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Valorant Weapon Guide – Part 2: Operator

Valorant Operator

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Valorant is finally out and weapons are the most important thing. In our big guide take a closer look at them. Today we continue with the Operator.

At the moment there are 17 weapons in Valorant, but we can expect even more to be added in the future. The variety is great: 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 Operator - an expensive pleasure

One Shot, One Kill! The Operator's motto, of course, only for those who know how to use it properly. Anyone with enough practice at fast aiming and shooting in the training area will soon be able to scope with it. No matter whether at close or long distances, whether as attacker or defender, this sniper is the ideal companion in Valorant. But keep in mind that good aim is obligatory, reloading takes time and the rate of fire is very low, so every shot should be a hit.

Valorant operator

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Damage, fire rate, shot pattern

The abbreviation of the weapon is OP - and that says it all. There's no damage loss at long range, so stay covered, aim well and take out your enemies with just one click. A headshot causes 255 damage, a hit in the torso 150, so with a steady hand, the operator player is extremely deadly. The hard part, however, comes when you miss. A shot in the leg causes 127 damage - with shields a kill is no longer guaranteed here. If you miss, you put yourself in danger very quickly. The fire rate is 0.75 bullets per second. So whoever misses needs a whole second to shoot again. The magazine has only five bullets but in most rounds, they should be enough to finish the job. The accuracy with the 5x zoom is remarkable and the gun hardly warps. Wallbangs are also possible and deadly. Nevertheless, a lot of practice is required.

Operator Strategies

Unlike the Spectre, the Operator is a good defensive weapon. Hold a point? No problem. The best thing is to find a safe hiding place from where you have a good overview and can cover a site or its access. Then you have to wait and show patience. Open terrain makes you vulnerable, so alleys that only give the attackers one point of entry are ideal. As with many snipers, it is important to have a good secondary weapon that compensates for the weaknesses of the first, i.e. a pistol with a high rate of fire.

When should you buy the Operator?

The Operator is a weapon that can only be afforded after a few rounds, simply because of the insane price of 4,500 credits. Although it is useful for both defenders and attackers, we recommend it, especially for defenders. Points like A-Main on Split or B-Long on Bind can be held perfectly with the Operator. The sniper unfolds its potential in the late game, where it is incredibly deadly in the right hands.

The Best Agents for the Operator

Depending on the situation, the weapon can help any Valorant agent. Despite that, it is especially good for those who are sent to hold a point or to scout places well from a distance. Sova and Sage, who are often played more defensively, can use the weapon to take out enemies from a distance without putting themselves in danger. Omen also gets along well with the Operator, as he can teleport and reach places you wouldn't expect him to be. An aggressive Viper that uses her venom to snipe from a distance is also a frequently seen combo.

As always, you can find more tips and tricks about Valorant on EarlyGame, for example, the new Agent Reyna - and how to play her.

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