Patch 0.218.9 – Ashlands (Public Test)

April 22, 2024

This update is for the Public Test version of Valheim, and may therefore be unstable. Before we launch this update to the Default version of the game, we want to make sure to have a chance to discover bugs and adjust the balancing, to give you the best game experience possible.

Access the Public Test branch on Steam by right clicking Valheim in your Steam library, and then select ‘Properties’. In the new window, select ‘Betas’ and type in the code “yesimadebackups”. The Public Test branch should now be available for you to choose from.

To access with Microsoft / PC Game Pass, launch the Xbox Insider Hub app. Navigate to ‘Previews’, and then find ‘Valheim Public Test’. Select ‘Join’. Wait for the registration to be complete to be directed to the Store and then install ‘Valheim Public Test’.

Be aware that there might be some minor offsets between the versions, but that we are aiming to keep the two as consistent as possible.

Please leave any feedback you may have in the appropriate channel in our Discord, or in the appropriate form on the support page on our website. 

As always, remember to be considerate towards players not partaking in the Public Test, in case they want to avoid spoilers.

Please make sure to make backups of your save files before playing.

The world is heating up and in the south something is stirring... The creatures of the Ashlands come to life as the biome update is here at last!

Please keep in mind that this is still the Public Test version, and that there will possibly be several patches to fix bugs and improve the balance of the game before this update is released to the Live version of the game. Your feedback during this testing period is highly appreciated, so please tell us what you think! Feedback and bugs are best sent in via the support page on our website.

Before you dive into the game, please do take a look at our preparation guide. This guide touches important matters such as world generation and mods.

You will find the abbreviated patch notes further down, and the detailed patch notes (full of spoilers) below those. Please respect those who don't want to see spoilers before they play.

Without further ado, we would just like to show you the brand new gameplay trailer (also full of spoilers), and then we're off towards the Ashlands!

Abbreviated Patch Notes:

New content:

New Biome – Ashlands:
* 30+ New weapons
* New bombs and ammunitions
* 3 New armour sets
* 2 New capes
* 10+ New creatures
* 70+ New buildable items
* 5 New crafting station upgrades
* 30+ New crafting materials
* 15+ New food items and potions
* New locations
* New music
* New events
* New mechanics

Fixes & Improvements:

* Fixed Mead materials
* Standardised texts throughout the game

Detailed Patch Notes:

Once more, please do remember to check out the preparation guide before you set sail towards the Ashlands, it contains important information!



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