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Valheim: How you get the Pickaxe

The pickaxe is a much sought-after tool in Valheim. We’ll tell you how to get it. Because it’s not that easy.

Valheim is the latest big survival hype on Steam. The program is: Fight for survival in a Nordic fantasy world, either solo or in co-op. But your adventure life begins with comparatively simple needs. One of them is the search for a pickaxe. Sounds inconspicuous at first, but the pickaxe is one of the most important items in the game.

Our guide will tell you the reasons – and of course how to craft the coveted item. Bad news first : you have to defeat the first boss .

Why is the pickaxe so important?

The Pickaxe fulfills three essential functions in Valheim:

 

  1. Terraforming : You can use it to work the ground, for example to dig trenches.
  2. Chopping stones : With the Pickaxe, you break down boulders into their individual parts in order to replenish your stone supplies and level the construction area.
  3. Ore mining : For stronger armor and weapons you need metal ores, which you can mine with the Pickaxe.

 

Terraforming and ore mining are particularly important in order to have a long-term chance in Valheim. Without strong armor, you are pretty much lost in the later game.

While the common hoe levels and lifts the ground, you need the pickaxe to lower the ground.
While the common hoe levels and lifts the ground, you need the pickaxe to lower the ground.

What about the Stone Pickaxe?Although information about her already exists, the stone pickaxe is not yet included in the current build of the game. That would be much easier to craft – you only need stone and wood. This content will likely appear in one of the upcoming updates.

Where can I get the Pickaxe?

And now comes the bad news: To get to the Antler Pickaxe, you have to defeat the first boss Eikthyr (“Eikthyrnir” in Norse mythology). In order to do that, you should definitely get the most important steps of the early game behind you, i.e. build your own home, craft leather armor, provide weapons and cart all kinds of food.

How so? Because different types of food allow you to increase your pool of life points beyond the maximum. More on that in a moment.

If you have defeated Eikthyr, you will receive the so-called Hard Antler, i.e. a special antler that you use together with ten pieces of wood to make the Antler Pickaxe . Eikthyr drops several Hard Antlers so that you can pack spare hoes into your inventory.

For the Pickaxe you need:

 

  • 1x Hard Antler
  • 10x wood
Collecting large amounts of stone and ore is currently only possible with the pickaxe from Eikthyr's antlers.
Collecting large amounts of stone and ore is currently only possible with the pickaxe from Eikthyr’s antlers.

How do I defeat Eikthyr?

To summon Eikthyrnir , you have to interact with the runestone right at the start of your Valheim journey. He shows you the way.

As soon as you arrive at the shrine, you place a Deer Trophy there and start the fight. Eikthyrnir can be brought to his knees relatively comfortably with a bow and arrow. Keep your distance, observe the creature’s patterns, buff yourselves with the different foods.

You can get to Eikthyrnir's mighty antlers in close combat, but it is much easier from a distance with the speed bow.
You can get to Eikthyrnir’s mighty antlers in close combat, but it is much easier from a distance with the speed bow.

You can only consume each food once to increase your HP limit by several points. That is why diversity is important. The berries in the starting area give you +10 HP, with cooked meat you even pack +25 HP on top.

Of course, you can also fight Eikthyrnir without buffs. With the right ranged combat strategy, victory will soon be yours. And with it the Pickaxe.

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