Valorant’s Operator is the most expensive weapon in the game, but is it worth it? We break down everything you need to know about the Sniper, so you’re fully equipped when going into battle!
Valorant is complete with weapons from various classifications, to support an array of playstyles. With 17 different guns to choose from in six different categories, what dictates which weapon you should buy?
In this guide, we’ll cover the Operator — detailing exactly why this weapon is worth its weight in gold and giving you all the necessary info needed so you can become Valorant’s ultimate marksman!
What is the Operator?
The Operator is one of two Snipers in Valorant. As the most expensive weapon in the game, you will have to save up your Creds to ensure that you can snag Valorant’s most lethal weapon.
While the Operator dishes out high damage at long-range, the small magazine size and relatively slow fire rate makes it difficult to become accustomed to at first. Although, given just how powerful this weapon is, there’s plenty of reason to adjust your playstyle to suit the scoped rifle.
Operator’s damage stats
Similar to the Vandal, there is no drop-off distance in damage output. So if you hit an enemy in the head from across a Reactor Site or up close, you’re still going to deal 255 damage.
That said, the Operator will reward you for pinpoint accuracy. If you land a shot on the torso (150 damage) or above, you’ll secure the kill. But if you tag an enemy in the leg, you’ll only deal 120 damage.
It’s for this reason that the weapon is very high-risk, high-reward — if you don’t land a shot on the upper body and your opponent is equipped with Heavy Shields (150 HP), you could get caught out by your opponent if they’re a quick draw. Take a look at the Operator’s weapon card below, to better understand the mechanics of the Sniper.
Operator’s hip-fire & movement accuracy
Being a scoped weapon at its core, the Operator’s hip fire is not its forte. Given that your alternative fire (bound to Mouse 2 by default) equips you with a 2.5 and 5x zoom, this should always be your go-to when trying to land a kill.
In the video below, it’s evident that the Operator’s hip-fire accuracy is pretty much non-existent and is entirely random — the further an enemy is away, the greater the spread of bullet displacement. That said, if an enemy literally jams themselves up against the barrel of your gun, a hip-fire kill at point-blank is almost guaranteed.
Right at the beginning of the clip, notice that a small red dot appears in the center of your scope — this is important for all Snipers. This signifies that you’re standing still and will, therefore, have no movement inaccuracy. If you move while trying to fire your shot, it will scatter in the direction of your movement.
When to buy the Operator
Coming in at 4,700 Credits, the Operator is a significant investment for you and your team. With that in mind, this will only be a weapon you want to invest in when your whole team is on a buy round.
When on Attack, the Operator is difficult to utilize to its full potential (due to its movement inaccuracy). On Defense, this weapon really comes into its own, granting players an easy way of holding down key chokepoints — picture holding down A-Main on Split or B-Long on Bind (you’ll often find Snipers posted up in these locations).
Best Agent to use the Operator
With the Operator, your position on the map is key. Leave yourself out in the open or in a predictable spot and you’ll find that your opposite number will bait out your first shot and then swoop in for an easy kill.
However, there’s one Agent that won’t allow you to get a second chance, and that’s Jett. The Korean duelist has become synonymous with the Operator in the early days of Valorant.
The high-powered sniper rifle complements her insane movement abilities. She can get into a good position, take a shot, and instantly reposition, making it impossible to trade her.
Jett’s ultimate is another big factor. If your ulti is available at the start of the round, it means you don’t have to buy a weapon. This means you can save your cash and more easily cough up the 5k Creds needed to buy the Operator.
If Jett isn’t your fancy, then Omen is also decently strong at using the Operator for the same reason. However, he lacks the instant mobility, and can still be shut down.
It goes without saying that while getting picks with the Operator is great, players doing so want to grant themselves the best chance of survival possible… After all, no one wants to flush 4,700 Creds down the drain.
With that in mind, you’ll generally want to adopt a patient playstyle that allows you to sit back and use your range to your advantage.
To avoid being left out in the open, it’s essential that you hug your walls and keep your line-of-sight restricted to a small field of view. You want to take advantage of your enemies peeking you, and then getting away unscathed.
It’s also particularly effective on maps like Ascent, where long-range weapons have a huge advantage. If you’re using it on close-quarters maps like Haven, however, it can still be useful – especially when firing down A Long, Mid and C Long.