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Valheim: Ashlands 0.218.9 Changelog and Trailer Released


Iron Gate has just released Patch 0.218.9 for Valheim: Ashlands, their latest and greatest expansion to the massively popular title. If you’re a fan of the game or even just new to it, it’s certainly worth checking out, and thankfully, they’ve released the extensive changelog too, which you can read below!

If you’re excited to try out the new content, or just get a sneaky peak at it, there is an all-new trailer which you can view above. However, they do warn that it’s not completely spoiler-free, but I still it’s worth checking out regardless.

Terrain Generation and New Content

As always, new content will only be generated properly in previously unexplored areas of the game. Therefore, if you have already explored a lot of the Ashlands, the update will not generate properly in that world and we recommend that you start a new one. If you haven’t explored the Ashlands, you should get the new content, but we always recommend that you start a new world for the best possible experience. You can of course start a new world with an older character, if you don’t want to play through the whole game again before being able to conquer the Ashlands.

Additionally, the Ashlands update features some significant changes to the terrain generation around the Ashlands. The Ashlands will only be accessible by ship, and the terrain around it has been lowered and turned to ocean. This also affects any buildings you might have in that area – if they are built on terrain that gets altered, they will collapse. The images below illustrate what happens to a spawned location versus what happens to a player built structure. As you can see, even if the spawned building remains intact, it will be rather difficult to reach it, as the terrain around it is vastly lower.

Preparation and Difficulty

Before you travel to the Ashlands, you should first make sure that you have defeated The Queen in the Mistlands. If you have done so on an earlier playthrough, remember that her dropped item is no longer a placeholder. Just like Eikthyr’s antler lets you craft a pickaxe needed in the Black Forest, and just like The Elder drops a crypt key for the Swamps, the item from The Queen will be useful in the Ashlands! If you have the item already, you might need to toss it out of your inventory and pick it up again, for new recipes to trigger properly.

What the Developer Had to Say

“We also want to remind everyone that Valheim is meant to be a difficult game, and that it’s meant to be more difficult the further you progress – and the Ashlands is the penultimate biome of the game. If you’re confident in your skills, by all means, go forth! But if you haven’t played for a while or if you’re feeling a bit rusty, we recommend a bit of practice to get back into it, or that you adjust the difficulty in the World Modifiers menu.”

Mods

It is recommended that you disable them before you download the Ashlands update, otherwise, the game will most likely not launch properly. Modders will have to update their mods to ensure they work with the new update, but you can always test them one at a time to see what is and isn’t working before you play. To disable mods you will also need to remove BepInEx or any other mod loader, as they might try to load regardless.

Valheim Ashlands Patch 0.218.9 Release Notes

New content:

Mechanics:

  • Beware the skies! Cinders rain down from above in the Ashlands, causing damage to those who are unprotected
  • Wooden build pieces can now catch fire in the Ashlands – and the fire spreads!
  • A new world modifier that allows fire to spread outside of the Ashlands as well (part of the immersive preset)
  • Deadly lava takes up large parts of the landscape; traverse it with your very own platforms
  • Lay claim to Charred Fortresses with two new Siege Machines
  • New plantable Ashvines will grow on the walls of your base
  • Combine your Flametal weapons with gems (Bloodstone, Iolite & Jade) in order to upgrade them to magical weapons (giving them blood, storm and nature based effects respectively)
  • The waters in and around the Ashlands are boiling hot, and only the sturdiest of ships can sail them

Creatures:

  • Enemy: Fallen Valkyrie
  • Enemy: Charred Warrior
  • Enemy: Charred Archer
  • Enemy: Charred Warlock
  • Enemy: Charred Twitcher
  • Enemy Turret: Skugg
  • Enemy: Morgen
  • Enemy: Bonemaw Serpent
  • Enemy/creature: Asksvin (tameable & rideable)
  • Creature: Asksvin Calf
  • Enemy: Volture
  • Enemy: Lava Blob
  • NPC/Enemy: Redbeard Dvergr
  • Boss: Fader
  • Miniboss: Lord Reto
  • Spawner: Monument of Torment
  • Spawner: Effigy of Malice

