The one thing we ended up not doing as part of our first pass through Valheim was fight the final boss of the plains, Yagluth. I had set us up for it… and I even did a test run with another group on their server… but we ended up never getting to Yagluth on our server.
A year later, and making another run at Valheim, we had once again reached the point where Yagluth was an option, and this time we were going to do it. Enough resources had been harvested in order to get everybody into the padded armor that represents the plains tier, weapons had been upgraded, and we had found Yagluth’s altar.
That latter was a bit of an accident. As with Moder, we never ran into a rune stone that would display the location of Yagluth. Brynjar stumbled across the altar during an exploration run. He and Lugnut had created a small base nearby and cleared the fuling camps that were close to hand, so we were about set.
Then there were the fuling totems. You need five of them to summon Yagluth, but we had only found three so far. We did a preliminary run at a big fuling camp, but which I mean I tried to solo it, got in over my head, died, then everybody had to come rescue me and everybody died a couple of times before we finally got things under control. But we got the totems we needed.
So we grabbed some food and a couple of fire resistance meads each… they last 10 minutes, so we figured we might need two each… and headed out to the plains. Our portal was kind of a run from the altar, so we moved it up to a big rock that was just within sight of the altar, then went to the altar.
It is on a raised rock in the middle of five stone pillars that stick up like fingers of a hand coming up to try and grab the altar and pull it into the earth.
We were geared up, had our fire resist meads, along with some stamina an health meads… the meads don’t share timers, so you can run them all at once… along with a stack of 100 frost arrows, said to be the best ranged weapon to use, along with the totem. We felt like we were ready, so I started setting out the totems.
You can see some platforms that Lugnut built in the two screen shots above. Platforms have had mixed results for us in boss fights. They seemed very useful for Bonemass, but less so for other fights. You can also see Lugnut on the platform, glowing Dragur Fang bow out and ready to go.
I put the last totem in its slot and activated the altar, summoning Yagluth.
We got our bows into action and started plinking away at him.
For the most part his attacks… he swats at those close by and has a fire breath beam weapon that you can move out of fairly easily… were not too bad. And then we got to his fire meteors, which rain down out of the sky like an artillery strike, landing on somebody who Yagluth is not facing. The first to take a hit was Lugnut, whose platform was wiped off the rock spire with the attack.
As an attack it was survivable, if you were not low on health, moved out of it right away, and had the fire resist buff on you. If you failed on any of those three, however, it could prove quickly deadly, which it did.
We started having problems with adds, as fulins, lox, and the occasional growth from a distant tar pit started showing up, dividing out attention, beating down our health, and making us susceptible to Yagluth’s meteor strikes. We started dying.
We started dying enough that we eventually pulled Yagluth back to our portal, which promptly got hit by his meteor strike and broken. Now that would have been a disaster, because we were set to spawn back at the plains base and the only way to get back if it was down was a boat trip.
Fortunately we were taking turns dying, so somebody was always around to rebuild the portal, if they had inventory space.
Meanwhile day turned into night and the plains became an active place for roving fuling gangs, which again occupied our attention as we fought to stay alive and chip away at Yagluth when we had the chance, all while avoiding his meteor attack.
The fulings were a double menace. Groups of three or four could be quite deadly. But even when you killed them, they dropped the black metal scraps which I was auto picking up, and having one on you means you cannot use a portal. I died at least twice unable to jump through the portal because I kept picking up black metal scraps, which were strewn about the field at that point.
And then it became clear that we didn’t have enough fire resist potions to go around. After a few rounds of death there were none left in the supply chest, so we started to brew some more, but were otherwise going to have to do without.
And doing without meant dying even more often as that fire resistance was pretty much the only margin between living and dying when hit by the meteors.
After an hour of this, with Yagluth having about one third of his health left, I had to go and get dinner ready, so logged off with a promise to return. About 30 minutes later I was back on and Yagluth was still alive. He was down to about 10% health, but more deaths had occurred.
We had also apparently burned through all of our frost arrows. We had 500 in the supply box when we started, and each of us took a stack of 100. But Ula had to go back and make 300 more to sustain the battle.
Still, even at low health Yagluth was still deadly and I managed to get hit by a meteor strike and die pretty quickly upon my return.
Lugnut had a pattern he was working with Yagluth that was whittling him down, but eventually got caught by the meteors as well. I was picking up to carry on for Lugnut when Brynjar got in there with the Frostner mace, the cold damage from which seemed to hit pretty hard on Yagluth, and finished him off. He was down at last.
That all took close to two hours to wrap up, with too many deaths to count. We used up almost all of the 800 frost arrows we had made, drank up most of our potions, and put a severe dent in the food supplies we had back at base. It was an effort, made more difficult by some of our own missteps, but we made it.
The area around the altar was pretty ripped up from the fight. The world does change in Valheim when you break stuff.
Then it was back to base and then to the stones at the spawn point to hang up the trophy on its spot.
After which we had kind of hit the end of our journey. Back at our main base we sat down and thought about how far we had come in the last couple of months that marked our return to the game.
There are still many small things to be done. Base building is an endless pursuit, and compared to our last run, we have barely explored as much of the world. But, while the devs are still teasing us about the eventual Mistlands update, it isn’t there yet and we don’t want to invalidate another world by ranging too far and wide.
So we drank a toast to our efforts.
And we were then reminded that using a tankard consumes a mead from your inventory. Oh well. Now to consider where to go next while we wait for the giant ticks of the Mistlands to be made ready for us.