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Valheim Patch 0.150.3 Notes Explained

Iron Gate Studios has released a new patch for their Viking-themed survival game, Valheim.
Iron Gate Studios has released a new patch for their Viking-themed survival game, Valheim. / Iron Gate Studios, Coffee Stain Publishing

Iron Gate Studios has released a new patch for their Viking-themed survival game, Valheim.

The update was released with its full notes on Steam on Monday, April 19, at 8 a.m. ET. Acknowledged by the team as a "small update," the changes may be contained but implement a massive shift in the way the game handles terrain. Iron Gate explained as much in their blurb before the initial bulleted list of individual patch points.

Here's what they had to say.

Valheim Patch 0.150.3 Notes Explained

According to Iron Gate, "This patch has been taking extra long time to develop due to the new terrain-modification system."

This system was devised as a way to reduce "the number of network instances and make loading faster and smoother." It is very much an "under the hood" type of revision that players likely won't notice upon first glance. If anything, they may be pleasantly surprised that the game doesn't momentarily freeze up with engaging with the ground using terrain tools.

All tools will automatically make use of the new system so long as the patch is successfully installed. However, areas with terrain changes made before this patch will require the use of a brand new console command to convert it: "optterrain."

"To use the 'optterrain' console command, you first need to enable the ingame console by adding '-console' as a launch argument for the game," the team explained.

Other important patch points include:

  • Swamp draugr spawner location fix to prevent draugrs from spawning inside stones
  • Torches in locations should no longer support constructions
  • World loading tweaks (to fix issues with ships and buildings getting damaged while loading)
  • Stop server list download when leaving the start menu (to decrease network bandwidth usage)
  • Lowered the amount of stone required to Raise ground using the hoe