The Bucky is a Valorant gun in the "Shotguns" class of weapons. It costs 900 CREDS and we've ranked it in the B-Tier (Bottom Tier) in the current meta.
This weapon has "Low" wall penetration and a 5-round magazine capacity.
Check out the Bucky stats table and read our guide below for more information.
|Capacity||Wall Penetration||Fire Type|
|Fire Rds/Sec||Alt. Fire Type||Alt. Rds/Sec|
|1.1||Semi-Automatic Air Burst (slightly reduces spread)||1.1|
|Head Damage||Body Damage||Leg Damage|
|Per Pellet (15 total) -44 (0-8m)-34 (8-12m)-18 (12-50m)||Per Pellet (15 total) -22 (0-8m)-17 (8-12m)-9 (12-50m)||Per Pellet (15 total) -19 (0-8m)-14 (8-12m)-8 (12-50m)|
The Bucky Shotgun in Valorant costs 900 CREDS, making it a sometimes viable option for eco-rounds and some force-buy rounds. We'll cover which situations we'd consider buying this Valorant weapon below.
Pressing your left mouse button (primary fire) will shoot 15 pellets. As they travel downrange, the spread of these pellets will quickly expand.
You'll only want to use the Bucky's Primary Fire to about 8-10m, at which point its secondary fire becomes the optimal choice due to its reduced pellet spread.
When using Shotguns in Valorant, we've found that it's best to place the top of the circle crosshair over the opponent's head rather than placing the center dot on your opponent's head. This allows more of the shot's pellets to hit your enemy.
The Bucky's secondary fire "Air Burst" shoots a "tighter" group of pellets than its primary fire beyond 8 or so meters.
However, at shorter distances, only one pellet will be shot, doing maximum damage of just 40.
Despite being better than its primary fire at longer ranges, you'll still only want to take fights using the Bucky's secondary fire to about 15 meters. Beyond this, the pellet spread is still too large to be effective.
Unlike the Bucky's primary fire, its secondary fire can still do a lot of damage when aiming the center dot at your opponent's head. We'd still usually prefer placing the top of the circle above their head, as the damage output will be similar, but your opponents will be easier to hit.
Each of the 15 pellets shot by the Bucky can do a maximum of 44 damage if they hit anenemy's head, 22 from a body shot, and 9 to anenemy's legs.
The damage drops off slightly at 8-12 meters, then drops off again significantly beyond 12 meters.
Both the Bucky's primary and secondary fire shoot at a maximum rate of 1.1 shots per second.
Due to the pellet spread and damage drop off of the Bucky, it's pretty useless beyond about 12-15m. Its extremely slow rate of fire also makes this Shotgun terrible for fighting multiple enemies.
Despite these pretty huge negatives, the Bucky actually has a small place in the Valorant guns meta.
At just 900 CREDS, it's viable for eco-rounds on Defense when you'll still have enough to full-buy the next round.
Use it to hold close around corners in the hopes of isolating and dropping one enemy. You can then upgrade to the fallen enemy's weapon. For this to work, you must take out the enemy with your first shot, as you'll likely die before being able to get off a second shot.
Even if you get traded after taking out an enemy, it can still be worth it economically to get one kill.
We usually wouldn't purchase the Bucky as an Attacker because it's far more difficult to get close to your enemies on this side of the map. Instead, we'd opt for a Ghost, Frenzy, Sheriff, Stinger, or Marshall in a similar price range.