The new Valheim Mistlands update is coming, but when? For every Viking eager to learn more about the Mistlands release date, creatures, and new weapons, here’s everything we know about the next biome so far.
Oh, and in case you want to craft something new right away… To celebrate midsummer, the developers added maypoles, flower crowns, and colourful banners as seasonal items. It stands in stark contrast with the Mistlands’ creepy dungeons and deadly insects that we’re about to discuss next.
The Mistlands biome is the next major Valheim update
The Mistlands will be the first new biome since Valheim launched in early access. Since every Valheim biome has its own unique landscape, creatures, and final boss, the Mistlands update is expected to have a bigger impact on the game than Hearth and Home, which focused on building materials and food upgrades.
So far, we know that the Valheim team is working on the Mistlands’ terrain and textures (see picture). It looks like the Mistlands will get a grassy surface in a moist environment. And (no big surprise here) we can spot some of the mist in the distance. Iron Gate also confirmed that the landscape is taking shape as shown in the picture posted by CEO Richard Svensson:
Some misty landscape is taking shape. Still a long way to go, but I’m pretty happy with it so far. #gamedev #valheim pic.twitter.com/hHAx2yVqobOctober 26, 2021
Valheim Mistlands locations and landscape
As some of you may know, the Mistlands have actually been part of the Valheim world from the start, but the landscape is just an empty, temporary ‘filler’. The Mistlands teasers from early May show a vastly different world with more greenery, more mist, and ruins from ancient civilizations.
The ruins will receive a makeover before the Mistlands release to make them appear more weathered, but these pictures will give you an idea of what they’ll look like. Similar to the old wooden huts or stone towers found in existing biomes, the ruins are probably sources of loot and inhabited by less-than-friendly creatures. On June 16, the developers tweeted that we’ll be able to build our own Mistlands structures as well.
Oh, and did we mention that the Mistlands biome seems to be the perfect place for some quiet reflection and mead-drinking? Valheim developer Robin Eyre has posted several Mistlands sneak peeks on Twitter in the past few weeks.
You may be wondering what types of plants will grow in the Mistlands. Well, a lot of fungi, apparently. So far, we’ve seen some yellow, balloon-shaped mushrooms, and tall, purple-bluish shrooms in one of the teasers. The best news: they’ll be part of new Mistlands recipes!
Valheim Mistlands creatures
Let’s start with the first creature we’ve seen in the early Mistlands concept art. Better make sure you’re carrying proper armour and weapons when the new Biome arrives, because it looks like murderous moths are coming to Valheim.
And that’s not the only dangerous insect: in their Steam post from June 22, the developers showed a Mistlands sneak peek featuring a disturbingly large tick. As the developers previously hinted that they were working on a mysterious third Mistlands creature, we can assume that this is what they were talking about.
Besides insects, it looks like the Mistlands will be home to a large population of hares. If you want to have a more detailed look at this upcoming Mistlands creature, the Valheim developers recently posted a speed modelling video. By the looks of it, Valheim hares are going to be passive creatures, not killer bunnies. They may end up in your cooking station… Or perhaps they can become pets?
And then there’s this dungeon-like structure that strongly hints at a spidery presence in the Mistlands. Note that spiders have not been officially confirmed, but based on that cobweb-filled entrance… Well, it’s probably best to be mentally prepared for the arrival of our eight-legged friends.
They jump! They’ve grown! They can be mounted on your wall! There are more! They don’t fly anymore! Fishing improvements in the #Valheim Mistlands update! Can you catch the biggest one?@Valheimgame #gamedev #wipwednesday pic.twitter.com/ncdyLube5DJune 22, 2022
Finally, the Valheim fish population is going to receive an upgrade, adding different types and sizes. Thanks to this preview from Iron Gate programmer and designer Jonathan Smårs, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what it looks like. Also good news for new Valheim players: while it’s part of the Mistlands update, the fishes will not be restricted to the Mistlands biome.
Valheim Mistlands weapons
Finally, we’ve got our first glimpse at some of the new weapons arriving in the Mistlands update! So far, there’s a crossbow, a bow that looks like it’s made from bones, and a massive, taller-than-a-Viking greatsword. The greatsword is teased in the tick picture on the left (scroll up if you want another look).
True, this doesn’t really count as a weapon… But it’s close enough. This bear (or rather lox, troll… spider?) trap has been confirmed as part of the Mistlands update. Running through high grass will never be the same again.
