How to use the Sheriff: Valorant weapon guide - Dexerto

How to use the Sheriff: Valorant weapon guide

Published: 27/May/2020 10:42 Updated: 22/Nov/2020 6:08

by Andy Williams


Valorant’s Sheriff rivals the Vandal for its lethality at close range, but should you be adding it to your arsenal? Here’s everything you need to know about Sidearm to give you the edge in the server.

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 Sheriff and break down exactly why this Sidearm will give you enough bang for your buck — regardless of what round you’re in.

What is the Sheriff?

The Sheriff is one of five pistols in Valorant. Coming in as the most expensive pistol, there’s plenty to consider before splurging your hard-earned Credits.

With only six bullets in the magazine, you’ll have to be selective with your shots if you’re wielding the Sheriff. But providing you can rely on some crisp aim, this pistol is definitely one that you should be considering for your Agent’s rig.

Sheriff damage stats

The Sheriff is a high-octane, clamorous weapon that has an absurd head-splitting potential, considering how little the Sidearm costs. With that said, the weapon is restricted by range.

Given that the damage drops off after 30 meters, your playstyle should reflect that to ensure you can dispatch an enemy as swiftly as possible.

If your prey falls within the Sheriff’s one-shot range, then you’ll dish out 160 damage with a headshot — which is enough to put your opposite number on the sidelines even if they’re equipped with Heavy Shields.

This makes it a great buy on a second round if you’ve just lost, or on any eco, as you can one-tap an enemy and grab their rifle.

If you land your shots below the head though, then this is where the Sheriff will cost you. If your foe isn’t equipped with shields, you’ll need to tag their torso twice in order to inflict enough damage to take them out of the round.

With any kind of shield, you’ll be forced into landing three shots — which could prove troublesome if you’re up against a rifle.

Sheriff spray pattern & movement accuracy

With only six bullets in the mag, you’ll generally want to be selective with your shots. If you end up spamming Mouse 1, the Sheriff has a nasty kick that you’ll need to adjust for.

Given the relatively slow cooldown between shots, you’ll notice that the pistol flings your crosshair north after your second bullet. To correct for the vertical displacement, you’ll want to gradually drag your mouse down to account for it. It’s worth bearing in mind that there is also a bit of random horizontal variance between shots.

In terms of the effect of movement inaccuracy, as with pretty much all of Valorant’s weapons (with the exception of Shotguns), movement has a significant impact on how true you’ll be to your mark. To counter this, consider counter-strafing just before firing your weapon to account for the movement of your player model.

When to buy the Sheriff

Given that the Sheriff only sets you back 800 Creds, it is a weapon that is accessible in every round. Saying that, should you be buying it at all times? Well let’s start from scratch… If you invest in a Sheriff during a pistol round, you’ll be strapped for cash and won’t be able to acquire any Shields and/or Abilities. We’d always advise against this.

With that said, if you can rely on your crosshair placement and aim, then this is an ideal weapon to be buying when force-buying into a round, or if you’re simply looking for a sidearm upgrade from the Classic. Remember, all it takes is one shot to upgrade from your 800 Creds pistol to a more expensive rifle.

Best Agent to use the Sheriff

The hand-cannon Sheriff is good if you back your aim. While a more passive playstyle can seemingly get the most out of the Sheriff by holding a line, you can also surprise enemies with it.

If a conservative playstyle is more your thing, Sova is most definitely the man for the job. Combine his Owl Drone and Recon Bolt and you have the perfect recipe for gaining intel — essential for nailing down your crosshair placement and popping domes.

You can also take advantage of Jett’s movement to take your shot and dash back to safety, just like using the Operator. Most duelists like Reyna and Phoenix are the same deal: use your aggressive kit to take the duels, back yourself, get the one-tap frag, and get out.

Valorant's Sova.

Sheriff tactics

The Sheriff is good in two ways. You can choose to play aggressively and surprise your opponents with a one-tap. You can also choose to just hold a single line.

Staying within the weapon’s most lethal range is always something that you should bear in mind though. So while you don’t want to get too close for comfort, you most definitely don’t want to suffer from the weapon’s dropoff in damage. Stay within 30 meters, try to avoid panic spraying, and you’ll be taking heads off in no time!

Call of Duty

Best Hauer 77 loadout for Black Ops Cold War: Attachments, Perks, Equipment

Published: 25/Nov/2020 14:33

by Alex Garton


If you’re looking to one-shot enemies in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War with a shotgun, there’s an incredible Hauer 77 loadout that will help you dominate your Multiplayer matches in no time. 

Shotguns are back in the secondary slot in Treyarch‘s Black Ops Cold War and players are loving the one-shot potential of the weapons. Currently, there are only two shotguns in-gamem with those being the Gallo SA12 and Hauer 77.

When comparing the weapons, the Hauer 77 comes out on top for base firepower but the Gallo SA12 has a significantly faster rate of fire. Both have their place in Multiplayer, but when making your choice consider your playstyle and which weapon suits you best.

The Hauer 77 is the shotty players unlock first at level 7 and is the weapon we’ll be covering today. Here’s one of the best loadouts for the Hauer 77.

There are multiple great attachment options for the Hauer 77.

Best Hauer 77 loadout in Black Ops Cold War

Here’s how you need to kit out your Hauer 77 shotgun for the most effective multiplayer loadout.

Hauer 77 loadout Attachments

  • Muzzle: Duckbill Choke
  • Barrel: 25.2 Task Force
  • Body: SWAT 5mW Laser Sight
  • Stock: Shotgun Stock
  • Handle: Serpent Wrap

Primary Weapon

  • M16


  • Perk 1: Tactical Mask + Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Scavenger + Tracker
  • Perk 3: Ninja + Gung-Ho

Wild Card

  • Perk Greed


  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Trophy System

This loadout strictly focuses on dominating opponents at close range with the shotgun. The Task Force Barrell increases the Hauer’s damage output at close quarters by 45%. Alongside the SWAT 5mW Laser Sight, the weapon has unbelievably effective hip-fire. The addition of the Shotgun Stock increases sprint to fire time by 15%. This allows players to run around the map and pull out their gun with ease when it’s needed.

In terms of choosing a primary weapon, the M16 provides this loadout with a medium to long-range option for players. However, the M16 is replaceable with any other assault rifle you prefer.

The M16 provides players with a long to medium range option.

In terms of perks, the six slots provided by Perk Greed allows this class to shine at close range while remaining undetected by enemies. On top of this, the Hauer struggles with its ammo usage so running Scavenger eliminates this issue. The addition of Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask makes this combination heavily resistant to enemy equipment and capable of clearing areas quickly.

Finally, the equipment choices are fairly standard but running Stimshot in the tactical slot is a must. After rushing into a room and taking multiple close-quarter gunfights, the Stimshot is ideal in preparing for your next encounter with an enemy.

Now, all there’s to do is make this Hauer 77 loadout and try it out in Multiplayer for yourself.