How to Change the Crosshair in Valorant
Valorant is not a one-size-fits-all FPS game and neither is its customization options. One of the ways that Riot ensures players have all the necessary tools to win their matches is through crosshair customization.
In a game like this where pinpoint accuracy can mean the difference between staying in a match or suffering an embarrassing defeat, you need to have the right crosshairs for your matches.
Find out exactly how to access your crosshair customization menu and what these options mean to design a crosshair that will help turn the tide in your favor.
How to Change Crosshair in Valorant
Crosshair customization options are available to all players at any time in-game, even while you’re in the middle of a match. To access the customization menu, check out the steps below:
- Press the ‘’ESC’’ key or the gear icon in the upper corner of the screen.
- Go to ‘’Settings.’’
- Choose the tab that says “Crosshair.”
Once you’re on the menu, Riot gives you a variety of customization options to choose from. While many new players may pick certain options for cosmetic reasons, your crosshair set-up can make a difference when you’re in a match.
There are a variety of options available in the crosshair menu. You can even see a visual representation of the crosshair as you make the changes. Some of the categories you can change include:
You may choose your crosshair color for aesthetic purposes, but remember that it needs to serve a purpose, too. Make sure that you pick a color that shows up on the screen no matter the background. The last thing you want is to lose sight of your crosshair because it wasn’t bright enough.
Use the drop-down menu to cycle between the colors and choose the one that works best for you.
This section refers to the border around the crosshair. You can switch it “On” or “Off” if you don’t want to see the default black border around the crosshair. If you’re the type who likes to make sure their crosshair borders are loud and proud, you can also use the slider bar to change the outline opacity and thickness.
3. Center Dot
Does “X” or “Dot” mark the spot? If you need to know exactly where your shots are landing with a visual indicator, you can turn this feature on or off or change the dot thickness using the slider bar.
4. Inner Lines
The inner line settings change the physical appearance of your crosshair. You can play with the sliders to change length and distance as well as the opacity to create a crosshair that works for your playstyle. These settings also allow you to set the distance that the crosshair starts from the center for players who need a little more space to aim.
5. Additional Options
As you’re playing with the crosshair sliders, you may see a few options that may need further explanation. Here’s a quick overview of what each feature entails:
Fade Crosshair With Firing Error
Are you an automatic weapon user who thinks that the crosshair gets annoying with each continuous shot? This option allows for the crosshair to fade out with continuous fire and reappear when you stop shooting.
Many players find that this feature is unnecessary and keep it switched OFF, but if you need to see that top line fade, this is the feature for you.
Show Spectated Player’s Crosshair
Toggling this feature allows you to see other players’ crosshairs while you’re in spectating mode. If you want an uninterrupted view, switch this feature off and the only crosshair you’ll ever see is your own.
Accuracy is everything in a game like Valorant but moving and firing continuous shots can decrease that accuracy that every player strives for. These two features can help give players a visual representation of how these factors affect their accuracy.
For example, when you have “movement error” switched on and you strafe to the side, the outside lines look like they expand outwards as if the points broke and shot off in their respective directions. The inside lines, however, stay put.
On the other hand, if you’re shooting a weapon, and both inner and outer lines expand outwards, it shows the player that the target area is not as precise with repeated fire.
Enabling both error features allows players to see how imprecise their shots are as denoted by the continuous movement of the crosshair. While this is a useful feature for new and inexperienced players, most tend to switch them off to reduce visual clutter as they gain more experience.
How to Change Crosshair in Valorant to a Dot
You can add a dot to the center of the crosshair in the menu. To access it, follow the steps below:
- Go to the Settings menu via the ‘’ESC’’ key.
- Choose the Crosshair option from the tabs at the top of the screen.
- Press the “On” button to enable the center dot in the crosshair.
- Change the dot thickness by using the slider bar labeled, “Center Dot Thickness.” (optional)
The dot color corresponds to the overall color of the crosshair. You can change your crosshair color using the drop-down menu near the top of the screen.
How to Change Crosshair Size in Valorant
The Inner and Outer Line headings in the menu correspond to crosshair size. To get to the crosshair menu, check out these steps:
- Press the ‘’ESC’’ key to open the drop-down menu.
- Select ‘’Settings.’’
- Choose ‘’Crosshair’’ from the tab options located near the top of the screen.
- Scroll down until you get to the ‘’Inner Line’’ headings.
- Slide the bars left and right to change crosshair size.
How to Change Crosshair Gap in Valorant
To change the distance in the crosshair gap, head over to the crosshair menu located under Settings in-game. Scroll down until you get to the Inner Lines segment of the menu. You’re looking for the slider that says, “Inner Line Offset.”
Don’t forget to check out the image above the menu as you’re playing with the settings so that you get the lines exactly the way you want them.
How to Change Shotgun Crosshair in Valorant
Many Valorant players have clamored for the ability to customize shotgun crosshair and Riot responded favorably. The developers did say that they planned to offer more customizable crosshair features in the future.
Unfortunately, though, as of the 2.04 Update, this feature is still not available for shotgun-wielding players.
How Do I Take a Screenshot of Valorant’s Crosshair?
One of the most common ways of taking a screenshot in Valorant is pressing the “Windows” and “PrintScreen” buttons at the same time. You can find your screenshots in your Pictures folder.
Other ways of taking screenshots include:
• Pressing ‘’Windows + Shift + S’’
• Pressing the ‘’Print Screen’’ button and pasting the image to the Paint app
• Pressing ‘’Alt + F1’’ at the same time (Nvidia GeForce Experience)
• Use the Game bar OR press ‘’Windows + ALT + PrintScreen’’ (PRTSCN)
Before you try any of these methods, though, make sure that you have the perfect image of the crosshair you want to capture. If you want to take a picture of yours, one of the best places to do it is in the crosshair menu since you don’t have to worry about combat while doing it.
On the other hand, if you want a screenshot of another player’s crosshair, you need to do a couple of things:
• Make sure that “Spectated Player’s Crosshair” is enabled in your crosshair settings
• Wait until you’re taken out of a match and your screen enters Spectator Mode
What Are Valorant’s Crosshair Settings?
You can customize the crosshair settings for most guns except shotguns, for now. That includes color, size, opacity, and center dot. The crosshair settings also allow you to enable different features like crosshair fade and seeing another player’s crosshair while in Spectator Mode.
Access the game crosshair customization settings by pressing the ‘’ESC’’ key or the gear icon in the upper corner of the screen. Go to Settings and then the Crosshair tab to check out your options.
How Do You Get a Good Crosshair in Valorant?
Is there such a thing as one “good” crosshair? The answer to that is probably “no,” which is why Riot gives you so many options. You can find examples of crosshair settings that top-tier players use when they play Valorant but take them with a pinch of salt. What works for other players won’t necessarily guarantee a perfect game for you.
Also, remember that other player crosshair settings may appear different on your screen. It’s all about display resolution. So, before you blindly set your crosshair to mimic your favorite player or streamer, remember that what you see may not necessarily be what they do.
Setting Up the Perfect Crosshair
Riot has a plethora of crosshair settings to help you play your best matches in Valorant, but they’re only as good as you allow them to be. If you need crosshair that takes up more screen space or can’t stand the sight of a center dot, do what you need to do to ensure your own accuracy – even if they’re not popular choices.
These settings are there for you and not for your spectating audience. So, take control of your accuracy and ensure that you have crosshair settings that fit your playing style.
What’s your favorite crosshair setting combination? Do you mimic other players or design your own? Tell us about it in the comments section below.