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The 5 best aim trainers for VALORANT

You'll be clicking heads in no time.

Undoubtedly, having a better aim will help you climb the ladder faster in VALORANT, a game known for its “precise gunplay” (whether you take that seriously or not). While aim certainly isn’t the only thing you need to succeed in VALORANT, getting used to the aim style and weapons in the game is an essential step for any player.

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Aim trainers are beneficial because they remove any other distracting aspects of VALORANT gameplay from the equation, stripping the focus down to clicking heads. By using an aim trainer, you don’t need to worry about ability usage, team coordination, or game sense in general.

Aim trainers allow you to isolate your aiming skill, which can reveal weak spots and point to areas where you can improve. 

Though aim training is not required to climb the ladder, many players see a clear correlation between headshot hit percentage and achieving a higher rank.

Here are the five best aim trainers to help you on your journey to Radiant in VALORANT.

The best FPS aim trainers for VALORANT

5. Aimbeast Aim Trainer

A player aims at a basic model of an enemy in Aimbeast, hovering their crosshair over the enemy's head.
Image via Aimbeast on Steam

Aimbeast is a trainer high-level players have used in several FPS games since its release in 2020. Although the graphics and models in this game are simpler than other aim trainers, this isn’t necessarily a downside. This aim trainer allows you to get down to the basics without distractions, letting you focus on the fundamentals.

The visual design of the bots may be simple, but the bot AI is customizable and one of the best features of this game. In addition, the targets have small heads attached to their bodies, allowing you to practice your crosshair placement at head level. Aimbeast also has a ranking system similar to VALORANT that judges your abilities in three different skills; clicking, tracking, and switching.

Aimbeast has a map editor that makes it very easy to change the placement of boxes and walls. You can customize your environment to change features of the map and even choose settings that mimic the lighting and terrain of certain maps. If you always struggle to hold a certain angle or line up your crosshair around a particular map obstacle, you can practice in Aimbeast if you’d like.

If you create a map you find particularly useful, you can also share it with other Aimbeast players in the Steam workshop.

Aimbeast is a paid aim trainer unlike others on this list, which bumps it down a few spots for that reason alone. You can buy it for $7.99 on Steam, which is an improvement to the original $19.99 price tag.

Though you can get an experience similar to Aimbeast for free, if the price isn’t an obstacle and you want to grind seriously with great AI and community features, this trainer is worth the money.

4. SteelSeries 3D Aim Trainer

A player aims at targets holding a pistol in one of SteelSeries 3D Aim Trainer's practice modes.
Image via 3D Aim Trainer on Steam

SteelSeries 3D Aim Trainer is a free aim trainer you can even play quickly in your browser without downloading the game. If you want access to features like progress tracking, advanced settings, and features that correlate to VALORANT specifically, you will have to sign up for an account on the website or download the full version on Steam. The best way to get value out of this aim trainer is definitely to use the full version.

If you need to practice flicking or train against bots, you can use the various custom game modes in this aim trainer to suit your needs. 3D Aim Trainer also has a lot of in-depth analytics, showing comparisons of how your aim has improved over time. In other words, the more you play it, the more you can tailor your aim training to enhance your abilities and train your weaknesses.

A key feature of this aim trainer that makes it particularly helpful for VALORANT players is that SteelSeries actually has an entire regimen curated specifically for those using 3D Aim Trainer to improve their aim in VALORANT. This routine focuses on developing areas of your aim that will be helpful for VALORANT specifically. Since many aim trainers are used to improving across various FPS games, the inclusion of not only a VALORANT-specific mode but an entire regimen makes this aim trainer particularly appealing.

3D Aim Trainer is also completely free and is still being developed, so the developer will add more features and optimize existing features over time. Even from when we first put this list together, 3D Aim Trainer has already made huge improvements that make it even more appealing for VALORANT players.

3. KovaaK’s Aim Trainer

A player holds a rifle in an area of KovaaK's built by basic, red shapes. There are silhouettes of enemies running across the landscape.
Image via KovaaK’s on Steam

KovaaK’s is one of the best aim trainers on the market and is helpful for a variety of games, including VALORANT. The game allows the player to practice their aim and techniques in various situations and like Aimbeast, offers a map creator to simulate maps in VALORANT. If you want to practice jiggle-peeking C Long on Haven or around the boxes on Pearl’s A Site, you can put the elements in place in KovaaK’s. You can also customize the AI bots in the scenarios to make them act like players in a game. The bots can be modified to emulate certain playstyles and agents or to use weapons that you struggle with.

