If you took a look at our starter guide for the Viking survival video game Valheim, you’ve most likely currently beaten Eikthyrnir and began dealing with a pleased homestead for you and your fellow Norse explorers. Your next objective jobs you with handling the much larger and badder employer The Elder and taking on the difficulties of the Black Forest and Swamp biomes. After beating the very first employer, the video game opens in numerous crucial manner ins which will take you in various instructions. While Valheim is completely pleasurable as a solo experience, I advise managing the journey ahead with a couple of buddies.

After Eikthyrnir’s death, you’ll have the chance to style your very first pickaxes from its antlers to mine stone, copper, and tin. These products can be discovered in the 2nd biome in the video game that generates surrounding to your beginning zone, the Black Forest. The Black Forest is a lot more harmful than the Meadows, and consists of Trolls, Skeletons, and a range of fatal Dwarves. As you check out the Black Forest, be acutely knowledgeable about your environments and listen for the rumblings of Trolls. Trolls can eliminate you in a couple of hits with your Meadows-tier armor, and remains going through the Forest is a treacherous venture.

The Black Forest And Surtling Cores

You can produce lots of effective products and tools from your newly found ores. However, you’re going to require a smelter, create, and other extra facilities that you wish to establish at your primary base. For these, you are going to require to gather surtling cores. Now, there are numerous methods you can set about getting the surtling cores you require, however we’ll target the conventional method initially, and after that get to an option technique later on.

The Black Forest consists of 2 various sort of core “dungeon dives”. Keep an eye out on rocky outcrops with a door leading into the earth. One of these that can appear are Troll Lairs. You won’t require these as every one consists of a Troll and some treasure in a single space, however you can do not hesitate to farm these for amber, gold coins, rubies, and Troll conceals. You can make use of the video game’s expert system here by entering into a Troll Lair, shooting the Troll with a couple of arrows, and zoning out of the cavern. Rinse and repeat up until the Troll is dead and win some terrific loot securely, and make yourself a Troll cape!

The 2nd type of dungeon delve is the one you’re trying to find. These Burial Chambers consist of a range of threats and treasures, and contain multiple rooms. You will face many skeletons in these areas, including some more dangerous archers and magic-imbued creatures. This is a great time to learn how to parry attacks with your shield. You will have poor visibility down in the depths, so a torch is suggested as your main weapon here (or you can bring more players with light sources as you swing with a traditional weapon). Be sure to open and clear each room carefully, cleaning up skeleton, ghosts, and skeletal spawners. In addition to finding various treasures in these areas, you will find rooms that contain a variable number of surtling cores. If you’re lucky, you can find all the cores you need for a bustling base in just a few dungeon dives.

Your First Foray Into The Swamp

Alternatively, you can find surtling cores in great abundance in the Swamp biome. Now, going to the swamp biome at this point in the game is a dangerous prospect, as it is home to poison blobs, leeches, enhanced skeletons, and more. Depending on your world seed, it may be possible to get to the swamps naturally or with some light swimming, but you will likely need to fashion a raft and head to the edges of your Meadows and Forests, and set out on a short trip through the ocean. A bigger, broader ship is advised if you have the farming inclination to set it up. Extreme caution is suggested for your first foray into the Swamp. I highly recommend making an encampment with a bed spawn point on the edge of the biome but not in the biome, so on a Meadows tileset adjacent to the Swamp is ideal. The reason for this is that you do not want swamp creatures invading your home or, even worse, destroying it. Your home-away-from-home will be able to handle the deer and boars that come knocking, but not the swamp fare. Additionally, your first priority upon making a settlement adjacent to the Swamp is to create a portal here that links back to your main base, but you can do that after your beds and walls have been safely secured.

One creature that you can find in vast numbers in the Swamp is surtlings. These fiery foes can be quite dangerous in packs. My advice is to pick them off at range with your bow in relative safety. At all times in the Swamp, and especially when hunting surtlings, keep an eye on your environment and stay out of the many water patches when moving around. Water patches are a hotbed of leeches and they can sneak up on you and kill you easily while you are otherwise occupied. Surtlings are an incredible source of both surtling cores and coal, so if you are an adventurous sort, this is a far better method of collecting these resources than attempting to find and clear out the Black Forest dungeon delves. High risk, high reward!

How To Spawn The Elder

The Swamp contains a number of other dangerous pursuits that you’re welcome to explore immediately, but your primary concern at this time in the game should be putting together a set of gear and tactics to take on the second major boss in the game, The Elder. This massive tree is much more difficult and deadly compared to Eikthyrnir and can be located at extremely inconvenient locations for a corpse run. First, how do you spawn The Elder? There’s a clue at his summoning point (something that is consistent across all Valheim boss encounters) that tells you to burn the young. In this case, we’re talking about the Graydwarves young. 

Now, you may be thinking that you have seen tons of Grayling dwarves, but never gotten a trophy from them to use as a sacrifice in the burning bowl. It’s true, that’s not the way to spawn The Elder. Instead, you will need to find some Ancient Seeds (The dwarves here in Valheim grow from seeds, so these are basically… unborn baby dwarves. ew…). Ancient Seeds can be found in The Black Forest area by hunting down and destroying a Graydwarf Spawner. Look for a purple glow as you wander around the Forest and you should find one in no time. Place these seeds in the burning bowl at The Elder spawnpoint to make him appear. The Elder can fire incredibly powerful vines, summons deadly root spawns, and will absolutely annihilate you if you wander into melee range with a powerful stomp. Make no mistake, this boss is much, much more powerful than Eikthyrnir and can easily kill you and your friends, so I recommend you bring excellent armor and food, practice running and gunning, and bring a mountain of fire arrows to light The Elder up.

The Swamp and Black Forest are meaty zones with much more to explore than the Meadow, and expand the Valheim experience significantly, both in terms of the threats you deal with and the options you wield to combat enemies and the environment. Have you tried Valheim yet? Are you playing solo or with pals? Let us understand in the remarks!