How a Valheim speedrunner killed all 5 bosses in underneath 90 minutes
The roadblocks to speedrunning Valheim are fairly intensive. It is a survival recreation the place you start with nothing and need to slay monsters, collect sources, 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 rather a lot like Minecraft, the place over time speedrunners have found methods to take out the ultimate boss, the ender dragon, in only a few minutes. However there is a massive distinction relating to closing bosses within the two video games. In Minecraft you at all times know precisely the place the ender dragon is. She unfailingly seems if you attain the biome known as the Finish, which you entry by touring by means 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 comprise 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 comprise the runestone that tells you precisely which Plains biome Yagluthg is in. Except Valheim’s first boss, who at all times seems on the starter island, there’s actually no telling the place on this planet the remainder of the bosses is perhaps. Relying on the luck of the world seed you play on, it is a massive ol’ crapshoot and takes an unimaginable quantity of exploring.
That is why Valheim speedrunners have largely restricted themselves to taking down simply the primary boss, Eikthyr, which some have managed to do in only a few minutes. In a single speedrun one other participant additionally took down the second boss, The Elder, in underneath 20 minutes—achieved by constructing some partitions round his spawn level and letting him slowly burn to demise in a campfire.
So after I noticed an “All Bosses” world file by speedrunner and Twitch streamer NickRawcliffe that took underneath 90 minutes to kill all 5 bosses, I used to be shocked. How, in a recreation that requires a lot effort and time to even find all of the bosses, not to mention be ready sufficient to combat them, might somebody have overwhelmed all of them so rapidly?
There’s, naturally, a catch, involving a New Recreation Plus ruleset. Valheim would 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 will be taken in with any talent ranges (100 max). Any gadgets that may usually be present in recreation will be taken into the run (no gadgets that may solely be gained from cheats),” learn the principles on speedrun.com.
Now the speedrun time makes way more sense. That is why at the start of NickRawcliffe’s run, which you’ll see beneath, his character’s stock is already crammed with goodies. Armor, weapons, the very best Valheim meals, mead, and the summoning gadgets required for every boss, like fuling totems and historical seeds. The “All Bosses” speedrun is not about ranging from scratch to down all 5 massive bads. It is about rapidly finding them in a random world the place they may very well be anyplace and in any course. And that is nonetheless a lot difficult.
It would 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 seek out the Black Forest biome and click on a runestone to find The Elder’s location, which additionally is not too tough because the Black Forest is often fairly near the place to begin within the heart of the map.
However issues get tricker. To seek out Bonemass, you have to discover the Swamp, which often means doing a little crusing. The Swamp additionally must comprise a crypt, and the crypt must comprise 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 and not using a 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 mainly one massive stamina-sapping leaping puzzle. It is not a straightforward place to go to rapidly.
The true 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 working round in search of the uncommon stonehenge-like buildings that additionally not often comprise a runestone, he truly stumbles throughout Yagluth’s summoning spot as a substitute. No want to seek 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. Nevertheless it’s additionally a extremely satisfying speedrun to observe, and appears like a enjoyable strategy to play as soon as you have mastered the sport and there is not any have to spend hours crafting, smelting, and leveling up your abilities. Simply bounce right into a random seed along with your favourite character and all of the loot you’ll be able to carry, and see how rapidly you’ll find all 5 bosses. I doubt I am going to ever get ok to attempt it myself—simply occurring a berry run takes me about 90 minutes—nevertheless it’s a whole lot of enjoyable watching another person do it.