The roadblocks to speedrunning Valheim are fairly in depth. It is a survival sport the place you start with nothing and need to slay monsters, collect assets, and craft gear as you journey deeper and deeper into an enormous procedurally generated world, finally taking up Valheim’s 5 bosses that are scattered throughout the map.
That sounds lots like Minecraft, the place through the years speedrunners have found methods to take out the ultimate boss, the ender dragon, in just some minutes. However there is a huge distinction in the case of closing bosses within the two video games. In Minecraft you at all times know precisely the place the ender dragon is. She unfailingly seems while you attain the biome referred to as the Finish, which you entry by touring by way of a stronghold’s portal.
Valheim’s closing boss, Yagluth, will at all times be in a Plains biome, however not all Plains biomes will include him. Most will not—in a world the place there could also be a pair dozen completely different cases of the Plains biome, Yagluth can solely be summoned in two or three of them. And never all Plains biomes will even include the runestone that tells you precisely which Plains biome Yagluthg is in. Aside from Valheim’s first boss, who at all times seems on the starter island, there’s actually no telling the place on the planet the remainder of the bosses could be. Relying on the luck of the world seed you play on, it is a huge ol’ crapshoot and takes an unbelievable quantity of exploring.
That is why Valheim speedrunners have principally restricted themselves to taking down simply the primary boss, Eikthyr, which some have managed to do in just some minutes. In a single speedrun one other participant additionally took down the second boss, The Elder, in below 20 minutes—completed by constructing some partitions round his spawn level and letting him slowly burn to dying in a campfire.
So once I noticed an “All Bosses” world report by speedrunner and Twitch streamer NickRawcliffe that took below 90 minutes to kill all 5 bosses, I used to be stunned. How, in a sport that requires a lot effort and time to even find all of the bosses, not to mention be ready sufficient to struggle them, may somebody have crushed all of them so shortly?
There may be, naturally, a catch, involving a New Recreation Plus ruleset. Valheim does not have NG+—speedrunners needed to invent one. The NG+ ruleset the speedrunners agreed upon implies that whereas the seed of the world is at all times a random one, speedrunners aren’t ranging from scratch with a brand new character:
“NG+ means New Recreation Plus which implies any character might be taken in with any ability ranges (100 max). Any objects that may usually be present in sport might be taken into the run (no objects that may solely be gained from cheats),” learn the principles on speedrun.com.
Now the speedrun time makes far more sense. That is why initially of NickRawcliffe’s run, which you’ll see beneath, his character’s stock is already full of goodies. Armor, weapons, the very best Valheim meals, mead, and the summoning objects required for every boss, like fuling totems and historic seeds. The “All Bosses” speedrun is not about ranging from scratch to down all 5 huge bads. It is about shortly finding them in a random world the place they may very well be wherever and in any course. And that is nonetheless loads difficult.
It does not appear that method at first, particularly watching NickRawcliffe summon and instantly kill Eikthyr with one swing of his silver sword 49 seconds into the run. Subsequent, he wants to search out the Black Forest biome and click on a runestone to find The Elder’s location, which additionally is not too troublesome for the reason that Black Forest is normally fairly near the start line within the middle of the map.
However issues get tricker. To search out Bonemass, it is advisable discover the Swamp, which normally means performing some crusing. The Swamp additionally must include a crypt, and the crypt must include Bonemass’s runestone marker, which isn’t a assure. I have been to Swamp biomes that did not spawn crypts in any respect, and I have been in loads of crypts with no runestone in them. Nick additionally must dash into the mountains to find the marker that factors to Moder’s location—together with the three dragon eggs wanted to summon her. In my very own private Valheim world, it took scouring three completely different Mountain biomes earlier than I ever discovered Moder’s marker, and the mountains themselves are principally one huge stamina-sapping leaping puzzle. It isn’t a straightforward place to go to shortly.
The actual gem of this speedrun is when NickRawcliffe makes up an enormous period of time within the Plains. At an hour and 18 minutes in, whereas operating round in search of the uncommon stonehenge-like buildings that additionally not often include a runestone, he truly stumbles throughout Yagluth’s summoning spot as an alternative. No want to search out the marker in any respect. It is a blessing from the speedrunning gods.
The Valheim NG+ speedrun ruleset feels a bit uncommon, particularly after years of watching Minecraft speedrunners begin from scratch and take down the Ender Dragon inside minutes. However it’s additionally a very pleasant speedrun to observe, and appears like a enjoyable approach to play as soon as you have mastered the sport and there is no must spend hours crafting, smelting, and leveling up your expertise. Simply soar right into a random seed along with your favourite character and all of the loot you’ll be able to carry, and see how shortly you’ll find all 5 bosses. I doubt I will ever get adequate to attempt it myself—simply happening a berry run takes me about 90 minutes—but it surely’s lots of enjoyable watching another person do it.