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Valheim gets expansive Mistlands biome in new update

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Coffee Stain Publishing and developer Iron Gate announced Valheim’s highly anticipated Mistlands update is finally available.

Chief among the new content in the Mistlands update is a new magic system, a new black marble building material, the game’s first neutral/friendly faction, and more.

Here’s a rundown on the new update, plus a slick new animated trailer:

Valheim Mistlands Update

Mistlands is Valheim’s largest biome to date, and brings a wide variety of new additions. First and foremost, a new magic system is being introduced. Vikings can now harvest eitr, an ancient essence found in the roots of the Yggdrasil World Tree, and consume it to gain the ability to wield fire, ice, and power over life and death. Players must harness this power by crafting different staffs, with an array of destruction, protection and necromantic conduits to choose from.

As with every biome, new weapons, armour, building pieces and other resources have been added. Black marble is being introduced as the new building material, reminiscent of ancient dwarven ruins that players can find in the new biome. A new weapon type is introduced, too – The Arbalest, a hefty crossbow that knocks back enemies, perfect for keeping foes at an arm’s length. That and much more has arrived with the Mistlands update, from new additions to interior decoration to nine new weapons, two armour sets and contraptions to bolster your settlement’s defences.

Friends and foes await in the impenetrable mist. The Mistlands are teeming with ancient history and magics, and creatures inhabiting this realm are ancient, too. A range of new enemies will challenge Vikings on ground and in the air, but those in need can find shelter in the ancient dvergr structures scattered across the biome. Players will also encounter dvergr allies, Valheim’s first friendly faction, on their adventures.

“We’re excited to finally see all our players venture into Mistlands,” said Henrik Törnqvist, co-founder of Iron Gate Studio. “Mistlands has been a labour of love and the team poured every ounce of their creativity into its atmosphere, feel and gameplay, and we can’t wait to see players take on a new challenge as we set our sights on Ashlands and the Deep North next.”

“Mistlands is Valheim’s most ambitious biome yet,” said Albert Säfström, VP of Publishing at Coffee Stain. “It recaptures the feeling of playing the game for the first time. Confident players who have been running around in high-level Plains gear crushing their foes will be reminded of why Valheim is considered a “brutal” survival game.”

Valheim has been available on Windows PC, and Linux (via Steam and the Microsoft Store) and PC Game Pass. A console release for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Game Pass for consoles is coming next spring.

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