Unlock Your Competitive Edge: How to Change Your Crosshair in Valorant

Have you ever wondered what a crosshair is in Valorant and why you should consider changing yours?

We will explore the importance of customizing your crosshair to suit your personal preference, visibility, and accuracy. We will also guide you on how to change your crosshair through in-game settings or using a config file.

Discover the different crosshair settings available in Valorant, popular choices among pro players, and tips on finding the right crosshair for your playstyle.

Enhance your gameplay through a customized crosshair in Valorant!

What Is a Crosshair in Valorant?

The crosshair in VALORANT is the visual marker of the point-of-impact of weapons with spread or inaccuracy, and the design can influence the delivery of accuracy by framing the target area. The crosshair is the user interface for aiming control and precision in computer gaming. A crosshair in gaming is a set of intersecting lines or a circle whose central point designates the center of screen space where game events are centered, especially for aiming. The crosshair is used to adjust the aim positions of weapons and other affects that need precise positioning on a target, such as spells, healer markers, and ships, in addition to shooting and aiming.

A major new feature of VALORANT is the inclusion of a T-shaped design to the crosshair. The top part is the player’s weapon, featuring visual representation of bullets, magazine capacity, current ammo count, weapon sight, and special skills. The long part is the weapon’s recoil pattern, which is called spray control. VALORANT’S spray control is unique because the crosshair guides the user and shows how much movement is required to control the recoil of the weapon and, thus, specifically guides crosshair management during shooting.

Why Change Your Crosshair?

Players in Valorant change their crosshairs to improve visual performance and avoid confusion caused by the default crosshairs. A customized crosshair helps bring the marker closer to the player’s center of focus, providing better aim by overlapping the Fovea center of the eye and the center of the screen.

Markings on default crosshairs may be too noticeable and the lack of contrast can make noticing headshots more confusing. Players may also feel the center of the default crosshair is distracting. Crosshairs may not allow the clarity, precision, or enemies’ headshots to be seen with as much certainty if not changed. Some may also feel the continued presence of the massive arrow helping them aim distracts them from refining their shot on any target.

Personal Preference

The reason to change the crosshair in Valorant is personal preference. Players swap out different styles and colors most often because it is easier to acquire targets that way but they can also change the appearance only to match their personal tastes or difficulty acquiring targets in certain situations due to vision impairments. Style 4, in particular, is better for players with impaired vision or color-blindness than the rest of the crosshairs since it is bigger and more prominent.

Personal preference is guided by many factors such as what role the player prefers to fill in the game as attackers and entry fraggers who wish to perform better with tracking using Smgs may want a style that has less lines and is smaller such as Style 1 while defenders, cause operatives, and duelists who wish to perform better at shots from mid to long range, might wish to use the “+” symbol default crosshair tod efine the area spreading of their weapon for Snipers and Rifles.


Visibility refers to how easily the crosshair design can be seen, especially in outdoor settings. Crosshair choice can affect your targeting efficiency, so selecting one with greater visibility is better. Counter-strafing accuracy can also be improved with more distinct crosshair patterns.

The Circle 1 crosshair is particularly effective for this. Visibility is a key component of toggling off of an opponent, in which an attacker initially represents themselves to a defender but then returns behind cover to prevent being targeted. A visible crosshair can assist defenders in guarding areas that attackers determine to move based on audio cues.

Opponents switching from Elderflame VFX agents or weapons to non-flaming variants could find them easier to aim against in many conditions, again making Circle 1 advantageous. High-visibility crosshairs with a static center formation are beneficial to individuals with color blindness, a common eye disorder where an affected individual either has a decreased ability to see color or cannot differentiate it at all. Choosing crosshair colorings with the most variation between each other not only compensate for weakened visual acuity but improve the ability to detect targets hidden within certain color pairings.

In general do whatever you can to get your crosshair noticed when the action is intense around you. Overlays, backgrounds, animations, or blinking may make the difference. A bounty of free concepts exists and can be identified by exploring the streaming channels of various CS:GO, Valorant, and other similar game players who usually showcase their settings. One of the best methods for discovering what your opponents might be using is to participate in contests. For instance, crosshair challenge:


Changing the crosshair to be more accurate is therefore not only a subjective feeling, but also depends on the gun and the weapon’s accuracy recovery stats. Lowering the Bloomsighted Crosshair and movement error while increasing accuracy parameters in the flex/no scope settings in the normal training mode will give you a sense of how accurate you can be over multiple shots and quick scopes and how quickly you can increase accuracy again in non-scoped shots.

