In League of Legends, any time you feel like doing so, you can change your name. However, you can only change your Summoner Name – as of right now, you cannot change your account name. So, when you pick your account name (if you haven’t done so already), make sure you pick something that you don’t mind sticking with for years to come.
The Difference Between Account Name and Summoner Name
The difference between your account name and summoner name is that the summoner’s name is what everyone sees you as – this is what appears when you’re in the game. The account name, on the other hand, is the name you use to login to the League of Legends client.
Choosing a Rare Summoner Name
If you really want to stand out from the crowd (most do), then a rare League of Legends name would be a good idea. Unfortunately, though, that “rare” name is usually taken. We’ve seen this scenario – a friend thought of an epic name, only to find that it was taken.
Before you start bragging about that epic League of Legends name, it would be a good idea to check before-hand to make sure it isn’t taken – in order to do this; you’ll need to use a name checker to see if the name is available.
There are times where Riot Games goes through and does a clean-up. During this time, they find the older names that have been inactive for quite some time and put them in the queue where they’re available again.
Checking for Available League of Legends Names
Checking for that available League of Legends name isn’t all that hard. There are numerous ways to check if your desired name in LoL is available, but we recommend using the LoL client as it’s the most reliable.
Using the League of Legends Client to Check for Available Names
In order to see if your chosen summoner name isn’t taken, you can use the League of Legends client. All you have to do is open up your client and go to the store. From there, press the “Account” button, which is located at the top right corner of the window.
Once you have done this, you will need to choose the ‘Summoner Name Change” option. Type in your desired Summoner Name and then click on the “Check Name” button. You’ll instantly find out if your chosen name is available to use. If it’s not available, then keep checking for one until it says available.
Use a Name Checker Outside of the LoL Client
There are websites out there that will allow you to check to see if the summoner name you want is available. These types of checkers search for the profile and see if the profile already exists. If it does exist, then it’ll check the match history for you. From there, it will give you a date to determine when the summoner name will be available for you to use.
An account that is inactive for 30 months will be eligible for clean-up, which will make the name available.
There are numerous sites like this that exist, like lolnames.gg. However, some of the other sites aren’t as reliable and have problems connecting to the Riot API service. Another cool feature of this site is that it lets you add the date to your calendar so you will know when the name may be available.
How to Change Your LoL Username
If your desired summoner name is available, then congratulations, it’s time for you to change it – this is done in the League of Legends client.
It will cost you a total of 1300 Riot Points or 13900 Blue Essence to change the summoner name.
Riot Points are a form of currency in LoL that you can purchase using real cash. Blue Essence, on the other hand, is a reward that you gain after each match – you can also get Blue Essence by completing missions. If you’re going to be using Blue Essence, it shouldn’t take you too long to get to 13900 Blue Essence. Also, you cannot change your username with Orange Essence.
If you’re ready to grab that name, go to the store in the LoL client and choose the Account button. From there, you can pick the summoner name change option.
Now you know how to change your name in League of Legends and how to check to see if your desired name is available. We’re curious – what’s the funniest summoner name you’ve come across?