How to Find and Extract Iron Mines in Valheim? ;Anyone who has played a craft-based game knows how valuable resource gathering is for survival. Valheim is no different. You'll search for ores in this open world Viking experience to craft powerful weapons and armor. The more vehicles you unlock, the better ore you can mine. The better ore you can mine, the better quality gear you can craft.
There are six different ores that you can mine and craft into weapons and armor: Copper, Iron, Tin, Silver, Black Metal, and Obsidian. However, Iron may be the most desirable among them. You'll use Iron to craft most endgame level weapons and armor. Here we will examine where to mine Iron in Valheim and how to use it.
How to Find and Extract Iron Mines in Valheim?
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You will need to build a Smelter before starting your quest to mine all the ore in Valheim. Combine 20x Stones and 5x Surtling Cores in the workbench to craft a Smelter. Note that the smelter must be located on open land and cannot be placed on an existing structure. However, if you want to develop an aesthetically pleasing workshop, you can build something around your Foundry. To power the smelter you will need to stock up on Coal along with all your ore.
Coal will drop from Surtlings and can be found in random chests. Players can also produce Coal through the Colliery. You can put any wood you want in the oven to make charcoal. It's wise to keep your Furnace and Smelter close by, as you'll be switching back and forth between the two often. Having figured this out, let's look at how to mine and grind iron in Valheim.
Where is iron found?
You will need a Horn Pickax or Bronze Pickax to mine Iron in the Swamp Biome and Sunken Vaults. Use the Swingbone, obtained by defeating Valheim's third boss, Bonemass, to find Muddy Scrap Piles scattered throughout the area. You'll know you're nearby when Wishbone starts pinging. Think of it as a metal detector. You'll know you're standing on a collectible Scrap Metal when it's ringing at its fastest.
By exploring Sunken Cryptos you will find more consistent Muddy Scrap Piles. They are very hard to miss, as they glow in a bright green light and are surrounded by enemies. However, you cannot access Cryptos without the Swamp Key obtained by defeating Valheim's second boss, The Elder.
Finally, the last bastion to find Iron in Valheim is to kill the Oozers and extract the Meteor Craters. Both methods are rare. You'd be better off sticking with Sunken Crypts and using Wishbone.
Smelting and using Iron
Once you have found as many Scrap Metal pieces as you can carry, return to your Foundry facility and begin the smelting process. To create an Iron Bar 2x Coal 1x Scrap MetaCombine with l. These Iron Bars will be your primary resource for building all of Valheim's late game craftables. Iron is not only integral in making weapons and armor, it will also be an essential component in every major tool and upgrade.