How to Fix VALORANT Error Code 38 in 2022

A common problem plaguing the VALORANT Community when starting up their game is Error Code 38. In this article, we will be discussing what it is and how to fix it.

VALORANT is a First-Person Tactical Shooter game released by the popular developer Riot Games. As VALORANT is an online video game, it is prone to bugs, errors, and crashes. Whenever players face any problem with VALORANT, the game displays messages containing error codes.

However, the error codes in the message may seem very confusing as it does not actually guide the players to solve those errors. Instead, it just displays numeric values from 0 to 152 in the message. Every code has a different connotation and reason behind the cause that players face.

One of the common error codes is Error Code 38. Many VALORANT players have faced Error Code 38 without having prior knowledge of what it is, what it does, and how to solve it. So, in this article, we will walk through the process of solving Error Code 38.

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What is VALORANT Error Code 38?

VALORANT Error Code 38 is one of the more common errors you can encounter in VALORANT. It occurs mostly when you are just starting up the game.

Credit: Riot Games

Error Code 38 stands for Connection Error. To be more precise, it occurs mostly when Riot Client fails to connect to the servers while starting up the game. VALORANT server issues, weak or no internet connectivity, or Riot Vanguard may cause Error Code 38.

How to Fix (A complete step-by-step guide)

The fix to the VALORANT Error Code 38 problem is pretty straightforward. Since the code means that there has been a connection error, you can fix it by simply restarting the game.

Here is the step-by-step guide:

  1. Close VALORANT.
  2. Close the Riot client.
  3. Open task manager (Ctrl+shift+Esc)
  4. Click “More details.”
  5. From there, check if VALORANT or the Riot client is still running.
  6. If they are, simply select them and hit “End Task.” (Make sure not to close Vanguard)
  7. Now simply restart the client and log into the game.

Additional Measures

If the issue doesn’t fix after following the above measures, this step-by-step guide will help you to get rid of this problem.

  1. Close all the Valorant-related processes and services from the task manager.
  2. Uninstall and Reinstall Riot Vanguard.
  3. Check your internet connection for stable connectivity.
  4. Restart your internet modem and router.
  5. Restart your computer.
  6. Run VALORANT as administrator mode.

If you follow these steps carefully, your problem regarding Error Code 38 should be resolved. However, if your problem isn’t resolved after following all these steps, you can create a ticket from VALORANT Support page.

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