The 10 Best Classic Skins in VALORANT 2023

Ashraful Abedin
By Ashraful Abedin
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The Classic skins have always been the favorite of almost all VALORANT players, Casual and Professional alike. Here, we’ll be ranking our top ten favorite Classic skins in VALORANT.

The Classic is the starting pistol in VALORANT. It is a basic weapon and is free for players at the start of each round. It is mostly used in pistol rounds and eco rounds. It takes 2 shots to the head to kill an enemy with this weapon. But the Classic has a deadly surprise up its sleeve: the ability to shoot a 3-round spread with its alternate fire. This makes it a popular choice to 1-shot enemies at close range, even those with full armor.

Skins in VALORANT are merely decorative and do not offer any real in-game advantages vs. the default skin. Although compared to other games like CS2, which only offer recolors of the same exact weapon, the devs at Riot went a bit overboard with the skins in VALORANT as they completely altered the look of the weapon, added special VFX, GFX, and one skin turns your weapon into a literal dragon!

While choosing a good Classic skin for yourself, you should determine if you like the theme of the skins, the looks, the inspect/equip animations, the finisher, and the firing sounds. Unlike other games like CS2, which has individual pricing for skins, the skins in VALORANT come at a fixed price, depending on their collection. Select Edition skins cost 875vp, while Premium and Exclusive Edition skins cost 1775vp and 2175vp, respectively.

How Many Classic Skins Are There?

As of this writing, there are currently a total of 40 Classic skins available in VALORANT. This includes skins from different skin bundles, Battle Pass, and Agent Gear.

Top 10 Best Classic Skins in VALORANT

Among all the Classic skins released in VALORANT so far, here are the 10 best Classic skins that we’ve picked. While picking the skins, we considered several factors like looks, animations, and VFX. Keep in mind that the price and Edition of the skins are not considered, so, you may notice a less pricey Deluxe Edition skin placed higher than a Premium Edition skin on our list. In any case, here are our 10 best Classic skins in VALORANT, from good to best order.

10. Undercity Classic

10. Undercity Classic skin
CREDIT: RIOT GAMES

The Undercity Classic looks unique for its 3D design. The overall Undercity bundle is designed with neon colored cyberpunk theme. When you inspect the skin, the image creates an illusion of moving all over the skin. Unfortunately, it’s another “Green screen” skin, which is one of the most unpopular ones in the community. On top of that, it costs 1775 VP and includes no VFX, GFX, Finisher, or even color variants.

  • Rarity: Premium Edition
  • Price: 1775 VP
  • How to Buy: Store, Night Market
  • VFX, GFX, Finisher: No
  • Color Variants: No

9. Shimmer Classic

Shimmer Classic
CREDIT: RIOT GAMES

Even among the top skins in this collection, the Shimmer Classic shines out despite being a Select tier skin. The skin looks elegant in your hand, especially in the Gold color Variant. You may feel like holding a chunk of gold with its color and dazzling glitter of gold spread on the upper side of the classic.

  • Rarity: Select Edition
  • Price: Battle Pass
  • How to Buy: Store, Night Market
  • VFX, GFX, Finisher: No
  • Color Variants: No

8. Valorant Go! Vol. 2 Classic

7. Valorant Go! Vol. 2 Classic
CREDIT: RIOT GAMES

The VALORANT Go! bundles bring in weapon skins themed after certain agents in the game. In Vol. 2 of the bundle, a classic skin is included sporting a 3D image of Viper, So if you are a Viper main, this might be the perfect classic skin to show off your agent mastery.

  • Rarity: Exclusive Edition
  • Price: 1775 VP
  • How to Buy: Store, Night Market
  • VFX, GFX, Finisher: No
  • Color Variants: No

7. Gravitational Uranium Neuroblaster Classic

6. Gravitational Uranium Neuroblaster Classic
CREDIT: RIOT GAMES

More like meme skin, the Gravitational Uranium Neuroblaster classic skin is a space-themed skin. If you like Jetson’s theme and have a good sense of humor, you can definitely pick up this skin. It also features VFX, GFX, Finishers, and Color Variants.

  • Rarity: Premium Edition
  • Price: 1775 VP
  • How to Buy: Store, Night Market
  • VFX, GFX, Finisher: Yes
  • Color Variants: Yes

6. Radiant Crisis 001 Classic

5. Radiant Crisis 001 Classic
CREDIT: RIOT GAMES

Sporting a Borderlands vibe, the Radiant Crisis 001 Classic comes with a cartoonish graphic along with captions of its sound like a comic book. It also includes VFX, GFX, and a finisher.

  • Rarity: Premium Edition
  • Price: 1775 VP
  • How to Buy: Store, Night Market
  • VFX, GFX, Finisher: Yes
  • Color Variants: No

5. Forsaken Classic

4. Forsaken Classic
CREDIT: RIOT GAMES

The Evil twin of the Sovereign skins, the Forsaken Classic, takes on an ancient runic appearance filled with dark green magic. It has a Sovereign alternative colorway. So, you can get both good and evil vibes in one skin. It’s like having two skins at a time; even the finishers are different.

