While Valorant’s price tag might not exist with the game being free-to-play, it does not mean that the game does not have monetization. You can play Riot Games’ competitive shooter and while nothing beats Valorant’s price tag of “free”, you might be tempted to buy cosmetics and other in-game items. We will take a look at how Valorant’s price continues to be free for millions of players globally and how all of the in-game currencies work. From season passes to Radianite, we will break down all of the different currencies and microtransactions that are involved in the game and how you should approach them as a player.
Valorant does not have a price. The game is completely free and there are no monthly subscriptions or DLCs involved. All new agents and maps are unlocked for free. The game’s economy relies on creds which allows you to buy in-game weapons, armour and ability charges but they are not tied to any real currencies. You secure creds during a match and spend them to upgrade your character during that match. At the end of a match, all of your creds are reset. There are no pay-to-win mechanics involved in the game.
Price of Valorant Points or VP
VP or Valorant Points can be purchased with real money. The currency allows you to buy cosmetics and season passes. The price of VP varies from region to region but the cost of items and skins in points remains consistent in all regions. The game does not offer VP for free through playtime.
Prices of Season Passes
Valorant has a battle pass system similar to other popular battle royale games that rely on a free-to-play model. One distinguishing factor that sets Valorant apart from other games like Apex Legends is that you have to buy all season passes separately. In games like Apex Legends, if you spend premium currency to buy a season pass you get all of the currency refunded once you hit a certain level on the pass. That is not the case with Valorant as you will have to purchase every season pass that is released if you want to collect every skin the seasons have to offer.
Season passes typically cost 1,000 VP.
Prices of Skins
There are multiple tiers for skins, and their rarity or tier depends on the effects, upgradability, and exclusiveness. You can purchase skins using Valorant Points (VP), and the skins can vary in prices. Here is a rundown of all the tiers:
- Select Edition – 875 VP per skin / 3500 VP per bundle
- Deluxe Edition – 1275 VP per skin / 5100 VP per bundle
- Premium Edition – 1775 VP per skin / 7100 VP per bundle
- Ultra Edition – 2475 VP per skin / 9900 VP per bundle
- Exclusive Edition – Variable prices
The cheapest bundles go for approximately $32, while the most expensive ones can set you back by $100.
Skins can be further upgraded to add color schemes, animations, and effects. This costs Radianite which also costs real money. While you can purchase Radianite from the in-game Store, it is not recommended. The best way to collect Radianite is to purchase the season pass and you will get a large amount of Radianite as you level up your pass during the season.
While Valorant’s price is free, there are a considerable number of microtransactions including skins, season passes, radianite (for skin upgrades). These microtransactions are completely optional and you should get them only to support the developers if you wish to. The cosmetic elements of the game do not affect your gameplay or offer any intentional gameplay advantages.