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Real Name Kairi Imahara (今原カイリ)
Nickname Little Viper (by Kuben Blisk)
Birdie (by Revenant)
Wannabe Pilot (by Bangalore)
Gender Female
Pronouns She/her
Age 31
Relatives Viper (father, deceased)
Unnamed mother
Sheila (ex-girlfriend)[1]
Loba (Ex-girlfriend)
Homeworld Angelia
Occupation Ship pilot
Status Alive
Real-world Info
Voice Actor Erika Ishii
Appearances Legacy
The Legacy Antigen

Kairi Imahara (Japanese: 今原カイリ; Imahara Kairi) better known as Valkyrie, is a Legend introduced in Season 9 Season 9 of Apex Legends. A high-flying combatant with a jetpack built from the parts of a salvaged Titan, she joined the Apex Games to find her own path in life apart from her father's legacy.

Lore[ | ]

Background[ | ]

Kairi "Valkyrie" Imahara, born in 2704 on Angelia, was the daughter of Viper, a notorious mercenary who worked for the Apex Predators. She held great respect and admiration for her father, and wished to follow in his footsteps as a Pilot. Viper would often humor her by taking her for joyrides in his modified Northstar. However, he frowned upon his daughter becoming a Pilot, telling her that these Titans were “death traps." As a result of her father’s profession, Imahara would often see Kuben Blisk in her home.[2]

Valk and dad

Young Valkyrie and her father, Viper.

In 2715, Imahara hijacked her father’s Northstar, flying it solo around and above her family’s home. Despite her father’s commands for her to land, she continued to fly, eventually reaching an altitude where an aircraft battle was taking place. Caught in the crossfire (and likely due to inaction from its pilot), the Titan engaged its autopilot, firing a salvo of missiles at its nearest target. In return, an aircraft fired and struck the Northstar, causing it to fall uncontrollably to Angelia’s surface. Viper followed in his own aircraft and took control of the Titan, ejecting his daughter and crash landing in a nearby field. Imahara and Viper both escaped relatively unharmed.[2]

Soon after this incident, Viper left to escort the Ark during the Battle of Typhon, where he was killed by Jack Cooper and his Vanguard-class Titan BT-7274.[3] Not knowing who killed him, Imahara blamed Blisk for her father’s death.[2]

Finding Blisk[ | ]

"I know I failed him. And he left. Worst part was not knowing why. Maybe he left because of me? But he died because of you."
"He knew what he was fighting for. Do you? All this time you've done nothing but try to get to me, wondering if daddy loved you. Wastin' your life so you could avenge his."
— Valkyrie and Kuben Blisk

After not knowing what happened to her father in the war for 16 years,[4] Imahara received a smuggling job from Kuben Blisk in 2731 to retrieve Viper’s Northstar from the wreckage of Typhon.[2][5] While searching for the Titan, she encountered a mass of Medusa vines, which were being weaponized by the IMC under the codename Project: Legacy. [6] After receiving Viper's body and his titan, Imahara and her mother moved from Angelia to the Outlands[7], settling in Gaea.[8] The trip was prohibitively expensive and to obtain funds, she stole a slot machine from a casino.[9] Soon after arriving, she met Rampart at a bar. [1]

After retrieving Viper’s body, he was cremated. Some of his ashes were left at the family’s home on Angelia, near the barn where his Northstar was stored, while some were kept in their new residence in Gaea. The rest were scattered on a sudden gust of wind by Imahara’s mother so that he would always have “a sky-high view."[8]

Valk threatens Blisk

Valkyrie threatens an unperturbed Blisk.

Taking the Northstar and her father’s corpse, she arranged a meeting with Blisk in 2734, where she intended to kill him as revenge for Viper’s demise. Blisk was able to talk her out of the act, handing her an Apex card and telling Imahara that her father wanted her to forge her own legacy. Shooting the glass of liquor in Blisk’s hand, she left his vessel, declaring her callsign as Valkyrie.

