By Emily Barnes
Valorant is an exciting new game with solid potential to have a significant esports following with players already being signed to play on professional teams. Even Sinatraa, the MVP of the Overwatch League in 2019, has retired from competitive Overwatch to play Valorant for the Sentinels. Valorant is a 5v5 first-person shooter game with similar elements to both Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch, attracting many of the players from both games.
If you’re lucky enough to have snagged a beta key for Valorant, keep reading to catch up on the top ten guns currently in the game. These weapons are definitely worth saving for, and if you can hit your shots, all can do some significant damage to your enemies. If you enjoy this list, check out our list for the Top 10 Fundamental Valorant Tips for Beginners.
The first weapon on this list is a fully automatic heavy type weapon. The Odin has the largest magazine in the game at 100 rounds. Valorant weapon’s bullets can penetrate through walls, and the Odin does large amounts of wall penetration. If your enemies are hiding behind a box or any wall you can still do damage to them if you know where they are. The Odin shoots at a fire rate of 12 to 15.6 rounds per second, and headshots can do up to 95 damage at close range. Being quite pricey, the Odin can be bought for 3,200 creds, so you better do some saving for the first few rounds if you want to get it early on.
Next on the list is the full-automatic SMG called the Stinger which is a decent weapon but not extremely powerful. What it lacks in power it makes up for affordability since it can be bought for 1,000 creds, which most players will be able to afford at the start of each round. If you can afford better definitely go with better, but the Stinger will do its job. The Stinger has a magazine of 20 rounds, low wall penetration potential, and fires for 18 rounds per second. Headshots can do up to 67 damage, body shots do up to 27, and leg shots can do up to 23 damage.
The Ares could be simply described as a cheaper Odin considering they are both fully automatic heavy weapons. However, the Ares has a lower magazine capacity of 50 rounds. The Ares shoots at a fire rate of 10-13 rounds per second and similarly to the Odin has very high wall penetration. While it doesn’t do a ton of damage, The Ares, has a headshot damage of 72, body damage of 30, and leg damage of 25. Being able to purchase the Ares for 1,700 creds makes it a more affordable choice, especially compared to the Odin. With all this in mind, this weapon is a good pick only when your low on creds!
The seventh weapon on this list is the Guardian, the only semi-automatic rifle in the game. The Guardian fires at a rate of 6.5 rounds per second, has a magazine capacity of 12 rounds and has medium wall penetration. Whether your attacking or defending The Guardian is a great pick considering it’s available for 2,700 creds and does significant amounts of damage. If you can hit headshots you will love this weapon considering it hits headshots for 195 damage. Body shots do 65 damage and Leg shots do 49 damage. Even if you don’t hit headshots every time you can rely on the Guardian to be deadly.
The Marshal is the first sniper weapon to make it in the top ten weapons, and when you read you will see why. A one-shot kill weapon, the Marshal’s headshots do 202 damage, guaranteeing a kill every time. The body shots with this weapon do 101 damage and leg shots do 85 damage. The Marshal’s fire rate is 1.5 rounds per second, the magazine capacity is 5, and the zoom mode is 2.5x. This sniper is also great considering it only costs 1,100 creds, making it affordable in almost every round.
The Sheriff is the most unique weapon as it is only a sidearm secondary weapon to make it on the list. A very inexpensive semi-automatic weapon, the Sheriff costs 800 credits and brings with its high wall penetration, a magazine capacity of 6 bullets, and a fire rate of 4 rounds per second. Up close shots(0-30m) do the following damage: headshots at 160 damage, leg shots at 47 damage, and body shots at 55 damage. At a 30-50m distance, the weapon still does high amounts of damage at 145 for headshots, body shots for 50, and leg shots for 43 damage.
The Spectre is a submachine gun that costs 1,600 credits. Paired with 13.33 rounds per second fire rate and a magazine capacity of 30, the Spectre is definitely one of the most affordable and best weapons in the game. The Spectre has medium wall penetration and does 78 headshot damage, 22 leg damage, and 26 body damage. If you start a round short on credits, the Spectre makes for a great choice and can be very effective if in the right hands.
The number three spot on this list is very similar to the Marshal as it is one of the few snipers available to play in Valorant. The Operator is the most expensive weapon yet costing 4,500 creds. The Operator has high wall penetration, a magazine capacity of five bullets, and shoots at 0.75 rounds per second. This sniper has a dual-zoom mode which allows 2.5x zoom or 5x zoom, and this weapon does insane amounts of damage. Headshots do 255 damage, body shots do 150 damage, and leg shots do 127 damage. This weapon is slow but when you hit your enemies the Operator will be lethal.
The Phantom is a full-automatic assault rifle with a silencer and above-average accuracy. This weapon has a fire rate of 11 rounds per second, medium wall penetration, and a magazine capacity of 30 rounds. This weapon truly works well on both defense and attack as it does significant amounts of damage no matter if you are 0 meters away or 50. Up close shots do the following damage: 156 damage for headshots, 39 for body shots, and 33 damage for leg shots.
The number one weapon on this list is a personal favorite of mine, the Vandal. Going for 2,900 creds, the Vandal is a fully automatic rifle that can be closely compared to the Phantom. The Vandal has medium wall penetration, a magazine capacity of 25 bullets, and fires at 9.25 rounds per second. This rifle also aims at 1.25x zoom and does 156 damage for headshots, 39 for body shots, and 33 for leg shots.
Valorant is definitely going to be a huge part of 2020 with the full release coming this summer. Learning how to play a new game can be intimidating, but being able to play in beta is a great place to start. There are so many abilities, new maps, and game mechanics that players will have to understand to do well in Valorant. We encourage you to keep checking out our lists as new content and changes are bound to come to Valorant!