Riot Games' free-to-play tactical shooter VALORANT has a monetization model based on weapon skins and cosmetic items like player cards, sprays, and gun buddies. Players can also purchase a battlepass to unlock items, and on top of that players will need Radianite Points (RP) to upgrade certain weapon skins, so acquiring the skins you want can be pricey.
However, players can take the budget-friendly approach while collecting skins, and that's when the Night Market comes in handy. The Night Market is a limited event that lets players purchase cosmetic items at a discount. The skins showcased available in the Night Market will be chosen at random, so you will need some luck if you're looking forward to get your favorite skins at a discount.
There are usually five cosmetic items that players can get in random for every Night Market. Note that you won't be able to re-roll any of the skins, but you can get another chance once the Night Market returns again since it usually comes back every two months. The six cards can also be rotated, but players must purchase the skins to load more weapon skins. New skins would appear in the shop once old ones have been purchased.
When a Night Market comes in VALORANT, it usually stays in the game for around two weeks, giving players enough time to purchase discounted skins they might want.
When will the Night Market return in VALORANT?
Riot doesn't usually announce the next Night Market until a few days before it actually arrives in VALORANT, but now we have an update!
The latest Night Market started on July 20 and lasted until August 2.
Here are the VALORANT Night Market start and end dates:
Riot hasn't announced when Night Market 12 will launch, but if you look at the start dates for the previous Night Markets, they tend to start between three and five weeks after the beginning of a new act, either on a Wednesday or Thursday.
VALORANT Episode 5, Act 2 is expected to launch around August 23, so if we use this date as a starting point, that would place the start date for the next Night Market on the following dates:
- September 14 or 15 (3 weeks)
- September 21 or 22 (4 weeks)
- September 28 or 29 (5 weeks)