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Valorant Weapon Guide – Part 7: Bulldog
Valorant has agents with abilities, but weapons are still the most crucial aspect. Take a look at today's Valorant weapon guide, as we explore the Bulldog.
At the moment, there are 17 weapons in Valorant, but we can expect Riot to add even more in the future. The variety is there: From the sniper to the shotgun, to the assault rifle. The tactical shooter lives up to its name, but which weapon is suitable for which agent? Which strategy should one pursue with which weapon and what is the shooting pattern, damage, and the rate of fire? Read on to find out.
The Bulldog – Inexpensive, but Not Cheap
As the cheapest rifle, the Bulldog in Valorant is a solid pick - at least if you master it. It's just not that easy to aim. It costs an average amount and leaves enough credits in your account to equip yourself with a shield and some abilities. The Bulldog lives up to its name because its sound gives everyone on the map goosebumps. Sure, it's not quiet, but at least you can take your opponent out of the game with a loud bang.
Damage, Fire Rate, Spray Pattern
If you're buying the Bulldog as an upgrade for your SMG, you'll notice it offers some advantages. One headshot or three body hits and an unarmored opponent goes down. Shots to the head do 116 damage, to the body 35 and to the legs 30. The rate of fire is also slightly lower than with SMGs: 9.15 bullets per second with a magazine size of 24 shots. The Bulldog has one very good thing going for it and that is the fact that damage does not decrease over distance. Whether you're shooting an enemy 10 meters away or 50 meters away makes no difference. The damage remains the same.
On the other hand, hitting a target at long range isn't as easy as it sounds. The Bulldog's shooting pattern requires some training: after about three shots the weapon pulls up, only to sink down again later and then turn into a right-left swing. It is better to practice this a few times before trying it in an actual game. To compensate, it is a good idea to move the weapon downwards after the first shots and then move it left and right yourself - just slightly to compensate for the movement of the weapon.
Because the Bulldog has an "adventurous" shooting pattern and is not exactly quiet, it is not perfect for flanking, unless you can quickly take out all your close enemies before they can react. The Bulldog can one-tap unarmored opponents at any distance, so if your enemies are just doing an eco-round, you can go wild. Alternatively, you can stick with one of your teammates and finish off wounded enemies. The weapon has medium wall penetration so it won't go through the thickest of walls, but in almost any other case you'll be able to deal some damage.
When Should You Buy the Bulldog?
Yes, the Bulldog is the cheapest rifle in the game, but 2100 credits is still quite high. The best time to buy it is when your opponents are making a saving round or you have won the pistol round before. The weapon is especially useful if you want to spend some money on equipment to shield certain heroes - sometimes this is worth more than the more expensive, better weapon.
The Best Agents for the Bulldog
Any agent with a weapon is well advised to use it if he can control it. Both attackers and defenders benefit from the Bulldog, but there's usually a better choice. For instance, defenders can hold a point better with a sniper or the Vandal. On the internet, you can see many Sage players reach for the Bulldog and go off alone, but we also recommend Jett, Breach, Raze, and Brimstone.
Next week we will continue with the next part of our Valorant Guide. Until then we have lots of Valorant News and more tips & tricks about the weapons in Riots tactical shooter.
MORE VALORANT WEAPON GUIDES:
- Valorant Weapon Guide – Part 4: Ares
- Valorant Weapon Guide – Part 5: Marshal
- Valorant Weapon Guide - Part 6: Vandal