Another clear advantage KovaaK’s has over other aim trainers on this list is the game is partnered with NVIDIA, so it runs smoothly with very little input lag. This means if you’re running KovaaK’s on a gaming PC, you will get a similarly optimized experience in the aim trainer as you do in VALORANT.

The only con to this is that KovaaK’s, unlike other aim trainers, has decent minimum system requirements in order to run it. Your PC must have at least 4GB of RAM and a minimum Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom X3 865 processor. The graphics optimization is great, but if your PC can’t handle it, you won’t be able to use this trainer the way it is designed. That said, if your PC can’t run KovaaK’s, it probably can’t run VALORANT well either.

KovaaK’s also can be a grind-worthy game in itself. If you love improving your skills and getting into a meditative pattern with aim practice, KovaaK’s might be a great choice to actually funnel tons of hours into. You can purchase KovaaK’s for $9.99 on Steam, and though this puts it as the most expensive trainer on this list, we believe it is truly worth the price.

2. The Range

A player shoots at a large target in VALORANT's practice range.
Image via Riot Games

Though it may seem lackluster compared to some other customizable game modes in FPS games, one of the best ways to truly practice your VALORANT mechanics is to use the assets available in the game itself.

Just five minutes in the range with the strafing bots can help you in ranked games. You can try out a variety of weapons and skins. Although testing out cosmetics and practicing with them might seem like a waste of time, VALORANT is known for having cosmetics that change the sound and feel of the weapons. Practicing with these cosmetics will help you get used to the reverberance of your new Sentinels of Light Vandal or the flashy animations on your Radiant Crisis 001 Phantom.

The range also has another clear advantage over other aim trainers: the bots are the same shape and size as the actual agent models. It honestly feels like you’re practicing against a big army of KAY/Os. The movement, though certainly not as humanlike or intuitive as Aimbeast’s or other AI, will help you learn how to tap fire, counter strafe, and track. You can also use every agent’s ability in the range if you want to practice combinations or timing with certain abilities.

The truth is that even though aim trainers can help you develop skills that will benefit you in VALORANT, the only way to really get better at the game is to practice in the game itself. And rather than jumping straight into a competitive match right away, you should always take some time in The range to warm up.

The Range is in VALORANT, and you can enter it solo at any time and play any agent, completely for free.

1. Aim Lab Aim Trainer

A player shoots at red targets, bursting them open, in Aim Lab.
Image via Aim Lab

Aim Lab is the official aim training software partnered with the VALORANT Champions Tour. In addition to drills designed to help you develop the skills that are needed in VALORANT, Aim Lab also contains near-exact copies of the guns and maps in the game.

Similar to 3D Aim Trainer, Aim Lab is still in development and free on Steam.

Aim Lab features a large variety of modes to test different skills, from flicking to crosshair placement. Professional players and streamers will often use Aim Lab to warm up before a game. The simple visuals make the trainer intuitive, meaning you can keep rolling through game modes for hours without having to think too much. It’s a great way to help train your subconscious to aim better, so when you’re actually in a VALORANT game, you can focus on your utility usage and team play.

The developers plan to add more map features, increased AI customization, and more in the future. There are also currently options to customize the weapons, create your own recoil settings, and customize the weapon sound effects. There is even an option to practice with Jett’s ultimate ability knives instead of a standard gun. The community around this aim trainer is also very active, and the trainer even has its own Discord server.

Aim Lab offers rewards for completing certain challenges (some have to do with VCT/VALORANT events), as well as aim tips so you can learn dynamically as you play.

The basic version of Aim Lab is free, but there are several paid tiers that grant you access to even more features.

These best VALORANT aim trainers will have you increasing your headshot hit percentage in no time. With consistent practice, your skills will certainly be on the rise.


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Nadine Manske
Nadine is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She covers VALORANT and Overwatch with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region and marginalized genders in esports. Before joining Dot Esports as a freelance writer, she interned at Gen.G Esports and the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her favorite Pokémon is Quagsire.