Valheim Stonecutter and Stone Buildings Guide

03/05/2021 - 17:29 | By: Robert N. Adams
Developer
Iron Gate
Release Date
February 2, 2021
Multiplayer modes
Co Op, Online, Online Features
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Linux, Mac, PC
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The Valheim Stonecutter is the key to building stone buildings and ensuring that your bases can survive in the tougher biomes. Unlocking this special Workbench, however, will take a little work.

Building is a big part of Valheim and you get access to Wood building pieces pretty early in the game. An abundance of stone around the map might make some players think they can make buildings out of Stone. You can indeed make Stone buildings in Valheim, but you're going to have to put in a little work first.

Valheim Stonecutter and Stone Buildings Guide fireplace

How to Unlock the Valheim Stonecutter

As with most items in the game, you unlock this new Workbench after you've picked up all of the involved materials at least once. Building the Valheim Stonecutter requires some heftier resources than the previous workbenches.

 
 

You're going to need to find yourself a Swamp and dig up some Iron to make it; it's also very difficult to unlock the Stonecutter without having beaten the game's second boss.

Here's what you need to make a Stonecutter:

  • Workbench in range
  • 10 Wood
  • 2 Iron Bars
  • 4 Stone

The Iron Bars are the toughest requirement for new players. Getting your hands on the Stonecutter is well worth it, though!

Valheim Stonecutter and Stone Buildings Guide heights
Stone buildings can reach new heights when supported by raised earth (left) or Wood Iron Poles (center) — compare the heights to no additional support (right).

Valheim Stone Builders Are Much Stronger

The Valheim Stonecutter unlocks stone buildings in the game. Surviving in the harsher biomes will be nigh-impossible without stone buildings, especially when it comes to certain situations.

As one example, you might want to build a small base to respawn at if you die during a boss fight. Such a base in the Black Forest, Swamps, Mountains, or Plains could easily be destroyed by some of the tougher creatures if it's made out of Wood.

There's also the matter of more permanent settlements — growing Flax and Barley can only be done in the Plains and some of the tougher creatures in that region can make short work of a Wooden base. Once you can build with Stone, you'll never want to go back.

 

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