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You can't hide from me.

—Visor activates his active ability

Visor is a playable character in Quake Champions.


To produce the perfect infantry, Moscow's GRU deployed Cybernetics, Genetics and even Cloning. The result: tireless operatives impervious to panic or pain, with "manageable" psychopathy. But their senses were dulled, especially sight.

The project turned to a cryptic American scientist and double agent. Just 3 of 20 subjects returned, each with a grafted mask, inexplicably normal vision, and the ability to see through matter.

Attempts to reverse-engineer the mask were fatal and revealed only a layer of putrefied blood within the mask. Disposal of the casualties remains unconfirmed.

Lore Scrolls[]

Part 1

“*CLASSIFIED* – Intercepted correspondence from GRU official “FLUKE,” real name REDACTED, to KGB official “TRAPDOOR,” real name [REDACTED] – 20 MAR 1990 – FLUKE: Three of our republics have elected ethnic nationalists. We project another three will do so imminently. Soviet control eroding faster than projections. We have fast-tracked Project Mountain King. [REDACTED] reports that Soldier Prime, a genetic hybrid of Spetsgruppa A elites and Black Dolphin prisoners, is now a viable embryo in vitro. Accelerated maturation procedures have begun. Design of cybernetic enhancements is nearly complete.”

Part 2

“12 AUG 1991 – TRAPDOOR: Prime’s maturation complete. [REDACTED]’s telesthesia work in Leningrad was successful but will not be continued for cost reasons. (We will not be replacing the three institutionalized researchers.) Spetsnaz combat training now underway. Complications: (1) Intermittent explosive disorder persists. Casualties include seven handlers and four guard dogs. Have your geneticists address this in clone iterations. (2) Flesh is necrotizing at cybernetic contact sites but is not affecting performance. This is a side effect of the paranormal experiments and will not be present in clones, unfortunately.”

Part 3

“19 MAY 1992 – TRAPDOOR: Surviving paranormal researchers at St. Petersburg have been in covert contact with US scientist W. G[REDACTED] regarding a solution to the congenital sight impairment of the 20 clones of Iteration 9. He claims he can engineer full telesthesia in at least one subject, but he has three demands: all 20 clones delivered for experimentation, no oversight, and access to certain antiquities in Hermitage vaults. Funding has ceased since dissolution of Supreme Soviet; we have little choice. [REDACTED] being questioned about W. G.’s knowledge of the vaults.”

Part 4

“03 FEB 1993 – FLUKE: Received report of eleven deceased clones from W. G.’s research. Progress evident in the one corpse he agreed to return: a steel visor grafted onto the face. Removal reveals full enucleation and unknown runes cut into the flesh around the ocular orbits. No evidence of cyberneural interface, but we found a film of decayed blood between the metal and tissue. Testing has shown this to be from an indeterminate number of organisms, some human. Shipping remains to your St. Petersburg team for further investigation.”

Part 5

“11 OCT 1993 – TRAPDOOR: Do not request or accept any further material evidence from the American. Sabotage suspected. Multiple researchers report sleep disturbances and disembodied, unintelligible whispers after examination of the remains. [REDACTED] attempted to remove her own eyes. We will assume that Prime is the sole result of Project Mountain King going forward. Related: Advanced necrosis had no effect on Prime’s deployment in Yeltsin siege of White House last week. Tank fire successfully distracted from his operation, in which several key Chechnyan loyalists were eliminated.”

Part 6

“21 JUL 1994 – FLUKE: Final report from W. G. processed. Explains little. Deceased clones total 17 but we cannot confirm the deaths or disposal. Unexpected good news: Three subjects survived and have returned for training. Initial evaluation of engineered sight surpasses our expectations: Subjects can “see” multiple targets through several layers of material, including concrete, steel, and carbon fiber. Neither movement nor heat required for successful tracking. We believe the mechanism is paranormal in nature, so we are sending one subject to your team for reverse engineering.”

Part 7

“25 JUL 1994 – TRAPDOOR: Armored vehicle arrived. In the cargo area were four dead guards, one dead and one living “visor” subject. When asked, the surviving clone said, “I killed them.” On entering the St. Petersburg facility, researchers [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] both fell into tonic-clonic seizures. Subject is too dangerous; I cannot risk further losses. We have scheduled euthanasia and will learn what we can from the corpse. Recommend you do the same. A document in braille was found in a body cavity of the slain clone. Investigating.”

Part 8

“06 MAR 1995 – FLUKE: We still await the outcome of your research. Perhaps the interagency cooperation has ended. If so, I have not been informed. Please contact me by whatever means possible. Ridiculous rumors are circulating about the project that I am eager to dispel. Regarding results: Prime and Visor were deployed in the Battle of Grozny to decisive effect. Civilian casualties deemed acceptable. The two subjects must be kept separate, however; close proximity seems to greatly aggravate the IED in both.”

Part 9

“13 JUN 1996 – FLUKE: Postmortem, Project Mountain King: Two cybernetically enhanced soldiers with full telesthesia produced. Seventeen successful combat operations. Casualties: 616 civilians and 54 military, including the KGB-funded team based at St. Petersburg State University. Status: Soldiers Prime and Visor AWOL after third Grozny deployment. Current whereabouts unknown. Contents of recovered braille document recovered from [TRAPDOOR] suggest they are en route to a covert military complex in Southwest USA. Goals unknown. We suspect operant conditioning by American collaborator. – End correspondence – *CLASSIFIED*”



Instruction manual in Russian Braille. Translated text visible on screen should read as follows: “40 km Southeast by East of Cornudas, Texas. Password: 1MPUL5E9. Exalt your maker.”


Active - Piercing Sight: Visor's special sight allows him to see enemies through walls.

Duration 7s, Cooldown 40s.

Passive - Full Sprint: Visor has the ability to strafe jump. This ability isn't capped, meaning he can accelerate almost indefinitely.

His speedcap 2400 instead of 2000.



Agent: Few pieces of Visor’s original body remain, though he made sure to reclaim the last remnants of his skin to stretch over his cyborg body.


Psionic: Several variants were created In the experiments that led to Visor. One such result had a measure of psychic abilities. The subject was reportedly terminated when he convinced a team of researchers to eat each other.


Spartan: While Visor usually leans towards stealth and discretion, sometimes shock and awe are required. This distinctive metal was pulled from crash debris in the northern Siberian taiga.


Eternal: Stoic in victory, this gladiator of the Arena Eternal stands proudly upon the flesh of the fallen.


Pro League: The official jersey of the Quake Pro League.


Visor Prime: A mechanical shell and leathered skin is all that protects the remaining four organs that were Visor Prime, the genetic template for an unstoppable army of agents with inexplainable traits.


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jonn Muller's painting of visor

  • Visor is the only character to speak Russian in the game.
  • Visor's skin "Eternal" is based on the Visor painting from Quake III Arena by Jonn Mueller made in 1999, the description is also referencing this art.
    • In lore, this skin depicts a young Visor Prime before the necrosis began progressing.
  • Visor is also known as Number 17, the designation clone number.
  • He voiced by Andrey Baranov.