Valorant Connection Error Fix Guide

Here is a quick fix for the pesky connection error message that doesn't let you play Valorant.

No game launch is perfect, and a hugely anticipated one like Valorant is no exception. Some trying to dive into Riot's new competitive FPS are having trouble connecting to the game at all, getting a connection error. We'll go into how to fix it here.

The generic error usually appears right after attempting to launch the game, meaning you're essentially locked out if you get it. Follow steps below, if you want to know how to get rid of this pesky message.

How to Fix the Connection Error in Valorant

The problem with the connection has to do with the Vanguard software, which is an anti-cheat software embedded in Valorant. Every time you launch Valorant, this software causes the crash. Luckily there is a way out.

Follow steps below right after you encounter the following message: "Valorant has encountered a connection error. Please relaunch the client to reconnect."

You'll need to uninstall Vanguard, relaunch, and reinstall it. To uninstall Vanguard:

  1. Go to Control Panel
  2. Go to Program
  3. Select "Uninstall a program" option
  4. Find "Riot Vanguard" software in the list
  5. Right-click and uninstall
  6. Confirm operation

Now, go back and restart Valorant. You will see that Riot Vanguard installation will appear for a moment, and then the game starts without the dreaded connection error message.

You may encounter the "Vanguard Not Initialized" message, since the Vanguard software has just been re-installed. It's perfectly fine, just confirm the system reboot and start Valorant once again.

That's how easy you can get rid of this problem by simply removing the unnecessary software from your computer, for most people. In case this error returns, just repeat the same steps listed above, and you should be good to play until the official patch comes out.


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That's it on how to fix the connection error in Valorant. You can find more Valorant guides right here.


Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.

Games Valorant Genres Shooter Platforms PC Tags valorant guides
Published Jun. 4th 2020

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