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Valheim guide: Best late-game foods

Make barley flour and cook the best foods

Valheim barley windmill plains biome Image: Iron Gate Studio/Coffee Stain Publishing via Polygon
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In Valheim’s final biome, the plains, you’ll find fuling villages where you’ll pick up barley. Back at your farm, you’ll be able to turn barley into barley flour, and that unlocks the best meals and food combinations available in Valheim.

In this Valheim guide, we’ll tell you where to find barley, the tools you’ll need to process it, and the foods, meals, meads, and barley wine you’ll be able to make with it.

Where to find barley

You won’t find barley (or flax, for that matter) growing wild in the plains biome. The only place to find this crops is in fuling villages. You’ll collect it from either their farms or from the chests dotted around their villages.

How to farm barley

You’ll need a lot of barley for your meals, so it’s best to grow it yourself on a farm.

Valheim farming flax barley carrots turnips plains biome
Farming flax and barley in the plains biome.
Image: Iron Gate Studio/Coffee Stain Publishing via Polygon

Barley (and flax) only grow in plains biomes, so your farm has to be located here. Carrots and turnips do grow in plains (and bees are happy here), so you can just move your entire agricultural operation over.

Like carrots and turnips, plant flax and barley with a cultivator (5 core wood, 5 bronze). You don’t get seeds from them, though. Instead, these crops drop two plants — 2 flax or 2 barley — when harvested. Replant one to keep your crop going.

Build a windmill to process barley into barley flour

You can’t eat barley raw, so you’ll have to process it at a windmill (20 stone, 30 wood, 30 iron nails) to turn it into barley flour.

Like a blast furnace, a windmill must be close to an artisan table and built on the ground (or a stone base). When you build it, make sure you have access to the front and back — barley goes in the back and barley flour comes out the front. The orientation doesn’t matter since the windmill spins to catch the wind.

Windmills only work when there’s wind, and the strength of the wind determines the speed at which they work.

The best foods for health and stamina

With barley flour, cloudberries, and lox meat, you can make the very best foods (currently) in Valheim.

The best new food for stamina is bread (10 barley flour).

The best food for health is blood pudding (2 thistle, 2 bloodbags, 4 barley flour) — remember that bloodbags drop from leeches in the swamp biome.

The best all-around food (with a big boost to both health and stamina) is lox meat pie (4 barley flour, 2 cloudberries, 2 cooked lox meat).

If you’ve found Haldor the merchant and purchased the fishing rod, you can make one more new recipe. The fish wraps (2 cooked fish, 4 barley flour) is even better for your stamina than bread.

Barley is also an ingredient in a useful potion. At your cauldron, make some barley wine base: fire resistance (10 barley, 10 cloudberries), and drop it in a fermenter. You’ll get fire resistance barley wine a couple in-game days later. It reduces your fire damage by half for 10 minutes.