How to Hunt Deer | Deer Locations and Drops | Valheim

This is a guide to hunting Deer in the game Valheim. Learn how to sneak up on Deer and hunt them when they are least expecting it, as well as where to find Deer and what items they drop.

Deer General Info

Behavior Passive
Tameable? No
Enemy Spawn Code Deer

How to Hunt Deer

Sneak Up Behind Them

Press the Ctrl button to switch into Sneak mode. While in this mode, you can get extremely close to Deer without them noticing you.

Be warned that sneaking does not make you invisible. If a deer sees you, it will be alarmed and run away. Be sure to approach Deer from behind to avoid being seen.

Take a Break to Save Stamina

Sneaking will consume stamina while moving. If you Sneak continuously, you will likely run out of Stamina before you reach the Deer.

Note that standing still will restore Stamina even without leaving Sneak mode, so take breaks occasionally to keep your stamina full while stalking a Deer.

Equip a Strong Weapon

When sneaking, you will deal more damage than normal, so you will likely be able to kill the Deer in a single blow. However, if your weapon is not strong enough, you may fail to kill the Deer, and it will run away, foiling your efforts.

If you're struggling to deal enough damage, go near a lake to collect Flint, then craft a Flint Axe and equip it before you aim to start seriously hunting Deer.

Deer Locations

In-Game Locations

Deer can be found in the following Biome(s):

Black Forest

Enemy Spawn

If you don't mind using cheats to find it, Deer can also easily be spawned with the console command.

To spawn the enemy, first turn on cheat codes by typing imacheater in the F5 console, and use the spawn Deer command to spawn the enemy.

All Cheats and Spawnable Items

Deer Item Drops

The Deer creature can drop the following materials. Higher level enemies will typically drop higher quantities of each item.

Item Enemy Lv. Qty. Drop Rate
Raw Meat 1 2 100%
Deer Hide 1 1-2 100%
Deer Trophy 1 1 ~50%

Why Hunt Deer?

Needed to Summon Eikthyr

Deer Trophies, which can be found as a reward for hunting Deer, are required to summon Eikthyr, the first boss.

Although only two Deer Trophies are needed, these will only drop occasionally on killing a Deer, so you'll need to hunt several before you'll get a shot at Eikthyr. Eikthyr is the only way to obtain Hard Antlers, so it's best to hone your hunting skills early on so you can have plenty of Deer Trophies ready for taking him on multiple times.

How to Summon and Beat Eikthyr

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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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