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Valheim boss guide — How to cheese the Elder fight in the Black Forest

Don't be hasty.

The Elder is the second boss in Valheim, one that you fight after defeating Eikthyr. This giant treeman (ent) isn’t marching to war against Isengard; it’ll just try its best to demolish you. Here’s our guide to help you cheese the Elder boss fight.

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Note: Valheim is currently an Early Access title. As such, mechanics and content may change in due course. For more information, check out our Valheim guides and features hub.


Valheim boss guide: Defeating and cheesing the Elder

Getting started: The Elder’s location, altar sacrifice, and ideal gear

The Elder’s summoning location is marked on your map if you discover a runestone in a Burial Chambers dungeon.

Alternatively, you might stumble upon it as you’re exploring the Black Forest. The altar has a flame in the middle and is surrounded by four pillars.

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To summon this evil Treebeard or, for Warhammer fans, Durthu after a night of partying with Drycha you’ll need 3x Ancient Seeds. These are dropped by greydwarf shamans and greydwarf brutes. You could camp near a spawning nest until you’ve collected the materials.

As for your gear pieces, I would suggest using the Finewood Bow after farming some fine wood and core wood. Try to craft a lot of fire arrows too.

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The Elder’s attacks and abilities

When you’re ready, place 3x Ancient Seeds on the altar to summon the giant treeman. Apart from a melee attack, the Elder has a couple of notable abilities:

  • Vine Tendrils – The Elder creates thorny vines that extend from its arm in a frontal cone.

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  • Roots Bloody Roots – Okay, this isn’t really the actual name of the ability, but that’s fine. Anyway, this has roots erupting from the ground.

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How do you cheese the Elder boss fight?

Although the Elder’s attacks are predictable, it’ll often be surrounded by other greydwarf variants (i.e., shamans and brutes), and even the occasional wandering troll. If you try to fight it mano-a-mano, you’ll get blasted from all sides.

However, if you stay further away from the boss, you’ll only need to deal with a trickle of mobs.

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As for the Elder, it seems it doesn’t like to stray far away from its altar. You could leave it alone for a while to recuperate, then come back to see that its health doesn’t regenerate.

You can happily snipe the boss. The altar’s pillars even help since they’d block the Elder’s Vine Tendrils, and the structures won’t get destroyed.

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The Elder’s loot and Forsaken Power

  • Swamp Key – This allows you to unlock Sunken Crypts, dungeons in the Swamp biome.
  • Elder Trophy – Hang this on the summoning stone circle to gain the Elder’s Forsaken Power. This allows you to chop down trees at a faster rate for five minutes.

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