After months of waiting, the first major update for Valheim has finally arrived. Players can now fully enjoy the bounties that the Hearth and Home update has to offer. The fresh content includes a new food system, changes to combat, and, as the name suggests, a bunch of new furniture for your home. But these items aren’t just mere decorations — some of them are big game changers. Here’s how to craft some of the best new items from Valheim’s Hearth and Home update.
The Obliterator: Trash Your Stuff Like a Viking
While the Bonemass certainly poses a threat to players mid-game, there’s a far more grave danger that creeps up on them around the same time: trash. There has been no real way to get rid of unwanted items in Valheim since the game was released. Items chucked out of a player’s inventory wouldn’t despawn unless they were thrown out far away from their base or thrown into the deep ocean. By mid-game, players could easily have entire rooms of chests dedicated to the junk they’d never use.
Iron Gate has given players just what they need to remedy this, and in a very Viking way. The Obliterator, as you might have guessed, obliterates trash. Load up the items you wish to destroy, pull the lever, and watch as the gods send down a lightning bolt to do away with your refuse.
To build it, you’ll need:
- 1 Thunderstone
- 8 Iron
- 4 Copper
Thunderstones are new items sold exclusively by the Trader for 50 coins. If you haven’t found him yet, take a walk around your nearest few black forests and you’ll eventually run into him. You’ll also need a forge to craft it around.
Share Maps With the Cartography Table
Another big win for players’ quality of life is the Cartography Table. Each player has their own map that gets filled out as they explore. Before the Hearth and Home update, however, there was no way for players to share their maps with one another. You could ping a location on the map and it would appear for other players, but it wouldn’t reveal the area to them. The Cartography Table solves this, allowing players to share their maps with ease.
Here’s what you’ll need to build it:
- 10 Fine wood
- 10 Bone fragments
- 5 Leather scraps
- 4 Raspberries
- 2 Bronze
You can build the Cartography Table as long as you’re near a standard workbench — no upgrades are required. The table has two options, one to “record discoveries” and another to “read map”. Record discoveries allows you to transfer your map data to the shared map on the table, and read map updates your personal map with the shared data.
Cauldron Upgrades in Valheim Hearth and Home
Hearth and Home has completely redesigned Valheim’s food system, as well as how food is cooked. Now, cooking functions a lot more like other crafting systems in the game, as can be seen with the Cauldron. Previously, all cooking recipes were available in the Cauldron so long as the player had the right ingredients. Now they will need both the ingredients and the right level of Cauldron. In order to increase the Cauldron’s level, you’ll need to place a Cauldron upgrade near it. Here’s how to craft each one.
- 5 Mushroom
- 3 Dandelion
- 3 Thistle
- 3 Turnip
- 2 Carrot
- 4 Core wood
- 4 Fine wood
- 2 Silver
- 2 Ancient bark
Pots and Pans:
- 10 Fine wood
- 5 Iron
- 5 Copper
- 5 Black metal
The New Iron Cooking Station and Oven
There were also some changes to how certain ingredients, like cooked meats, are made. The standard Cooking Station is placed over a fire and allows players to cook two meat items at a time. While this is still true, Lox meat and Serpent meat can now only be cooked on an Iron Cooking Station. The Iron Cooking Station has five hooks for meat, but requires two fires to keep it stoked.
For being able to cook five items at a time, it doesn’t break the bank either. You’ll only need to collect the following:
- 3 Iron
- 3 Chain
Bear in mind that you’ll need to be near a forge to craft the Iron Cooking Station.
Players can still craft Lox Meat Pie and Bread, but will need to take some extra steps now. Bread Dough and Uncooked Lox Meat Pie can both be made with the cauldron, but they will need to be placed in an Oven afterwards to actually cook. The Oven works in a similar way to Smelters; pop your ingredients in and the goods will eventually fall right out of them.
Here’s what you’ll need to craft one:
- 20 Stone
- 15 Iron
- 4 Surtling Cores
You’ll also need an Artisan Table nearby to craft this one. The Oven is on the pricier side of the new additions, but given that both Bread and Lox Meat Pie are late-game items, the cost shouldn’t be an issue when you get there.
There’s a Hot Tub in Valheim Hearth and Home
You read that right, there’s a Hot Tub in Valheim. If you sit it in, you get a rested bonus. I shouldn’t have to sell you on this one — it’s a Hot Tub.
Here’s what you need:
- 20 Wood
- 10 Iron
- 8 Stone
- 6 Tar
Tar is a new addition that can be looted off the new monsters called growths residing in the new plains pits. They are formidable foes, but the reward is oh-so worth it. You’ll need to put wood into the furnace of the Hot Tub to get it going. Oh, and make sure it’s in a place with proper ventilation for the smoke. A decent view wouldn’t hurt either.
Splitgate. Portal, Halo, Quake. What if they had a party, everyone had too much fun and left with each other’s stuff mixed up together.
Well, then you would have something like this. Except…not…well maybe…It’s Splitgate!
Nicolas Perez is a journalist who has played way too much Civilization 5. He’s rambling on Twitter @Nic_Perez_.