How to craft Stagbreaker, the awesome two-handed war hammer in Valheim

Valheim Stagbreaker war hammer
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While you're running around in co-op Viking survival game Valheim, you might find yourself mobbed by greylings and skeletons—usually when you're trying to concentrate on gathering or building. One at a time they're not fearsome enemies, but if you're exploring a burial chamber or wander too near a greydwarf nest, you may get overwhelmed by their sheer numbers. That's where the Valheim Stagbreaker comes in.

It's good to have a weapon that does area-of-effect damage, like a big honkin' two-handed war hammer covered in spiky deer antlers. One smash will do damage to every enemy in the radius of the hammer, often knocking them back and staggering them, giving you a few moments to strike again. Or run away, like the brave Viking you are. Before you go running for safety though, take note: It's really fun hitting things with a giant hammer. I recommend it.

The war hammer's name is Stagbreaker, and here's how to craft yourself one. You'll never leave home without it.

How to craft Stagbreaker in Valheim

First, you'll need to visit the Black Forest. Outside of your starting biome, The Meadows, it's probably the first new biome you'll encounter. Look for pine trees and fir trees, and cut them down with your axe.

Gather core wood from fir and pine trees

The fir and pine trees will give you a different type of wood than you've been collecting in The Meadows. It's called core wood.

Just gathering your first pieces of core wood will give you the recipe for Stagbreaker:

  • 20 core wood
  • 5 deer trophies
  • 2 leather scraps

Once you've got enough core wood from the Black Forest, the other ingredients are easy and can be collected in The Meadows. You've probably been killing deer and boars for meat and leather, and you'll know they sometimes also drop trophies. You'll need 5 deer trophies and 2 leather scraps to complete the recipe.

You'll also need an upgraded, level 2 crafting table. As we mention in our Valheim tips guide, you can craft a chopping block using flint and place it near your workbench, which will raise it to level 2.

That's all you need to craft Stagbreaker! Enjoy smashing the hell out of things in Valheim with your spiky new war hammer.

Christopher Livingston
Senior Editor

Chris started playing PC games in the 1980s, started writing about them in the early 2000s, and (finally) started getting paid to write about them in the late 2000s. Following a few years as a regular freelancer, PC Gamer hired him in 2014, probably so he'd stop emailing them asking for more work. Chris has a love-hate relationship with survival games and an unhealthy fascination with the inner lives of NPCs. He's also a fan of offbeat simulation games, mods, and ignoring storylines in RPGs so he can make up his own.