How to fish in Valheim

There’s nothing stopping you from building your perfect Norse paradise in Valheim (well, technically there is a lot things, but that’s part of the fun), right down to the little details. One such detail allows you to spend all day leisurely fishing on a lake or dock, then cook your catch in your cozy Viking room. But many players spend dozens of hours in Valheim without even realizing that fishing is an option for them.

If you have your eye on some fish-filled waters, our guide will show you exactly how to start fishing in Valheim and what you should know about the process.

How to start fishing in Valheim

Step 1: Start collecting coins. If you are new to the game or don’t have a lot of money, you will need some money to prepare. Around 400 to 500 coins should be enough to equip yourself for fishing. You can find coins through exploration and trade.

Step 2: Find Haldor the merchant. The only merchant in Valheim who sells fishing rods and baits is Haldor. The problem is that Haldor is not easy to find, especially for newcomers. He randomly appears in the Mirkwood biomes in Valheim, so the best way to find him is to search all the Mirkwoods he finds.


This part can take some time if you’re unlucky, so you may have to be patient. Combine searching for Haldor with collecting coins and you’ll have plenty by the time you find him, as the Mirkwoods are full of ores to mine, Burial Chambers to explore, and more.

Step 3: Buy your fishing rod and all the bait you want to get started.

Step 4: Find some water. You can fish in any notable body of water, so an ocean or river will work just fine. Ideally, you should be close to the water, not too high up, as this can interfere with tracking while fishing. Equip your fishing rod and bait.

Fishing in Valheim.

Step 5: Experiment casting your line using left click. The longer you hold down before clicking, the longer you cast. You don’t really need to cast very far to start fishing, but find a length that works for you.

Step 6: now use your The right button of the mouse to start slowly winding the line. The goal is to keep the line and bait active without reeling in too fast, so Click-pause-click tends to work better.

Step 7: When the water around the line starts to splash and the cork disappears, you’ve got a bite. hit quickly The right button of the mouse again. If you get it right, you’ll see a little “hooked” notification. Now comes the hard part: you have to roll the fish carefully with The right button of the mousebut avoid right-clicking too much when the fish is struggling or you’ll break the hook.

Bonfire in Valheim.

Step 8: Once you have landed the fish, you can collect it to receive raw fish in your inventory. Small fish like perch will give you a raw fish. Larger fish will give you two, and larger fish like tuna will give you four raw fish.

You can collect all the raw fish you want… but it’s not very useful unless you do some crafting with it. You can find or make a cooking station at a campfire or campfire and cook the fish to produce cooked fish. Don’t let the fish overcook or you’ll just get char. About 25 seconds will properly cook all types of meat, including fish.

On its own, cooked fish will give you health, stamina, and health regeneration over an extended period of time. But if you also have barley flour and a cooking pot, you can combine four barley flours and two cooked fish to make fish wraps, which are significantly more powerful.

Step 9: Keep in mind that if you don’t get any bites in a particular body of water, you may have maxed out the number of fish you can catch there. Eventually the fish will respawn, but it’s a good idea to rotate fishing spots if you’re going to do it long term.

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