SOLVED: Valorant Crashing [Updated 2023]

Are you tired of constant Valorant Crashing's? If so don't worry because In this guide we are going to fix all crash errors of Valorant.

Are you one of those who absolutely love Valorant, but can’t seem to enjoy it because of its continuous errors, crashes, and bugs? Well, don’t worry, because in this guide I’ll breakdown all basic Valorant Crash Errors, and also write down their fixes.

Vanguard Error

Vanguard not initialized”.

We are starting off our guide with the infamous Vanguard error. The vanguard error mostly appears when you fire up Valorant, and the game crashes, stating: “Vanguard not initialized”. The error then tells you that you need to restart your computer and recommend updating drivers. However, to my knowledge, this advice is irrelevant and does not work. So here is what you should do to fix the “vanguard not initialized” error.

  1. Go to Start And Search For “Add or Remove Programs.”
  2. Under Add or Remove Programs, Look for “Riot Vanguard.”
  3. Uninstall Riot Vanguard.
  1. Now go to the search menu again and open Command Prompt with Administration privileges.
  2. In Command prompt, copy-paste the code below and enter.
Note: If you are getting the error "protected by secure boot policy", then you should remove Disable Secure Boot from Bios
  1. After Uninstalling & Entering this code, Launch Valorant and Allow it to download Vanguard.
  2. Once downloaded, launch the game, and the Vanguard not Initialised error will appear again. Hit Reboot.
  3. After rebooting the PC, Open Valorant, and the error won’t appear again.

Fix #2 for Vanguard Error

Suppose you still have problems and the solution above did not fix the Vanguard error. It’s time to try the method mentioned below.

  1. Open Run Command through Windows + R.
  2. Under Run Command, Type “services.msc” without quotations and enter.
  3. In the list, search for “vgc” and double-click itVanguard Error
  4. Under General, Change the Startup type from Manual To Automatic.Vanguard Error
  5. Hit Apply and ok.

Discord Error 404 Valorant

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Discord Error 404.

Several players have reported their Discord application crashing when playing Valorant and running Discord in the background. The Discord application crashes with an error page with the code “404”. Other players also experienced this error while playing Fortnite and Call of Duty. 

The Discord 404 error occurs when the Discord In-game Overlay option is enabled in the Discord settings. It is possible that the error could be caused by one of the following factors:

  • Valorant’s Anticheat.
  • Spotty internet connectivity.
  • Wrong URL or server name.
  • Active VPN or proxies.
  • Windows Firewall blocking Discord.

How to fix Discord Error 404 Valorant?

The Discord 404 Error occurs due to Discord In-game Overlay conflicting with the Valorant Anticheat that is always running in the background whenever you launch Valorant. Players have also reported their Riot client crashing when running Discord overlay. Players will have to disable their Discord In-game overlay to fix this error. 

  1. First, go to the User Settings in your Discord Application.
    valorant crashing - Discord User Settings
    Discord User Settings.
  2. Under the Activity Settings, click on Game Overlay.
    valorant crashing - game overlay.
    Discord Game Overlay.
  3. Uncheck the Enable In-game Overlay setting below the Game Overlay category.
    valorant crashing - Game Overlay.
    Disable Game Overlay.

Run Valorant to see if the Discord and Valorant crashing error persists.

Valorant Val 46 Error 

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Val 46 Error Code.

The Valorant Val 46 error occurs whenever Riot’s servers are under maintenance. Besides waiting for some time and logging in later, there isn’t much you can do when you see this error message. The description of the issue on the official website reads, “This is planned downtime allotted for the engineers to work on our systems.”

While this error usually arises from Riot’s end, there are a few fixes you can try if it’s coming from your end. You can read our in-depth guide on fixing the Valorant: Val 46 Error Code, where we explain each specific fix in detail. These fixes include:

  1. Shut down any unnecessary processes that might be running in the background.
  2. Disable any In-game overlay apps that are enabled, especially Discord.
  3. Change your account region to bypass the servers.
  4. Spam the WASD keys at the error screen.
  5. Launch the game using Riot Games Launcher.
  6. Check the current status of Valorant servers at the official website by entering your region. 

Valorant Error Code 57 – Vanguard Not Initialized

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Valorant Error Code 57.

Error Code 57 pops up when a player tries launching the game. An error prompt shows up that says, “Vanguard Not Initialized.” The error usually occurs when the game’s anti-cheat engine, Vanguard fails to start up properly.

Another reason for this error could be a glitch that might be causing the game to not identify Vanguard and assume it’s missing. If the latter is the case, Vanguard needs to be initialized simultaneously, or the game won’t start. If you’re also facing Error Code 57 in Valorant, don’t worry. We have covered all the possible fixes for this error in our In-depth guide for fixing the Valorant Error Code 57. Follow the steps below to fix this error in no time:

  1. Reinstall the Game to replace any configuration files that might be faulty with the default version.
  2. Restart Valorant.
  3. Flush the Cache of Your DNS.
  4. Optimize the VGC’s Startup on a Windows PC.
  5. Enable VGC From the System Configuration Application.
  6. Reinstall the VGC and VGK Services on Your Windows PC.
  7. Reboot your PC.
  8. Remove Unwanted Background Processes

Valorant Error Code Van 68

One of the most notorious errors in Valorant is the Valorant Error Code Van 68. When this error occurs, it hinders the player’s ability to start the game. Mostly, this error appears due to a poor internet connection. Fixing this error would require you to make a few changes to your Internet settings on your Windows PC.

