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Valheim: Becoming Hunters on the Plains

On our last session, we’d started to build a new base on the multi-biome island where Yagluth resides. We ran across a deserted village and used that as a foundation for our new base.

As of this weekend, we’ve upgraded the walls to stone and now have a nice little tame wolf pack multiplying within it to help with defense. With that all squared away, our next step was to see what we could find on the plains.

I headed out for some solo exploration of the nearest plains while Syn finished up the base. This covered the length of a peninsula, and I was able to locate a couple of Fuling camps for later. Fulings are tough customers, so to get an entire camp swarming you is extremely dangerous. Especially if some of those are one star Fulings.

Syn came up with a great idea, though – spikes and decoys.

Taking a page out of our 7D2D experience, we turned raiding camps into a mini-tower defense event. She’d build a workbench with some spikes and walls around it, then we’d rush into the camp and pull a group back down towards the structure.

Interestingly, the Fulings almost always were more interested in our structure than us… until they destroyed them, of course. So we had a little time to pick them off while they were beating on spikes and workbenches. They also took damage from the spikes, so that was a bonus.

Building a decoy structure at the base of a hill camp

We’d repair whatever spikes made it through, replace the structures that were destroyed, then do it again until we got the camp population to a point we could come in and clean up.

On one such run, I rushed to the top of the camp where I found a farms of both barley and flax. I stole away with as much of that as I could… and we were in business!

Just as I thought, the flax makes thread which was the missing link for our next set of gear. Funny enough, the armor doesn’t require black metal, but rather more iron. So, we did take a couple-day detour into the Swamps where we’d marked tons of crypts for iron runs.

However, we needed lots and lots of flax. And it only grows in the plains biomes, so it was time to set up a new farm. We learned really quickly that growing barley and flax unprotected in the plains is a terrible idea. Fulings can and will attack the growing plants, just as they did structures.

This means that we had to fence in our farm for protection… so the next project was a nice big stone-walled farm.

Now that we have barley, I was able to put my new windmill to use making flour. This was something I was excitedly waiting for because flour plus cooked fish turns into fish wraps!

I’ve set up a little cooking station next to the windmill – rain or shine, fish wraps are in the makes!

This also gives me an excuse to fish again in game. When we’re not out raiding camps, I’m finding places to fish along the shores. We have plenty of cash for bait, and barley is growing in the farm, so it’s my turn to have fun while providing for our needs.

We were able to craft our first new padded armor from the flax we’ve been growing, and in successfully taking down both Fuling camps, we got a bit more bold.

The Lox have been a terror to us since the first time we ran across them. So, armed with frost and poison arrows, we decided to see what we could do against them. We found that as long as we stayed divided up, we were able to take the Lox down one at a time by ranged kiting.

Considering the last Lox in a Fuling camp

After that, we started hunting the plains for Lox, pretty much taking down every one we could find. I scored a new Lox hide cloak and we added a new Lox hide rug in our main camp. Not to mention meat, which we still need to cook.

We have lots of upgrades to make – I got a new blackmetal sword, too. But gear-wise, we’re waiting for the flax to grow and weave before we can upgrade more. Luckily, the padded gear only seems to require iron for further upgrades. We have tons of iron stashed away at this point, and the ability to get even more if we need it.

So, for now, we’re sitting pretty as we continue to explore the plains and work on gearing up for the last boss fight!

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4 thoughts on “Valheim: Becoming Hunters on the Plains

  1. It’s curious how different players have different experiences of the various biomes. I had no idea Fulings would attack planted crops because I planted my grains in a Fuling camp. Once cleared, a camp never respawns. The only fulings that respawn are the patrols and they never come into the camps, so the safest place on the whole plain is a camp you’ve cleared.

    Another thing ni fuling can do is climb. Or jump. God knows how they get to the top of those towers because the only way they can get down is to fall down! Since the plains are dotted with large boulders and there’s nearly always one near a camp, I used to fire an arrow into a fuling inside the camp then leg it to the rock and jump up on top. The fulings would boil out of the camp like ants and mill around the bottom of the rock and I’d take potshots at them. They were hard to hit but when I winged one it would alays run away and I’d be able to kill it as it ran. Or when it came back.

    I cleared some very large camps like that before I got more confident and just kited them around on the ground, which was a lot faster. Even the big berserkers and the two-star fulings go down before they can get to you if you have a high enough bow skill and if it starts to look risky you can always just hop back on the rock! That said, they do eventually knock holes in the rock so it needs to be a big one.

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    1. Hmmm… I’m not sure if there were any rocks nearby the camp, but it didn’t cross my mind to use one to perch on. Thanks for the tip – this will be helpful for times when we’re getting swamped – because patrols are bad news for us still.

      I really need to work up my bow skill it seems.

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