If you are willing to actually better your win rate in Valorant and you wish to drastically make your gameplay experience much better, having a good aim will be one of the most crucial things you will want to focus on.
Before anything, it is essential to note that Valorant is an amazing first-person shooter and even if you have a couple of abilities you can use to win your games, aiming and properly shooting your enemy team members is necessary. While aiming at your enemies and shooting at them might sound like an easy thing to do, it is not that easy as it looks, and failing to aim at your enemies can cost you the game. The whole idea behind aiming at your enemies is pretty straight forward, you aim your crosshair at one of the enemy team members and you press your mouse left click to shoot at them and hopefully, kill them too. If you are struggling with your aim and you are beginning to think Valorant may not be a game for you, please do not worry. There are many players who are battling the same problem as you and to be honest, all you need to do is practice to make things better. If you are completely new to a shooter (tactical shooter) game such as Valorant, it is no surprise you are having a hard time getting any kills.
Working On Your Aim In Valorant
Get started and work on your aim by reading a couple of very helpful tips for all of you who feel like your aim is awful.
Invest In A Decent Gaming Mouse And Set It Up
If you are willing to drastically improve/work your aim and never miss any shots, you will want to buy a decent gaming mouse and set it up as you wish. Gaming mouses are great simply because they are designed to allow you to set them up however it suits you. Of course, gaming mouses are overall a better choice if you want to enjoy tactical shooter games such as Valorant. Why? Simply because gaming mouses are designed to have better sensors than regular mouses you can buy pretty much anywhere. When you have a mouse with good sensors your mouse is able to perfectly translate all of your mouse movements and ensure you never miss that headshot due to a small but annoying mouse error. If you want to be 100% sure your current mouse is working properly, it is advised you also buy a decent gaming mouse pad. A gaming mouse might be a great improvement for your gameplay experience, but without a proper surface, it will not work as flawlessly as it would with a quality gaming mouse pad.
Mouse DPI And Sensitivity Settings
Your overall performance on Valorant relies on your aiming precision and your mouse options might be something you need to work on in order to get your win-streak going. Many Valorant players with high accuracy ratings advise you to completely disable your mouse acceleration and look for the best DPI settings for yourself. If you are wondering how to do this, here are a couple of tips that might help:
Disable Mouse Acceleration
- Search for ”mouse settings” by typing it in your Windows Search Bar
- After the window opens, select ”Change your mouse settings”
- On the right side of your screen, select ”Additional mouse options”
- Navigate to the ”Pointer Options” tab.
- Disable the box named ”Enhance Pointer Precision”
- ”Apply” the current choice of settings and finalize your changes by clicking ”Okay”.
Setting Up Your Mouse DPI Settings
While back in the days gaming mouses used to be pricey, today that is no longer the case, and you do not have to pay too much to afford a gaming mouse that will let play around with its DPI settings. There are a big number of gaming mice on the market that are below $60 and will provide you with good enough experience when you play Valorant without any issues at all. Once you finally pick and buy your new gaming mouse, you will most likely want to give it a try, so make sure you check its DPI settings first. Most gaming mouses nowadays will allow you to do so by pressing a button located somewhere on the mouse itself.
Low DPI Settings
400-800 DPI setting is considered to be a low DPI setting. The lower your DPI settings are, the more work you will be required to do with your arms, moving your cursor around as you play. For example, with low DPI settings, you can feel like you are constantly are moving (sweeping) your entire arm to get things going. While most players dislike this type of setting, it is possible to play with it. Of course, if you are not used to this type of setting, you will struggle at first, but after a while, it will begin to feel normal and you will have no problems getting headshots you deserve.
High DPI Settings
DPI settings that go above 800 are considered to be high DPI settings. The higher your DPI settings are, the fewer physical movements you will be required to do in order to get things done. Unlike low DPI settings that can often give you the impression like you are repeatedly moving your entire arm to shoot someone, high DPI settings will provide you with the ability to move the cursor across your entire screen by doing small and sensitive wrist movements. While high DPI settings give you the benefit of reacting faster, many players believe high DPI settings are also fault for some of the errors they make when shooting at the enemies. Usually, it takes to make an error or mistake with high DPI settings on your mouse is just slightly moving it in the wrong direction or too much and your cursor will go wild making you lose your accuracy and most likely miss your shot.
The Importance Of Crosshair Placement
If you have played CS: GO back in the days, there is a high chance you already know how important the crosshair placement can be. While Valorant is an entirely different game on its own, it still follows some of the basic principles CS: GO has introduced us to.
Moving your crosshair but constantly keeping it at a certain height on your screen can give you a chance to aim in a way that when you are around the corner, your crosshair will already be ready to snipe someone on the spot.
Exercising Your Aim
Even if you have bought a perfect gaming mouse and an amazing mouse pad, without a decent amount of practice, your aim might never improve. One of the most important things you should do in order to better your aim is to actually practice and never give up. Every time you are about to open up Valorant and start playing, spend the first 10-15 minutes by practicing your aim in the training room, and work on your crosshair placement. The more time you spend in the training room, the better the le memory you will have.
There are numerous ways for you to train and fix your aim in Valorant. For example, you can practice your movements, stop, and then shoot, you can practice repeatedly moving your mouse from one place to another and around the corner. Pretty much anything you find challenging is exactly what you should be practicing in the training room. If you did not try the ”Strafe/Streak” training setup, you go ahead and do that right away. This training setup can be opened by pressing [F3] on your keyboard and enabling the Strafe and Streak options. This training is designed to spawn bots one by one and all of them trying to evade your crosshair (aim). After shooting one of the bots down, another one will spawn and try their best to avoid getting shot. While many players actually dislike practicing and the whole training idea in the shooter games, most of them admit that the ”Strafe/Streak” setup has made their training feel a lot more natural and actually challenging.
Steam And Browser Aim Practices
There are plenty of aim practice games you can download from Steam. While some of these games are free, some of them are not and you will be required to pay for them. Of course, this does not mean you need to do it and it is just an option for you in case you want to try out something new and regular Valorant training got you bored. You should keep in mind that even if you do buy or download some of these aim practice games, the experience you will get will not be identical to Valorant.
If you are doubtful of browser and Steam aim practices, keep in mind that these are great in case you are unable to open up Valorant or other aim practicing programs you might have, but you still wish to work on your aim and your current muscle memory. 3D Aim Trainer is one of the browser aim practices that is one of the most popular choices among gamers worldwide. This simple looking aim practice browser game is basically a simulation of a real FPS game in your browser and is designed to make your practicing time as simple but as efficient as possible.
If you truly want to be good at something, you need to invest your precious time and effort to make it happen. Valorant is one of those games that can be extremely fun and challenging, however, if you are too lazy to work on your skills and learn, there is a high chance you will end up feeling like a complete newbie and possibly never get to show off your aiming skills at all. Get involved, work on your DPI settings, visit the training room, and start practicing because it is all you really need to do in order to better your aim and your entire gameplay experience.