Valorant: BEST Enemy Highlight Color Options

Spot your enemies from miles away with a sharp enemy outline in Valorant.

Enemy Highlight Color customization has been a part of Valorant since the game’s early beta period. It’s a crucial part of Valorant as it can single-handedly determine how well you can spot your enemies from afar. With some fairly distinct outline options, the community has constantly made side-by-side comparisons to determine the best enemy highlight color to use in Valorant.

Key Takeaways
  • Highlight colors are an outline in Valorant that helps you distinguish between allies and enemies.
  • There are a total of 4 Enemy Highlight colors – Red, Purple (Tritanopia), Yellow (Protanopia), and Yellow (Deuteranopia).
  • The best enemy highlight color needs to have the best visibility, time-to-react, popularity, and consistency across all maps in comparison to other highlight colors.
  • Players can visit online forums and YouTube channels of popular E-Sports Players like Shroud or TenZ and see what highlight color they use.
  • Each outline has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, so most of the time, it comes down to your personal preference. However, we always prioritize the following colors:
    1. In terms of strengths, Yellow is considered the most visible and vibrant
    2. Red is the most popular
    3. Purple looks the most visually appealing and stylistic.
  • Players can change the enemy highlight colors by going into the General Tab settings and selecting their preferred color from the drop-down menu.

Ranking The Enemy Highlight Color Options

Before we start, it’s worth noting that we’ll mainly be discussing the general aspects and pros and cons of each enemy highlight color. As such, the best highlight for you might also come down to personal preference, like your reaction time, familiarity, and colorblindness to certain colors.

Generally, the key aspects to consider when choosing the best enemy outline boil down to:

  • Visibility at long-range which includes brightness, vibrance, and
  • Blending consistency with environments
  • Players’ reaction to spotting the color
  • General Review by some of the best Valorant players

With all of that in mind, here’s the ranking for all available enemy highlight colors:

1. Yellow (Protanopia/Deuteranopia)

It’s no surprise that yellow, the brightest highlight color, would be the best option as an outline. Most Valorant pro players like TenZ, Scream, Brax, and HIKO use and prefer yellow as their main enemy highlight color and rarely ever change it themselves.

  • Since it’s the brightest, yellow often sticks out like a sore thumb the most in nearly any location.
  • Whether an enemy is hiding behind Radianite boxes or walls or sticking to a dark corner, one tiny silhouette of their gun or body will poke through and reveal their location.
Yellow enemy outline poking out of boxes
The Yellow Enemy Highlight Color does not hide well behind walls and Radianite boxes (Image Credit: eXputer)
    • It’s also one of the quickest colors to respond or react to.
    • Since it’s so bright, you’ll develop a habit of automatically shooting once you spot this color, thus speeding up your reaction time, a crucial aspect of Valorant.
    • Furthermore, its brightness and vibrancy significantly separate it from the environment.
    • Even in yellow-themed maps like Bind, Haven, and Ascent, you’ll likely never confuse an enemy with this highlight color since it’s so distinct.
The yellow enemy highlight color standing out from the yellow walls (Image Credit: eXputer)
    • One noticeable drawback of yellow is that when you recently change to it, you might find it confusing to differentiate between yellow-themed enemy and ally agents, specifically Killjoy and Raze.
    • However, the best way to solve this issue is by hopping into a few deathmatches and learning how to spot an enemy Killjoy or Raze with yellow as your enemy outline.
Enemy Killjoy and Enemy Raze in Ascent
Enemy Killjoy and Enemy Raze with a yellow enemy outline color (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)

Protanopia vs Deuteranopia

There are two options of Yellow that you can select in Valorant – Protanopia and Deuteranopia. For most players, both of these versions will look completely the same. However, players with a colorblind deficiency, specifically green, will be able to spot green shades more quickly with Deuteranopia.

Similarly, players that have difficulty spotting red should use Protanopia as it helps identify red shades in-game. So, it comes to personal preference, although generally, these two look the same.

Protanopia and Deuteropia enemy outline colors in Valorant
Protanopia vs Deuteropia side-by-side comparison (Image Credits: eXputer)

Yellow Summary

All in all, it’s tough to find any caveats for using yellow in matches. While agent-blending might be a considerable issue for this outline, it rarely happens and can be easily overcome. Visibility is the primary focus of an enemy outline in Valorant, and yellow is the most effective color in this regard.



Brightest Highlight Color in the game and thus sticks out the most.Might make it more difficult to identify some enemy agents like Raze or Killjoy
Quickest outline color to spot and react to at a long distanceNot familiar to most players since it’s not the default option
Recommended by several Pro Players and Radiant Coaches 
Two available options for people with color deficiency 
Does not blend in with similar-colored backgrounds, objects, or any dark corners 

2. Red

Red is the default enemy highlight option which most newcomers and veterans will be familiar with. It’s also the most popular outline in the Valorant community as most players, including pros like Sena and ACEU, don’t bother changing it to another color. Therefore, most clips you’ll see from Valorant players will likely have red as their enemy highlight color.

