Valorant Points vs. Radianite Points: Defining the Difference

Valorant has some of the coolest cosmetics on offer. Both Valorant and Radianite Points are to do with cosmetics, and here's how they work.

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Updated July 17, 2023.

In-game currencies can be confusing, especially if you're new to certain titles. In Valorant, there are just 2 currencies to focus on, but there's a little confusion out there as to what they can do for you. To help you out, here are the differences between Valorant Points (VPs) and Radianite Points (RPs).

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Valorant Points

What They're Used For

Valorant Points are used to purchase sweet merchandise from the store, mostly in the form of weapon skins or bundles that may include extra weapon charms, banners, and player titles. VPs are also popularly used to purchase tiers on agent contracts, allowing players to add new agents to their playable roster faster.

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How to Get Them

In most circumstances, you'll have to fork out your hard-earned cash for VPs, and better skins can cost a lot. However, RIOT Games is kind enough to give us extra VPs as you pay more money, up to 1,500 extra points at the highest value bundle.

A complete list of the prices in the different regions can be found on the Valorant Wiki, so if you're considering getting a shiny new skin, you'll know exactly how much you're spending.

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Radianite Points

These work a little differently, so let's break it down.

What They're Used For

Radianite Points serve as your upgrade currency. When you've unlocked or purchased a skin that you can upgrade, you'll see your available upgrade options in your collection. Upgrades are purely cosmetic, but add so much visual value to your gameplay that it's worth upgrading your skins. They can also give your weapons the following features:

  • Animated effects
  • Reload animations
  • Kill effects
  • Firing effects
  • Sound effects
  • Finishers
  • Unique inspect animations
  • Weapon switch animations

How to Get Them

Radianite points are a little easier to obtain and can be earned by playing the Battle Pass in each act. You can also purchase Radianite Points with VPs, but you cannot purchase Valorant Points with any Radiante, so this isn't the recommended choice.


Since both in-game currencies in Valorant are to do mostly with visual effects and cosmetics, it's a little easy to get confused between the two. We hope this guide helps in your quest to deck out your collection with flashy cosmetics.

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