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Keeping track of your ping is important when playing any competitive game.
High ping can sometimes mean the difference between winning and losing a game of League of Legends, causing you to miss skillshots, overstep boundaries with your opponents, or even unwillingly walk to your death in Summoner’s Rift.
While the default settings in the game won’t show your ping, it’s easy to monitor it in case it wildly fluctuates, leading to lag spikes. Here’s a walkthrough of high ping in League, how to keep track of it, and, most importantly, how to fix it.
How to show ping
If you want to track your ping, follow these easy steps:
- Start a custom game of League
- Open the Settings and navigate to Display
- Under Display, look for the “Toggle FPS Display” keybind
- Choose a keybind that you’ll remember
What is a normal ping to have?
Ping measures the time data needs to navigate from your PC to Riot’s data servers and back again. If you’re playing in Europe on the EUW server, your ping should be anywhere between 10 and 60. But if you’re playing on the North American server from the same location, your ping could bump up to 150 or even 200. It all depends on your internet connection and the server you’re attempting to reach. The higher the ping, the more delay you’ll have.
Fixes for high ping
- The first solution to high ping is to restart your modem and router. This alone fixes most internet issues players experience.
- Update your drivers. Many players go for years without updating their drivers and some errors can increase your ping.
- Close other applications that might lower your bandwidth, like Google Chrome, Steam, and Battle.net. To check what is taking up bandwidth, press Windows logo +R and type in resmon. In the opened window, look at B/sec column to get a rough idea of what’s eating away at your precious bandwidth.
- Shut down any antivirus software. They are usually one of the main culprits when it comes to ping.
- Use Riot’s Hextech Repair Tool to diagnose your PC.
- Disable any proxy or VPN you’re currently using. While they are advertised as software that can reduce ping, they tend to increase it.
- Change your DNS server in your settings. Navigate to the Network & Internet option in the Control Panel and find the Adapter Settings and change TCP/IPv4 addresses to either 18.104.22.168 or 22.214.171.124.
- Renew your IP address. Open the command prompt with Windows Logo + R then type in cmd. Type “ipconfig /release” in the newly opened window to refresh your IP.
- If you are using a laptop, try plugging it into an ethernet cable instead of using Wi-Fi.
If the methods listed above don’t fix your ping, contact your ISP or open a ticket with Riot for some extra support.