Valheim gets a fiery rebirth as Ashlands biome goes live with new siege weapons, bone spiders and boiling seas

By admin May27,2024

Do you love the smell of napalm in the morning? If so, you’ll probably love the smell of Valheim‘s Ashlands biome, which has just launched for all players after a period of beta testing. Sadly, my computer is incapable of producing smells beyond a faint reek of encrusted pasta sauce and regret, but if it did, I imagine I’d even now be basking in the aroma of burning bone and feather, because that is what the 10 new creatures you’ll meet in the Ashlands consist of, broadly. Shout-out in particular for the monster that resembles a combusting sink clog with spider legs. Very Possum-esque.

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Also in Valheim’s Ashlands patch: 70+ new buildable items! 30+ new weapons! 30+ new crafting materials! 15 new food items and potions! Five new crafting station upgrades! Three new armour sets! Two new capes! A partridge in a pear tree, possibly! Developers Iron Gate Studios are also introducing new events, music and mechanics, including the ability to besiege the fortresses of the Charred using new catapults and rams. The full Steam listing has detailed patch notes which spoil a few nasty surprises you might prefer to discover yourself. I will give away only this: be extra mindful of the possibility of incineration when dressing, crafting, constructing things, exploring the new biome on foot or sailing its coast.

The developers also have some advice about preparing for your first voyage to the Ashlands, which I am going to petrify for posterity in the shape of a blockquote, the grandest mausoleum available to modern games journalism:

“Before you travel to the Ashlands, you should first make sure that you have defeated The Queen in the Mistlands. If you have done so on an earlier playthrough, remember that her dropped item is no longer a placeholder. Just like Eikthyr’s antler lets you craft a pickaxe needed in the Black Forest, and just like The Elder drops a crypt key for the Swamps, the item from The Queen will be useful in the Ashlands! If you have the item already, you might need to toss it out of your inventory and pick it up again, for new recipes to trigger properly.”

In case it isn’t already obvious, the Ashlands is a challenging environment. It’s the penultimate biome in a deliberately difficult game, the developers remind us. So maybe brush up on your skills a bit in the Meadows or Black Forest before taking the plunge. You can also adjust the difficulty in the World Modifiers menu.

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As always with Valheim updates, the new biome is also going to break a lot of existing mods, so consider uninstalling them (including modloaders that might boot mods up automatically) before playing. “If you don’t want to play without mods, you will most likely have to wait a couple of days until the mod creator has updated their mod to be compatible with Valheim again,” the developers note. I’m not savvy with the Valheim modding scene and am interested to know whether this last claim strikes modders as reasonable or presumptuous.

We’re big Valheim enthusiasts round these parts. It’s fourth on our list of the best survival games and 13th on our list of the best co-op games. Ah, if only I could drink in the reek of roasting monster vertebrae it’d be right up there at number one. Are there any other games you wish you could smell?

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