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A Valheim progression guide is helpful if you are stuck or want to be well-prepared. It will take somewhere between 30 to 100 hours to complete the game unless you rush or really take your time.
This is when following a natural progression. Valheim is set up to be played a certain way, but there is still a ton of freedom. But in this article, I’m going to talk about progression in six stages.
Overview of Valheim Progression
|Biome/Stage||Boss||Recommended Gear||Primary Resources (gather only)||Primary Enemies|
|1: Meadows||Eikthyr||Rag||Stone, Fine Wood, Wood||Greyling, Neck, Boar (more enemies appear here after defeating bosses)|
|2: Black Forest||The Elder||Leather||Core Wood, Tin, and Copper||Greydrawf, Skeleton, Troll|
|3: Swamp||Bonemass||Bronze/Troll||Scrap Iron, Ancient Bark||Draugr, Skeleton, Wraith, Blob, Abomination|
|4: Mountain||Moder||Iron||Silver, Obsidian||Wolves, Drake|
|5: Plains||Yagluth||Silver/Wolf||Flax, Barley, Black Metal (only looted)||Fuling, Lox, Growth, Deathsquitos|
|6: Mistlands||The Queen||Padded||Yggdrasil Wood, Black Marble, and Sap||Tick, Seeker, Seeker Soldier, Gjall|
This is where you begin the game. All you have in your inventory is a rag tunic. You wake up in the meadows in the middle of the Sacrificial Stones. This is where you will return after each boss fight.
This is also where you meet Hugin, the crow that will guide you through the game. If you see Hugin during your play, you know you’re on the right path.
Start Your Base
The first thing you should do in Valheim is find a temporary base spot. This is where you can store your extra materials and respawn. To respawn at a bed, you have to make a bed, then claim it. It’s a good idea to have a fire at this point, too as it will keep you warm when it rains and will grant you comfort.
I highly recommend stocking up on stone, wood, and flint. Kill every non-star boar, deer, and neck. Gather every raspberry. You won’t be sorry you did, trust me. You will use it faster than you might think.
Crafting Necessities for Meadows
- Stone Axe – made with wood and stone. You need this to cut down trees.
- Hammer – the hammer is the first thing you should make. You can use it to build your base.
What to Do in the Meadows
Aside from gathering everything, make sure you craft a Workbench. Put a roof over it and at least two walls. Otherwise, you can’t access it. At this point, you can only make a few things, like a Crude Bow, which I recommend.
I use the Crude Bow until I can get the Finewood Bow, then I immediately upgrade. But any bow is useful. They’re the only way to consistently kill deer early on and take on enemies that can one or two-shot you.
Dangers of the Meadows
- Falling Trees
Base Upgrade Recommendations in the Meadows
- Tanning Rack
- Chopping Block
Prepare for Eikthyr
- 2x Deer Trophies – dropped by deer
After you are stocked up and have a good feel for the game, you can prepare to fight Eikthyr. You should bring leather armor, but if you have enough players, you can get by with anything.
It’s also a good idea to use fire arrows as Eikthyr is weak to them. But wood arrows or a spear and shield might work too.
Next, stock up on food by cooking the boar and deer meat over a cooking station/campfire. Then, use the third slot for berries, honey, or mushrooms. This will give a good balance. Once you have food, eat and rest up.
Eikthyr is the easiest boss. To fight him, use the fire arrows and attempt to kite his attacks. He rewards the materials to make antler pickaxes and gives you a stamina boost power.
The Black Forest is a simple biome that you will probably always visit to gather copper and tin. That’s where the antler pickaxe comes in handy. You don’t really have a reason to visit here until you’ve defeated Eikthyr.
Note: go back to the Meadows and farm Fine Wood once you have a Bronze Axe.
Stock Up on This in the Black Forest
- Surtling cores
Build a Boat
By the time you make it to the Black Forest, it may be time to build a boat. While you don’t have to rush this, it’s something to consider if you don’t have any Swamp on the island you start on.
