What does Thrifty mean in Valorant?

Agents Phoenix and Brimstone on the Split map in Valorant.

Agents Phoenix and Brimstone on the Split map in Valorant.

Competitive video games, especially those that have a professional esports scene, have established various jargon terms which are widely known by players all over the world. And although this particular one could work in any number of similar games, 'thrifty' in Valorant has become one of its grassroots terms used throughout.

The breakout FPS title by Riot Games took the gaming industry by storm when it was released, and one of the most exciting things it introduced is the use of 'thrifty' during matches. This guide explains what 'thrifty' means in Valorant and when a team will receive the message during round wins.

While you are here, check out this article that explains other Valorant slang, such as NT, WP, and GL. Also, try out the best crosshairs used by professional players to win tournament money.

What does Thrifty mean in Valorant?

The word 'thrifty' in Valorant essentially has the same meaning as in real life, so 'using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully.'

Valorant's players tend to say 'thrifty' whenever their team spends less money, improves their economy rating, and pulls off a win. This term can be heard whenever a team wins after they enter a round using pistols, shotguns, or cheaper weapons when it is not the first or second round.

So, if you manage to win a round just by using the weapons mentioned above, the term 'thrifty' is something you may encounter in Valorant, especially at a competitive level. It is not a form of trash talk at all. It may boost your morale, especially if you somehow turn the tables during a game while being thrifty.

That's what 'thrifty' means in Valorant. For more Valorant content, check out what CT means or how to improve your gameplay to secure more wins! Alternatively, we also recommend our guides to play as various underrated Agents, such as Astra, Breach, and Yoru.

This article was updated on 26th January 2023 by Ramses Miaco.

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