How To Find the Swamp in Valheim
Valheim’s goal seems simple, killing and surviving. The tenth Norse world, Valheim, is a dangerous place, and beasts within are vying to kill you. There are many different biomes and locations to fight in, and one of those is the swamp.
Swamps aren’t easy to find, but we can offer you some tips to make locating them more manageable. Swamps are home to a variety of crafting resources, crypts, and of course, hostile creatures. We’ll also offer tips for surviving this unforgiving environment, including what to expect and how to prepare for one.
The world in Valheim is procedurally generated from random seeds. Instead of playing in a predetermined world with each new game, the world is entirely different from the one you just explored. Finding a swamp will require exploration or pure luck.
Sail Around to Locate a Swamp
When you first spawn in the game, most seeds don’t place you in a continent with a swamp. Although some players may experience world seeds with swamps in the spawn continent, these are comparatively rare. To find a swamp outside of your continent, you need to sail away from it.
Sailing requires a raft. It’s not the best boat you can get, but beginners may find it the easiest to build. Building a raft requires the following:
- 20 Wood
- Six Leather Scraps
- Six Resin
- A Workbench
When you gather the materials, you need to go near a workbench, equip a Hammer, and start constructing your raft. After building a raft, you can place it in the water and start paddling.
Looking at Your Map
When you reach a new continent, check out your map. Swamps appear as dark brown masses of land on maps. If you find a dark brown mass on your map, head over to that area because it’s probably a new swamp biome to explore.
Keep an eye out when sailing across the waters, too. You might locate land with swamps that are visible from your boat. Alternatively, you might even find swamps right away on the continent you spawned on – if you’re lucky.
Checking the Trees
Trees are another good indicator that you’ve found a swamp or are near one. Look for brown trees that are darker and more twisted than the Black Forest’s pine and fir trees. They have no leaves on them, and their branches are tangled up.
Some trees in swamps have green blobs of liquid stuck to them. These are guck sacks, useful resources for refueling standing green-burning iron torches. Guck sacks glow at night, and you can see them from afar.
You can also find the eerie green glow at night while sailing. Make sure you have your attention on the coastline, just in case there’s a swamp nearby.
Using the Valheim World Generator
Although Valheim’s developers kept world seeds random for each player, you don’t necessarily have to rely on chance to find what you need. The Valheim World Generator is a community-built world generator that allows you to view maps by typing in your world’s seed. Seed IDs are a string of 10 numbers and letters.
If you entered a world seed before starting the game, then you’ll know how to get to the closest swamp immediately. If you didn’t type one before starting a new game, don’t worry. Exit and go to your list of worlds.
Next to the name of your world is the seed name. You can then type it into the Valheim World Generator and work out the best course of action based on the viewable map.
If you’re unsure about your world’s seed name, you can also use the website’s seed extractor. The extractor feature automatically detects your world name via uploaded or dropped .fwl file.
Once you see the detailed map of your world, you can then set a course for the nearest swamp.
Use Cheats and Commands
Playing Valheim on a PC lets, you use cheat codes to explore the map and more. They can also give you instant locations of any swamps on your map.
To open the command console and use a command code, press F5 while in the game then type “devcommands”
First, type “imacheater” to enable cheats. A message with “Cheats:True” will appear and allow you to use the following cheats.
The command for clearing the fog of war on your map is “exploremap.” When you enter it, the whole map is visible to you without setting foot in those areas.
If you want to get there quickly, the “freefly” command will let you control the camera and fly around without a care. There might be some strange glitches, but they won’t break the game.
Keep in mind that cheats are only allowed while playing in single-player mode. Those in multiplayer servers won’t be able to use them at all.
What’s in the Swamp?
Many terrifying creatures fight in the swamps, but some resources are only found here, too.
The enemies found in swamps are:
- Draugr Elite
- Wraith (spawns at night only)
As with any Valheim biome, the swamp is filled with hostile creatures ready to harm a careless adventurer. Arm yourself first before venturing inside.
As for resources, you’ll encounter these:
- Scrap iron
- Ancient bark
- Turnip seeds
Swamps are also home to a host of chests with valuable loot like:
- Amber pearl
- Ancient bark
- Poison arrow
- Ironhead arrow
- Withered bone
Beware, though, because the swamps are home to Bonemass. Many players find the Bonemass boss fight a challenge. Steer clear of him or prepare yourself accordingly before entering his domain.
Poisonous creatures live in the swamp, as well. Even walking in the water isn’t without the potential risk of getting poisoned by Leeches. The Draugr and Skeletons can be tough to fight up close. One of the best ways to take them out with minimal damage is using a bow and arrows.
Defeating The Elder in the Black Forest will reward you with The Swamp Key, which you’ll need to open Crypts in the swamps for more loot.
While there are lots of dangerous enemies, the allure of loot may make the adventure worth it.
What are some tips for surviving in the swamp?
To survive in the swamp, you need to bring plenty of food, weapons, and other supplies. Since poison is a constant threat, getting items to counteract the effects is prudent. There’s also a continuous -25% health regeneration and -15% stamina regeneration modifier due to the constant rain.
A bow and arrow to take down enemies at range may also come in handy but bring as many arrows as you can; you’ll need them.
At night, the temperature drops, inflicting the Cold effect on you. It would be best to have warm clothing, a campfire, or anti-cold items, among many things.
What are the biggest swamp threats?
Bonemass is the greatest threat in the swamps. Other than Bonemass, be careful around the Draugrs, Blobs, and Leeches. The latter two can poison you easily.
What items should I bring to the swamp?
There are many items you should bring to the swamp to make it less challenging. Here’s a list:
• The Swamp Key
• Poison resistance mead
• Bronze ax
• Dverger Circlet
• Minor stamina mead
• Minor healing mead
• A lot of food
Poison Won’t Be a Problem With This Much Mead
Finding a swamp can be instantaneous or difficult, depending on your world seed. Even if you find it, we don’t recommend you rush in right away. Gathering protective items and weapons before venturing into the poisonous biome can increase your survival rate.
How soon did you find a swamp in Valheim? Do you think the swamp is a difficult place to be? Let us know in the comments section below.