Best VALORANT Weapon Guide. VALORANT has a lot of weapons. All of them are viable, only a few are the must-haves, and the rest I’d argue are highly situational. In most instances, you’ll gravitate towards your favourites, based on your play-style preference.

Weapon Overview

In total, there are 17 weapons in VALORANT.

  • 5 Pistols
  • 2 SMGs
  • 2 Shotguns
  • 4 Rifles
  • 2 Snipers
  • 2 Heavy weapons

You can carry 2 weapons at any time (Pistol and Primary) as well as wield your knife. Players are free to drop their weapons, to pickup another, throughout the course of a match. All weapons that you’ve purchased will be lost on death, but you’ll always have a the default pistol.

The majority of weapons have an alternative fire, which will either result in a scope, or a burst shot (notably pistols).

Sidearms

Every player starts VALORANT with a sidearm. The default weapon is free, and allows you to buy armor early. In our Best VALORANT Weapon Guide, sidearms are your go-to when on a budget.

The Classic (Free)

Primary Fire:

  • Semi-Automatic
  • Fire Rate: 6.75 rounds/sec

Alt. Fire:

  • 3-Round Burst, spread increase
  • Fire Rate: 2.22 rounds/sec

Damage:

  • Body 26 | Head 78 | Leg 22 0-30m
  • Body 22 | Head 66 | Leg 18 30-50m

Magazine Capacity: 12
Wall Penetration: Low

The Shorty ($200)

A sawn-off shotgun.

Primary Fire:

  • Semi-Automatic
  • Fire Rate: 3.3 rounds per second

Damage: (12 pellets)

  • Body 12 | Head 36 | Leg 10 0-9m
  • Body 8 | Head 24 | Leg 6 9-15m
  • Body 3 | Head 9 | Leg 2 0-9m

Magazine Capacity: 2

Wall Penetration: Low

The Frenzy

A fast-firing pistol, its damage is low but bullet delivery is fast. Spray and pray heaven.

Primary Fire:

  • Full-Automatic
  • Fire Rate: 10 rounds per second

Damage:

  • Body 26 | Head 78 | Leg 22 0-20m
  • Body 21 | Head 63 | Leg 17 20-50m

Magazine Capacity: 13
Wall Penetration: Low

The Ghost $500

The most popular pistol due to its headshot potency, The Ghost kills anyone in one hit (headshot) if you’re firing from under 20 meters.

Primary Fire:

  • Semi-Automatic
  • Fire Rate: 6.75 rounds/sec

Damage:

  • Body 30 | Head 105 | Leg 26 0-20m
  • Body 25 | Head 68 | Leg 21 30-50m

Magazine Capacity: 15
Wall Penetration: Medium

The Sheriff ($800)

The equivalent of CS:GO’s Desert Eagle, it packs a punch. Massive body and headshot damage, it’s the most expensive and powerful pistol. There’s no alternative fire,

Primary Fire:

  • Semi-Automatic
  • Fire Rate: 4 rounds/sec

:Damage:

  • Body 55 | Head 160 | Leg 47 0-30m
  • Body 50 | Head 145 | Leg 43 20-50m

Magazine Capacity: 6
Wall Penetration: High

SMGs

Affordable mid-round weaponry that’s potent and not too expensive. They’re fast firing, but often low on damage.

The Stinger ($1000)

Primary Fire:

  • Full-Automatic
  • Fire Rate: 18 rounds/sec

Alt. Fire:

  • Zoom Mode (1.15x) 4-Round Burst, spread reduction
  • Fire Rate: 4 rounds/sec

Damage:

  • Body 27 | Head 67 | Leg 23 0-20m
  • Body 25 | Head 62 | Leg 21 20-50m

Magazine Capacity: 20
Wall Penetration: Low

The Spectre ($1600)


A fast firing SMG that’s reminiscent of the MP5 from CS:GO. Cheap, capable, but poor at medium to long range. Ideal in close-quarter situations when you’re saving.

