The Valorant Ultra Skin set named the Elderflame is the first of the Ultra line of skins in the tactical FPS offering from Riot Games. The skin, which turns your weapon into an animated dragon, is making waves not only for its aesthetic, but also for the insane price you'll have to pay to get your hands on it.
There are five tiers of skins in Valorant: Select, Deluxe, Premium, Ultra, and Exclusive - with Ultra topping the retail pricing structure at 2,475 Valorant Points. This form of in-game currency come in tier bundles not unlike most games, and can be purchased at levels from $5 to $100. These are the current Valorant Point tiers you can purchase:
- $5 - 475 VP
- $10 - 1,000 VP
- $20 - 2,050 VP
- $35 - 3,650 VP
- $50 - 5,350 VP
- $100 - 1,100 VP
Valorant Elderflame Skin: How to Get Yours
To get your hands on the Elderflame skin, each one costs $25 and the complete set of four will run you for a price of 9,900 VP in total as pointed out by Riot Revenue Lead Joe Lee on Twitter. Thats a lot of money to drop for an in-game pretend dragon, but if you must have by all means then now you know the required investment.
On top of the Elderflame skin, it can be upgraded by using Radianite, a separate in-game currency that can be earned through the Battle Pass, or purchased directly using Valorant Points in the store. Upgradeable options include new effects, finishers, and animations. This means that while the base Ultra Skin set is $100, upgrading it and adding the finishing touches could set you back even more.
While the price of this impressive skin set costs the price of two AAA video games, there is sure to be frivilous individuals out there who will get there hands on it no matter the cost. Such a move is understandable by the developers as Valorant in itself uses the free-to-play model, and the studio needs to clear overhead costs of development somehow. Welcome to the profitable world of micro-transactions.