Iron Gate Studios, developer of Valheim, is currently in drip feed mode when it comes to sharing information on the Home and home update which is scheduled to arrive in the next few months. That’s not really a bad thing – the studio has been sharing videos about some of the changes along the way, and they have been quite interesting so far, albeit brief.
Last week we learned how Valheim’s food will change in the update. At Home and Home, some foods will primarily increase your health and others will primarily increase your stamina, along with balanced meals that (as they do now) will improve both. This week, another short video appeared explaining how health and stamina will change when it comes to combat.
The video is less than a minute long, but this is what it tells us. Stamina will still be responsible for determining how much you can attack and deal damage, but the effectiveness of blocks will now be based on your maximum health instead of your stamina. Do you want to keep monsters at bay with your shield? Then eat some health-focused foods beforehand.
One thing not mentioned in the video is parrying, which is blocking an attack right at the moment the attack lands. It is very effective and useful for astonishing opponents, giving you a good window for a counterattack. Since stopping is a form of blocking I assume it is also based on max health but not expressly stated in the video.
Speaking of awe, a stagger meter will be added to your UI. When it’s full, it means that an enemy attack will knock you out. It’s not the most elegant addition to a UI I’ve seen, with a single bar floating in the air next to your character, but I suppose if it were in a corner with your other status gauges, you might just not see it. .
This is all okay, I guess? The idea is that it will make it easier for players to focus on a specific style of play, be it berserker style, full of stamina, or careful and cautious with a belly full of health. Maybe I never developed a style of play because I like to attack wildly and defend carefully in the same fight. I have a feeling that I will just eat balanced meals and try to keep both my stamina and my health as high as possible.
The next video, presumably coming up next week, will tell us more about shields and locks, and hopefully stopping.