But how to craft Mistlands weapons? Instead of that stuffy old forge we used before, it looks like we’ll be hammering away at a much sleeker version in the Mistlands. According to the developers, we’ll need this forge to “craft many of the Mistlands tier weapons”. So… sounds like it’s not just for the skeleton/spinal/boney bow.
Valheim Mistlands release date
There’s no release date for Mistlands just yet. On March 25, the developers added that the new biome is “quite some time away still, but we are excited for it and we believe the result will be well worth the wait.”
After the release of Hearth and Home, Valheim developer Iron Gate said they would work on some smaller updates to add before the arrival of the Mistlands. And they delivered on that promise: since late 2021, we’ve welcomed the Swamp update, the Armor Stand update, and the Frost Caves update (more on them below).
The Frost Caves were the last of the smaller additions before the next big update. Besides the cloud sync issues patch in June, the Valheim developers have been fully focused on the Mistlands update for the past few months.
Valheim is coming to Game Pass
On June 14, it was announced that Valheim is coming to Xbox and the Microsoft store. The game will be available on PC Game Pass starting fall 2022, and on Xbox Game Pass in early 2023. There will be full crossplay support between Steam, Xbox and Microsoft. The ports are handled by two external teams instead of Iron Gate.
Will Valheim be on Steam Deck?
The short answer: yes. In their Steam post on March 25, Iron Gate confirms that Valheim is now verified by Valve on Steam Deck, which means it’s fully compatible. To add a bit more detail: Valheim shows the Steam Deck controller icons, the in-game interface is legible, it works with the built-in controls, and the default graphics configuration performs well.
Valheim Swamp update and armor stand
Valheim has already received three small updates since the Hearth and Home release. The first, the Swamp Biome update, added the following enemies and items to Valheim:
- Abominations: the new Swamp mini-bosses. They look like tree stumps and tend to spawn in open water.
- Abomination Trophy: gained by defeating the Abomination.
- Root: a new material dropped by the Abominations.
- Root armour: a new armour set made from Roots, Ancient Bark, and Deer Hide.
The second small update, which arrived just before Christmas, added several seasonal items (such as the Yule Hat and Yule tree) as well as an Armor Stand. Fulfilling a long-time request from the player base, the Armor Stand is used to put any armor piece or full set on display. It’s a type of storage, but it mostly just looks cool.
In case you’re wondering how to craft an Armor Stand, it’s quite simple: find eight pieces of Fine Wood (Birch Trees and Oaks), two Leather Scraps (dropped from Boar), and four Iron Nails (forged; find Scrap Iron in the Swamp).
Valheim Mountain biome update: Frost caves
The third small Valheim update since Hearth and Home, the long-awaited Mountain Cave update, has arrived on March 1. It introduces ‘Frost Caves’ filled with new creatures, items, and resources. Head to a previously unexplored patch of Mountain Biome to explore your first Caves.
Here’s a short overview of everything new in the Valheim Frost Cave update:
- Frost Cave mini-dungeons: new Mountain areas that are similar to the Sunken Crypts in the Swamp. They’re meant as a loot source only; you can’t use the Frost Caves for building.
- New creatures: you’ll find Bats, Ulv, and Cultists inside the Frost Caves.
- New armor set: Fenris Armor. It makes you look like a wolf and protects you against fire damage.
- New weapon: Flesh Rippers.
- New decorations: Red Carpet, Red Curtains, and the Standing Brazier. The latter is a light source similar to a campfire.
Valheim roadmap: Cult of the Wolf, and Ships and the Sea
Some Valheim players are wondering what happened to the original roadmap published earlier in 2021. There were four updates planned for this year, of which the first (Hearth and Home) has arrived. As Mistlands was originally meant to be the fourth update of this year, that leaves update number two, ‘Cult of the Wolf’, and update number three, ‘Ships and the Sea’.
As originally described, Cult of the Wolf would’ve been an expansion to the Mountain biome, adding new wolf-like creatures and, of course, a cult. You guessed it, those ideas became part of the smaller Frost Caves update instead.
As for the ships update, this could also become a smaller pre-Mistlands update. However, as we haven’t heard anything about ships for a while, this update may also be postponed or become part of the next big update after Mistlands.
We only got the concept art, early development pictures, and our imagination, but it’s never too early to start dreaming of new Valheim adventures, right?
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