.
1



Enveloping Shadows
Card Infiltration.png


Infiltration
Rare
CardSkin Frame OB67 Silver Rare.png


Heal for 210 after activating Ambush. This applies to each Ambush in the chain.
3



Card Shattered Worlds.png


Shattered Worlds
Epic
CardSkin Frame OB67 Silver Epic.png


Reduce the Cooldown of Shadow Bombs by 32 after earning a Killing Blow or Elimination.
4



Card Nightwatcher.png


Nightwatcher
Epic
CardSkin Frame OB67 Silver Epic.png


Reduce the Cooldown of Dash by 2s after hitting at least one enemy with Shadow Bombs.
4



Card Shadow's Perch.png


Shadow's Perch
Uncommon
CardSkin Frame OB67 Silver Uncommon.png


Increase the range of Ambush by 20%.
2



Card Contemplation.png


Contemplation
Uncommon
CardSkin Frame OB67 Silver Uncommon.png


Heal for 92.5 every 0.5s for 1s after activating Dash. This effect stacks.
2


Cosmetic Items[]

These are the Cosmetic Items currently available for Vatu:

Champion Skin Collections[]

Default
Loading Art Icons Character Model
LoadingArt Vatu Default.png
Vatu Collection Default Icon.png
Vatu Default.png
Weapon Default Kunai
Rarity Common
Availability Standard
Release Date May 26, 2021
Cost Free
Voicelines Vatu voice lines
Voice Pack Preview ▶️  •  ▶️  •  ▶️
Cost Free
Voicelines Vatu voice lines
Voice Pack Preview ▶️  •  ▶️  •  ▶️
Character Model

Vatu Default.png

Sorrow
Loading Art Icons Character Model
LoadingArt Vatu Sorrow.png
Vatu Collection Sorrow Icon.png
Vatu Sorrow.png
Weapon Sorrowful Kunai
Rarity Uncommon
Availability Exclusive
Release Date May 26, 2021
Cost 60,000 Currency Gold.png  •  300 Currency Crystals.png  •  Season Pass 2021
(Sorrow Vatu Collection)
Voicelines Vatu voice lines
Voice Pack Preview ▶️  •  ▶️  •  ▶️
Cost 60,000 Currency Gold.png  •  300 Currency Crystals.png  •  Season Pass 2021
(Sorrow Vatu Collection)
Voicelines Vatu voice lines
Voice Pack Preview ▶️  •  ▶️  •  ▶️
Character Model

Vatu Sorrow.png

Duty
Loading Art Icons Character Model
LoadingArt Vatu Duty.png
Vatu Collection Duty Icon.png
Vatu Duty.png
Weapon Dutiful Kunai
Rarity Rare
Availability Limited
Release Date May 26, 2021
Cost Season Pass 2021
(Duty Vatu Collection)
Voicelines Vatu voice lines
Voice Pack Preview ▶️  •  ▶️  •  ▶️
Cost Season Pass 2021
(Duty Vatu Collection)
Voicelines Vatu voice lines
Voice Pack Preview ▶️  •  ▶️  •  ▶️
Character Model

Vatu Duty.png

Mayhem
Loading Art Icons Character Model
LoadingArt Vatu Mayhem.png
Vatu Collection Mayhem Icon.png
Vatu Mayhem.png
Weapon Mayhem's Gifts
Rarity Epic
Availability Exclusive
Release Date July 21, 2021
Cost 800 Currency Crystals.png  •  Pandemonium Chest.png
(Mayhem Vatu Collection)
Voicelines Mayhem Vatu voice lines
Voice Pack Preview ▶️  •  ▶️  •  ▶️
Cost 800 Currency Crystals.png  •  Pandemonium Chest.png
(Mayhem Vatu Collection)
Voicelines Mayhem Vatu voice lines
Voice Pack Preview ▶️  •  ▶️  •  ▶️
Character Model

Vatu Mayhem.png

Golden
Loading Art Icons Character Model
LoadingArt Vatu Golden.png
Vatu Collection Golden Icon.png
Vatu Golden.png
Weapon Golden Kunai
Rarity Legendary
Availability Mastery
Release Date May 26, 2021
Cost Rewarded at Mastery Level 50
(Golden Vatu Collection)
Voicelines Vatu voice lines
Voice Pack Preview ▶️  •  ▶️  •  ▶️
Cost Rewarded at Mastery Level 50
(Golden Vatu Collection)
Voicelines Vatu voice lines
Voice Pack Preview ▶️  •  ▶️  •  ▶️
Character Model

