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Facing High Ping in Valorant? Here’s How to Fix it For Good

Abhimannu Das
20/Feb/2021 06:52 am

High ping in Valorant can be caused by a number of factors but it is recommended to quickly check if Riot Games' servers are live.
Sometimes high ping is unavoidable if you are from a geographical region that does not have official servers.
Turning off your VPN or closing unnecessary applications can often fix the issue and should be among the first things you should try.

High ping in Valorant is one of the most frustrating things that you can experience in the Riot Games' FPS title, coupled with in-game lag. High lag not only affects your ability to play properly, but it can also cause error codes and get you kicked from matches. Luckily, there are a few ways to potentially solve your problem. If you are facing high ping in Valorant, the first thing you should do is check if there are any issues with Riot Games’ servers. Sometimes server issues can cause lag and you should immediately head to the Riot Games Support Twitter account for updates. If there are no issues with the server, here are some fixes that you can try if you are facing high ping in Valorant. 

Potential Reasons Behind High Ping in Valorant 

ValorantYou can use Task Manager to monitor your network usage.

Here are all the potential reasons why you may be facing high ping in Valorant:

  • Limited Bandwidth: If your internet connection is shared between multiple users, you might not get the amount of bandwidth you need to run Valorant seamlessly. 
  • Unoptimized Router Settings: Your router settings may be configured incorrectly. 
  • VPNs: A VPN application may be running the background and restricting your connectivity to Valorant. 
  • Background Applications and Downloads: You may have background applications using bandwidth in the background. 
  • Wireless Connectivity: Riot Games recommends wired connections instead of Wi-Fi for faster connectivity. 
  • Poor ISP Connectivity: Your internet provider may be facing temporary connectivity issues. 
  • Region Lockout: You may be in a region that does not have official servers nearby.

Checklist Before Trying Potential Fixes

  1. Ensure that there are no unnecessary applications running in the background. Restart your game and boot only Valorant and other necessary applications only to check if you still have high ping in Valorant. 
  2. Disable any VPN that you may be running in the background. 
  3. If you are using a Wi-Fi adapter, try switching to a wired connection instead.
  4. Restart your router and/or modem.

Open Firewall Ports

Valorant

  1. Navigate to Control Panel, System and Security and Windows Firewall.
  2. Select Advanced settings and highlight Inbound Rules in the left pane.
  3. Right-click Inbound Rules and select New Rule.
  4. Add the port you need to open and click Next.
  5. Add the protocol (TCP or UDP) and the port number into the next window and click Next.
  6. Select Allow the connection in the next window and hit Next.

Add the following ports: 

  • 7000 - 7500 UDP (VALORANT Game Client)
  • 8393 - 8400 TCP (Patcher and Maestro)
  • 2099 TCP (PVP.Net)
  • 5223 TCP (PVP.Net)
  • 5222 TCP (PVP.Net)
  • 80 TCP (HTTP Connections)
  • 443 TCP (HTTPS Connections)
  • 8088 UDP y TCP (Spectator Mode)

Contact your ISP

If the above solutions do not help you may need to upgrade to an internet plan with more bandwidth or change your internet connection. Some geographical regions do not have official servers and can have higher than usual ping in Valorant. 

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Abhimannu Das is a part of the content team at AFK Gaming and a lifelong obsessive gamer. He is covering content on esports titles like VALORANT, CS: GO, Call of Duty, Fortnite, PUBG and more. He also writes opinion pieces, cover stories and conducts interviews with esports professionals.