Hey everyone! Today I’m going to be talking about aiming in Valorant. The aim is obviously one of the most, if not the most important aspect of Valorant and by improving your aim you will improve a large portion of your gameplay and climb ranks faster.
I’m a professional Valorant booster here at Boosting Factory and today I’m going to tell you 10 reasons why your aim is bad, but also how to fix it. So without further ado, let’s dig in.
1. Learn Counter Strafing
If you’re not sure what counter strafing is, it’s simple. If you’re moving in one direction and you suddenly see someone, counter strafing is pressing the opposite direction key in order to stop moving immediately and achieve the most precise first shot possible. For example, you’re moving left with an A key, you see someone, you immediately press D and then start shooting.
Many players don’t use this because in lower ranks it’s not that necessary, however, as you climb and duels become increasingly harder and sweaty, you will need to start practicing counter-strafing.
2. Be More Aggressive When Enemies Know Your Position
Valorant, just like many other FPS games, has a so-called “peeker’s advantage” which means that the game favors the aggressor and not the one holding the angle. Therefore, when enemies know where you are, for example hiding in a corner, they have an advantage over you if they aggressively push your corner by utilizing counter strafing.
This also works if you’re holding a corner that’s a well-known corner and enemies will aggressively check it when pushing. If you’re holding such an angle and you know they’re coming, it’s often not a good idea to just sit like a sitting duck.
3. Don’t Focus Only On Flicking Aim
There are essentially three types of aim.
- Flicking Aim
- Tracking Aim
Most players focus on the flicking aim because it’s the coolest looking one, flicking someone into a headshot is dope, yeah. But the game itself doesn’t include that much flicking, it’s mostly all about pre-aiming and minor tracking aim, flicking aim is the sugar on the top.
I suggest a video by our coach Sky
who made one for Overwatch
, however, it works for pretty much all games.
Therefore, pre-aiming is the best, knowing your crosshair placement
and then implementing tracking to aim for the head. Flicking comes last when you pick up a kill in order to be able to flick to the other side where another enemy is hiding. However, as you can see, if you hadn’t pre-aimed well, you would have died before even trying flicking.
4. Stop Crouching All The Time
First of all, crouching when shooting is a good thing, sometimes... especially against players who know their pre-aim game as explained in tip #3, however, against worse players who do not aim for the head, crouching will only set-up easier headshots for the enemies because they aimed for your body.
When crouching is actually good is when you’re in a long spray fight when you didn’t pick up a kill in the first few bullets, crouching will help you be more precise. Otherwise, instantly crouching is just a bad habit many players have.
5. Learn When To Reset And When To Spray
Essentially, when you start spraying and the guy just isn’t dying, there are two things you can do, stop firing to reset spray and hope you don’t die or control your spray. Sprays aren’t fully controllable, there’s an RNG component in every spray but you can try to make the most of it.
In order to decide whether you’re going to keep spraying or try to reset, it usually depends on the range and how much damage you’ve done. If it’s a really long-range fight and you’ve done very little damage to the enemy, it’s best to try and reset, if the enemy is close to dying, whether, by your damage or prior damage by your teammates, it’s better to spray and pray.
This will also take practice and experience, with time you will simply feel whether it’s time to reset or keep spraying just like our Valorant boosting
6. The Enemy Is Holding EVERY Angle
When moving throughout the map and especially pushing the site, you need to pre-aim the angles where enemies usually are or even could possibly be. You need to put yourself in the mind-state where every possible angle on your route is a potential hiding place for the enemy.
Make sure your crosshair is well placed, add a sprinkle of peeker advantage, and flick aim and yell CLEAR!
when checking angles.
7. Do Not Hold Close Angles
This is a follow-up on #6. Let’s say you planted the spike and you hold an angle that’s very close to the enemy’s location and they need to move through you to get to the spike. If they’re any good like you are after reading #6, they will aggressively check those close angles and kill you.
This is why it’s best to be as far away from their route and kill them from the distance instead of a close gunfight where they have a peeker’s advantage. An alternative is to hold an angle where they have to check both left and right and gamble a 50/50 on where you are giving you a little more advantage.
8. Stop Panicking… Eventually
Especially in pistol rounds where you engage in a gunfight and start spamming it like crazy instead of taking your time and actually aiming, which will then result in more kills even though the situation currently looks dire and you think you don't have time.
There’s no quick fix for this. It’s practice and confidence essentially. You need to become more confident by playing more, reading more guides and watching streams. And then you need to internalize that you can’t always spray and spam fire, calm down and shoot slower if the situation requires you to do so, whether it’s a pistol round or a long-range Vandal shot.
9. Play More Deathmatch
Your aim won’t magically improve after reading this guide, this guide will show you what to practice, but you actually need to put in time. One of the best ways is by playing deathmatch. We even made a guide on it called The Top 3 Reasons Why You Need To Play More Deathmatch In Valorant.
If you don’t like DM, that’s fine, play normals or ranked, however, PUT IN THE TIME.
10. Buy Valorant Coaching
If you have money to spare and you want to become better in Valorant, why not buy some 1 on 1 coaching lessons where a professional Valorant coach can give you pointers. You can head to our Valorant coaching
section and pick a coach that suits you the best. This is the ideal way to become better on Valorant for players who have extra cash sitting around.
And of course, don’t forget our Valorant rank boosting
for those who sadly don’t have time or simply want to skip some ranks. You can play with a Radiant player of ours or we can handle it for you, whichever suits you more.
Thanks for reading and happy hunting!