Valheim: How to Summon and Defeat The Game’s Second Boss


The world of Valheim is vivid and full of dangers, and to survive that, players need to adapt, hunt, cook, build, craft, and face nightmarish creatures, and one sure to bring you a few is the game’s second boss, The Elder.

But fear not, we will now show you not only how to summon the fearsome creature, but how to beat him as well. So ready your best weapon, because we are going woodchopping!

How to Summon

Well, like with the game’s first boss, the giant and angry stag (Eikthyr), The second boss of Valheim needs to be summoned at a specific sacrificial altar. In its case, you will need to head to the one located in the Black Forest, to locate, you’ll need to explore Burial Chambers or in constructions around the Black Forest biome. After that, look for an altar with a large stone monument and a fire bowl in its middle, located in the Black Forest biome, and bring to it three Ancient Seed’s, with can be dropped by Greydwarf Brutes and Shamans.

After summoning the enemy, well, you need to get ready to and cut the boss down to size, get it?

The Elder in Valheim
Credit: Rock Paper Shotgun

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The Elder is a gigantic tree-like creature and has a simple move-set, but don’t let that fool you, he is as dangerous as he looks. He can do a close-range stomp, a vine-ranged attack, which is capable of sweeping trees and rocks out of its way, and a wide attack that fills the area with roots, with will cause damage to the player if approached. Its size already tells you, but be careful since its attacks do massive damage upon contact.

It is also important to point out that, unlike many enemies in the game, the boss will hunt you, chasing you even if you try to run. And don’t forget to be careful of your surroundings, since other creatures can very well decide to join in the fight.

How to Beat The Elder

Adopting a ranger approach is effective since you can avoid his high damaging stomp. For that, make sure to come prepared and to organize the environment to your advantage, after all, as with everything in life, preparation is key. Also, take note that you can also shield yourself on the pillars (the only structures in the proximity that will not be destroyed by its attacks) and take your time, taking advantage of its openings to cause damage.

Make sure to also make use of the boosts available and forge sturdy armor and prepare a large number of arrows. If you prefer going hard on him, a bronze shield can parry his stomp but is not recommended for first-timers. After killing the boss, you will be able to acquire his ability, which will help you gather materials easier by chopping trees faster.

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Valheim was released on February 2, 2021 and reached an insane mark of 2 million active players less than 1 month after its release. The game is currently available for PC, via Steam Early Access, with means it’s still not a finished product and its gathering community feedback on its new updates to finally release the full game. Check its official synopsis below, which is available on Steam:

”A battle-slain warrior, the Valkyries have ferried your soul to Valheim, the tenth Norse world. Besieged by creatures of chaos and ancient enemies of the gods, you are the newest custodian of the primordial purgatory, tasked with slaying Odin’s ancient rivals and bringing order to Valheim.
Your trials begin at the disarmingly peaceful centre of Valheim, but the gods reward the brave and glory awaits. Venture forth through imposing forests and snow-capped mountains, explore and harvest more valuable materials to craft deadlier weapons, sturdier armor, viking strongholds and outposts. Build a mighty longship and sail the great oceans in search of exotic lands … but be wary of sailing too far…”

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead face The Elder and take the head of the second boss of Valheim!

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