Valheim Potions and Mead can be major game-changers in this seriously-tough survival crafting game. This guide will tell you what they are, why you want them, and how to make them!
The world of Valheim is tough and unforgiving. The enemies in the Meadows and Black Forest are certainly tough enough for new players, but moving to the Swamp, the Mountain, and beyond will present you with a lot of new challenges such as harmful poisons and deadly cold winds. Potions and Mead give you a way to prevent negative status effects and gain beneficial ones. It requires a bit of setup, but it is undeniably worth it.
What You Need to Get Started Making Mead and Potions
Making Valheim Potions and Mead is a pretty simple affair once you've met the basic requirements. To start, you're going to need to be able to make metal — that means you're going to have to get your hands on a Pickaxe by beating the game's first boss Eikthyrnir. (Our Guide for Beginners can help you with that!)
Here's everything you need to craft and build to get started making Valheim Potions and Mead (assuming that you already have a Pickaxe):
- 10 Wood
- 4 Stone
- 4 Coal
- 10 Wood
- 6 Copper
- 1 Bronze Axe (to chop down Birch Trees and get Fine Wood)
- 4 Wood
- 8 Bronze
- 2 Leather Scraps
- 1 Beehive
- 10 Wood
- 1 Queen Bee
- 1 Campfire
- 5 Stone
- 2 Wood
- 1 Cauldron
- 10 Tin
- 1 Fermenter
- 20 Fine Wood
- 5 Bronze
- 10 Resin
You should also bear in mind that the workstations and tools alone are not enough — you also must have picked up every single ingredient in a Mead Base recipe before you can actually make it. (A list of all of the Valheim Potions and Mead recipes we've found so far are at the end of this guide.)
Why Beehives are Important for Making Potions and Mead in Valheim
You're going to need some Beehives as noted in the above list. Look around the Meadows for abandoned buildings and listen for the characteristic buzzing sound of bees. If you find a nest, all you have to do is shoot the nest down or destroy the building around it so that it collapses. You'll get a bit of Honey for your trouble, and more importantly, you'll get a Queen Bee.
That Queen Bee can be used to make a Beehive, providing you with a renewable source of Honey — an important ingredient in most Potions and Meads. Beehives need to be placed outdoors and they also need a certain amount of open space around them; interacting with the Beehive will tell you one of the following messages:
- The bees are happy – Your bees have enough open space and are producing Honey.
- The bees need more open space – Self-explanatory; there isn't enough open space around the bees. Place the Beehive in a more open area or put it on top of a wooden pole.
- The bees are sleeping – It's nighttime and the bees are asleep.
A Beehive can store a maximum of 4 Honey before it won't produce anymore. Make sure to collect it regularly! That's the main reason you're doing all this work — many common recipes require Honey.
How to Make Valheim Potions and Mead
Making Valheim Potions and Mead is easy once you've got the setup done! The only downside is that it takes time for the Potions and Mead to ferment in the Fermenter; it may be worthwhile to build multiple Fermenters
Step 1: Gather the Ingredients
Each Potion or Mead has its own specific crafting ingredients. You can't get started without the items to make it, after all! Some ingredients such as Blueberries, Dandelions, and Honey are easy enough to get; other ingredients, however, can be more challenging to acquire.
One of the most important ingredients for Tier 2 Potions and Mead is a Bloodbag; you can get this item as a drop from Leeches, a waterborne creature that can be found in the Swamp Biome.
Step 2: Cook your Mead Base in the Cauldron.
The Cauldron is where you'll make your Mead Base — this is the precursor to actually making Potions and Mead. Like most crafting stations, the Cauldron will make things pretty much instantly.
Step 3: Ferment the Potions/Mead
Your final step is to take your Mead Base and put it in the Fermenter. It takes roughly a couple of in-game days for the process to complete. Once it's done, you can interact with the Fermenter to pick up your finished Mead! Again, it may be a good idea to have multiple Fermenters if you plan on using Mead regularly.
List of Valheim Potions and Mead
This is a list of all Valheim Potions and Mead that we've found. This list will be updated as new Potions and Mead are discovered.
|Potion / Mead Name||Mead Base Crafting Cost||Potion / Mead Effects|
|Frost Resistance Mead||10 Honey, 5 Thistle, 2 Bloodbag, 1 Greydwarf Eye||Resistant vs. Frost (10 Minutes), Allows you to survive the Mountain biome|
|Medium Healing Potion||10 Honey, 4 Bloodbag, 10 Raspberries, 1 Dandelion||Restores 75 Health rapidly over time. 2-minute cooldown.|
|Minor Healing Potion||10 Honey, 5 Blueberries, 10 Raspberries, 1 Dandelion||Restores 50 Health rapidly over time. 2-minute cooldown.|
|Minor Stamina Potion||10 Honey, 10 Raspberries, 10 Yellow Mushroom||Restores 80 Stamina very rapidly. 2-minute cooldown.|
|Poison Resistance Mead||10 Honey, 5 Thistle, 1 Neck Tail, 10 Coal||Very Resistant vs Poison. (10 Minutes).|
|Tasty Mead||10 Honey, 10 Raspberries, 10 Blueberries||300% Stamina regen, -50% Health regen (10 Seconds)|