It doesn't matter if you're playing alone or with friends, the Valheim map is enormous. Each world is procedurally generated, and there are different biomes scattered across the stretches of oceans that each require different items and strategies to survive. Some you'll want to avoid outright until you're decked out in iron armor. But taking risks is part of the fun of Valheim, and you should do your best to explore its world as much as possible.
After all, exploration is a key part of what makes Valheim fun. Very little about its systems are explained, so it's easy to miss some crucial features—especially when it comes to the Valheim map. There are also lots of Valheim world seeds worth checking out, too, but those shouldn't be confused with the other type of Valheim seeds: the ones you can plant. Here's what you need to know about the Valheim map.
Valheim map guide: How to place map markers, ping, and console commands
When you first spawn, your mini map will look very bare. After you've had a chance to explore more of the Valheim map, and found valuable materials and areas, it's a good idea to place markers to make them easy to return to later. To place a map marker, press M to open your map, select one of the markers on the right side, then double-click on the spot on the map to drop a marker. You can label these using the box at the bottom of the screen so you know what's waiting for you at each spot. To remove a marker, right-click on it (Mouse-2).
If you want to ping a particular spot, open the map and click the middle mouse button (Mouse-3) to mark your desired area. Anyone playing with you will be able to see the ping both on their own map and also just while playing the game, but it only lasts for a few seconds.
If you don't fancy traipsing around the island, open Valheim's console (F5), ensure cheats are enabled (type imacheater) and type exploremap to reveal the entire map. Alternatively, if you want to reset your exploration progress, type resetmap to cover it in fog again.
What does the white arrow mean?
You may have noticed a white arrow on your mini map. As Chris rightly points out in his list of helpful Valheim tips, this indicates which direction the wind is blowing. It's especially useful when sailing.
Valheim map biomes
The Meadows is the starting biome in Valheim. It's mostly grassy, filled with bodies of water and trees. It's the perfect place to build your base, as it contains lots of useful resources, and animals including deer and boar, and there are very few threats.
If you've run into a troll or skeleton, or the music of the Meadows has taken a turn for the creepy, you've stumbled into the Black Forest. This zone contains hostile creatures such as Greydwarf Brutes and Greydwarf Shaman. You can mine tin and copper here, and find other resources that won't crop up in the Meadows. Merchants can also be found wandering these parts of the forest.
The Swamp biome is a dark region filled with scary mobs. Draugr, Wraiths, and Blobs can hunt you down and kill you quickly here, so I don't recommend visiting this region until you've equipped sturdy bronze weapons and armour. Naturally, the more treacherous the zone, the finer the rewards, and scrap iron, thistles, and turnip seeds are just a few of the best materials to find in the Swamp.
Valheim's Mountains are the best place to visit for picturesque snowy scenes. They contain precious ores like silver, and a tough material called obsidian. Beware of the wolves and drakes that lurk on these slopes. Stone Golems also roam this area, and have a nasty habit of sneaking up on you.
The Plains are open stretches of dry grass, small bushes, and rocks. It's not uncommon to see deer trotting through this region. There's a promise of beautiful views if you can find a nice hill to climb. Keep an eye out for Deathsquitos, though.
There's not much to know about the ocean, other than the fact that you need a boat to traverse it. Serpents are known to infest Valheim's waters, so I wouldn't advise going for a quick dip in it. Ever.
You'll find it difficult to find an area more mysterious than the Mistlands. It's filled with very tall, old trees and some players have reported seeing monsters here.
The best Valheim world seeds
Finding a 'good seed' in Valheim is tricky if you're working solo. As the map is procedurally generated, spawning in a world that has each biome nearby often comes down to luck. However, as players discover and share more seeds, we're able to hop into these worlds as we please.
Some seeds spawn you very close to the Swamp, or right near the Black Forest, which can save you time as you collect materials. Here are some of the best seeds the Valheim community has discovered and shared so far. Remember you can also set up a Valheim dedicated server, if you want to play with your pals.
Mellow Meadows spawn
It's good to start off slow if you're new to Valheim. You usually spawn in the Meadows anyway, but this seed is especially useful as other biomes like the Swamp, Black Forest, and Mountains are nearby. This will save you time trekking around the island when you're searching for specific materials, and you'll be able to find the Elder Valheim boss quickly.
Find the Valheim trader
This world has an, erm, interesting name, but I promise it's cool. It's difficult to track down Haldor the trader, and you can play for hours blissfully unaware that they even exist. If you're in the market for a fishing rod, or want to swap your gems for some coins, here's where you need to travel to next.
Straight to the Swamp
Eager to visit the Sunken Crypts? Redditors have kindly marked all the crypts on this map to make it easier to find them. So, you can mine for Valheim iron, and grab other useful items in chests here. The best part is that you walk to The Swamp area from this spawn point. Remember, the Swamp is an unforgiving area, so don't travel here unless you're wearing tough bronze armor.
Hunting in the Black Forest
If you want to pay the Black Forest an extended visit, hop into this seed. You'll spawn in the Meadows, right on the edge of a sprawling Black Forest. So, if you're on the hunt for copper deposits, want to get your hands on some troll armour, or need to visit Burial Chambers, this is a quick way to grab them. Good luck, you'll certainly need it.
The boss rush seed
This seed is a great candidate for speeding through Valheim as quickly as possible. In this seed, every one of Valheim's bosses is located quite close to your starting point instead of being off across the ocean. Players have marked their locations over on Reddit if you want to try your hand at beating them all in short order.