Valorant

Valorant Patch 2.09 Weapon Tier List

Here's how Valorant's arsenal stacks up.
Here's how Valorant's arsenal stacks up. / Photo by Riot Games

Valorant Patch 2.09 arrived to much fanfare, although the weapons of the game took a backseat compared to other fixes and alterations to the game. That being said, combat and weapons are extraordinarily important, and knowing which weapons will help you be at the top of your game is always in vogue.

Valorant Patch 2.09 Weapon Tier List

S Tier - Operator, Vandal, Phantom, Judge

What's old is new again. The Operator, barring any substantial nerf, will always be an S Tier option, and the Phantom and Vandal aren't far behind. However, with the Judge, many players are expecting a significant nerf in a future patch, so its time at the top is most likely limited.

A Tier - Spectre, Sheriff, Odin, Ghost

Although they aren't S Tier, the weapons in A Tier aren't slouches. If you're a headshot king, you can do serious damage with the Ghost, and the Spectre is a great option for low-cost rounds. If you desire full-fledged carnage in a not-so-small package, the Odin is there to mow opponents down. Think of these weapons as A+ Tier, rather than A Tier.

B Tier - Frenzy, Marshal, Bulldog, Bucky, Classic

B Tier sees plenty of good options, with few great ones. The Classic is the bang for your buck option, doing okay damage, and being the only free weapon option other than the knife. With the Frenzy, Marshall, and Bucky, think of them as cost-effective versions of the Spectre, Operator, and Judge.

C Tier - Ares, Shorty, Guardian

Here in C Tier lies decent options, but with everything else available, there's very few applications. The Guardian is a semi-auto rifle, basically a Marshall without a scope, and the Shorty is for those who desire close combat in low-cost rounds. These weapons aren't bad per se, but compared to the rest of Valorant's arsenal, these weapons should usually be avoided.