Changing crosshairs affects the vandal and phantoms spread ratio differently than assault rifles, so trying changes in fieldplay is still necessary to make changes. But you can get a partial look at how varying crosshairs of varying degrees of flexibility affect your play in the standard training area.

How to Change Your Crosshair in Valorant?

You can change your crosshair in Valorant by navigating to the SETTINGS button found in the bottom right corner of the main lobby screen, followed by clicking on the CROSSHAIR button which is the first of two buttons at the top of the CONTROLS section.

From the controller selection, you are able to either change the crosshair in Valorant manually or choose one of the pre-defined options. Simply moving the mouse on this screen changes the appearance in real time of the crosshair. After selecting Color, Outline, and functions related to Center Dot, Bloom, Inner lines and Outlines, the options to choose different fonts and show the crosshair on walls and objects are offered.

The different horizontal lines and the switch simulating a moving target in the Show Spectator Count subsection allows you to see how well an image and associated settings work during shooting. It is important to remember there is no best crosshair for Valorant, and you should choose the one that works best for your game style.

In-Game Settings

The in-game settings is the default method to change your crosshair in Valorant. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Valorant.
  2. Click the gear icon in the top-right corner of the screen to access ‘Settings’.
  3. Click ‘Crosshair’.
  4. Alter the settings to get the crosshair appearance you want.
  5. Select ‘Save’.

The options under the crosshair section let you choose the type, colors, and movement values of a crosshair. The settings apply instantly and show the new crosshair directly in the middle of the screen of the ‘Settings’ section.

Using a Config File

Config files can allow greater control over the flexibility and type of crosshair elements used. However, editing such files is not recommended unless you understand the potential risks to the stability and integrity of the game. To start editing your Valorant GameUserSettings, use the following steps:

  1. Go to the installation directory of the game.
  2. Navigate to the Riot Games folder and select VALORANT menu.
  3. From the VALORANT menu, select the Config sub-menu.
  4. Select VALORANT GameUserSettings with Notepad or a similar text-editing application, and configure the settings to your preferences.

Keep in mind that coding with config files for VALORANT will only be useful for the basic appearance of your crosshair. Many prefer the simplicity of changing the crosshair settings in-game. Instead of using configs, experts recommend using the console. If you still want to use the VALORANT GameUserSettings file for crosshair – enableConsoleHotkey to 8 and then switch between them. All in all, the VALORANT config file is a very complex and powerful tool that should only be utilized by advanced players with a deep understanding of the customization process as well as the associated risks. If you decided to revert to the default crosshair settings, you can find useful assistance in the appdata/roaming folder. Every time you change a setting on the game, it will be saved as a backup configuration here.

What Are the Different Crosshair Settings in Valorant?

The different crosshair settings in Valorant include Show Spectated Player’s Crosshair, the ability to colorize outlines to show damage to your crosshair, and settings to allow resetting your crosshair after missing shots. The following aspects of the crosshair can be customized from the Crosshair Settings screen:

  1. Limit movement error – A dot in the center of the screen that moves based on the gun’s accuracy
  2. Center gap – A hollow or blurred center of the screen
  3. Movement error at firing – Firing a bullet thins the crosshair
  4. Firing error at movement – Moving while shooting dilates the crosshair

These can be used interchangably and adjusted to create the perfect crosshair for your gameplay.


The color of your crosshair in Valorant is predetermined by the game itself and is unchangeable. To modify the color, you will need to find a solution to add to the bugged intentions and backlash against gender expression that keeps any colors beyond the default from being available. For the best crosshair visibility both on other colors of the game screen and on other types of terrain in the game, blue tends to be the best color. The actual amount that blue stands out is slightly more than the actual color, given the colors of different terrains. To handle counterbalancing, black can be layered behind a blue crosshair, either in settings or through aftermarket software. This works similar to a drop shadow on text and helps make the color pop more. Bright blues on their own do work well outdoors, but the black layer helps ensure you get the same pops indoors. Valorant already provides you with the best color for crosshair visibility, via the blue Danger Zone color. All you need to do is make slight adjustments to the crosshair using a black background to make it more effective.


