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First Valheim Update Adds Surtling Cores, Fixes Drowning, And More

February 5, 2021

By: Joseph Allen

 
 
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Iron Gate
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February 02,2021 (Calendar)
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The very first Valheim update has landed. It fixes a number of gameplay issues and makes some essential tweaks that should help you through the game's grueling, unforgiving survival journey.

What's in the new Valheim update?

The patch consists of two version updates: version 0.142.1 and version 0.142.5. The former is where the meat of the changes to Valheim have occurred. First up is a significant change to the game's surtling core system. Surtling cores are an essential crafting resource in the game. You'll need 5 cores each for the Charcoal Kiln and the Smelter, so you'll need 10 in total to start using metal tools. However, some players complained that dungeons either contained few or no cores. In response, developer Iron Gate has upped the number of cores you'll find in burial chambers.

 

The Charcoal Kiln and the Smelter, both of which are easier to use in the new Valheim update
An increase to surtling cores found in dungeons makes using the Charcoal Kiln and Smelter easier in the new Valheim update.

Another major change concerns Odin's raven Hugin, which will occasionally drop in to help you with a hint when you've discovered something new. Hugin's hints have been increased in size, so it'll be easier to see them now, as some players were missing them. In addition, you'll now hear your character drowning. Prior to the new update, there was no feedback for this effect, which occurs when you run out of Stamina while you're swimming. The new effect is audio only; there's still no visual effect for drowning. Still, it's much better than not knowing at all.

Here's the full list of fixes that have been added as part of the new Valheim update:

 
 

0.142.1

  • Fixed freeze at Valheim logo screen
  • Fixed Block-sfx
  • Fixed Spaming dodge consumed extra stamina
  • Serverlist tweaks (multi-line names, server count)
  • Continous music enabled by default
  • Drowning effects added
  • Compendium icon updated
  • Made Hugin dialog guis slightly larger
  • More surtling cores in burial chambers

2021-02-04 0.142.5

  • Serverlist fixes
  • Lowered enemy per-player damage scaling
  • Localization fixes
  • Server filter fix

As you can see, it's not a huge, overwhelming haul, but Valheim only launched a couple days back. The developers recently revealed the roadmap for the exploration and survival game, which includes major updates like new multiplayer interactions, combat improvements, and phases for the in-game moon, among other things. You can check out the full Valheim roadmap right here, and you can grab Valheim via Steam Early Access for $19.99.

Will you be heading in to check out the new Valheim update? Let us know in the comments below!