How to sail Valheim! ⛵

How to sail Valheim Transcript

Content Table:

Sailing Guide  |  Raft  |  Karve  |  Longship  |  Controls  |  Serpent

Hello all. Narnacle here. With a fresh breeze blowing through my ha … erh … ehm … o-over my skull. That’s because in this video we learn how to sail Valheim. The world of Valheim is huge and is separated by several oceans. The only way to move around the world and make progress in the game is to sail.

Only then will you gain access to better materials and other bosses. But how to sail Valheim? Very simple. In the game you have access to no less than 3 different boats.

Cutting Wood in Valheim
Placing a Raft

How to sail Valheim with a Raft

Content Table:

Sailing Guide  |  Raft  |  Karve  |  Longship  |  Controls  |  Serpent

You can do a Raft early in the game. You only need 20 wood for this, which you collect by cutting down trees, among other things.

Collect 6 leather scraps by killing boars and collect 10 resin. You also sometimes receive resin by cutting down trees, but I find it easiest to collect by finishing Greylings. With these 3 ingredients you can already launch your Raft. Please note that a Raft does not go faster than 9 kilometers per hour and only amounts to a HP of 300.

So avoid shallow rocks that scrape these health points off your Raft all too quickly.

How to sail Valheim with a Karve

Content Table:

Sailing Guide  |  Raft  |  Karve  |  Longship  |  Controls  |  Serpent

Do you want a boat that can take a bit more of a beating? Or even better: that can transport minerals? Then go for a Karve! Many minerals cannot be teleported through a portal. Transport by boat is your only option.

With 4 storage slots, the Karve is an ideal way to transport materials from one island to another. Karves are made using 30 fine wood, 10 deer hide, 20 resin and no less than 80 bronze nails! You can obtain fine wood by chopping down birch trees. Note that you need a bronze ax for this so defeat Eikthyr first.

Deer hide is collected simply by hunting deer and I just explained how to get resin. Bronze nails are obtained by using a bronze bar on a Forge. However, this will give you 20 nails so you only need 4 bronze bars. Bronze bars are obtained by melting copper and tin and then combining the bars in a Forge.

With these materials you will quickly become the proud owner of a Karve. A Karve reaches top speeds of 17 kilometers per hour and has an HP of 500.

How to sail Valheim with a Longship

Content Table:

Sailing Guide  |  Raft  |  Karve  |  Longship  |  Controls  |  Serpent

Do you really want to impress your fellow countrymen? Then build a Longship! A Longship has 1000 HP and reaches a top speed of 25 kilometers per hour with a tailwind!

Here, however, you will have to enter the swamp because a Longship requires 100 iron nails to start. Your quest begins in sunken crypts. Here you can mine scrap metal from muddy scrap piles. You then melt this into iron, which can then be used to make 10 iron nails. A quick calculation tells you to get at least 10 scrap.

Knock down the old trees in the swamp with your bronze ax while you’re here. This will give you old bark and you will need 40 of these to make your Longship with. When you are happy to have left the swamp and you are back in the meadows, hunt deer again. You need 10 deer hide for a Longship.

In the meantime, collect 40 fine wood after which you can rest from the hard work on the deck of your longboat.

Sailing Controls and UI

Content Table:

Sailing Guide  |  Raft  |  Karve  |  Longship  |  Controls  |  Serpent

No matter what ship you make, they all operate the same. Interact with the rudder at the back of the ship to start sailing. Please note that this is only possible if you do not carry too much weight with you.

Tap W once to row forward. Press S to stop row and press S again to row backward. Rowing backwards is very slow, so I only recommend this when it is really necessary. By pressing W twice, you hang up half sail and 3 times to throw the entire sail down.

This helps you to sail faster when you have a tailwind. You can see this by means of the icon under your minimap. Make sure the wind is aimed at the golden part of the circle to move forward and not the black part. You turn your boat by pressing A and D. With the rudder icon on screen you can see how sharply you maneuver to the left or right.

If you want to center the ship again, hold the opposite button until the yellow area around this rudder icon disappears. This works especially well when you have a headwind. Then lower your sail completely and paddle zigzag to your destination. I’ve noticed that with a half sail, both speed and steering are smooth.

How to kill the Sea Serpent !!

Content Table:

Sailing Guide  |  Raft  |  Karve  |  Longship  |  Controls  |  Serpent

Something that may not go so smoothly is encountering a sea serpent. Make sure to board a Karve with at least one fine wooden bow … with or without a friend. To be well prepared for this sea monster. The sea snake is able to sink your Raft with one blow.

Take out the sea snake quickly with flinthead arrows while zigzagging as much as possible to avoid its attacks. An abyssal harpoon works extremely well here as you use it to hoist the sea snake behind your ship so that it becomes an easier target for the arrows of other players.

You can also pull him ashore and beat him here for some extra goodies he drops. Sometimes the sea snake flees if you do enough damage to it. It is then best not to chase him and just leave it here. Speaking of leaving it there … I’m going to leave it at this too because this was the end of this video.

Did this video get you out into the open waters? Then leave a like and let me know your wildest open sea adventures in the comments below. Together with friends I sail across the oceans of Valheim in my live streams 3 times a week on So come take a look and follow me where I also answer Valheim-related questions in the live chat.

Followers are invited to our private server and have a chance to participate in live streams. Do not forget to subscribe to this YouTube channel for many more Valheim tips and tricks and then I will see you again … in the next video !!

Urgh… I am seasick!

Sea Serpent Valheim

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