Crafting:

  • Material: Majestic Carapace (previously Queen Drop)
  • Material: Fader Relic (placeholder item)
  • Material: Asksvin Hide
  • Material: Asksvin Bladder
  • Material: Asksvin Tail
  • Material: Morgen Heart
  • Material: Morgen Sinew
  • Material: Celestial Feather
  • Material: Bonemaw Scale
  • Material: Bonemaw Meat
  • Material: Bonemaw Tooth
  • Material: Volture Meat
  • Material: Volture Egg
  • Material: Charred Skull
  • Material: Charred Bone
  • Material: Pot Shard
  • Material: Bell Shard
  • Material: Dyrnwyn Fragments x3
  • Material: Bloodstone
  • Material: Jade
  • Material: Iolite
  • Material: Flametal Ore (previous Flametal is now obsolete)
  • Material/craftable: Flametal (previous Flametal is now obsolete)
  • Material: Sulfur
  • Material: Ashwood
  • Material: Grausten
  • Material: Charcoal Resin
  • Material: Proustite Powder
  • Material: Asksvin Neck
  • Material: Asksvin Skull
  • Material: Asksvin Ribcage
  • Material: Asksvin Pelvis
  • Material: Charred Cogwheel
  • Material: Molten Core
  • Material/craftable: Ceramic Plate
  • Materia/craftable: Shield Core
  • Plantable: Ashvine Seeds
  • Artisan Table extension: Artisan Press
  • Galdr Table extension: Feathery Wreath
  • Cauldron extension: Rolling Pins and Cutting Boards
  • Black Forge extension: Metal Cutter
  • Black Forge extension: Gem Cutter
  • Craftable: Bell
  • Resource location: Lavaiathans
  • Misc: Asksvin Egg

Craftable Items:

  • Weapon: Dyrnwyn (sword)
  • Weapon: Slayer (greatsword)
  • Weapon: Brutal Slayer (greatsword)
  • Weapon: Scourging Slayer (greatsword)
  • Weapon: Primal Slayer (greatsword)
  • Weapon: Nidhögg (sword)
  • Weapon: Nidhögg the Bleeding (sword)
  • Weapon: Nidhögg the Thundering (sword)
  • Weapon: Nidhögg the Primal (sword)
  • Weapon: Flametal Mace
  • Weapon: Bloodgeon (mace)
  • Weapon: Storm Star (mace)
  • Weapon: Klossen (mace)
  • Weapon: Berserkir Axes
  • Weapon: Bleeding Berserkir Axes
  • Weapon: Thundering Berserkir Axes
  • Weapon: Primal Berserkir Axes
  • Weapon: Ash Fang (bow)
  • Weapon: Blood Fang (bow)
  • Weapon: Storm Fang (bow)
  • Weapon: Root Fang (bow)
  • Weapon: Ripper (crossbow)
  • Weapon: Wound Ripper (crossbow)
  • Weapon: Storm Ripper (crossbow)
  • Weapon: Root Ripper (crossbow)
  • Weapon: Splitnir (spear)
  • Weapon: Splitnir the Bleeding (spear)
  • Weapon: Splitnir the Storming (spear)
  • Weapon: Splitnir the Primal (spear)
  • Shield: Flametal Shield (with multiple styles!)
  • Shield: Flametal Tower Shield (with multiple styles!)
  • Weapon: Trollstav (blood magic)
  • Weapon: Staff of the Wild (elemental magic)
  • Weapon: Dundr (elemental magic)
  • Weapon: Staff of Fracturing (elemental magic)
  • Armour Set: Flametal Breastplate, Flametal Greaves, Flametal Helmet
  • Armour Set: Robes of Embla, Trousers of Embla, Hood of Embla
  • Armour Set: Breastplate of Ask, Trousers of Ask, Hood of Ask
  • Cape: Asksvin Cloak
  • Cape: Ashen Cape
  • Misc: Asksvin Saddle
  • Bomb: Basalt Bomb
  • Bomb: Smoke Bomb
  • Ammunition: Grausten Payload
  • Ammunition: Explosive Payload
  • Ammunition: Charred Arrow
  • Ammunition: Charred Bolt
  • Ammunition: Flametal Missile

