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!
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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.
Take note that Block Power also follows this format with the Blocking skill level.
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.
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 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.
・Stone Golems (Except with Pickaxes)
|Blackmetal Atgeir||Bronze Atgeir||Iron Atgeir|
|Crude Bow||Draugr Fang||Finewood Bow|
|Huntsman Bow||Blackmetal Knife||Abyssal Razor|
|Copper Knife||Flint Knife||Porcupine|
|Stagbreaker||Bronze Spear||Abyssal Harpoon|
|Ancient Bark Spear||Flint Spear||Fang Spear|
|Iron Axe||Antler Pickaxe||Bronze Pickaxe|
|Iron Pickaxe||Stone Pickaxe||Bronzehead Arrow|
|Fire Arrow||Flinthead Arrow||Frost Arrow|
|Ironhead Arrow||Needle Arrow||Obsidian Arrow|
|Poison Arrow||Silver Arrow||Wood Arrow|
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.
|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.
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|Comfort Level and Rested Explained||Map Guide: How to Mark and Ping Locations|
|Skill Leveling Guide||Best World Map Seeds|
|Controller Layout and Support||How to Build Fire Indoors|
|Combat Guide: How to Battle in Valehim||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 Guide: How Does Crafting Work?||How to Repair your Tools and Gear|
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|Haldor the Trader: Where to Find and What He Sells||Buried Treasure: How to Find|
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|How to Play Multiplayer||How to Make a Personal Chest|
|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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