Combat Guide: How to Battle in Valehim

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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!

How to Fight in Valheim

Attacking Costs Stamina

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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

Weapons and Damage Types

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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.

List of Weapons and How to Craft All Weapons

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
Axes Slashing
Atgeirs Piercing
Bows Piercing
Hammers Blunt
Knives Slashing/Piercing
Maces Blunt
Spears Piercing
Swords Slashing

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

Bow and Ranged Attacks

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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.

Bow Tips: How to Aim the Bow

How to Defend in Valheim


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!

Blocking Skill


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!

How to Parry

How to Deal More Damage

Enemy Weakness

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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.

Damage Color Meaning
Yellow Weak to the damage type
White Normal damage
Grey Resistant to the damage type

List of Enemies


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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.

Backstab Bonus

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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

Valheim Related Guides


Guide for Beginners: How to Get Started

Valheim Tips and Tricks

Beginner Guides
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 Guides
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 Guides
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
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
Best Weapon Tier List Best Armor Tier List
Multiplayer Guides
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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