Size refers to the thickness or width of the crosshair lines. In Brimstone’s default crosshair, the line width of the crosshair is relatively thin. To change the size of the crosshair, write cl_crosshair_thickness in the console or crosshair settings.

cl_crosshair_thickness 0.5 is the default value, to increase line width, choose any value above .5, to decrease line width choose any value less than .5. In the example below the crosshair thickness in the console is .1, compared to .5 default to show a greatly increased width of the lines.


Crosshair thickness determines how thick your crosshair lines are. Changing this setting helps you increase visibility and locate your target quickly, particularly in environments with a lot of clutter. By keeping your Valorant crosshair setting thick, you can be easily aware of its location, even in dense smoke. Visibility is beneficial in understanding the field more effectively and gaining some advantage in combating opponents.

The following are some possible suggestions for crosshair replacement in Valorant. As with any crosshair setting, adjustments via personal preferences and attempts are of the utmost importance.


The style section is specific to the settings of the crosshair including color, outline, center dot, and more. In Valorant, this information can be displayed by typing sm_crosshair_info 1 into the practice range console. The example below shows different crosshair styles represented.

The following graphs help you determine the best crosshair setting for you.

  1. Color You should pick the color crosshair variable that stands out the most to you on your monitor. Different colors stick out from different types of backgrounds and offer distinct advantages. Yellow, pink, and cyan stand out more when pitted against high blue and greens beyond 50 meters.

  2. Thickness A thickness of 1 is recommended as there is less distraction, spread is visible, and at higher resolutions the crosshair becomes larger even at 1. Mark ‘zee’ Berta recommends this crosshair for AWP, AK, and M4 to provide better feedback, though it is personal choice.

  3. Outlines Outlines removed completely are considered optimal. They add no value and are often difficult to see when you are shooting at fast targets. Just a center dot would almost always help more.

  4. Center dot A crosshair with only a center dot is a good choice in Valorant. This gives a one-pixel reference point of aim which many players prefer. Even players who prefer the center gap for the wider FOV feel when not looking at something do well with a center point crosshair setting. Famous streamer Just9n, former KSerria9, is one of the best examples of someone who can make the center dot a very effective tool.

What Are Some Popular Crosshair Settings Used by Pro Players?

Some popular crosshair settings used by pro players that can be used as examples for modifying a player’s crosshair in Valorant include Ruben Vess’s, Pl1xxen’s, nukkye’s, Doma’s, and Subroza’s. Here are the crosshair settings used by T1 NA’s duelist player Food.

  1. Vodafone Giants’ Ruben “Rubino” Villarroel Vesseur
    • Yellow
    • Thickness 1
    • Outlines off
    • Center dot on. Gives a small marker to help with exact centering and is often used by pro players to attempt to keep it in a relative location
    • Gap -2
    • Opacity 1
    • Having it so bright and colorful makes it the most prominent object on his screen, giving a reference point even when obscured by flashing agents and abilities
  2. Pl1xxen from UFF Vanguard
    • Green
    • Thickness 0
    • Outlines on
    • No center dot
    • Leave enough gap for your eyes to see your enemy
    • Opacity 1
  3. nolpenki’s Lo c nukkye Chetouani
    • Yellow
    • Thickness 0
    • Outlines on
    • Center dot on
    • Gap -3
    • Opacity 1
  4. G2’s Adam “Doma” Paxton
    • Cyan
    • Thickness 1
    • Outlines on
    • No center dot
    • Gap -2
    • Opacity 1
  5. Subroza
    • Aqua
    • Thickness 0
    • Outlines off
    • No center dot
    • Gap -3
    • Opacity .9
  6. Food from T1 NA
    • White
    • Thickness 1
    • Outlines on
    • No center dot
    • Gap -3
    • Opacity 1

Tips for Finding the Right Crosshair for You

Here are some tips for finding the right crosshair for you in Valorant:

  1. Turn off movement error in Aim Lab settings or the equivalent in your chosen training program to get a more accurate let you find the optimal crosshair for your sensitivity.
  2. Use Crosshair Generator or Crosshair (CHCV) when deciding where to place your crosshair during the buy phase in Valorant.
  3. Change the scale of your crosshair while trying different styles. This is the most important part of crosshair settings and you may find that adjusting the scale of your crosshair helps lock in the setting you prefer.

