This page is part of IGN’s Valheim Wiki guide and details everything you need to know about crafting and obtaining one of the game’s most important tools, a Pickaxe.
From preparing for your first boss fight with Eikthyr to obtaining the Hard Antlers needed to craft the Antler Pickaxe, we have you covered in our complete guide to getting a pickaxe in Valheim.
How to Unlock and Craft a Pickaxe
To craft a Pickaxe in Valheim, you will firstly need to acquire a series of materials that can only be obtained by defeating the very first boss in the game, Eikthyr.
Defeating Eikthyr should be a fairly easy task, but as you can expect, taking on your first boss is pretty nerve wrecking and will require a few hours of preparation before you dive straight in. Before you tackle Eikthyr, you’ll want to ensure that you’ve crafted some leather armor, a shield, and a flint axe/knife. All of these items require the following materials: deer pelts, leather scraps, flint, stone, and wood.
Killing deer is also crucial, as you’ll require two deer heads in order to summon the powerful Stag Boss, Eikthyr.
Upon defeating Eikthyr, you will receive several pairs of Hard Antlers. These Antlers can be used to unlock the Antler Pickaxe, which can now be crafted at a Workbench of level 2 or higher. To craft the Antler Pickaxe, you will require x10 Wood and x1 Hard Antlers.
Once you have crafted the Antler Pickaxe, you will now gain the ability to mine the likes of Iron, Tin, and Copper ore. Which will eventually help you unlock even further upgrades on the Weapon and Armor front.