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Tips for Valorant players moving from controller to keyboard and mouse

Tips for Valorant players moving from controller to keyboard and mouse

Joey Carr


While Valorant is a worldwide phenomenon, it is still only accessible on PC. The standard operating system is Windows, but you can still manage to play on Mac with some clever tricks. Though this is fantastic for those with a computer, it leaves the console community out in the cold. However, some in the community wanted to play Valorant so badly they started playing on PC. Of course, a keyboard and mouse is the standard way to play on a computer, so this crowd’s controller skills don’t quite translate. If you’re still struggling to get the hang of keyboard and mouse as a former controller player, allow Run It Back to help.

Beginner tips for playing on KB & M

Keyboard and mouse may look daunting at first glance. After all, there are a plethora of keybinds that you need to familiarize yourself with. Along with that, aiming with a mouse doesn’t come naturally to most players and with Valorant, you need good aim to keep up with the other players.

However, with some practice and beginner tips, you’ll quickly see that keyboard and mouse can be an easier way to play than using a controller. For starters, you want to make sure that you get comfortable with your settings. This includes both the keyboard and mouse settings.

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For your mouse, you can check out our previous guide for a full in-depth look at how you should set up your mouse. However, a general rule of thumb is to make sure the sensitivity of the mouse doesn’t feel too strong in either direction. Later on, when you’re more comfortable, you can begin to make the sensitivity stronger or weaker, but in the beginning, try to find a middle ground.

As for the keyboard, when you first load up Valorant you’ll see a default set of keybinds. It’s important to keep these keybinds and play a couple of games with them so you know for sure which ones you want to keep and which ones you want to switch. For altering keybinds, you can attempt to find what works best for you or mimic some binds of a professional player. Prosettings.com is a great place to find your favorite pro’s keybinds and other settings if this is a route you want to take.

Practice makes perfect in Valorant

Just like with using a controller, practicing with your keyboard and mouse will yield success in Valorant. This can either be done in Unrated matches or in the practice mode within Valorant’s menu. We don’t recommend jumping into Rated when you’re first starting out, though. Focusing on your mechanics is more important than trying to rank up, so spend more time in Unrated playlists.

Of course, if you want the most bang for your buck, spend an hour or two a day in Valorant’s practice mode. Simply moving around the practice map and using different abilities, swapping weapons, or shooting at the floating dummies is a great way to spend your time.

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To work on your aiming and configure different mouse settings, head into the firing range, and shoot at the bots. You can even track your progress with keyboard and mouse with the in-game scoring system.

In the end, the more work you put into mastering keyboard and mouse, the faster you’ll improve. However, following our tips will surely expedite the process.

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