The Vandal vs. Phantom debate between VALORANT players will in all likelihood exist until the end of time, with the case for the Vandal propelled by the weapon’s lengthier damage range and headshot potential. Getting a sick headshot with the Vandal sure is satisfying, but that feeling is made even sweeter by the presence of an elite skin.
Since VALORANT’s official release, the devs at Riot have had plenty of time to create iconic weapon skins. The cosmetics have various prices, variants, and animations, and they’re the best way for fans to express themselves in the first-person shooter. And with the Vandal being one of the most popular guns in the game, you’ll have more than enough skins to choose from.
Here are the best Vandal skins in VALORANT.
If there was ever a hall of fame for iconic VALORANT skins, the Prime Vandal would be a first-ballot selection.
As one of the tac shooter’s first skin lines, the Prime is a certified classic. The Prime Vandal isn’t distracting, it’s smooth, has a clean colorway, and nice VFX animations. There are better finishers out there, but a howling wolf is still pretty badass. For players looking for an overall good cosmetic that’s unassuming and crisp, the Prime is your best pick.
The Reaver skin is dark, moody, and will send enemies to the underworld. What’s not to like?
The cosmetic has one of the longest histories in VALORANT, having first been released during the closed beta. Riot let those with early access experiment with the skin before shelving it for several months. Reaver was finally released with a number of improvements in November and is definitely one of the coolest skins in the game. Its animations are haunting as if you’re wielding a gun that’s sent numerous souls to the nether realm. And its finisher supports that with dozens of hands dragging your target down to the depths of hell. It’s a must-buy if it ever appears in the Shop or the Night.Market.
Sentinels of Light
With a gorgeous base model, an upgrade package that’s flashy but not distracting, and four great color variations, the Sentinels of Light Vandal is one of the most beautiful skins in the game.
The Sentinels of Light collection was introduced during the Sentinels of Light event that focused on the return of Viego from League. The finisher upgrade shows the deceased agent get briefly possessed by Viego before being purified. The reload/equip animations also see the crystal relic barrel expand, split apart, then reform, and it looks amazing. All four colors are cool, but the original and the Pink variant are easily the best.
The Glitchpop Vandal was packaged with arguably the best bundle ever, which included an Operator, Phantom, and Classic skin. And it doesn’t disappoint.
The first Glitchpop bundle was well-liked but featured cosmetics for guns that weren’t that popular. So Riot brought back the design with minor changes that appeased the VALORANT community. The skin has a cyberpunk vibe with bright neon hues and industrial detailing. It’s definitely flashy—it literally flashes with holograms, lights, and futuristic advertisements. But it’s fun to wield, has excellent VFX and animations, and it offers a new take on the world of VALORANT.
Sakura doesn’t come with any fancy VFX, animations, or finishers. But it’s so beautiful.
The skin is painted with a peaceful scene that’s sure to provide a serene experience for those who wield it. Because Sakura is Japanese for “cherry blossom,” it’s only fitting that the tree’s pink leaves flutter around with a setting sun and snowy mountains as a backdrop. The Sakura Vandal isn’t showy or extravagant. Instead, it offers a tranquil backdrop to recolor a popular weapon.