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The PA-12 Bucky is a Shotgun that is a primary weapon in VALORANT.

Summary

The Bucky is the cheapest primary weapon in the game at 850 credits, making it useful for half-buy rounds. It shoots 15 pellets per shot with high falloff. At 8 or fewer meters, 8 pellets to the body are enough to kill, while 12 pellets are needed at 8-12 m. Any pellets that strike the head deal double damage.

Past 12 meters, the primary fire is near useless, but the alternate fire allows Bucky users to extend its range by firing a single shell containing pellets that explode at 7.5 meters, allowing its user to fight enemies at a medium distance.[1] If the pellet strikes a target before 7.5 meters however, it will only deal 1 pellet worth of damage.

Like other pump action shotguns, the Bucky can be reloaded after a single shot at no cost to the fire rate, effectively increasing its magazine size from 5 to 15.

Minimum kill time

Per Fire

Effective Health Minimum kill time
100 - 150 Health Instantaneous

Per Pellet

Effective Health Minimum kill time
100 - 125 Health 1.82 seconds
150 Health 2.73 seconds

Damage Traits

Average damage drop-off rate: 59% (Very high)

Head to leg damage ratio: 242% (Very low)

Update History

v3.0
  • Price decreased 900 >>> 850

v2.06

  • Updated damage curve
    • 0m–8m is 20dmg per pellet
    • 8m–12m is 12dmg per pellet
    • Beyond 12m is 9dmg per pellet
  • Primary fire
    • Bullet spread decreased 3.4 >>> 2.6
  • Alt fire
    • Bullet spread decreased 3.4 >>> 2.0
    • Amount of pellets in a shot reduced 15 >>> 5

v1.07

  • Shotgun Update
    • When getting headshot by a shotgun, the aimpunch will be lower than all the other weapons
    • Hitting an enemy past 10 meters will apply a different tagging value to them instead of the standard tagging
      • New tagging: 30% slow for .5s on a smooth curve going back to normal speed

v1.06

  • Spread penalty when in air increased .5 >>> 1.25

v1.02

  • Alt fire
    • Crouch-walking accuracy increased 3.45 >>> 4.1
    • Walk accuracy decreased 6.4 >>> 4.4
    • Run accuracy increased 3.5 >>> 6.4

(n.b. A larger accuracy value causes a weapon to be more innacurate)

v0.49

  • Alt fire now applies instantaneous, hitscan damage.
    • Alt fire was previously a projectile that was able to kill enemies shortly after the user was killed. No other weapon works this way so now it performs as a hitscan.

Skins

Image Edition Collection Source Cost/Unlock Upgrades Variants
Aerosol Bucky.png
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Aerosol EP. 02 Act 1 Battle Pass Tier 05
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Artisan Bucky.png
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Artisan EP. 03 Act 2 Battle Pass Tier 30
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Red
Green
Blue
Cavalier Bucky.png
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Cavalier EP. 02 Act 2 Battle Pass Tier 30
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Galleria Bucky.png Select-edition-icon.png Galleria Store Valorant Points 875
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Gravitational Uranium Neuroblaster Bucky.png Premium-edition-icon.png Gravitational Uranium Neuroblaster Store Valorant Points 1775 VFX Chrome
Black
RWB
Horizon Bucky.png Deluxe-edition-icon.png Horizon Store Valorant Points 1275
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Ion Bucky.png Premium-edition-icon.png Ion Store Valorant Points 1775 VFX
Animation
Finisher
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Kingdom Bucky.png
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Kingdom EP. 01 Act 1 Battle Pass Tier 01
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Lightwave Bucky.png
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Lightwave EP. 02 Act 3 Battle Pass Tier 16
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Blue
Red
Gray
Magepunk Bucky.png Premium-edition-icon.png Magepunk Store Valorant Points 1775 VFX
Animation
Finisher
Green
Purple
Orange
Monarch Bucky.png
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Monarch EP. 03 Act 1 Battle Pass Tier 16
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Oni Bucky.png Premium-edition-icon.png Oni Store Valorant Points 1775 VFX
Finisher
Black
Green
White
Origin Bucky.png Premium-edition-icon.png Origin Store Valorant Points 1775 VFX
Animation
Finisher
Green
Red
White
Prime--2.0 Bucky.png Premium-edition-icon.png Prime//2.0 Store Valorant Points 1775 VFX
Animation
Finisher
Gold
Green
Orange
Prism II Bucky.png Select-edition-icon.png Prism II Store Valorant Points 875
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Red Alert Bucky.png
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Red Alert EP. 01 Act 2 Battle Pass Tier 30
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Surge Bucky.png
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Surge EP. 01 Act 3 Battle Pass Tier 10
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Black
Yellow
Blue

Trivia

  • The Bucky's front sight design and trigger guard seems to be based on the Benelli Supernova, but the unique safety switch suggests the receiver is based off the Mossberg 590A1
  • Despite the Operator's and the Odin's heavy physical appearance, the Bucky and Judge are the weapons slowest to run with.

References

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