Gaming in Style: Best Valorant Skins You Can’t Play Without

Writer for Buff, Remi Smith
By Remi Smith
Tamara Fodora - Editor for Buff
Edited by Tamara Fodora

Updated July 17, 2023.

A gamer buying a new skin in Valorant

Valorant has arguably the best weapon skins of any game out there. Although they come at a hefty price and tight availability, that only makes them worth more. There's not much better than showing off your awesome skins to your friends and enemies.

Wondering which skins make the most impact on people? Well, look no further! The skins in this blog are sure to get you some extra attention.

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Best Operator Skins

Best Themed Skin for Operators

Sentinels of Light Operator - screenshot


Sentinels of Light Operator

This skin, when upgraded with Radianite points, forms its barrel with floating chunks of magic marble-like stone. It also shoots rays of light with very apt sound effects attached. The weapon skin is a crossover with Riot's other game title, League of Legends, and features animations and kill effects that tickle the fancy of anyone who is a fan of both games.

  • VP Price: 2,175
  • Availability: In-store when available
  • Unique Extras: Sound effects, visual effects, animations, finishers, color variants

Most Expensive Operator Skin

Elderflame Operator -Screenshot


Elderflame Operator

If I could, I'd have put Elderflame in all 3 categories for the Operator, as it's one of the most popular skins in the game. It features awesome flaming bullets and dragon sound effects when firing and reloading. Plus, the animations are like no other in the game. The skin can change between 4 colors when leveled up all the way.

  • VP Price: 2,475
  • Availability: In-store when available
  • Unique Extras: Sound effects, visual effects, animations, finishers, color variants

Most Popular Operator skin

Araxys Operator - Screenshot


Araxys

This skin looks like an Operator made from alien technology. The gun breathes and shifts as you shoot and reload, making you feel like you're in sync with a living weapon. The laser-like shots and awesome finishers are very apt for this theme and are a fan favorite in the Valorant community.

  • VP Price: 2,175
  • Availability: In-store when available
  • Unique Extras: Sound effects, visual effects, animations, finishers, color variants variants

Best Phantom Skins

Best Themed Skin for Phantom

Radiant Crisis 001 Phantom - Screenshot


Radiant Crisis 001 Phantom

This gun lets off awesome comic-book effects as you shoot your rounds and reload. If you love the comic-book style, you'll love playing with this skin.

  • VP Price: 1,775
  • Availability: In-store when available
  • Unique Extras: Sound effects, visual effects, finishers

Most Expensive Phantom Skin

Spectrum Phantom - Screenshot


Spectrum Phantom

All of the spectrum skins have an understandably high price tag. That's because the electronic artist Zedd did a collaboration with Valorant to make a series of awesome music- and soundwave-related weapon skins. This skin comes in some stunning color choices, and it has a finisher worth bragging about.

  • VP Price: 2,675
  • Availability: In-store when available
  • Unique Extras: Sound effects, visual effects, animations, finishers, color variants

Most Popular Phantom skin

Oni Phantom - Screenshot


Oni Phantom

This Phantom skin is the most popular almost entirely thanks to how good the gun sounds when fired. The gun comes with all the extras, but there's no other gun that sounds as good as the silenced SMG sounds that come out of this baby.

  • VP Price: 2,175
  • Availability: In-store when available
  • Unique Extras: Sound effects, visual effects, animations, finishers, color variants

Best Vandal Skins

Best Themed Skin for Vandals

Sakura Vandal - Screenshot


Sakura Vandal

A nice, clean vandal skin featuring cherry blossom trees over a monotone grey—simple, elegant, and affordable.

  • VP Price: 1,275
  • Availability: In-store when available
  • Unique Extras: None

Most Expensive Vandal Skin

Elderflame Vandal - Screenshot


Elderflame Vandal

This Elderflame vandal skin features similar extras as its Operator counterpart, but it comes with its own animations more appropriate for the vandal weapon type. This weapon has been in the game for years now, and is still a fan-favorite for most Valorant players.

  • VP Price: 2,475
  • Availability: In-store when available
  • Unique Extras: Sound effects, visual effects, animations, finishers, color variants

Most Popular Vandal skin

Prime Vandal - Screenshot


Prime Vandal

The Prime Vandal has a very recognizable bullet sound that strikes fear into the hearts of any who face it. The gun shoots laser shots and comes with epic finishers, alongside a very well-designed reload animation. The skin gains a lot of its popularity thanks to its affordable price tag for an evolving weapon.

  • VP Price: 1,775
  • Availability: In-store when available
  • Unique Extras: Sound effects, visual effects, animations, finishers, color variants

Best Knife Skins

Best Themed Skin for Knives

Blast X Toy knife - Screenshot


BlastX Knife

This little thing seems way friendlier than it really is. Designed to look like a toy, with a blade that clicks as it slides out of its handle by its thumb-switch, the knife gives an ironically "safe" feel to the deadly weapon.

  • VP Price: 4,450
  • Availability: In-store when available
  • Unique Extras: Sound effects, animations, color variants

Most Expensive Knife Skin

Elderflame Dagger - Screenshot


Elderflame Dagger

The perfect addition to pull out when you own another Elderflame weapon skin; this weapon sets itself on fire when drawn, adding a little extra spice to your melee attacks.

  • VP Price: 4,950
  • Availability: In-store when available
  • Unique Extras: Visual effects, animations variants

Most Popular Knife skin

RGX 11z Pro Blade - Screenshot


RGX 11Z Pro Blade

There are loads of people with a weird attraction to RGB out there, and I'm totally one of them. As this blade extends, it shines a light that can be changed with your inspect key. This allows you to slice your enemies up with all sorts of colors! The color variants of the blade change the color of its handle.

  • VP Price: 4,350
  • Availability: In-store when available
  • Unique Extras: Visual effects, animations, color variants

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Best Valorant Skin Collections

Best Themed Skin Collections in Valorant

Elderflame splash - Riot


Elderflame

The Elderflame collection is the collection I think of when discussing the coolest skins ever made for FPS games. The bundle, when available, comes with all of its skins and a few extras—but be ready to pay a steep price for them!

  • VP Price: 9,900
  • Availability: In-store when available
  • Unique Extras: Sound effects, visual effects, animations, finishers, color variants, titles, sprays, gun buddies

Most Expensive Valorant Skin Collection

ZeddX Spectrum splash - Riot


Zedd X Valorant SPECTRUM

Being part of the collaboration in its entirety is a cool feeling indeed, pulling out weapon after weapon with groovy tunes and sweet effects never gets old... but it sure is an investment!

  • VP Price: 10,700
  • Availability: In-store when available
  • Unique Extras: Sound effects, visual effects, animations, finishers, color variants, titles, sprays, gun buddies

Most Popular Skin Collection

Reaver splash - Riot


Reaver & Reaver 2.0

The first Reaver weapon set was so successful they released a new wave of them! Both packs are the same price in VP, and each comes with a pistol and knife skin, spoiling you for choice! Naturally, Omen mains love this bundle, but the weapons look good on anyone, really!

  • VP Price: 7,100
  • Availability: In-store when available
  • Unique Extras: Sound effects, visual effects, animations, finishers, color variants, titles, sprays, gun buddies

Aesthetics Meet Performance—Embrace the Best Valorant Skins

Now that you know which skins to look out for, all that's left is to prepare your disposable income and wait for these skins to hit the shop on rotation!

You might get luckier getting your desired skin when the bundle containing it comes around, but beware of the price tags! You could get a little close to grabbing your next skin with a gift card from Buff! Try it out!

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