Vainglory Community Edition Frequently Asked Questions, All Platforms Download Links, Technical Help

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The latest version of Vainglory (the one you can find on the playstore or appstore) is called “Community Edition”. The following features are gone for now: no friends, party, chats, elo, punishment system, and no new heroes, items or skins will be released.
Do not expect balance changes etc. any time soon, either.
Unfortunately the game was not profitable, so SEMC decided to “give the game to the community”, by letting the community run their own servers. This is still a work in progress though, and the game currently is still on SEMC servers. At this link, SEMC roadmap for community edition, we are currently in phase 1B:

More information about what Vainglory Community Edition is, why Vainglory became this way, the current meta, how to change region/server, and solutions to some problems you may encounter are in the FAQ below.

Queue for a game mode and play the match, that is all you can do.

As you can read in that link, all heroes, skins and talents are available for free. However, due to a bug you can not use skins and talents in the latest vainglory client, but there are solutions for that.

What is the experience playing the game? Is it worth coming back?

Without skill tiers every match is just as chaotic as you’re imagining it, with former t10 gold and new players being thrown all in the same match.
The amount of trolling and AFKs greatly increased as no one has a rank to lose nor there is a punishment system in place to stop people. That is once you finally get into a match, which by itself can be quite annoying. People dodge a lot (they close the app during draft and wait for the countdown so that the match is cancelled and everyone goes back to the lobby), which leads to rather long queue times, as you will usually go through 2-3 dodges (and so, 2-3 drafts) before actually getting to play a match.

The community is much smaller, however thanks to the lack of matchmaker, queue times in the main 3 regions (EU,NA, SEA) are acceptable, around 5-10 minutes for about 8 hours a day, which can shorten 2-3 minutes during peak times (for the other 16 hours, queue can be really long, 15 or more minutes, or you will simply not find a match for hours), while EA and SA servers are mostly dead at all times.

The game has become very casual through the years, especially since CE started for obvious reasons (no tiers). If you have memories of Vainglory as a competitive mobile MOBA, that’s long gone.

Without chats or friends list your only options to socialize are outside the game, usually through platforms such as discord.

The development of Community Edition has been in pause for a year now, and SEMC will be back at it only after Catalyst Black’s successful release. There is still no date for CB’s official release, so the game is going to stay as it is for a while still.

Where are skins and talents? You said they were available for free!

Yes, but due to a bug with Vainglory’s 1B client, you can not select them.
You need to use older Vainglory clients. 4.13 and 1A (also called 4.13.1). For more details and download links, check below.

Remember to try the solutions in the FAQ before asking for help if the game does not work.

If you need, here is our discord:
For technical help, use #technical channel.

Download Links


1B (also called 4.13.2 or 4.13.3 for 1B with different logo)= No skins and talents* due to a bug, but you can change your Username, use emojis, all social pings, hats.
4.13 and 1A (4.13.1)= Skins, talents, temporary something username, no emojis, only default social pings, no hats.
Login button, which can still be used to change region.
You will still see party, marketing and other stuff, which of course do NOT work.

How to use talents in 1B

*There is a way to use talents in this client.
Once the match starts, close the application. Do not leave Select a Talent screen. After a minute or so, a bot will replace you and select a talent randomly (the player can not select talents due to a bug in this version), then you just need to open the app and play with that randomly selected talent.

Check the FAQ below if you have problems (the game crashes at download assets/is stuck at LOADING…/freezes in the menu/you are stuck in match loading for minutes while everyone else is playing etc.)

How to use Usernames Skins and Talents at the same time

Android version

Client 1A

Download from apkpure Vainglory v4.13.1 (102880), the .apk client.
I searched quite a bit through the internet and apkpure has a reputation for being safe, which is why I’m suggesting this.
But don’t trust me on it, do your research and decide by yourself whether to install or not.

Note: the .xapk also works. apkpure has a guide to install .xapk if you want to. Otherwise, just download and install the .apk. If the .apk does not work, try the .xapk.

Client 1B

You can also download this client from the playstore.
Your username is stored locally, so potentially everyone can have the same username.
The Region selector menu does NOT work and yes, it is normal it always says NA. If you want to change region, read the FAQ below.

Windows Version

Client 4.13:
Alternative link .7z archive, smaller size:
password to extract for the .7z archive:

Vainglory has been removed from steam, but if you downloaded the game from there in the past, check your steam’s library, it should still be there. You can download directly from steam in this case.
There is an intruction.txt file in case you have problems, AND the FAQ below. If you still have problems, join our discord server and ask for help in the #technical channel.
There is no community edition client for PC, you can only use the old 4.13 client.

