Valheim Guides Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Valheim Guides RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network How to Get the Drake Helmet in Valheim Mon, 22 Mar 2021 11:25:07 -0400 Justin Michael

Hands down the Drake Helmet is one of the best-looking helms in Valheim. Maybe it's the swept-back horns or maybe the regal silver coloring. Whatever it may be for you, you're going to have to jump a few hurdles before you can craft one of these epic helmets and that's what we're going to cover in this guide. 

Valheim: How to Get the Drake Helm

In order to craft the Drake Helmet, you're going to have to do some serious resource gathering. The Drake Helmet requires:

  • 20 Silver
  • 2 Wolf Pelts
  • 2 Drake Trophies

Being a mid-to-late game piece of gear, you're going to need an Iron Pickaxe as well as the Wishbone to detect the silver ore. Meaning you'll need to have beaten Bonemass, the third boss of the game, in order to even have a chance.

Speaking of having a chance, you're also going to need 2 Drake Trophies which means you're going to need to do a little hunting in the mountains biome. 

Even before worrying about the Drakes you'll need to worry about the mountain biome itself; sapping your health away with the freezing cold. This can be combated with Frost Resistance Mead until you can craft a Wolf Fur Cape or Wolf Armor Chest

Valheim Drake Hunting Tips

Drakes are fairly formidable foes, choosing to fight you from the skies where the advantage is theirs. You're going to want to make sure that you've brought a strong bow as well as strong arrows to drop these foes quickly. I'd recommend at least ironhead arrows, I used poison arrows found in the sunken crypts of the swamp biome to pretty good effect; killing drakes within two or three hits.

A good strategy for fighting them is to dodge their icy breath attack in a left or right strafing manner. If you're playing co-op with some friends hunting Drakes can be made easier by having someone use the harpoon on the Drake to keep it from flying off; easing your speed in dispatching them.

No matter how you take them down, you're likely to have to slay your fair share as the drop rate for the Drake Trophy is quite low: 15% to be exact.

Once you've gathered all the needed materials you'll craft the Drake Helmet at the forge. The drake helmet has a base armor of 20, which is the same armor level as a maxed-out iron helmet, but six points less armor than the base padded helmet.

The Drake Helmet looks best with the wolf armor set and can easily be worn as end-game armor with everything fully upgraded, which you won't need any more Drake Trophies to do; just silver ingots.

Hopefully, this information helps you to better obtain this awesome helmet to complete your armor as well as show your mastery over the mountains and the Drakes that call them home. If you’re new to Iron Gate's survival game, consider checking out some of our other guides and helpful tips articles.

Where to Find Chains in Valheim Mon, 22 Mar 2021 10:33:21 -0400 Justin Michael

Crafting is a central part of Valheim with dozens of resources used to craft everything from the humble torch to the mighty Stagbreaker. In this guide, we're going to go over where to find chains in Valheim, as well as what you can do with them. 

Valheim: Where to Find Chains

A chain is a resource item that you’ll find in the swamp biome. That means you’re going to want to have dealt with the second game boss, The Elder, so that you can obtain the swamp keyin order to enter the sunken crypts in the swamps.

You have a roughly 10% chance to find chains in the various muddy scrap piles in the sunken crypts, which you mine with a pickaxe. 

While the 10% drop chance isn’t terrible there is a 100% drop rate way to get chain by fighting Wraiths.

Wraiths are a hostile mob in the swamp biome and generally spawning in/near abandoned houses. Boasting high defense, the best way to take out a Wraith is to score a backstab hit from range — as it has no ranged attack — then finish it off as quickly as possible if it closes into melee range. 

Valheim: What to Do with Chains

So, you’ve gathered some chains, but now what? Chains are featured in both crafting recipes and in building, being used for the following items:

Crafting Recipes Using Chains

  • Black metal shield: 10 fine wood, 8 black metal, 5 chain
  • Black metal tower shield: 15 fine wood, 10 black metal, 7 chain
  • Wolf armor chest: 20 silver, 5 wolf pelt, 1 chain

Building Recipes Using Chains

  • Forge bellows: 5 wood, 5 deer hide, 4 chain
  • Hanging brazier: 5 bronze, 2 coal, 1 chain

The forge bellows would be the first item I’d put any chain towards as it increases the crafting level of the forge it’s placed beside, which lets you level up all crafted gear associated with the forge.

It’s also worth noting that the hanging brazier runs on coal as a fuel source and will require ventilation for the smoke it produces. As for armor, that comes down to your personal play style.

Hopefully, this quick guide on the chain resource helps you to gear up for the many adventures Valheim has to offer. If you’re new to Iron Gate's survival game, consider checking out some of our other guides and helpful tips articles.

How to Get a Maypole in Valheim Fri, 19 Mar 2021 11:34:25 -0400 Justin Michael

Throughout your travels in Valheim, it’s likely you’ve stumbled across the Maypole in an abandoned settlement in the Meadows and would like one for yourself to spruce up your own settlement or mead hall only to not find it on any of the building or crafting tabs.

In this quick guide, we’ll cover what the Maypole is, why you want one, and how to get it in the current state of the game.

Valheim: What Is a Maypole?

The Maypole is a decorative item used in the celebration of May Day and the summer solstice in some European cultures. While different cultures had different traditions for the Maypole most all of them had various dances and songs based around them which is a nice nod to history in the Viking-themed world of Valheim. 

So, we have some real-world history but why would we want it in the game? Well, the Maypole gives the player an added point of comfort towards their rested XP buff, increasing the XP buff timer by a minute. It also is a nice-looking decoration and a good centerpiece to your base settlement, especially if you’re roleplaying with friends. So how can you get a Maypole in Valheim?

Valheim: How to Get a Maypole

Well, you can’t, technically. As of the current state of Valheim there are only two ways to get a Maypole; finding one in an abandoned settlement in the Meadows biome or using console commands to cheat one into the game.

If you’re not feeling like “cheating” then you can expect to be hunting out abandoned settlements until you find one. However, if you have no qualms cracking open the command console then read on.

To open the console simply hit the F5 key on your keyboard, then type in imacheater and hit enter. It’s worth noting that using console commands can affect the integrity of your save file so always backup your saves first! Once console commands are activated type in debugmode and if the output reads “Debugmode True”, you’re ready to go. 

In order to build one you’re going to need to be within the radius of an upgraded workbench as well as having 4x dandelion, 4x thistle, and 10x wood in your inventory. You’ll find the Maypole in the furniture tab of your hammer and you’ll be all set to slap it down anywhere within your workbench area.

Hopefully, this quick guide on Maypoles helps you to spruce up your settlement in Valheim. If you’re new to Iron Gate's survival game, consider checking out some of our other guides and helpful tips articles

5 Best Valheim Mods to Download Now Mon, 08 Mar 2021 14:20:03 -0500 Justin Michael


Valheim Plus


Last but not least is Valheim Plus, a large collection of QoL modification options. This one is so expansive that it covers much of the same ground as other individual mods, making it the go-to Valheim mod right now. 


Valheim Plus lets you configure things like stamina usage and regeneration, the speed of processing resources like iron ore in the smelter, carry weight, and even the radius of the workbench. Additionally, it adds more options when it comes to building out your base, whether with wood or with stone, and general game difficulty. If you're looking for a highly customizable Valheim experience, then this is the mod for it.


It's highly recommended that you read the mod page in its entirety before installing this mod, as the instructions are rather extensive.


Get it from Nexus Mods




That's our list of the best Valheim mods so far. While there are far more modifications available on Nexus Mods, Valheim Plus includes many of them. Are there others we missed that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments below!


Map Sync


This is a must-have Valheim mod if you're playing the Viking survival game co-op. It allows you and your group to split up and explore the map while sharing your findings with each other.


It's worth noting that Benocs' map sync mod is client-side, not server-side, so all players must have it installed on their game file. If you're wondering how to place map markers otherwise, we have a nifty guide on just that. 


