How to use the Phantom: Valorant weapon guide

Published: 21/Dec/2020 17:25 Updated: 21/Dec/2020 17:26

by Brad Norton


The Phantom is one of two 2,900 Credit rifles in Valorant and has become one of the game’s most popular. Here’s a full breakdown on everything there is to know about the weapon.

If you’re playing the long-range battle in Valorant but want more flexibility than any Sniper can afford, Rifles are the weapon for you. Of all 17 weapons, there are only four rifles, two of which can be fired full-auto while aiming down the sights.

You can click heads and expect rapid kills with the Phantom, as it happens to be one of the most effective guns in the game.

There’s a ton of versatility in this gun for lurkers and smoke criminals. Here’s an in-depth rundown on every detail so that you can master the Phantom.

What is the Phantom?

The Phantom is one of four Rifle-type weapons in Valorant. Priced at 2,900 Creds, it’s a powerful and fast-firing gun perfect for any mid-to-long-range engagements.

It can be an effective tool when playing passively at a Spike-site or when playing aggressively on attacking rounds. At the exact same price as the Vandal, this Rifle offers more controllable recoil at the cost of a slight damage dropoff.

Phantom’s damage stats

As one of the most powerful weapons in the game, the Phantom can quickly take down the opposition. Though there is an extreme gap between headshot damage, and regular body damage.

For typical mid-range engagements, you’ll be dealing 140 damage with each critical tap to the dome. In comparison, only 35 damage will go through for shots that hit the body.

There’s also a considerable decline in damage as you get further away from your targets. It’s definitely worth keeping in mind that 156 headshot damage up close, doesn’t translate from afar.

30 rounds come in each magazine and the weapon has a solid fire rate at 11 bullets per second. Aiming down the sights with the Phantom’s Alt. Fire will dip that rate to only 9.9 shots per second, however. If you’re peaking at a long-range, aiming is beneficial, though you should typically look for primary fire kills where possible.

Phantom’s spray pattern

The Phantom has some pretty extreme kickback when firing in long bursts. Immediately upon sending out your first shot the weapon will rise. Your reticle will continue to elevate until about one second into the spray. It’s here that the Rifle begins to dip from left to right on repeat, similar to the Spectre.

Bullets will fire considerably above the placement of your reticle with the Phantom. As a result, you’ll need to lower your mouse quite drastically as you continue to fire. Muscle memory will play a huge role here as you grow familiar with the pattern.

Immediately upon firing, try to glide your mouse down slightly in sync with the Phantom’s kickback. Once you’re at the full height of the recoil, it’s typically ideal to stop your fire and reset the spray pattern entirely. Short, controlled bursts will help you find picks, not prolonged and unchecked sprays.

When to buy the Phantom

At 2,900 Creds, the Phantom certainly isn’t the cheapest weapon in Valorant. But it’s priced this high because it packs one hell of a punch. You shouldn’t be aiming to full-buy and kit yourself out with this Rifle on the second round. Saving Creds until you can comfortably afford the loadout is a far more effective long-term play.

The weapon shouldn’t come at the expense of armor or abilities. If you’re unsure you’ll be able to buy the Phantom multiple rounds in a row, stick to a cheaper alternative until your economy blossoms. Once you’re deep into a match with thousands of Creds at your disposal, that’s when you can comfortably afford to full-buy and run with a Phantom.

Best Agent to use the Phantom

Holding mid to long-range sightlines with Sentinel or Controller Agents can be bolstered by the Phantom. If you’re holding down various chokepoints as Cypher or Brimstone, for instance, a quick peek out of your camera or a look through your smoke could swing a round. A few rapid taps of the Phantom and you can safely go back to your defensive position.

Being a Rifle, the Phantom fits well with essentially every Agent in the game, however. Whether you’re playing slow or on the flank, it’s going to be a reliable tool for the job no matter what. 

Phantom tactics

One of the major upsides of choosing the Phantom is just how quiet the weapon is. Flanking with this Rifle gives you the freedom to find a pick and then hurry to a new location. All without much fear of giving away your position with gunfire that can be heard cross-map.

Try to pick your engagements, focus on maintaining controlled bursts of fire, rather than holding down the trigger. Also, remember to aim towards the upper-chest and control the glide of your mouse as its spray pattern kicks in.

If you take all of this information with you into your next games, you’ll have a far better understanding of when and how to use the Phantom.


Valorant Champions Tour NA Stage 1 dates announced

Published: 19/Jan/2021 19:34

by Alan Bernal


The schedule for Stage 1 of the Valorant Champions Tour has been announced for North America, putting every team in the region on notice for the first full year of Riot’s inaugural esport circuit.

Partnering with proven First Strike operators, Nerd Street Gamers (NSG), as official producers for Stage 1, the upcoming online Challengers Weekends through to the completion of the Masters stage will officially start the climb to December’s Valorant Champions.

Every week in the opening month ends with alternating opened and closed qualifiers in the Challengers Weekend series that will systematically fill up the Masters stage contestants.

For more information on the overall structure of the Valorant Champions Tour, we’ve got a complete guide filled with breakdowns of how many teams will be able to go through in each stage.

Valorant Champions Tour Stage 1 dates and schedule

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The climb to the Valorant Champions stage officially begins January 27th.

Riot has announced when NA’s best can start climbing the ladder at the tail end of January through a mix of open and closed qualifiers.

  • Challengers Weekend 1
    • Open Qualifiers: January 27 – 31
    • Closed Qualifiers: February 4 – 7
  • Challengers Weekend 2
    • Open Qualifiers: February 10 – 14
    • Closed Qualifiers: February 18 – 21
  • Challengers Weekend 3
    • Open Qualifiers: February 24 – 28
    • Closed Qualifiers: March 4 – 7
  • Masters Stage 1
    • Mar 13 – Mar 14
    • March 19 – 21

There are a total of three Challengers Weekend that will lead into Spring’s Masters Stage. Starting on January 27, eight teams who’ve proven their worth in the open qualifiers.

Then the best eight teams of them all will make it into the Challenger Final, to play for “prizing and qualification slots into the next Masters event.”

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Riot Games
Riot outlined how teams can expect to advance through the qualifiers.

For a lot of teams, the greatest challenge will be navigating the online tournaments as we can expect the occasional hiccups across different weekends. NSG has been one of the more dynamic tournament operators throughout First Strike, so hopefully it goes without a hitch.

128 teams will battle for supremacy in the first Open Qualifier. The top eight teams will move on to the first closed qualifier on February 4th-7th. After that, the top four teams from the first Challengers Closed Qualifier will move on to the second Challengers Closed Qualifiers to fight for a spot in the Champions Tour.

To stay locked with every stage as it happens, keep up with Dexerto’s Valorant Champions Tour coverage and our @ValorantUpdates account.