Valheim fans have faced a common problem: someone or something makes the boats disappear. Some Vikings accused their friends, while others thought it might be a normal mistake in a game with early access.
Oe viral tweet from March 1 seemed to explain the phenomenon.
I have learned today that players in Valheim notice that the boats are missing or flying.
The truth – birds (like seagulls) land on boats, and a mistake places the boat at bird control – which means that the bird lands on a boat and flies away with it and steals it.
̵1; Gliitch (@GliitchWiitch) March 1, 2021
This is a fantastic explanation for a mistake, and the players were in love with the idea that birds swung down from nowhere and took whole boats with them.
But Polygon reached out to developer Iron Gate Studio to determine if the mystery was solved, and it sounds like players haven’t found the truth behind the missing boats yet. An Iron Gate representative shared the following with Polygon via email:
As for the error in the tweet you shared, it is not real, haha! Interesting to see how much traction that tweet has gained.
About error … It was an error that saw that an object received data from another, so for the example above a bird could have received data from a ship, and thus a player could have experienced a flying ship – but yes, no birds who steals ships!
In short, a bird could have acted like a Viking longship flying into the air, which sounds like a trick worthy of Loki himself … but players can be assured that birds will not take off with the results of their hard work.
Vikings who build boats still have to keep an eye on making sure that their friends and server mates do not take off with rafts and longships, because the humble birds have been acquitted of all crimes.