Valheim Terrain Update Makes Building Land Easier

Valheim Terrain Update Makes Building Land Easier

You won't get anything done hoeing like that.

LizardRock by LizardRock on Apr 20, 2021 @ 07:55 AM (Staff Bios)
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In a game where you sail the open sea and fight celestial creatures of the wild, landscaping isnt the most exciting task. Fortunately for Valheim players, they made the job a little less resource intensive at least. A recent update changed how much stone the hoe tool uses to raise the land.

In the popular open world survival game, the player can terraform the land to suit their needs. This is done with the hoe tool. One inconvenience of the tool is when raising land above its previous position, which costs stone to do. Costing 4 stone per use, this can be tremendously resource draining for larger landscaping projects.

According to the most recent patch notes on Steam, the developers are making this easier. Instead of costing 4 stone, raising the land will only cost 2 stone. This doubles the amount of land you can raise compared to before (or reduces cost by half, however you want to look at it).

While minor, this actually piggybacks along with a more important (but less interesting) update to the game engine. The patch comes with an improved terrain modification system meant to improve load times and reduce network instancing. If youre running an older game with a bunch of modified terrain, you may need to run a command to convert your world to the new terrain system. You can do that with the following steps.

  • Go to the game properties on Steam
  • Add -console to the launch arguments
  • Launch game and enter world.
  • Press F5 to open the command console
  • Enter devcommands to activate developer commands
  • Enter optterrain to update to the new system
Just be sure to not let the access to developer command entice you to cheat. Or do. You paid for the game, you can cheat if you want to (except when playing online with others, then play fair).

For a full break down of the changes, check out the official changelog. Valheim is available now on Steam for $19.99.

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