How to Unlock the Valheim Longboat and Karve

Published: Friday, February 12, 2021 - 07:52 | By: Robert N. Adams
Developer
Iron Gate
Release Date
February 2, 2021
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Co Op, Online, Online Features
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Getting a Raft in Valheim happens pretty early in the game, but unlocking the other boats is a little less intuitive. In this guide, I'll tell you how to unlock the Valheim Longboat and Karve.

Valheim is a game that's all about Vikings; naturally, there's going to be plenty of sailing the high seas. The Raft is easy enough to get, but it's going to take a bit more work (and the right knowledge) to unlock the Karve and the Longboat.

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How to Unlock the Valheim Karve

You'll probably unlock the Valheim Karve by crafting Bronze Nails; odds are, you'll have all of the other components discovered. That means that this boat is a little beyond you in the early game — you're going to have to beat the game's first boss before you can get started with mining and smelting the metal you'll need to make Bronze Nails.

 
 

The Karve is unintuitive to unlock because it requires Bronze Nails and a player might not think to craft them right away. Items are unlocked in the game only when the player has picked up each and every component that's required. You'll also need Fine Wood, an item that you can't easily get without a Bronze Axe.

Valheim Karve Crafting Recipe

  • Workbench in range
  • 30 Fine Wood (acquired from Birch Trees)
  • 10 Deer Hide
  • 20 Resin
  • 80 Bronze Nails

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How to Unlock the Valheim Longboat

You probably unlock the Valheim Longboat by crafting Iron Nails however, that might not be the only component you're missing.

The Longboat requires 100 Iron Nails, and that means you're going to have to go into the Swamp and mine Iron from a Crypt. Crypts are locked by default, which means that you'll also have to beat the game's second boss to get the Swamp Key. While you're there, you'll also want to hit some Ancient Trees with your axe to get Ancient Bark.

Crafting the second and third boats in Valheim is a little bit more difficult than a simple Raft. That said, they can carry many more players on one raft and generally give you a smoother ride on the waters. Thankfully, controlling all three boats essentially works the same.

Valheim Longboat Crafting Recipe

  • Workbench in range
  • 100 Iron Nails
  • 10 Deer Hide
  • 40 Fine Wood
  • 40 Ancient Bark

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!