Valheim Patch Ratchets Up Boss Difficulty, Fixes World Corruption

02/25/2021 - 09:26 | By: Joseph Allen
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February 2, 2021
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A new Valheim patch has dropped, and it's made some pretty big changes. Three of the most difficult bosses in the game have been made even tougher, but there are also fixes to make your Viking purgatory a little less hellish.

What's been changed in the new Valheim patch?

First up, three Valheim bosses - Bonemass, Moder, and Yagluth - have had some "difficulty tweaks" applied to them. They've been made more tricky to take down, which, given how tough they already were, is impressive. The Moder boss has also had its music updated, so you'll have a new epic soundtrack to listen to while you and your buddies are taking it down.

A major fix has also come for the world corruption issue, which saw some players' worlds glitching out and often destroying their progress. Developer Iron Gate says this has been fixed, and there's a new socket backend for the game too, which should make connection issues less common. While we're on the technical side of things, you can now also force-enable Vulkan support in Valheim, which may be a fix for some crashes relating to graphics card drivers. To do this, simply add "-force-vulkan" as a launch command through the Steam Properties window for Valheim.

A Deathsquito enemy in Valheim
The new Valheim patch should make Deathsquito enemies easier to spot from a distance.

There's also a pretty major fix to the Deathsquito enemy in the new Valheim patch. These enemies were easily capable of one-shotting Vikings before the patch, and wrecking a perfectly good evening. Now, however, Deathsquitos have had their "buzzing radius" increased. You'll be able to hear them coming from further away, allowing you and your motley band to prepare for battle (or to flee, though this will displease Odin). Another major fix is for the "shared map position" feature, which saves your preference for whether you want your player icon to display on the map. That setting is now saved across servers, so you don't need to change it every time.

 
 

If you want to check out the full Valheim patch notes, you can do so right here. It's shaping up to be a very solid year indeed for Valheim. The game breezed past 4 million sales just yesterday. In addition, developer Iron Gate revealed a roadmap of upcoming content last week. That content includes new building pieces, extra features for several biomes, and more exploration and combat to sink your teeth into. Valheim costs just $19.99 on Steam Early Access right now, so snap it up before Ragnarok comes.

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