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How to Unlock Stone Buildings in Valheim

How to unlock stone buildings in Valheim could be the key process between a player and the castle of their dreams.
How to unlock stone buildings in Valheim could be the key process between a player and the castle of their dreams. / Iron Gate AB, Coffee Stain Publishing

How to unlock stone buildings in Valheim could be the key process between a player and the castle of their dreams.

Stone buildings are the next level up in protection for players looking to improve their home base. However, it isn’t as simple as gathering stone in the wild and returning to one’s burgeoning hut. Players will need to craft entirely new equipment and brave the depths of Valheim’s biomes to unlock stone defenses.

How to Unlock Stone Buildings in Valheim

The key to unlocking stone buildings is to build a stone cutter. Similar to a workbench, the stone cutter can be interacted with to craft a variety of stone items from floors and walls to ceiling titles and more. Players will need stone, iron, and wood to make a stone cutter.

The exact recipe for a stone cutter is:

  • 2 Iron
  • 4 Stone
  • 10 Wood

After crafting, this piece of equipment will allow for the creation of stone building tiles including walls, floors, ceilings, pillars, arches, stairs, and more.

Wood can be found by scavenging branches on the forest floor or cutting down trees. Ironically enough, upgrading one’s normal axe to stone axe—using 5 wood and 4 stone—makes this process much quicker.

Stone can be found resting on the ground in every biome in Valheim. It can be one of the more vital resources to have, so we encourage even the most novice players to gather it for later.

Iron primarily comes from Muddy Scrap Piles and Sunken Crypts in the Swamp biome. It will need to be smelted from its scrap form in order to be usable in crafting.

The stone cutter also unlocks other important equipment recipes such as the grinding wheel and sharpening stone.

Valheim is currently available to play in Early Access on Windows and Linux machines via Steam for $19.99 USD.