On this page of the Valheim guide, you will find information on food, as well as on how to prepare more complex dishes.
There is no advanced hunger and thirst management system in Valheim. Food is used to manage your character's health and stamina levels. Your character can eat up to 3 meals at once, and what they eat will affect their overall stamina and health points pool, as well as their regeneration rate. This bonus will last for a set period of time, after which the effect can be renewed by eating another meal.
How to get food?
Food in Valheim can be obtained in several ways – by finding it on the map, by growing it (carrots, turnips), by producing it (honey), by hunting game, or by fishing. You can also prepare meals using certain products.
Raspberries and Mushrooms can be found in the starting location – they will increase your character's health and stamina. Blueberries are in the Black Forest. You can find a special kind of yellow mushrooms while exploring Burial Chambers.
Growing turnips or carrots and producing honey is more time-consuming – we describe the process on separate pages in our guide. Carrots can be consumed raw or used as one of the ingredients in various dishes. Honey is an extremely valuable food that will give your character the fastest health regeneration (5hp per cycle) – that's more than twice the value you get from eating regular roasted meat.
By hunting game (boar, deer, lizard, Lox) or fishing, you can obtain raw meat, which you can then roast at the Cooking station or use in preparing a meal in the Cauldron. This will give you nutritional food that is always worth having in your inventory. Different types of meat require different cooking times.
- Raw meat: about 20-25 seconds;
- Fish: approximately 30 seconds;
- Neck tail: approximately 20 seconds;
- Serpent meat: approximately 70 seconds;
- Lox meat: approximately 60 seconds.
Cauldron - how to cook food?
To build a Cauldron, you will need a forge and tin – more information about mining and melting metals in Valheim can be found on a separate page in this guide.
The dishes can be made with a variety of ingredients – carrots, mushrooms, fruits, meat, and more. By having the right ingredients in your inventory, you unlock additional recipes. You should pay extra attention to the following recipes.
- Serpent stew: 1 Mushroom, 1 Cooked serpent meat, 2 Honey;
- Carrot soup: 1 Mushroom, 3 Carrot;
- Queens jam: 8 Raspberries, 8 Blueberries;
- Sausages: 2 Entrails (obtained from Draugr), 1 Raw meat, 4 Thistle;
- Turnit stew: 1 Raw meat, 3 Turnip.