Yuri Custodio

Yuri Custodio

Yuri is a student at St. Clair College in Windsor ON, studying Esports Administration and Entrepreneurship. Yuri is passionate about all aspects of esports and specializes in League of Legends and Overwatch. He has competed in the Collegiate Overwatch League for his school team - Saints Gaming.

Valorant: Best Crosshair And Best Settings To Use

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Learn about the best Valorant settings here.


With the recent launch of Riot Games’ competitive hero-shooter, players everywhere have been flooding in to try the full release. Valorant offers an experience that first-person shooter players can relate to and still feel fresh. Like other FPS games, there are some ideas that you’d want to use to help level up your game. You can also find some basic crosshairs to get you started until you find your perfect fit.

Best Crosshairs in Valorant

When it comes to creating a crosshair, half of the battle is finding something that’s visually appealing to look at. Crosshairs are the vehicle that’ll deliver your mouse directly to the headshots you’re looking for. There are also some interesting psychological facts that go into creating an ideal crosshair. One of the most interesting facts is that the human brain can pin-point targets along standard x and y axes. Using the standard “cross” shape will usually yield better results in targeting than a standard dot among average players.

Some rules of thumb will be to toggle errors on/off based on your playstyle. Firing error lets you know when your spray patterns become random or when your accuracy isn’t perfect. Movement error will remind you that your shots won’t be very accurate while on the go (save pistols and a stroke of luck). Also, choose a color that is clearly visible to you that won’t blend in with a map or character model. A final recommendation is to keep your crosshairs static, not toggling firing or movement errors. It’s optional whether or not to include fading your crosshair while spraying, letting you know that your shots will be fired in a random pattern.

The Default

A pistol from Valorant pointed at a target in an alley

Upon launching Valorant, this will be the default crosshair you are greeted with. It’s very similar to the default Counter-Strike: Global Offensive crosshair, giving players that nostalgic feeling from when they first started playing CS:GO.

General:

  • Crosshair Color: White
  • Outlines: ON
  • Outline Opacity: 0.5
  • Center Dot: OFF
  • Center Dot Opacity: 1
  • Center Dot Thickness: 2
  • Fade Crosshair with Firing Error: ON
  • Show Spectated Player’s Crosshair: ON

Inner Lines

  • Inner Line Opacity: 0.8
  • Inner Line Length: 6
  • Inner Line Thickness: 2
  • Inner Line Offset: 3
  • Movement Error: OFF
  • Firing Error: ON

Outer Lines

  • Outer Line Opacity: 0.35
  • Outer Line Length: 2
  • Outer Line Thickness: 2
  • Outer Line Offset: 10
  • Movement Error: ON
  • Firing Error: ON

The Tight Sight

A submachine gun from Valorant pointed at a target in an alley

The “tight sight” as I like to call it, is a variant on many professional player’s preferred crosshair settings within Valorant. The sight offers a small, non-intrusive target that allows players to see more of their target and heighten their focus. Professional players who use a similar crosshair include T1’s Braxton "brax" Pierce and Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham.

General

  • Crosshair Color: Cyan (player’s choice)
  • Outlines: OFF
  • Outline Opacity: 1
  • Outline Thickness: 1
  • Center Dot: OFF
  • Center Dot Opacity: 0
  • Center Dot Thickness: 1
  • Fade Crosshair with Firing Error: OFF
  • Show Spectated Player’s Crosshair: ON

Inner Lines

  • Inner Line Opacity: 1
  • Inner Line Length: 6
  • Inner Line Thickness: 2
  • Inner Line Offset: 3
  • Movement Error: OFF
  • Firing Error: OFF

Outer Lines

  • Outer Line Opacity: 0
  • Outer Line Length: 0
  • Outer Line Thickness: 0
  • Outer Line Offset: 0
  • Movement Error: OFF
  • Firing Error: OFF

The Dot

A submachine gun from Valorant pointed at a target in an alley

The Dot is the simplest of the crosshairs in this guide featuring only the dot. Both inner and outer lines are removed giving the player a single cluster of pixels to hit their mark. Although a bit basic, the dot ensures that you’ll see your target with maximum clarity and minimal flair. Should you need that personal connection, Jaryd “summit1g” Lazar is a fan of the dot and uses a variant of it.

