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Valheim weapons - the best weapons and how to craft them

Best Valheim weapons tier list
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The best Valheim weapons will make thriving in every biome, and beating every boss, easier. This Valheim weapons tier list will help you know what you need to craft, how to do it and when, as you progress through the different biomes and levels. There are a lot of options to choose from and while you might have some favorites, picking the right tool at the right time is important. Do you need a multifunctional axe, a knife, a bow, or something else entirely? 

Naturally, weapons you can unlock later in the game are more damaging than early-stage weapons. But you can only access certain things as crafting resources unlock so this list starts with the best weapons you can create right after spawning. If the weapon is lower on the list, it’s a bit more advanced. Let’s take a look at the best Valheim weapons and how to get them:

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Valheim Crude bow

Best Valheim weapons tier list

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Is it the best bow in Valheim? No, but the Crude Bow is the best weapon you can get in the very first stage of the game, before you take down Eikthyr. Even while you’re vulnerable and walking around in rags, the Crude Bow can take down the most dangerous opponents without putting you at risk. 

On top of that, it’s easy to maximize the Crude Bow’s damage by using fire arrows. You only need wood, resin (you will get heaps of the stuff by killing Greylings), and feathers. Once you have a few feathers, you can just shoot some birds to make even more. 

Finally, the Crude Bow is also the best early-game hunting weapon. You can’t get close to the deer without scaring them away yet, so having a bow is an absolute must. 

This is all the material you need:

  • 10 wood
  • 8 leather scraps

Valheim Stagbreaker

Best Valheim weapons tier list

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Not only does this giant two-handed hammer look cool, it’s also the most powerful Valheim melee weapon you can get without much effort. Just take a look at its incredibly high knockback power! The only downside to the Stagbreaker is its slow attack speed, which makes it less suitable for players who prefer fast combat and rely on dodging skills.

The Stagbreaker crafting recipe is unlocked automatically after you collect your first pieces of ‘core wood’. You can get core wood by chopping down pine trees in the Black Forest biome. You only need to kill two boars to get enough leather scraps, but you will need to hunt a lot of deer as the deer trophies only drop occasionally. 

Here’s the full list of requirements for the Stagbreaker:

  • 20 core wood
  • 5 deer trophies
  • 2 leather scraps 

Valheim Abyssal Harpoon

Best Valheim weapons tier list

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As the only harpoon available in Valheim, the Abyssal Harpoon has a rather specific use. It’s the perfect weapon to get if you want to kill a sea serpent. The only thing you need to do is hit it and drag it along while other players attack. 

Alternatively, you can use the Abyssal Harpoon to catch a serpent and drag it to the shore. Once there, it will either die by itself or you can take it down with a melee weapon. As it turns out, the abyssal Harpoon also provides a great method of transportation: use it to pierce another player and send them flying across the map!

You may not have heard of the ‘chitin’ material you need to craft an Abyssal Harpoon. You can find it by mining abyssal barnacles on the tiny islands you’ll see on the open sea. Try not to drown though: these islands are actually living krakens who will disappear after a while. 

These are all the materials needed to get this unique Valheim weapon:

  • 8 fine wood
  • 30 Chitin
  • 3 leather scraps

Valheim Abyssal Razor

Best Valheim weapons tier list

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It’s easy to overlook the ‘knife’ weapon type in Valheim. Its base attack power is quite low, even when considering the fast attack speed. So why is the Abyssal Razor on this list? 

You will find the answer in its backstab multiplier. The Abyssal Razor deals 10 times more damage if the enemy doesn’t notice you. Furthermore, the Abyssal Razor is currently the best knife in the game. If stealthy combat sounds like your style, then the Abyssal Razor can easily become your favorite Valheim weapon.

Besides practicing your sneaking skill, you should craft some troll armor to make your Abyssal Razor a truly overpowered weapon. Wearing troll armor will grant you a sneaking bonus, which you can use to backstab even the most formidable opponents. 

Here’s what you need to craft your Abyssal Razor:

  • 4 fine wood
  • 20 chitin
  • 2 leather scraps

Valheim Draugr Fang

Best Valheim weapons tier list

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We started out with the Crude Bow, which is a great ranged weapon if you’re new to Valheim. After a while, however, you’re going to want a truly epic bow. That is where the Draugr Fang comes in: this deadly weapon has high piercing power, is a lot more accurate than other bows, and does standard poison damage. 

If you’re wondering what ‘guck’ is; look for the green stuff found on trees in the Swamp biome. You also need to explore the Mountain biome to find silver. In other words, Draugr Fang is far from the easiest weapon to craft, but you will be rewarded for the effort.

  • 10 ancient bark
  • 20 silver
  • 2 deer hide
  • 10 guck

Valheim Porcupine

Best Valheim weapons tier list

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Have you ever heard of a Morning Star? That’s basically what the Porcupine weapon is; a heavy club with deadly spikes at the end. Not only is it quite fast for a heavy weapon, it can also deal blunt damage and piercing damage at the same time. This makes it suitable against almost any opponent.

To make the Porcupine, you need needles and linen thread. Both become available after discovering the Plains biome. See the giant Deathsquito’s? Kill them until you have enough needles. The Linen can be made from Flax by using a spinning wheel. These are all the Porcupine materials:

  • 5 fine wood
  • 20 iron
  • 5 needles
  • 10 linen thread

Valheim Frostner

Best Valheim weapons tier list

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The Frostner axe’s blunt damage is decent, but not extremely high. As the name suggests though, the Frostner axe can also deal frost damage and spirit damage to enemies, and its knockback power is one of the highest in the game. Take all of this together, and you got yourself an amazing battle axe.

Unfortunately, it’s a difficult weapon to create. You can only buy Ymir flesh from a trader called Haldor, who is located somewhere in the Black Forest. The Freeze Gland and silver are only found in the Mountain biome. 

To sum up, you need:

  • 10 ancient bark
  • 30 silver
  • 5 Ymir flesh
  • 5 freeze gland

That concludes our list of the very best weapons you can get in Valheim, enjoy your crafting!

Marloes Valentina Stella

I’m a freelance journalist who (surprise!) kind of has a thing for videogames. When I’m not working on guides for GamesRadar, you can probably find me somewhere in Teyvat, Novigrad, or Whiterun. Unless I’m feeling competitive, in which case you should try Erangel. You can also find my words on PCGamesN, Fanbyte, PCGamer, Polygon, Esports Insider, and Game Rant.