Get it from Nexus Mods


Craft from Containers


Craft from Containers is one of those useful, quality-of-life mods that lets you pull from nearby containers to craft, build, smelt, and cook without going back and forth to your chests. You can even fuel the various crafting stations and workbenches in the game using this mod.


Made by Aedenthorn, this mod is great for when you're building out your hall and have stacks and stacks of stone and lumber that would otherwise have you massively over-encumbered. Hundreds of trips to your various chests are a thing of the past! Just use this mod to transfer items more efficiently. 


Get it from Nexus Mods


Equipment & Quick Slots


Having separate slots for equipped armor is such a standard practice that it's surprising such functionality wasn't already integrated into Valheim. Regardless, it seems that modder Randyknapp felt the same way.


This mod integrates so seamlessly with Valheim — and makes splitting stacks and deleting items less mandatory  that it wouldn't be surprising if the devs reach out to make it a core addition to the game. 


With equipment slots for all your bronze armor pieces (or any other armor, for that matter), as well as three quick slots to keep your food, mead, or healing potions at the ready, this is one of the best Valheim mods out there. 


Get it from Nexus Mods


First Person View


Sometimes you only need a change of perspective to better appreciate things. In this case, modder Kailen_ decided Valheim could do with some first-person action a la' Skyrim.


This mod does exactly what it says on the box, while also allowing you to zoom all the way in for a Viking's-eye view of the beautiful world around you.  


It's helpful for hunting deer and boar in the dense underbrush of the Meadows and Black Forest biomes, and it's great for sniping Draugr from afar. It's also useful for surveying new biomes for hazards and enemies before you enter them since you now have a better line of sight. 


Get it from Nexus Mods


Valheim mods are aplenty, with many of them greatly improving the game's winning survival formula. Though the Viking game is still in Early Access, it's garnered quite the following, with many players already using their skills to mod the game into something even better. But which mods are the best? Which ones should you download first?


In this slideshow, we're taking a look at five best mods that give Valheim that extra sumthin' sumthin'. These all come from Nexus Mods mod manager since the game doesn't yet have native support on Steam. Alongside these, you can find texture pack after texture pack to make your world seed look exactly like you want it, though we won't be including those here. 

Valheim Stone Building Guide: How to Unlock Stronger Structures Fri, 05 Mar 2021 15:10:10 -0500 Justin Michael

To progress in Valheim and get new workbenches and crafting recipes, you have to build a shelter. You can't even interact with the likes of the workbench or forge until you do so. While wood is readily available in most Valheim biomes, the real meat of constructing a hall fit for a Viking is set in building with stone.

In this building guide, I’ll cover what you need to know to start constructing your stone hall. I'll also include tips and other bits of knowledge you’ll want in your toolbelt. 

Valheim: Building with Stone

When building, you have to account for a few different variables, many of which I covered in our building basics guide.

As a quick refresher, though, the more your structure grows vertically, the more the structural integrity of that structure decreases. Thus, buildings are often limited in size, unless you get creative with supports. 

Once you progress into the iron age of Valheim, however, it all changes. Iron leads to constructing stone structures, and stone is strong.

How to Get the Stonecutting Table

Once you’ve smelted iron into an iron ingot — a crafting resource found in the swamps rather abundantly in sunken crypts — you’ll be able to build the stonecutter table. Here's the recipe:

  • 10x wood
  • 2x iron
  • 4x stone

The stonecutter table gives you access to a number of stone building parts, including: 

  • Three types of stone wall
  • >Stone arch
  • Stone floor
  • Stone pillar
  • Stone stair
  • Paved road
  • Hearth

Now, all that’s holding you back is having the stone on hand to make your vision a reality. For that, I’d suggest crafting a cart, equipping the bronze or iron pickaxe, and going harvesting. 

Harvesting Stone

You’ll find plenty of boulders to break down with your pickaxe in the Meadows biome, but of course, you can also find stone in the Black Forest, Swamp, and Plains. Aside from resource nodes, there are generally plenty of rocks lying on the ground that you can pick up and collect as well.

With a 2x2 stone floor requiring 6x stone, it’s safe to say you’re going to be gathering for a while for even a modest hall.

Structural Integrity

Stone is obviously stronger than wood, and it counts for full structural integrity, even if built to its max height.

For example, if you put down a stone floor and then build stone walls stacked three units high, then add a layer of wooden walls on top of that, the wood will be blue, its max integrity strength. The stone acts similarly to the ground in this instance. 

With stone, you can more than double the height of your structures, meaning more room for hoarding all your gathered resources, as well as strong walls to help repel invaders. 

It’s worth noting that stone floors can only be placed on the ground level and cannot connect to other stone floors in the way that wooden floors connect. Think individual slabs butted up to each other but not bonded together.

This means that, unless individually supported by either pillars or arches, floors are foundational only. Additional floors in your buildings will need to be wooden. And in my opinion, wooden floors are going to be the more cost-effective choice anyway. 

From here, it’s really up to you how you want to go about incorporating stone when designing your structures. Hopefully, this quick guide helps you better understand the limitations of stone and just how useful it is to build a hall fit for a Viking in Valheim. If you’re new to Iron Gate's survival game, consider checking out some of our other guides and helpful tips articles

Valheim Farming Guide: How to Plant Seeds, Use the Cultivator Mon, 01 Mar 2021 15:33:21 -0500 Justin Michael

Food is a central mechanic in Valheim. A varied diet determines your stamina pool and hitpoints. Aside from hunting wild game, such as deer, neck, and fish, you can farm and grow crops to make more potent recipes and meal combinations.

In this quick Valheim farming guide, we’re going to take a look at the survival title's farming mechanics and why you should be equally as happy tending the field as you are spilling the blood of your enemies in it.

Valheim Farming Guide: Getting Started

Before you can start working the earth, you must progress to the Black Forest biome and smelt bronze in the smelter. You'll be able to do this after defeating Eikthyr.

Once you've constructed the smelter with 20x stone and 5x surtling cores, you make bronze by combining 2x copper ore and 1x tin ore in the smelter. Here's how to mine copper and how to find tin. You can find surtling cores in burial chambers throughout the Black Forest. 

After you've got that taken care of, you'll need to forge a cultivator tool:

  • 5x Core wood
  • 5x Bronze

Much like the hoe tool, the cultivator is a terraforming tool. However, it allows you to till workable earth for planting seeds instead of flattening terrain.

How to Use the Cultivator Tool

To use the cultivator, equip it to your hotbar, look at the ground, and press the left mouse button. 

Make sure to give yourself a good patch of worked earth to plant in since planting seeds too close to each other can crowd them. If they're crowded, they won't fully mature — or even go bad  wasting all of your work.

How to Plant Seeds

In order to plat seeds, you’ll need them in your inventory. You access them for planting by equipping the cultivator, right-clicking, and selecting them from the menu that pops up. 

This menu also lets you replant grass for areas you've already cultivated but want to change back. 

How to Get Seeds

Presently, there are only three seed types that produce food in Valheim:

  1. Carrot seeds
  2. Turnip seeds
  3. Barley seeds

There are additional tree seeds you'll get randomly that can be used to replenish the forest after building your base area. These are: 

  1. Fir (fir cone)
  2. Beech (beech seed)
  3. Pine (pine cone)

Carrot Seeds

The first seeds you’re likely to come across are going to be carrot seeds, which you’ll find in the Black Forest while mining for tin and copper.

A carrot seed plant will drop three carrot seeds when cultivated, but you can plant a fully grown carrot as well to make more carrot seeds. So really, you only have to find a single seed or carrot to get the ball rolling. 

Turnip Seeds

Turnip seeds are found in the Swamp biome regions of Valheim, making them a sort of a mid-to-late-game food item. Since the swamps are full of difficult enemies, like draugr, blobs, and skeletons, you'll need to have bronze weapons before exploring these areas. 

Like carrots, turnips get planted in worked soil, and full-grown turnips can be used as seed turnips. Turnips can't be eaten raw, nor can they be grown in the mountain biome.

