Most Used Weapons in VALORANT Competitive Matches [Updated]

Tahmid Shihab Murshed
By Tahmid Shihab Murshed
6 Min Read
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Are you eager to know about the current top five weapons in the VALORANT? Then buckle up as we look at the weapons with the most kills in the Ranked matches.

Riot Games entered the FPS scene with their strategic shooter hit, VALORANT. Since its release, the 5v5 shooter has become one of the most-played FPS titles. Currently, the game is available in six regions worldwide.

VALORANT’s core mechanics are a mixture of Overwatch and CS:GO. Players use Agent abilities alongside weapons to dominate in VALORANT. Although abilities are a significant aspect of VALORANT, weapons remain the absolute difference-maker.

The most played mode in VALORANT is competitive, thanks to its rich esports scene. The weapons used in Competitive or Ranked mode differ slightly from those used in Unrated mode. So, let’s look at the top 5 weapons in the VALORANT Competitive.

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How Many Weapons are There in VALORANT?

Since VALORANT’s launch, the game has had a total of 18 weapons. These weapons are categorically placed in classes such as Sidearms and Primary weapons. Sidearms are pistols, while Primary weapons include SMGs, shotguns, rifles, sniper rifles, and machine guns.

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Top 5 Weapons in Ranked

In this section, we’ll list the 5 weapons that are currently the most popular among the players. And this is not our opinion. We retrieved the data from Valorbuff, which is a website that collects accurate data from a huge VALORANT playerbase. There might be a small discrepancy between the exact data from Riot Games and this one. However, the difference will not be big. In any case, here are the most used weapons in VALORANT:

5. Classic

The good old Classic is one of the most popular sidearms simply due to its efficiency compared to its price. Moreover, it is the only free gun in the game, and all players in a match have access to it as the starting default sidearm. In September, almost 3.9% of total kills were made with the Classic.

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4. Ghost

Aside from the free Classic, the silenced pistol Ghost is the best weapon for Pistol rounds. With a price of 500 credits, the Ghost has excellent headshot damage. The Ghost has contributed to 6.9% of total kills in the last 30 days in VALORANT Competitive.

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3. Spectre

The king of run and gun, Spectre is the most used SMG in VALORANT Competitive across all skill divisions. It has an excellent fire rate and decent damage output. However, the damage falloff of the Spectre makes it a weak choice for long-range gunfights.

With a cost of 1600 credits, the Spectre has contributed to 7.5% of total kills in the last 30 days. The Spectre remains the best SMG in eco-rounds.

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2. Phantom

The Phantom is the silenced Rifle with one of the best fire rates in the game. However, the 140 headshot damage makes it weaker than its counterpart, Vandal. Coming in at 2900 credits, the Phantom contributed 13.7% of total kills in September’s VALORANT Ranked matches.

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1. Vandal

The one-tap machine Vandal, or the AK of VALORANT, is the most powerful weapon in the game. The whole community loves the gun due to its rewarding one-shot ability. Moreover, the 160 headshot damage gives it a triumph over its rifle counterpart, the Phantom.

Coming in at the same price of 2900 credits, the Vandal has contributed 46.3% of total kills in VALORANT Ranked mode in the last 30 days. The total kill percentage of the Vandal is miles ahead of every other weapon in the game.

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Take this with a grain of salt, as the data above has been acquired from Valorbuff, so it might not be considered 100% accurate. However, Valorbuff uses a huge sample size. So, it is the most reliable data we currently have.

The top 5 weapons in VALORANT have been directly influenced by the leading pro players and the whole player base since the game’s launch. Aside from these weapons, honorable mentions go to the Odin and Judge, which are mainly seen as the top weapons in the lower-skill divisions of VALORANT Competitive.

Tahmid Shihab Murshed is an FPS writer at GameRiv. Born with a knack for gaming, he has played all types of games out there. He has a heartfelt love for Call of Duty, and other shooter titles out there.