The 22 Best Valorant Skins: Ranked (2022)

Anwell Patdu
Anwell Patdu
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Trying to find the best Valorant skin to use your VP on? Here are 22 of the best Valorant skins you can buy in 2022.

Valorant skins make the game more exciting by adding more flare and special effects to an already thrilling game. Each skin has unique features that differentiate it from the boring and plain black default skins.

The different Valorant skins all change the appearance of the weapons. Some skins have added special effects with custom reload animations, unique looks, and even stunning finishers. This is why everyone wants to get their hands on a weapon skin or two.

Although buying a Valorant skin won’t improve your aim, I suggest using one of the best aim trainers for that, it’ll make you look cool. You’ll also be very popular with most of your team asking you to drop them your different weapon skins.

There are tons of Valorant skins that get released each act. It can be hard to decide which knife skin you should buy when they release or what weapon skins you should wait to appear in your store. This is why we’ve gathered 22 of the best Valorant skins to help you decide.

Best Valorant Skins – Ranked

Before starting, here are a few rules we’ve used to create our list.

  1. We will only use one skin per bundle because each skin within the same bundle will have a similar look.
  2. We won’t include any Legacy or limited-time-only skins since you can longer purchase these skins, and they will not appear in your store.
  3. We didn’t include any battle pass skins because they won’t appear in your store and cannot be purchased individually.

The Different Valorant Skin Tiers

Each Valorant skin is released in bundles. These bundles are all categorized into one of the five tiers, which determines their price. Each weapon skin can be priced anywhere from 875 VP to 2675 VP, while knife skins start at 1750 VP and up to 5350 VP.

The different tiers can also be good indicators of each skin’s effects. The higher the tier, the higher the price, and the more effects it has. To help you out, we’ll also indicate each skin’s respective price and tier.

Here are the main differences between each skin tier:

  • Select Edition – These are the most basic and cheapest skins in Valorant. Typically, they’re only reskins and don’t include any animations or new sound effects.
  • Deluxe Edition – These skins are a step up from the Select Edition ones but still don’t usually come with animations or sound effects. However, they do offer better visuals overall.
  • Premium Edition – These are some of the most popular skins and where some of the best Valorant skins start to appear. They typically come with additional animations, sound effects, finishers, or a combination of the three.
  • Exclusive Edition – These skins are some of the best Valorant offers and are filled with different animations, sound effects, and exciting finishers. They also have multiple color variants, and pull-out animations, among other unique features.
  • Ultra Edition – Finally, these skins are the best of the best. There are only a select few skin lines here, but they’re definitely some of the most beautiful ones the game has to offer. They’re filled to the brim with effects, animations, and finishers. They can also have mind-blowing animations that make them feel like completely different weapons.

Now that we’ve established the rules and the different skin tiers, here are our picks for the 22 best Valorant skins.

1

Chronovoid Knife

an image of the chronovoid knife skin in Valorant

Price: 4350 VP
Tier Level: Exclusive Tier

The Chronovoid bundle is one of the best bundles in 2022 and has one of the best knife skins in the game. It was released alongside the Pearl changes in Patch 5.06. The Chronovoid Knife looks absolutely amazing, having a curved/circular shape with laser beams as its edge. It also has an insane-looking inspect that has you juggling a levitating orb between your hands.

Aside from the base model, the Chronovoid Knife has three different variants colored purple, red, and black. It can also be upgraded to level 2 with new animations. The upgrade also includes a new VFX model, animated equip with matching SFX, the animated inspect we’ve mentioned above, and a new slash VFX and SFX.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

2

Prime Vandal

a photo of the prime vandal Valorant skin

Price: 1775 VP
Tier Level: Premium Tier

Next up, we have another beloved collection with the Prime Collection. Even though a newer Prime bundle has been released, we still love the OG collection and chose the Prime Vandal to add to our list. It just sounds and looks different and still stands out to this day.

The Prime Vandal’s base model is colored black and white with gold accents all around. It looks sleek and premium and comes in orange, blue, and yellow variants. It also has a wolf’s head embedded near the rear of the gun.

The Prime Vandal also has three upgrade levels. Level 2 adds a muzzle flash and new gunfire VFX and SFX, and the wolf’s eyes light up. Level 3 adds more lighting and a reload animation. Finally, level 4 includes a kill banner, a new kill SFX, and an amazing finisher of a wolf devouring the enemy.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

3

Reaver Vandal

The Reaver vandal skin in Valorant

Price: 1775 VP
Tier Level: Premium Tier

Of course, we can’t have a best Valorant skins list without featuring the fan-favorite Reaver Collection. We’ve chosen the Reaver Vandal because it’s a great and simple-looking skin with a new gunfire SFX that fits the gun perfectly.