Turnips, as well as carrots, are also a favorite food of wild boars, so make sure to protect your garden patch with some fencing, lest your harvest be devoured (unless you're taming them, of course).

Barley Seeds

Lastly, we have barley. Barley is used in a number of late-game food recipes and will be the most challenging crop to grow. That's because it will only grow in worked soil in the plains biome, which is home to many powerful mid-to-late-game enemies.

You'll also have to convert the barley into barley flower using a windmill, which you can build with 30x iron nails, 30x wood, and 20x stone. 

Why farm

Farming isn't necessarily a must in Valheim and comes with its own pros and cons. For example, it's a bit time-consuming. Carrots, turnips, and barley take around four in-game days to grow to maturity.

You are also restricted from growing certain seeds in certain biomes. Barley can only be grown in the plains biome, for example, and you won't be able to grow turnips in the cold of the mountain biome. On top of that, you'll have to contend with boars trying to eat your carrots and turnips.

But the plus side to farming is the large food bonuses you can get from upgraded food items. Cooked fish for example grants you 45 hit points and 25 stamina for 20 minutes; all for 1x fish. But for 2x fish and 4x barley flour, you can make a fish wrap that gives you 60 hit points and 90 stamina for 40 minutes. 

It really comes down to your playstyle and whether or not you feel like you need to maximize your hit point and stamina pools

Hopefully, these nuggets of Valheim farming knowledge help get you an advantage over the many enemies the game has to offer, or at least the stamina pool to flee from them when things go south. If you're new to the Viking survival experience, consider checking out some of our other great guides here on GameSkinny! And may your crops be bountiful.

Valheim Won't Launch or Start: Fix Crashing on Startup Fri, 26 Feb 2021 12:02:52 -0500 Sergey_3847

Since Valheim is still in Early Access, there are still quite a few bugs and glitches for developer Iron Gate Studios to work out. While many players have been able to download the Viking survival game and explore its various biomes, some can't even play the game due to myriad reasons for crashing. Some common launch issues on startup include a black screen, while others include servers not appearing. This guide will help you fix another problem, where Valheim won't launch or start.

Before trying out all the methods listed below, be sure to update Windows and your graphics card/video card drivers. It's also worth making sure your anti virus software isn't blocking the game. These simple steps are essential before launching any game, not just Valheim. If the problem persists, then follow the steps below.

Valheim Won't Launch or Start Fix

Method 1: Force Windowed Mode

Valheim is very sensitive to the display resolution settings. If Valheim won't start, you may have a non-native resolution set in the game, which is different from your display's resolution.

If you can't run the game, you should try to force windowed mode and change the resolution by doing the following:

  1. Go to the Steam app
  2. Go to your game library
  3. Right-click on Valheim
  4. Select "Properties"
  5. Click on the "General" tab
  6. In the "Set Launch Options" field type in: -windowed -noborder
  7. Save and exit

After changing the resolution in the game, you can go back to full screen mode by deleting the -windowed -noborder line from the launch options from the Steam control panel.

Method 2: Repair Corrupt Files

The verify integrity of game files option in Steam's local files tab.

If the previous method didn't fix Valheim, then your game files may be corrupt. Instead of re-installing, you can try and repair them by verifying the integrity of game files.

Note: this can also help you fix the error "Failed to Start Game: Missing Executable" that sometimes keeps Valheim from starting up.

Here's how to do that:

  1. Go to the Steam app
  2. Go to your game library
  3. Right-click on Valheim
  4. Select "Properties"
  5. Select the "Local Files" tab
  6. Click on "Verify Integrity of Game Files"
  7. Wait for it to finish

If some of the game system files have been damaged, this should fix the problem.

Method 3: Disable Steam Overlay

The checkbox for disabling the Steam Overlay in Valheim's properties tab.

If it loads but the game crashes at the opening screen, then you could be having issues with the Steam overlay. Here's how to disable it:

  1. Go to the Steam app
  2. Go to your game library
  3. Right-click on Valheim
  4. Select "Properties"
  5. Uncheck "Enable the Steam Overlay"

Method 4: Run as Administrator

The run as administrator option in system files.

If all else fails, you can simply run the game as an administrator to get around launch issues and crashing problems. Here's how to easily find the Valheim executable file. 

  • Go to the Steam app
  • Go to your game library
  • Right-click on Valheim
  • Select "Properties"
  • Go to "Local Files"
  • Click "Browse" in the top right
  • This takes you to the Valheim.exe file location on your computer
  • Right click on the file
  • Choose "Run as Administrator"
  • Click "Yes" when asked in the pop up window

Whether you're playing on a dedicated server or not, the methods in this guide should help you get past Valheim crashing at startup. If a black screen is why the game won't launch or start, then use this guide for several potential fixes, as it's a completely different issue. Visit our dedicated Valheim guides page for more tips and tricks articles on Iron Gate Studio's smash hit, which has already surpassed 4 million downloads since launch.

How to Increase Low FPS in Valheim Thu, 25 Feb 2021 13:09:22 -0500 Sergey_3847

Valheim's sprawling and randomized Viking open world looks great, but it can be rough on some rigs. Low or frequently dipping framerates are a problem for many players. But hopefully, this guide will help increase low FPS in Valheim, or at least provide an FPS boost for the popular Early Access survival game.

It should go without saying that you should always ensure your video card drivers are up to date before doing anything drastic. Be sure you do that before tinkering with the most basic option to increase your FPS in Valheim.

How to Increase Low FPS in Valheim

Method 1: Adjust Graphics Settings

Valheim's settings menu and graphics settings.

Before going into the deep end of increasing your FPS, it's a good idea to simply adjust your in-game graphics settings.

First, make sure that your game is set to fullscreen mode and at your monitor's native resolution (it should not be in any window modes). Then make sure your refresh rate matches that of your monitor.

Next, set go to your advanced settings details tab and set the options to these levels:

  • Vegetation Quality: Medium
  • Particle Lights: Medium
  • Draw Distance: Low
  • Shadow Quality: Low

These settings will not take away from the gameplay and may boost your frame rate.

Lastly, turn off all extra features except Anti-Aliasing. This will free up a lot of video memory on your PC and will not influence the quality of the picture.

Method 2: Optimize Graphics Performance

Although in-game graphics settings can be effective to a certain degree, there are further steps you can take to optimize your experience for a Valheim FPS boost.

In addition to the above settings, you can optimize your video card performance a bit further by following these steps:

  1. Click on Windows 10 search bar
  2. Type in: Graphics Settings
  3. Open the link provided by the search
  4. In the Graphics Settings window enable the “Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling” option
  5. Restart your PC

Once you've done this, you can go to your video card control panel, whether it's Nvidia Control Panel or Radeon Catalyst:

  1. Click on the “Manage 3D settings” option
  2. Choose “Add program
  3. Find Valheim and select it
  4. In the game's settings, enable the following options:
    • Prefer Maximum Performance
    • Anisotropic Sample Options: On
    • Quality: Performance
    • Trilinear Optimization: On
    • Vertical Sync: Fast

These settings alone could give you at least another extra 10-20 FPS.

Method 3: Optimize Boot Configuration

For this Valheim FPS fix, you need to edit a system file with launch options that start the game with a number of select properties. By adding a couple of extra lines, you can significantly boost the performance of Valheim.

Follow these steps to optimize boot configuration in Valheim:

  1. Go to "/Steam/steamapps/common/Valheim/valheim_Data" folder on your PC
  2. Locate the "boot.cfg" file
  3. Open it in the Notepad
  4. At the very top of the boot file, type in this line: gfx-enable-gfx-jobs=1
  5. Add this line right after it: gfx-enable-native-gfx-jobs=1

Save and close the file. Now you can open the game in Steam. With luck, you immediately notice that your FPS has been increased.

Those are just some of the potential ways to increase low FPS in Valheim. Visit our dedicated Valheim guides page for more tips and tricks articles on Iron Gate AB's smash hit.