  • Rarity: Premium Edition
  • Price: 1775 VP
  • How to Buy: Store, Night Market
  • VFX, GFX, Finisher: Yes
  • Color Variants: Yes

4. Glitchpop Classic

3. Glitchpop Classic
CREDIT: RIOT GAMES

If you’re into Cyberpunk or Neon themes, then the Glitchpop 2.0 Classic is the one for you. Coming in at a bit more expensive price of 2175VP, this futuristic skin has great GFX, VFX, and a sky-wide finisher.

  • Rarity: Exclusive Edition
  • Price: 2175 VP
  • How to Buy: Store, Night Market
  • VFX, GFX, Finisher: Yes
  • Color Variants: Yes

3. RGX 11z Pro

 RGX 11z Pro
CREDIT: RIOT GAMES

The skin’s modern design and the fact that it comes in three different colors make it a popular option among skin collectors. You may upgrade the skin to one of three other levels as well. Nonetheless, the orange shadings, in particular, elevate the skin to the level of a work of art.

  • Rarity: Exclusive Edition
  • Price: 2175 VP
  • How to Buy: Store only
  • VFX, GFX, Finisher: Yes
  • Color Variants: Yes

2. SPECTRUM Classic

2. SPECTRUM Classic
CREDIT: RIOT GAMES

“A collection of weaponized color and sound that elevates the way you experience the game, taking you from a player to a performer” – Zedd on SPECTRUM

The Spectrum line of skins was Valorant’s first collaboration with the artist Zedd, including the SPECTRUM Classic. The Spectrum Classic offers satisfying firing animations, RGB lights, and an insane finisher. Also, did we mention that you can listen to sick tracks by Zedd during the inspect animation?

  • Rarity: Exclusive Edition
  • Price: 2675 VP
  • How to Buy: Store, Night Market
  • VFX, GFX, Finisher: Yes
  • Color Variants: Yes

1. Prime Classic

1. Prime Classic
CREDIT: RIOT GAMES

The Prime Classic is one of the oldest and most coveted skins in VALORANT. Although quite plain in looks compared to the newer skins, the Prime Classic has the most satisfying firing sounds, along with cool GFX and a unique reload animation. You may even feel that the Prime Classic increases your accuracy by a substantial amount, although it is the placebo effect. Regardless, we have the Prime Classic as our #1 Best Classic skin in VALORANT.

  • Rarity: Premium Edition
  • Price: 1775 VP
  • How to Buy: Store, Night Market
  • VFX, GFX, Finisher: Yes
  • Color Variants: Yes

How to Get These Classic Skins?

Classic Skins can be obtained from a variety of sources in VALORANT. To begin, the majority of Classic skins are only available as part of specific skin bundles. For a limited time, these skin bundles are available for purchase at the VALORANT store. You can purchase the entire bundle or just the Sheriff skin for a fraction of the overall bundle price, and the skin will be yours to keep forever.

However, it is understandable if you did not have the opportunity to purchase a specific Classic skin when it was first released. But that doesn’t mean it’s gone for good. The skins appear in your VALORANT store at random after certain time periods. Moreover, every two months, the skins also appear at random in the Night Market. So keep an eye out because your favorite classic skins might be waiting for you at the store or Night market. However, because VALORANT has such a huge selection of weapon skins, it’s unlikely that you’ll find the exact skin you’re looking for there.

So, another way to get Classic skins is using the Battle Passes. VALORANT generally includes three sets of skin collections in a Battle Pass, one of which is a melee. Classic skin is almost certainly in one of these collections. If that’s the case, you’ll have to grind through the Battle Pass tiers to get your hands on the Classic skin of your choosing.

Is it Possible to Get Free Classic Skins?

Yes, it is possible to get free Classic skins in VALORANT. Agent Gear of Sage, Chamber, KAY/O, Raze, and Deadlock offer free Classic skins at Agent Gear tier 10. However, you will be required to use Kingdom Points to unlock these skins.

Raze Pistolinha Classic
Credit-Riot Games

So this wraps up our top 10 Classic skins in VALORANT. Note that, like all lists, this is subjective, and your personal rankings might differ from the ones we have here. You can also take a look at the best skins for other weapons in the game:

Best Phantom Skins | Best Vandal Skins | Best Operator Skins Best Ghost Skins | Best Spectre Skins

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Ashraful "Sparta" Abedin is a Esports writer at GameRiv. He has a rich background as a former professional CS:GO and Overwatch player. Transitioning from the competitive arena to the world of content creation, Sparta has become a pivotal source for gaming enthusiasts seeking the latest FPS news, comprehensive guides, and in-depth coverage of major tournaments, particularly focusing on Valorant and CS:GO. Not confined to FPS titles, Sparta delves into trending single-player AAA games, ensuring a well-rounded perspective on the gaming landscape. Join Ashraful "Sparta" Abedin on the exciting journey through gaming as he crafts informative and engaging content for GameRiv, connecting gamers to the heart of the industry.