The Reaver Vandal comes in red, black, and white variants, with its base color being purple with silver and black linings. There are three upgrade levels. Level 2 adds a gunfire and muzzle VFX. The level 3 upgrade introduces a new inspect, reload, and equip animation with matching SFX. Finally, level 4 adds a new kill banner and a finisher where the enemy is pulled down into the unknown by multiple arms.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

4

Elderflame Judge

A photo of the elderflame judge

Price: 2475 VP
Tier Level: Ultra Tier

The Elderflame Bundle was the first Ultra Tier skins introduced to the game. It featured insane dragon skins that looked stunning. The skins felt like they were alive and were even breathing fire and snatching your magazines. The Elderflame Judge is one of the best Judge Valorant skins that you can buy in the game.

It comes in red, blue, and dark variants. The Elderflame Judge also has three different level upgrades. Level 2 features added VFX, gunfire, and muzzle flash. Level 3 is where the dragon starts to come to life with a new equip and reload animation. The final level features a kill banner and an amazing finisher where the enemy is burned by a dragon breathing fire from above.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

5

Ruination Knife

a photo of the ruination knife in Valorant also known as the Blade of the Ruined King

Price: 4350 VP
Tier Level: Exclusive Tier

The Ruination Bundle was a part of a crossover between League of Legends and Valorant. This introduced both the Ruination and Sentinels of Light Collections and added yet another set of amazing Valorant skins to the game. The Ruination Knife might be the best out of all of them because it’s literally Viego’s sword in League of Legends.

The Ruination Knife has a purple, red/yellow, and green variant, but the base theme already looks so badass. It features a single upgrade that adds a new equip, slash, and inspect animation. It also gains a new model and name, and you get to wear a ring on your head whenever you wield the Ruination Knife.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

6

Sentinels of Light Sheriff

The Sentinels of Light Sheriff  Valorant skin

Price: 2175 VP
Tier Level: Exclusive Tier

Of course, we can’t mention the Ruination Collection without mentioning its counterpart, the Sentinels of Light. We chose the Sentinels of Light Sheriff because the skin looks amazing on the gun and fits it perfectly.

The Sentinels of Light Sheriff has an elegant design with silver and black colors finished off by gold accents. It has pink, red/green, and blue/purple variants that all look amazing.

It also has three upgrade levels, with the first one adding a muzzle flash and a gunfire animation. The second upgrade adds a new equip, inspect, and reload animation. The final level features the addition of a kill banner and a finisher animation with a League of Legends-inspired theme.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

7

Oni Knife

a photo of the oni claw knife skin in Valorant

Price: 3550 VP
Tier Level: Premium Tier

The Oni skin line is one of the earliest popular skins in Valorant. It was based on Japanese folklore and highlights a horned ogre-like demonic creature. Although the entire bundle is beautiful, we chose the Oni Knife because of its unique look that fully captures the essence of the skin’s inspiration.

The Oni Knife doesn’t have any variants and is only available in its base red color. However, it has a level 2 upgrade that features additional lighting through the creature’s eyes and teeth, a new equip VFX and SFX, and a new slash effect and SFX. It’s definitely one of the more unique skins in the game and is a great knife to have in your inventory.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

8

Singularity Phantom

a photo of the singularity phantom

Price: 2175 VP
Tier Level: Exclusive Tier

The Singularity Phantom is a beautiful skin that is inspired by the depths of the unknown in our galaxy. It features a black and violet base design with angular edges and a shiny finish, giving it a strong appearance.

It has a blue, red, and purple colorway with three upgrade options. The level 2 upgrade adds muzzle flash, gunfire, model, and new equip animations. The level 3 option features a new inspect and reload animation. While the final upgrade adds a kill banner and an insanely cool finisher where your enemy gets sucked into a black hole.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

9

Spectrum Bulldog

A photo of the Spectrum Bulldog skin collab with Zedd

Price: 2675 VP
Tier Level: Exclusive Tier

The Spectrum Bulldog is one of the skins from Valorant’s collab with Zedd. It has a clean look with RGB finishes throughout the gun. But what really makes this skin so good are the inspect and finisher animations and SFX.

It comes in a sleek white finish with black, red, and purple/pink variants. The first upgrade adds muzzle flash and gunfire. The second upgrade adds hue shift based on location, new equip, inspect, and reload animations, and SFX. The final level adds a kill banner and a finisher with an insane concert-like feel.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

10

Protocol 781-A Phantom

The Protocol 781-A Phantom Valorant skin

Price: 2475 VP
Tier Level: Ultra Tier

The Protocol Phantom is an Ultra Tier skin, which means it’s one of the most expensive yet feature-rich skins Valorant offers. Even though it costs roughly $25, it’s still not as pricey as some of the most expensive CS:GO skins, making it a relatively good deal.

It has a white/pink, red/blue, and green variant, all with a futuristic military feel. The Protocol Phantom is also one of the game’s only skins with a level 5 upgrade.

