How to Fix VAN 135 Error in Valorant?

The Error Code Van 135 is a Valorant issue many players encounter immediately after they launch the game – the message on the screen suggests they relaunch the game, but doing so doesn’t fix the issue. This issue is typically encountered on PC builds with Windows 10 and 11.

Showing you how to fix the Error Code VAN 135

In most cases, this issue has been caused by server issues (the main server is either undergoing maintenance or temporarily down). But it could also happen due to some issues that the game is currently going through or a system error that doesn’t let Valorant launch.

Here is a list of all the methods that you need to follow to fix error code VAN 135:

1. Check for a server issue

The first thing you need to do is to check the server’s status to see if that’s the problem. Most of the time, the Valorant error code Van 135 is caused by a problem with the server or planned maintenance.

Most likely, the central server for finding matches is down or being worked on, and developers are working to fix it.

You can use sites like Downdetector to check the server’s status and see if others have reported problems with the server. This site will tell you how many reports have been made in the last 24 hours.

Checking the status of the server
Checking the status of the server

This will tell you if other people are also getting the Valorant error code Van 135 or if it’s happening to you.

If you see that the server is having problems, you can also learn more about the server problem using social media.

Go to the Twitter page for Valorant to see if the developers have said anything. You will often find updates about ongoing game issues, if any.

Checking the Twitter page of Valorant
Checking the Twitter page of Valorant

If you found recent posts about server problems, read the comments to see what people say about it.

If you can confirm a problem with the server and other people are also getting the Van 135 error code, you can only wait until the developers fix it.

Note: Check Valorant’s Twitter page often and start the game up again every so often to see if the problem has been fixed.

If you’ve looked everywhere and can’t find a server problem to blame for the Valorant error code Van 135, go to the next method to see what you need to do next.

2. Restart PC + Riot Client

The next thing you should try if the servers are not the problem is to restart the Riot Client. This could be helpful because a simple bug might cause the error, so restarting the Riot Client should be enough.

You can do this from the Task Manager. All you have to do is to press the CTRL + Shift + ESC to open it, then search for the Riot Client process and right-click on it. Then click on End Task to close it.

After that, relaunch the Riot Client to see if the issue was fixed.

Ending the Riot Client process
Ending the Riot Client process

If the error code Van 135 persists after doing this, another useful thing to do is restart your PC. This has been very helpful for many gamers who have tried it.

There are many ways that you can restart your computer. The easiest one is to click on the Start button and, click on the Power section, then select Restart.

Restarting you computer
Restarting you computer

Once your computer has booted back, the only thing left is to start Valorant to see if the error code Van 135 still appears when you launch the game.

If the error hasn’t disappeared, try the next fix below.

3. Run the game as an administrator

You should also try to run Valorant as an administrator to see if the problem will disappear. This could be helpful because the game might need administrator privileges to be able to work properly.

To run a game as an administrator, you must right-click on the game’s exe and click on Run as administrator.

When you see the User Account Control prompt, click on Yes to confirm that you want to give Valorant administrator privileges.

Running Valorant as an administrator
Running Valorant as an administrator

If the game works fine and the issue stops appearing, you can set the game to always launch with admin privileges without repeating the process.

To do this, right-click on the game’s exe and click on Properties. Now you need to select the Compatibility tab and search for the Run this program as an administrator option. When you find it, click on the box associated with it and click on Apply to save the changes.

Setting the Valorant to always run with administrator privileges
Setting the Valorant to always run with administrator privileges

If running the game with admin privileges wasn’t enough to fix the error code Van 135, try the next method below.

4. Close FRAPS when launching the game (if applicable)

This method is available only for Valorant players that use the Fraps application. It has been discovered that in many cases, the error code Van 135 was caused by the app being opened while trying to launch Valorant. There’s certainly a conflict between the two applications. 

Note: Fraps is an application dedicated to benchmarking, screen capture, and screen recording things on your computer. It is used by many to record while gaming. If you don’t use Fraps, skip this method because it does not apply to you.

In case you are also using Fraps, you should try to close the application before you launch the game. Go to the hidden menu inside your taskbar, right-click on the Fraps icon, and then click on Exit Fraps.

Closing the Fraps application
Closing the Fraps application

Once you’ve done that, launch Valorant to see if the problem was fixed. This is how you will tell if the Fraps was the cause.

If the issue still appears even if the Fraps is closed, go to the next and last method below.

5. Reinstall Riot Vanguard and Valorant

The last thing you need to do if neither of the methods before has fixed your issue is to reinstall the Riot Vanguard. You can manually uninstall the Riot Vanguard from the Programs and Features menu, but the easiest way is to use the Command Prompt.

You need to open the Command Prompt with admin privileges and insert a command that will uninstall the Riot Vanguard. After that, the Riot Vanguard will automatically reinstall when you launch the game. 

Here is a guide that will show you how to do this:

  1. Open a Run dialog box by pressing the Windows key + R, then type ‘cmd‘ inside the search bar and press CTRL + Shift + Enter to open the Command Prompt with admin privileges.
    Opening the Command Prompt using a Run dialog box
    Opening the Command Prompt using a Run dialog box
  2. You must confirm that you give permission to make changes on your computer. Click on Yes to continue.
  3. Once inside the Command Prompt, type the following two commands and press Enter after each other:
    sc delete vgc
    sc delete vgk
    Uninstalling Riot Vanguard using Command Prompt
    Uninstalling Riot Vanguard using Command Prompt
  4. After that, type exit to close the Command Prompt and reboot your computer.
  5. Once the computer is back on, open File Explorer and go to the Program Files folder to look for the Riot Vanguard folder.
  6. When you find it, right-click on it and click on Delete.
    Deleting the Riot Vanguard folder
    Deleting the Riot Vanguard folder
  7. Now you need to launch Valorant so the Riot Vanguard will reinstall.
  8. When you are done with that, the only thing left to do is restart your computer again.
  9. When the reboot process is complete, launch Valorant to see if the error code Van 135 has finally been resolved.
Kamil Anwar
Kamil is a certified MCITP, CCNA (W), CCNA (S) and a former British Computer Society Member with over 9 years of experience Configuring, Deploying and Managing Switches, Firewalls and Domain Controllers also an old-school still active on FreeNode.
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