Valheim animal taming guide: How to find and tame every animal

Valheim Lox
Valheim Lox (Image credit: Windows Central / Zackery Cuevas)


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As a Viking cast into the tenth Norse world with nothing but the clothes on your back, you'll have to rely on your skills to find supplies for weapons, tools, and housing. While learning to hunt is a great way to find supplies, eventually, you'll want more sustainability. Just like farming, trapping and raising animals is a great way to generate your own supply of meat and resources — and most importantly, you'll make a new friend. Here's how to tame and raise animals in Valheim.

How to tame a boar

Valheim Boars

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Boars are the first animal you'll encounter that can be tamed. To start, find a spot to build a pen. The enclosed space will be the boar's new home, so pick a spot that's not too far from your current housing situation. Make a gap in the fence, and head out to find a boar. boar can be found in the Meadows and Black Forest biomes, so begin your search there. Once you've found one (or many) boars, you'll have to get them to follow you. Boars are easy to outmaneuver and outrun, but watch out for their gore attack. Boars are also afraid of fire, so try not to lead them toward any fires as you guide them.

Once the boar is safely in the pen, quickly close the gap in the fence. The boar will continue to thrash about in its pen, so be mindful of the damage done to your makeshift fences. Now that you've captured a boar, you need to tame it. They eat fruits, mushrooms, and carrots, so toss anything you've got into the pen. Eventually, the boar will nibble on the treats and you'll see a percentage begin to rise when you place your cursor on the boar.

Check back after a few days, keeping the boar's food supply up, and eventually, the boar will become domesticated. You can even pet your boar now. If you tame more than one boar, they will start breeding. Be sure to give them enough space in their pen, and you should see the results of your hard work pretty quickly.

How to tame a wolf

Valheim Wolves

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Wolves require much more TLC than the boars. Living in the Mountain biome, wolves are fierce warriors, and won't hesitate to take you down on sight. Their bite is fierce, so approach with caution. Be sure to prepare yourself with warm clothing or frost resistant potions before attempting to court a wolf in the mountains.

Once you find a wolf, you'll have to lure it into a pen in the same way you lured a boar: Approach the wolf to get its attention, and then sprint for your life into a pen and close it off. You must feed your wolf in the same way that you feed your boar, the only difference being its diet. You have to supply your wolf with a steady supply of Raw Meat.

Taming a wolf is dangerous, but it's worth it. Breeding wolves is an easy way to generate Wolf Pelts as well as Raw Meat, but you can also bring your wolf with you on expeditions. They fight alongside you and are pretty competent warriors, which is great if you're playing alone and need some help handling hordes of Graydwarves.

How to tame a lox

If you visit the merchant, Haldor, you may have noticed the giant alpaca-looking beast at his campsite. That's a lox, and you can get one yourself by exploring the Plains biome. The lox is massive, and you'll need more than a wooden fence to lock these beasts up. Craft a stone pen big enough to house a lox and track one down in the Plains.

Lox are slow, but they pack a punch, so be careful as you lure them into their pen. You can also take a stealthier approach, and leave a trail of Cloudberries and Barley nearby to lure them into a pen. Remember to crouch so that you don't scare the lox.

If you manage to get one in, quickly lock it up and begin the day's long track to domestication. lox eat Barley and Cloudberries, both of which can be found in the Plains biome. Once you fully domesticate the beast, you can bread it for its pelt and its meat.

Become a beastmaster

These are all the animals that can be tamed so far. Valheim is still in early access, so there may be new animals and new animal features added as the game matures. Surviving the hard world of Valheim is difficult, so make sure you check out our mining guide and our building guide to bring you up to speed. Though it may be early, Valheim is quickly becoming one of the best survival games on the PC.

Zackery Cuevas

Zackery Cuevas is a writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. I like playing video games, talking about video games, writing about video games, and most importantly, complaining about video games. If you're cool, you can follow me on Twitter @Zackzackzackery.