If you've been playing co-op Viking survival game Valheim (opens in new tab), you're probably keen to graduate from crafting weapons and clothing out of basic wood and leather. Metal is where it's at, and to start melting down tin, copper, and iron ore for crafting, you're going to need a smelter and a kiln to create coal to power it.
But to craft the smelter and kiln, you're going to need to find an item called a surtling core, a glowing red orb you can only find in burial chambers located in the Black Forest and guarded by mobs of skeletons. You'll need a total of 10 surtling cores, 5 to build the smelter and 5 more for the kiln.
But surtling cores have been difficult to find for some players. Clearing out a burial chamber isn't easy due to the angry skellies, narrow corridors, and nearly pitch-black environment. And many players, myself included, have fought our way through numerous burial chambers only to find a single core—or none at all. It's a bit frustrating.
The new Valheim 0.142.5 patch (opens in new tab) thankfully addresses that issue, adding more surtling cores to burial chambers, meaning you hopefully won't battle your way through the inky, skelly-filled tombs and come away with nothing but a handful of bones.
Here are the full changes the patch introduces:
- Fixed freeze at Valheim logo screen
- Fixed Block-sfx
- Fixed Spaming dodge consumed extra stamina
- Serverlist tweaks (multi-line names, server count)
- Continous music enabled by default
- Drowning effects added
- Compendium icon updated
- Made Hugin dialog guis slightly larger
- More surtling cores in burial chambers
- Serverlist fixes
- Lowered enemy per-player damage scaling
- Localization fixes
- Server filter fix
If you're just getting started in Valheim, we've been putting together a few handy guides, like 10 tips for Valheim beginners (opens in new tab), how to build a campfire indoors (opens in new tab) (and avoid dying from the smoke filling your house), and how to find flint (opens in new tab), which you'll need for crafting new weapons, tools, and workbench improvements.