Valheim | Beginner’s Guide

March 5, 2021 at 8:41 AM in Digital Download News, Gaming News, GNews with no comments

Valheim is a Viking game that is rising in popularity right now. It is an open-world survival game that brings players to purgatory to bring back order by killing the rivals of Odin.

If you are totally new to the game, here is our beginner’s guide to Valheim to make sure that you survive its first few hours.

By  Author Ingo  Ingo  |  Author Daniel Burrows  Windfell

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Tips on how to survive Valheim



  • What you should do first
  • Building your first base
  • Getting ready for your first boss battle


Obtain Wood


First, you must check out your surroundings and locate a suitable area to set up base.

Then you must craft things that you need from available resources like wood and stone to create a hammer and an axe.

Since you are starting out with nothing, you have to punch trees to gather wood. As for the stones, you can pick them up from the ground.


Valheim Shelter


You must then secure a workbench so that you can craft the things that you need to create other useful things. A shelter can be built within the are of the workbench. Look for the recipe for the workbench at the crafting tab.

As mentioned earlier, you can build a shelter within the area of your workbench, you can then create a wall as well as a roof. Keep your eye on those who would want to attack you at this time.

Now that you have a workbench and a shelter, the next thing that you need to do is to have a campfire and a bed. The bed is where you will respawn if you die and the campfire can be used as a light source as well as to keep you warm.

You will only have limited resources on your first night so make sure that you use them wisely.

Also, if by chance you would need to level the land that you would want to set up camp on, you have to craft a hoe.


In Leveling Up Skills




Level up skills in Valheim by using them. As with other games of the same genre, when you use a skill multiple times, you will increase in experience and level it up.

Basically, if you would want to increase your skills in something like archery, you have to do a lot of target practice. Leveling up your fistfighting skills would require you to punch a lot of things.

As with the use of weapons, do keep in mind that they tend to break because of limited durability.


Repairs are Free as Long as You Have Your Workbench


Valheim Workbench


Your workbench is also good for repairs as long as it is usable. Bring your broken hammer or your dull axe to your workbench and it will be good as new. What’s great is that the repairs are free!


Make Sure to Have Plenty of Storage Space


Valheim Storage


Inventory management is important in Valherim, as with any other survival game.

Make sure to build chests for storing resources. Do regular inventory clean-ups to keep everything neat and organized.


Valheim Weapons: Bows, Spears, and Arrows


Valheim Weapons


Of course, weapons are important in the game. At this early stage, you can craft a bow that you can use for attacking from afar as well as hunting deer. Arrows are easily available using wood, and wood is easily available when you need it.


First Boss Fight: Eikthyr


Valheim Eikthyr


The very first boss that you will encounter is Eikthyr, the mystical stag.

This creature can be summoned from the Mythical Altar using two deer trophies that you must have ready in your inventory.

The deer trophies are collected when you hunt deer, however, the drop is uncommon, so gathering just two trophies could take a while.

You probably won’t break a sweat when dealing with Eikthyr, as he really isn’t that powerful. However, you have to watch out for his lightning attacks that come in two different forms. He is able to attack up close as well as from a distance.

By the time that you would have to take on Eikthyr, you probably already have a wooden shield and a spear. This will be enough to kill Eikthyr just block his attacks and keep on going with continuous attacks using your weapons.

Do rest up before going on this battle, having full heath is definitely important before an important fight such as this.



Multiplayer and PvP


Co-op multiplayer is available with up to 10 servers in a server. You will be able to craft, settle and battle together.

At this moment, PvP is disabled but if you really want to and it is mutually agreed upon, you can fight with anybody who is willing.


Hosting a game with your friends


It is easy to play Valheim with friends. All you need is a decent PC as well as a stable internet connection.

Here are the simple steps on how to host a game:

  • Create a character
  • On the main menu select “Start Game”
  • Choose “New”
  • Name your world
  • Choose “Start Server”
  • Click on Start the game”
  • Invite your friends on your friend’s list using Shift + Tab
  • Those same friends should also see your hosted game under “Join Game”

Valheim Ship


Valheim Dedicated Servers


If you are playing with a much larger group, you would need a dedicated server which is a little more complicated to set up.

Here are the steps on how to set up a dedicated server:

  • Look for “Valheim Dedicated Server” on your Steam library then install.
  • Create a new world or copy an existing one. You will be able to find these in the folder C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\LocalLow\IronGate\Valheim\worlds. Then navigate to \Steam\apps\common\Valheim Dedicated Server.
  • At the text edition open the file “start_headless_server”.
  • Enter the needed information after:
    • “-name” your server name
    • “-world” your world name
    • “-password” your password
    • “-public” with 0 or 1 to indicate if the server is visible to the public or not
  • Note: server name and world name should be different and your password should not contain either of the two.
  • Save the file and make a backup. After each game update, this will be deleted.
  • On your router and firewall open the TCP/UDP 2456-2458 ports.
  • Start the server by double-clicking on “start_headless_server”.
  • Note: Servers that are not public can still be joined via the Steam server browser with the use of the IP.
  • Your server’s IP address is the external IP followed by :2457.


Valheim System Requirements



    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz Quad Core or similar
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 950 or Radeon HD 7970
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space


    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: i5 3GHz or Ryzen 5 3GHz
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1060 or Radeon RX 580
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
Author Ingo


Ingo is fast! Studied e-commerce and has his roots for now in lively Germany. At the same time, as an ambitious influencer consultant, he is close to gaming communities & game developers. He often knows what trends are currently going on. Ingo has a special fascination as game review editor.


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