Valheim’s Ymir Flesh is a reasonably mysterious material. It can’t be found anywhere organically, neither tucked away in dungeons nor gathered from the environment. Instead, you’ll need to take a trip to Haldor the merchant.
Even once you do find him, the game won’t offer any hints regarding what you can do with it. That said, Ymir Flesh is an important material in Valheim, and given its role in Norse Mythology, this importance is likely to increase as Valheim develops. While a bit confusing, you’ll want to get your hands on it. Here’s precisely how you can.
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Where to find Ymir Flesh in Valheim
To find Ymir Flesh, you’ll first need to pay a visit to Haldor the Dwarf merchant. He spawns exclusively in the Black Forest biome, though he can sometimes be a real nuisance to find. Haldor will only spawn at least 1500 meters from the center of the world, or your spawn point. However, there is no maximum cap on that distance.
In some worlds, you’ll be able to find Haldor setting up shop pretty close to your spawn point, if a Black forest isn’t too far away. In others, he prefers a more remote lifestyle, camping out on the very edge of the world. All you can do is explore any Black Forest you come across, and hope he is found sooner rather than later.
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Once you’ve found the elusive dwarf, you can buy a few items with the gold and other treasures you’ve doubtless begun to hoard. There are only a few to choose from at the moment, but they’re all pretty helpful, and Haldor’s stock is only going to increase from here. You can grab Megingjord for increased carry weight, a Dverger Circlet for a headlight, and, of course, Ymir Flesh. For the latter, you’ll need 120 gold coins a piece.
The perfect world seed for finding Haldor
If you’d rather cut out the searching for Haldor, you can create a new world with a specific seed. This seed, HHcLC5acQt, starts you off with Haldor spawning very close to the center. Simply take a stroll down southwest, and you’ll have your merchant within minutes of starting the game. Even better, all the bosses are also right next to spawn. It’s an excellent seed for practicing your Valheim speedrunning, or refining your boss fighting ability. If you’re struggling with Valheim’s bosses in your other worlds, check out our guide on preparing for and fighting every boss.
How to use Ymir Flesh in Valheim
Ymir Flesh has few uses at the moment, but what it can make is extremely powerful. Both items that require Ymir Flesh are weapons, ones that can dish out massive damage with ease. These weapons are Frostner and the Iron Sledge.
Frostner is arguably the best use for Ymir Flesh. It’s a single-handed hammer, easily capable of cleaving through even the toughest enemies Valheim can throw at you. It costs a little more to make than the Iron Sledge, but it really makes up for it in killing power. You can make Frostner with the following:
- 5 Ymir Flesh
- 5 Freeze Glands
- 30 Silver
- 10 Ancient Bark
Frostner deals three different types of damage: 40 frost, unsurprisingly, 35 blunt, and 20 spirit. It also deals a hefty 120 knockback damage. This variety of damage makes Frostner highly effective against most enemies, from the undead to Surtlings. It’s also incredibly handy when cornered, as the knockback damage is great for creating some distance between you and your enemy.
Frostner also drains stamina from enemies without resistance to ice, making it perfect for hit-and-run attacks. This pretty much applies to every enemy outside of the Mountains, with the exception of a small few. Stamina drain is a great tool to have when hunting Serpents, as one hit with Frostner confines them to the shore.
The Iron Sledge is a bit more heavy-duty, though not nearly as strong and versatile as Frostner. It can be crafted much earlier in the game, once you’ve explored the Swamp biome and entered the Iron Age. You’ll need the following:
- 4 Ymir Flesh
- 1 Draugr Elite Trophy
- 30 Iron
- 10 Ancient Bark
Unlike Frostner, the Iron Sledge only deals blunt damage and knockback, but it does so in spades early on. With 55 blunt damage and a staggering 200 knockback damage, you’ll be able to dispatch early-to-mid-game enemies quite handily. It’s also much more effective at creating distance than Frostner, which can help against the tougher enemies that populate the late-game biomes. Its usefulness pales in comparison to Frostner though, so you’ll want to upgrade as soon as you can.
That’s pretty much everything you need to know about Ymir Flesh in Valheim. As I said, its uses are rather limited at the moment, but what it can do is incredibly useful. Both weapons are well suited to any Viking’s arsenal, and future applications are likely to be just as powerful. Until then, we’ll have to content ourselves with these two formidable weapons.
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