The Valheim Backstab: How to Master This Critical Attack Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:16:59 -0500 Justin Michael

The combat in Valheim can be challenging at times. From getting ganged up on by greydwarf brutes to getting mobbed by draugr in a sunken crypt, there are many ways to get injured and die in the Viking survival game from Iron Gate AB. There are also varied ways to deal with all of these enemies. One is the parry. The other is the backstab.

In this quick tips article, we’re going to talk about something you might not know about — and that’s critical damage in the form of backstabbing.

How to Backstab in Valheim

The inventory stat box for bronze axe showing multipliers.

Nearly all of the weapons in Valheim have a stat block for backstabbing damage, including the best ones. The majority have a 3x backstab multiplier — even the bow — while knives have a 10x multiplier. In order to land a backstab, you’re going to have to meet a few requirements. The first is the sneak attack.


First, you need to be sneaking. The default key for sneak on the keyboard is left-ctrl.

You'll notice that sneaking uses up a lot of stamina, so make sure that you eat some high stamina boosting foods like carrot soup and honey. 

Get Behind Your Enemy

Second, you need to be outside of your enemy's line of sight, preferably behind them. You can tell if an enemy can see you by looking at the reticle on the screen while sneaking.

  • A flat line means you’re unnoticed.
  • A slightly peaked line means your presence is noted but the enemy hasn’t seen you yet.
  • A reticle that looks like an eye means you’re spotted. The enemy may also have a red exclamation mark over their head as well.

The little bar under the reticle tells you how hidden you are, with a darker bar being better than a lighter one. If you’re wearing a full set of Troll armor, you’ll automatically be 25% hidden at all times, making it harder to be spotted, even if sneaking through a sun-drenched clearing.

A player crouching in a forest, sneaking up on a deer.

I prefer to take a page out of the book of Skyrim, forgoing melee weapons to stealth archer my enemies from a distance. Even a Troll with 600HP can lose a third of that with the right bow and arrow combo.

Backstabbing Exceptions

While it appears that nearly every creature can be backstabbed, there is an exception for the Boss fights; they actively track the player and therefore can’t be caught unawares.

You also cannot score a backstab critical on an enemy that isn't already at full health.

And that's all there is to the Valheim backstab; boost your stamina, stay out of direct line of sight, and strike true from a distance or up close and personal. For more on the Steam Early Access title from Coffee Stain Studios and Iron Gate AB, consider checking out our other great guide content here on GameSkinny!

Valheim Black Screen on Startup Fix Guide Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:52:19 -0500 Sergey_3847

Valheim is a great PC survival game set in a vast open-world full of wonders and vicious enemies, such as trolls, draugr, and wolves. Though four million players have already taken to their mighty longships in search of new biomes to build bases in, Valheim is still in Early Access and has its share of issues. Outside of the occasional game crashes, one of the biggest issues players have experienced is a black screen when launching the game.

This guide will (hopefully) provide you with a couple of methods on how to fix a black screen on startup in Valheim.

The main reason for a black screen at startup is that the game's graphics settings may be interfering with and causing some problems for certain video cards or graphics drivers. The two methods below have worked well for many Valheim players, so they may work for you as well!

How to Fix Black Screen on Startup in Valheim

Method 1: Switch to Windowed Mode

Most players prefer to play their games in full screen mode, but Valheim doesn't have a genuine full screen mode and runs in either "windowed full screen" or simply "windowed." This is the main setting that causes black screen issues for many players.

Try the following:

  1. Start the game
  2. Press Alt+Enter when the black screen appears
  3. Wait for windowed mode to activate

To avoid this problem in the future, switch to permanent full screen mode by following these steps:

  1. Go to Steam
  2. Right-click on Valheim in your game library
  3. Select the "Properties" option
  4. Go to the "General" tab
  5. Add the following line to the launch options: -screen-fullscreen 1

Close the Properties tab and launch the game. This setting should now always launch your game in full screen mode.

Valheim properties general options tab in the Steam app.

Method 2: Switch Between Windows

If the previous method didn't work, you'll need to switch between windows when launchingValheim. Here's how:

  1. Open any window (e.g. the Steam app)
  2. Launch Valheim
  3. Press Alt+Tab during the black screen
  4. Press Alt+Tab again to go back to the game's window

This simple switch between windows should help eliminate the black screen effect. But you will have to repeat this process during each startup, before playing Valheim.

That's all you need to know on how to fix Valheim's black screen on startup. For more on this Viking survival world from Iron Gate AB and Coffee Stain Studios, consider heading over to our guides on deflecting attacks, mining copper ore, and how to get rid of unwanted items

Valheim Bosses: How to Beat Every Boss Mon, 22 Feb 2021 16:02:49 -0500 Sergey_3847

Survival is not the only goal of Valheim. You will need to kill the game's five bosses to progress to the end-game and get more crafting recipes for tools, weapons, and armor. These difficult enemies are summoned in very specific biomes, though their individual locations will vary based on your seed. 

Before you can summon a boss in Valheim, you must discover its complementary runestone hidden somewhere in its biome. After you do so, the boss' mystical altar location will be marked on your map, and then you must sacrifice certain items at the altar for the boss to appear. 

It is highly recommended to be well-rested before each encounter and bring along as many health items as possible. In the early game, this means eating berries, cooked meat, and cooked fish before each encounter, all of which will max out your health and stamina bars. Later, you can craft potions with the fermenter. 

How to Beat Eikthyr 

How to Summon Eikthyr

When you first spawn into Valheim, you will see a stone circle. Each stone represents one of the game's bosses. Eikthyr's is the square one with red glowing runes. Interact with it and register Eikthyr's altar location on your map.

You can summon this stag by offering 2x Deer Trophy at the mystical altar. Deer Trophies drop from deer hunting and killing deer in the Meadows and Black Forest biomes.

Since you can be attacked by other creatures, such as greylings, at night, summon Eikthyr in the daytime to make this battle easier. 

Best Strategy

Eikthyr has targeted and AoE attacks, both of which come from the lightning energy in their antlers. They can also melee you with their antlers using a charged attack.

The two best weapons to craft this early in the game are:

  • Flint Spear (5x Wood, 10x Flint, 2x Leather Scraps)
  • Crude Bow (10x Wood, 8x Leather Scraps)

Both of these weapons put distance between you and the boss, giving you opportunities for ranged attacks while dodging lightning strikes.

The best arrows for your bow right now are Flint Arrows, which can be crafted with:

  • 8x Wood
  • 4x Flint
  • 2x Feathers

Flint can be found on the banks of ponds and rivers in the Meadows biome, as well as along the ocean shore. Feathers can be scavenged from chests, found on the ground, or gather from killing birds. 


Once Eikthyr is defeated, he will drop the following items:

  • Eikthyr Trophy
  • 3x Hard Antler

If you hang the trophy on the sacrificial stone where you spawned into your world seed, you will be rewarded with Eikthyr's forsaken power, which reduces your jump and run stamina by 60%.

The three hard antlers can be used to craft the antler pickaxe (10x Wood, 1x Hard Antler), which can mine for resources such as stone, copper, tin, and iron.

How to Beat The Elder

How to Summon The Elder

The second boss of the game can be summoned after locating his rune stone on one of the Burial Chambers. These are dungeon structures that can be found in random locations in the Black Forest and Meadows biomes.

Once you locate The Elder's rune stone, it will reveal the location of the summoning altar on the map.

In order to summon The Elder you must offer 3x Ancient Seeds at the altar. Ancient Seeds drop from Greydwarf Brutes and Greydwarf Shamans that roam the Black Forest biomes.

You can also find them inside random loot chests and by destroying Greydwarf Nests that spawn creatures.

Best Strategy

The Elder is a tree-like boss that has a massive health pool. Their stomping and root attacks are very dangerous, with the latter being very unpredictable. Unless you're using console commands, that means you should use a ranged weapon, such as a bow.

You will also need to make good use of the rocks and trees scattered around the arena. Hide behind them when The Elder attacks, and then pop out to get in a few shots. Stay on the move, however, as The Elder can destroy these trees and rocks, and their root attack can get around them. 

