Taming boars in Valheim is among the first things you should learn. These wild pigs are small creatures that can be tamed to easily to get materials such as Raw Meat and Leather Scraps that are needed for different crafting recipes. But how to tame a boar in Valheim? This guide has all the answers that players need for not only taming boars but also for boar breeding, building a boar pen, boar food preferences, understanding boar stars, maintaining boar happiness, obtaining boar resources, and identifying boar locations.
Updated on July 15, 2023: Valheim board taming guide is updated due to the game’s recent release on consoles and Game Pass. The guide now features more clarity, more information, and more context about breeding, taming, and keeping boards happy in Valheim.
How to Tame a Boar in Valheim
Finding the Boars
The first step in your boar taming journey in Valheim is to find the boars themselves. Boars typically inhabit the Meadows and Black Forest biomes. Listen carefully for their grunts and look for their small, brown bodies roaming around the environment.
Build Boar a Pen
Next, you’ll need to construct a pen to contain the boars. Crafting a pen requires wooden fences, and the workbench—both easily obtainable resources in Valheim. Make sure the pen is spacious enough to house multiple boars; a 5×5 square should be more than enough.
Lure the Boar
This part can be tricky. In Valheim, boars are attracted to food. Berries or mushrooms should do the trick. Drop them near the boars and then lead them towards your pen. Remember, avoid attacking them during this stage as you don’t want to spook them or reduce their health.
Tame the Boars
Once the boars are inside the pen, keep them well-fed by throwing more berries or mushrooms into the pen. A yellow heart symbol above their heads indicates they’re eating. Gradually, a ‘taming’ bar will appear. The higher this percentage, the closer you are to taming the boar. The taming process in Valheim requires patience, as it can take several in-game days to complete.
After the boars are tamed, maintaining them becomes the next task. Keep the tamed boars fed and safe from other creatures. If tamed boars are happy, they may reproduce, providing you with a steady supply of resources like meat and leather scraps.
Best Foods for Boar Taming
- Red Mushrooms
Pro Tip: Craft a strong armor before trying to interact with a boar. Boars can do serious damage in Valheim. I recommend using the Troll Armor as it offers the best protection.
How To Breed Boars In Valheim
Once you have at least two tamed boars in Valheim, they can start breeding. Valheim boar breading is a mechanic that allows you to increase the number of boars you have in your pen. To start breading boars, keep them well-fed with berries or mushrooms and ensure their pen is spacious enough for them to move around comfortably. After a while, if your boars are happy and well-fed, you’ll see small, baby boars appear. Boars can breed multiple times, so be sure to have ample space for your growing boar family.
Pro Tip: There are no boar genders in Valheim so you don’t have to worry about finding male and female boars. Just tame two of them and you can start breeding boards.
Boar Level (Stars)
Boars in Valheim have different star levels, denoted by 0, 1, or 2 stars. The star level of a boar signifies its quality, affecting its health, damage, and the resources it provides upon death. A higher star level boar will yield more resources. To breed higher star level boars, you need to pair two boars of the same star level.
How to Keep the Boars Happy
Boars happiness depends on how much food they consume and ensuring they continue to breed, follow these tips to keep your boards happy in Valheim:
- Regular Feeding: Keep your boars well-fed with berries and mushrooms, which are their preferred food items.
- Space: Ensure the boar pen has ample space. Overcrowding can lead to unhappy boars.
- Safety: Boars can get scared and unhappy if they’re regularly attacked by enemies. Make sure your boar pen is secure.
- Variety of Boars: Keeping boars of different star levels can make breeding more efficient as high-level boars provide more resources.
How to Pet a Boar
Valheim allows you to pet you boar when they are in the pen. However, make sure they are tamed and happy before trying to pet them. To pet boards in Valheim press E on PC or A on Xbox.
Pro Tip: Make sure there are no fires around the pen. Boars are afraid of so they won’t breed in the presence of an open flame. In fact, they won’t even be tamed if there is a fire.
That’s all we’ve got in how to easily tame boars in Valheim. For more help on the game, feel free to check out our detailed Valheim wiki guides.