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How to use the Vandal: Valorant weapon guide

by Andy Williams
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The Vandal is one of the most versatile weapons in Valorant, but just how do you become a master of wielding the rifle? We break down everything you need to know about the weapon.

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 Vandal – arguably Valorant’s most lethal weapon – and give you all of the intel you need to wreak havoc on the battlefield.

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What is the Vandal?

The Vandal is one of four Rifles in Valorant. As the joint most expensive Rifle (more on the Phantom in a separate guide), you will have to reserve sufficient Credits to make this part of your Agent’s rig.

At a glance, the Vandal offers a 25-round magazine with a fully-automatic fire mode. While on paper, the weapon is must-have, there is plenty to consider if you want to perfect your craft and earn those all-important frags.

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Vandal’s damage stats

Unlike some other weapons in the game, the Vandal’s damage statistics are not dependent on range. Meaning that if you hit someone at point-blank or on the other side of C-Long on Haven, you’re going to deal just as much damage.

One bullet to your opponent’s head (156 damage) is sufficient to land you a kill with the Vandal, irrespective of what grade armor they’re wearing.

Although, landing your shots on the below the head is where the Vandal will cost you. If your opposite number is equipped with Heavy Shields (150 HP), then you’ll need to land four body shots to deal the same damage as a headshot… All of the weapon’s essential info is summarized below.

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Vandal’s spray pattern

The Vandal possesses one of the most erratic spray patterns in the game. After the first two bullets, the weapon barrel immediately kicks up. After the fifth bullet, the barrel begins to move laterally — this is where it becomes especially tough to control.

After a certain threshold (around nine bullets in), the Vandal kicks to the left and then to the right. Pay attention to the smaller target on the left-hand side, which provides a tracer of the weapon’s full recoil.

To compensate, a pro tip here is to follow the sway of the barrel out the corner of your eye and move your mouse in the opposite direction to keep your bullets locked onto your target.

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When to buy the Vandal

At 2,900 Creds, the Vandal is the go-to weapon for a standard buy round. Providing you have the Credits, its versatility at both short-medium and long ranges will allow you to cover all areas of the map with ease.

If your team is strapped for cash but you’re looking to force buy against your opponents, a Vandal is not the weapon for you. Given its relative expense compared with other weapons, the risk of granting your players one of the best weapons in the game far outweighs the potential reward of doing some damage (or at best clutching the round) — save this for the pros!

Best Agent to use the Vandal

Given how difficult it is to master the Vandal’s spray pattern, it’d be wise to play more conservatively. So with that in mind, Sage should be the Agent playing with the most passive playstyle (given that you want her alive in the late stages of a round).

With that said, the Vandal’s lethality at any range means that if you are a sharp shot, you can get away with entry fragging with the Vandal — yes, we’re talking to you Duelists out there.

Valorant's Sage.
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Healers are vital in the latter portions of a round, so would generally adopt more of a passive approach.

Vandal tactics

So what does all this mean? Well we’ve touched on how difficult it is to control and the Agents that are arguably most suited to use a Vandal, but just how should you be using it?

Short bursts are where the Vandal is most effective, so keep your distance and try your best to maintain solid crosshair placement (anticipating where the enemy’s head will be) as you navigate your way around the map.

One thing to bear in mind here is if you prefer to lurk your way through rounds and get behind enemy lines, the Vandal is most definitely not for you — a silenced weapon like the Phantom might be calling you here.