How to Change Servers in Valorant
One of the major benefits of playing a multiplayer game online is being able to log on with your buddies to decimate enemies. Nowadays, though, there’s no guarantee that your gaming friends live in the same country or region that you do.
Does that automatically lock you out of the option of forming teams with friends around the world? The answer is a little more complicated than it probably needs to be.
If you need to expand your gaming horizons and open your server playing field, keep reading. We’ll cover how to switch servers, Riot’s regional limitations, and how to possibly bypass these limits.
How to Play Valorant?
Valorant is free to download and play on any gaming PC. Players are matched together for a 5v5 match that pits them against an enemy team in an elaborate game of capture-the-flag. In this case, though, one team is charged with planting a spike or bomb and defending it until the timer runs out. The other team has to prevent the spike from getting planted in the first place or defuse it if it’s already planted.
Players utilize the unique map environments, Agent special powers, and firepower to eliminate enemy threats.
Check out the steps to download the game if you haven’t already:
- Go to the official Valorant website.
- Press the “Play Now” button to get redirected to a login page.
- Sign in to your existing Riot account or follow the prompts to create a new one.
- Download the game file and install the game.
When you first download the game, you’ll have to participate in the obligatory tutorial. After that, though, the choice is up to you. Take a look at your choices:
- Practice Mode
- Unrated Mode
- Competitive (Ranked) Mode
- Spike Rush
Despite the collection of gaming modes, most new players spend time unlocking Agents. Agents are the character avatars you’ll use in the game and each one has a special skill set and ability. You’ll get the first two Agents for free after completing the introductory contract. If you plan on collecting all the Agents, though, you’ll need to put in some work and complete their individual contracts.
When you’re ready to select your next Agent, follow the steps below to pick up their contract:
- Go to the dashboard in the game.
- Select the “Collections” tab from the top headers.
- Choose “Agents” to see your available Agents.
- Press the “Activate” button for the Agent you want to unlock.
Pressing that “Activate” button will direct XP earned during matches towards fulfilling the selected Agent’s contract. Keep in mind, though, that this is a time-consuming process. One Agent requires 375,000 experience points to unlock them for your roster.
Alternatively, if you have money to burn and don’t have the time to grind XP, you can pay 1,000 Valorant Points (or VP for short) to unlock each Agent or approximately $10 of real-world money.
How to Change Server in Valorant?
As any online multiplayer gamer knows, some servers are just faster than others. Factors like the time of day, day of the week, or even proximity to server location can affect how quickly you get crucial information in the game.
While Valorant boasts 128-tick servers to ensure nonregistered hits don’t occur that often, sometimes it’s bound to happen. If you feel another server in your region is pinging just a little bit quicker, you can change servers with a few simple steps:
- Launch the game if you don’t already have it open.
- Press the “PLAY” tab in the middle of the header bar to start a match.
- Choose your game mode.
- Hover the mouse over the multicolored horizontal line icon directly above and to the right of your player card.
- Check out the server list and your latencies and choose one to queue up.
Remember, you want a server that shows low latencies. If you see another server that’s giving higher pings, switch to that one instead. Proximity doesn’t matter as long as you choose a server with better routing.
Also, you can choose up to three preferred servers to queue or stand in line, since it’s not guaranteed that you’ll get your first server choice.
If you’re afraid that you won’t get the server of your choice, the developers at Riot have an answer for that:
You can queue in for preferred servers before waiting for a game.
Lining up for your preferred servers before a match increases your chances of getting into the server of your choice, rather than picking one after you get a match placement.
How to Change Your Region in Valorant?
If you’re accustomed to jumping regions and hopping into a new server with games like Apex Legends and Overwatch, you’re in for a rude awakening. Not only is your Valorant game region-locked and assigned by your Riot account, bypassing it can have some consequences. You’ll have to say goodbye to those hard-earned skins and progress towards unlocking agents if you try switching regions and bypassing the region lock.
It’s not forever, though.
In November 2020, a senior member of the Valorant team said the feature to switch regions within the same account is coming. They’re slating it for release sometime mid-2021.
Until then, you can create multiple Riot accounts using a VPN server, but it’s not an ideal situation. You’d also have to level up and unlock all your assets for different accounts because they don’t transfer over from the original one. It’s not the most convenient option, but until Riot removes the regional lock, it’s the only one that players have.
How to Switch Server Locations?
You can switch server locations before starting a match. Follow these simple steps to pick the best server:
- From the main dashboard, press the “Play” button in the middle of the upper header.
- Select a game mode.
- Select the small icon with the different colored horizontal lines right above and to the right of your player card.
- Choose your servers.
Choosing servers to queue in before getting matched for a game can increase your chances of getting one of your choices.
How to Change Region With Riot Games?
Riot Games automatically detects your region when you sign-up for a new account and assigns you to the closest regional server. For example, if you’re in the United States, Riot assigns your account to the North America region server. You don’t have the option of choosing one yourself, nor can you change a region once Riot establishes the region for your account.
If you want to try to bypass the regional lock, you need to sign in to a VPN before accessing the website and choose your preferred region on the VPN first.
As of Update 2.04, there’s no way to change regions with Riot Games.
How to Replace Valorant Server?
Press the “Play” button as if you’re going to start a new match. Select a mode and then go to the server icon located right above your player card. You can select up to three servers to queue in just in case your first choice doesn’t pan out.
How Do You Change the Server Region in Valorant?
Technically, you can’t change your server region in Valorant. The Riot accounts are region locked and automatically determined when you sign-up for a new account. You can try a VPN to create a new account, but you’ll have to re-do all the progress from your previous account since your information won’t transfer over.
How to Set High Priority in Valorant?
If your game is lagging, here are some quick steps to set it to high priority:
1. Stop as many background processes as you can and still run your PC.
2. Press ‘’Ctrl + Shift + Esc’’ to open the Task Manager.
3. Go to the tab labeled “Details” in the Task Manager window.
4. Find your Valorant game and right-click on the entry.
5. Scroll down to “Set Priority” to open the next drop-down menu.
6. Select “High.”
7. Exit out of Task Manager.
Reduce Gaming Lags
Choosing the right server is just one step of many that you can take to ensure that your game is running as smoothly as possible. Also, make sure that you minimize the number of devices connected to your WiFi and close all background processes on your computer. If you’ve tried everything and latencies are still getting you down, you may need to look into another internet provider or plan.
Do you queue in for servers before you’re matched to a game? How often do you get one of your preferred server choices? Let us know about it in the comments section below.