When I decided to start getting serious about improving in VALORANT, I focused on two things:
Game sense is a tricky part of gaming to learn, unlike your aim, which can be practiced, measured and will reap excellent results within a matter of days.
And as a result, I was able to climb from Gold to Platinum within a couple of weeks of training:
Your results may be different, but what’s fantastic about aim training is your ability to translate into any other FPS game.
The better your aim is, the easier it will be to climb the rankings.
That’s just a fact.
So without further ado, let’s dive in!
The best Kovaaks routine that gave me the most gains is Pyth’s aim training routine, made by vF Zeeq.
Here’s the routine:
Time to complete: Approximately 1 hour.
Other scenarios that you can do when you get bored:
To make the most significant leaps in your training, you want to do this routine every day.
The best way to use this routine is to do it before heading into a competitive game.
Too often, gamers hop into competition with 5 minutes of warm-up in the practice range, which is not nearly enough time to warm up properly.
The minimum amount of time I spent warming up was 30 minutes. In my opinion, that is more than enough time to get warm.
That being said, I could not complete the entire Kovaaks routine every time, nor is it necessary to do so.
What you will want to focus on is the intrinsic feeling you get when you’re in-game.
You should feel more control in your wrist and fingertips, you should feel your aim transfers to be smoother, and you should feel as if it’s easier to aim at headshot height when in-game.
The best way to make the most out of your practice is to take what you learned in Kovaaks and apply it to real-world scenarios in VALORANT.
To do that, you should apply your aim training into the game.
A typical pro-VALORANT player’s warm-up routine consists of the following:
Although, in many cases, you would be warm enough after aim training to go straight into competition games, you will want to drill in the muscle memory that you’ve learned into the mechanics of VALORANT.
That means intentional practice in both the Practice Range and Deathmatch.
Kovaaks does not account for (at least not in the scenarios we laid out for you) is recoil.
It’s different transitioning from Kovaaks → VALORANT because you are not adjusted to compensate for the recoil in the Vandal or Phantom.
So the best way to practice is by going into the Practice Range and shooting bots.
The routine I used before heading into Deathmatch is FPS Tammy’s warm-up.
It’s in-depth and the best way to do it is to watch his video on it:
After you’ve adjusted to using the weapons in VALORANT, head into Deathmatch.
Deathmatch is an excellent place to practice your aim because, unlike shooting bots with inaccurate movements, you will be shooting real players who are moving around.
Plus, you can practice using sound to your advantage, holding down corners, and, most importantly, aiming for the head, which is the point of many of the training scenarios you play in Kovaaks.
When people practice their aim in Deathmatch, the biggest mistake I see is that they aren’t simulating real game scenarios.
In other words, when you play Deathmatch, you should play as if you’re playing a competitive match.
Don’t go running headfirst into the fray, guns blazing; you will want to hold angles, and corners, playing with patience as if you’re in a competitive game.
Don’t worry about your score. The whole point of Deathmatch is to practice, not to win.
Winning Deathmatch is a by-product of successfully outplaying or out-aiming your competition.
As I said at the start, there are two skills you need to work on to improve in VALORANT, with game sense being more critical than your aim.
Your aim will only get you so far.
In my opinion, your aim alone will get you to Platinum, but to climb out of Platinum, you need superior game sense.
The best way to apply what you’ve learned in Kovaaks is to combine it with game sense skills.
The most significant contributing factors to improving your aim and your headshot percentage are:
All four of these game sense skills will not only elevate your aim, but your whole skill set as a VALORANT player.
Practicing these skills will give you the most opportunity to aim without pressure from your opponents.
And as you become faster and more accurate with your aim, the easier it will be to take advantage of these opportunities.
The bottom line is that climbing the ranks in VALORANT is more than just having excellent aim.
Your game sense will contribute the most to climbing up the ranks fast.
Below are some frequently asked questions:
Buying a gaming mouse will help with your aim, but not as much as you would think.
I would recommend using a light gaming mouse to practice if you want to improve your aim in VALORANT.
You can check out our top 5 gaming mice for VALORANT here.
But if you already have a gaming mouse, you’re pretty much set.
Start practicing now, and in a couple of weeks, you should feel a difference in your aim.
Kovaaks can help elevate your aim, allowing you to become sharper, more accurate, and be able to aim faster.
But it would be best if you didn’t focus solely on Kovaaks to train your aim.
You need to apply what you’ve learned in Kovaaks to real in-game scenarios.
So it’s best to apply your Kovaaks training into the Practice Range and Deathmatch.
The best way to train for VALORANT in Kovaaks is by following the routine here and then practicing in the Practice Range and Deathmatch.
Aim Labs has a friendlier user interface and better graphics but has fewer game-specific scenarios to practice.
From personal experience, the abundance of scenarios in Kovaaks allows you to train any aspect of your aim where you might lack.
Therefore, I like Kovaaks better.
But don’t dismiss Aim Labs.
They are the next best aim trainer, and you can start training for free, which is what makes Aim Labs attractive.
The other aim training routines I've tested and liked are:
Your aim will help you become a better FPS player but only contributes to 20% of your skills.
The other 80% will come from improving your game sense.
You can check out our starter guide to climbing in VALORANT as foundational knowledge.
And if you are interested in diving deeper into aim training, you can check out our guide on creating the perfect aim training routine.
By training both your VALORANT mechanics IQ and aiming mechanics, you are well on your path to becoming a top-fragging machine.
Get into good training habits before playing competitively, and I am sure you will feel a difference after a while.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us directly, and we will help you out!