After dealing with the ice dragon Moder in Valheim‘s Mountain biome, you’ll have to make your way to the Plains region. There, you’ll be farming black metal, flax, linen, and barley from Fuling Villages. Eventually, you’ll use structures unlocked by the Artisan Table to convert them into usable materials. Here’s our guide to help you out.
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Valheim guide: The Plains biome and Fuling Villages – Farming black metal, flax, linen, and barley
Reaching the Plains biome in Valheim
Given that the Plains biome is the last type of region you’ll visit in Valheim‘s sandbox progression, it’s likely that it’s fairly distant from your initial spawn location. As such, you might want to construct a longship. Fill your inventory and the longship’s storage with lots of materials, including those used to craft portals. Oh, and don’t forget to build an extra portal in your current base. Give it a name like “BasePlains.”
Since you can’t fast travel via portals when you have heavier objects, place tons of ore in your longship’s storage as well. Lastly, select Moder’s Forsaken Power from the summoning stones. You’ll be able to have a tailwind (sail with the wind) for five minutes, allowing you to reach distant locations faster.
Once you’ve found a Plains biome, try to familiarize yourself with the lay of the land. You’ll want a cozy area free of enemies since this is where you’ll construct your new base of operations.
Create several chests for ore/metal storage and plop down another portal (with the “BasePlains” name). This will let you travel back and forth your previous base in case you need to bring more materials.
Dealing with the Fuling and other enemies
As for the challenges you’ll face, well, there are annoying deathsquitos here. Even though they’ve been nerfed, they’re still a pain to take out.
Next up are the lox, giant beasts of burden akin. They have a fairly short aggro range, but beware of their powerful stomp. If you’re up for it, you can tame them.
And, of course, Valheim‘s Plains region is home to the Fuling, goblin-like creatures who live in groups. These Fuling Villages have several huts, fireplaces, and tanning racks, implying that the creatures have settled here.
They won’t be too happy with your character’s presence, and you could end up fighting dozens of them:
- Fuling Warriors – These are tiny goblins who don’t hit that hard, but they can overwhelm you due to numbers.
- Fuling Berserkers – These mobs unleash strong three-hit combos and AoE swings.
- Fuling Shamans – These casters provide a barrier to nearby Fuling tribesmen, and even on some lox beasts that are near the Fuling Village.
Likewise, I mentioned using Moder’s Forsaken Power for sailing. But, once you’ve reached the Plains biome in Valheim, you ought to teleport to the summoning circle to switch to Bonemass’ ability.
This buff grants you increased physical resistance which is particularly helpful due to the sheer number of goblins in each Fuling Village.
The Artisan Table and farming black metal, flax, linen, and barley
After clearing your foes, take a look around the Fuling Village. The goblins tend to drop lots of coins, just in case you need to purchase some of Haldor’s wares. They also drop black metal scraps.
The cultivated fields also have barley and flax which you can gather. Oh, and scattered all over the Plains biome are plants that grow cloudberries.
Note: Be on the lookout for Fuling Totems that are placed on poles next to bonfires. These are used as sacrifices to summon Yagluth, currently the final boss in Valheim.
Anyway, given that you’ve defeated Moder, you’d have roughly 10x Dragon Tears with you. These let you construct the Artisan Table in your base (10x wood and 2x Dragon Tear). The Artisan Table lets you build additional structures once you have the required materials:
- Blast Furnace (20x stone, 20x fine wood, 10x iron, and 5x surtling core) – The regular smelter won’t work on black metal scrap, so you need the blast furnace to turn these into black metal bars. Don’t forget that the blast furnace still requires coal as fuel, so you’d need to make a charcoal kiln as well (20x stone and 5x surtling core).
- Spinning Wheel (20x fine wood, 10x iron nails, and 5x leather scraps) – Spinning Wheels are used to turn flax into linen; linen is used to craft the Padded Armor set.
- Windmill (30x wood, 20x stone, and 30x iron nails) – Windmills turn barley into flour. The processing speed depends on how fast the winds are blowing in the area (i.e., windmills produce more flour if there’s a storm).
Note 1: Black metals are materials for crafting high-end weapons (i.e., Black Metal Sword and Black Metal Atgeir). Meanwhile, the Padded Armor set uses iron as a metal. If you’re lucky with your Valheim map seed, the Plains region would have a Swamp biome nearby filled with Sunken Crypts. Otherwise, it’s going to be a long trek just to bring in more iron to your new base.
Note 2: Barley and barley flour are used as ingredients for various cauldron recipes. Important ones include lox meat pie (2x cloudberries, 2x cooked lox meat, 2x barley flour) and barley wine base: fire resistance (10x barley and 10x cloudberries). The drink needs to be fermented, but you can use an exploit to skip time.