League of Legends is an online game, which means that you need to have a decent connection to the servers for the game to function. Sometimes you’ll experience pretty awful gameplay because of a thing everyone calls ‘high ping’.
But, what does that even mean? What is considered a ‘high ping’ and when does it start to impact gameplay? And the most important question of all — if we experience high ping, how do we fix it? Let’s go over all the details, so you know how to have the best in-game experience next time you boot up League of Legends.
What Is Ping In League of Legends?
Ping is a term synonymous to latency. It basically means the time it takes data to be transmitted from your device, to the server and then back to your device. So, the longer it takes for data to be transmitted and bounced back, the worse your ping is.
Latency is counted in milliseconds (ms) and is extremely significant for online games. Especially ones like League of Legends where any second of lag can mean life or death. Seriously, a Blitzcrank hook can come out of nowhere.
Now, one thing that is important to note as well, is that we have the ping that means latency in League of Legends, but there are also ‘pings’ in LoL with which you can quickly communicate your intent within the game. Just so we’re on the same page, we are not talking about those types of pings today.
Are Ping And FPS related?
Ping and FPS are not the same thing. While you want to have an extremely low ping when playing online games, you’ll want a high FPS number. FPS stands for frames per second and refers to the rate at which back to back images appear on a display.
Take old-school animated films that were filmed frame-by-frame the rougher the movements between images are the choppier the animation will be. This goes for standards today as well. To have a game running smoothly, you’ll want high FPS numbers.
Where To Check Ping In League of Legends
Now let’s move onto the important stuff. Where can we check the ping in League of Legends? Well, follow these steps, and you’ll be able to see if your game is running smoothly:
- Start a game of League
- Press CTRL + F
- The ping time and FPS should be displayed in the top right corner of your screen.
If that didn’t work, then you’ll have to go back to the League client and follow these steps to enable the CTRL + F display hotkey.
- Go to LoL Client
- Click the Settings menu in the top right corner
- Go on the Hotkeys tab and scroll down to Display
- Open the drop-down menu
- Set the Hotkey for Toggle FPS Display to CTRL + F
- Start the game and press the newly set hotkeys to see Ping and FPS
What Is Considered Bad Ping In League of Legends?
League of Legends can be played on latency of up to 100-150 ms in most cases. The game might not be as smooth, but you’ll be able to play nonetheless, though most would prefer a Ping under 100.
Once the Ping moved up into the high 100s and anything above it is considered bad ping or high ping, and it will make games completely unplayable.
Why Do You Have Bad Ping?
There are multiple reasons why you could be experiencing high ping. Either your internet connection is dogs*** or you’re playing on the Oceania server while living in Europe. Of course, there could be some issues with the Riot servers as well, which is why we’ve also got a list of all error codes for you to check out.
So, let’s go over some reasons that cause high ping in Riot Games’ MOBA — and if we’re honest, with any other online game.
|Outdated Patch||League of Legends is constantly evolving with new patches. If you manage to start a game before patching to the newest one, you’ll likely experience high latency.|
|Router Issues||If your router is in an error state, the game won’t be able to transmit data properly, which is why you might even get an error message and high ping… you might even get disconnected from the game itself.|
|Bandwidth Consuming Applications||If you’re playing League while there are other applications open in the background, they could be eating away at your bandwidth, which will make you experience high ping|
|Proxy and VPN services||While League of Legends can run on proxy servers and VPNs, there is a chance that you can experience high ping when using these.|
|You live in Germany||Anyone living in Germany can attest to this one.|
Those are just a few examples of reasons that you could be experiencing ping in your League of Legends games. So now we’ve got to figure out how to fix them, right?
How to Fix Bad Ping in League of Legends
To fix bad ping, you’ll need a stable and decent internet connection. That is a given, but there are quite a few other ways to fix your ping. As you just read, there are many reasons why ping is bad, and we need to tackle all of them!
Download the latest game patch
This one is quite simple. You’ll be able to have a much better experience playing on the newest patch. If you somehow manage to get into a game without updating the patch, then hat’s off to you. Riot usually updates the patch automatically once you open the client.
Close Bandwith Hogging Apps
As already mentioned above, some applications can hog your bandwidth and make your latency shoot up into the sky. This happened to me on my old computer whenever I had steam open while playing League. So, how do we know which apps are blocking our path to perfect Ping?
- Press the Windows Logo Key and R to bring up the ‘Run dialog box’
- Type in ‘resmon’ and hit Enter
- In the Resource Monitor, on the Network tab you’ll see the total B/sec column, which can tell you what applications are using how much bandwidth.
- Right-click the application using all the bandwidth and select end process
Another thing to note is that it could also be your antivirus. Disabling antivirus could help your ping as well. If that helps, you should consider contacting your antivirus provider.
Disable Your Proxy & VPN
As already mentioned, you could be having issues due to a VPN. If you are using a VPN, League should technically work for you, but it could disrupt the flow of data. Follow these steps to disable your Proxy or VPN to see whether it’ll improve your ping
- Go to your setting and click Network & Internet
- Go onto the Proxy tab
- Move toggles of Automatically detect settings and use setup script to off
- Disconnect from VPN
- Launch LoL
Use The Hextech Repair Tool
Riot Games has created their own repair tool which can help out in situations like this. This tool will analyze the installation files of the game to check whether there are any bad apples in there. The tool will then delete the compromised files and replace them with a fresh copy.
You can download the Hextech repair tool right here. Make sure you run it as administrator as well, and then it should fix some of the problems you’re experiencing.
Swap To An Ethernet Connection
If none of the steps above worked, then we suggest trying to swap from Wi-Fi to an Ethernet connection. If it’s your internet connection that isn’t working, well then how do you expect an online video game to work, right?
Ethernet connections are much more stable than wireless. So, if your mom has the router in the kitchen, but your room is on the other end of the house in the basement, then you might not have as good of a connection.
A Few More Tips To Try To Improve Ping
There are a few more things you can test out to see whether you can improve your ping. If none of those work, then it’s just a sign from the big man up top to finally quit this hellish game.
|What to Fix||How to Fix|
|Renew your IP Address||Open the command prompt. Type “ipconfig /release” in the newly opened window to refresh your IP.|
|Change your DNS Server||Navigate into the Network & Internet options of the Control Panel. Find the Adapter Settings and change TCP/IPv4 addresses to another one, such as Google’s for example, which is 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11.|
|Update your Device Drive||You can update devices manually with the Windows Device Manager. This takes long so using an application to do this for you is something we suggest saving time.|
Hopefully these steps will help you with your ping problems. There are many reasons why you could be experiencing these issues in any Riot Games’ game or even in other video games. These options should work and let you get back to spending time on your favorite games.