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Don’t mistake its size for clunk.

The Ares is a Machine gun that is a primary weapon in VALORANT.

Summary[]

The Ares’ large magazine means it excels at suppressive fire or dealing heavy damage to clustered groups.

The Ares is a medium-cost machine gun. Unlike most other guns that gets less accurate as you continuously fire more bullets from them, the Ares is the only gun in the game that gets more accurate as it is continuously fired. As a machine gun, it is most effective as either a defensive tool to hold a site or when used to get wallbang kills due to its high penetration, rate of fire, and magazine capacity. Their lower mobility and longer equip speeds however make them less suited for peeking or entering sites, something better served by SMGs at the price of an Ares.

In comparison to the similarly-priced Spectre, the Ares is better at a distance due to its low damage falloff but cannot compete with a Spectre player who can hit their headshots at close range. The Ares is also less mobile and has much more initial spread.

Compared to the costlier Odin, the Ares is not completely outshone thanks to its unique reverse accuracy feature. However, the Odin's higher damage, fire rate, and initial accuracy far outweigh the benefits of the Ares, though a heavy price will need to be paid for the upgrade.

Stats[]

  • Headshot multiplier: x2.4
  • Leg shot multiplier: x0.85
  • 30+ m falloff multiplier: x0.933 (14/15)

TTK[]

Damage Range Body Part 100 HP 125 HP 150 HP
Bullets to kill Time to kill (s) Bullets to kill Time to kill (s) Bullets to kill Time to kill (s)
0–30 m Head 2 0.077 2 0.077 3 0.154
Body 4 0.231 5 0.308 5 0.308
Legs 4 0.231 5 0.308 6 0.385
30–50 m Head 2 0.077 2 0.077 3 0.154
Body 4 0.231 5 0.308 6 0.385
Legs 5 0.308 6 0.385 7 0.462

Spread values[]

Firing Mode 1st Shot Spread (°) Min Spread (°) Movement penalties (+°)
Standing Crouched Standing Crouched Crouched Walking Running Airborne
Primary Fire 1 0.75 0.7 0.52 0.4 2.4 6 10
Alternate Fire 0.9 0.67 0.55 0.42

Update History[]

v4.01
  • Nerf Price increased from 1550 >>> 1600
  • Nerf Pitch recoil increased
  • Nerf Spread changed from .8 down to .7 after 10 bullets >>> 1.0 down to .7 after 13 bullets
  • Nerf Crouch benefits spread and recoil reduced from 40% >>> 25%

v4.0

  • Buff Removed spin up
  • Buff Firing rate increased from 10 >>> 13

v3.0

  • Buff Price decreased 1600 >>> 1550
  • Nerf Walking Inaccuracy changed from .5 >>> 2.4

v0.50

  • Buff Price reduced from 1700 >>> 1600
  • Buff Firing Error:
    • Bullet 1: 1.0° >> 0.8°
    • Bullet 5: 0.85° >> 0.75°
    • Bullet 10: 0.75° >> 0.7°
  • Buff Reduced the amount and intensity of horizontal (Yaw) Recoil after the first 8 bullets.

Skins[]

Store[]

