Valheim iron: How to find iron locations from muddy scrap piles and smelt iron ore explained

Iron in Valheim is something you’ll want to track as you progress up the resource ladder in Valheim, discover new biomes, and develop your farm.

This is one of Valheim’s biggest challenges, as you must venture far and defeat several bosses to even have the privilege of mining it.

We’re going to explain why iron is so useful, how to find iron locations in Valheim, and what items you should craft once you’ve smelted your own supply.

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Iron in Valheim explained

Players will begin to see the importance of iron in Valheim after crafting bronze tools and armor. After defeating the first boss, Eikthyr, players will receive the means to craft an antler pickaxe and use it to mine ore.

Tin and copper, found in the Black Forest biome, are the first resources you can mine. When melted and combined, they produce Bronze. Using a forge, you can melt bronze to create powerful weapons, tools, and armor.

These items are sturdy and will serve you well until you defeat the game’s second boss, The Elder, who is the overlord of the Black Forest biome.

But once this is done, you’ll need to head to the swamp biome to find locked sunken crypts, which use the swamp keys dropped by The Elder. Bronze really isn’t enough against Draugr’s onslaught, poisonous Blobs, and fiery Surtlings ready to ruin your day, so you’ll want Iron as soon as you get here.

Having Iron allows you to create better weapons, armor, and tools that will make your life much more efficient in Valheim and keep you defended from all kinds of evil beasts and environmental hazards. But beyond the defensive and offensive capabilities of iron weapons, tools, and armor, iron is also useful because it allows you to create stone buildings and the stonecutter.

The Stonecutter allows players to create stone building elements, replace wood as a building material, and increase the security of their home, protecting it from intermittent hordes of enemies trying to raid their home.

Scrap Locations: Where to Find Sludgy Scrap Scrap in Valheim

Before making iron, we need to find scrap metal. To find scrap metal, we need to find muddy scrap piles. To find muddy scrap piles, we need to find sunken crypts. To find sunken crypts, we must be in the swamp biome.

Open your map and look around to see if you’ve come across any muddy-looking areas tinted brown. You can tell it’s a swamp biome if you hover over it, as the biome name will appear at the top right of the map screen.

Each world is procedural in Valheim, so you’ll have to explore until you find a swamp biome before you can continue. Once you’ve found one, place the Swamp Keys you got from defeating The Elder into your inventory and explore.

Now you must get lucky and find a sunken crypt. Like the Black Forest huts, they are easy to spot and are marked with green flames, enemies, and a reinforced door. Once you find one, simply approach the door and unlock it with the Swamp Key.

You will enter a flooded underground dungeon full of enemies. Look around until you find round deposits, sometimes with skulls.

If you hover over them, you should see “Muddy Scrap Piles” appear, at which point you’ll know you’ve found one. Take out your antler or bronze pickaxe and hit the tank until it breaks, and you will recover scrap metal.

Remember that you can’t teleport precious metals, so you’ll have to return home on foot or by boat once you have a stack in your inventory. Alternatively, you can take the materials with you to create a foundry and forge in the Sunken Crypt, but it’s not at all safe: the monsters will quickly destroy anything you build and make your life miserable.

How to smelt iron in Valheim

Now that you have scrap metal in your base, you will need to build a foundry and a coal furnace to work it.

You should already have one, as you need it to create Bronze, but if not, you can use the Hammer’s right-click function to build them.

  • Smelting Recipe: Stone x 20, Breeding Core x 5
  • Charcoal Furnace Recipe: Stone x 20, Breeding Core x 5

Stone is found randomly on the ground and Surtling cores are found in dungeon huts in the Black Forest. Again, you should already have these resources if you are trying to smelt iron.

Once you have the two main machines, you will need to put wood into the charcoal furnace to create charcoal. Take the coal and place it on one side of the foundry, and then place the scrap metal on the other side.

After a while, the foundry will spit out bars of worked iron for you to use. Once you’ve loaded the Foundry with both resources, you can go to sleep to speed up the process, if it’s nighttime.

How to farm iron in Valheim

There is no easy way to farm iron in Valheim. The amount of iron you can find depends on the number of sunken crypts you can find and, by proxy, the number of swamp biomes on your procedurally generated map. One thing you should do, however, is stock up on Swamp Keys by killing The Elder boss several times, so you can open the crypts when you find them.

The best thing you can do to maximize your iron gains is to steal all the muddy scrap piles from the crypts you find and return home with several piles when possible. You can use your boat’s storage compartment to unload the weight of your inventory, if necessary. Travel light to the sunken crypts to make the most of them!

What is iron used for in Valheim and the best iron items to craft explained?

The main benefit of Iron is that you can use it to create upgraded versions of the weapons, tools, and armor you’re probably already using. Iron items will allow you to survive longer in battle, deal more damage to enemies, and collect resources more efficiently. This is very important when you start delving into the more difficult biomes like the Swamp, which is full of ruthless enemies and difficult resources.

The Iron Scale Mail should be your first priority, as it provides a whopping 14 armor, almost double the bronze breastplate that precedes it. And if you’re going to pick up an iron weapon, consider the Ancient Bark Spear, which deals 55 base piercing damage and can be thrown, making it very versatile in combat.

The Banded Shield doesn’t hurt either: it’s a smaller, rounded shield that’s great for parrying enemies and blocking dangerous attacks. The first tool you should grab with your Iron is the Iron Pickaxe, which is the best in the game right now. With a higher durability rating, you will be much more efficient when extracting resources in the wild.

Beyond the statistical benefits of iron, smelting the resource also allows you to access the Stonemason’s recipe, so you can create a station that allows you to create stone construction resources. This is a big step up from flimsy wood and will give your home some much-needed fortification.

Excess Iron will also allow you to create the Forge Toolrack and Smith’s Anvil, upgrade stations for the Forge that will allow you to upgrade weapons, tools and armor to a higher level.

Iron is also part of the recipe for the reinforced chest, which has eight more storage slots than the typical wooden chest. You’ll also need it to create a personal chest, which is great if you don’t trust your teammates with your hard-earned resources.

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