Valheim Workbench Upgrades Guide

02/25/2021 - 14:19 | By: Robert N. Adams
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February 2, 2021
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Valheim Workbench upgrades are critical to improving your equipment and crafting new items. Whether you're using stone tools or metal tools, it's definitely worth it to upgrade your crafting stations!

The world of Valheim is filled with peril and that means you'll need to craft some hardy gear to help keep you alive. You can make some basic hand tools at the beginning of the game, but you'll soon find yourself building a Workbench, your first home, and a much better set of tools.

As time goes on, you might encounter a situation where you can't upgrade a weapon or armor because your Workbench isn't a high enough level. This guide will break down all of the Valheim Workbench upgrades and what it takes to make them!

How Do Valheim Workbench Upgrades Work?

Before we begin, keep this one thing in mind: new crafting recipes are unlocked once you've picked up all of the pieces needed to make it. If you don't see one of these items on your list, you haven't yet grabbed all of the items you need to build it!

 
 

Upgrades also can't be placed willy-nilly — all of them must be built close enough to the crafting station they're upgrading and some of them have special requirements for spacing. Make sure you have enough space around your crafting stations so you can add in all of these upgrades; you can refer to the pictures to get an idea of how much space you'll need.

Valheim Workbench Upgrades Guide Workbench
1: WorkBench, 2: Chopping Block, 3: Tanning Rack, 4: Adze, 5: Tool Shelf

What Are the Valheim Workbench Upgrades?

The Valheim Workbench upgrades are one of the first things you can do to tangibly improve your equipment when you're getting started with the game — and most of these can be built pretty cheaply!

1. Workbench

  • 10 Wood

The Workbench is the first structure you'll probably build in the game (aside from a Campfire); it's one of the things that allows you to repair your equipment and is also necessary for erecting buildings.

2. Chopping Block

  • Workbench
  • 10 Wood
  • 10 Flint

This is likely the first (and cheapest) upgrade you'll build for the Workbench.

3. Tanning Rack

  • Workbench
  • 10 Wood
  • 15 Flint
  • 20 Leather Scraps
  • 5 Deer Hide

The Tanning Rack requires you to get Leather Scraps by killing Boar and Deer Hide by killing Deer; the latter of the two will be more challenging as you'll have to use either a spear or a bow and arrow to kill Deer.

4. Adze

  • Workbench
  • 10 Fine Wood
  • 3 Bronze

The Adze is the first of the Valheim Workbench upgrades that require metal; you won't be able to build this until you've visited the Black Forest and begun producing Copper, Tin, and Bronze.

 

5. Tool Shelf

  • Workbench
  • 4 Iron
  • 10 Fine Wood
  • 4 Obsidian

This is the most challenging upgrade to get for the Workbench — it requires Obsidian, a resource that is only found in the Mountain biome. You'll also need Iron, a metal that is only found in the Swamp biome.

Valheim Workbench Upgrades Guide Forge upgrades
1: Forge, 2: Anvils, 3: Forge Cooler, 4: Grinding Wheel, 5: Smith's Anvil, 6: Forge Tool Rack, 7: Forge Bellows

What Are the Valheim Forge Upgrades?

The Forge is the next evolution of equipment in Valheim. While it's needed to build some pieces of furniture, its primary purpose is building and upgrading metal tools, weapons, and armor.

1. Forge

  • Workbench
  • 4 Stone
  • 4 Coal
  • 10 Wood
  • 6 Copper

The Forge requires Copper, and you can't get that until you've found a Surtling Core to build a Smelter. You can, however, get Coal by overcooking Raw Meat on a Fireplace (although it's horrendously inefficient).

2. Anvils

  • Workbench
  • 5 Wood
  • 10 Bronze

3. Forge Cooler

  • Workbench
  • 25 Fine Wood
  • 10 Copper

4: Grinding Wheel

  • Workbench
  • Sharpening Stone
  • 25 Wood

The Grinding Wheel requires a Sharpening Stone, an item that can only be crafted at a Stonecutter. You won't unlock the Stonecutter until you've found Iron in the Swamps, so it will be some time before you can get a Level 4 Forge.

