This is part two of our Walkthrough and Progression Guide for Valheim. Read on to learn important tips and strategies to master the Black Forest and its boss, The Elder!
List of Contents
|1||Craft an Antler Pickaxe|
|2||Gather Surtling Cores from Burial Chambers|
|3||Build a Charcoal Kiln and Smelter in your Base|
|4||Mine Copper and Tin Ores|
|5||Build a Forge in your Base|
|6||Craft Bronze Tools, Weapons, and Armor|
|7||Gather Fine and Core Wood|
|8||Upgrade your Workbench and Forge|
Defeating Eikthyr rewards you and your allies with Hard Antlers. Picking this item up for the first time unlocks the crafting recipe of the Antler Pickaxe, which can be used to mine Copper and Tin Ores in the Black Forest biome. Make sure you craft this first before venturing into these dangerous woods!
Explore these dungeons and gather Surtling Cores either out in the open or within chests. These cores are a key component in the construction of a Charcoal Kiln and Smelter for your base — Make sure you bring an extra torch!
Copper deposits are found almost anywhere within these dark woods and can be distinguished by their metallic streaks.
Tin deposits, on the other hand, are only found along bodies of water within the Black Forest biome. Keep an eye out for them along streams, rivers, and shorelines!
Smelt six Copper Ores in your newly-built Smelter and build a Forge in your base afterward. This crafting station is used in the creation, repair, and upgrade of various metal tools, weapons, and armor.
With the Forge ready in your base, it's time to ditch your Leather Armor for some metal!
Click the button below to see all available items for the Forge:
List of Forge Items
Now that you have better gear and a Bronze Axe, you can gather Core and Fine wood. Both of which are required to craft a lot of new recipes that can make things easier for you. You can craft a portal to help with traveling back and forth, a cart to haul more materials from one place to another, a fermenter to process mead, furniture to increase comfort, and other items/structures!
Fine Wood can be gathered by using Bronze Axe or better to cut down Birch trees found in the Meadow Biome and the Core Wood can be gather by cutting down Pine trees with Stone Axe or better in the Black Forest Biome.
Even with your Bronze equipment and weapons, The Elder can still give you trouble. To ensure you have the best chances against the boss its best if you upgrade your Workbench and Forge. This will allow you to upgrade your equipment and weapons and give you the edge you'll need for the fight against The Elder.
Here are the Forge and Workbench upgrades you can get before fighting The Elder.
|★★★||Gather three Ancient Seeds|
|★★★||Gather Thistle, Blueberries, and Yellow Mushrooms|
|★★★||Upgrade your Bronze Armor & Weapons|
|★★★||Keep an eye out for The Trader|
|★★★||Look for one of The Elder's Vegvisirs|
|★★★||Stock up on Fire Arrows|
|★★★||Defend your Base against Raids|
|★★||Build a Cart|
|★★||Build a Karve|
|★★||Craft a Stagbreaker|
|★★||Craft a Fermenter|
|★★||Fortify your Base|
These items are used for crafting various important Mead such as Frost, Healing, and Stamina Mead later on — Make sure you make the most out of your time in these dangerous woods by stocking up on these items!
It's always better to be safe than sorry! Take the time to upgrade your Bronze Armor, Tools, and Weapons. This will make your time in the Black Forest and your boss fight against The Elder a lot easier.
Learn more about Haldor, The Trader by clicking on the button below:
Haldor the Trader Guide
Fire Arrows apply the Burning Debuff to enemies and are amazing against The Elder. Consider stocking up on these to make the boss fight a lot easier!
Click the button below for our guide on Raid mechanics and a list of possible raids:
List of Raids: How do Raids Work?
You will need a lot of Tin ore and even more Copper ore to make enough Bronze to craft the equipment you need. These ores can be heavy and portals can't be teleported with, this can make it so that you can only carry a limited amount with you. Crafting a Cart can remedy this! You can load plenty of ores onto it, allowing you to carry plenty of ore in a single round trip. This can significantly speed up the mining process!
It can also be used to move over a bunch of material to build a new base or outpost!
A fermenter is not necessary in order to proceed, but this can greatly help you adventuring and fighting the Elder. After making it, you will be able to craft meads. Potions that can help you in combat or travelling. You will need Fine Wood, Bronze, and Resin to make it.
Having access to a Bronze Axe means that you can start making structures that need Core Wood. Consider fortifying your base with these new building options to have an easier time when defending your base against Raids.
Click the button below for our in-depth guide against The Elder:
The Elder Boss Guide
|Part 1: The Meadows||Part 2: The Black Forest|
|Part 3: The Swamp||Part 4: The Mountain|
|Part 5: The Plains|
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