The premise of Valheim revolves around survival, and the best way to do this is to have a reliable source of food. There are a number of wild animals in Valheim you can tame and breed, but the easiest and arguably most beneficial is the boar. Whether you tame and breed them for companionship since, let’s face it, survival is lonely work, or you just want something readily available to snack on is up to you. Regardless, you’ll need to know how to capture these ferocious creatures and inspire them to procreate.
In this article, we’ll take you step-by-step through the process of taming and breeding boars in Valheim the right way. No cheats or cutting corners here. You’ll learn what tools you’ll need to start this journey, where you should keep your boars to be tamed and breed, and other useful tips to make this process as easy as possible. By then end, you’ll have a swarm of loyal, loving boars you can pet, breed, or feed to your tamed wolf…
How to Tame Boars in Valheim
Before we get into the guide for taming your very own Valheim boar, you should know that this process will take a minimum of 20 to 25 minutes, if not more, so make sure you have the time to spare before you begin.
The process of taming boars in Valheim is relatively simple. Essentially, all you need to do is lure the boar to a pen where you can contain and feed it. Over time, it will become increasingly tame, and eventually, you’ll be able to start showing it affection through some rewarding pets.
The first step is to make sure you have all of the necessary tools to tame this boar. You’re going to need:
- 3×3 wood panels or round poles
- A Valheim workbench
- A hammer
- Boar food (ex. mushrooms, carrots, raspberries, blueberries)
Once you have these, you’ll want to create a fenced-in pen to lure your boar into and keep it contained during the taming process (this is much easier than building a pen around whatever boar you find). While you can opt to just build a relatively shallow pit, we recommend using your wood resource, workbench, and hammer to create a wood panel structure or round pole fence. These will be much more reliable in preventing your boar from escaping.
Now, it’s time to find your boar. Thankfully, boars are pretty common animals you’ll find in the Meadows, so you don’t have to spend too much time searching for them. After you’ve found one, you’ll want to aggravate it so you can lure it to your pre-created pen. To do this, simply run around in its line of sight. Just seeing you is enough to annoy them (and we don’t blame them).
Keep the boar in your line of sight while maintaining a safe distance to lure it to your pen. Once it’s there, you’ll start the taming process by feeding it intermittently. Place the boar food in the pen and then retreat a little way. When the boar is comfortable, it will eat your offerings. Continue this process until you place your cursor over the boar, and it reads “tamed.”
How to Breed Boars in Valheim
Taming boars is really the hardest part of this process, and even that isn’t much of a challenge compared to other things you can do in Valheim.
In order to breed boars in Valheim, you’ll need to tame at least a few and keep them in the same pen together. You’ll then feed them their favorite boar foods and wait for two of the boars to start mating.
And that’s pretty much it! There really isn’t much to it. If you really want your boars to breed, keep a few in a pen and feed them every now and then. If you’re lucky, two boars will eat next to each other and, before too long, you’ll see adorable pink hearts floating around them, indicating that the mating process has been initiated. Before long, a new boar will appear.
Breeding boars is usually pretty simple with guaranteed results. However, if you find you are constantly feeding your tamed boars and hearts just aren’t flying around, this might be a sign that you have too many boars in a pen that can’t properly house them all. Consider creating a much larger pen or separating them between two pens and see if that helps solve the issue.