How to beat the Elder – Valheim wiki guide

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Taking on the various enemy bosses in Valheim is sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Each boss represents a unique threat, and it’s only by defeating each of them that you get the materials needed to advance the story, along with their dropped ability. This section of the IGN walkthrough will guide you through defeating Valheim’s second major boss, The Elder.

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How to invoke the elder

The Elder is Valheim’s second boss and can be found in the Black Forest biome. As with Eikthyr, you will need to find a ceremonial site and offer a sacrifice to summon the Guardian of the Black Forest.

First step: explore the burial chambers

While you can naturally explore and find The Elder Summon Site, there is an easy way to mark its location on your map. This requires exploring the various burial chambers scattered throughout the Black Forest.

If you need help locating burial chambers, check out our guide below.

In some of the burial chambers you will refine a runestone that records the location of the elder on your map. Press “E” on that runestone when you find one and check your map for the updated location.

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Step two: visit the elder’s ceremony site

Once you’ve discovered the location, head to The Elder site by navigating to the icon on your map.

You will come to a site with four large columns and a burning fire in the center. On one side is a runestone with the information needed to summon the Ancient One.

The message on the runestone reads “BURN THEIR YOUNG PEOPLE”

So you know that you will have to hunt something else and burn it to wake up The Elder. If you look around the ceremonial site, you will notice oddly shaped objects at the top of the four columns. This is a reference to the item you will need to collect: the ancient seeds.

Step three: get three ancient seeds

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The next step is to collect the old seeds. These can be found by destroying Greydwarf nests scattered throughout the Black Forest biomes. You will need a total of three Ancient Seeds to summon the Ancient One.

They are small, tree-like objects that emit purple smoke. The easiest way to destroy them is to run and hack it with your weapon or shoot arrows at it from a distance. You can also take the Elder Runestone’s clue and burn it with your torch or fire arrows.

Each Greydwarf nest is guaranteed to drop an ancient seed. You can also get them as Rare Drops by defeating a Brute Greydwarf or a Shaman Greydwarf.

Step Four: Prepare for Battle

Before taking on The Elder, make sure you have your best gear. This boss is significantly more difficult than Eikthyr. Bring friends to help you out, if possible.

Ideally, you will need a full set of troll leather or bronze armor, along with powerful melee weapons or an upgraded bow. It is also recommended to bring (a group of) Fire Arrows, because The Elder is made entirely of wood and does not like fire. Don’t forget to eat too! If you have access to meads, it’s wise to bring minor stamina potions as well, as you’ll be doing a lot of running and shooting arrows.

Check out our gear guides below for recipes needed to craft the best gear possible for this encounter:

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It’s also a good idea to build a set of portals to easily return to the arena and collect your abandoned gear if you can’t. Alternatively, you can build a house (with a bed) in the forest somewhere nearby to set your new spawn point on death.

Fifth step: burn the old seeds

Once you’ve acquired three Ancient Seeds, return to the Ceremonial Site on your map.

Approach the fire in the center and add your ancient seeds to your shortcut bar. Throw them into the fire by selecting the location you placed them in. Run to a safe place as The Elder will appear shortly after.

How to beat the old

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Valheim’s second boss is no joke, so be prepared for a tough fight. For starters, The Elder is a giant, towering tree and definitely more intimidating than Eikthyr.

It uses a mix of melee and ranged attacks, so you’ll have to constantly be on your toes to get out of it alive. Up close, the Ancient One can trample on you and strike you with great force. While you can block some of these attacks, staying close to your feet for long periods of time is generally not recommended.

No matter how far you fight, The Elder will also summon vicious roots from the ground that will attack you if you get too close. These roots are fairly easy to cut down, but they are just as easy to avoid altogether, as they will eventually disappear.

If you’re feeling brave, you can run and cut off the Elder’s legs while he summons the roots to attack. Don’t stay in there too long!

Finally, the most devastating attack that The Elder has is a ranged attack that involves throwing a series of roots to spikes at you. These can go surprisingly far and punch through just about anything. So hiding behind a tree or a rock is unfortunately not going to do you much good here, unfortunately.

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If you get caught in the spiky roots, The Elder will pull you through the air and undermine much of your health. It’s best to avoid this attack altogether by running sideways or dodging while rolling away.

Fortunately, The Elder does a good job of telegraphing his movements, and the faster you can identify each attack, the better prepared you’ll be in the long run.

The best defense you have with this arena are the four pillars located at each corner. These are indestructible and provide much needed cover against the Elder’s devastating ranged root-to-spike attack.

Always keep one of these pillars between you and The Elder, and when it attacks, just hide behind the pillar to avoid taking damage. If you’re quick enough, you can shoot a few arrows after the ranged attack animation ends.

Keep moving around the arena as The Elder approaches you. A good time to move on to another pillar is when summoning the roots of the ground as this animation takes a while and gives you time to get to safety.

The key to this fight is to keep The Elder at medium range, avoiding (or eliminating) his summoned roots and staying clear of his root-to-spike attack. Keep a constant barrage of fire arrows on The Elder, as the fire will damage his health over time and keep his health bar slowly draining as you navigate the arena.

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Also beware of Gray Dwarves or other enemies roaming the arena during this fight. They can take damage from The Elder’s attacks, but it’s best to take them out yourself as quickly as possible to avoid any unwanted attacks.

Once you lower its health halfway, the arena will turn green. At this point, a Dwarf Gray Shaman will enter the arena and begin healing the Elder.

Find this Dwarf Gray Shaman and eliminate him as quickly as possible. Beware of its poison spray attack which will cause you damage over time. It can also heal itself, so it’s best to remove it quickly.

Stay alert, keep shooting fire arrows to lower his health and eventually you will defeat The Elder.

When he dies, he leaves behind a trophy as well as a Swamp Key which you will need to access the Sunken Crypts in the Swamp Biome.

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Don’t forget to hang the Elder’s trophy on abandoned altars! Activating the dropped power of the old one allows you to chop wood faster.

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