Crafting Recommendations for Black Forest
- Bronze axe – requires copper and tin from Black forest and is needed for fine wood.
- Finewood bow – not a complete necessity, but if you have the extra materials, it’s amazing.
- Troll Armor – again, not necessary, but it’s such a great set of armor when you have the full set.
- Cart – you will need this to transport copper back to your base.
Base Upgrade Recommendations in the Black Forest
- Spice Rack
- Charcoal Kiln
- Forge Cooler
Dangers of Black Forest
Prepare for The Elder
- 3x Ancient Seeds – dropped by Brutes or found in chests/Greydwarf nests
The Elder isn’t all that bad, but he can be annoying if you’re not prepared. Make sure you have Troll Armor or Bronze Armor, upgraded weapons, and decent food. It’s also a good idea to start maximizing comfort for your rests.
Fight the Elder
The Elder has a few unique abilities, all involving wood. It can shoot vines at a single player, stomp, and spawn roots that attack in melee range. If you have a couple of players who are geared up, he’s not very hard. Once you defeat him, you get the Swamp Key to enter crypts and the power to do extra damage to trees.
Well, well, well, if it isn’t my least favorite biome. While the Swamp isn’t the “worst” biome, I really hate Draugrs and Bonemass. I also hate being wet all of the time, which is a Swamp effect.
The primary purpose of the Swamp is so you can go into the crypts with your Swamp Key and get Iron. There are other resources here but you could complete the game without ever touching any of them, but Iron and the materials to summon Bonemass.
Stock Up On This in the Swamp
- Scrap Iron
- Bone Fragments
- Surtling Cores
Crafting Recommendations for the Swamp
- Huntsman Bow – a terrific bow that can help you through the next couple of biomes.
- Iron Pickaxe – needed for mining Silver in the Mountain.
- Iron Armor – huge upgrade.
- Iron Mace – the best weapon at this point to fight Bonemass.
Base Upgrade Recommendations in the Swamp
- Smith’s Anvil
- Forge Toolrack
- Forge Bellows
Dangers of the Swamp
Prepare for Bonemass
- 10x Withered Bones – found in Crypts
Before you think about fighting Bonemass, start making Poison Resistance Mead. You will need this to fight the boss without dying quickly because he does constant poison damage around him and with his attacks.
Consider making Sausages to keep good health before your fight. As for gear, I recommend a Banded Shield, Iron Armor, and an Iron Mace. This will get you the best DPS while taking the least damage.
The worst thing about Bonemass is his poison damage. So drink those potions and get to whacking with that mace. If you don’t have a mace, fight from afar while someone else tanks with theirs. I find standing on top of the giant skull keeps you out of range unless he targets you.
If he rears back, run away because a huge cloud will spawn in front of him. He also spawns skeletons and blobs, so keep them down. After you defeat him, you get a Wishbone and the power that gives resistance to blunt, slash, and pierce damage.
Before you go up the mountain, you will need to have Frost Resistance Mead. You can use this to enter without dying from the cold. But as soon as you can get a wolf cape, do so.
Stock Up On This in the Mountains
- Silver – break out the wishbone to find deposits.
- Wolf Meat
- Wolf Pelt
Crafting Necessities for the Mountains
- Draugr Fang – previous best bow in the game.
- Wolf cape – to keep you warm.
- Frostner – amazing weapon.
- Silver sword – good weapon all-around.
- Wolf armor – best armor you can get at this point in the game.
Base Upgrade Recommendations in the Mountains
- Butcher’s Table
- Tool Shelf
Dangers of the Mountains
- Stone Golems
Prepare for Moder
- 3x Dragon Eggs – found in Drake nests.
If you’re a bow player, Moder is the easiest boss, in my opinion. Stock up on fire arrows, which she is susceptible to, and ensure you have that wolf armor. Other than that, get good food and rest.
