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3 Cypher Trapwire Setups for Ascent

3 Cypher Trapwire Setups for Ascent

Richard Brown


Cypher’s Trapwire ability is one of his most valuable tools. Its main use is for stopping enemy pushes and watching flanks for valuable information. This guide demonstrates three Cypher Trapwire setups for Valorant’s map, Ascent.

Cypher excels at gaining information without the risk of dying, and does so with the help of his Spycam and Trapwire abilities. This guide focuses on using the Trapwire ability to its highest potential, by placing your tripwires in positions that enemies will not expect, or in positions that are difficult for enemies to destroy. By doing so, you will have an early warning on key areas of the map.

Due to the fact that Cypher is able to pick up and reuse the tripwires, there is almost no downside to setting up your tripwires before the round starts. If needed, you can always pick them up and reuse them mid-round. For this reason, having a few ‘go-to’ setups is a must for all Cypher players.

Cypher’s ‘Trapwire’ ability:

  • Places a destructible and invisible tripwire at the targeted location. This creates a line that spans between the placed location and the wall opposite. Enemy players who cross a tripwire will be tethered, revealed, and dazed after a short period if the device is not destroyed.
  • This ability can be picked up and reused if it has not been triggered or destroyed.
  • This ability costs 200 credits and you are able to purchase two of them.


A-main: The first tripwire in this setup is optional and can be placed in a different location if needed. The second tripwire; the one that is closer in the image below, should be part of any Cypher player’s arsenal. Due to the fact that it connects to the entrance of A-main on the front side, this makes it very difficult for enemies to destroy. They also need to be almost the entire way through the entrance of A-main to do so.

Cypher Tripwire Setups Ascent - A-main
Image via Riot Games

Market: This setup can be very effective at stopping enemy players who are trying to split towards the B-site. The first tripwire might be fairly easy for enemies to destroy, and can be used as bait. You can then be ready to step and peek into Market as the second one is tripped. If you time it correctly, the enemy who tripped the second one won’t have his crosshair anywhere near you when you peek.

Cypher Tripwire Setups Ascent - Market
Image via Riot Games

B-main: This diagonally placed tripwire is quite effective as it requires an enemy to fully commit to B before it goes off. There are many positions you can play from on B where you are able to peek as soon as it is tripped, giving you the upper hand.

Cypher Tripwire Setups Ascent - B-main

It’s always good to know as many different Trapwire setups as possible. Using the same setups over and over again will become less effective as the match progresses.

If you enjoyed these three Cypher Trapwire setups for Ascent, be sure to check out our other Cypher camera guides for the maps Ascent, BindSplit and Haven.

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