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Valheim: How to summon Eikthyr and defeat them easily

Valheim: How to Defeat Eikthyr Efficiently

Eikthyr is one of the first bosses that you will encounter when playing through Valheim. The boss is primarily set up as a tutorial boss of sorts as it is the easiest one that you are going to fight.

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The game tells you very little about what you need to do or how to do it, therefore this guide will take you through what you need to do to find the boss, how to summon the boss, what preparations you should make beforehand, how you should handle the entire fight, and what rewards you can expect from defeating the boss.

A picture of the Eikthyr boss
Photo by PC Invasion

Where to find the Eikthyr boss

The first step to fighting any boss in Valheim is finding the summoning altar for them. The summoning altar for Eikthyr can be found in the Meadows biome.

It is really easy to find because it is one of the few structures that you can easily spot in the biome.

If you are having trouble finding the spawn location for the boss then you should pay a visit to the Skeleton Dungeons that are littered in Valheim.

These dungeons have a chance to contain rune stones that can be interacted with in order to get the summoning locations.

After you get the location it will be marked on your map but in order to make sure that you don’t lose the mark, I recommend making a permanent mark by yourself as the boss locations have been known to disappear without a reason.

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How to summon the Eikthyr (materials needed)

As Eikthyr is the first boss of the game, it is incredibly easy to summon. When you interact with the summoning stone you are greeted with a message about “slaying his kin”. If you pay attention to the big stones at the start of the game you will learn about each of the bosses you fight and you can get a rough estimation of what each of them will look like.

Materials needed to summon Eikthyr in Valhiem:

  • 2 Deer trophies

Keep in mind though that not all deer will drop their trophies and to get a better chance of getting the drop you try and aim for deer that are at least one star.

How to prepare for the Eikthyr boss

There are a few preparations that you should make before attempting the boss fight. The preparations for a boss fight in Valheim usually mean eating good food, getting armaments, and resting up before facing the boss.

For health items, you should bring the following foods:

  • Neck tails
  • Meat
  • Berries
  • Mushrooms

If food is still an issue for you, here is a quick guide on how to create a carrot farm in Valheim with ease!

As for the armor and weapons, you won’t need to do much farming or crafting to beat the boss as it is entirely possible to do it with just a bow and arrows.

I recommend taking a shield and a melee weapon with you in case you get jumped by something other than the boss. If you do take a bow, a crude bow will suffice, but if you want to be over the top, our quick guide will show you how to get the Draugr Fang bow quickly. This bow is very effective at taking bosses down

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Whatever the choice may be, I highly recommend getting fire arrows as the burn damage is well worth it and can melt the boss.

You should also get a leather armor set just in case you get hit by multiple attacks in a short span of time. The armor provides little protection but it is better than nothing and it can mean the difference between life and death.

Make sure that you rest up before the boss fight. This will provide you with the “Rested Bonus” which although does nothing for you in combat, is still extremely useful as it increases the experience gained by 50%.

What to expect from the boss fight

The boss fight itself is actually really easy, especially if you are doing it with multiple people. The boss doesn’t have much health and all of his attacks are really easy to dodge.

The tactic that seems to work the best is just to shoot at Eikthyr from afar. You are thus out of range for a lot of the attacks and you can ensure that you will survive the battle.

When fighting this boss you should use the terrain to your advantage as the environment can absorb a lot of the blows for you and keep you safe from harm. You should keep an eye on your health bar when you are fighting and always keep food on you in case you need to heal quickly.

If you keep your distance and pepper Eikthyr with arrows, it should only take you a few minutes to defeat the boss and claim the rewards that it has to offer.

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If you choose to go the melee route, make sure to have a wooden shield with you. Most of Eikthyr’s attacks can be blocked by the shield which allows players to be poke jabs in at the boss.

What to do after the battle

Eikthyr may be one of the easiest bosses in the game but its importance cannot be overstated. The first reward that you get for defeating Eikthyr is the trophy which you can hang up on the boss stones that you encounter when you start the game for the first time.

Hanging the trophy up and interacting with it will give you a new power that you can use in order to reduce your stamina consumption by a lot. This is useful for exploring and doing any activities that require the use of stamina.

The second and equally important reward that you get from defeating Eikthyr is his Antlers. The antler pieces that you get can be used to fashion the first pickaxe in the game which opens the door to unlimited possibilities for your character.


Wrapping up this quick guide on how to defeat Eikthyr, we hope you enjoyed our strategy on this specific boss. The next boss on your list will be the Elder boss who can be located in the Black Forest. Comment down below if we missed anything and as always, game on!

Written by Gaming Reaper

Small-time blogger and passionate gamer! I love to share things for people who are seeking information about their game! I hope by the end of this, you as a reader are more knowledgable about the game and will share the secrets to other friends and family!