The level 2 upgrade adds the standard muzzle flash and gunfire VFX. Level 3 adds a bit more flare with a new model, equip, inspect, and gunfire animation. The level 4 upgrade features a kill banner and the finisher, where a mechanical robot guns down the enemy and guards the area. Level 5 gives life to the gun by adding robotic voice lines for different types of actions.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

11

Forsaken Spectre

A photo of the Forsaken Spectre skin

Price: 1775 VP
Tier Level: Premium Tier

Next, we have a great skin for the Spectre from the Forsaken Collection. The Forsaken Collection is part of the themed skin lines that Valorant released. The other skins are the Tethered Realms and Sovereign. The best thing about the Forsake Spectre is that you are essentially getting both the Sovereign skin and the Forsaken skin with just a single purchase.

The Forsaken Spectre has a base color of dark green and silver. It also has a gold variant that greatly resembles the base color of the Sovereign skins but with cracks all over the weapon.

The level 2 upgrade comes with a new muzzle flash and gunfire VFX. The third level adds a new equip, inspect and reload animation and a subtle kill animation for the gemstones. The final level features the addition of a kill banner and a finisher where the enemy turns into a Forsaken angel that slowly crumbles to dust.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

12

Sovereign Ghost

Photo of the Sovereign Ghost skin

Price: 1775 VP
Tier Level: Premium Tier

Our next pick is the Sovereign Ghost. The Sovereign Collection is the first skin line that has a story tied to it. It’s part of the Tethered Realms, where the battle between Sovereign and Forsaken factions took place. The base skin model features an elegant white and gold finish that perfectly represents the collection.

The Sovereign Ghosts comes with three other variants. It has a gold, silver, and purple variant, all costing 15 Radianite to unlock. It also has a level 2 upgrade with a new muzzle, gunfire, and model VFX. The level 3 upgrade features better equip, model, and reload VFX. While the level 4 upgrade adds a kill banner and a finisher animation with a sword coming down from above.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

13

Origin Operator

The Origin Operator skin in Valorant

Price: 1775 VP
Tier Level: Premium Tier

If you’re looking for a great Operator skin to buy from your store, I suggest taking a look at the Origin Operator. This entire skin line features a cool levitating inspect, making the Operator float in the air while you are walking. You’ll end up pressing “Y” every time you bring out the Origin Operator.

It has a base design of a black body with gold accents. It also has a green, red, and white variant, but personally, the base and white look the best.

The first upgrade adds muzzle flash and gunfire VFX. Taking it further will give you a new model, equip, gunfire, reload animations, and the insane inspect I’ve been talking about. Finally, the last tier adds a kill banner and a finisher where your enemy gets summoned by a huge ring from above.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

14

Glitchpop Frenzy

a photo of the Glitchpop Frenzy

Price: 2175 VP
Tier Level: Exclusive Tier

The Glitchpop Collection is another line of Valorant skins that received a second bundle. Glitchpop is a very colorful skin line full of crazy explosions and fun craziness. The Glitchpop Frenzy might be the smallest gun in the collection, but it definitely packs quite the punch.

The Glitchpop Frenzy has a base color of pink and blue with stickers all over. It has blue, red, and gold variants that also feature similar stickers.

It has three different upgrade levels. The first upgrade features a muzzle and gunfire VFX. The second level offers a holographic image, new equip animation, and inspect. The final upgrade adds a kill banner and a finisher to the weapon, ending in a flurry of cute holographic stickers.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

15

Neptune Guardian

A photo of the white Neptune Guardian

Price: 1775 VP
Tier Level: Premium Tier

The Valorant skin is none other than the Neptune Guardian. What makes this skin so good are the cute little fishies swimming around in the small aquarium in the gun. It also makes a nice “PLOOP PLOOP” sound making it more exciting. It’s the perfect skin to take on Valorant’s Breeze Map or even Pearl, completing the aesthetic.

The Neptune Guardian’s base color is white with black and gold accents. It only has a black variant. The first upgrade converts the gun into an aquarium and adds an equip, inspect, reload, muzzle, and gunfire SFX. The level 3 upgrade features a new kill banner and kill sound effects.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

16

Gaia’s Vengeance Ghost

The Gaia's Vengeance Valorant skin

Price: 1775 VP
Tier Level: Premium Tier

The Gaia’s Vengeance Ghost is another great Ghost skin to wait for in your store. The Gaia’s Vengeance Collection is inspired by trees, with their design being twisted and entangled vines and branches. The base skin has a soft white tree-like finish with red accents.