Taking the wreckage of the Titan to Rampart’s shop, she had it reforged into a custom jetpack and set of armor.[2]

The Legacy Antigen[ | ]

While the Legends were investigating the Icarus Fleet’s sudden arrival in Olympus, Loba fell through a suddenly-opened hatch on the deck.[10] She was saved by Imahara, who flew beneath and rescued Loba. Whilst discussing the cure for the disease caused by the Fleet’s rapidly spreading Medusa vines - or lack thereof - it was found that Bangalore had been infected with the terminal illness.[11]

A potential cure was revealed to lie within the venom of the monstrous Carthage spider, native to Gaea, by Caustic.[12] Upon arriving, Imahara searched with Loba, but the pair were soon surrounded by a horde of the arachnids.[13] Despite capturing one spider, the pair, alongside Crypto and Caustic, were taken to the spiders’ den and bound in a net of webs.[14] Imahara broke free of her bindings using Loba’s jump drive bracelet.[15] She returned with Fuse and Bloodhound, helping to clear the way. After the Legends were freed, Caustic attempted to take one spider for himself, but was punched by Imahara.[16] With these spiders, the Legends were able to end the Medusa epidemic, though the vines’ growth was merely delayed.[17]

After ending the outbreak, Loba was devastated to hear Bangalore state that they were “just friends”. Imahara comforted Loba, asking if the latter needed someone to “catch [her] again."[18]

Season 11[ | ]

"I gave up two years, made too many enemies and dragged my mom across the universe for Kuben Blisk. He doesn't deserve to be the most important person in my life. If I went through with it, he would be. Forever."
— Valkyrie

Imahara encountered Loba at the Firing Range, where the latter was attempting to keep her mind off of Revenant and Bangalore. The two talk, both talking about their pasts and traumas. Imahara repeated what she had told Loba in the jungles of Gaea - by not killing Revenant when she had the chance, her pride had put herself and those she cares about in danger. Soon after, the pair agreed to go out to dinner, paid for by whoever loses a shooting contest.[19]

Imahara was later seen with Loba and Jaime at a carnival. However, unbeknownst to them, Revenant had followed them, setting his sights on Jaime.[20]

Loba and Bango help Valk

Valkyrie, injured, is helped by Loba and Bangalore.

Season 13 Launch Trailer[ | ]

Imahara attended Bangalore's retirement party. She later assisted in fighting the beast that came ashore on Storm Point, but was quickly struck down. Bangalore helped her to recover after the creature was killed.[21]

Friends Like These[ | ]

Seeking to help end the feud between Loba and Revenant, Imahara entered the simulacrum's bunker on Kings Canyon to speak with him. She begrudgingly claimed to have a contact that knew of the location of his source code, with the contact stating it was not on Gridiron. An amused Revenant promised to keep in touch.

On her way out, Imahara attempted to call Loba, only to find Vantage on the other end saying that Jaime was injured. She quickly flew off to save her friend.[22]

Kill Code[ | ]

On Salvo, Imahara followed Loba into a mysterious facility, hoping to stop her from delving further into her vendetta against Revenant.[23] She later acted as a getaway driver for Loba, Lifeline, and Mad Maggie as they escaped a facility run by Torres Silva.[24]

Some time after, Imahara received a call at a bar from Jaime, who hoped to hear about any leads regarding the stolen source code. She expressed her fear about Loba's state of mind, stating that it feels like she's someone else when focusing on Revenant. Telling Jaime to focus on recovering, the call was cut short by Loba peeking through the bar door.[25]

Imahara later joined Loba and the other Legends after they made a brief truce with Revenant to break into a Hammond Robotics facility in Malta in an attempt to destroy the simulacrum's source code to keep it out of the hands of Torres Silva. Disguising themselves as Hammond Robotics employees, they were quickly discovered after Lifeline's shoddy cover was blown. They were soon cornered by a horde of Spectres, Reapers, and Ticks. Acknowledging her deal with Revenant, Imahara joined forces with the other Legends to fight their way out of the facility and destroy the source code, facing Loba's wrath in the process. After taking out the Reaper, Revenant's source code was taken away by Silva using Loba's misplaced Black Market Boutique staff.[26]

Following the loss of the source code, Imahara tried to convince Loba to give up her vengeance and finally destroy the head, leading to a fight between the two.[27]

