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    Valorant's Rifle Guardian: Complete Guide

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    Riot Games will be officially stepping into the first-person shooter genre when Valorant hits the market later this year. This title is a character-based tactical FPS game where two teams of five compete to eliminate each other and be crowned victorious. Within the game, in addition to choosing his character, the player will also have a variety of weapons to buy in order to defeat his opponents. In this topic we are going to talk about all the rifles present in Valorant. Currently, the game has four different rifles, one of them being the Guardian.

    Rifle Guardian

    The Guardian is one of the most expensive weapons in VALORANT, costing 2700 credits. When you buy it, you usually have a considerable amount of money in your bank to pair the purchase with skills and a shield.

    The damage dealt by the Guardian is enormous. Almost any target will go down with two shots that hit their body. But the real damage is in the headshots. With 195 damage per headshot, the Guardian is a sniper disguised as a regular rifle. It's a guaranteed kill if hit directly, and even when you're hitting the target through a wall, the Guardian does a significant amount of damage.

    Below, you can see a table with the Guardian information made available by Riot Games itself.

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    Reproduction: Facebook Valorant Spain official Riot Games

    With no damage dealt at any distance, the Guardian still asserts its place as a hybrid between sniper rifles and assault rifles. It fires bullets at a rate of 6,5 rounds per second, so you can land a few more shots compared to a sniper rifle. However, with only twelve shots available before you need to reload, other assault rifles can fire more before needing a refill.

    The Guardian is incredibly accurate on its first few shots, but recoil kicks in quickly. Like all Valorant rifles, the Guardian's recoil causes the weapon to drag up a bit. When it reaches the highest point, the recoil will change from vertical to horizontal. It becomes incredibly difficult to predict where the Guardian will land its shots. While other rifles gradually rock back and forth, the Guardian's lower rate of fire leaves the horizontal recoil pretty high.

    If you're determined to pulverize your opponent, which is a legitimate strategy when the opponent is close, you can counter the Guardian's recoil by slowly dragging your mouse down. However, at medium to long distances, it is best to control this desire. Fire two or three times, let the aim reset and fire again. That way, you're more likely to hit the target and land a fatal blow.

    If your objective is really farther away, it's better to toggle the Guardian's zoom function than trying to pulverize them. It provides a 1,5x zoom and has virtually no downsides. Recoil is slightly reduced and the rate of fire remains exactly the same. The only potential downside is that your field of vision is reduced, making it easier for opponents to approach you from the sides.

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