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10 tips for beginners in Valheim that I would have liked to have known beforehand


10 tips for beginners in Valheim that I would have liked to have known beforehand

The survival game Valheim has started Early Access on Steam and is already well received. The game is constantly attracting new players who are now daring their first steps. MeinMMO reveals 10 things to make getting started easier.

What is Valheim? In Valheim you play a north man in a mythical land who tries to win the favor of the gods. To do this, you have to defeat powerful opponents and bosses and prove that you are the strongest warriors.

You start without anything in a big world and you have to ensure your survival. To do this, you build your own home, tools and weapons. The world offers many areas to discover, different biomes and dangers that you have to face. The first trailer for Valheim already showed how tough you have to be . At the start there is a new trailer with gameplay of the game:

Valheim is now in Early Access on Steam and is currently well received . The survival game has already reached a high of 31,990 players simultaneously (via steamcharts ). Our tips will help you survive your first hours in Valheim.

1. Don't build a house right away

One of your first tasks in Valheim is to build a workbench and to cover it. You can only use it to the full if it is covered. Otherwise it only serves you as a building site with an area of ​​effect.

Many players therefore immediately collect wood and build their first home around the workbench. But that's a waste, because all you need is a shelter. A few walls and roofs are enough, the workbench just can't be in the open air.

In this way you save materials and can look for a suitable building site or create it yourself by leveling land.

Tip: A hoe is not intended for horticulture, but lets you level the land. Make a hoe early to determine your building area.

Don't build a house right away

2. Storage space is important

You will often have to go into the forest to get more resources - such as meat, leather or wood. You can make your trips much more efficient than just getting what you need.

On your excursions, collect until either your tool breaks or your inventory is full. So you have to go less often, but you need enough boxes.

If you create storage space, you can divide up your time between collecting and building and manufacturing. The best thing to do is to create a separate building for your boxes and systematically sort all materials into them.

A warehouse saves you space in the main house and you don't have to tear things down or restructure later.

3. Parts of the building can be torn down again

If you have already built a house around your workbench or accidentally placed parts of the building, you can easily tear them down again. To do this, select the hammer and try to place another part.

If you put this part over an existing one, you can remove already set objects by pressing the middle mouse button. You will get some of the building materials back.

This works for normal components such as walls and floors as well as for objects such as the workbench or campfire.

4. Small trees can be beaten up for wood

Many newbies think that without an ax, the only way to pick up wood from the ground is roughly by looking for branches. However, you can cut the first trees with your bare fists even without tools.

Look for smaller trees that are only slightly larger than you are. Beat them and after a while they will be destroyed and you will get a lot of wood for it. Especially useful if you want to build your first tools or buildings.

Another advantage is that you can skill in unarmed combat this way. As you beat up small trees, your ability to use fists increases.

Small trees can be beaten up for wood

5. Repair costs nothing

Once you've built your first workbench and your first tool, you can go looking for additional resources. However, your tool will lose its durability and may become unusable at some point.

To prevent this, you can simply repair items on the workbench. That costs nothing in Valheim, unlike in most other survival games. It is possible that costs will still be implemented, but repairs are free, at least in Early Access.

This is especially important when you move away from home to explore new areas or go hunting. You should always repair all your items before going on an expedition.

6. Trained on a stone

To be more effective with weapons, you need to skill them. In Valheim, your ability to use weapons or other skills increases by using the appropriate items or performing actions.

When it comes to weapons, however, it is not enough just to hit the air. You have to attack something. Large rocks and stones that you hit are sufficient for this. If you attack a stone with a weapon, your ability increases and you do more damage.

Note that this will reduce the durability of your weapons. So it is better not to train in the middle of the forest, where opponents can appear and then catch you with a broken weapon.

Some skills like sprinting, jumping or swimming can also be improved through use. That happens almost on the side, but you can also run or jump in a targeted manner. Skills like sneaking can only be improved when you're near enemies - so just sneak around a few deer for a few minutes.

Trained on a stone

7. Weapons reduce movement speed

In addition to attack and durability, weapons have another value: movement. This percentage indicates how much a weapon or tool slows you down when you are carrying it and moving with it.

Heavy and larger objects such as hammers or shields make you much slower. Lighter objects like knives don't slow you down at all. Be careful not to carry heavy objects when you are out and about to save your stamina.

If you still want to be armed, you can equip your desired weapons and then put away by pressing the "R" key. Then you move at normal speed and can pull the weapons at any time by pressing the button again.

8. Food Buffs pile up

Some of the first food items you will find will be mushrooms, berries, and meat. Each item has different values ​​by which it heals your health or stamina and gives you a buff.

These buffs also heal you for several minutes at a certain rate per second. The important thing is: don't just eat the strongest food, but several things at once. Because the buffs can be combined.

However, this only applies to food from different “schools”. For example, you can eat a piece of meat, a fried neck tail, and a mushroom at the same time and benefit from their buffs. However, two different pieces of meat do not stack up. The following three items are advisable to start with:

  • Cooked meat
  • Fried neck tail
  • Mushrooms
Meat can be found almost everywhere, and mushrooms are stronger than berries. You can do without the neck tail if you can't find any necks. If you find stronger foods of one kind, such as jam, you can use that too.

9. You need a fire in the house

To make your home cozy, you need a fireplace in the house. The simplest thing is to have a campfire in your house. To do this, you first have to place the campfire on the ground and then build your house around it, or you can remove a part of the ground and build your fire there.

However, it is important that the smoke can escape. So make sure you have a chimney or at least a hole in the wall near the roof. Some gamers reported that their character died from the pent up smoke (via PCGamer).

You need the fire to make your home “comfortable”. This value is important because it gives you a "rested" buff when you are at home near the fire. The buff improves stamina and health regeneration. The higher the comfort level of your own home, the longer the buff will last.

You need a fire in the house

10. Do not use floors as a roof

When building your house, floor pieces could tempt you to use them as a roof, as they are practical in shape and allow for simple huts. After all, square houses are very pragmatic.

In Valheim, however, you need a real roof. If you use floors instead, then the house is not considered “shelter” and items like the workbench or your bed are not “roofed over”.

Without a proper roof you cannot use some of your objects and have no protection from the weather.

11. No harm without PvP

Valheim relies on "consensual PvP". This means that you can only attack other players if you activate PvP mode in your inventory. You can find it at the top right:

  • two parallel swords mean: PvP is off
  • Crossed swords indicate that PvP is active

Players will only damage each other if both parties have PvP enabled. If PvP is deactivated, no other player can kill you. That has another advantage.

If you play in a team, you can fight your friend without active PvP and thus level up your fighting skills. Since none of you take damage, but you actively attack something, your skills increase.

With these tips, your first attempts at walking in Valheim should work without any problems.