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This is a guide for beginners and how to start playing Valheim! Read more to begin your journey in the Viking afterlife and find out all you need to get started!

Starting the Game

If you're starting the game from scratch, you'll need two things before playing: a character and a world to play in.

Character Creation

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If you are starting the game from scratch, you're going to need a character. Access the character creation menu by pressing the button indicated above and check our guide on character creation for more details.
Character Creation Guide

Choosing A World Seed

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A world seed is a 10 character string that determines the generation of your world and where each biome, boss, and other landmark will be. Some world seeds are better than other though, depending on what you're looking for. If you're starting a world from scratch, selecting the world seed will be in the same menu as choosing the name of your world. If you want a guide on the best world seeds, check our guide on world seeds here.
Best World Map Seeds

Early Game Tips

You'll spawn in the center of a stone circle with nothing but your wits, rag clothing, and a torch. Follow these tips to get you through the first few minutes.

Listen to Hugin

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Hugin the Raven will pop up when you do something for the first time or when you approach something relevant. It is essentially the tutorial and will offer helpful tips on how to go through the game.

Collect Branches and Gather Stone

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You'll need Wood and Stone to survive so you need to collect branches and rocks from the floor. You can also melee attack thin saplings with your fists to get wood.

Gather Berries

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You'll find Berry Bushes around the starting area. Food is important because it's what regenerates health, and your health and stamina bar grow larger the larger your food bar is.

Build an Axe

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An axe is your first essential tool to surviving the world of Valheim. It allows you to get wood at a faster page. Crafting an axe costs 5 wood and 4 stones.

Chop Down Trees

To get wood efficiently, you'll need to chop down trees. Simply hit trees with your axe until they turn to logs, and chop the logs when they fall down. Two things to note: the starter axe cannot chop some types of trees, and falling logs will damage you if they fall on you.

Building A Home

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Once you get the basics down, first thing you need to really start is a shelter. This is a campfire, a bed, and a workbench.

Build a Hammer and Workbench

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Once you get enough wood to build a house, build a hammer with 3 wood and 2 stone. You can right click with the hammer equipped to access the build menu and then build a workbench under the Crafting menu for 10 wood. This will allow you to build buildings in its vicinity, so build it near flat land.
How to Build and Upgrade the Workbench

Build Shelter

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Find a nice flat land to settle in and build floors by right-clicking with the hammer equipped and looking under the Building menu. Once you selected what you will build, you will see a blueprint appear where you aim, and left click to build it. after building floors, build walls and a roof. You'll have to rebuild or build another workbench inside the house to be able to use it. You can dismantle furniture by middle-clicking them with a hammer and get the resources back.

Make sure to leave a floor and the roof above it open for the campfire.
House Building Guide

Build a Campfire

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Build a campfire inside your house by dismantling one of the floors and putting the campfire on the ground. The campfire can only be built on ground so take note of this when building your house. Additionally, add a hole above it for ventilation as smoke can build up in your shelter. Make sure there is roof over your fire to protect it from rain.

Build a Bed

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Build a bed under the Furniture menu with the hammer, then place it in your house. This will allow to respawn there if you die and allow you to sleep through the night.

What Happens When You Die?

Work Towards Fighting the First Boss Eikthyr

If you're not sure what you should be doing when first starting, you should focus on the goal of fight the first boss, Eikthyr. This will require you to get better gear, like better armor or weapons, which can be crafted by getting materials and upgrading your workbench. Once you think you are ready, summon Eikthyr by offering Deer Trophies and defeat it. If you want more help on fighting Eikthyr, check out our boss guide!

Eikthyr Boss Guide

Other Tips and Tricks

Now your adventure has truly begun. Check out our other tips and tricks guides to learn how to progress further in the game!

Valheim Tips and Tricks

Beginner Guides
List of Controls Character Creation Guide
How to Emote Cooking Guide: How to Make Food
Comfort Level and Rested Explained Map Guide: How to Mark and Ping Locations
Skill Leveling Guide Best World Map Seeds
Controller Layout and Support
Combat Guides
How to Parry: Parry Force and Parry Bonus How to Hunt Deer
Bow Tips: How to Aim the Bow List of Raids: How do Raids Work?
All Damage Types and Effects Best Forsaken Power
Weapon Guide: How to Use Each Weapon Type
Crafting Guides
Crafting Guide: How Does Crafting Work? How to Repair your Tools and Gear
How to Build and Upgrade the Workbench How to Build and Upgrade the Forge
Recipe List
Advanced Game Mechanics
How to Use Cheats and Console Commands How to Get Max Comfort
Farming and Resources Guides
Taming Guide: How to Tame Animals Breeding Guide: How to Breed Boar and Animals
How to Plant Seeds and Grow Vegetables Wolf Taming: How to Tame And Breed Wolves
House Building Guide Fishing Guide: How to Fish
Adventuring Guides
Dungeons Guide: Locations and Types How to Sail
Haldor the Trader: Where to Find and What He Sells Buried Treasure: How to Find
How to Get Into Sunken Crypts
Tier Lists
Best Weapon Tier List Best Armor Tier List
Multiplayer Guides
How to Play Multiplayer How to Make a Personal Chest
PVP Guide: How to Turn on Friendly Fire
Do Resources Respawn? What Happens When You Die?
How to Split Stacks to Take One Item How to Take the Best Screenshots
Should You Launch With Vulkan? Best Graphics Settings
Best Cheats to Use: How to Cheat Well Do Bosses Despawn? How Bosses Work
Do Items Despawn? How to Throw Away Items

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    • Soap most likely originated from when people cooked food on a spit and the fat dripped on to the white ash in the fire and when combined with water it made a lather. Adding soap could introduce hygiene factors into the game. They could introduce it similar to how the hunger works, like, the better your hygiene, the more health/stamina you can gain. Making soap could consist of cooking meat over the spit, the fat mixing with ash and then mixing it with water could give you soap.

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