What Does Thrifty Mean in Valorant (Explained)

Updated: May 2, 2024
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In Valorant, a round is Thrifty when a team wins despite spending significantly fewer credits than their opponents. More specifically, team members must spend an average of at least 2,500 fewer credits on their loadouts and beat the enemy.

If you win a round against enemies who spent 20,000 credits and your team only spent 10,000, you’ll see the Thrifty commendation after winning the round.

While it’s a tall task to pull off, winning a Thrifty round can help swing the momentum of a match. It typically means you’ve strengthened your team’s economy by saving money and possibly picking up enemy weapons. You’ve also hurt the enemy’s economy because they’ll have to rebuy lost weapons.

How to Get Thrifty in Valorant

We wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to try to receive the Thrifty commendation for the sake of it. It’s something that happens naturally by occasionally winning rounds when saving credits or saving all of your team’s credits (full save and eco rounds).

With that said, Thrifty rounds typically occur when your team buys inferior weapons, such as pistols, shotguns, SMGs, and cheaper sniper rifles. You need good team strategies or individuals to make big plays while at a disadvantage to win these rounds.

If you do manage to pull off a Thrifty round, it’s crucial to pick up free enemy weapons to further strengthen your team’s economy.