Valheim: A Guide To The Black Forest Biome

The world of Valheim is made up of a wide variation of biomes for Vikings to explore and tempt fate by testing their survival skills. These range from relatively docile fields and hillocks to toxic mires and mountain peaks subjected to extreme conditions where only the most steadfast Vikings dare travel.

It’s possible that a passive adventure through the fields could lead you unwittingly into the maws of a much more treacherous landscape. Perhaps the most common instance of this is stumbling into the Black Forest while exploring the Meadows biome’s lightly forested areas. The Black Forest biomes appear on the map as dark, densely wooded areas. These foreboding woodlands are no walk in the park, with the game’s first significant threats awaiting in their shadows.


Despite the inherent dangers, the Black Forests are also filled with bountiful resources. In terms of food and crafting materials alike, you won’t be short on supplies in these woods. However, you’ll want to remain steadfast while embarking on any gathering sprees.

Food and Ingredients

Instead of Raspberry bushes which you find throughout the Meadows, Blueberries grow in the Black Forest. Likewise, instead of red-capped Mushrooms, the Black Forest is home to Yellow Mushrooms, the more nutritious variant.

You can also discover Carrot Seeds scattered across the forest floor. These appear as tri-stemmed flowers with clusters of white petals on each. Pick some of these and bring them back to your base to plant in a field using the Cultivator, and you will be growing your own produce in no time.

Thistle is the final ingredient you can find within the Black Forest. You can differentiate it from the other nondescript shrubbery easier at night when the ends of the branches develop a soft blue glow. The Thistle plant is used in a couple of different culinary recipes and the brewing of meads.

Crafting Materials

The Black Forests are brim-full of crafting materials as well. This is where you will begin mining Tin and Copper, as well as furthering your lumberjack prowess by felling pine trees to obtain Core Wood. Core Wood is used to craft a slew of more advanced tools and building parts such as a Cultivator, the Stagbreaker war hammer, Long Beams and Poles, Bonfires, and Sharp Stakes.

As for the metals, Tin Ore can be mined along the shorelines bordering the Black Forest biomes, while Copper Ore is found further inland. Tin is similar in looks to some of the mid-sized boulders that dot the coast, and Copper appears as shiny bits of stone peppering the forest floor. You will need both of these metals and the Surtling Core we’ll discuss later on in order to get your smithy productions up and running.


Chests found within the Black Forests yield much the same as ones in the Meadows biomes. That is, you’ll find a stash of Amber, Flinthead Arrows, coins, and or Feathers tucked inside.


Barrels are a new container you won’t come across in the Meadows. Rather than the treasure and tools you’re likely to find inside Chests, Barrels contain crafting materials and sometimes a light meal. Blueberries, Deer Hide, Leather Scraps, Coal, Flint, Tin Ore, Resin, and every once in a while, a Greydwarf Eye can be plundered from Barrels.

If you haven’t discovered the use for Greydwarf Eyes just yet, that’s because they are used in more advanced crafting and upgrades than you are currently able to undergo. A Greydwarf Eye is one of the components in the Frost Resistance Mead Base, along with a necessity to upgrading Copper Knives and building Portals or Wards.

Buildings & Formations

Along with new resources to obtain, there are different buildings and formations to explore as well. But unlike in the Meadows, these structures are often inhabited.

Crypts (Burial Chambers)

When adventuring into one of these grim locales, always enter with a Torch, or you won’t be able to see a thing. The tunnels are networked into a vast labyrinth with plenty of loot scattered throughout, though undead threats usually guard the plunder.

These crypts are where you will find the Surtling Core required to power the Charcoal Kiln and Smelter. You can find these blocks stuck upon upright sticks in the Burial Chamber in the furthest part of the Crypts. You’ll also come across plenty of riches such as  Amber, Amber Pearls, Ruby, and coin while scouring these depths. Additionally, the maze of tunnels is a good area to search out Yellow Mushrooms and Bone Fragments. The Chests found down in these ruins are likely to contain the same contents as mentioned above.

Of course, in chambers haunted by the dead, these yields are not free for the taking. Ghosts and Skeletons will try to impede your exploration and drag you into their undead ranks if they can.

