How safe do you feel at your Valheim base? Walls secured, trenches dug, windows sealed? Despite all these precautions, you still may not be safe from Valheim’s new enemies. With the introduction of the Mistlands update comes a new type of raid – and this one wreaks havoc on established player bases. Quite devastatingly, some players lose houses that took them hundreds of hours to make.
The new event, called They’ve Been Looking for You, unleashes hordes of bugs on your player base – and worse, they can fly. Seekers and Search Soldiers are able to leap across ditches and then mulch stone walls as if they were papier-mâché. The event can occur anytime after you defeat the Plains boss Yagluth, leaving anyone who has completed Valheim’s biome vulnerable to these attacks. And indeed, it surprises many players.
“When we were ambushed, we were caught off guard and lost our three-story base, which took hundreds of hours,” said one Reddit user. “It was protected with walls, trenches and most upgraded gates – it didn’t stop the seekers at all… We all gave up the rage after surviving the raid, but after watching the aftermath we realized how.” much rebuilding is required wouldn’t matter because we lost comfort level seasonal item buffs and we might not survive another raid like this.
Buildings aren’t the only casualties here either, as players lose beloved pets to the swarm. “They killed all three of my stranded sea snakes jumping over walls. Very sad,” said one player on Steam. “I had a very disappointing experience in light of this event: my stone house was destroyed, all the wild boars were killed and I was naked, full of stamina fodder,” said another Reddit user. “I wasn’t prepared at all.”
To test the new raid myself, I created a fake stone and iron base and then used console commands to trigger the event. As you can see from the video below, the results are pretty devastating. If you don’t head outside immediately to deal with the Seekers (a challenge in itself) you can expect serious damage to your base. And if your house is made of wood … good luck.
While some players will enjoy this new base defense challenge, it seems extremely tough for those who want a quieter lifestyle. Part of the appeal of Valheim is that you can choose to venture into dangerous territory and then return to relative safety to build a home. It’s one thing to build in the Mistlands, where you’ll face tough enemies on a daily basis, but it’s quite another to have them show up in your log cabin in the Meadows.
Of course, the other big problem is that many players will have no idea that they need to prepare for this raid. Many will have completed the Plains biome and not yet ventured into the Mistlands without realizing that killer ants will be paying a home visit. Many players have already built homes in simpler biomes that just can’t handle that amount of damage.
The extreme difficulty of this raid also prioritizes base defenses over other ways of playing Valheim, as those looking to build decoratively or roleplay will find their options limited. “What’s the point of having a cozy mountain cabin, an off-plain camp, maybe a mining cabin in the Black Forest, when each one needs a moat and walls to be ‘viable,'” said Reddit user Joshy_Moshy. “Building is my favorite thing about this game,” said user Moriartis. “If I have no choice but to have a huge earth wall around my base or a huge moat otherwise the whole base will be destroyed because the new mobs are doing so much damage, that’s really sh*t and really makes things worse, what I like the game.”
“It feels like advancing through bosses is more of a punishment than a reward,” said another user.
If you’re concerned about the security of your base, you have a few options. One is to cover the area with workbenches to keep enemies from spawning near your home. However, you have to be careful not to miss any patches and it looks a little ugly. Another option is to dig some really big ditches and earthen walls, which unfortunately will ruin the surrounding landscape. You can also traverse the Mistlands to find some base defense items, but that’s a slow process. As a last resort, some players disable raids entirely using developer commands. Perhaps the best advice is to back up your save file in case something goes horribly wrong.
I personally know that my group’s base would have been devastated by this event. Our moats would not have been enough to stop the ants and they would have torn our lovingly designed wooden village to shreds. While we could upgrade our base with more walls and moats to counter this new threat, it would ruin the quaint and cozy feel of our home. To avoid having our 150 hour base destroyed immediately, we decided to avoid the event entirely by defeating Yagluth on another server and getting all the required items on our own. Hopefully Iron Gate will reconsider how the raids work – or at least reduce the damage Seekers can do to structures. Does anyone have the number for pest control?