General

  • Crosshair Color: Green (player’s choice)
  • Outlines: ON
  • Outline Opacity: 1
  • Outline Thickness: 1
  • Center Dot: ON
  • Center Dot Opacity: 1
  • Center Dot Thickness: 4
  • Fade Crosshair with Firing Error: OFF
  • Show Spectated Player’s Crosshair: ON

Inner Lines

  • Inner Line Opacity: 0
  • Inner Line Length: 0
  • Inner Line Thickness: 0
  • Inner Line Offset: 0
  • Movement Error: OFF
  • Firing Error: OFF

Outer Lines

  • Outer Line Opacity: 0
  • Outer Line Length: 0
  • Outer Line Thickness: 0
  • Outer Line Offset: 0
  • Movement Error: OFF
  • Firing Error: OFF

The Shroud

A gun from Valorant pointed at a target in an alley

Although subject to change, this is the most recent iteration of Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek’s crosshair settings within Valorant. Shroud is typically a trailblazer for many people who first enter the game, giving a lot of new players some excellent insight.

General

  • Crosshair Color: Cyan
  • Outlines: ON
  • Outline Opacity: 1
  • Outline Thickness: 1
  • Center Dot: OFF
  • Center Dot Opacity: 0
  • Center Dot Thickness: 1
  • Fade Crosshair with Firing Error: OFF
  • Show Spectated Player’s Crosshair: ON

Inner Lines

  • Inner Line Opacity: 1
  • Inner Line Length: 10
  • Inner Line Thickness: 4
  • Inner Line Offset: 6
  • Movement Error: OFF
  • Firing Error: OFF

Outer Lines

  • Outer Line Opacity: 0
  • Outer Line Length: 0
  • Outer Line Thickness: 0
  • Outer Line Offset: 0
  • Movement Error: OFF
  • Firing Error: OFF

Best Settings in Valorant

When it comes to the best settings within Valorant, a lot of them are often overlooked but can have game-changing abilities. Starting off with Enemy Highlight Color (found under the General > Accessibility section of settings), many players change the default red to the Deuteranopia yellow. If you’re wondering why players do this, the bright yellow highlight is often quicker to react to than the mute red highlight that tends to blend in with some maps.

Before and after pictures of a red/yellow highlights on Valorant agent models

This image taken from Reddit helps to show the difference between the default red and Deuteranopia yellow.

Best Minimap Settings

When it comes to the minimap, most people recommend that you use the default settings, changing only the size or zoom of the map if needed. It’s mostly based on player preference, however, Riot Games has done a great job of creating a baseline. We strongly suggest that you keep Minimap Vision Cones on as well as Bullet Tracers on, increasing your overall awareness within a game.

Best Aim Sensitivity Settings

Aiming sensitivity is a tricky area to standardize as many players prefer different sensitivities that align with their playstyles. If you need a relatively safe basepoint, starting off with Aim Sensitivity between 0.3 and 0.4 and Scope Sensitivity between 0.5 and 0.6. These paired with a mouse DPI (dots per inch) setting of 1200 will give you a decent start point to develop and experiment on your own. Should you need any extra inspiration or data, many professional FPS players play with a mouse DPI of 800 and adjust their in-game sensitivities accordingly.

Best Special Settings

Some hidden features that we suggest toggling on are Client FPS and Network Round Trip Time at the very least. Having these settings on “text only” enables you to verify the integrity of your play as it happens live without creating too much of a distraction. Some optional settings include Server Tick Rate and Packet Loss if you really want to be sure of your connection. Text only is the ideal selection for any setting you choose to toggle as it won’t distract you as often as the graph only or show both settings will.

A settings page for stats in Valorant

You can find these special settings within the Video > Stats tab.

These are all the best crosshairs and best settings that we recommend while playing Valorant, though it’ll ultimately be up to you to decide what you like. We suggest testing out a multitude of different settings such as aim sensitivities across many games or firing range practices to find what’s suitable for you. You should also toy around with different key binds if your equipment allows it such as binding an ability to your extra mouse buttons.

Thanks for checking out our guide on the best Valorant crosshairs and settings! For more of our Valorant coverage, you can find all of our articles here.

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