Mac OS Version

MAC Version: the MAC version does not seem to work anymore, sadly. It seems since patch 4.13 the game stopped working on macOS.
If you have downloaded Vainglory from steam before it was removed, check your steam’s library. It should still be there. If you want to try, install and good luck, hope it will work.

iOS Version

Client 1B:
You can download Vainglory community edition 1B from the appstore.

Client 4.13 (same as 1A, skins etc.): follow this step by step guide
Or, if you have jailbreak:
method 1 (credits to normal child): install the Appstore ++ tweak and use the downgrade feature (you can downgrade ANY APPS with it) to go from 1B to 1A.
method 2: download the .ipa (credits to reddit user vgskye for the .ipa) and install it through filza (place the .ipa in your ipad, then go to the folder containing it on filza and click on it, an install button will appear) or other apps.

Frequently Asked Questions

Technical Problems

The game crashes at download assets (android only)

Videoguide: Vainglory Fix Downloading Assets Crash Bug – YouTube

If when you open the game it crashes at “download assets” follow this procedure
Step 1
Download this file (the assets file the game is failing to download)::

Now, a simple thing, you need rename the file, and the name depends by what version of Vainglory you installed.
If you are using client 1B post icon update (version 4.13.4) rename the file

If you downloaded a previous version of Vainglory from apkpure or other websites:

If you are using client 1B BEFORE the icon update (4.13.2) rename the file

If you are using client 1A (4.13.1), rename the file

If you are using client 4.13 (4.13.0), rename the file

Step 2
Create a folder named and put the file you just downloaded inside it.
Place the folder in your phone to: android/obb/

If you did everything right, you will have the file (or for 1A client) in the folder android/obb/
You should now be able to complete the “download assets”. Open your app and try.

IF THIS DOES NOT WORK: download and install an .xapk version of vainglory, you can find .xapk on apkpure alongside a guide to install .xapk files.

The game crashes at “installing data” (android only)

You can try to install xapk from apkpure:
You can read here how to install xapk files:
I searched quite a bit through the internet and apkpure has a reputation for being safe, which is why I’m suggesting this solution.
But don’t trust me on it, do your research and decide by yourself whether to install or not.

The game is stuck in “LOADING…”, unable to connect, or the game freezes every few seconds

Try to

  1. Reinstall Vainglory
  2. Restart your device
  3. Change your DNS (You can use:,,,, or
  4. Edit player.2.dat file (this solution is ONLY for the pc version of the game)
Edit Player.2.dat file guide

A thank you to Mafioso’s Pride for this!

Download this file:
It’s a .7z archive. Extract the content with your software of choice. 7zip, winrare etc. all work. The password for the archive is
The archive contains the “SEMC” folder.
Now, go to the following folder on your pc:
Local Disk\Users\YourUsername\AppData\Roaming

Note if you can not see “AppData” folder
AppData is an hidden folder. When you are to whateveryourusernameis folder, check the Windows explorer menu. There are 3 menu, Home, Share, View. Click on View. On the right you will see the “hidden items” option with a checkbox. Enable the option to see hidden items.

Copy paste the SEMC folder you downloaded and extracted from the archive before here, then, open Vainglory (do not forget to change DNS as explained above if your game is stuck at “Loading…”).

If you want to, instead of copy paste the SEMC folder, you can also directly edit your Player.2.dat file:
Go to Local Disk\Users\YourUsername\AppData\Roaming\SEMC\Vainglory
Open the file Player.2.dat with notepad (or whatever you prefer).
Now, edit the file:
Use the find feature, search “uuid=” and remove everything until the next line where “initialAccount=” is.
Search for an “username=” string. Delete the usernme (the portion after username=)
Finally, search for hasInitiatedLogin=1
Change the 1 to a 0. There might be multiple hasInitiatedLogin. Be sure to change them all!
Save the file and open Vainglory.

I am stuck in match loading for minutes, while everyone else is already playing (PC/MAC version)

The pc version may take a long time to load the maps if the game is not installed on a SSD. You may enter the match a few minutes after it started, making your team play 4 v 5 for the first 2-3 minutes.
If you must install the game on an HDD, every time you open the game you should start a practice match, so that the game con load the map. This way you will be able to play any PvP match without being locked into loading screen for minutes.

Vainglory crashed, Error code c0000005, or black screen (Windows)

You can try a few things, but there is no specific solution, even if you try everything you may not fix this.