Following the trail of a tracker placed on Octane by Lifeline, Imahara and the other Legends tracked the Silvas to one final facility, where Revenant reclaimed his source code. As Loba attempted to destroy it, Torres revealed the full extent of Revenant's upgrades to the simulacrum: he was able to control any other manufactured shell as if it were his own body. Killing Torres, Revenant launched an attack against the Legends using his spare bodies. Imahara piloted a dropship, helping the Legends to escape.[28]

Appearances[ | ]

In-Game Videos & Trailers Online Media
Transition Blurbs
  • Season 9 High Speed Interstellar Travel Ain't Cheap (Mentioned)
  • Season 9 Kampai
  • Season 9 The Ghost of Viper
  • Season 9 A Mercenary Wife
  • Season 11 Animals of the Outlands (mentioned)

Trivia[ | ]

  • Valkyrie is a ship pilot. She is not a certified Titan Pilot.
  • Valkyrie is a lesbian.[29][30]
  • Valkyrie shares many similarities with her voice actress, Erika Ishii: They are both mixed race, they are both queer, and they have similar outgoing personalities.[31]
  • Valkyrie had a Caucasian father and a Japanese mother. Although Valkyrie was exposed to her mother's heritage, she cannot fluently speak Japanese. Valkyrie can still understand Japanese, and she speaks Japanese to her mother at home, but she is not comfortable with speaking it in public.[32]
  • Valkyrie's jetpack is still recognized by some systems as Viper's Northstar-class Titan.[26]
  • Valkyrie enjoys cooking and often experiments with recipes.[33]
    • She learned many of her recipes from her mother.[33]
    • She is particularly fond of a recipe she made using rations during her journey to the Outlands because she was tired of eating "freeze-dried cardboard."[33]

  • The character select animation for Valkyrie's Birthright skin references the intro animation for the boss fight against Viper in Titanfall 2.[34]
  • Valkyrie's Materia Girl skin is based on Yuffie Kisaragi from the JRPG Final Fantasy VII and its remakes, along with Yuffie's Kingdom Hearts counterpart.
    • The skin's name might also be a reference to the 1984 song Material Girl by Madonna.
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    See Also[ | ]

    References[ | ]

    1. 1.0 1.1 Season 9 Transition - "Kampai"
    2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Stories from the Outlands - Northstar
    3. Titanfall 2 - "The Ark"
    4. Rest Easy
    5. From a @PlayApex tweet - Apr 15, 2021.
    6. The Legacy Antigen Page 3 - "She Blinded Me With Science!"
    7. Season 9 Loading Screen - "A Mercenary Wife"
    8. 8.0 8.1 Season 9 Transition - "The Ghost of Viper"
    9. Season 9 Transition - "High Speed Interstellar Travel Ain't Cheap"
    10. The Legacy Antigen Part 1 - "That First Step's a Doozy"
    11. The Legacy Antigen Part 2 - "A Wing and a Prayer"
    12. The Legacy Antigen Part 4 - "Getting the Band Back Together"
    13. The Legacy Antigen Part 5 - "A Vulnerable Position"
    14. The Legacy Antigen Part 6 - "The Terrible Truth About Alexander Nox"
    15. The Legacy Antigen Part 8 - "Abandonment Issues"
    16. The Legacy Antigen Part 9 - "Retribution"
    17. The Legacy Antigen Part 10 - "Legacy Found"
    18. The Legacy Antigen Epilogue
    19. Ready for Takeoff
    20. An Offer She Just Can't Refuse
    21. Season 13 Launch Trailer
    22. Friends Like These Chapter 6 - "Deal With the Devil"
    23. Kill Code: A Thief's Bane
    24. Stories from the Outlands - Kill Code
    25. Neon Network Collection Event Neon Network Collection Event - "Kill Code Interlude 1"
    26. 26.0 26.1 Stories from the Outlands - Kill Code Part 3
    27. Stories from the Outlands - Kill Code: A Life for a Life
    28. Stories from the Outlands - Kill Code Part 4
    29. Apex Legends News on Twitter
    30. Erika Ishii Interview | Valkyrie Apex Legends! Season 9 NEW LEGEND
    31. Erika Ishii Interview | Valkyrie Apex Legends! Season 9 NEW LEGEND
    32. ashsmashreed comments on Official Apex Legends: Legacy Update AMA with the Respawn Team
    33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Apex Legends: The Official Cookbook
    34. Moy Parra on Twitter