What is error code VAN 135
Some people get unlucky to encounter connection issue VAN 135 (usually in Windows 10 or 11), which essentially prevents playing Valorant. As a rule, there are many error codes starting with VAN (like 1067, 57, 9001, etc.) and all of them frequently indicate some connection problem. This is the kind of message players tend to receive when seeing this error appear at the launch of the game:
It can be either a server issue on the Valorant end (for example, temporary maintenance or shutdown) or an individual issue on a player’s PC. In case there is something wrong with the Valorant server, the responsibility does not lie on you, and you should wait until the issue gets resolved on their end. You can check whether something is wrong with the server itself using the official status checker by Riot or DownDetector. If everything seems fine with the server, and you continue to stumble upon the same VAN 135 or similar connection issue, try solutions from our guide to resolve this issue. It is possible that there is a problem with your connection specifically.
1. Restart the Riot client
There is a chance you will remove the VAN 135 issue by simply rebooting the Riot client. For this, you will need to end its operation in Task Manager as shown below and try to launch the game afterward.
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Tab buttons together to open Task Manager. Alternatively, you can also right-click on the Windows icon and choose Task Manager there.
- Navigate to the Processes tab, right-click on Riot client and pick End task.
- After this, launch Valorant again and see if the error remains. If nothing has changed, try also to restart your PC and launch Valorant again.
2. Run Valorant with Administrator privileges
Another easy method that resolves the issue for some users is to run Valorant as an administrator. The game executable may lack certain privileges, which can result in experiencing certain connection problems. Thus, try to run it as an administrator:
- Right-click on the Valorant desktop shortcut icon and click Run as administrator.
- Click Yes in the pop-up window and wait until the game launches.
If this helped you bypass this error, you can set the game to run as administrator by default – to not right-click and choose the right option each time before you launch it. Here is how:
- Right-click on the Valorant desktop shortcut icon again and click Properties.
- Go to the Compatibility tab and tick the box next to Run this program as an administrator.
- Then click Apply and OK to save the changes.
3. Reinstall Riot Vanguard
Some users reported reinstalling Riot Vanguard, which is a custom anti-cheat software developed by Riot, can resolve the VAN 135 issue. It is possible to do it fast and painlessly using two simple commands in Command Prompt. Here is how:
- Open Command Prompt by typing
cmdinto the searching loop next to the Start Menu button.
- Right-click on Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.
- Type these two commands below while clicking Enter after each.
- Once done, close Command Prompt and launch Valorant as usual. Riot Vanguard will be reinstalled automatically by the game.
sc delete vgc
sc delete vgk
4. Check integrity of Valorant files
The issue may also be caused by corrupted or missing files. To check and fix this if necessary, you can launch a file-checking utility that is already built into the Valorant launcher. It will scan for absent or damaged elements and restore them if needed.
- First, open the Riot client.
- In top right corner click on your profile icon and go to Settings.
- Choose Valorant on the left pane and click the Repair button. Valorant will verify the integrity of game files and replace missing or corrupted ones, if they are detected.
- After this, try to launch the game again.
5. Switch to another DNS address
Misconfigured communication between servers can also originate from improper DNS settings. This configuration can sometimes be accidentally changed after some manipulations or simply cause issues with some system actions. It may also be set to finding the server automatically, but not find the right one eventually. Whatever the reason for that, you can try to set up alternative DNS values like those shown below:
- Press Windows key + R and copy-paste
ncpa.cpl. Press Enter to open.
- Right-click on your connection name.
- Click on Properties.
- Double-click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
- Mark Use the following IP address and Use the following DNS server addresses.
- Change IP address, Subnet mask, Default gateway, and DNS according to the underneath image
As an alternative, you may also change your DNS address to
188.8.131.52 if the former two on the screenshot above do not resolve the issue.
VAN 135 is not the only error of its kind and there can be other similar connection issues that may prevent Valorant gaming as well. We hope this was the last issue you faced and will not have any more errors in the future. Even if you do, the solutions used in our guide are quite generic and can be used for other VAN-type errors that appear in Valorant (or other Riot games).