At this stage of the game, you should be able to craft the Finewood Bow:

  • 10x Fine Wood
  • 10x Core Wood
  • 2x Deer Hide

The best arrows against The Elder are Fire Arrows, which can be crafted with 8x Wood, 8x Resin, and 2x Feathers. You will need around 50-100 arrows to beat this boss. 

The battle can also be further complicated by the appearance of trolls and greydwarves, so like Eikthyr, try to summon The Elder during the daytime.


After beating The Elder, you will be rewarded with:

  • Swamp Key
  • The Elder Trophy

The Swamp Key is important for the next boss fight, Bonesmass, as it unlocks all of the Sunken Crypts found in the swamp biome.

The Elder Trophy can be hanged at the sacrificial stone at your world seed spawn point, which appears at spawn, and you will receive The Elder's forsaken power, which allows you to cut trees much faster.

How to Beat Bonemass in Valheim

How to Summon Bonemass

Sunken Crypts are dungeons that spawn randomly in the Swamp biome. Some areas on the map will have only one of these burial chambers, while others can have five or more. Use the Swamp Key from The Elder boss to unlock them (one key works for them all). 

Inside one of the dungeons, you will find a rune stone, which will mark the Bonemass altar's exact location on the map. Finding this rune stone can take a long time, as you have to mine through muddy scrap piles and fight through many Draugr. 

We looked through seven Sunken Crypts before finding the rune stone. It's helpful to mark each crypt location after it's been searched so you don't waste time. 

While searching, gather any Withered Bones you come across. You will need 10x Withered Bones to summon Bonemass. 

Best Strategy

Since Bonemass is resistant to piercing and slashing damage, you can't use swords, axes, or bows against him. You could use Frost Arrows, although they are very hard to get at this point in the game and require venturing into the Mountain biome.

However, they are weak to blunt damage, which leaves you with the following weapon options:

  • Iron Mace (4x Wood, 20x Iron, 3x Leather Scraps)
  • Bronze Mace (4x Wood, 8x Bronze, 3x Leather Scraps)
  • Iron Sledge (10x Ancient Bark, 30x Iron, 4x Ymir Flesh, 1x Draugr Elite Trophy)

This fight is very grindy, as you need to learn their cycle of attacks and act accordingly.

First, they will perform a swiping attack, which must be dodged. Once Bonemass slows down, you can approach for a series of blunt attacks. Second, they will summon a horde of skeletons and blobs that must be dealt with. You can use other weapons against them if you want to preserve your blunt weapon for Bonemass (though the AoE of the Iron Sledge is very effective).

Lastly, they will emit a poisonous gas, which must be avoided at all costs, as it will give you poison damage. It is recommended to bring along a few Poison Resistance potions for this part of the fight.


Bonemass will drop the following items after being defeated:

  • Wishbone
  • Bonemass Trophy

The wishbone is important because it reveals the locations of muddy scrap piles, silver veins, and buried treasure. 

The Bonemass trophy will grant you the Bonemass forsaken power after being hanged at the sacrificial stone at spawn. This power makes you resistant to blunt, slash, and pierce damage.

How to Beat Moder

How to Summon Moder

To summon Moder, you need 3x Dragon Eggs, which can be found inside nests that spawn randomly in the Mountain biome.

To find the location of the summoning altar, you must find Stone Towers on the Mountain biome that may contain a signal stone. Once you find the signal stone and interact with it, Moder's altar location will be marked on your map.

It is strongly recommended to locate the altar before bringing the eggs, as they are extremely heavy. You will not be able to carry all three eggs at the same time, even if you increase your carrying weight by purchasing Megingjord from Haldor.

It's best to find the altar first and then look for eggs around it. 

Best Strategy

Moder is a wyvern that can deal devastating melee damage while on the ground and drop ice crystals from the air to deal frost damage. Bringing Frost Resistance potions is a good idea.

Being ice-based, Moder is mostly weak to fire damage. Bring the best bow you can get at this point in the game and a lot of Fire Arrows (8x Wood, 8x Resin, 2x Feathers). If you can't craft Fire Arrows, you can opt for Poison Arrows (8x Wood, 4x Obsidian, 2x Feather, 2x Ooze).

The best way to kill Moder is to get on top of a Stone Tower and shoot arrows while taking cover inside the tower. Beware, though: they are strong enough to destroy stone walls after a fashion. 


Once Moder is defeated, you will be rewarded with:

  • 10x Dragon Tears
  • Moder Trophy

Dragon Tears can be used to craft the Artisan Table (2x Dragon Tear, 10x Wood), an important tool for crafting the Spinning Wheel, Windmill, and Blast Furnace. 

The Moder Trophy will give you the Moder's forsaken power, which allows you to always have tailwind when sailing.

How to Beat Yagluth

How to Summon Yagluth

Head to the Plains biome and attack Fuling camps for Fuling Totems, which are drops from Fuling Berserkers. You need 5x Fuling Totems to summon the Yagluth.

Locate stone structures that look like Stonehenge in the Plains biome. One of them will have a stone tablet that will show you the location of the Yagluth's altar. Bring the Fuling Totems to the altar and put them in each of the five niches.

Best Strategy

Yagluth is the undead boss of the fire element, which makes them weak to frost and spirit damage. The best weapon against Yagluth is a bow with Silver Arrows, which can be crafted using this recipe:

  • 8x Wood
  • 1x Silver
  • 2x Feather

Yagluth has three main attack patterns.

The first one is their slamming attack, which creates small, explosive AoE. This attack can be easily dodged. The second one is more dangerous, where Yagluth summons meteors from the sky. This attack covers a wider area, so it is wise to keep a healthy distance from the boss as soon as the stonefall starts.

The last attack is a fire-breathing one, which can be either dodged or blocked by a Silver Shield (10x Wood, 8x Silver).

Bring along some Fire Resistance: Barley Wine ( 10x Barley, 10x Cloudberries) and at least 100x Silver Arrows, and you should defeat the final boss without any problems.


After you kill Yagluth, they will drop:

  • 3x Yagluth Thing
  • Yagluth Trophy

As of now, Yagluth Thing has no application in the game. But their trophy gives you some important resistances against fire, poison, and frost damage.

That's all you need to know on how to find, summon, and beat every boss in Valheim. For more on this Viking survival world, consider heading over to our guides on deflecting attacks, mining copper ore, and how to get rid of unwanted items

How to Parry Attacks Like a Boss in Valheim Sat, 20 Feb 2021 13:59:03 -0500 Justin Michael

The combat system of Valheim offers a good bit of variety depending on how you like to do things, with some people likening it to a Dark Souls adjacent experience. With so many good weapons to choose from, each with its own styles and attacks, there’s a little something for everyone. But where there is offense, there is also defense, and the most satisfying defense is knowing how to parry your foe's blows.

In this quick tips guide, we’re going to talk about parrying in Valheim and how it’s an essential technique to master.

Parry on My Wayward Son

Parrying can be done with any weapon that you can block with; from the lowly wooden club to a mighty iron axe and the stout Stagbreaker. Your default blocking key for keyboard and mouse is bound to the right mouse click.

The advantage of a parry over a block is that it not only will block incoming damage, but it will also cause your enemies to stagger and give you a small window to do critical damage.

So, if it’s the same key as your block, then how do you do it? Timing. It’s all in the timing. 

Parry Timing

Similar to games like Dark Souls, the parrying mechanic in Valheim is all about timing. A well-timed right-click, as soon as an enemy is about to land their attack, will register as a parry.

It's easy to tell if the parry was successful, as it will make a noise similar to the one made when you gain a skill level. The enemy will also stagger backward,  drooping slightly and remaining motionless for a second or so. 

Parrying with a Shield

Now, while you can pull the move off with a weapon, doing so with a shield is the better route to go.

A shield is going to block more damage, and you’re going to be quicker on the counterattack since you don’t have to wait for your weapon to go back to a neutral position.

It is also very important for you to remember that blocking and parrying will require stamina, with that stamina requirement getting lower as your block skill increases with each successful attack block/parry. You could eat a bit of fish to up your stamina before battle to make things a bit easier. 

