08 Apr 2021 9:10 AM +00:00

Valorant: How to get skins and play in style in Riot's new shooter

Valorant, Riot Games' class-based tactical shooter, is finally here and available for free.

If you're looking to slay in style, you'll want to earn skins. Here's how.



The Store

"The Store rotates weapon and melee skins in two sections: Featured and Offers. The Featured section rotates every two weeks and the Offers section rotates every 2–3 days.

VALORANT Points, or VP for short, is the premium currency you can use to unlock content. VP can only be purchased using real currency within the VALORANT game client."

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Radianite Points Evolve Your Skins


"VALORANT is introducing Radianite Points as a way to evolve certain weapon skins. The first level is unlocked when you get the skin.

You can then use Radianite Points to unlock each additional level, featuring customizations like new visual effects, audio, animations, unique finishers, and variants.

The primary way to earn Radianite Points is via the battle pass, but you can acquire more in the store."

Weapon And Melee Skins


"VALORANT is an FPS, and you’re going to spend a lot of time looking at your weapons. It just made sense to make unique weapon skins the primary source of customization.

You can obtain them in the store, through Contracts, and the Battle Pass.

Even with all the different customizations we have ready and planned, we made sure all content—weapon skins especially—are designed not to interfere with gameplay.

While the characteristics of a weapon might change when customized by a skin (model, animation, visual effects, audio), these features are not intended to provide positive or negative advantage to a player.

If we find any skin does cross this line, know it was accidental and that we will adjust.

Additionally, it’s important to note that other players will only see your skin’s model changes.

Every other change, from new reload/equip animations, to visual effects and sounds, will only apply to your personal game experience with no impact on other players (i.e. a Vandal with a different skin will always sound like a Vandal to the enemy)."


Valorant: How to earn skins

There are two main ways you can earn skins in Valorant. Here's a brief overview of each.

In-Game Store

As you'd imagine with a modern-day videogame, players can purchase items with real money. You'll need to buy a points currency that you then use to unlock skins.

Don't worry, beta purchases carry through to the full game.

Complete Contracts

Each character has their own series of contracts, each offering cosmetic rewards.

Once you've completed them, you'll find new weapon skins available.