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Valheim Iron: how to find Iron Ore deposits, and mine Scrap Iron to smelt for armor and tools

Use Iron Ore to forge powerful Iron Armor, tools, and weapons.

Iron is one of the strongest materials available in Valheim, and key to crafting a new tier of weapons, armor, and tools to help you survive and thrive in the game's dangerous Norse-mythology-tinted lands. This guide will walk you through where to find Iron Ore and Scrap Iron in Valheim, and how to smelt and refine it into powerful gear.


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Valheim Iron Ore: where to find Iron Deposit

Before you embark on your search for Iron in Valheim, you'll need an Antler Pickaxe or Bronze Pickaxe. Without it, you won't be able to mine the Iron deposits you find.

Out of all the biomes on the Valhiem map, Iron can only be found in the Swamp. So, with Pickaxe in hand, head to the nearest Swamp on your map. The distance may differ depending on your choice of Valheim seed.

Scrap Iron can either be found inside chests inside Sunken Crypts (the dungeons of the Swamp), or by mining Muddy Scrap Piles. These Muddy Scrap Piles can be found only in two places: in the doorways of Sunken Crypts; and buried beneath the ground in random areas of the Swamp. The Wishbone (a drop you receive from the third boss, Bonemass) will help you to find these buried Scrap Piles, but otherwise you'll need to head to these Sunken Crypts to get Iron.

Be wary while inside a Sunken Crypt. They're dark and cramped dungeons, home to dangerous Draugr warriors, and horrific poison-spewing Blobs that can end your life very quickly if you're not prepared.

But play it safe and take your time, mine any Muddy Scrap Pile you see, open any chest you find, and you'll come away with plenty of Scrap Iron ready to take home and smelt into refined Iron ingots for your new tools and armor.


Smelt Scrap Iron into Iron

Once you've got your hands on some Scrap Iron in Valheim, the hard part is over. Scrap Iron by itself is not very useful, so you'll need to smelt it into Iron ingots using your Smelter.

If you don't yet have a Smelter, you can make one out of 20x Stone and 5x Surtling Cores - the latter of which you can harvest from Surtlings, those fiery creatures found roaming Swamp biomes.

Each piece of Scrap Iron will turn into a single piece of Iron in the Smelter. Just remember that you'll need to fuel the Smelter with two pieces of Coal for every Scrap Iron you want to smelt.

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Craft Iron Armor, tools, and weapons

Once you've finished smelting all your Scrap Iron into Iron ingots, you can start crafting a new tier of powerful Iron Armor, weaponry, shields, and tools. Iron gear is heavy, but it more than makes up for its weight in effectiveness.

Here's the full list of everything you can make out of Iron in Valheim:

Iron Armor & Shields:

  • Iron Helmet
  • Iron Scale Mail
  • Iron Greaves
  • Banded Shield
  • Iron Tower Shield

Iron Weapons & Tools:

  • Iron Axe
  • Iron Pickaxe
  • Iron Atgeir
  • Iron Sword
  • Iron Longsword
  • Battleaxe
  • Iron Mace
  • Huntsman Bow
  • Ironhead Arrow

Iron Structures:

  • Stonecutter
  • Smith's Anvil
  • Forge Toolrack
  • Reinforced Chest
  • Private Chest
  • Iron Gate
  • Standing Iron Torch
  • Wood Iron Pole
  • Wood Iron Beam

Misc Iron Recipes:

  • Iron Nails

Note: to my knowledge, you (rather arbitrarily) cannot craft Iron Chains out of Iron. Instead, you must find these Chains in Sunken Crypt chests, or harvest them from dead Wraiths (also found in Swamps).


That's the end of our guide to finding and smelting Iron in Valheim. But we've got plenty more to discuss regarding this uber-popular survival game! Why not take a look at our Valheim building guide next, and learn about building stability, chimneys, and much more.

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