Lastly, larger enemies like bosses and trolls are going to be much harder to parry, if at all, and very difficult to stagger, so don’t put yourself in their direct line of attack if at all possible. 

And there you have it, parrying in Valheim comes down to timing, practice, and knowing your foe. Hopefully, you found this quick tip guide helpful and, if you’re new to Valheim, consider checking out some of our other articles like our starter help guidebase construction guide, or merchant finder methods

Valheim Portals: How to Craft a Portal and Fast Travel Fri, 19 Feb 2021 15:24:29 -0500 Justin Michael

Valheim is a survival game that boasts an expansive, procedurally-generated map that sometimes sees you traveling its lands and oceans at great distance in search of resources. While there is no true fast travel system in place, and your mighty longship will get you to your destination, there are portals to speed things up. Once you build a pair, you can travel from one point to another in an instant.

In this Valheim guide, we’re going to cover portals: how to build them, how they work, and what their limitations are.

How to Craft a Portal

You’ll find the recipe for building this fast travel device in the “Misc” tab of the crafting menu. It becomes available after you pick up your first piece of fine wood. 

To craft one, you will need:

  • 10x Grewdwarf eyes
  • 20x Fine wood
  • 2x Surtling core

You get fine wood by using the bronze axe to chop down oak and birch trees in the Black Forest and Meadows biomes. Alternatively, you can chop up wood from any beached ships you come across. 

You'll find greydwarf eyes by killing greydwarf enemies in the Black Forest, and surtling cores can be found in burial chambers/tombs in the same regions. 

It’s important to mention that these are the needed resources for one gate; you’ll need two of them to have a complete connection. You’ll also need to build the portal within the area of a workbench.

How Do Portal Tags Work? 

After you’ve gathered your resources and built your first portal at your main base, you now need to give it a tag.

The tag is the key that will connect your portals to one another and can be entered by pressing the "E" and typing in a tag. As long as two jump points share the same tag, they will be connected. 

For example, if you have one in the mountains tagged "mountains," one in the swamp tagged "swamp," and a third at your base, you can edit the base jump point tag to "mountains" or "swamp" depending on which location you want to travel to.

Additionally, you could also just build an additional portal at your base, having two pairs of dedicated fast travel points for the mountains and swamp active at all times. 

Your tags are also case sensitive, so if one is labeled “Mountains” and another is labeled “mountains,” they will not connect to each other. 

You Shall Not Pass!

Now, before you go willy-nilly building portals everywhere, you should know that they’re not without their drawbacks. Resources like copper and tin cannot be transported through a portal. In fact, none of the following items can:

  • Tin ore/ingot
  • Copper ore/ingot
  • Bronze
  • Iron ore/ingot
  • Silver ore/ingot
  • Black metal scraps

While it is unfortunate that portals can’t be used to streamline the procurement of metals, it doesn’t make them a pointless novelty. In a procedurally-generated world like Valheim, there can be vast distances between biomes and they can help shorten the gap. 

Instead of trudging through the swamp or slowly sailing your way across the ocean in this Early Access title from Coffee Stain Publishing and Iron Gate Studio, these gates help you get where you're going faster and encourage you to build out settlements across the map like a true Viking! They're especially helpful after you find Haldor the Merchant, providing a quick way to access his location and wares. If you're new to playing Valheim, consider checking out our starter help guide, base construction guide, or article on why fishing is important

Valheim Merchant: How to Find Haldor in the Black Forest Fri, 19 Feb 2021 15:10:05 -0500 Sergey_3847

Haldor the Merchant is one of the most important NPCs in Valheim. He spawns only once on a given map and in a mostly-random location. We say "mostly" because he will always appear in the Black Forest biome, but not always in the same location within the biome.

Given the vast open world of Valheim, it's possible some players may have a very hard time stumbling across Haldor on their travels. 

This guide will provide you with two surefire ways of finding the Merchant in Valheim. Now you will always have access to his items that cannot be acquired anywhere else.

Valheim Merchant Finder Methods

Method 1: Locate Him in the Black Forest

Haldor only spawns in the Black Forest biome, though there are dozens of those biomes in a single world seed. Unless you use console commands to reveal the map or turn on debug mode for flight, it will take some time to find his location. 

He will typically appear in the first Black Forest region you come across, which narrows things down. Sometimes he spawns near the Elder boss, sometimes he does not. When you get close to him, around 25km, a white coin pouch icon will appear on the map. He will stay in the same location for the entire game. 

But there are two other merchant finder methods that may prove more useful. 

Method 2: Use Command Prompt

If you don't want to waste any time looking, here is a possible solution that only works in solo mode. This is a more involved method introduced by Reddit users Lucathemanea and Protoman, though it's worked well for many players.

  1. Download Python
  2. Download the Valheim script
  3. Create a new folder on your hard drive "C:\Valheim"
  4. Go to "C:\Users\[USERNAME]\appdata\locallow\Irongate\Valheim\" folder on your PC.
  5. Locate the file of your world in the folder "[WORLDNAME].db"
  6. Copy the world file and the script file ( into the new folder you have created.
  7. Press Win+R keys to open the command prompt.
  8. Type in the following line: C:\Valheim\python [WORLDNAME].db

The command prompt will show you the exact coordinates of the Merchant.

Note: [WORLDNAME] = the title of your world.

Method 3: Use a Specific World Seed

If you don't want to mess with command prompt, you can use the following world seed: HHcLC5acQt. It was discovered by Reddit user InfernoFPS. Since you can carry items across seeds, you'll be able to purchase Haldor's wares and carry them back to your world. 

This seed features all four game bosses on the same continent, with Haldor the Merchant standing in the very center of it. Here's how you can get to it:

  1. Go the game's main screen
  2. Press the "Start" button
  3. Select "New" to create a new world
  4. Give it a name and enter the seed number in the seed field
  5. Confirm by pressing "Done"

What Does Haldor Sell? 

  • Yule Hat: 100 coins
  • Dverger Circlet: 620 coins
  • Megingjord: 950 coins
  • Ymir Flesh: 120 coins
  • Fishing Rod: 350 coins
  • Fishing Bait x50: 10 coins

That's all you need to know on how to find the Merchant in Valheim more easily, as well as what he sells. For more on this Viking world, consider heading over to our guides on highlighting locations in the world, mining copper ore, and learning how to fish

How to Fish in Valheim and Get the Fishing Rod Thu, 18 Feb 2021 20:33:54 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Much like anything else in Valheim, the game doesn't tell you how to fish or where to get the fishing rod. In fact, it's one of the more perplexing mechanics in the early going. These critters are everywhere, but none of your tools will snag them. There are reports that they can be caught by hand, but I've had no such luck. 

To make matters more frustrating, none of the crafting recipes you get from chopping down trees or mining ore like tin and copper give you the pole to catch them. Hint: you can't craft it

This Valheim guide will tell you everything you need to know about why you should fish, how to get the pole, and what to look out while angling. 

Fish Provide Some of the Best Meat in Valheim

Food is an important part of the Viking survival experience because it increases your maximum health and stamina. Different foods have different effects and durations, all of which can be seen in their information tabs if you hover over them in your inventory.

Berries, mushrooms, and honey are OK in a pinch, but meats give you some of the best early-game health and stamina buffs. You can hunt boars, deer, and neck to get raw meat and neck tail, both of which will be your main sources of sustenance in the Meadows and early in the Black Forest.

Fish may not give the best stamina boost, but they give the best HP gains early on. Unlike other meat sources, which only give one item per kill, one fish can give you multiple rations per catch depending on the type. 

So if you eat, for example, 1x cooked meat, 1x cooked neck tail, and 1x cooked fish, you can increase your health bar to 130HP and your stamina bar to six segments. 

Types of Fish

Per the Valheim wiki: 

  • Small Mouth bass = 1 raw fish
  • Medium Pike = 2 raw fish
  • Large Tuna = 4 raw fish

Small Mouth Bass are relatively short with black-ish bodies and three stripes. They tend to spawn nearest the shore. Medium Pike are larger and have silver bodies with green fins. They tend to spawn in deeper water. Both appear in rivers and lakes and along the ocean shore. 

