All Damage Types and Effects

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This is a guide on the damage mechanics and damage types of Valheim. Read more to learn general information, differences between the damage types, and more!

Valheim's Damage Mechanics

Skill Proficiency

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Image was taken with level 25 Polearms skill.

Skill Level affects your weapon's min-max damage range!

Orange damage values indicate a weapon's maximum base damage. This can be achieved by raising the weapon's corresponding skill to 100.

Yellow damage values (Parenthesized) indicate a weapon's current damage range based on your skill rating. This gradually improves as you increase the corresponding skill for a weapon.

Furthermore, these base damages can be amplified by other damage bonuses such as Parrying and Backstabs

Take note that Block Power also follows this format with the Blocking skill level.

Resistances and Weaknesses

Resistant Neutral Effective
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Monsters in Valheim have their own resistances and vulnerabilities to certain damage types.

Neutral damage values are displayed as White. This means that the monster you struck is neither resistant or weak to the damage type you dealt.

Resistant damage values are displayed as Gray. As the term suggest, this indicates that the damage type dealt is ineffective against the monster.

Effective damage values are displayed as Yellow, and indicates that the monster that you attacked is especially weak against that damage type.


Regular Block Parry
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Parrying doubles your next attack after blocking an enemy's attack just before it connects. Take note that a shield is not required to perform a parry in Valheim.

Read more about Valheim's Parrying Mechanic by checking our guide below:
How to Parry: Parry Force and Parry Bonus Explained

Backstab Bonus

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Backstab Bonus is applied whenever you attack an unsuspecting enemy from stealth. The damage is determined by your weapon's skill-based damage rating (Yellow Parenthesized value) multiplied by its Backstab Bonus.

It is important to note that Knives have the highest backstab bonuses in the game.

Physical Damage Types


Slash damage is mostly present in Axes, Swords, and Knives.

Effective Against: None
Weak Against: Blobs
Stone Golems


Blunt damage is mostly present in Clubs, Maces, and Sledge Hammers.

Effective Against: Blobs
Rancid Remains
Weak Against: Trolls


Pierce damage is typically found in all types of Arrows, Spears, and Atgeirs.

Effective Against: Trolls
Weak Against: Blobs
Stone Golems (Except with Pickaxes)
Rancid Remains

Elemental Damage Types


Frost is an elemental damage type in Valheim that applies the Freezing Debuff on enemies on impact. This debuff slows enemies' movements and stamina regeneration for the entire duration.

Effective Against: Blobs
Weak Against: Lox
Rancid Remains
Stone Golems


Spirit damage is a special elemental damage type in Valheim that only applies to Undead type monsters such as Wraiths, Skeletons, and Draugrs

Applicable Against: Skeletons
Rancid Remains
Draugr Elite
Non-Applicable Against: Every living monster or creature.


Poison is an elemental damage type in Valheim that is mostly effective against Living monsters or creatures.

Applicable Against: Serpents
Fuling Shamans
Fuling Berserkers
Non-Applicable Against: Skeletons
Rancid Remains
Draugr Elite
Stone Golems


Fire is the most accessible elemental damage in Valheim because it is present in tools and weapons such as Torches and Fire Arrows.

Effective Against: Ghosts
The Elder
Weak Against: Leeches

Valheim Related Guides


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Beginner Guides
List of Controls Character Creation Guide
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Comfort Level and Rested Explained Map Guide: How to Mark and Ping Locations
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Controller Layout and Support How to Build Fire Indoors
Combat Guides
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How to Hunt Deer Bow Tips: How to Aim the Bow
List of Raids: How do Raids Work? All Damage Types and Effects
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Crafting Guides
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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
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Multiplayer Guides
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PVP Guide: How to Turn on Friendly Fire How to Fix Incompatible Version Error
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 Mysterious Figures: The Grim Reaper and Thor
How to Find Maypoles How to Quick Transfer Items
How to Kick Players What's at the Edge of the World?
Does Valheim Have Endgame? Why is my Console Not Working?


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