The ACS-12 Judge is a Shotgun that is a primary weapon in Valorant.


The Judge is the most expensive shotgun in the game at 1600 credits. It shoots 12 bullets with high falloff like other shotguns. At 10 or fewer meters, 9 bullets are needed to oneshot an armored agent, while all 12 are needed at 10-15 meters if they strike the body. Any bullets that hit the head deal double damage.

While it does less damage per bullet than the Bucky, it makes up for it with its significantly reduced spread and higher fire rate making the gun much more forgiving. Crouching reduces the spread much more with the Judge than it does with the Bucky.

Minimum Kill Time

Per Fire

Effective Health Minimum kill time
100 - 150 Health Instantaneous

Per Pellet

Effective Health Minimum kill time
100 Health 0.57 seconds
125 Health 0.86 seconds
150 Health 1.14 seconds

Damage Traits

Average damage drop-off rate: 40% (Medium)

Head to leg damage ratio: 243% (Very Low)


Update History

v1.07 Patch
  • 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
  • Price increased 1500 >>> 1600 credits

v1.06 Patch

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


  • The Judge's design seems to be based on the Fostech Origin-12.
  • Despite the Operator's and the Odin's heavy physical appearance, the Bucky and Judge are the weapons slowest to run with.
  • The Judge is one of three weapons to not have a Deluxe-edition-icon.png Deluxe Edition skin, the other two being the Guardian and the Odin
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