Tuna are jet black and a little fatter than the other two. They are often found in deeper water off the shoreline. You'll need to use the raft to catch these. Here's a quick guide for putting one together

How to Get the Fishing Rod 

Unlike other tools in the game, the fishing pole can't be crafted. Instead, you must purchase it from Haldor, the Merchant in the Black Forest biome. It costs 350 coins.

Be sure to also buy some Bait x50 for 10 coins while you're at it. 

Finding Haldor can be a bit frustrating since every world seed in Valheim is procedurally generated. However, it does seem that he can be found near the Elder boss in the Black Forest. In two of my worlds, his symbol appeared near the Elder's summoning location both times. 

His map icon is a small coin pouch. 

How to Get More Coins

It's likely that you already have a few coins in your pocket by the time you meet Haldor, but you may not have enough to buy what you need. If you need more, you can get coins by killing trolls, exploring troll caves, and searching delves. 

All of these can be found in the Black Forest. If you've uncovered the Swamp biome before defeating the second boss, you can also find coins in sunken crypts, but these are only viable once you've upgraded your weapons and armor because they're overrun with powerful Draugr and Blobs. 

How to Catch Fish

Once you've purchased your tool, it's time to do a bit of angling. Head to the nearest river, lake, or ocean shore. Look for fish swimming in the water. 

Equip the pole to any of the top eight inventory slots, and press that corresponding number to wield it. Your bait will set automatically, as long as it's in your inventory.

Cast your line with the left mouse button and reel it in with the right mouse button. For a longer cast, hold the left mouse button; for a shorter cast, press or tap it. You can reel in your line by holding the right mouse button, or you can flick the line by tapping the button. 

How Do I Know If I Get a Bite?

It's important to watch your cork/bobber carefully. Some fish will investigate it slowly, while others will hit it quickly before darting away. You can get a better view of your cork/bobber by using the mouse wheel to zoom in and out. 

Whenever it goes underwater, press the right mouse button. If you're quick enough, you'll see yellow text appear on the screen, saying "Hooked." 

Now, press the right mouse button to reel in. Once your prey gets close enough to you, you can press "E" to grab it or reel it all the way in to pick up automatically. 

It's important to know that you can run out of stamina while reeling in a line. If you do, you'll lose the catch. Stamina continues to deplete while the fish is on the line, even if it's on land.

Always keep an eye on your stamina meter before you cast and always try to get as close to your quarry as possible by climbing on a rock or standing in the water. Eating something before you start is always a good idea. 

That's everything you need to know about how to catch fish and find the fishing rod in Valheim. Once you get it from Haldor, you'll have another food source to eat ahead of important battles, and if used alongside meat and neck tail, one that should max out your health and stamina. For more tips and tricks, consider checking out our guides on finding copper, using the fermenter, and how skills work.  

Valheim Skills and How to Level Them Up Tue, 16 Feb 2021 17:06:45 -0500 Justin Michael

Nearly everything you do in Valheim is tied to a skill in some way. Sprinting, jumping, swimming? Check, check, and check. There are presently 15 skills in the game, and this guide covers them all and what they do for you.

They break down into three subcategories: damage done to enemies, damage to environmental objects, and personal attributes. Currently, character capabilities cap at Level 99 and if you die after reaching a certain threshold, you'll lose 10% of your experience towards the next level. 

Valheim Skills


The damage to enemy types are tied to the various weapons currently implemented available in Early AccessFor each successful strike landed on a troll or greyling, for example, gives you a measure of XP towards the next level, which increases the damage you do with that weapon.

Here are the current weapon competencies:

  • Axes
  • Bows
  • Clubs
  • Knives
  • Polearms
  • Spears
  • Swords
  • Unarmed


Your environmental abilities are aimed at resource gathering, namely pickaxes and woodcutting. You level these by using your pick to mine stone and various metals, such as tin and copper. The higher your pickaxe ability, the less stamina you use per swing. 

As for wood cutting, it's kind of a double-dip as you'll gain axe competency and the one for woodcutting when chopping down trees, fallen logs, and stumps. Leveling woodcutting, like increasing pickaxe prowess, drains less stamina the higher the level.


The last set includes your personal masteries — ones that affect your character directly. These are the easiest to raise as they're common actions. Beefing up run decreases the amount of stamina needed to sprint; the same goes for swimming.

Jump increases your jump height, while sneak reduces stamina drain and can reward you with bonus critical damage on attacks. Lastly, block grants improved damage reduction and stamina used to absorb blows from incoming attacks.

How to Check Skill Level

You can find your skills in the inventory screen. Press "Tab" to open the menu, then click on the second symbol from the left under your character name.

Your current level in any particular area is denoted by a number and yellow bar, while your progress towards the next tier is measured by the thin red bar below that. 

Hopefully, this helps you to better understand the current skill system in Valheim. If you're new in your adventure, consider checking out our starter help guidebuilding guide, guide on building a raft and sailing, or tips on marking locations on your map. As always, make sure to keep checking Gameskinny for more Valheim tips, tricks, and guides! 

How to Destroy and Delete Items in Valheim Tue, 16 Feb 2021 16:52:32 -0500 Jonathan Moore

To survive in Valheim, you'll need to collect crafting resources to expand your base or forge new tools, weapons, and armor. Of course, you'll need the inventory space to carry everything around. But what if you don't have any room left? How do you destroy and delete items to add new ones? 

This guide will tell you "how to break things down," but it's not as straightforward as pressing a key or choosing a specific menu option.

Understanding Your Inventory

In the game's current Early Access build, there are 32 item slots available in your character's pouch.

The eight boxes in the top row are technically reserved for tools and weapons since they correspond to hotkeys 1-8. The other 24 spaces below those are meant for your armor and anything you've picked up in your world seed.

When you're out exploring, mining for resources such as tin ore and copper ore, or gathering wood, you can leave all of your tools and weapons (except those you need) behind at your base to create more room. You can also put anything into the hotkey areas if you're in desperate need of space.

But that won't always work. Perhaps you've made multiple flint axes or wooden clubs and want to rid yourself of them after upgrading to better variants.

How to Get Rid of Items in Valheim

The only ways to dismantle objects right now is to:  

  1. Store items in chests
  2. Drop items on the ground/in the water
  3. Use console commands

Use Chests

Putting all of your loot in chests will work for a while, but you can quickly get overwhelmed with a plethora of containers. Each chest only holds 10 distinct item groups. 

If you have a large base, you could build a storehouse for all of your receptacles, making management a bit easier. You can also split stacks to spread objects around, which also works for your next option. 

Drop Items on the Ground or In the Water

Alternatively, leaving materials and equipment on the ground or dropping them in the water works in a pinch.

To drop something, open your inventory and select it with the left mouse button. Then without closing your inventory, hover your cursor anywhere that's not a menu. Press the left mouse button again, and your character will dump it in the world. 

Things you put on the ground or in the water don't dismantle or disappear immediately, however. I dropped one log on the ground and one in the water and watched them for three in-game days (even through a storm), and they never disappeared. I logged out and back in, and I quit the game and restarted it.

They will eventually disappear — as I have dropped rocks while mining that I could no longer find. It seems to take a few in-game days for things to vanish. 

Consequently, it isn't a recommended method for areas in or around your base since it creates a lot of clutter (unless you don't care about that type of thing). But out in the wilderness of the Black Forest or in the peat bog of the Swamp? It's no big deal. 

I've read reports on Reddit and Steam forums of players digging large garbage pits with the pickaxe, bordering it with a fence, and throwing everything inside. Some players have also created separate world seeds they use for dumping grounds. 

Use Console Commands

We have a complete list of every Valheim console command, but this is what you'll want to do to permanently remove items: 

  • Press F5 to open the dev console
  • Type "imacheater"
  • Hit "Enter"
  • Type "removedrops"
  • Hit "Enter"

This command will make any nearby drops break down and disappear. Just type "imacheater" in the console again to disable cheats. 

