Valheim crafting progress depends on biomes, bosses, and most of all, resources. Finding new resources means unlocking new crafting recipes, and new crafting recipes mean new ways to defeat Abandoned bosses and conquer new Valheim biomes.
As is common in survival games, it is sometimes unclear which material you should use next. So there’s wood and stone, now what? This Valheim progression guide explains each resource in the correct order and how to obtain them.
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Valheim crafting progression guide
The way this Valheim crafting progression guide works is to list the key components you need to find to unlock all craftable items and objects in the game. Follow our explanation on how to get each one and slowly progress through Valheim defeating bosses as you progress. Valheim has countless resources and materials to keep upgrading your gear, but this list is just a general way you should look throughout the game.
The first is the easy one; Wood. As soon as you spawn in Valheim, you want to punch small trees and gather some wood; This allows you to do all of the following, but not limited to:
- walls and roofs
It goes without saying, but at the beginning of the game be sure to pick up loose stones as well as drill down trees. This will unlock various stone tools for you to use.
- stone ax
- stone pickaxe
Valheim flint is another essential ingredient you can acquire early on. It spawns on the ground along the beaches, so run to the nearest beach and grab as many as you can. This will get you some more weapons and tools.
- flint spear
- flint arrows
- flint ax
4. Leather Scraps/Deer Hide
Both Leather Scraps and Deer Hide come under the same title because the two go hand in hand. You get these by killing pigs and deer respectively, and these are vital for crafting early game armor, weapons, tools, and more.
- leather armor
Bronze is made by melting Copper and Tin Ore and then combining the ingots in a ratio of two Copper to one Tin. This is what you need for all bronze weapons and armor, along with the all-important Cultivator for farming. You can only start mining Copper and Tin when you defeat the first boss, Eikthyr.
- bronze weapons
- bronze armor
6. Core/Thin Wood
Core Wood can only be obtained from Pine Trees in the Black Forest, while Fine Wood is only available from Birch and Oak Trees in Meadows. Both are used for key building pieces and tools, including Portals.
- log poles
Scrap Iron can be found in Muddy Scrap Piles in the Swamp biome, where you need to go after defeating the second boss, The Elder. Smell it to craft Iron, which is one step above Bronze and used for all kinds of weapons, armor, and tools.
- iron ax
- iron long sword
- iron scale mail
- stone cutter
After defeating Bone Mass in the Swamp, you will need to go to the Mountains where you can mine Silver Ore with an Iron Pickaxe. Smell it to get Silver, which is a step up in Iron and required for better gear.
- Silver Sword
- wolf armor
9. Black Metal
After killing Moder in the mountains, you can go to the Plains biome and kill the Fulings to get Black Metal Scrap. Smell in a Blast Furnace and at this stage you will get Black Metal Sticks, the strongest material in the game. Although it’s an early access game with more areas and biomes on the way, that could change at any time with future updates. Again, it is mainly used for weapons, tools and armor.
- Black Metal sword
- Black Metal ax
- Black Metal shield