Valheim Update Makes Cheats More Difficult, Nerfs Campfires

The latest Valheim update contains some pretty small changes and some surprisingly big ones too

Published: March 23, 2021 9:18 AM /


Players sitting around a campfire in Valheim

There's a new Valheim update in town, and it's a doozy. There isn't one major feature around which everything else is built, but you'll find a whole host of smaller stuff including nerfs to campfires, changes to the console, and storage buffs.

How has the latest Valheim update changed the console?

First up, you'll notice big changes to the console in Valheim. Now, you'll need to add a launch argument from the Steam properties window to access the console, which means it's disabled in-game by default. To do this, all you need to do is right-click the game in your Steam library, then click Properties. You should see a "launch options" text box. Simply type "-console" (without quotation marks) into that box and you'll be able to launch the command console in-game. 

Developer and debug commands are now enabled by typing "devcommands" instead of "imacheater", and the Valheim devs have added a warning message so you know what you're doing. It won't be a huge blow to "creative mode" players using these commands to build incredible things, but you should watch out for these extra steps.

A settlement in Valheim
Wanna get building with the console in Valheim? There's some new stuff you need to be aware of.

As well as the console changes, the latest Valheim update is bringing some major nerfs to campfires, bonfires, and hearths. Players were dragging enemies through fires and using them to easily dispatch tough monsters without taking damage. These fires were also being used to trap greydwarves and farm them for resources. Now, however, campfires, bonfires, and hearths will all take damage as they deal damage, so they'll be finite, meaning you can't simply exploit them for easy kills. Sorry, greydwarf haters. Your farm will have to be done another way.

What else is new in this Valheim update?

There's plenty more stuff in the latest Valheim update to check out. Reinforced chest space has been increased to 6 by 4 spaces, which means you'll be able to store even more stuff in them. Harpoons won't work on bosses anymore, so you'll need to use your trusty axe to take them down instead. There's also now a slight delay on the Hammer, Hoe, and Cultivator tools, so gathering and crafting with these tools will take just a little longer.

As Iron Gate itself says, this Valheim update contains both big and small changes, as well as gameplay tweaks and bug fixes. If you'd like to check out the full patch notes for the update, you can do so via Steam. Haven't checked out this insanely popular Viking survival game yet? Valheim is available via Steam Early Access for just $19.99, and it's got a full roadmap of content that's coming this year.

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Iron Gate
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February 2, 2021 (Calendar)
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