As you can see in the picture of the map above, which shows my character's location and an item's location when using the command, you're able to remove objects from a seed across a relatively great distance. However, the distance shown above seems to be the maxmium. 

Currently, that's all you need to know about how to destroy and delete items in Valheim. The developer, Iron Gate AB, is likely to implement more substantial ways to deconstruct later in the game's development cycle, so we'll make changes to this guide in the future as needed. For more, consider checking out our tips articles on how to build a raft and how to place map markers

Valheim Console Commands and Cheats List Tue, 16 Feb 2021 11:52:37 -0500 Sergey_3847

Valheim is a Viking survival game that can be both rewarding and extremely difficult. After you've put a few hours into the game, you may want to make use of console commands to enable or disable some gameplay features. This guide will list of all console commands currently available.

The number of commands and cheats is vast and covers all sorts of helpful features for both solo and multiplayer modes. But before using the inputs below, you must first activate them. Please note that inputs are case-sensitive, and you do not need to include the brackets.  

How to Enable Valheim Console Commands

If you're playing solo, then these lines are available at any time. But if you're playing on a multiplayer server, only the server host has access to them.

Either way, here's what you need to do to enable them: 

  1. Press "F5" during gameplay
  2. Type "imacheater" in the console that appears
  3. Press "Enter" to confirm

Valheim Console Commands and Cheats List

imacheater Enables/disables cheats
spawn [ITEM] [amount] Generates a specific number of any item
god Enables/disables god mode
save Saves game
pos Shows your current coordinates
goto [x,z] Teleports to coordinates
exploremap Reveals the whole map
resetmap Resets map to initial form
killall Kills all nearby enemies
tame Tames all nearby creatures
hair Removes your character's hair
beard Removes your character's beard
location Sets a new spawn location
raiseskill [skill] [amount] Increases the amount of a specified skill
resetskill [skill] Sets the specified skill to zero
freefly Enables/disables free camera view
ffsmooth [0-1] Sets the smoothness of the free camera
tod [0-1] Changes the time of the day
env [env] Enables debug environment
resetenv Resets debug environment
wind [angle] [intensity] Sets the angle and the intensity of the wind
resetwind Resets wind
event [name] Enables a specified event
stopevent Disables specified event
randomevent Enables random event
resetcharacter Resets all the skills and inventory of your character
removedrops Removes all dropped nearby items
setkey [name] Sets a new global key
resetkeys [name] Resets the specified global key
listkeys Displays the titles of all available global keys
players [nr] Sets the difficulty level according to the number of players
dpsdebug Enables/disables DPS debug overlay
help Displays all available console commands
kick [ip/name/userID] Kicks out a specified player
ban [ip/name/userID] Bans a specified player
unban [ip/name/userID] Unbans a specified player
banned Displays the list of all banned players
ping Checks the current latency
lodbias [0-5] Sets the draw distance
info Displays system information


Those are all console commands in Valheim. Though the list pales in comparison to some other games, killing all nearby enemies and taming all nearby creatures, for example, are perfect for those just wanting to build and craft. Perhaps others will be added in the future! For more, consider heading over to our guides on marking map locations, finding copper, and building your base

Valheim Copper Guide: How to Find, Mine, and Forge It Tue, 16 Feb 2021 11:31:32 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Copper is one of the many important crafting resources in Valheim. You'll need to mine it to make some of the game's better weapons and armor. It's also used for two important mid-game tools. However, just like iron and tin, the ore is only found in a particular world biome. 

This Valheim guide will tell you how to find deposits in your world seed and what crafting items the material is used for. 

How to Find Copper

These resource nodes can be found in the Black Forest biome. You unlock this after fighting Eikthyr, the game's first boss, in the Meadows biome.

Unlike tin, which is also found in the Black Forest, copper deposits are large and often found inland. They easily blend into the scenery and look like massive stone outcroppings; you may find two or three clumped together into a behemoth deposit or one larger formation on its own. 

There are two ways to distinguish ore deposits from regular ol' rock:

  1. Look down as you explore
    • White help text will appear when you've found what you're looking for. 
  2. Look for "bronze" streaks (mineral veins) or lumps (mineral nodules) on the rock; see the picture below for reference. 

Once you discover a mining area, be sure to mark it on the map so that you don't lose its location.

How to Mine and Gather It

To mine this precious metal, you'll need the antler pickaxe. It's the first pickaxe in Valheim and can be crafted after beating Eikthyr. Here's the recipe: 

  • 10x wood
  • 1x hard antler

Once you're ready to gather materials, equip the pickaxe, go to a node, and press the left mouse button. It takes about 6-8 hits to gather 4 pieces of copper ore from a section.  

It's also important to know that as you quarry, you'll also gather relatively large amounts of stone. You can discard or destroy it — or if you need stone as well, split it up to keep from getting overencumbered. 

Don't worry if you somehow lose the hard antlers or the antler pickaxe. You can fight Eikthyr over and over to farm the resource and rebuild the tool if you need to. Eventually, you'll get the bronze pickaxe, which is stronger and upgradeable. 

A Note on Deep Mining

Many of the nodes you come across are much larger and deeper than they appear on the surface. Hit the ground with your pickaxe to dig down. As you terraform and remove the land, you'll quickly uncover the rest of the copper deposit hidden underground. 

What Can I Forge With It? 

The ore can only be used with the forge, and it must be made into ingots with the smelter before it can be used. It can be used to make a knife, but it's primarily used with tin to make bronze ingots for armor, weapons, and building components. Here's a list of what can be crafted with it: 

  • Copper knife
  • Bronze plate leggings
  • Bronze plate cuirass
  • Bronze arrows (20x)
  • Bronze nails (20x)
  • Bronze atgeir
  • Bronze helmet
  • Bronze mace
  • Bronze buckler
  • Bronze spear
  • Bronze spear
  • Bronze ingot

That's that on finding and mining copper in Valheim, a crafting material you need to progress past the Elder boss. You may find it in close proximity to tin (they populate together in my world seed), making it easier to gather both resources. If you found this guide helpful, consider checking out our other tips articles on constructing your first boat, how to fix your weapons, tools, and buildings, and how to build and use the fermenter

How to Split and Separate Item Stacks in Valheim Mon, 15 Feb 2021 16:52:35 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Managing your inventory in Valheim can be a little tricky since the Viking survival game doesn't tell you how to use several of its more granular systems, like how to drop or destroy items. Neither does it tell you how to split and separate item stacks, which can help you lighten your load or just be more efficient when crafting and exploring. It's useful since you can't carry everything through a portal

As with most any game with loot in it, Valheim groups things together in lovely little clusters. This ensures that each set of objects doesn't take up too much inventory space. In Early Access, units combine in many different numbers. 

Some items, like cooked meat and neck tail, collect into bunches of 20 individual pieces. Others, like resin, leather strips, and deer hide, form stacks of 50. Still others, like flint, accumulate into sets of 30, and arrows into heaps of 100. There's really no rhyme or reason right now. 

How to Separate Stacks

To divide these item stacks, open your inventory by pressing "Tab." Then:

  1. Hover over a grouping
  2. Hold "Shift"
  3. Left-click the group

A small pop-up window will appear with a picture of the object, how many are in the bunch you've selected, and a slider. Move the slider backward to choose how many pieces you want to remove. Then either press "Cancel" to discard your changes or "OK" to accept them. The number you've chosen to take out is now attached to your cursor and can be moved to another inventory or chest slot. 

This is likely something you'll want to do often in the early- to mid-game, especially until you purchase Megingjord from Haldor the Merchant in the Forest Biome, which increases your carry weight from 300 to 450. 

And that's how you split and separate item stacks in Valheim. It's a small mechanic but a beneficial one when crafting, building, and exploring. You won't have to take everything with you to build that raft, and neither will you have to dump a whole pile of stone because you can only carry 49 instead of 50. For more tips and tricks, consider heading over to our Valheim guides hub