Starting the climb through ranked in VALORANT can be daunting. Even some great players get caught stuck in their rank, unable to move up. Even if you get bad teammates, or bad team comp, improving your aim can help. Might as well be top frag if your other teammates can’t help. Having a properly adjusted crosshair is the first step to improve your aim and guarantee results for an easier ranked climb. Read more to find out about the best VALORANT crosshair for you.
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Adjusting your Crosshair
VALORANT’s default crosshair setting isn’t one that is guaranteed to be the best fit. The best VALORANT crosshair is individual to you. There is a reason that their option menu has so many customizable settings including color, size, thickness, opacity and option for a center dot. If you didn’t know that was an option, you might want to take a peek at your player settings. Under the “Crosshair” tab, a screen will show up with all your crosshair settings. It is especially important to note that the image above the settings displays your current crosshair. The image will change in time with any options you tweak.
Ultimately, there is not a “one size fits all” crosshair. Even if you look at pro players, each of them uses something a bit different. This is why it is important to play around with your settings and find out what works best for you. Some aspects of well-known players’ crosshairs are the same. Good crosshairs need to be small and not take up a good portion of the screen. In terms of settings, this would look like a smaller and thinner crosshair. Crosshairs are meant to contrast the position of the enemy and the direction of your shots.
Gap versus No Gap Crosshair
There are two different types of crosshairs that contrast the enemy position and the direction of your fire. They are called the gap or no gap crosshairs. No gap crosshairs have center dots. This is the crosshair that you aim directly at the enemy to cover the area you will be shooting. A gap crosshair usually looks like a cross with an empty center. This means you use the gap between the cross to be filled by the portion of the enemy body that you are aiming at.
To make a no gap crosshair, you need to go into your settings and turn off outlines. Then you want center dot on and outline opacity, outline thickness, and center dot opacity switched to one. You can play around with the thickness of your center dot, but remember, crosshairs are meant to be a smaller aid, rather than take up most of your screen.
A gap crosshair’s settings is a bit more involved. You have to adjust the inner lines, line opacity, line length, and line thickness to your preference. To keep a smaller gap crosshair, there are some popular settings. Keeping the line opacity at 1, bump the inner line length to 4 and the line thickness to 2. It is a smaller size gap crosshair that does not take up much screen space. If it looks too small for you, there is a popular bigger gap crosshair. That one uses an outer line length of 7 and line thickness of 3, and then outer line offset of 4. Again, there are not perfect crosshairs for everyone. Try these out and even try tweaking these options to find the best VALORANT crosshair for you.
Color of Crosshair
You cannot find the perfect crosshair color by just picking your favorite color. Again, just like the other settings, finding the color for your crosshair is all about contrast. Since VALORANT maps have a variety of colors, some of their color options for crosshairs tend to blend it. Take Icebox for example. With all the blues on the map, a crosshair color of cyan might not be the best option. The cyan colored crosshair would blend in with the color of the map.
Also, with a map like Ascent that has a lot of areas of contrast between light and dark colors, you want to make sure that your crosshair color is not something that will get lost in the map background. White, red and cyan are most often used, but VALORANT players use a variety of other colors. It’s a matter of trial and error. Cyan might work great on some of the other maps, but needs to be switched specifically on Icebox. Make sure to practice using different crosshair colors to find the best one for your eyes.
Enemy highlight color is also important to take into consideration when choosing your crosshair color. To alter enemy highlight color, go under the “General” and then “Accessibility” options to find “Enemy Highlight Color”. Again, this is all about contrast. When the enemy highlight color is as visible as possible, it will be easier to hit important shots.
Practice in The Range!
Be sure to try out your crosshair settings before queuing into a big game. VALORANT has a great practice mode, the Range, that will let you try things out without any rating consequences. The Shooting Test will let you practice and improve your aim. It will also let you see how your crosshair lines up with enemy position from different distances. Try out different crosshairs before queuing into a match so you don’t get shot trying to decide if your crosshair looks right.
The Spike Plant and and Defuse options will also let you test out your aim with higher stakes- enemy movement and fire. Bot difficulty can be raised or lowered to match the type of enemies you usually play against.
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