In our Valorant tier list of guns, we have ranked every gun based on their strength. We present only the ones we found based on the S- and A-tier - the ones below are either very situational or not cost-effective. With S-tier, weapons have an optimal cost to effectiveness ratio. Valorant guns also include the Tactical Knife, but naturally we didn’t rate joke items like the snowball launcher.
Valorant’s unique gameplay feature relies on getting credits for effective gameplay and stunts. Better weapons let you achieve more and purchase better weapons in the next round. This means that you should choose guns that are comfortable to your gameplay and ones you can achieve the most with. If this is your first encounter with this shooter, don’t be afraid to experiment and try out different guns and tactics!
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Valorant Tier List of guns!
Vandal, Phantom, Spectre, Sheriff
Operator, Judge, Odin
Marshal, Classic, Ghost, Bucky
Stingeer, Guardian, Ares
Frenzy, Bulldog, Shorty, Knife
S-tier guns - our favorites
Phantom assault rifle
This is the “fast” assault rifle, with high fire rate, large magazine, silenced and accurate. It’s a consistent reliable choice, not just for the novices who are just familiarizing themselves with games like Valorant. Tier list reflects this.
Vandal assault rifle
Vandal has a slower fire rate and a smaller magazine, so what makes it qualify for the “best gun in Valorant” title? Or course, it’s its high damage. In a pinch, it can one-shot-kill an enemy if you manage to score a headshot (which is why many players don’t recommend dedicated sniper rifles).
This is “just” a pistol, but one that deals the most damage and at a short distance can also one-shot an enemy with a good headshot. Its bullet penetration allows you to secure kills from behind the cover (which bring in the extra credits!). It’s great as a supplemental weapon to other Valorant guns, like assault rifles or SMG.
Spectre doesn’t deal a lot of damage, but it’s the best SMG in the game. It is far more accurate than Stinger and has a higher magazine capacity. Sure, it eats up ammo, but SMG ammuniton is plentiful, unlike the one for assault rifles. If you want to shoot and loot, Spectre might be the best gun in Valorant for you!
A-tier Valorant guns - solid choices
Operator Sniper Rifle
Sniper rifles require great skill and Operator is quite expensive - which is why it isn’t the best gun in Valorant. But definitely it’s one of the best sniper rifles out there. This is your basic tool for Breeze, Fracture and Icebox due to wide spaces on these maps. However, it takes a while to take a good stealthy shot.
Judge on paper seems like it has low damage - but it’s a fully automatic shotgun that’s extremely effective at close range. Once you start firing, the enemy can’t answer back. It’s aggressive and works well in crowded, indoor maps in Valorant. Gun tier lists shouldn’t be that situational.
Odin Machine Gun
It’s fun to be the heavy weapons guy - but Odin is strategically difficult to deploy. It deals a lot of damage, has high DPS and a huge magazine… but the main use of heavy machine guns is not direct elimination, but suppressing enemies and all penetration. This is spray and pray even more than Spectre!
B-tier Valorant guns - not exactly balanced
Marshal Sniper Rifle
Cost: 900 credits
Like Operator, but worse. Unlike with Operator, you can get instakills only through headshots. You need long hours to practice your sniping skills with this Valorant gun… and once you get better with them, you should switch to Operator as soon as you can afford it.
The “default” pistol would be easy enough for any player to fall back on but Sheriff is cost-effective. If you find yourself good with pistols and similar Valorant guns, hold on to Classic and upgrade to Judge or Sheriff.
This is a powerful fully automatic pistol dealing high damage - which is a great choice in pistol rounds, especially when players are unarmored. If possible, most people pick Sheriff, though.
A semi-automatic shotgun… that got seriously nerfed. It used to have an excellent knockback secondary, but now it just a good short-range surprise tool. Sheriff is better at short range.