This guide will describe what Riot Vanguard is, provide an overview of installing and troubleshooting errors with Riot Vanguard, and address top questions our coaches and players have had about this software.
Riot Games has developed Riot Vanguard as a custom game security software to ensure competitive integrity and security within all Riot titles.
Starting this year, Vanguard must be installed properly to open and play either League of Legends or VALORANT. More information on Vanguard’s addition to League of Legends was shared in Riot Games' latest “Look Ahead" video.
Installing Riot Vanguard
There is not a unique file or application to download for Riot Vanguard. Once a Vanguard-compatible title is downloaded and installed, a separate, automatic installation for Vanguard will occur on the PC’s next reboot.
Troubleshooting Error Messages
Riot Vanguard will detect if a PC is too “cheat-capable,” restricting access to the Riot Games title until the PC is configured securely. Each error message must state which settings are necessary to resolve the error and remove the restriction.
How will I know that Riot Vanguard is running?
Riot Vanguard’s icon can be found in your System Tray when active. To close the application at any time, a user can right-click the icon and select Exit Vanguard.
Can I play League of Legends or VALORANT without Riot Vanguard downloaded?
No. Riot Vanguard must be active to launch either League of Legends or VALORANT.
How does Riot Vanguard interact with my computer’s data?
What is a kernel mode driver?
The downloaded software Vanguard consists of a client that runs on the “kernel mode driver”. For further details on the “kernal mode driver” and anti-cheat systems and their operations, please refer to your IT department and review this RIT Security Blog.