The Valkyria is Sokol's personal rifle and is the first weapon that comes pre-suppressed (which cannot be removed with mods).
Stat wise, the Valkyria has very good handling and a high rate of fire, alongside a high base damage for a suppressed weapon. This can be increased even more with Specialized Killing and The Professional, resulting in a rifle that can easily take care of any enemy. It also comes with a good reserve ammo supply and fast reload speed. However the problem with the Valkyria is its very limited mod supply, meaning that while the stats are very good, the weapon cannot be tweaked to perform better in specific situations.
The Valkyria's suppressor and high concealment (which can be increased via the barrel modification) make it a very good choice for stealth missions. Even more so, the weapon can be very efficient at killing even if stealth fails, as the barrel does not impact its high base stats much.
Due to the weapon being integrally suppressed and lacking in stopping power, Specialized Killing is a valuable skill to have (and Ace).
It also has the benefit of being somewhat concealable even if the player goes hog wild with its (rather small) modification pool, making it a good choice for stealth.
The Valkyria is an excellent candidate for use with the basic versions of Sneaky Bastard and Low Blow when combined with a Two Piece Suit, 30 Concealment secondary and melee due to its low Detection risk potential. Using the High-Concealment build (see below), the Valkyria is Concealable enough to make full use of the basic version of both skills when running for a SB-LB Dodge build.
Due to its small magazine capacity, if planning on going loud, Surefire can be of great use due to the large amount of added ammo per mag. For the Big Score and Crimewave console versions, Mag Plus provides an alternative.
The Valkyria is built around Concealment, meaning the most efficient build to have is a High-Concealment one.
Prototype Barrel (+2 conc, -4 acc)
Auto fire (+1 dam, -4 acc, +8 stab)
Compact Laser Module
Concealment Boost (+1 conc)
The above build confers a Concealment total of 29, which is more than enough to reach minimum detection risk. Although the accuracy may be poor, due to it's high fire rate it is meant to be used at close range, so the accuracy doesn't hamper the weapon too much. If one doesn't want the bonus stability, they may omit the auto-fire mod.
A low-visible optic such as the Speculator Sight is still an acceptable option over the standard iron sights.
Although the main flashlight has a toggle switch, the laser sight component of the LED Combo is pressure-activated, meaning the laser will stay on as long as the pressure switch is depressed. This switch is not placed where it should be, however (on foregrips, magazine wells, etc...) and is instead ziptied to the main taclight, leaving no plausible mean for the user to toggle it without awkwardly moving their off hand off the weapon and gripping the attachment itself.
Upon release, the default reticle of this sight was a chevron instead of the retail version's red dot. After the release of the Gage Mod Courier DLC, it was reverted to the regular sight's red dot.
It is functionally the same as the standard Military Red Dot Sight, but the sight's casing is tan instead of black with the line "A-10" scrawled on near the adjustment knob. The sticker on the lens cap's interior also says "I <3 Payday" instead of having a picture of an American flag.
This sight was based on the Aimpoint CompM2 optic. While it is portrayed as a high-zoom scope in-game, the CompM2 is actually a reflex sight, meaning it offers no magnification in reality.
Smygvarg translates from Swedish into "Sneak-wolf".
The word "Vargtimmer" on its texture literally translates to "timber wolf". The swirly textures on the skin's barrel resembles that of an electric drill, suggesting that "Vargtimmer" is a powertool brand in-universe.
The rifle's name is likely a wordplay on the AS Val's name: "Valkyria".
The Valkyria uses a non-descript grey-tipped ammunition that bears neither the characteristics of the 9x39mm SP-5 or SP-6 rounds of the AS Val, as it is both underpowered and lacks the armor penetration capabilities of the real steel.
Apparently, there was originally supposed to be a separate attachment for the Valkyria called the Valkyria Scope Mount, which works the same way as any other scope mount in the game before being unanimously incorporated into the main weapon. It still has its own inventory icon in the game's files and will appear when the player mounts any given sight.
In-game the weapon is referred to as the Valkyria, however on the Golden Grin Casino Page the weapon is called the Valkyrie instead. This was possibly an oversight by Overkill.