As one would expect, Ghosts are resistant to physical damage and really only susceptible to Spirit damage. This is a bit of a conundrum as there is no go-to equipment for Spirit damage in the game just yet. The Frostner war hammer deals minimal Spirit damage, but you will need to venture up into the mountains to gather all the materials required to craft it. Furthermore, you need to get your smithery set up first as well, which is likely the reason you ventured into the crypts in the first place. Skeletons are a bit easier to dispatch as they are weak to fire and blunt force trauma.

All in all, the Stagbreaker war hammer will be your best bet as it requires no metals to craft. Be swift in destroying Evil Bone Piles and Rancid Remains to exterminate the threats altogether.

Troll Caves

These Troll dwellings appear as oversized stone structures likely marked by bone piles outside the entrance. Naturally, with larger-than-life formations come goliath-sized threats. Embarking into these hostile dens is another matter altogether.

Trolls can deal devastating physical attacks and groundbreaking AoEs with their mighty fists, and they can launch stones for a dangerous ranged attack. Luckily, these great oafs are susceptible to piercing damage. So arrows, swords, and even the Stagbreaker war hammer are all viable weapons to use against them.

Parrying these giants requires a shield with strong parry buffs, meaning a Bronze shield or better. Thus this tactic can not be recommended if you’ve just begun your Black Forest adventure. Instead, you may want to lure the Troll with some arrows, then swiftly move behind him for a few melee strikes. Troll Caves will likely house a few Trolls each. Commonly, one will be patrolling the entrance with a couple more stationed within.

The takeaway within these caves is much the same as the Burial Chambers; Amber Pearl, Bone Fragments, Yellow Mushrooms, and coins. Additionally, you can harvest Troll Hide and trophies from the Trolls you slay. The hide allows you to craft the next tier of armor available in the game.

The Chests Trolls have stashed away are commonly stuffed with more coins and Bone Fragments, along with Ruby, Deer Hide, Leather Scraps, Stone, and Wood. Not a bad payout when crafting is among your top priorities.

Merchant Camp

You may be wondering what coin is for as there are no inhabited towns or any NPCs to be seen. However, there is one NPC — though he can be hard to find. Many players hadn’t found him without a certain world hack.

The easiest way to locate him is to enter a new world with the seed “42069lolxd.” No joke. That is the seed to the world with Haldor, the merchant. After entering this world, Haldor can be found at a camp within the Black Forest biome, which still requires a bit of blind searching.

Haldor sells many unique items, but they can be rather pricey in a world lacking a strong currency system. The most important items to note would be a Fishing Pole and bait for catching fish, Ymir Flesh for crafting high-end gear, Megingjord to increase carrying capacity by 150, and the Dverger Circlet for lighting your way hands-free.


The docile wildlife is scant in the Black Forest but consists of Deer, Gull, and Crows. Like Gulls, Crows drop feathers upon death and can be felled with arrows, spears, falling trees, or by having the exceedingly bad timing of flying through the swing of a melee weapon. The last method is essentially impossible to time on your end, but natural selection will out the most bird-brained of them all.


The most common threats in the Black Forest are the Greydwarfs. These larger and more vicious counterparts to Greylings have three variations; the basic, Brutes, and Shaman. Being made of wood, these hostile creatures are severely adverse to fire and can be taken out rather quickly with fire arrows or a few heavy blows from an axe.

Skeletons don’t only appear inside crypts. Sometimes they can be found guarding dilapidated stone forts as well. And always be wary of the Trolls discussed earlier. It’s not hard to aggro one before you even realize you’ve stumbled upon one of their dwellings.

Then, of course, there is the ent-like area boss of the Black Forest, The Elder. If you’re having trouble with this overgrown guardian, our guide on how to defeat The Elder has everything you need to know, including some nifty hacks to make the encounter as easy as a day of woodcutting. After felling the Black Forest’s big bad, it’s onto the Swamps for the next leg of your journey.

NEXT: Valheim: How To Defeat Bonemass

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Kim is a freelance writer for TheGamer. She recently began writing online articles in the summer of 2019 when she was approached on Discord to contribute some articles and guides for Wizards Unite World. Kim is a fan of fantastical genres, some of her favorite titles including Harry Potter, The Lord of The Rings, and The Witcher. She’s a bookish Ravenclaw eccentric, with an inquisitive sense for adventure. Kim seeks to use her writing as a means to travel and explore, hoping to share her findings and spread curiosity.

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