Are you wondering how the Valheim repair mechanic works? If you're wondering how to repair your axe (or any of your other tools), it's not that hard — you can set everything up in less than 5 minutes!
Valheim is a game that drops you into the secret tenth realm of the Norse cosmos. Odin has given you the job of taking out some bad guys but you'll need the right tools to do it! Unfortunately, these tools will break after a certain amount of time — and the game isn't entirely clear on telling you how to fix them.
How Does Valheim Repair Work?
The Valheim repair mechanic is pretty forgiving compared to some of the other survival games out there. You don't need to spend resources or anything like that to repair an item — you just need a Workbench or a Forge depending on the type of item. There are, however, some special requirements.
You'll be able to build a Workbench very early in the game. However, this will only allow you to build some basic structures at first — you won't be able to actually interact with the Workbench until there's a roof over it. Thankfully, you don't have to build an entire building.
Here's how to interact with the Workbench in Valheim:
- Gather 20–30 wood. If your axe is broken, you can pick up branches or punch saplings (the tiny trees) with your fists.
- Build a Workbench on the ground.
- Build 2–3 wooden walls behind it.
- Build a few roof pieces attached to the walls so they cover the top of the workbench.
- If you still can't interact with the Workbench, add more walls or roof tiles until it's covered better.
And that's it! Now that you can interact with the Workbench, repairing your items is as easy as pushing a button. No, really!
How to Repair Your Items in Valheim
The Valheim repair mechanic is as easy as pushing a button — you can repair your axe and other tools in Valheim simply by pressing the hammer button on the Workbench menu. There are, however, some caveats.
First, you can't repair handheld torches. Those will eventually run out of fuel and you'll have to replace them; thankfully, they're pretty cheap items!
Secondly, you may need a certain "Level" of Workbench or Forge to repair different items; as best as I can tell, this doesn't change if you upgrade an item. For example, you need a Level 2 Workbench to repair Leather Armor. You can upgrade the Level of your Workbench or Forge by building "improvements" next to it such as the chopping block for the Workbench.
Finally, not all of your equipment can be repaired at a Workbench. You'll eventually build a Forge to build metal items like the Bronze Axe; those items can only be repaired at a Forge, thankfully.
Repairing items in Valheim doesn't consume any resources — you can have an absolutely empty inventory and you can still repair whatever tools you're carrying. All you have to do is press the button a bunch of times at the appropriate station to repair all of the equipment you're carrying. (It's also not a bad idea to have a spare set of tools just in case, but now you know that you don't have to keep building new axes and hammers!)