The skin has a blue, green, and orange variant if you don’t like the base colorway. The first upgrade adds muzzle flash and gunfire animations. The second upgrade comes with a new inspect, equip, and reload VFX. The final upgrade features a kill banner and a finisher with a tree growing where you killed the enemy.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

17

RGX 11z Pro Classic

The RGX Classic skin

Price: 2175 VP
Tier Level: Exclusive Tier

Next up, we have another Classic skin. This time it’s the RGX 11z Pro Classic. The RGX Collection is inspired by PCs that go BRRRR and guns that go PEW PEW. It’s definitely one of the best Valorant skins that you can add to your collection.

The base color features a green and black design but has red, blue, and yellow variants. There are a few upgrades for you to unlock. The level 2 upgrade adds RGB to the gun with a new muzzle flash and gunfire animation. Level 3 gives you a new equip, inspect, gunfire, and reload animation along with hit markers and bullet tracers.

Like other skins, the level 4 upgrade introduces kill banners and a finisher, with the final enemy being trapped between electric pillars before going KABOOM! Finally, level 5 adds a kill counter to the gun that tracks the number of kills you have in the game.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

18

Recon Knife

A photo of the recon knife skin in Valorant

Price: 3550 VP
Tier Level: Premium Tier

Next, we have another knife skin on our list. I know we all love flashy knives and their unique looks. However, the Recon Knife is one of the more basic skins. The Recon Knife is one of the best Valorant skins because it’s a butterfly knife. The inspect alone makes it such a thing of beauty.

The Recon Balisong has a green military theme as its base design. It has three variants red camo, blue camo, and green camo. The skin only has one upgrade level which updates the equip, post-slash, and the aforementioned inspect animation.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

19

Valorant Go! Vol. 1 Knife

The Valorant Go! Vol. 1 skin where Jett is featured on the blade

Price: 3550 VP
Tier Level: Premium Tier

Valorant Go! Vol. 1 is a series of skins that were inspired by anime. Riot took their own agents and turned their designs into anime-like characters, complete with chibi gun buddies. The Valorant Go! Vol. 1 Knife is one of the best Valorant skins for a true fan of the game because it’s shaped like Jett’s kunai from her ultimate.

It doesn’t have any other color variants but has a blue handle and the anime version of Jett embedded on the blade. It only has one upgrade level where it gains a new equip animation, similar to Jett’s Blade Storm ultimate.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

20

BlastX Odin

The BlastX Odin with a purple, green, and orange color combination

Price: 2175 VP
Tier Level: Exclusive Tier

Have you ever wondered if Nerf guns existed in the Valorant world? Well, the BlastX Collection is probably the closest thing to Nerf in Valorant. The BlastX Odin is definitely the most enjoyable to use because you can easily spam those foam bullets through enemies. Even though Nerfs don’t hurt, the BlastX does.

The BlastX Odin has a Buzz Lightyear-like theme going for it, finished with a plastic build. It has three upgrade levels and a black, yellow, and pink variant. Though, I do personally feel like the base design looks the best.

The first upgrade adds a muzzle, gunfire, and hit markers that leave foam darts on surfaces. The next upgrade features a new equip animation. Finally, the last upgrade adds a kill banner and finisher where the enemy is perfectly wrapped as a gift, finished off with a confetti explosion.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

21

Gravitational Uranium Neuroblaster (G.U.N.) Classic

Gravitational Uranium Neuroblaster (G.U.N.) Classic skin in Valorant

Price: 1775 VP
Tier Level: Premium Tier

This next skin is a mouthful. The Gravitational Uranium Neuroblaster, or simply G.U.N. Collection is inspired by traditional sci-fi tropes from movies and comics. The G.U.N. Classic is undoubtedly one of the best classic skins you can buy in Valorant. It has a green and black body with a sticker and is pretty much what you would expect a sci-fi pistol would look like.

The G.U.N. Classic has three color variants, chrome, black, and red/blue. It only has a single upgrade which adds a muzzle flash and gunfire effect, which complete the whole sci-fi trope. I suggest trying out the red/blue variant because it’s the one closest to those old-school space-themed movies.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

22

Winterwunderland Knife

a candy cane-looking knife skin from the Winterwunderland collection

Price: 2550 VP
Tier Level: Deluxe Tier

Next up, we have one of the cheapest Valorant knife skins in the game. The Winterwunderland Knife is perfect for players who like to feel the holiday spirit. It’s a festive gag knife that comes in a shape of a candy cane. It’s definitely one of the best Valorant skins that you can buy if you’re looking for a cheap knife.

Unfortunately, the Winterwunderland Knife doesn’t have any upgrade levels, which means no additional animations. However, it does have green, blue, and rainbow variants. It also has a hidden easter egg. If you hit a certain number of walls, boxes, or barriers in the game, it’ll eventually break and form a deadly but sweet candy dagger.

Here’s what the skin sounds like in-game:

Conclusion

Those were our picks for the best Valorant skins that you can buy in 2022. These skins are great in their own right and worthy of being added to any player’s inventory. They can cost quite a hefty penny, though, so make sure to watch your spending.

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