Vatu Golden.png

Emotes[]

Default
Icon Character Model
Vatu Emote Icon.png
Weapon {{{weapon}}}
Rarity Common
Availability Standard
Release Date May 26th, 2021
Cost Free
Cost Free
Character Model

Meditation
Icon Character Model
Vatu Emote Icon.png
Weapon {{{weapon}}}
Rarity Epic
Availability Exclusive
Release Date May 26th, 2021
Cost Season Pass 2021
(Endless Emote)
Cost Season Pass 2021
(Endless Emote)
Character Model

MVP Poses[]

Default
Icon Character Model
Vatu MVP Icon.png
Vatu Default.png
Weapon {{{weapon}}}
Rarity Common
Availability Standard
Release Date May 26th, 2021
Cost Free
Cost Free
Character Model

Vatu Default.png

Poised
Icon Character Model
Vatu MVP Icon.png
Vatu MVP Poised.png
Weapon {{{weapon}}}
Rarity Rare
Availability Exclusive
Release Date May 26th, 2021
Cost Season Pass 2021
Cost Season Pass 2021
Character Model

Vatu MVP Poised.png

Trivia[]

  • As stated here, while Vatu works with the Thousand Hands Guild, he's not an actual member of the group, but rather has a mutual understanding with Zhin.
  • As mentioned here and here, Vatu and his deeds are legendary.
  • Vatu may be a title passed down between different individuals, or he may be an ancient being who has lived for a long time, as stated here.
  • The mark that appears when Vatu uses his Ambush ability appears to be a combination of the marks that appear when Talus uses Rune of Travel, as well as his ultimate True Power.
  • A unique mark appears when Vatu uses his default emote that somewhat resembles the mark that appears when Talus uses Rune of Travel.

  • As with previous champions, in order to promote Vatu, Paladins artist Thunderbrush would change his Twitter profile picture and banner. On April 1st, 2021, his profile picture would be changed to this image, which would later be revealed to be an edited version of Vatu's splash art. His banner meanwhile, would be changed to this image.
  • Another part of Vatu's promotion was influencer packages. From April 24th, 2021 to April 28th, 2021, packages were sent to various Paladins influencers. Each contained a satchel, inside of which was part of a puzzle (later revealed to be of Vatu's splash art), as well as a message. The message was the same for each influencer and read:


Behind every door of the mind is the fear of the darkness
in the corner of a dimly-lit room.
It is the unknown terror without a form,
but with a name-
the Shadow.
#DoNotFearTheShadow

  • Aqui's package can be viewed here.
  • SterileTick's package can be viewed here.
  • Bitey's package can be viewed here.
  • Nada Llama's package can be viewed here.

  • Alternate art for the card Contemplation exists and was used for one of Vatu's teasers, featuring Vatu edited out.
  • Alternate art for the card Shadow Garrote exists and was used for one of Vatu's teasers, featuring Vatu covered in shadows.
  • Unique artwork of Vatu was used during his release on the Steam and Epic launchers.
  • A face reminiscent of Vatu appears in the Bue Asssassin and Red Assassin sprays. It is unknown if these were early versions of Vatu, if he took inspiration from the faces, or is merely a coincidence.

  • Vatu sorrow small.pngSorrow
  • Sorrow. A feeling of deep sadness. Come on, you already knew that, I don't know what you were expecting.
  • Vatu duty small.pngDuty
  • And Duty. It's a responsibility or task, but you already knew that too. I've got nothing for you this time.
  • Vatu mayhem small.pngMayhem

Videos[]

Champion Teaser[]

Ability Breakdown[]

Changelog[]


  • Abilities
  • Ability Ambush.png Ambush
  • Current: Teleport next to your target, dealing damage in an area on arrival. Can be refired on another enemy within 4s of teleporting.
  • Decreased the amount of time before Teleporting 0.4s ➞ 0.3s
  • Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where Vatu’s Shadow Gaze card activated twice when he used his Shadow Bombs ability.
  • Vatu was added to the game.





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