About the black screen bug, there are two versions. In one case the game shows a black screen and you can hear sounds. If that’s the case, try Shift+Enter right when you open the game (you need to be fast), the game will switch to Window mode. Usually this solve the problem.
You can also try to run the game on Windows 7 Professional (home and premium will not work).

In the other version, the game shows a black screen then crashes instantly. For this and the error code c0000005 try this:

Download Microsoft Visual C++ 2015-2019 x64 AND x86 (both)
If it doesn’t work, download all versions of Microsoft Visual C++
You can download Microsoft Visual C++ here:

Go to C:\Windows\System32 in your computer, find the file opengl32.dll and copy paste (do not cut) it in the Vainglory folder (where Vainglory.exe is). You should have the file in your pc after installing Microsoft Visual C++. If you do not, reinstall Microsoft Visual C++ and restart your pc.

Other bugs

A list of workarounds from a SEMC developer:
Check our bugs page for more bugs or (for hero-specific bugs) hidden stats page ( ).
Ask in our discord if you still need help

What is the current meta?

Meta Overview and Tier List:
Hero Builds:
For more guides:

Without elo (the game basically puts you in match with whoever is in queue at the same time) you will not be able to apply much of the things written there though. You will often play with new/low tier players or more rarely against veterans/T10 players, making games very unbalanced.

How do I change region?

Read here:

What is my region? The menu shows NA

Click on your username, it will open your profile. Above the region selector you will see the region you are in. ABOVE THE MENU. The region selector menu itself is completely useless.
In this screenshot, you can see I am in Europe, although the menu says NA:

For 1A/4.13 clients, click on the sign up/login button. Look below to the sign up button, there you will see your region.

You can turn off the VPN. You need the VPN only the first time you open Vainglory. If you maintain it on you will lag more.

For 4.13 or 1A clients

If you are on client 4.13 (PC uses 4.13 if you wonder), or 1A, you can just login to an account in any region to switch your client’s region.
Let’s say you used to have an account in North America, and your game is currently set to Europe. Click login, type the credentials and login. Though you will see nothing your account used to have (trophy, tier etc.), your region will change to North America! This is faster than changing regions by reinstalling and turning on a VPN.

Why the servers of my region are offline?

All servers work. North America (NA), Southeast Asia (SEA), Europe (EU), East Asia (EA), South America (SA) are online. If you can not connect, go to the unable to connect solutions down this page to solve the problem.
The only server that got shutdown is the China (CN) server.
If you can not find matches, it just means there are not enough players in queue. That’s all! Be sure to reset the queue after 3-5 minutes (go in queue again essentially), as sometimes it glitches and you will never find games no matter how long you wait.

How do I play with my friends?

There are no friends or party features now. The only way to play with your friends is to snipe, read more here:

What happened in the last months/years to this game?

In short, the game was not profitable. Instead of closing the servers, SEMC decided to remove most features (chats, friends, party, matchmaker, ranks, accounts etc.) to reduce the costs.
All heroes and skins are available. You open the app, queue for a match, and play the game with any hero you want.
There is a lot more to this though. SEMC wanted to let the community run their own private servers, and provide (even if in a different form) some of the removed features, like party.
If you are interested in the details, you can read about it here:
Sadly, the development of community edition is in pause as SEMC is working on their new game, Catalyst Black. Currently, we are at the 1B stage. We do not know when the development of community edition will progress.

Excoundrel made a very good video to explain the story of Vainglory, and how the game got to this point.
Here is a link to his video:

Who is “Rogue”?

Before Community Edition, SEMC tried a partnership with this company. Rogue failed in making profits out of Vainglory, so with just a 3 days notice, they told SEMC they were going to shutdown the servers. SEMC got back control of the game and prevented the shutdown. Soon after that, they announced Vainglory Community Edition.
Rogue released 3 heroes, Karas, Shin and Amael, but due to plagiarism (in the case of Karas) and various bugs and they were not welcomed by the community.
Wthout Rogue’s partnership Vainglory would have been converted into community edition months earlier. Rogue may not have been that good of a publisher, but it was good to have party, matchmaker, friends etc. for a few more months.

How active is the game?

NA, SEA and EU see about 100 000 games per month. This data is from March, before Wild Rift release in NA and the code sniping system. Take in count that due to the amount of dodges at the time (way, way more than today, it truly was a terrible time even compared to today’s situation) this number may as well be reduced by half.
In each region the overwhelming majority of games are played in a 8 hours window, and the two smaller regions, SA and EA, struggle to even start a game outside the respective peak hours.

Recommended times to play in EU, NA and SEA:
EU: 15-23 UTC
NA: 23-07 UTC
SEA: 07-15 UTC

If you have more questions, ask in our discord server