Image Edition Skin Cost Upgrade Levels Variants
Aristocrat Ares Deluxe Aristocrat Valorant Points 1,275
Celestial Ares Premium Celestial Valorant Points 1,775
Doodle Buds Ares Premium Doodle Buds Valorant Points 1,775 Level 2: Kill Effect Variant 1: Tactifriends
Variant 2: League of Legends
Endeavour Ares Select Endeavour Valorant Points 875
Gaia's Vengeance Ares Premium Gaia's Vengeance Valorant Points 1,775 Level 2: Sound Effects
Level 3: VFX
Level 4: Finisher
Variant 1: Blue
Variant 2: Green
Variant 3: Orange
Infantry Ares Select Infantry Valorant Points 875
Ion Ares Premium Ion Valorant Points 1,775 Level 2: Sound Effects
Level 3: Animation
Level 4: Finisher
Variant 1: Green
Variant 2: Yellow
Variant 3: Blue
Magepunk Ares Premium Magepunk Valorant Points 1,775 Level 2: VFX
Level 3: Animation
Level 4: Finisher
Variant 1: Green
Variant 2: Pink
Variant 3: Orange
Minima Ares Deluxe Minima Valorant Points 1,275
Nebula Ares Premium Nebula Valorant Points 1,775
Nunca Olvidados Ares Deluxe Nunca Olvidados Valorant Points 1,275 Variant 1: Living
Variant 2: Eternal
Oni Ares Premium Oni Valorant Points 1,775 Level 2: Sound Effects
Level 3: VFX
Level 4: Finisher
Variant 1: Kumo
Variant 2: Hana
Variant 3: Tsubame
Prism Ares Deluxe Prism Valorant Points 1,275
Rush Ares Select Rush Valorant Points 875
Sakura Ares Deluxe Sakura Valorant Points 1,275
Sentinels of Light Ares Exclusive Sentinels of Light Valorant Points 2,175 Level 2: VFX
Level 3: Animation
Level 4: Finisher
Variant 1: Pink
Variant 2: Red/Green
Variant 3: Blue/Purple
Singularity Ares Exclusive Singularity Valorant Points 2,175 Level 2: VFX
Level 3: Animation
Level 4: Finisher
Variant 1: Blue
Variant 2: Red
Variant 3: Purple
Snowfall Ares Deluxe Snowfall Valorant Points 1,275
Titanmail Ares Deluxe Titanmail Valorant Points 1,275
Valiant Hero Ares Premium Valiant Hero Valorant Points 1,775 Level 2: Sound Effects
Level 3: Animation
Level 4: Finisher
Variant 1: Sunset
Variant 2: Dusk
Variant 3: Night
VALORANT GO! Vol. 2 Ares Premium VALORANT GO! Vol. 2 Valorant Points 1,775
  • For each weapon with upgrade levels and/or variants, Radianite Points 10 per upgrade level, and after a weapon is fully upgraded, Radianite Points 15 per variant.
    • Variants must be used with the fully upgraded weapon skin set.

Battle Pass[]

Like every other primary weapon, all Ares skins from Act Battle Pass are in Premium track.

Image Edition Skin Act Pass Tier Variants
9 Lives Ares Select 9 Lives EP 06 Act 1 15 Variant 1: Raze
Variant 2: Reyna
Variant 3: Viper
Aquatica Ares Select Aquatica EP 08 Act 2 20
Bumble Brigade Ares Select Bumble Brigade EP 09 Act 1 15
Digihex Ares Select Digihex EP 07 Act 1 20 Variant 1: Red
Variant 2: Green
Variant 3: Gold
Divine Swine Ares Select Divine Swine EP 04 Act 2 20
Goldwing Ares Select Goldwing EP 03 Act 3 15
Hivemind Ares Deluxe Hivemind EP 01 Act 2 1
Jigsaw Ares Select Jigsaw EP 03 Act 1 5
Monstrocity Ares Select Monstrocity EP 06 Act 3 10 Variant 1: Brown
Variant 2: Blue
Variant 3: Yellow
Outpost Ares Select Outpost EP 02 Act 1 30
POLYfrog Ares Select POLYfrog EP 02 Act 2 20
Premiere Collision Ares Select Premiere Collision EP 05 Act 2 30
Silhouette Ares Select Silhouette EP 07 Act 3 30
Spitfire Ares Select Spitfire EP 05 Act 1 15
  • For each weapon with variants, Radianite Points 15 per variant.

Trivia[]

  • During the Beta, the weapon's full name was the LSW-RF Ares (Light Support Weapon Rapid Fire).
  • The Ares's design has similarities to the HK21 with a Beta C-style double drum mag.
  • Like the Odin, the Ares is named after a god of war, with Ares being from Greek mythology.
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