To fight Moder, all you have to do is attack when she freezes in the air. You can also dodge her attacks. If you are a melee player, wait for her to land to attack, which she will occasionally do.
When she dies, she’ll drop ten dragon tears, which you can use to build the Artisan Table. Her power gives you wind advantage when sailing.
The Plains can be scary, but if you’re prepared, you will do fine. Pay attention to your surroundings and make sure you are aware of nearby Fulings and Deathsquitos. I still remember the first time I sailed by Plains and died by those insects.
Stock Up On This in the Plains
- Black Metal Scraps
- Lox Meat
- Lox Pelt
Crafting Recommendations for the Plains
- Needle Arrows – strong.
- Black Metal Shield – really good upgraded shield.
- Padded armor – previous best armor.
- Porcupine – another good melee weapon.
Base Upgrade Recommendations in the Plains
- Artisan Table
- Spinning Wheel
- Stone Oven
- Pots and Pans
- Grinding Wheel
Dangers of the Plains
- Tar pits
Prepare for Yagluth
- 5x Fuling Totems – found in Fuling villages
Yagluth doesn’t have any vulnerabilities, so you just have to avoid what he is resistant to, which is Fire, Pierce, and Poison. You can prepare by having the best other weapons and armor you can get. It’s a good idea also to grab some Fire Resistance Mead.
When you fight Yagluth, prepare to die. Dodge his attacks if you can. When you defeat him, you will get Torn Spirt (to craft Wisp Fountain)and the power which grants resistance to elemental damage.
After you defeat Yagluth, you will get the Torn Spirit to build the Wisp Fountain. This will be important as it produces Wisps. You need Wisps for a few of the new Mistlands items.
Stock Up On This in the Mistlands
- Hare meat
- Scale Hide
- Jotun Puffs
- Black Marble
- Black Core
- Soft Tissues
- Yggdrasil wood
Crafting Necessities for the Mistlands
- Wisplight – clears the fog around you.
- Mistwalker – new sword
- Carapace Armor – new best armor
- Feather Cape – gives feather fall.
- Staff of Embers – so much fire.
- Blackmetal pickaxe – needed to mine black marble.
Base Upgrade Recommendations in the Mistlands
- Mortar and Pestle
- Wisp Torch
- Black forge
- Galdr Table
- Etir Refinery
Dangers of the Mistlands
Prepare for the Queen
- 1x Sealbreaker – crafted with the galdr Table
Now, make sure you have Carapace Armor, your best weapon, and the feather cape in case you fall. Eat the best food you have and make sure you have max comfort when resting beforehand. Bring healing potions and Poison Resistance Mead.
Fight the Queen
When you fight the queen, use the Poison Resistance if she uses her poison spit. This is a fight you want friends to fight with because you will want a distraction while;e others do damage. When you defeat her, you will get her power which will grant increased mining speed, and 100% boosted Eitr regeneration.
Question: Can I Skip a Biome in Valheim?
Answer: Yes. You can skip a biome, but it won’t work well because you often need the boss item to complete the next area. Otherwise, you won’t be well-armored or prepared.
Question: Is It Possible to Beat Valheim Solo?
Answer: Yes. Because enemies scale with the number of players, soloing them isn’t much more difficult than going with a group. However, it does help with strategies with two or three players.
Question: Do I Need to Cross the Ocean in Valheim?
Answer: Yes. The upper-tier biomes won’t spawn on the starter island. So you need to cross the ocean to visit them. You may get lucky and only have to go to two islands, but with a friend, it can be fun to do ocean exploration.
Progress through Valheim at Your Own Rate
This is my number one tip for playing Valheim. You may be happy completing Valheim in a week, or you may take a year to do so. The point is to have fun, so make sure you do things at your own pace.
If you get stuck, reach out for help or do something else. Get stronger gear, and you may see a huge difference. Valheim is a game meant for all players, so find a way to play that makes you happy.