 

5. Smith's Anvil

  • Workbench
  • 20 Iron
  • 5 Wood

6. Forge Tool Rack

  • Workbench
  • 15 Iron
  • 10 Wood

7. Forge Bellows

  • Workbench
  • 5 Wood
  • 5 Deer Hide
  • 4 Chain

The Forge Bellows requires a Chain, an item that you can find in Sunken Crypts in the Swamps or from Wraiths, a terrifying enemy that lurks the Swamps at night.

Valheim Workbench Upgrades Guide Artisan Table Blast Furnace Spinning Wheel Windmill
1: Artisan Table, 2: Blast Furnace, 3: Spinning Wheel, 4: Windmill

What Are the Valheim Artisan Table Upgrades?

The Artisan Table is a higher-end piece of equipment that you won't unlock until you've beaten the fourth boss. Its sole purpose is to allow you to build other crafting stations.

1. Artisan Table

  • Dragon Tear
  • 10 Wood

The Artisan Table can only be unlocked after beating Moder, the boss of the Mountain biome.

2. Blast Furnace

  • Artisan Table
  • 20 Stone
  • 5 Surtling Core
  • 10 Iron
  • 20 Fine Wood

Currently, the only purpose of the Blast Furnace is to make Black Metal Scrap into Black Metal ingots; these are resources found in the Plains, the game's fifth biome.

3. Spinning Wheel

  • Artisan Table
  • 20 Fine Wood
  • 10 Iron Nails
  • 5 Leather Scraps

The Spinning Wheel allows you to convert Flax into Linen Thread, a crafting resource that is used for higher-end light armor and some Blackmetal weapons and tools.

4. Windmill

  • Artisan Table
  • 20 Stone
  • 30 Wood
  • 30 Iron Nails

The Windmill's sole purpose is to convert Barley into Barley Flour. Barley Flour, in turn, can be used to make four high-end cooking recipes.

Other Valheim Crafting Stations

The Valheim Workbench upgrades listed above aren't the only crafting stations in the game — here's what else you can build to enhance your experience!

Valheim Workbench Upgrades Guide Cooking Station Cauldron
1: Campfire, 2: Cooking Station, 3: Cauldron

1. Campfire

  • 5 Stone
  • 2 Wood

The Campfire is one of the first things you'll build in the game. It gives you the Fire buff when you're in range of it; this buff overrides the Cold and Freezing debuffs and quickly removes the Wet debuff.

2. Cooking Station

  • 2 Wood

Strictly speaking, the Cooking Station is not one of the Valheim Workbench upgrades. However, it has to be placed over a Campfire to work. This crafting station allows you to cook Raw Meat, Neck Tails, Raw Fish (assuming you have a Fishing Pole to catch them), and Lox Meat.

3. Cauldron

  • Forge
  • 10 Tin

The Cauldron lets you make some more advanced cooking recipes. It's also used to get started making Mead and Potions.

Valheim Workbench Upgrades Guide Beehive Fermenter

3. Beehive

  • Workbench
  • 10 Wood
  • 1 Queen Bee

The Beehive gives you Honey, a good, renewable source of food in the early game. Honey is also used to make Mead and Potions. You will, however, need to find a Queen Bee to build it.

4. Fermenter

  • Forge
  • 20 Fine Wood
  • 5 Bronze
  • 10 Resin

The Fermenter is an important part of making Meads and Potions. You'll probably want to build more than one as it takes some time to cook up these wonderful drinks!

Valheim Workbench Upgrades Guide Smelter and Charcoal Kiln

5. Smelter

  • Workbench
  • 20 Stone
  • 5 Surtling Core

The Smelter is used to turn metal ore into metal bars. Building this crafting station will allow you to make metal tools, weapons, and armor!

6. Charcoal Kiln

  • Workbench
  • 20 Stone
  • 5 Surtling Core

The Charcoal Kiln turns Wood, Fine Wood, or Core Wood into Coal. Coal is used to fuel the Smelter and for a handful of the game's crafting recipes.


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