Content Type: Gaming News
Date: November 22, 2022
A happy Thanksgiving week it will be for Valheim fans everywhere! Developer Iron Gate Studios and publisher Coffee Stain sure know how to build suspense — and deliver on it. Not only did we get the first gameplay trailer for the Mistlands expansion this week, we also got access to all the content in the public testing branch on Steam.
In this article, we will first skip to the patch notes on the new Mistlands content, and then we dive into the amazing gameplay and Mistlands secrets we can gleam from the trailer.
Mistlands Update Patch Notes
Seconds after the debut of the trailer, the public testing branch patch notes were published on the Valheim Discord. Here are the highlights of what they tell us we will find in this major new content release:
New biome – Mistlands:
- New mechanics
- 9 new creatures + Mistlands boss
- More than 20 new crafting materials
- 2 new crafting stations, 3 crafting station extensions, and 3 other resource/crafting constructions
- 15 new food items
- 3 new potions
- More than 25 new craftable items (weapons, armours & tools)
- More than 35 new building/furniture pieces for building, decorating and defending your base
- New type of dungeon
- New lore stones
- New dreams
- New music
- Fishing update
- 12 new emotes
- 9 new hairstyles and 7 new beard styles
Along with new content comes other fixes and improvements, including updates to console commands, animations, VFX, and other tweaks. A link to the full patch notes can be found on the Valheim Discord server in the #public-test-patchnotes channel.
We also have a dedicated guide for accessing Mistlands on the Public Testing Branch, if you need help setting it up.
New Mistlands Gameplay Trailer
The highly anticipated Mistlands update gameplay trailer dropped at 6am PST this Tuesday. With only about 30 seconds of footage, it turned out to be more of a teaser trailer. And yet it was jam-packed with never-before-seen content, so we’ll give you all the juicy highlights anyway!
Iron Gate has been dribbling out tidbits of Mistlands content for weeks now, but it is amazing how much they kept secret. At the top of the list is how much ranged magical weapons will play a role in the Mistlands, with a craftable fire and ice staff. They will prove useful to take down a new flying foe and ward off lunging ticks and other giant insectoids.
While the Mountains biome may have the largest vertical change, the Mistlands may have the most difficult-to-manage terrain. With jutting spires and cliffs immersed in a thick fog, you will have to take on a host of new enemies on uneven ground. You won’t be the only magic-wielder in the Mistlands. The gameplay trailer revealed gnome-like wizards to rival your own magic prowess, as well as a necromancer flanked by a company of well-armed skeletons.
Of course, no reveal of a new Valheim biome would be complete without a quick peak at an amazing new tileset. The black marble building blocks make for sleek and imposing monoliths studded by iridescent blue torches and a cool new banner. We’ve already seen pictures of the new blacksmithing bench and some of the cooking stations. However, in the background of this shot we also get a sneak peak at a massive new cart. Is the crane to the right purely cosmetic, part of a workbench, or a crafting extension?
While you are building up a strong, defensible base and upgrading your tech to the point that you can subdue all the Mistlands mobs, don’t forget to go exploring. The vertical terrain variation and visual effects in the Mistlands biome are spectacular, and at least two new special areas (a dungeon and a boss room, perhaps?) await your discovery.
There is so much in this update: new crafting extensions, food options, potions, equipment, mobs, dungeons, and of course a new boss! The Mistlands biome is easily the largest yet in terms of new content. Check out the patch notes highlights below for details on what and how much is in the Mistlands expansion.
The best part of the gameplay teaser trailer, however, was the final screen announcing the Mistlands update was now live in the Public Testing Branch. Check out our short guide to trying out this beta!
Hope you enjoyed our dive into the Mistlands gameplay trailer and public test patch notes. Enjoy the new Mistlands and happy testing! Let us know what you think about the gameplay trailer and the new update in the comments below.