Valheim Raft Guide – How to Sail the High Seas

Valheim Raft Guide cover


Valheim Raft Guide – How to Sail the High Seas

February 5, 2021

By: Robert N. Adams

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Iron Gate
Linux, Mac, PC
Release Date
February 2, 2021
Survival, RPG, Indie
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Valheim is a game that's all about Vikings and, as such, you're able to sail the high seas. While a Longboat is a later option, the Valheim Raft will be the first vessel you can build — but driving it isn't so easy.

Valheim Raft Guide - How to build a Raft
You'll need a Workbench before you can build a Raft in Valheim.

How to Build a Raft in Valheim

You'll have to build your Valheim Raft before you actually set sail! Thankfully, it's a pretty easy project. (Actually using the raft is another matter, but we'll get to that a bit later.)

Here's how to build a Raft in Valheim:

  1. Craft a Hammer.
  2. Build a Workbench near some water.
  3. Collect the following items:
    • 20 Wood
    • 6 Leather Scraps (from killing Boars)
    • 6 Resin (from killing Greylings)
  4. Stand near the water, select your hammer, and build your Raft! It will plop down into the water.

Building a Raft is relatively easy compared to some of the things in the game. It makes sense, too — you might need to cross a lake or ocean to get to the game's first boss. Getting this thing moving, however, is another thing entirely.


Valheim Raft Guide Steering

How to Use the Valheim Raft

Using the Valheim Raft doesn't seem intuitive at first, but it will all make sense once you understand the underlying concepts. To start, you can move the Raft forwards or backward using W and S. You can also turn the rudder left or right using A or D. This is all represented on the HUD as shown above.

The problem, however, is that the Raft is largely powered by the wind. If the wind is blowing in the direction you want to move, you're going to be going nowhere fast.

Valheim Raft sailing against the wind

In the above image, you can see the wind direction is going to the left. The Raft obviously isn't facing that way, so the best-case scenario is that it will move very, very slowly. In many cases, however, it won't move at all!

When you're at 33% forward (1 arrow up) and in reverse (1 arrow down) speed, you'll be using the rudder to propel your raft. You may not be able to move forward very fast (or at all) if you're pushing into the wind. At 66% forward power and 100% forward power, you'll deploy the sails and the wind will push you forward.


You can still get stuck in some spots, though. What do you do? The same thing you'd do if your car stopped moving on the road: get out and push.

Valheim Raft Guide - Get out and push

If your Raft isn't moving, dive into the water and swim towards the Raft to push it so that the wind will properly push the Raft. If you beach the Raft on the land, you might also need to push it out into the water and turn it around before you can get sailing again.

Unfortunately, it will take several hours of gameplay (including beating the game's first boss) before you can unlock a better boat. For now, you at least know how to use the Raft in Valheim!

A photograph of Robert N Adams
Senior Writer

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!

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