This Week in Valheim: Better Building and Furious Fulings

This week in Valheim, we explore a better way to build, a furious charge of angry Fulings, and what may be the worst storage system design we've ever seen.

Published: May 1, 2021 11:30 AM /


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This week in Valheim, we explore a better way to build your base, a furious charge of angry Fulings, and what may be the worst storage system design we've ever seen.

There's no big Valheim news this week, but the community is still cooking up all kinds of cool buildings, fan art, mods, and more. We've collected some of the best things we've seen over the last week—let's check it out!

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This Week in Valheim Community Creations

Valheim's community makes beautiful fan art, crazy contraptions, and all sorts of other oddities—here's some of the neater things we saw this week!

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Yeeting a Boat Down a Mountain in Style

/u/okayshima_ on Reddit showed off a creation from a dedicated server he plays on: a massive luge course that you can ride on a Raft. While it isn't quite at impressive as taking a Karve or Longboat through the Mountains, this particular course has some really nice aesthetic touches. Valheim players will likely continue to launch boats down increasingly complex ramps for some time, I'm sure.

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Image Credit: /u/mrmng on Reddit (left),Lisa Ayre on Reddit (right)

Valheim Fan Art Continues to Impress

We've seen some truly impressive Valheim fanart in the last few weeks and two artists we've previously covered have some new pieces. /u/mrmng on Reddit continues his quest to draw every creature in the game; we've previously covered his work on April 10 and April 17, 2021.

That's not all that's new, though! Artist Lisa Ayre has drawn another Valheim biome; Ayre was featured in this series back in March. This time, her new piece on Reddit covers the Meadows biome. Make sure to check out both of those respective Reddit threads to see the images in higher resolution—there's an impressive amount of detail in both!

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Image Credit: /u/Ghoststriker on Reddit

The World's Worst (or Best?) Storage System

Anyone who has played Valheim for enough time will accumulate an ever-growing pile of junk. Sometimes, you might end up chucking something on the ground or in the ocean to dispose of it. Well, /u/Ghoststriker on Reddit took that idea to its natural conclusion with an "innovative" storage system that makes my brain hurt.

You see, items dropped on the ground will eventually disappear, just like many other similar games. That is, unless, the item is within a "safe zone" covered by a Workbench or Campfire. /u/Ghoststriker decided to dig a bunch of pits, label them, and just throw all of his stuff into these pits like some kind of animal. He even created a rather amusing commercial on YouTube that extolls the virtues of this new way to store your items—and I'm scared to admit that he's very convincing.

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This Week in Valheim Mods

The mods we've highlighted this week are very utilitarian, especially if you love to build things in Valheim!

NameYourShip Mod Lets You... Name Your Ship

The Valheim NameYourShip mod is exactly what it says on the tin: It lets you give a name to your Raft, Karve, or Longboat. Font, font size, text color, text position, and more can all be configured to your taste. You can get this mod on Nexus and Thunderstore.

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The Valheim PlanBuild Mod Makes Building Easy

Building a big project in Valheim can be a challenge, especially because there really isn't a way to make blueprints in the game. That's where the PlanBuild mod comes in—it lets you place "ghosts" of building pieces to make it easier than ever to get everything lined up just right.

You can get PlanBuild on Nexus and Thunderstore, but that's not the end of things! You can also get PlanBuild BuildShare Integration (Nexus, Thunderstore) to make it work with the BuildShare mod (Nexus) and you can get PlanBuild BuildCamera Integration (Nexus, Thunderstore) to let it work with the Build Camera mod (Nexus).

ValheimExpanded is the New Core Mod on the Block

Our final mod of the week is ValheimExpanded v0.3.3 on Thunderstore. This mod promises to add a fair amount of content to the game, but it's still very much in development—keep in mind that technical issues can emerge as development progresses! Its creator intends for this to become a core mod that will be used to support future modules.

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Valheim Must-See Moments: April 24–May 1, 2021

Open-world games are rife with opportunities for something wild to happen—here are some of the craziest and funniest things we've seen this week!

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Image Credit: /u/PUPPERDRAGON33 on Reddit

Attacking in the Other Direction

The Plains is a serious difficulty spike for some players. Even if you're equipped with the very best gear in the game, you can still get your butt kicked as we saw in last week's edition of this series.

How bad can it be, really? Well, it looks like a group of players tried their very best to kite as many Fulings as possible towards a fortification. Suffice it to say, these guys have written a check that they had a very hard time cashing.

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Image Credit: /u/LunarEcklipse on Reddit

The Dangers of Harpoons

The Harpoon is one of the most useful items in the game, largely because you can use it to reel in terrifying Sea Serpents and drag them onto land. The kicker, though, is that you can use a Harpoon to latch onto pretty much every single creature in the game.

As you can see in the above image, a pair of curious players decided to do a drive-by on a wandering Troll with their Harpoon. Suffice it to say, it did not go well for them.

Revenge of the Trees

As your Valheim playtime increases, the chance of getting killed by a falling tree approaches 100%. Trees are probably the most vindictive thing in the game, readily falling through the roof of your home or right on top of your head. Sometimes, they help you out by smooshing an annoying Greydwarf; other times, however, they have a rather terrible sense of irony and smash the very thing you're trying to repair.

We're all done with This Week in Valheim for now, but we'll be back next week! In the meantime, why not enhance your knowledge of the game by reading some of our in-depth guides?

Don Parsons contributed to this article.

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