VALORANT offers a wide variety of possibilities to customize your crosshair. Though small adjustments to your crosshair may seem like an insignificant detail, making sure you have the best crosshair in the game for you by customizing the right settings can prove to be important in helping you aim quicker and with more accuracy.
In any FPS game, the goal is to set yourself up in multiple ways to be able to make split-second decisions and perform your best under pressure. Though in VALORANT your crosshair is important, so are your keybinds for abilities and your other UI settings. Therefore having the right setup can make a big difference.
Types of VALORANT crosshairs
The key to finding a good crosshair is to locate the balance between visibility of the crosshair and the rest of the game without distraction. You want your crosshair to be easily visible when you load into the map, but if it is too large, bright, or defined it might prove more harmful than helpful.
With the proper crosshair, you should be able to focus on your surroundings as well as the targets you’re aiming at. But when you find that perfect headshot opportunity, you need to be able to trust your crosshair to (literally) point you in the right direction.
There are three shapes of crosshair that we recommend. The first is the classic crosshair, which is the bulk of what we will discuss in this article.
This crosshair shape is a classic for a reason: it allows you to vertically and horizontally orient yourself with the target and the environment around them.
In general, it is best to keep your crosshair small.
Best crosshair colors
It’s generally a good idea to begin by choosing a different color than the default one in the crosshair options. Lines in a vivid color, like cyan, red, or green, stand out more easily than black or white because they usually don’t blend into the environment.
If you are color blind, there should be options in the menu that will work for you, though unlike in some other FPS games, you can’t completely customize the color.
Some VALORANT players have had issues with their crosshairs on Icebox in particular. Though cyan tends to be a popular color, on a map that has a bright blue sky as well as ice and snow everywhere, you might want to switch to a different color.
Best crosshair outlines
Outlines add thickness and allow the crosshair to be easier to spot, but they are by no means necessary. This is up to personal preference, so try out a few games using outlines and a few without.
It’s not useful when you choose a vivid color here because it already serves the purpose of standing out from the map environment. The best color to use for outlines is black.
We don’t recommend making your crosshair outlines too thick, because they can overtake the actual color of your crosshair and start looking too bulky.
Best crosshair offset
This setting is all a matter of style to find if you’re more comfortable playing with or without offset lines. The disadvantage of setting the offset to zero is that the center of your target is hidden—but it also makes it easier to aim accurately.
Movement and firing error
This option can be activated both for the inner and outer lines of the crosshair. The movement and firing errors show when your bullets spread because of your movement, such as walking or running, and when you get recoil by firing continuously.
If you’ve never played VALORANT before, it might be helpful to see the movement firing error lines, because you’ll be able to see how much moving around really affects your accuracy. Most players, however, find these lines to be incredibly distracting, so once you understand the concept you should turn them off.
For beginners, put the movement and firing error on the outer lines only. It’s four dots around the target that spread when the errors are on. You can deactivate them once you acquire the necessary reflexes.
Other crosshair shapes
The other viable shapes for your VALORANT crosshair are the dot, or circle, and the square.
There are players who find even the lines of the traditional crosshair shape to be distracting, so they decide to use a dot instead. This is probably the most minimalist style of reticle, and plenty of Radiant and professional players use a dot.
Here is a simple way to start off with a dot crosshair, you can play around with the settings to make it right for you. Everything said in the last section about color and size still applies.
The square is a similar idea to the dot, and some people prefer it for its sharper edges and more defined shape.
What crosshair settings do streamers and pros use?
Here are the crosshairs of some VALORANT streamers, such as Summit1G, Brax, and DrLupo. As you can see, there’s no such thing as a perfect crosshair. But, in general, these are almost all small and have a vivid color.
Here are some codes for other pro players:
- TenZ: 0;s;1;P;c;5;h;0;f;0;0t;1;0l;4;0o;1;0a;1;0f;0;1b;0;S;c;5;o;1
- aspas: 0;P;c;5;o;1;d;1;z;3;f;0;0b;0;1b;0
- Sacy: 0;P;h;0;0t;1;0l;4;0o;1;0a;1;0f;0;1t;3;1o;2;1a;1;1m;0;1f;0
- yay: 0;P;h;0;0l;4;0o;0;0a;1;0f;0;1b;0
It also isn’t a bug to see the crosshair changing sometimes after you’ve died, because the option of showing the spectated player’s crosshair is enabled by default in-game. You can turn it off in the crosshair settings.
The optimal way to find the crosshair that suits you best is to play with the options and test out several of them in several games. You’ll naturally see what you’re the most comfortable with over time.