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Valheim update Hearth & Home is out now with lots new

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The big Hearth & Home update for the co-op survival game Valheim is out now and it's a big one. Touching on many aspects of the game to make it feel quite different overall.

Valheim is still mostly the same game but there's so many tweaks that you're going to need a fresh world to experience it all. Thankfully characters can move between worlds so it's not a big issue. However, once you use a character on a new world or play a new world you can't play it with an older version.

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Over the last few short videos that we covered Iron Gate has detailed plenty of what's new, however there's a lot they didn't detail until now. I'm pretty happy they've added a way to get rid of unwanted items with the Obliterator, that's going to make Valheim life much nicer.

To prevent too many spoilers, you can see the full changelog hidden below:

Spoiler changelog, click me
General improvements

* Weapons rebalanced (All weapons have been rebalanced to be more viable as main weapon and also have more unique playstyles)
* Blocking system overhauled (Current maximum hp now greatly affects your ability to block attacks, stagger bar gui added)
* Naming tamed creatures
* Gamepad sensitivity settings
* Auto-pickup toggle button added
* Graphics settings (Active point lights & Active point light shadows)
* Tamed creatures affected by friendly fire setting (i.e you can’t hurt a tamed creature unless you enable friendly fire or use the new Butcher knife item)
* Various other improvements and bugfixes
 
Food

* Food rebalance (Most food items now give mainly stamina or mainly health to make food choices more interesting)
* Food GUI overhauled to work better with the rebalanced food
* Over 10 new things to eat (Actually 12)
 
World

* Tamed Lox now have a purpose
* Slimy locations & creatures added to plains
* New plantable seeds: Birch, Oak & Onions
 
Items

* New weapons: Crystal battleaxe, Silver knife
* New shields: Bone tower shield, Iron buckler
* Butcher knife (Special weapon for butchering tamed animals)
* Thunder stone (Sold by trader)
* Lox accessory
 
Building

* New Darkwood building pieces like shingle roofs, beams, decorations and more
* New types of furniture, including but not limited to a mighty stone throne and a steamy viking hot tub
* Crystal walls
* New types of stacks to show off your treasure and resources
* Cauldron improvements: Spice rack, Butcher’s table, Pots and pans
* Cartography table (For sharing map-data with other players)
* Oven added (For baking bread and pie)
* Obliterator added (Items be gone)
* Iron cooking station (Required to cook some types of meat)

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WorMzy 16 Sep
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g000h 16 Sep
I just had a little squint at the spoilers and noticed "Tamed creatures" are in the game. I dislike the idea of taming and using creatures within games (although obviously other people do like that feature).

Wondering how "important" tamed creatures are in the game - Do you have to use them (e.g. Like you cannot get anywhere without dinosaur-taming in ARK) or is it just a nice to have, but not needed, "animal familiar" or similar?


Last edited by g000h on 16 September 2021 at 8:18 pm UTC
Anza 16 Sep
Quoting: g000hI just had a little squint at the spoilers and noticed "Tamed creatures" are in the game. I dislike the idea of taming and using creatures within games (although obviously other people do like that feature).

Wondering how "important" tamed creatures are in the game - Do you have to use them (e.g. Like you cannot get anywhere without dinosaur-taming in ARK) or is it just a nice to have, but not needed, "animal familiar" or similar?

I played with old character and there are some hints.

Spoiler, click me
There seems to be lox saddle and in the trailer it looks bit like you can even breed lox.

I started with new world though and haven't yet found plains. I just finally made a house after exploring the map and trying to find where the ocean is. Good that I wasn't too hasty as first bigger body of water I found was actually a lake.
Ehvis 17 Sep
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Quoting: g000hWondering how "important" tamed creatures are in the game - Do you have to use them...

Haven't tried this update, but I played most of the game without even knowing how it works. However, tamed or not, they are an important food source. Especially early on.
WorMzy 17 Sep
Quoting: g000hI just had a little squint at the spoilers and noticed "Tamed creatures" are in the game. I dislike the idea of taming and using creatures within games (although obviously other people do like that feature).

Wondering how "important" tamed creatures are in the game - Do you have to use them (e.g. Like you cannot get anywhere without dinosaur-taming in ARK) or is it just a nice to have, but not needed, "animal familiar" or similar?
With boars at least, taming them means they don't attack you and can breed with other tamed boars to produce piglets (so long as you feed them carrots). The only purpose for this is, as Ehvis says, is to use them as a food source.

