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Serpents are ferocious Sea Monsters that inhabit the deep waters of Valheim. Learn where to find Serpents, spoils dropped by Serpents, strategies for defeating Serpents, and more.

Serpent General Info

Valheim Serpent.png
Behavior Hostile
Health 400
Damage 50~70
Tameable? No
Enemy Spawn Code Serpent

Serpent Locations


Biome Boss
Ocean BiomeOcean Boss: None
Large bodies of water that cover the vast majority of Valheim's map. These biomes can be explored by building Rafts, Karves, and Longships.


This creature does not appear in any Dungeon.


This creature does not appear in any Raid.

Enemy Spawn

If you don't mind using cheats to find it, Serpent 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 Serpent command to spawn the enemy.

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Serpent Drops

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

Item Qty. Drop Rate
Serpent Trophy Icon Serpent Trophy Level 1: 1
Level 2: 1
Level 3: 1
Level 1: ~33%
Level 2: ~33%
Level 3: ~33%
Serpent Meat Icon Serpent Meat Level 1: 6-7
Level 2: 12-14
Level 3: 24-18
Level 1: 100%
Level 2: 100%
Level 3: 100%
Serpent Scale Icon Serpent Scale Level 1: 8-9
Level 2: 16-19
Level 3: 32-38
Level 1: 100%
Level 2: 100%
Level 3: 100%

Serpent Battle Strategy

Sail with a Karve or Longship

Serpents reside in the Ocean biomes of Valheim. Rafts are too slow in deep water, and break easily against Serpent attacks. It is recommended that you build a Karve or Longship to successfully hunt these sea monsters.

Use Spears and Atgeirs

Spears and Atgeirs are the only melee weapons capable of reaching Serpents from your boat. It is recommended that you invest in at least Bronze-tier versions of these weapons.

Use Bows and Arrows

When fighting the Serpent, it is best to use a Bow and Arrow to shoot it since melee weapons are practically useless while fighting in the middle of the Ocean.

The minimum requirement to kill the Serpent is to have a Finewood Bow, Flinthead Arrows, and good aim! This will allow players to kill the Serpent before it destroys your Karve or Longship.

Draugr Fangs combined with Obsidian, Frost, or Poison Arrows are extremely effective in dealing with these dangerous monsters.

Drag Serpents to Land

This method requires the Abyssal Harpoon and is the only way to obtain Serpent Scales and Trophies. Get the serpent to about half HP then equip your Abyssal Harpoon. Aim towards the serpent and throw the harpoon at it.

Once the harpoon is latched, get on your boat's rudder and sail towards the nearest shore you can find — Make sure you're at full speed during the tow to prevent the Serpent from damaging your boat. Towing something with your harpoon drains stamina, so make sure you're at full stamina before latching!

Keep dragging the Serpent until you're at a good distance away from the water and attack it with your other weapons as it slowly tries to flee.

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