How safe do you feel at your Valheim base? The walls are secure, the trenches dug, the windows shut? Even with all these precautions, you may still not be safe from Valheim’s new enemies. With the introduction of the Mistlands update comes a new type of raid – and one that wreaks havoc on established player bases. What is devastating is that some players lose homes that took hundreds of hours to build.
The new event, called “They Came After You,” unleashes hordes of bugs on your player base – and even worse, they can fly. Seekers and soldiers could jump over trenches, then cover the stone walls as if they were made from a papier-mâché. This event can happen anytime after defeating the Plains boss Yagluth, so anyone who has completed Valheim biomes is vulnerable to these attacks. It sure takes a lot of players by surprise.
“When we were raided, we were surprised and lost our three-story base, which took hundreds of hours,” said one Reddit user. “It was protected by walls, moats and most of the upgraded gates – it didn’t slow down the seekers at all… We all quit after surviving the raid, but after looking into the aftermath we realized any amount of rebuilding wouldn’t matter since we lost seasonal items from Comfort level sake and we couldn’t survive another raid like that.”
Buildings aren’t the only casualties here either, as players lose beloved pets to the swarm. “They killed three of my pet sea snakes on the beach, and jumped over the walls. So sad,” said one player on Steam. Another Reddit user said, “I had a very disappointing experience facing this event: my stone house was destroyed, all the pigs were killed and I was naked and full of strong food.” “I wasn’t ready at all.”
To test the new raid for myself, I created a fake stone and iron base, then used console commands to trigger the event. As you can see from the video below, the results are rather devastating. If you don’t head outside to deal with the Seekers right away (a challenge in and of itself), you can expect some serious damage to your base. And if your house is made of wood.. good luck.
While some players will enjoy this new base defense challenge, it appears to be too harsh on those who want a quieter lifestyle. Part of Valheim’s appeal is that you can choose to venture into dangerous territory, then return to the relative safety of building a home. It’s one thing to build in the mistlands where you can expect to deal with tough enemies on a daily basis, but it’s another to have them bring to your log cabin on the plains.
The other major problem, of course, is that many players will have no idea they need to prepare for this raid. Many will have completed the plains biome and yet to venture into the mistlands, unaware that killer ants are about to pay them a home visit. A lot of players will have already built homes in easier biomes that simply can’t handle that much damage.
The steep difficulty of this raid also prioritizes base defense over other ways to play Valheim, as those who want to build decoratively or role-play will find their options limited. “What’s the point of having a cozy mountain cabin, a camp out on the plains, or maybe a mining hut in the Black Forest if each one of them needs a moat and walls to be ‘viable’,” said Reddit user Joshy_Moshy. “Building is the thing,” said user Moriartis. My favorite in this game.” “If I have no choice but to have a giant wall of earth around my base or a giant moat, otherwise the whole base will be mobbed because of the amount of damage the new mobs do, that’s really cool and really degrades what I like . the game.”
Another user said, “Progression through bosses seems more of a punishment than a reward.”
If you are concerned about the safety of your base, there are a few options available to you. The first is to cover the surrounding area in workbenches so that no enemies can spawn near your house. You have to be careful not to miss any patches, however, as they do look a bit unsightly. Another option is to dig some large trenches and earthen walls, which would unfortunately spoil the surrounding landscape. You can also progress through the Mistlands to find some basic defense items, but this is a slow process. As a last resort, some players disable raids entirely using dev commands. Perhaps the best advice is to backup your save file, in case things go terribly wrong.
I personally know that my group base would have been destroyed by this event. Our trenches weren’t enough to stop the ants, and they would tear down our lovingly made wooden village. While we could upgrade our base with additional walls and moats to deal with this new threat, doing so would destroy the inviting and comfortable atmosphere of our home. To avoid having our 150 hour base destroyed in an instant, we chose to avoid the event entirely by defeating Yagluth on another server, and transferring any needed items to our server. Hopefully, Iron Gate will reconsider how raids work – or at least reduce the damage Building Hunters can do. Has anyone got the number for pest control?
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