Build pieces & furniture:

  • Building Pieces: 25 Ashwood Pieces (Ashwood Wall, Ashwood Half Wall, Ashwood Quarter Wall, Ashwood Arched Wall, Ashwood Decorative Wall, Ashwood Decorative Window, Ashwood Divider, Ashwood Floor 2×2, Ashwood Floor 1×1, Ashwood Decorative Floor, Ashwood Arch, Ashwood Beam 1m, Ashwood Beam 2m, Ashwood Pole 1m, Ashwood Pole 2m, Ashwood Beam 26°, Ashwood Roof Cross 26°, Ashwood Beam 45°, Ashwood Roof Cross 45°, Ashwood Wall 26°, Ashwood Wall 26° Inverted, Ashwood Wall 45°, Ashwood Wall 45° Inverted, Ashwood Stair, Ashwood Door)
  • Building Pieces: 26 Grausten Pieces (Grausten Steep Stairs, Grausten Stairs, Grausten Floor 1×1, Grausten Floor 2×2, Grausten Floor 4×4, Grausten Small Pillar, Grausten Medium Pillar, Grausten Tapered Pillar, Grausten Tapered Pillar Inverted, Grausten Small Beam, Grausten Medium Beam, Grausten Small Arch, Grausten Medium Arch, Grausten Wall Arch, Grausten Wall Arch Inverted, Grausten Wall 1×2, Grausten Wall 2×2, Grausten Wall 4×2, Grausten Window 2×2, Grausten Window 4×2, Grausten Roof, Grausten Roof Corner, Grausten Arched Roof (2), Grausten Arched Roof, Grausten Arched Roof Corner (2))
  • Building Piece: Flametal Gate
    Defence: Ashwood Stakewall
    Stack: Ashwood Stack
    Stack: Grausten Pile
    Stack: Pile of Skulls
    Stack: Bone Stack
    Furniture: Ashwood Bed
    Furniture: Bone Throne
    Furniture: Lava Lantern
    Furniture: Asksvin Rug
    Furniture: Straw
    Furniture: Small Green Pot
    Furniture: Medium Green Pot
    Furniture: Large Green Pot
    Furniture: Ashwood Bench
    Furniture: Asksvin Skeleton
    Siege Machine: Catapult
    Siege Machine: Battering Ram
    Ship: Drakkar
    Misc: Shield Generator
    Misc: Portal – Stone

Food & Potions:

  • Food: Cooked Volture Meat
  • Food: Cooked Bonemaw Meat
  • Food: Cooked Asksvin Tail
  • Food: Fiddlehead
  • Food: Fiery Svinstew
  • Food: Marinated Greens
  • Food: Mashed Meat
  • Food: Piquant Pie (cooked/uncooked)
  • Food: Roasted Crust Pie (cooked/uncooked)
  • Food: Scorching Medley
  • Food: Sizzling Berry Broth
  • Food: Smoke Puff
  • Food: Sparkling Shroomshake
  • Food: Spicy Marmalade
  • Food: Vineberry Cluster
  • Mead: Lingering Healing Mead
  • Mead: Lingering Eitr Mead

Misc:

  • Location: Ruins (multiple)
  • Location: Redbeard Dvergr Outposts
  • Location: Putrid Hole
  • Location: Charred Fortress
  • Event: “The undead army marches”
  • Event: “The dead have been summoned”
  • Lore: New stones
  • Lore: New dreams
  • Lore: New Munin dialogue
  • New music
  • New forsaken power
  • Terrain changes for Ashlands (Ashlands is now cut off from other biomes, only accessible by sea)

Fixes & Improvements:

  • Fixed Major Healing Mead material
  • Fixed Minor Eitr Mead Material
  • Standardised texts throughout the game
  • Updated names for old Flametal items
  • The popup for unlocking new things is displayed longer
Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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