The following is a list of all the fixes that can potentially resolve Error Code Van 68. However, make sure to create a backup for the settings before making any changes and follow the instructions carefully.

  1. Flush the DNS Resolver Cache 
  2. Restart Your PC and Router
  3. Allow Valorant through your Windows Firewall.
  4. Repair the game files through the Valorant Installer.
  5. Disable the Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6)

Valorant Error Code Van 6

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Valorant error code van 6.

The Valorant Error Code Van 6 is an error that states itself as a “Connection Error” that states: “Valorant has encountered a connection error. Please relaunch the client to reconnect.” This implies that the game is unable to connect with the servers properly. However, some users have reported that the error could also be linked to Riot Vanguard, which is the game’s main anti-cheat system that is always running in the background.

That being said, many users have managed to solve the problem by implementing a couple of solutions. For best results, however, we recommend following all of the listed fixes. We have covered this error and its solutions in great detail in our Valorant Error Code Van 6 guide. Following is the list of all of the possible fixes for the Van 6 Error in Valorant:

    1. Check Your Internet Connection
    2. Restart Valorant
    3. Optimize Valorant’s Windows Firewall Settings
    4. Change the VGC Service’s Startup Type 
    5. Enable the VGC Service 
    6. Reinstall Riot Vanguard 
    7. Change Your DNS Settings 
    8. Use a VPN
    9. Reinstall the Game 

After applying all of the fixes, run the game to see if the Valorant crashing error persists.

Valorant Error Code 39

Valorant Error Code 39 typically occurs whenever Riot puts out an update for Valorant. In order to implement the new patch, the developers pull the servers. It is during this entire process that the game ultimately becomes unplayable. Server connectivity is one of the main cause for this error.

Error code 39 seems to affect mostly North American servers according to reports on the internet. However, some Valorant players from Europe have also reported facing this error. For more information on how to fix this error, head over to our complete error-fixing guide for Valorant Error Code 39. The fixes in the guide include:

    1. Wait for the server maintenance to finish.
    2. Restart the PC.
    3. Try Running the Game as An Administrator
    4. Optimize the Virtual Disk Service on Your PC.
    5. Perform a Clean Boot.
    6. Enable VGC for Valorant
    7. Delete Unwanted Valorant Game Files.
    8. Uninstall Valorant and the Riot Games Client

Valorant TPM 2.0 Error

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Valorant Windows 11 TPM 2.0 Error.

TPM 2.0 Error usually appears for players that are trying to play Valorant, specifically on Windows 11. Windows 11 is still fairly new and needs a lot of optimizations and bug fixes to be done to be stable. As of yet, this new version of Windows has been the cause of many errors in many different games and software. One of these errors being the TPM 2.0 Error.

Valorant on Windows 11 requires two main components to function correctly. These two components are the Secure Boot and TPM 2.0 features. As part of Intel’s latest Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) software, Secure Boot provides users with protection against harmful threats. TPM 2.0 is another crucial hardware security software used by Windows 11 for safety checks.  

While fixing this Valorant crashing error might be tricky, we assure you it is nothing too bad or anything you can’t easily manage. We have covered all of the important fixes to resolve the TPM 2.0 Error in Valorant in detail in this guide. Following are the fixes for the TPM 2.0 error:  

  1. Enabling Secure Boot And TPM
  2. Rebooting The Game And PC
  3. Disable Background Applications And Overlays
  4. Launching The Game As Administrator
  5. Unsubscribe From The Windows Insider Program
  6. Reinstalling Windows

Valorant Couldn’t Start Error

Valorant Couldn’t Start Error Fix

“Valorant couldn’t start” is another common error, which mostly appears while launching the game. Here is how you can fix it permanently.

  1. Close Valorant, Vanguard, and Riot Client.
  2. Open Task Manager and End Task Valorant, Vanguard, and Riot Client.
  3. Afterward, Right-click Valorant Shortcut > Properties > Compatibility
  4. Under Compatibility > Disable Full-Screen optimizations and enable Run this program as an admin strator. Now you need to apply the same settings for the other Valorant Application.
  5. You can Locate it under My Computer > Windows Drive(C) > Program Files > Riot Games > Valorant > live > ShooterGame > Binaries > Win 64.
  6. Under Win64, you will find the Valorant Win64-Shipping Application.
  7. Right-click Valorant Win64-Shipping > Properties > Compatibility > Disable Full-Screen Optimization.

Error Connecting To The Platform, Error Code 43

Another typical error you might have encountered is the “There was an error connecting to the platform.” This one happens due to startup type & service settings. We can easily fix this by restarting Virtual Disk Properties through 5 easy steps.

  1. Go to Start > Services > Search for “Virtual Disk.Error Connecting To The Platform, Error Code 43
  2. Right-click Virtual Disk > Properties > Change Startup Type from Manual to Disabled.
  3. Hit Apply and Ok.

