How to Fish in Valheim (Tips, Tricks, & Strategies)

In most survival games players will need to keep track of their hunger level, but in Valheim the player instead needs food for another purpose. Food will boost a player’s health and stamina considerably, but they are only to eat one piece of three different types of food at a time. This means that it is incredibly important for players to get their hands on as many different types of high-quality food that they can.

One piece of food that is hard to get ahold of but can be extremely useful are fish. Players are unable to craft a fishing rod in the beginning of the game, so it isn’t clear how to acquire this type of food. Players will first need to get their hands on a fishing rod, but even then the game doesn’t exactly walk them through how to fish. This guide shows players how to acquire fish.

The very first step for going fishing in Valheim is for players to get themselves a fishing rod. Unlike other tools and items in the game, this actually can’t be crafted at this time. Instead, players will need to explore one of the many different Black Forest biomes until they come across the merchant. They will then be able to purchase both a fishing rod and bait from him that can be used for fishing.

From here the player will then need to travel to any nearby body of water, preferably the ocean or a river. Once here the player will want to look around in the water until they see fish swimming around near the surface. They can then equip their fishing rod and right-click on the bait to prepare it. They then can hold down the left mouse button to charge up their cast and release it whenever they want to throw their line. The longer the player holds the button down then the further they will cast their line.

The next part really isn’t that far off from real fishing. The player will want to be patient as they wait for a fish to mess with their hook. If the water is clear enough the player should be able to see nearby fish circling around the hook, and if not they will at least see bubbles that indicate that fish are nearby. Eventually, a fish will grab the bait, pull the bobber underwater, which means that the player should press and hold the right mouse button down.

If this worked the player will receive a notification on-screen telling them that they hooked the fish. Holding down the right mouse button from here will reel the fish in, and once they get close enough to it the player will be able to pick the fish up off the line. Make sure to pick up the fish before stamina runs out though or the fish will get away.

Valheim can be played on PC.

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