Valheim Advanced Tips
Tip #1 – Auto Walk – Press “q” to lock your character into “auto walk”. It’s kinda like cruise control, but you’re not driving, you’re walking. And you’re a viking… Oh, and you can turn your character using the right mouse button.
Tip #2 – Map every island you land on. Pack some food, some mead, and go explore. Exploring and mapping every area on the map is both enjoyable and useful. Stay close to the coast line at first, then head in to the mainland. Mark your map when you see something interesting! Crypts, burial chambers, and such are especially enjoyable to check out. Consider marking troll caves, tin deposits, and other unique features.
Tip #3 – Open your Map and ping places of interest using your middle mouse button. This allows you to notify everyone on your server that something is important there. This is very useful for planning out expedition routes, showing your friends areas of interest, and more. They can then physically mark that location on their map.
Tip #4 – While out exploring – take extra supplies with you so you can build another temporary base. This allows you to sleep / get comfort while also giving you a convenient place to spawn. This is pretty important. Consider creating a square style structure that will allow you to place a bed, a work bench. This is a minimalist approach. Bring some regular wood, some core wood, and some stone (for the fire). Monsters will be firing arrows, chucking stones – so having a place to chill works out nicely.
Tip #5 – Build a road! That’s right, you can build roads while out exploring much like the ancient Romans did back in the day. This is an especially useful thing to do when you are looking for ores. Simply take out your hoe (ya… I’ll leave that alone…) and flatten the area as you go. This will help you find your way back should you get lost, you can easily pull a cart with you – making material transportation considerably easier.
Tip #6 – Run around with your hammer out. Literally. Every once in a while you will want to move around your buildings and repair any items / structures that have taken damage. Have your hammer equipped and you can do just that. Wooden structures that are subject to water (rain, swampy area) require maintenance. Give them a hammering.
Tip #7 – If your cooped up in your base and taking damage from enemy mobs (I’m looking at you Trolls) – consider having one of your party members going around and repairing the damage while the other members of your party deal out the damage.
Tip #8 – Stack and label your storage crates. The inventory system in Valheim leaves a lot to be desired right now, but you can totally control your storage system. Consider putting a sign up above each of your chests so that you know what’s in them and what is meant to go in each crate. You can find the signs in the furniture menu.
Tip #9 – Protect your valuables from other players. Build a ward (looks like a strange little statue) to protect an area from other players. Also, if you are sharing a server, and a player likes to loot your hard earned gear, consider putting in a “fake wall” and not tell anyone about it. This works great until you can craft a ward.
Tip #10 – Enemy mobs have a lot of hate towards teleporters. In fact, if they see one, they will generally go after it until they smash it up. Not to worry – build a teleporter inside a building.
Tip #11 – Construct a teleporter hub. This also the best way to move items and gear around all of your bases. Consider having one central hub as your main storage spot.
Tip #12 – Moving unprocessed metals around is difficult as you can’t take them through a teleporter. You will need to create a cart and / or a fancy longboat to get the job done. When travelling by water, a longship goes incredibly fast and it allows you up to 18 storage spots. Nice.
Tip #13 – Once you’ve been The Elder (second boss), you’re going to need to head to the swamps. This area is dangerous and dark. That said, you will want to go there anyway as there are a variety of sunken crypts that have iron ore. Book it through the swamps and, when you see something of note (i.e. crypts, places of note), simply write it down on your map so you can bring a raiding party back later to explore them fully. Oh, and consider bring some poison resist potions / mead – you will need them.
Tip #14 – Poison resistance is a requirement for the swamp. Health potions help a little, but prevention (poison resist) beats cure (healing potions).