Valorant: How To Select Servers For Better Ping

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Server list shown in the 'Play' tab of Valorant's menu.

Valorant is a team-based, tactical shooter created by Riot Games, and it is not lacking in features for players to mess around with. Players can even select a preferred server(s) to play, giving players all the room that they need to click heads without wondering if the ping is going to make you miss your shot.

Getting access to a preferred server is easy, and we will show you exactly how in this guide.


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How To Select Preferred Servers In Valorant

First and foremost, here's how to access a list of servers in your region:

  • Launch Valorant and enter the main menu screen.
  • Click on the 'Play' tab and open the lobby screen.
  • On the lobby screen, any game mode except 'Custom Game' will give you a green latency symbol just above your Player Card.
  • Hover your mouse over this symbol, and it will come up with a server select screen.
  • You can tick as many preferred servers as you would like.

The screen also provides useful current latency information regarding the listed servers, so you can pick what is best for you. If you're looking to try to change your region entirely, rather than to a different city/state server, check out our guide to region-switching here.

For North America, there are servers all over the States, allowing players better connectivity options if they so wish. For Europe, some servers are in plenty of different countries, meaning that selecting a preferred server may not only improve your ping; it can also heighten your chances of being in a game with people who speak the same primary language as you!

And that's it. Choosing a preferred server to play on is as easy as that. To truly get the most out of your experience of Valorant, we recommend checking out our guide to crosshair settings and our general gameplay tips. You'll be racking up headshots before you know it.


This article was updated on 18th November 2021 by Kelsey Raynor.