After doing so, follow the steps below to restart the virtual disk.

Restart Virtual Disk

  1. Right Click Virtual Disk again > Properties > Startup Type.
  2. Change Startup Type from Disabled to Automatic.Error Connecting To The Platform, Error Code 43
  3. Hit Apply and Ok.
  4. Once Again, Go To Virtual Disk > General Tab > Click The Start Button, and loading like this should appear.Error Connecting To The Platform, Error Code 43
  5. Once Done, Restart the PC and Enjoy Valorant without any further crashes!

Valorant Error Code 138

Error Code 138 cases have significantly increased over the past few weeks. It seems like the error started to happen after the July Update. Further, this error mostly pops up for AMD users using the old Anthlon Processors like the A6, A10, A12, and others in the lineup. Anyway, here is a quick and easy fix for this error.

  1. Click Start > Run Command Prompt as administrator.Valorant Error Code 138
  2. Copy and Paste the following codes individually in the command prompt.
  3. Code #1: bcdedit.exe /set {current} nx OptIn 
    Code #2: bcdedit.exe /set testsigning off 
    Code #3: bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks off
  4. Afterward, Right Click Valorant Shortcut > Properties
  5. Under Compatibility > Select Windows 8, and agree to Run this program as an administrator.
  6. Hit Apply and Ok.

Suppose this fix still did not work for you. You must check vgtray.exe’s priority from the task manager and make sure it is below real-time. On the other hand, If you have an AMD processor and the error is still happening. You should update your Bios and Crimson Drivers to the latest versions.

This error is fairly new and might be resolved in the next Valorant Update.

Valorant Has Encountered A Connection Error

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Valorant Has Encountered A ConnectioIt’srror

Its always frustrating when you are in the middle of a game, and Valorant crashes, telling you that “Valorant has encountered a connection error.” Folks over at Reddit have noticed that there is only one fix for this error.

Note: Avoid disabling the firewall, and antivirus, and restarting the PC continuously because those do not work. Follow the steps below, and make sure your VPN is turned off.

  1. Go to Your Graphic Card Control Panel, Nvidia GeForce, or AMD Relive.
  2. Look For Valorant Game Ready Drivers in Nvidia and instantly update them.
  3. AMD users need to make sure their drivers are updated to the latest version.s.
  4. Once Updated, Go To Start > Run Command Prompt with Administrator Acces > and paste this code recommended by Riot.
  5. netsh interface teredo set state disabled

Once Done, you can enjoy Valorant without any more Crashing.

Fix #2 Valorant Has Encountered A Connection Error

If the steps above did not fix the Valorant Has Encountered Error. Then, you must fresh install Riot Vanguard, which is the program behind this error. Also, make sure your Windows is updated to the latest version.

  1. Go To Start > Add Or Remove Programs > Search For Riot Vanguard.
  2. Uninstall Riot Vanguard and Restart the PC.
  3. After Restarted, Open Valorant, and you will see Riot Vanguard being installed by Riot Client.Fixing Valorant Vanguard Error
  4. Once done, hop into the game, and you are good to go!

Valorant Stuck On Loading Screen

Many players have reported that their game freezes on the loading screen. Players cant minimize or restart their game when this happens. The only fix is to restart their PC, which can be frustrating for some people. Anyhow, the good thing is that there is a fix for this problem. All you have to do is tweak some Graphic and CPU settings.

  1. Open Valorant > Settings > Video
  2. Under General Video Settings > Do The Following
  3. Set In-Game Resolution to the monitor’s native resolution (highest usually)
  4. Change Display mode from Windowed to Full Screen.Valorant Crashings
  5. Change FPS Limit to A Value Above your monitor’s refresh rate. For example, if you have 120 Hertz, you should change it to 150-160. Make sure the value is achievable by your hardware.
  6. Now Go To Graphics Quality Section And do the followingValorant Crashings
  7. V SyncOff
  8. Anti-Aliasing None
  9. Anisotropic Filtering1x

Once done, now minimize Valorant and Open Task Manager by Right-Clicking Taskbar.

  1. Under Task Manager, Search For Valorant > Right-click > Go to detailsValorant Crashing Fix
  2. Under Details, Right Click Valorant-Win64-Shipping.exe and change its Priority to HighValorant Crashings Fix
  3. Lastly, ensure that Windows 10 & Nvidia Drivers are up to date.

Once Done, I can assure you that Valorant won’t freeze or crash anymore. This fix instantaneously optimizes Valorant. Thus you can also expect increased frame rates.

Valorant Crashing Fixed

Ending the guide, I’d say that Valorant is quite new, and these types of crashes are expected. Times and times again, we have seen new games like PUBG, Fortnite, and many others having similar issues. Riot has already released several updates that have significantly reduced crashing. If those updates aren’t working for you, I’m sure this guide will.

Once you are done fixing all valorant errors, you should also check out the Best Valorant Settings For High FPS and Ultimate Performance.

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Haider Khan

PC gaming geek with three years of content writing experience - covering Video Game Settings, and errors across all devices.

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