This is a combat guide on how to fight in the game Valheim. Read on to learn how to fight enemies, how to defend their attacks, and how to deal more damage!
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Actions in Valheim will cost stamina for you to execute them, this includes attacking. The amount of stamina used when attacking depends on the weapon being used! Smaller, faster weapons needing less stamina, while big and slow weapons will require more stamina when attacking. Try and keep your stamina up so you can attack and execute other actions when fighting!
More stamina means more attacks, this can be done by eating food. Check out our guide on food combos to see how high you can increase your stamina!
Best Food Combos
To attack an enemy, you are going to need a weapon! In Valheim, the weapons available have properties that differ from each other, like how much damage they do or if they have a secondary attack. There are 7 weapon types in total in Valheim. And just like how there are different types of weapons, there are also different types of damage! For physical damage, there is Blunt damage, Piercing damage, and Slashing damage.
Each weapon type's set of weapons usually specialize in one type of weapons damage, this can make it easy to know which weapon type to focus on when you need a specific type of damage!
|Weapon Type||Damage Type|
There are also other damage types you can access later on in the game. Check out our guide below on information on all the damage types!
All Damage Types and Effects
Your best bet when it comes to ranged attacks is to use the bow! The bow requires ammo, and for you to pull it back for maximum effectiveness, but will allow you to deal damage from afar. It can be considered as one of the versatile weapons as it can deal with different damage types depending on the ammo.
Dodging is going to be a defensive technique you will be using a lot in Valheim! When dodge rolling you are invulnerable to most damage sources during the animation at the cost of stamina. You use 15 stamina for every dodge and the cost increases if you have any speed penalties. You can avoid any amount of damage with dodging, so make sure to get ready to dodge when you need to!
Blocking is another way to avoid taking damage. Blocking is a bit more complicated than dodging. The damage you block will depend on the Block Power you have, which is based on your weapon or shield and your blocking skill. If your Blocking Power is greater than the damage, then you will completely block the damage. Blocking will also require you to use 30 Stamina ｘ % of Blocking Power used to block the damage, meaning the higher your blocking power the less stamina you are going to use! If damage does go through your block you will go into the stagger state. Choose which attacks to dodge and which attacks to block carefully!
Parrying is another way of blocking damage, but with the upside of putting the enemy into the stagger state. The downside is that it will require you to time your block perfectly to parry. Weapons/Shields will have a Parry Bonus stat that will multiply your Block Power, allowing you to block damage that your normal block wouldn't be able to. You can even parry ranged attacks and still stagger the enemy. Watch your enemy's attacks and time your parries to block damage and deal heavy damage yourself!
The best reason to know the different weapon types and the type of damage they deal is to use the right one against the right enemy. The different enemies you will encounter in Valheim have different weaknesses you can exploit! Attacking and damaging an enemy will show you the damage you dealt with numbers, these numbers can either be white, yellow, or grey. These indicate whether your attack is effective, the attack deals normal damage, or the enemy is resistant to that damage type.
|Yellow||Weak to the damage type|
|Grey||Resistant to the damage type|
Another way of dealing with extra damage besides the enemy's weakness is to stagger them! Staggering an enemy will stun them, not allowing them to do anything, and allow you to deal x2 damage for the duration of the stagger. There are two ways of staggering an enemy, by dealing enough stagger damage, or by parrying the enemy. Stagger damage comes from physical damage, with some attacks dealing more stagger damage. The stagger duration depends on the enemy you are staggering.
Watch out, enemies can also stagger you! They will stun you and not allow you to take any action, but the damage bonus is luckily not applied to you.
Attacking an unaware enemy will allow you to backstab them! Backstabbing an enemy can deal extra damage, from x2 to x10 depending on your weapon! The damage multiplier depends on the weapon you are using, which can be shown when hovering over them. After backstabbing the enemy they will be immune to further backstabbing for 5 minutes. Sneaking closer can make backstabbing much easier to deal that big damage.
Sneak Skill Effects
|List of Controls||Character Creation Guide|
|How to Emote||Cooking Guide: How to Make Food|
|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|
|How to Build and Upgrade the Workbench||How to Build and Upgrade the Forge|
|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|
|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|
|Best Weapon Tier List||Best Armor Tier List|
|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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