Valorant tips and tricks for Riot’s hardcore tactical shooter

Riot Games’ new tactical shooter Valorant is finally available, which means it’s time to put together some quick and easy Valorant tips.

Our tips here include a super quick rundown of the absolute basics for beginners, as well as a good handful of more intermediate, advanced, or just a little bit sophisticated tips for players coming from CS:GO, or those who got familiar with Valorant a via beta version. – Hopefully you still find it useful.

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Looking for more tips? We’ve got recommendations for the best Valorant weapons and damage stats, plus a Valorant Agent tier list.

Valorant Tips: The Basics Explained for Beginners and New Players

1. As a general rule, always walk while holding down the Shift key. It silences your footsteps and makes it much harder for the other team to know where you are and what you are doing. Save the run for the start of the game, in case of emergency, or when you know for sure you’re far enough away not to be heard.

2. Shooting is more accurate when stopped. As soon as you move, the cursor widens; If you are moving and the enemy is still, you will always lose the fight.

Target practice exists for a reason: it’s worth taking the time to use!

3. You can only go so far if you master only weapons or only skills. The best players will master both and know how to combine them.

4. Learn location names: Even if you avoid voice chat, which is totally understandable, being able to quickly point out locations in text chat (and understand what teammates mean when they do the same!) can make a difference.

5. Communicate, coordinate and work together. That means doing the basics, like making sure all lanes are covered by at least one of your players when you defend, but also the more advanced stuff. Learn how to provoke opponents, fake attacks, rotate, and try to get your team to do the same if you can. Good team play can make up for poor aim.

6. Sound is very important. Listen to the footsteps and think about where they come from and where they are going. There’s no excuse for a player to run noisily after you and still catch you off guard!

Bonus tip: Take the time to set up your communication options at the start of the match. If you don’t want to use your voice, you don’t have to; Don’t be afraid to mute the players or just turn everything off.

Valorant Tips: More Advanced Tips to Give You an Edge

7. When shooting, try not to stand still but crouch after the first shot. This helps for two reasons: The recoil of the gun means that the bullets will tend to end up higher and higher with each consecutive shot. So if your enemy is shooting at you, crouching makes it harder for them to maintain their shots because the recoil makes their aim higher. Likewise, it lowers your character as you shoot, basically helping you manage recoil and keeping your aim low enough to land.

8. Use the shooting range and training facilities – it’s worth it! Try to beat your personal best in the timed shooting practice round. Aim for 30+ kills in the time limit and keep going. Good quick aim is half the battle and will make the difference in most low to mid level games.

9. Choose the weapon for your role. If you go “long”, to a long line of sight alley on the side of the map, taking an SMG probably won’t be very useful because you’ll face a sniper on the other end. That is, unless you’re looking to quickly close the gap on someone like Jett, which could be a great counter. Likewise, choose close-range weapons if you’re heading into smaller, more confined spaces.

Similar to target practice, use the practice arena to play with skills. It goes without saying, but make sure you know an agent properly before you start using them in competitive actions.

10. Learn which weapons can shoot through which walls. Some walls seem impenetrable, but in reality they are not, especially if you have a heavy enough weapon, such as the Odin LMG. If you know someone is hiding behind a wall, this can be a great way to take them out when you think they’re safe.

11. Always plant the spike! Even if you eliminate the enemy team and are about to get automatic victory in the round anyway, plant it, and as quickly as possible. Your team receives extra money for successfully planting the spike, and that little extra money can make all the difference.

12. Keep the aiming point at head height at all times; Even if you are looking at a distant, elevated window, try to place your crosshairs as close as possible to where a head would be in that window before looking. This makes a dramatic difference in your aim!

13. Think about the economy: if you lose one round, you won’t have much money for the next, so even if you buy weapons in that second round, they won’t be as good. It is often best to spend as little as possible (“econ”) the round after a loss, so that in the next round you will be guaranteed the money to level the playing field. Try talking to your team and everyone will be okay with this too!

14. When attacking in a single group, make sure there is always one player protecting your flank or rear. Let’s say you’re attacking A, it’s very easy for enemies located at B or C to sneak in to surprise you, once they realize you’re at A, so keep someone in the rear and make sure they communicate if the flank is close.

15. The spike takes 4 seconds to plant, 45 seconds to detonate, and 7 seconds to deactivate. The final and fastest beeps start when you have 5 seconds left, the second fastest beeps start with 10 seconds left, so you must start deactivating within 2 or 3 seconds of the second to last beep phase to have a chance to deactivate . he! (Incredibly helpful tip via lunepassage on Reddit.)

16. If you know you can’t defuse the bomb, it’s completely okay to run away and save your equipment and money for the next round. Let’s say you’re the last attacker standing and there are 5 defenders still alive, with 30 seconds left on the clock, it’s better to just run, hide and save money than to give them a free kill and more money themselves.

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Valorant is here! Our handy Valorant tips and tricks page is a great place to start. Otherwise, check out the Season One Battle Pass skins and our Valorant Agent Tier List and list of the best Valorant weapons to help you rise through the ranks. If you are seeking technical advice, make sure you meet the required, minimum, recommended, and high-level specifications and know how to resolve any Valorant error codes.

17. Double-looking, or “re-looking,” is especially dangerous in Valorant because there is no “looker’s advantage,” nor a lag that favors the looker. So if a sniper knows you’re behind a wall and is sitting there waiting for you to come back out, it’s better to just find another route than to keep trying to look again. Really, the only reason you should stay there is to bait the sniper while your teammates flank elsewhere.

18. Objects can go through teleporters – cool to know! You can cast abilities and the like via teleporters which will also activate doors opening on the other side, which can wreak major havoc if timed correctly. (Source: jackattack99 on reddit)

19. Be kind! Please. After all, studies show that teams with toxic players are significantly less likely to win the game.

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