How to fix Valorant Error Code 138 connection error?

Fix Valorant Error Code 138, an error that prevents players from logging into the game due to a connection error with the game servers, with just a few simple steps,

By Mokshit Batra
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Valorant Error Code 138

Valorant Error Code 138 (Image via Riot Games)

Valorant Error Code 138 has been bugging players for quite a while now, with the solution being not too apparent. The game does not clearly explain the error or tell players how to solve it, and it is something that players have to figure out on their own. Thus, this guide will explain what the error means and how to solve it. 

Valorant Error Code 138 denotes a connection error when a player logs into the game. The most frequent cause for this is that the game client is unable to connect to the game servers. This error also causes players to repeatedly disconnect from the game even if they are able to log in. 

Although it is said that Valorant Error Code 138 is more frequently faced by those running AMD A-Series processors, the error can occur for virtually anyone. There are a few ways to fix Valorant Error Code 138. It is recommended that you try each of the methods listed below individually and proceed to the next only if the error persists. 

Fix Valorant Error Code 138

Re-Install Riot Vanguard

The Riot Vanguard is a custom games security software by the developers of Valorant, Riot Games, that helps prevent cheaters and hackers. This software can sometimes create an issue while logging in, which is mostly solved by simply reinstalling it. 

Riot Vanguard in action


To uninstall the Riot Vanguard - 

  • Open the Control Panel on your PC. 
  • Go to Programs & Features. 
  • Look for Riot Vanguard. 
  • Click on the software and uninstall it. 

Now, you can re-launch the game client and re-install the Riot Vanguard from here. Launch the game after the software is installed, and the error should be fixed. 

Change Windows Compatibility

To change Windows compatibility for Valorant - 

  • Right-click on the Valorant icon or its shortcut on your desktop. 
  • Go to Properties. 
  • Go to the Compatibility tab. 
  • Click on "Run this program in compatibility mode" and select "Windows 8."
  • Now, click on "Run the game client as administrator."
  • Click on Apply and save changes. 

If this still does not resolve the issue, you can move on to a more advanced method. 

Change bcdedit configuration using Commands Prompt

You can change the bcdedit configuration using the command prompt on your PC.

  • Launch the command prompt by searching for it in your Windows start menu. 
  • Run the command prompt as an administrator. 
  • Enter the following commands one by one. 
    • bcdedit.exe /set {current} nx OptIn
    • bcdedit.exe /set testsigning off
    • bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks off

Upon entering these commands, you may get a prompt telling you that the value is protected by Secure Boot Policy. In this case, you will be required to disable your Secure Boot by going into Bios before running the commands again and fixing the Valorant Error Code 138.

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