How to make an obliterator in Valheim

Valheim obliterator
(Image credit: Iron Gate Studios)

The Valheim obliterator is another requested feature to arrive with the Hearth and Home update, and it's been added in the most awesomely Valheim way possible (opens in new tab). Iron Gate is already spoiling us with the newly added cartography table (opens in new tab), as well as giving us a use for all the crystal (opens in new tab) we've got stashed away. 

It also means you'll need to make a trip to see the Trader (opens in new tab)—something you might not have done for a while if you've already bought everything he has to offer. Of course, if you want to discover this stuff for yourself as you play, you should click away now. Otherwise, read on to find out what the Valheim Obliterator does, and how to make one. 

Valheim obliterator: How to make one 

You'll need to collect a few things before you start. Here's the list:

  • Thunder Stone x1
  • Iron x8
  • Copper x4
  • A forge

The Thunder Stone is a new item and it can be bought from the trader for a reasonable 50 coins. Coins can be found in chests, burial chambers, and crypts, and are also dropped by trolls. Iron (opens in new tab) can be collected from crypts in the Swamp biome and copper (opens in new tab) is found in the Black Forest.

Once you have all the materials and nearby forge, navigate to the 'crafting' tab of the crafting menu to make it.

(Image credit: Iron Gate Studios)

How to destroy items with the obliterator 

Once you have the obliterator set up, interact with it to find inventory-like slots where you can deposit your unwanted items. When it's loaded up, pull the lever and you'll see lightning hit the rod and receive the message 'items obliterated'.

It certainly beats throwing unwanted items into the sea or putting up with the untidiness while you wait for items to despawn.

Sarah James
Guides Writer

Sarah started as a freelance writer in 2018, writing for PCGamesN, TechRadar, GamingBible, Red Bull Gaming and more. In 2021, she was offered a full-time position on the PC Gamer team where she takes every possible opportunity to talk about World of Warcraft and Elden Ring. When not writing guides, most of her spare time is spent in Azeroth—though she's quite partial to JRPGs too. One of her fondest hopes is to one day play through the ending of Final Fantasy X without breaking down into a sobbing heap. She probably has more wolves in Valheim than you.