The game features two different currencies, including Valorant points and Radianite points. Valorant points are the main currency in the game for unlocking most things. They can unlock a variety of things like cosmetics and skins and even the premium Battle Pass.
Radianite Points (RPs) are a paid premium currency used to level up weapon skins "and other content types." For now, you can't use RPs to buy skins or level up your agents. Instead, you can use the points to buy extra flair for certain weapon skins. Radianite points allow users to upgrade their weapons with unique special effects.
Buy Valorant Radianite Points | | Credit: playvalorant.com
Players obtain Radianite points in one of two ways. Players can purchase them directly from the Valorant store in three different bundles. The premium Battle Pass also awards a small amount of Radianite points at certain levels.
Players can buy Radianite Points with their Valorant Points at a fixed exchange rate, detailed below.
The Ignition: Act 1 Battle Pass | Credit: playvalorant.com
The Ignition: Act 1 Battle Pass that launched with Valorant offers players 30 Radianite points for free. Those who purchase the Premium Battle Pass for 1,000 VP ($10) can earn an extra 100 RPs.
That means a $10 Battle Pass grants around 130 RPs – a $75 value based on the cost of Valorant points. The Episode 1 Battle Pass features 50 tiers of unlocks, including 12 weapon skins, 130 Radianite points, and more.
Upgrade Weapons with Radianite Points | Credit: playvalorant.com
Once you have your Radianite points, you can start to improve specific skins. The Prime Collection skins are a good candidate. Upgrades can change the color of the skin, give players a new reload, firing, or finisher animation. These new animations allow users to flex on their opponents by giving them unique ways to express themselves.
Here's how to upgrade weapons with Radianite Points:
Valorant Weapon Skins | Credit: playvalorant.com
So, which weapon skins should you update? Well, that depends highly on your play style, preferred Agent, and favorite weapon. Getting a unique finisher animation on a weapon that you never use is a waste of points. Only upgrade the weapons you plan to use in everyday play to make the most of your Radianite points.
During the Valorant beta, only a handful of weapon skins are upgradeable using Valorant points. You can expect this number to expand as the game progresses. For example, the Reaver skins for the Operator, Vandal, and Sheriff guns are upgradeable to level four. The Reaver knife skin is not upgradeable at all.
During the Valorant closed beta, we're getting a closer look at which weapons perform best. Players should focus their RPs on these weapons since they are the best-performing weapons in the game. (For now.)
AR-762 Vandal | Credit: Credit: playvalorant.com
This weapon should be extremely familiar to CS:GO players. It handles and looks much like a traditional AK-47 from that game, even handling the same. It packs a heavy punch but also suffers heavy recoil.
The Vandal features a 25-round clip and a fire rate of 9.25 rounds a second. When players right-click while aiming, the Vandal has a 1.25x Zoom mode. In this mode, the gun's fire rate and bullet spread are reduced for more accuracy. The Vandal deals 39 damage to the body and 156 damage on headshots.
One of the reasons the Vandal is so robust is that it doesn't feature damage drop-off like other guns. The Vandal does the same amount of damage from point-blank out to 50 meters. The Vandal's huge spray pattern offsets that, but it is something players will have to master. CS:GO players who are trying Valorant for the first time should start with the Vandal – the similarities are striking.
SW-ACR Phantom | Credit: playvalorant.com
The Phantom is an assault rifle that does some things better and worse than the Vandal. The Phantom is fully automatic with a high rate of fire – 11 rounds a second from a 30-round mag. It also has less recoil than the Vandal, making mid-range shooting much more straightforward.
The main drawback of the Phantom is the damage fall-off from further distances. The Phantom gun deals the same amount of damage as the Vandal from 0 to 15 meters. But its headshot potential falls to 140 from 15 to 30 meters out. It gets even worse the further away you are. From 30 meters out, headshot damage drops to 124.
While the damage drop-off compared to the Vandal is significant, the Phantom is still worthy. Players using it should take on short and mid-range fights for maximum efficiency and optimal damage. The higher fire-rate of the Phantom will out-gun the Vandal every time in mid-range.
BSW-460 Operator | Credit: Credit: playvalorant.com
Love sniping in FPS games? Then the Operator will be your best mechanical friend in Valorant. It's a sniper rifle with pinpoint accuracy with two Zoom modes. It features 2.5x and 5x Zoom with high wall penetration potential.
The best thing about the Operator is that it has no weapon sway, recoil, or bullet drop-off. Skilled players in Valorant should be able to no-scope headshot with the Operator with no problem. The Operator deals 150 damage in body shots and 255 damage on headshots, making it a death sentence.
The biggest drawback to the Operator is that it requires a highly skilled player to use effectively. It costs 4,500 – making it one of the most expensive Agent weapons in the game. Players who sink that many creds in a single gun better be ready to wield it with extreme accuracy.
Spectre SMG | Credit: Credit: playvalorant.com
Let's face it – you won't always get your ideal weapons in every match in Valorant. The Spectre SMG is a cheap gun with 13-round per second fire-rate.
It won't out-damage an assault rifle, but it can hold its own in short-range fights. The Spectre does 78 headshot damage at 0 to 20 meters range. The low recoil makes it perfect for precision double taps, rather than the spray-and-pray style of assault rifles.