Valorant has been one of the most popular, free-to-play first-person hero shooter games. From it’s time of arrival back in June 2020, the game has developed too much in just a year as it’s following and the player base has grown. Valorant is also the most watched game on Twitch in the preceding year.
Riot Games introduced a lots of new agents and gun skins that made the playing experience bit more enjoyable and maintained it as one of the most popular PC Games from the time of its release, with players trying out different guns and their compatibility to the situational battle, the existence of shorty has always been the part of the question that some people grab instant kills with it but for others mostly just miss most of the bullets as the gun comes with a very few bullets and then run out of ammo.
So let’s take a look at what kind of weapon is Shorty and in what situations you can use the side arm and in what situations it can give you some crisp instant head-shot kills in the game, and also the main question that lies…
Is Shorty good in Valorant?
So without any further ado, let’s get into it.
Is Shorty a Pistol in Valorant?
Yes! It’s a Shotgun Pistol in Valorant. It belongs to the side arm class weapon category in the game. It has relatively very good close range damage as compared to the ghost or classic pistol that you get for free as default in the game.
Shorty shoots 15 pellets per shot and has a magazine size of 2 bullets. So after firing 2 rounds you’ll have to reload this weapon again. It’s wall penetration is also low and it’s very hard to kill your enemy in one shot through the wall with the Shorty unless they’re low hp.
Can the Shorty One Shot?
If we’re talking about the side arm weapons, we’ve seen the Sheriff get one shot kills like crazy, followed by the Ghost. Of course we’re not counting Frenzy here because that’s more of an auto side arm weapon. We’re only talking about the single fire sidearms that you play with in the starting rounds, eco rounds or when you’re using Marshal or Operator.
Although you can also use right click with the classic that has a very high chance of a one shot kill in the close range but for the shorty even though its damage is much more than the classic, you need to be highly accurate to aim for the head to get a one shot kill as the range of the shorty is less than classic.
Shorty will mostly result in a one shot kill if you’re too close to the enemy, or if you can aim for the heads, it might also get you a one shot kill in a little further than too close range.. but no way in mid range.
Is Shorty Good in Valorant?
If you’re quite away from the enemy, Shorty’s pellets would scatter in the diameter and do very less damage but if you’re very close to the enemy, shorty can work like a charm.
But still many players like to keep Frenzy, Ghost or Sheriff as their side art because the fire rate of the shorty is very less and only has 10 bullets so in case if you somehow miss those bullets or run out of ammunition then you’re as good as dead and that’s what mostly happens in the shorty rounds.
But some players just go absolute beast with the gun, especially if you’re playing Jett, you can get close to the enemy and hit them with the shorty before they get the time to process and react.
So yes, if your aim is crisp and you use Marshal or the Operator then Shorty can be a good choice to keep as a side arm weapon. But that won’t probably hold true for the eco rounds, although Shorty comes in only 150 credits but you might want to get yourself a ghost or a frenzy for the eco rounds by spending a bit more so that way you’ll also be able to play mid range and hit more precise head shots.
Although the sheriff is a more common weapon in the game for the eco rounds that players prefer to buy as it comes in just 800 credits and the head and body damage is insane with Sheriff both in close and mid range.
How to Use Shorty in Valorant?
You can buy the shorty in the buy phase of the game and hold any angle or corner for any chance of getting a kill with the weapon.
Shorty is not a gun with which you want to face your enemy in a 1v1 rather you can rely on the outplay potential of the Shorty by holding any corner or angle of which the enemy is completely unaware of and then try to get a frag on them.
You can also keep the shorty for the close range fights if you’re using any sniper to deal with any enemy who’s too close to you, in these phases shorty can give you huge outplay potential. Even if the enemy is using any AR, you’ll just be able to deal them heavy damage or get a kill out of it.
One more case where shorty can be utilized effectively are the times when you’re in a close range fight with the enemy and your primary weapon runs out of ammo and you need to reload then you can just pull your shorty out and get a frag on the enemy by baiting the enemy with the reload sound but actually being ready to get a frag with the shorty on them.
Shorty’s one pellet damage is 24 in the range of 0-7 meters, 16 in the range of 7-15 meters and absolutely worse only 6 in the range of 15-50 meters. Shorty has a reload speed of 1.7s seconds and the fire rate of 3.33 rounds per second. Shorty’s magazine holds 2 bullets.
Concluding the article, shorty can be a broken gun for a really close range fight, considering it only takes only 150 creds. Shorty is a good side arm weapon for the snipers if they don’t want to go with the frenzy and ghost or want to save the credits on the side arm weapon.
Shorty is super cheap to buy as a side arm but the only condition being you should be playing with it is the enemy should not be 15 meters or more further away from you that’s the case for the results, if you try to use the shorty in the long range you won’t be doing any significant damage to the enemy but just will waste your bullets.