How to get the Riot Vanguard anti-cheat download

If you're desperate to get into Valorant and looking for the Riot Vanguard anti-cheat download, we've got some news.

Valorant launches today, and thousands of fans are hoping to find the elusive Riot Vanguard anti-cheat download to get into the game themselves.

With more than a million eager gamers watching Twitch streams hoping for a closed beta key drop, there's huge interest in learning how to download Riot Vanguard anti-cheat, the final step to getting into Valorant now that is has launched. Fortunately, there's an easy way to get it, so here's how to finish installing Riot Vanguard anti-cheat and launch Valorant.

Where is the Riot Vanguard anti-cheat download?

Now that Valorant is out for everyone, you can simply head straight through to the Valorant site to download the game. As long as you have a Riot account that shouldn't be an issue, and as part of the installation process the Riot Vanguard anti-cheat component will download and install itself. However because the Riot Vanguard anti-cheat client has kernel-level access to your PC, it won't run until you restart your PC and the anti-cheat client will install. Here's a simple round-up to help you out:

  • Head to and create a Riot account, or log into your existing one.
  • Once you've logged in, download the Valorant game client and install.
  • Once you've installed, reboot your PC to install the Riot Vanguard anti-cheat software.

If you try and launch Valorant without rebooting first, you'll receive an error screen telling you that Riot Vanguard hasn't initialized yet. All this means is that before you can launch into the game and start playing, you'll need to reboot your PC so that Riot Vanguard anti-cheat can finish installing.

Best of luck if you're just starting out with the game! Now you know how the Riot Vanguard anti-cheat download works, why not check out all Valorant characters, abilities and ultimates while you're waiting to hit the ground running.


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