Red Enemy Highlight Color in Valorant
The red enemy outline color (Screenshot taken by eXputer)
    • Most players will already feel right at home with color as it matches the “enemy” scheme, like the enemy smokes, enemy kills, and agents’ bar on top being red regardless of your outline.
    • Other popular competitive FPS games like CS: GO, and Splitgate also have red as their default option to highlight hostiles.
    • As such, this is the best enemy outline color in the game in terms of familiarity and having a natural look.
    • As far as brightness and visibility go, the red outline is fairly vibrant, and you can easily identify it in brighter Valorant maps like Split, Bind, and Lotus.
    • However, in darker tone maps like Pearl, you might confuse this outline with a random object at a distance. Red can also sometimes blend in dark corners of maps like Haven or Ascent.
Red Enemy Outline color hiding behind a wall in Haven
The red enemy highlight color hiding behind a wall in Haven’s A Heaven (Screenshot by eXputer)

Red Summary

Overall, Red is a decent enemy outline in Valorant, but it might hide in dark tones and shades. Fortunately, there’s no location or item with the same shade of red as this outline on any map, so it doesn’t blend in with any bright surroundings. Additionally, you could also increase Valorant’s vibrancy settings to make Red even more distinct and identifiable in matches.



Most Popular Highlight Color in the gameIt might become difficult to identify in dark corners of the map.
Fairly vibrant, bright, and easy to spot 
Used and Recommended by several Pro Players 
Familiar to most players and fits in with the “enemy” theme color of Valorant 
Does not blend in with any red backgrounds, objects, or agents 

3. Purple (Tritanopia)

Despite being a unique highlight color, purple barely has any tactical advantages over red or yellow. It’s the least bright option in the list. Thus, tracking it at long range can sometimes be difficult. Aside from its general pros and cons, this enemy highlight color is the recommended option for players with Tritanopia. In this condition, a person experiences difficulty differentiating between blue and yellow.

Purple Enemy Highlight Color in Valorant
The purple enemy outline color (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)
    • The first thing that you’ll notice about this outline color is that it’s fairly unique.
    • Not many competitive games like Valorant have this outline which is why most players who use it agree on it being a “pretty highlight color.”
    • But otherwise, that’s the only benefit it has over other available outlines.
    • Purple is not the most bright or most vibrant highlight color, so it doesn’t stand out as much as it should.
    • Although you can easily find it in well-lit maps like Bind or Haven, the effectiveness of this outline falls apart in maps with numerous dark corners like Ascent.
    • This highlight color is especially a complete nightmare on Icebox and Pearl since it blends too much with their environments.
    • These blue-themed maps, with their slight purplish hue, force you to see the outline twice before confirming it’s an enemy.
Purple Outline color in blue-themed maps
The purple enemy outline color blending in blue-themed maps like Icebox and Pearl (Image by eXputer)
    • Similarly, this color can also attach itself to purple-themed agents like Reyna and Kay-O. When either of them is in their Ulted forms, you can hardly tell if they’re actually allies or enemies.
Reyna and KayO in their ULT forms (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)

Purple Summary

All in all, Purple does look appealing and unique in its appearance but doesn’t have any outstanding tactical qualities. Its lack of contrast and brightness also means that you might struggle to find it in certain dim areas.



Stylistic and UniqueNoticeably dimmer than other highlight colors
Used by a few pro players, including ShroudNot familiar to most players
 Might blend in with purple or blue backgrounds, objects, and agents

Which Enemy Highlight Color Should You Choose

Now that we’ve fully discussed all the enemy highlight colors let’s look at which one you should use. As seen, each highlight color has its own pros and cons.

  • While some might have fewer general drawbacks, it comes back to personal preference.
  • Just like sensitivity or crosshair settings, the best enemy outline color depends on what you feel is the most visible during gameplay.
  • Therefore, play a few matches with each outline color and see which one stands out the most to you.
  • The best way to figure this out is by either going through a series of Deathmatches, Unrated matches or testing the outline on bots in the Shooting Test. 
testing Enemy Highlights in Valorant
Testing different enemy highlight colors in the Shooting Range (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)
    • It’s also important to ensure that your enemy outline doesn’t match the same color as your crosshair in Valorant.
    • This is because you might confuse your crosshair’s placement with the enemy outline, thus compromising your overall accuracy.
    • So be sure to have a crosshair color that distinguishes itself from the enemy highlight color.
Yellow Crosshair with a Yellow Enemy Highlight in Valorant
Similar-colored crosshair and enemy outline color blend in with each other (Image by eXputer)

How To Change The Enemy Highlight Color

  • To change the enemy highlight color, head over to the Settings menu by either clicking the cogwheel on the top right of the main menu screen or pressing the Esc key in-game.
Settings Cogwheel in the game's main menu
The Cogwheel in the Main Menu’s top right corner (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)
    • Now click on the General Tab, and you’ll see the Enemy Highlight Color settings as the 2nd topmost option.
    • From here, you can choose any highlight color you want from the drop-down menu, and the settings will apply automatically.
selecting Enemy Highlight Color in the General Tab
Selecting different enemy highlight colors from the drop-down menu (Image Captured by eXputer)

Thanks to Valorant’s versatility, you can make these changes during matches, in practice modes, or in the game’s menu. Therefore, if you feel like one enemy highlight color isn’t hitting the mark or just want to make a quick comparison, then you can change them whenever you like in the game.


That wraps up our complete enemy highlight color comparison guide and how you can change it in the game. As mentioned, always test out all the outline options before you decide on your main one. Don’t try to replicate a specific pro player’s setup because they, too, have chosen their setup on personal bias. Go with your own instinct and choose the enemy highlight color you feel will get you easier kills.

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Sulaymaan Ahmad

A prospective engineer with a long-standing love for competitive multiplayer shooters and narrative-driven experiences. When not sharing his meme-filled thoughts on Facebook, he can be found rocking Buck or Smoke in Rainbow Six Siege.

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