Experiment with Different Settings

Understand each setting in the game by playing with it. The Crosshair Editor offers a Color Palette you might be interested in (Called the dot color on the editor). Riot introduced a new Color blindness feature during the Act 3 update. It helps simulating the appearance of several types of color blindness to ensure a more accessible defaults for players. Use this setting if you are color blind. Have a look at your crosshairs and see which are better for you.

Consider Your Playstyle

Your playstyle is related to the type of weapon you are using as well, so choosing a crosshair which suits your style of combat will be useful. If you are aggressive close-quarter combat is likely the type of encounter, then a slightly larger crosshair with the ability to show the center will help you train to focus your aim there.

If you tend to engage from both near and far, you might consider using a larger, arched crosshair to improve spotting ability and reduce stress when switching ranges. If you are more of a campy player who likes to make tough headshots from a distance, a small static crosshair that shows the center and is green will probably be best.

Jett, for example, is best played aggressively which tends to the style of combat which is closer because of her abilities that allow her to quickly move into engagements. Reyna is slightly better when an aggressive opponent is being pushed away which made the arched larger crosshair more useful. Sage which is better to engage from a distance leans towards small static crosshairs.

Adjust for Different Weapons

That you should adjust your crosshair for different weapons in Valorant is a fact that the game’s designers advocate and the game’s settings make exceedingly easy to implement. Rifles and snipers are best enjoyed with a crosshair that is long with a dot. From there, experiment and choose what is comfortable if that is not desired. SMGs and shotguns are easier to utilize in any kit so you may prefer to adjust crosshair for different playstyles when using them versus heavier weapons.

You can set up different crosshairs for different weapons in Valorant under crosshair settings in the main settings dropdown. Similarly to how you can under some circumstances install a red dot sight for real rifles.

Final Thoughts on Changing Your Crosshair in Valorant

Final thoughts on changing your crosshair in Valorant are that you should do so frequently, make micro-adjustments, and iterate over time. The initial settings of your crosshair were done at the beginning when you most likely had a playstyle similar to that which you have now.

Regular adjustments can refine the crosshair so that it is even more optimized for you. Just as a professional athlete might change something minor in their equipment or mechanics, the same goes for crosshairs around which success significantly orbits. As for micro-adjustments to the crosshair, these should be done infrequently. A good test for seeing if something makes a difference is to play with it for a full gaming session or longer.

If you notice even the slightest lessening in overall crosshair satisfaction, then change it back to the original. Only make micro-changes when you are confident you can replicate past success in the new settings. Noobs2pro.com says, “Only use a crosshair that you are comfortable with. Do not be influenced by others and their choices. Remember what works for someone might not work for you.”

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I change my crosshair in Valorant?

To change your crosshair in Valorant, first open the game settings and navigate to the “Crosshair” section. From there, you can customize the color, style, and size of your crosshair.

2. Can I use a custom crosshair in Valorant?

Yes, you can use a custom crosshair in Valorant. You can either create your own using the in-game customization options, or download a custom crosshair from the internet and import it into the game.

3. What are the best crosshair settings for Valorant?

The best crosshair settings for Valorant ultimately depend on personal preference. However, many players find success with a simple crosshair style and a bright color for better visibility.

4. Can I change my crosshair mid-game in Valorant?

Yes, you can change your crosshair mid-game in Valorant. Simply open the game settings and make your desired changes. However, keep in mind that this may disrupt your gameplay and it’s best to make changes in the practice range before a match.

5. How do I reset my crosshair to default in Valorant?

To reset your crosshair to default in Valorant, go to the game settings and click on the “Reset” button in the “Crosshair” section. This will revert your crosshair back to the default settings.

6. Are there any crosshair guides or tutorials for Valorant?

Yes, there are many crosshair guides and tutorials available for Valorant online. You can find them on YouTube, gaming forums, and other gaming websites. These guides can help you find the best crosshair settings for your playstyle.

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