There’s nothing more important than getting around in Valheim. The first couple of Portals players build shouldn’t be too hard to fit in a starting base, but as time goes on and players need things like Obsidian from a distant mountain, more and more Portals are needed. There’s no better solution to decrease the clutter of a base and for a fun building project than consolidating Portals in a Portal hub.
A “hub” can be made with only two Portals with some planning and attention to detail by changing a Portal’s name to the name of another Portal in the desired location. A more practical (but less efficient method) is to build all the Portals needed in a single building. To begin this project, a suitable section of land is needed, and materials to construct a building of the players’ desired size should also be prepared. It should be noted that Portals aren’t affected by rain and don’t need to be covered, so the amount of building is up to the player.
The ideal location for a hub meant for transferring materials is near the player’s primary storage or near a cart with a path leading to storage. Portals near a player’s primary storage are great for times encumbered Wood or Stone runs are necessary. Select an area with room to place the most frequently used Portals in the sever. Somewhere level with a room for expansion is also recommended, unless a minimalist or compact design is desired. Players should also consider bringing supplies for a Portal on their exploration trips and other ventures to act as a quick way to return to base and deposit heavier items. A designated Portal at home base with an easy Portal name to remember is needed if the player goes the portable Portal route.
At this point, if the player plans on doing a larger build, it is far faster to cart all the materials needed to the building site, leaving the majority of materials nearby in a cart while building. Alternatively, a teleporter going from the build sight directly to the player’s storage solution is a great way to cut a step out of the process at the cost of load screens. After constructing the Portal hub foundation, it is recommended that the player places the Portals near the interior walls of the area, but the layout should first and foremost make sense to the player. If more room is needed, bust down a wall and place more floors until the necessary size to house all the Portals is met. The player can hunt down the Portals they plan on replacing now, break them, and use their materials to craft the replacements. Please take careful note of their names and where they teleport, or the connection may be lost forever (or until the original name is found). Finally, place and rename all the new Portals to match their intended name and location. Now the player is ready to get around efficiently and in style!
Decoration isn’t all just for fun, but it mostly is. If the player has some leftover trophies from bosses or other enemies, this is a great place to display them, as there’s a boss for all five of the currently inhabited areas. Almost any decoration the player plans on doing outside of basic Wooden objects will require Fine wood, so it’s in the player’s best interest to have a reliable supply before undertaking decoration (this is also a great excuse to go chop wood). To begin, players can enhance Portal entryways with makeshift wooden arches or use a combination of Stone Pillars and wooden arches. Light the exterior and interior of the entrance to the hub for a grand entrance (make green torches use Guck).
Item stands and Sconces are a great way to decorate archways around a teleporter. Players can also use items like Axes, Pickaxes, and Fishing rods to signify the teleporter’s purpose. If players are using one Portal for multiple locations, placing signs next to the Portal listing the possible names of other Portals is highly recommended. Have fun with the Portal hub, and good luck on your return to Valhalla!
Valheim is in Steam Early Access and is available for PC.