24 Feb 2021

Valheim: How to Summon Elder? How To Beat And Rewards

If you've summoned Eikthyr you're likely looking to summon the next boss.

Next up we have the Elder, a mammoth tree creature.

Below we'll tell you how to summon, defeat him and the rewards you'll receive.

Greydwarf Spawners And Ancient Seeds

To summon the Elder you'll need some Ancient Seeds to sacrifice.

You can get a hold of them by destroying Greydwarf Spawners.

They can be identified as a pile of bones with purple smoke.

Be prepared as they aren't easy to find and can be a task to destroy.

As you explore the Black Forest, keep an eye out for Greydwarves, if you're seeing a lot of them a spawner is likely nearby.

Just follow whichever direction they are coming from and it should lead you to their spawn.

Greydwarf Shamans and Greydwarf Brutes can drop Ancient Seeds, although destroying spawners will give you more.

Overall you need 3 seeds.

Preparing For Elder

The Elder is best to take on with a group, it's possible to take down alone but will take many deaths to learn his moves.

Make sure to bring along some food buffs with you too.

Building a base nearby would be useful too so you can get back into the action if you die.

You'll have to set your respawn point to this base temporarily.

Bring along spare weapons in case yours break!

How To Summon Elder

You can find the Elder's location through reading a runestone which can be found in a fort on the main island.

This runestone will appear at random but the forts will contain stone walls, broken stairs and skeletons.

There are also multiple locations you can find the runestone.

The Elder will likely be on a separate island from the main one.

Once at the altar use the 3 Ancient Seeds to summon him.

How To Beat Him

There are 3 main moves to bear in mind when fighting the Elder.

He will use his right hand to summon some roots from the ground, steer clear of them.

His second attack is a long-ranged cone-shaped attack.

The last attack is a stomp to the closest player.

Its radius isn't too big so should be easy to dodge.

Overall you should constantly have one player kiting the Elder around and other players long-range attacks.

If you're going solo it will more so be a case of dodging attacks squeezing in hits when you can.


When you defeat the Elder you'll get his trophy and swamp keys.

Place the trophy on the altar and you'll get 5 minute buff toward cutting down trees.

The skill has a 20-minute cooldown.

The swamp key can be used on the swamp island opening a crypt containing more items.

Valheim is the next Viking title to take Steam by storm, there are plenty of plans for the future with the 2021 roadmap. You can even set up a dedicated server and play with your friends in coop! If bosses interest you, there's already four in the game Eikthyr, the Elder, Bonemass and Modor, you'll require plenty of items along the way like the Swamp Key.