As players explore the various biomes of Valheimin search of more resources, they are likely to find that many of the better resources in the game are harder to access because they are underground. When Wood, Stone, and Bronze weapons and tools are no longer enough to get the job done, players will likely want to find Iron. Iron tools and weapons have better stats, and Iron is also required to craft the Iron Pickaxe. The Iron Pickaxe is the minimum requirement if players want to begin mining Silver, which is used in some of the highest-tier recipes available during early access. While players can sometimes find Iron in Meteor Craters, the most consistent place to mine Iron is in Sunken Crypts in the Swamp biome.


Players will know a Sunken Crypt when they see one; these are small, stone buildings in the Swamp with torches of green fire and an iron gate on the front. These lead down to a sort of dungeon where players will find some enemies and plenty of Iron, among other challenges and resources. However, the gates to these Crypts are locked, and the only way for players to access them is to summon and defeat the second Forsaken boss, The Elder. One of the items The Elder drops is the Stone Crypt Key. Players will need to obtain and make an offering to The Elder to summon this creature for combat, and they will need to be prepared for a significantly tougher fight than the battle against Eikthyr. Here’s how to get the Swamp Key in Valheim.

How to Summon and Defeat The Elder in Valheim

Players looking to summon The Elder and get the Swamp Key will need to head to the Black Forest biome first. While there, they will need to fight Greydwarf Brutes and Greydwarf Shamans. Both of these creatures have a chance to drop Ancient Seeds. Players will need to collect three of them.

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Next, players will need to find The Elder’s Summoning Stone. The location of this altar will vary from player to player, and if players want the precise location, they will need to interact with The Elder’s Rune Stones in Burial Chambers in the Black Forest.

Once players reach the location of the altar, they will need to load the Ancient Seeds into their Hotbar and press the correct key to place all three in the fire bowl. This will cause The Elder to spawn, along with some Trolls or Greydwarves to help in the fight.

The Elder is a bipedal, tree-humanoid creature with three attacks: stomp, ranged vines, and roots. If players die or try to run, it will chase them. The Elder is difficult to defeat, so players will need to come prepared for a tough battle, with plenty of arrows, health potions, and food. They can also choose to take this boss on with friends in co-op for a better chance at succeeding.

Once The Elder has been defeated, players can take the Swamp Key. It will open any Sunken Crypt in the Swamp Biome, giving players access to new treasures, tougher fights, and improved equipment.

Valheimis in Steam Early Access and is available for PC.

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