Primary Fire:

  • Full-Automatic
  • Fire Rate: 13.33 rounds/sec

Alt. Fire:

  • Zoom Mode (1.15x), slight spread reduction
  • Fire Rate: 12 rounds/sec

Damage:

  • Body 26 | Head 78 | Leg 22 0-20m
  • Body 22 | Head 66 | Leg 18 20-50m

Magazine Capacity: 30
Wall Penetration: Medium

Rifles

The most commonly used weapon set, Rifles pack a punch, are accurate, and house two of the strongest weapons in the game.

The Bulldog $2100

A fully automatic rifle when you aren’t using scope, it switches to burst when you are. It’s really good in general, and we still see many players use it for a cheap, effective set of multiple rounds. Definitely one to pursue if you don’t enjoy using the Spectre. A good weapon in our Best VALORANT Weapon Guide.

Primary Fire:

  • Full-Automatic
  • Fire Rate: 9.15 rounds/sec

Alt. Fire:

  • Zoom Mode (1.25x), 3-Round Burst
  • Fire Rate: 4 rounds/sec

Damage:

  • Body 35 | Head 116 | Leg 30 0-50m

Magazine Capacity: 24
Wall Penetration: Medium

The Guardian ($2700)

Requiring pinpoint accuracy but without a scope, the Guardian packs a massive punch, and works exceptionally well from a distance: not so much close up.

Primary Fire:

  • Semi-Automatic
  • Fire Rate: 6.5 rounds/sec

Alt. Fire:

  • Zoom Mode (1.5x), slight spread reduction
  • Fire Rate: 6.5 rounds/sec

Damage:

  • Body 65 | Head 195 | Leg 49 0-50m

Magazine Capacity: 12
Wall Penetration: Medium

The Phantom ($2900)

Primary Fire:

  • Full-Automatic
  • Fire Rate: 11 rounds/sec

Alt. Fire:

  • Zoom Mode (1.25x), slight spread reduction
  • Fire Rate: 9.9 rounds/sec

Damage:

  • Body 39 | Head 156 | Leg 33 0-15m
  • Body 35 | Head 140 | Leg 30 15-30m
  • Body 31 | Head 124 | Leg 26 30-50m

Magazine Capacity: 30
Wall Penetration: Medium

The Vandal ($2900)

Best VALORANT Weapon Guide

Similar to the AK47 from CS:GO, the Vandal is a popular choice. Aggressive and eratic in its spread, it’s also incredible at popping heads from distance. High damage, a slower rate of fire than the Phantom, but packing a punch.

Primary Fire:

  • Full-Automatic
  • Fire Rate: 11 rounds/sec

Alt. Fire:

  • Zoom Mode (1.25x), slight spread reduction
  • Fire Rate: 9.9 rounds/sec

Damage:

  • Body 39 | Head 156 | Leg 33 0-15m
  • Body 35 | Head 140 | Leg 30 20-50m
  • Body 31 | Head 124 | Leg 26 30-50m

Magazine Capacity: 30
Wall Penetration: Medium

Sniper Rifles

There’s plenty of long routes in all VALORANT maps,

The Marshall $1100

Best VALORANT Weapon Guide

The equivalent of the Scout, the Marshall is a cheap sniper rifle that’s effective early game.

Primary Fire:

  • Semi-Automatic
  • Fire Rate: 1.5 rounds/sec

Alt. Fire:

  • Zoom Mode (2.5x), slight spread reduction
  • Fire Rate: 1.2 rounds/sec

Damage:

  • Body 101 | Head 202 | Leg 85 0-50m

Magazine Capacity: 5
Wall Penetration: Medium

The Operator ($4500)

The AWP of the Valorant world. Expect one-shot kills from any range, even point-blank. Used on long routes (in fact, just about anywhere), it’ll blow you up.

Primary Fire:

  • Semi-Automatic
  • Fire Rate: 0.75 rounds/sec

Alt. Fire:

  • Dual-Zoom Mode (2.5x, 5x), significant spread reduction
  • Fire Rate: 0.75 rounds/sec

Damage:

  • Body 150 | Head 255 | Leg 127 0-50m

Magazine Capacity: 5
Wall Penetration: High

Shotguns

Low cost and amazing within close-quarter environments, all of the Shotguns are solid, cheap weapons that are fantastic during early rounds.

