The Phantom and Vandal are the primary rifles of Valorant. These are two primary weapons and the two most used rifles in Valorant. Since the launch of the game, fans have been debating on which is the better choice.
Some say it's the Vandal as the gun is a one-shot one kill to the head which makes it easier to use while tapping, unlike the Phantom which is a two-shot kill to the head. Some say it's Phantom because of the higher rate of fire which makes it easier to use while spraying.
Despite the Vandal buff which was done in order to match up the Vandal against the Phantom as the buff increased it's rate of fire, a lot of players still prefer the Phantom. On the other hand, many others think the Vandal is much better now.
Let's have a look on how these weapons stack up against each other.
Primary Fire: Automatic | Fire Rate: 11 rounds/sec
Alt Fire: Zoom: 1.25x | Fire Rate: 9.9 rounds/sec
The Phantom is a primary choice of weapon for most professional gamers. This rifle has a lot of advantages. It holds 30 bullets in its magazine which makes it ideal for spraying. The spray pattern is relatively easy to control and transfer. On top of that, the Phantom has a silencer, and your opponents won't hear where you are shooting from.
Even though the Phantom looks better on paper, there is one major flaw this weapon has. It can’t one-shot opponents at long distances. If you opponent has Heavy Armor, a headshot from 30m to 50m will deal them 124 damage which isn’t enough to kill. A headshot from 15m to 30m will deal 140 damage which still isn’t enough to get that one-shot kill. In other words, this weapon is only good for short distance fights if you intend to rush or hold tight angles.
A key point to note about the Phantom is that it is quite friendly for beginners as well, which is an added bonus.
Primary Fire: Automatic | Fire Rate: 9.75 rounds/sec
Alt-Fire: Zoom: 1.25x | Fire Rate: 8.755 rounds/sec
At 2,900 credits, the Vandal costs exactly the same as the Phantom. This weapon is hard to master, its spray control is hard and spray transfers are almost impossible to pull off. In addition to that, it has only 25 bullets in the mag, so you need to be careful while spraying. However, once you master it, you will be a beast, but it requires a lot of training.
The Vandal has no silencer, and your enemies will know exactly where you are. This rifle is best to use in long-distance fights because a headshot is always a kill. A headshot with the Vandal deals 156 damage at any distance and if you know how to aim for the head, you will always prevail in the battle. If you like aggressive peeking and you have mastered the tapping technique, you should definitely choose the Vandal.
The Bottom Line
Despite the Vandal buff, a lot of players still prefer the Phantom. On the other hand, many others think the Vandal is much better now. Who's right? Well, it depends. It just depends on what type of player you are.