This is how you build better and more stable houses in Valheim Guide


This is how you build better and more stable houses in Valheim Guide

The survival game Valheim offers many opportunities to be creative. Huge structures and buildings are part of it. However, they also have to be stable. The stability system is not that transparent. We'll explain it to you.

What is stability in Valheim? In the new survival hit, stability plays a major role in construction. When you build a house, stability indicates whether a component will hold up or collapse. This is determined using a color code:

  • Blue: a foundation that is directly connected to the ground
  • Green: stands on a foundation and is completely stable
  • Yellow and orange: getting more and more unstable, but still holds
  • Red: the next component on this one will collapse

If you have equipped your construction hammer and move the mouse over a component, you can see its color. Increasing stability is also possible - but not quite as you might imagine.

The YouTuber and streamer CohhCarnage also addresses stability in his video. We have included the video here for you, if you want to see the construction system in moving pictures:

Stability and better building in Valheim

How does stability work? Basically, when building buildings, it depends on how far you build. Without supports you can build with wooden components 16 m (8 parts) in height and 8 m (4 parts) horizontally. The number of parts away from your last foundation is taken into account.

If you attach a sloping beam to a vertical structure, for example, you can use it to strengthen horizontal structures, because you skip one component and strengthen the next part. Piles help keep the path to the ground and the next foundation shorter.

A sloping beam supports horizontal structures.

Normal crossbeams, on the other hand, have more of a decorative purpose. They also help you make other parts "snap" more easily. They are only of limited use for stability.

This is how you increase stability: If you want to build larger buildings, you have to rely on better materials. Depending on the material, they have special properties:

  • Heartwood is inherently more stable and beams can be built higher, they extend stability further up. In our guide we explain how to get heartwood
  • Stone walls are the foundation for wood up to a certain height - attached wooden floors are still blue or green even at great heights
  • Stone pillars have the same function as stone walls
  • Wooden iron posts also pass on the foundation property upwards, similar to stone walls

You can build significantly higher with stone and iron.

If you want to stabilize floors further up, you can use a pile made of heartwood and sloping beams on the sides. This is how you support the floor parts above.

If you build stone walls as a foundation and only then wooden walls, you can build significantly higher than just with wood. Ironwood posts can be stacked the highest; you can use them to support particularly tall structures such as towers.

If you use the stability properly, you can pull up huge structures: metal, towers, longhouses with several floors ... whatever comes to mind. Many players have already shown what is possible in Valheim. 

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