Valheim is good at telling you what to do next, or at least something to do. It is much less clear about how you are going to do anything and it makes you get started scary.
In this Valheim tips and tricks guide, we will list your best advice in the first hours. We will tell you to work towards definable goals, find new craft recipes, gather resources, manage your inventory and eat food to increase your health and endurance.
For a more detailed review of tackling ValheimFirst boss, Eikthyr, check out our review of Spawn to Eikthyr.
Treat bosses as goals
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Every boss – the cause you summon and defeat – requires preparation, and that preparation moves you through Valheimits intricate technology tree.
For example, to defeat the first boss, Eikthyr, you need better weapons. To make better weapons, you need specific resources and a workbench. The thing is, a workbench needs a house. A house needs fire. And so on. The whole game is an elaborate pile of addictions, and preparing for your next match gives you a clear path through them.
Instead of blindly walking and building with a vague goal of “getting ready”, you need to focus on one specific battle at a time. In fact, we have an Eikthyr guide that can help you with just that.
Resources and creatures spawn based on rules
You will be doing a lot of fundraising Valheim. Fortunately, you can learn a set of rules for finding pretty much anything, and it will save you one ton of time.
Some rules are obvious, such as that trees tend to be near trees or that rocks are on the ground. Others require more observation. Flint is a good example: it is only found near or in water. If you want flint, look for water.
Creatures work the same. Wild boar tend to be near water. Deer spawn in the meadow’s biome. Skeletons spawn near burial chambers.
Look for the commonalities when gathering resources – the surroundings, the landscape or even the time of day. The rules may be subtle, but learning them will make your job easier.
You stink, so look at the wind direction
There is a small arrow in the lower left corner of your minimap that indicates the current wind direction. You will also see some white stripes in the game world that represent the wind.
Animals – especially deer – are sensitive to odor. If you are headwind, a deer will run away long before it sees you. Being hidden while hunting means being aware of the wind (and your stench).
Pick up resources to learn new craft recipes
It is easy to learn new craft recipes Valheim. All you have to do is pick up an ingredient. At the beginning of the game you unlock a piece of wood and a stone, the stone ax, the club and the hammer – your first set of tools. When you find the flint, unlock the next set.
Pick up at least one of everything to unlock new recipes. You do not have to fill your pockets with everything you find. At that point …
Focus on what you need to collect
Your warehouse has only 32 tracks, and your armor, clothes and tools occupy more of them. The place has a prize. You will also eventually be weighed down by weight (it takes quite a bit, though).
Just get what you need to achieve your next goal. Being prepared is nice, but (to paraphrase Alanis Morissette) having four stacks of rocks when all you need is a little flint doesn’t help.
There are things you always need, like wood to build or food to eat, but don’t be a hoarder. Concentrate on what you need right now. A dozen mushrooms will last a long time, so maybe not stop to pick every one you see.
Do not build a mansion when a tent does
During the first few hours (and no doubt regular days) in Valheim, focus on tools rather than elaborate architecture.
Most of the time, a lean-to (a very simple structure more like a wooden house than a house) will serve you just fine – like when you first build a workbench. Do not overcomplicate things and waste your time (and three) on building a mansion (yet).
Similarly a fast and temporary camp with roof and bed is often all you need while you are weak and new and exploring. Save the architectural expression of a central base camp.
That said, it’s nice to have a warm place to sleep between expeditions. A house with door, walls, roof, fire and some basic facilities provides you rested effect, which increases health and endurance regeneration for a while.
Eat different foods to increase health and endurance
You start Valheim with a base health of 25 … points (?), and you want a fairly limited endurance meter. You quickly burn through them both.
Eat foods to increase health and endurance. However, the mechanics here are a bit difficult.
Eating food increases your maximum health and endurance in a given time, and it heals you every cross (a unit of time in the game of about 10 real world seconds). You will see all this happen when you hold the cursor over an (food) item in your inventory (as we did in the picture above).
You can eat up to three different things at a time. All effects are active and stable. You can not eat another of the same food until the timer runs out. The icons to the left of the health bar help you stay organized.
Eating food immediately increases your stamina, but it does not cure you immediately. It only increases the maximum number you can regenerate your health to. This is weird, so let’s talk about how raspberries work.
You have 25 health. You eat raspberries, and your maximum health increases by 10 to 35. But you do not have 35 total health yet. Over time (ticks), your health regenerates to your new maximum of 35. (Check the duration of your inventory to see how long your new maximum health lasts.) First increase the meter, then fill the meter.