Our Valorant weapon tier list for May 2022 is here to break down which of the guns are the best to use now that the new meta has settled down a bit once again in Episode 4 Act 3.
As the meta currently stands, there remains a clear pecking order in terms of value as it should, considering the game's economic system. Additionally, there haven't been any weapon updates in Valorant from Riot Games since Patch 4.07 on April 12. However, that's not to say that players haven't figured out which guns are under/overperforming how they probably should, especially after the most recent patch. Here is how the weapons stack up in Valorant Episode 4 Act 3 in May 2022.
Valorant May 2022 Weapon Rankings
At the top of the list, of course, is the holy trinity of weapons in the game: the Operator, Vandal and Phantom. Any time you start a round with one of these guns in your hand, you have to make it count.
In the A Tier are five options that you should have no shame falling to, except for maybe the Classic. If it's a tap fire, well played. If it's a right-click, well that's a bit painful. The Spectre is almost a no-brainer for bonus rounds, the Sheriff is the eco king, the Ghost is the most popular option for pistol rounds and the Odin does what it wants.
These four options in the B Tier are far from essential, nor popular picks, but can be deadly in the right hands. Anytime you get a kill with either of these options is especially gratifying, considering the resources you'd invest to buy one of these.
Lastly, in C Tier are five weapons that are likely best left for Spike Rush or very specific situations. The Frenzy can look like the best pistol in the game at times. With the 4.07 Patch, the Bulldog and the Stinger were given delayed firing inputs while bringing up the weapon to aim down sights (ADS), meaning there's a slight penalty for deciding to switch to burst firing mid-combat. Lastly, the Shorty and Bucky are simply for those working on demon time, so there's no need to dive into the decision-making for buying those options.
For more on Valorant, be sure to check out our 2022 VCT Stage 1: Masters Reykjavík content:
- Valorant Pros Share Their Go-To Buys for Pistol Rounds
- Valorant Pros Settle the Vandal vs. Phantom Debate
- VCT Pros Explain What the Best Map is in Valorant
- VCT Pros Reveal What the Worst Map is in Valorant
Additionally, feel free to check out our Agent Tier List for May 2022.