Valentão 5[credit]

Ice: Code Gate - Illicit
Strength: 6
Influence: 3

As an additional cost to rez this ice, take 1 bad publicity or remove 1 tag.

[subroutine] Gain 2[credit].

[subroutine] The Runner loses 2[credit].

[subroutine] End the run if you have more credits than the Runner.

"The only rule you need to remember is that it makes the rules."
Illustrated by Scott Uminga
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  • Updated 2023-10-04

    Are bad publicity credits counted when counting how many credits the Runner has?

    Yes. However, note that if the Corp took bad publicity from rezzing Valentão during this run, the Runner will not have an additional credit for that bad publicity.


Design: Valentão is a “soft” illicit that drains credits before comparing credit pools.

  • You can detag to skip the badpub (unlike “hard” illicit's).
  • You'll end the run if, for example, you had $4 and they had $7 before the encounter, (because you'll reach $6 and they'll drop to $5). Which is like a “pseudo-trace-attempt” (cf. ↳ Trace [4]. If successful, end the run.).

Compare: Whitespace crossed with a Veritas (and a Muckraker).

Flavor: In Brazilian Portuguese, “valentão” seems to mean “bully”.

PS. A Jinteki Valentão could “drain” cards (like Vampyronassa does) before comparing hand sizes: ↳ Do 1 net damage. ↳ You may draw 1 card. ↳ If there are more cards in HQ than in the grip, end the run.

(EDIT) Piranhas has been printed in this (mini?)cycle, which is also a $5/6s/3↳ codegate, also with take 1 bad publicity or remove 1 tag illicit-ness, and that also ‘drains’ a value (from the Runner to the Corp) before comparing those values; but it's in NBN and it drains cards-in-hand.

(The Automata Initiative era)

Right on the money. Only in NBN instead of Jinteki