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Valorant weapon breakdown reveals alternate fire on shotguns and rifles

Published: 12/Mar/2020 1:58

by Brad Norton


The eagle-eyed Valorant community has uncovered new information in the game’s very first footage that reveals powerful alternate fire functions for a number of weapons.

Riot’s first steps into the FPS genre have set the gaming industry ablaze as the community anxiously waits for any scrap of info on the highly anticipated title.

While only a single Agent teaser has been provided since the March 1 gameplay reveal, a closer look at the original footage uncovered a slew of new information on various weapon types.

Combing through the initial round of gameplay frame by frame, Reddit user ‘Qtank009’ revealed a few fascinating tidbits from the game’s marketplace that allows players to purchase weapons, shields, and abilities with each passing round.

Pausing on select frames provides a new look at certain weapons and their overall statistics. For instance, the Ghost sidearm is a semi-automatic pistol that astute observers would have seen in the first-look at the in-game store.

However, upon freezing at the right time, we now know that this particular weapon will be capable of dealing 30 damage to the body, 105 damage to the head, and up to 26 damage to the legs from a close range. This specific sidearm also boasts a ‘medium’ level of wall penetration.

Perhaps the most intriguing information from the breakdown however, comes when analyzing the rifle and shotgun weapon types as various guns appear to feature an alternate mode of fire. 

Reddit: Qtank009
A fresh look at one of Valorants sidearms.

When stopping on the exact frames for the shotgun and rifle weapon classes, it reveals a similar text-heavy breakdown on the guns and uncovers more than just damage-based statistics.

For the Bucky shotgun that costs 900 of the in-game currency, players will be able to blast away foes from a close range thanks to the standard firing option.

The weapon also features an alternate fire function referred to as a “semi-automatic air bust” which grants an ‘extended primary fire shot.’

Reddit: Qtank009
Bucky is the cheaper of two shotguns in Valorant.

Moreover, the Vandal rifle is a fully automatic mid to long-range weapon that appears to be the most expensive in its class. Players will be able to gun down their foes with a lightning-quick fire rate of 9.25 rounds per second with the primary fire.

The alternate mode of fire for this particular rifle, allows players to zoom in, slightly reduce the spread of their bullets, at the cost of a slower ROF at 8.32 rounds/s.

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Vandal appears to be the most expensive of four Rifle weapons in Valorant.

It’s worth noting that due to the early nature of the footage, these values and secondary functions may not stick through to the final release in their current form.

With 17 weapons appearing in the game’s store, there could be plenty of alternate firing functions for players to discover as Riot continues to reveal new footage.


Simple Valorant Sage wall trick makes Ascent door useless

Published: 28/Nov/2020 17:17

by Luke Edwards


The Sage wall is arguably one of the most useful tools of all Valorant agents. One player has found a way of using it to block access to the A-site door lever on Ascent without needing to be on the site.

Taking A site as an attacker on Ascent can be a big task. When you go long, you’re often forced into close-quarters combat, with cubby areas and multiple hiding spots from defenders in your path to the site. If you go via mid, you leave yourself open to being picked off by snipers.

Even if you do make it through mid and head right towards A site, if the enemy team hears you at all, they can just close the door, forcing you up through gardens and into heaven, giving enemies longer to react. Or, you can shoot through the door, at the cost of time and ammo.

Fortunately, one player has found a neat use for Sage wall that prevents the enemy team from being able to close the door at all.

Valorant's Sage artwork
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Despite multiple nerfs, Sage is still a popular pick in Valorant

Easy Sage wall trick for accessing Ascent A site in Valorant

Reddit user u/awesumsauce13 has discovered this neat trick that will allow you to access A site quicker and easier.

The main advantage is that it saves you time. You’re bound to get onto site quickly, meaning you can plant the spike and buckle down ready for the rotation.

If you combine it with some smokes, from a Brimstone, Jett, or both, you can sneak onto site with even more stealth.

However, when you get the bomb planted, it then becomes much more difficult to hold. This is because the Sage wall is blocking easy access to the lever, giving the defending side an extra point of entry.

Ascent from Valorant
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Ascent was the fourth map to be released on Valorant

It has its use on defense, too, if the attackers rush long and onto site. As mentioned by u/PrimaryZeal, by adjusting the angle of the wall as Sage, you can block the lever without giving away your location.

This means the attackers can’t shut the door, giving your team more time to rotate and more routes for approaching the site.

While not applicable to every situation Valorant can throw at you, this Sage wall is definitely a useful tool to have at your disposal.