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Valheim guide: How to find swamps

Where to find iron scraps and fight Bonemass

A sunken crypt in Valheim Image: Iron Gate Studio/Coffee Stain Publishing via Polygon

There are several biomes in Valheim, and swamps are one of the most dangerous. This dark and inhospitable area of the world is where you’ll encounter some of the most vicious enemies in the game — and some of the most valuable resources. It’ll be challenging, but it’s worth the trip.

In this Valheim guide, we’ll show you how to find swamps on your unique version of the map. After you’ve located a swamp, we’ll let you know some of the threats you’ll encounter there, what valuables to find, and how to prep for that area’s boss, Bonemass.

How to find the swamp in Valheim

A screenshot of the Swamps biome in Valheim
Swamps are dark brown areas on your map
Image: Iron Gate Studio/Coffee Stain Publishing via Polygon

Finding swamps can be easy or challenging, depending on how your procedurally generated map is created.

Whenever you start a new world, Valheim generates a unique map that spreads all of the game’s biomes across multiple islands. If you’re lucky, you might have a swamp on your main island, but the dark and dangerous biomes are usually a bit farther away from your starting area.

You can find swamps easily by opening your map and looking for dark brown patches of land. Swamps can be an entire island or adjacent to other biomes like a black forest. As you explore more of the map, you’ll find that swamps are everywhere. If you really want to see the extent of their coverage, you can use a Valheim cheat code to see the entire map.

What can I find in Valheim’s swamps?

If you’re wondering what to do after the Elder boss fight, the swamps are your next stop.

How to find iron in Valheim
If you want iron gear, you’ll need to go to the swamps
Image: Iron Gate Studio/Coffee Stain Publishing via Polygon

Like each biome, swamps have unique threats. You should be especially cautious of the poisonous blobs and undead draugr soldiers. When walking through water in the swamp, be wary of leeches who can also poison you.

Inside the swamps you’ll find iron scraps, which will allow you to craft iron armor and weapons. The process for figuring out how to get iron requires a few steps, but if you want to get iron gear, you’ll have to go tomb raiding in the swamps.

Another necessary step in your progression is taking out the massive boss Bonemass. After you’ve defeated Eikthyr and the Elder, you may find this gelatinous boss more challenging, as many players have. Thankfully, we’ve put together a guide on how to beat Bonemass.