I've never encountered wolves, or lox, but I imagine tamed wolves attack enemies.
Anza 17 Sep
Quoting: WorMzy
Quoting: g000hI just had a little squint at the spoilers and noticed "Tamed creatures" are in the game. I dislike the idea of taming and using creatures within games (although obviously other people do like that feature).

Wondering how "important" tamed creatures are in the game - Do you have to use them (e.g. Like you cannot get anywhere without dinosaur-taming in ARK) or is it just a nice to have, but not needed, "animal familiar" or similar?
With boars at least, taming them means they don't attack you and can breed with other tamed boars to produce piglets (so long as you feed them carrots). The only purpose for this is, as Ehvis says, is to use them as a food source.

I've never encountered wolves, or lox, but I imagine tamed wolves attack enemies.

Wolves do attack enemies yes, though some people have said that the howling gets annoying. I haven't had any tame ones as I didn't have any close by mountain. Closest one had river and I don't remember for sure that the mountain had any wolves.

Lox meat is used by at least one recipe for sure (there might be more in Hearth and Home). Before Hearth and Home only other use was that they will attack mobs from other biomes that get too close. Compared to trolls, trees are even less match for them. Not that trolls might be match for them either, it depends on bit how many stars the troll has.
Quoting: WorMzy
Quoting: g000hI just had a little squint at the spoilers and noticed "Tamed creatures" are in the game. I dislike the idea of taming and using creatures within games (although obviously other people do like that feature).

Wondering how "important" tamed creatures are in the game - Do you have to use them (e.g. Like you cannot get anywhere without dinosaur-taming in ARK) or is it just a nice to have, but not needed, "animal familiar" or similar?
With boars at least, taming them means they don't attack you and can breed with other tamed boars to produce piglets (so long as you feed them carrots). The only purpose for this is, as Ehvis says, is to use them as a food source.

I've never encountered wolves, or lox, but I imagine tamed wolves attack enemies.
Presumably when you're at sea you can get your swarm of tame lox to attack in a vicious piranha-style feeding frenzy, each nasty little bite part-smoking the opponent while it's still alive, and . . .
No?

More importantly, the existence of lox, tame or otherwise, surely implies the ability to make bagels and cream cheese. Uhm, manly Viking bagels and cream cheese, of course.


Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 17 September 2021 at 4:04 pm UTC
Anza 17 Sep
Quoting: Purple Library GuyPresumably when you're at sea you can get your swarm of tame lox to attack in a vicious piranha-style feeding frenzy, each nasty little bite part-smoking the opponent while it's still alive, and . . .
No?

More importantly, the existence of lox, tame or otherwise, surely implies the ability to make bagels and cream cheese. Uhm, manly Viking bagels and cream cheese, of course.

Valheims interpretation of lox is bit different. They're large furry land creatures and they enter the ocean only when aggroed. I had one fighting a troll in the ocean. I have no idea if they drown if they go too deep.

Only thing swarming in feeding frenzy at ocean is deathsquitos if you're too close to plains. Swarm of sea serpents could be also quite scary though as they're so hungry that they will eat a boat.


Last edited by Anza on 17 September 2021 at 8:20 pm UTC
Quoting: Anza
Quoting: Purple Library Guy[
Presumably when you're at sea you can get your swarm of tame lox to attack in a vicious piranha-style feeding frenzy, each nasty little bite part-smoking the opponent while it's still alive, and . . .
No?

More importantly, the existence of lox, tame or otherwise, surely implies the ability to make bagels and cream cheese. Uhm, manly Viking bagels and cream cheese, of course.

Valheims interpretation of lox is bit different. They're large furry land creatures
Smoked/brined salmon are large furry land creatures?! Well, I suppose it's already weird for them to be alive at all.
Anza 17 Sep
Looks like people have been waiting for the update. At the moment Valheim is back at top ten most played games right now. 77298 peak today, which is still far from Grand Theft Auto V which has had today peak of 123933.

Dunno if Valheim needs feature where you can steal Thors carriage or something to convert those GTA V players. You can already cause quite lot of mayhem otherwise, just go and knock on gates of a fuling village. For some reason they know that you are going to steal their stuff, so they come out and try to kill you.
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