The Bucky ($800)

Best VALORANT Weapon Guide

Pretty much a one-shot kill if you’re up close and personal. Slow to reload, but almost always a kill, with a high chance of headshots.

Primary Fire:

  • Semi-Automatic
  • Fire Rate: N/A

Alt. Fire:

  • N/A

Damage:

  • Body N/A | Head N/A | Leg N/A 0-15m
  • Body N/A | Head N/A | Leg N/A 20-50m
  • Body N/A | Head N/A | Leg N/A 30-50m

Magazine Capacity: N/A
Wall Penetration: N/A

The Judge ($1500)

Best VALORANT Weapon Guide

A drum magazine shotgun with fairly rapid fire, the Judge packs a punch and will pretty much floor anyone it hits. More forgiving than the Bucky due to its RoF, it’s still a close-quarters only weapon.

Primary Fire:

  • Full-Automatic
  • Fire Rate: 3.5 rounds/sec

Damage:

  • Body 17 | Head 34 | Leg 14 0-10m
  • Body 13 | Head 26 | Leg 11 20-50m
  • Body 10 | Head 20 | Leg 9 30-50m

Magazine Capacity: 7
Wall Penetration: Medium

Heavys

Heavy weapons in VALORANT do exactly what you expect. They blow through magazines, for massive damage. Particularly good at bursting through cover,

Ares ($1700)

Best VALORANT Weapon Guide

Fairly difficult to control, with a challenging spread, the Ares packs a punch and is a cheap alternative to the Odin. Its rate of fire increases as you shoot, making it terrifying at maximum speed. A personal favorite of mine, and a good choice in our Best VALORANT Weapon Guide.

Primary Fire:

  • Full-Automatic
  • Fire Rate: 10 to 13 rounds/sec (increasing during fire)

Alt. Fire:

  • Zoom Mode (1.25x), slight spread reduction
  • Fire Rate: 10 to 13 rounds/sec (increasing during fire)

Damage:

  • Body 30 | Head 72 | Leg 25 0-30m
  • Body 28 | Head 67 | Leg 23 30-50m

Magazine Capacity: 50
Wall Penetration: High

Odin ($3200)

Best VALORANT Weapon Guide

The beast of the heavy weapon category, the Odin can rip through anyone and everything. Expensive it, but often worth it if you’ve cash to splash.

Primary Fire:

  • Full-Automatic
  • Fire Rate: 12 to 15.6 rounds/sec (increasing during fire)

Alt. Fire:

  • Zoom Mode (1.25x), slight spread reduction
  • Fire Rate: 15.6 rounds/sec

Damage:

  • Body 38 | Head 95 | Leg 32 0-30m
  • Body 31 | Head 77 | Leg 26 30-50m

Magazine Capacity:100
Wall Penetration: High

Spray Patterns

Best Weapons

In terms of Best VALORANT Weapon, there’s no question when it comes to the Sniper Rifle: it’s the Operator. Expensive, accurate, deadly, it can pretty much one-shot anyone, with headshots dealing 255 damage.

When it comes to Rifles, however, that’s a much fiercer debate. The Phantom and Vandal are, in terms of attributes, identical. They feel and fire very differently, though. The Phantom is effectively a much stronger Spectre. It hits harder, has a similar spray pattern, and a high rate of fire. It doesn’t excel at headshots. 

In contrast, the Vandal acts like an AK. It kicks hard, has pin-point accuracy with one bullet, but jerks like a mule when spraying. It’s amazing for popping off if you can repeatedly tap the single fire.

So what’s the TL: DR?

  • Like sniping? Always aim for the Operator. If you can’t afford it, grab a Marshall.
  • Like high rates of fire and mid range combat? Grab the Phantom.
  • Like pin-point headshots, and high mid range damage? Pickup the Vandal.

Disagree with our thoughts on the Best VALORANT Weapon Guide? Let us know in the comments.

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