Valheim: You don’t even need to read the Hávamál!

Art from the Iron Gate game "Valheim"
February 10, 2020
Categories:Stuff and Things

Valheim is self-described on Steam as a “…brutal exploration and survival game for 1-10 players, set in a procedurally-generated purgatory inspired by viking culture. Battle, build, and conquer your way to a saga worthy of Odin’s patronage!” It has been variously compared to Terraria and Starbound and likened to a 3D version of Runescape. The game is available for early release now.

How do you not like a game that says its release date will be “When Odin is pleased.” That’s awesome!

That said, we honestly didn’t hadn’t even known about the game until we watched some of it played by a Valheim Twitch streamer. So a tip of the hat, er, horned helmet, to Dagnolio for turning us on to it. Here’s some info to get you started.


“Explore the 10th World”

Norse mythology held a belief of Níu Heimar, The Nine Worlds, all held in the roots and branches of the Yggdrasil, the World Tree.

Those were Midgard, Asgard, Vanaheim, Jotunheim, Niflheim, Muspelheim, Alfheim, Svartalfheim (Nidavellir), and Hel.

Apparently, Valheim is the tenth.

Yggdrasil, seen in the distance from a longship scene.

You can see Yggdrasil in the distance in this screenshot from the game. Til Valhalla!


Looking up at the World Tree from the ocean of Valheim below.

Looking up at the World Tree from the ocean of Valheim below.

Valheim Boss Lineup

The Elder

"The Elder" Valheim Boss

“The Elder” is a Valheim boss who leaves massive destruction in his (its?) wake. From an article by Eric Switzer.

According to Fandom, The Elder (which looks kina Ent-ish) is the second boss of Valheim (after Eikthyr). He/it is summoned from a location in the Black Forest. Here’s something important to note if you’re going to fight him: he doesn’t give up, stop, or despawn if you’re forced to flee. Like the RoleMaster “Black Reaver” of old, he just keeps on coming.


Valheim Early Launch

As of February 2021 Valheim reportedly passed a million sales on Steam Early Access, with 160,000 peak concurrent users and 127,00+ viewers on Twitch during the first week along.

You can find and download the game on Steam.

Valheim Biome Items and Resources

A couple of places are publishing occasional suggestions for Valheim crafters. We’ll likely see more of these, with increasing frequency, in the coming months.

Valheim Swamp Biome items and resources

Screenrant has an article about the Swamp Biome and the best items to pick up there, including Scrap Iron, Entrails, Ancient Bark, and more. That bark, by the way, will help you built your longships.

Building a road in the Valheim Swamp Biome

Building a road in the Valheim Swamp Biome.

Like all Valheim regions, the Swamp Biome offers a plenitude of items for crafters.

Like all Valheim regions, the Swamp Biome offers a plenitude of items for crafters.

For more updates

Follow the creators and publishers on social media for immediate updates:

Twitter: @Valheimgame


Learn more about gameplay at; check updates on IGN.

For Viking life hacks

To get some Viking-themed advice on how to live life (such as a well-reasoned explanation of why you should wear your sword every day no matter what), read the Hávamál. The Havamal is a collection of epic Old Norse poems, relaying the “Words of Odin the High One”.

For instance, check out the first stanza.

At every door-way,
ere one enters,
one should spy round,
one should pry round
for uncertain is the witting
that there be no foeman sitting,
within, before one on the floor.

Solid counsel! Give it a read. 



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