Wondering how to change your name in League of Legends for free? Follow our super simple guide to learn about two methods that’ll grant you a free name change in LoL.
At the time of creation, your Summoner Name may have seemed like a good idea.
And then comes the regret…
Whether it was because you realized how stupid (for lack of a better word) it looked or because other people laughed at it, you desperately want to change it. And you want to change it ASAP!
What Is A Name Change & How Does It Work
Changing your name in League of Legends means getting rid of your Summoner Name in favor of a new one.
Unfortunately, Summoner names in LoL are a lot less flexible of a concept – it’s not like throwing on one of the many skins in LoL and calling it a day.
So unless you follow the two methods below, changing your Summoner name will generally cost you 1300 RP or 13,900 BE.
To do this, follow the step below:
- Head to the Riot store in LoL.
- Click on the Account tab in the store.
- Select the “Summoner Name Change” and purchase it.
Once you buy it and use it, the name change will be applied as soon as you log back into the website or the League of Legends client.
However, if you’re wondering how to change your name in League of Legends for free – there are two quick and easy ways to get the job done. Keep reading to learn all about them below.
How To Change Your Name In League Of Legends For Free
Understandably, desperate times call for desperate measures.
Not every LoL player has a bankroll like Warren Buffet – so at times, seeking out a free way to get things done may just be the best play at hand.
Thankfully, there are still a couple ways to change your Summoner Name for free.
Method 1: Your Summoner Name Is The Same As Your LoL Username
If your Summoner Name happens to be the same as your League of Legends account username, Riot sees this as a security issue.
If you contact Riot Support about this, they will allow you to change your Summoner Name for free the next time you log in
Method 2: Adding Spaces & Special Characters
Alternatively, if there’s no security risk to quelch – there’s still one other way for you to change your Summoner Name in LoL without spending a dime.
However, while they’re all pretty simple – keep in mind that you can only do this once!
There are two ways to do this:
- Adding Spaces – one space can be added to any given Summoner Name.
- TubbyBear = Tubby Bear
- PokeBaller = Poke Baller
- Adding Special Characters – you can insert special characters between your Summoner Name’s existing characters. This can make it a little more exciting rather than just vanilla text.
- PikaChu = Pika@Chu*
- SmartMove = Sm@artM%ov^e
How Can I Request A Free Name Change In LoL?
As easy as those changes look, you can’t actually just change it willy-nilly when you feel like it. You need to contact Riot Support to approve these changes. To do so, a ticket needs to be submitted to Riot Support. The subject line must read “SUBJECT: Summoner Name Change”
In the case of your username and Summoner Name being the same, you should write something like this:
“Hi there, I’m wondering if you could please change my summoner name for me as it’s the same as my username and I’m worried about being hacked. Thank you very much!”
On the other hand, if you’d like to add special characters to your username, this will suffice:
“Hi there, could I please have my summoner name changed to (your future name here)? I’d just like to add a few special characters to it. Thank you!”
H2 – League Of Legends Name Change FAQ
Now that we’ve got the hang of how to request a free name change in LoL – let’s take a look at some of the most burning questions people have about name changes and summoner names in League of Legends.
Below, we’ll cover a few topics like the no-no’s of League names, various associated costs, and how to check for duplicate names to find one you like.
How Many Times Can You Change Your Name For Free In LoL?
At the moment, the simple answer is that you are only allowed to change your Summoner Name for free once. No matter which approach you choose, your golden ticket is only valid for a one-way ride, so think carefully about the new Summoner Name.
What Isn’t Allowed In LoL Names?
We’d like to believe most people know the difference between what’s appropriate and inappropriate when it comes to in-game names.
Understandably, some game developers have a higher or lower tolerance when it comes to inappropriate names and/or language. And Riot clocks in as one of the more stringent ones, so it’s important to understand the no-no’s of LoL names before you try and rename your account.
To illustrate what Riot deems inappropriate in LoL names, we’ve put together a short list:
- Hate speech such as slurs or profanity.
- Historical, ethical, or political references.
- Vulgar, gross imagery, or insults.
If a Summoner Name contains any of the things mentioned above, it will be flagged for renaming after it’s reported.
How Much Do LoL Name Changes Usually Cost?
If you’re going through the Riot store, a single Summoner Name change will cost you 1300RP or 13,900 BE.
And if you’re wondering about ways to get it at a discount or otherwise cheaper – at the moment, there aren’t any. Not to mention the fact that Riot has never been known for running promotional sales on account-related microtransactions.
How To Check If A Summoner Name Is Free In LoL?
Before you go ahead and cop a brand new summoner name, you’ll have to make sure that it’s not taken first.
There are two ways to check for duplicate names in LoL – you can try to create a new account in LoL client, or just like in the guide where we showed you how to appear offline in League of Legends, you can use a tool like LoL Names.
The latter is actually way cooler since you can also see when those names will be released.
For example – know a friend that stopped playing the game, and you want to inherit their Summoner Name? LoL Names can tell you when to pick it up!
Or maybe you’re a die-hard fan of a pro player and want to snipe one of the names of their old smurf accounts – easy peasy.
Is Riot ID The Same As Summoner Name?
Your Riot ID is your Riot Account Username and the credential you’ll use to log into any of Riot’s games like LoL, TFT, and Valorant.
Typically, your Riot ID cannot be seen by players in-game, unless you’ve set your Summoner Name to be the same before Riot made that restriction.
Unlike your in-game Summoner Name, your Riot ID also cannot be changed. Whereas the Summoner Name can be changed anytime.
If you’ve been pondering how to change your name in League of Legends for free – today’s article should give you all the know-how you’ll need to get the job done.
We’ve covered two ways that allow you to request a free name change, and we’ve even covered some questions and trivia while introducing you to a cool little tool that you can use to sift through thousands of LoL names, see which ones are free, and pick out the cream of the crop for yourself.
If we’ve missed anything or if you’d like to share some of your most regrettable Summoner Names with us, let us know in the comments below!