This is how it shoots with the Spectre in Valorant

Valorant Weapon Guide – Part 1: Spectre

Valorant Spectre

The great EarlyGame guide to the weapons in Valorant with tips and tricks. (Image credit: Riot Games)

In Valorant, weapons are arguably the most important thing. With our big weapon guide, we want to take a closer look at them. Today we start with the Spectre.

At the moment there are 17 weapons in Valorant, but we can expect even more after the release on June 2nd. There's a lot of variety: From pistols to shotguns to assault rifles and snipers. Is there a specific strategy for each of them? What is the shooting pattern, what is the damage and the rate of fire? We'll tell you.

The Spectre - SMG of dreams

Without a doubt, the Spectre is one of the best weapons in the game right now, at least until the meta changes with new weapons, nerfs and buffs. The SMG is great for an aggressive playstyle with a preference for flanking, especially at short to medium range. In addition, it is a real bargain as a fully automatic weapon for 1,600 creds (the other automatic rifles usually cost more).

Valorant Waffen Guide Spectre

The Spectre with a fancy skin. (Image credit: Riot Games)

Damage, fire rate, shot pattern

First the bad news: body shots and leg shots cause less damage with the Spectre than the cheaper Stinger SMG. The Spectre focuses on headshots and thus compensates for this small weakness. Only two or three headshots (depending on enemy armor) with the Spectre can kill an opponent from a distance of up to twenty meters - for a weapon designed for close combat this is remarkable. Each headshot causes 78 damage at a rate of up to 13.33 shots per second. A magazine offers 30 shots, so you'll need to reload often. There is another difficulty: the shot pattern. After the first handful of bullets, aiming becomes more and more difficult and the recoil increases. If you keep on firing, you will notice that the Spectre jumps alternately from left to right while aiming, in almost impossible to predict directions. A way to go around this would be to fire in bursts.

Spectre strategies

The Spectre is not a defensive weapon, if you want to hold a position there are certainly better choices. Its high rate of fire and short-range lethality make it the ideal choice for surprise attacks or when you are a defender ambushing the attackers. However, the Spectre should be played on the offense.

When should you buy the Spectre?

In a tactical shooter every team, every player in Valorant has to ask himself when to buy which weapon. The economy is important! Sometimes it is necessary to do an eco round in order to be able to afford good weapons later. There are much cheaper alternatives to the Spectre. There are also better options for the full-buy rounds, in which the money for weapons is just blown away. So when should you buy the Spectre? When you are in between. You already have enough money to afford something better but if you lose the round with that you'll go broke. In this case, the Spectre is the optimal choice. If the team makes a full buy, but you're a bit tighter on cash yourself, then the Spectre can also be a good choice.

The Best Agents for Spectre

Since the weapon itself supports an aggressive playstyle, the agents who use it should also be more likely to use it. Phoenix or Jett will find a loyal companion in the Spectre when flanking, while Brim and Viper will be able to use it well in combination with their attacks.

This was the first part of our Valorant Weapons Guide. Continue reading with our next guide in the series, about Operator.

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