Armor, tools, and weapons tend to break often because their durability is somehow really low to begin with. This short guide will show you how to repair items in Valheim and other tips you can follow to be more efficient.
How to Repair Tools, Weapons, and Armor
First, you need to craft a workbench inside a base with a roof so that it can be used. Building a base might be complicated and you can find more about it here. Use the workbench and find the repair item button near the left side of the crafting list. It repairs the first item on your inventory and goes in order for every click of the “repair an item” button.
This does not cost anything so you can freely repair your items as often as possible every time you are inside your shelter with a workable workbench. The only problem is your tools and weapons breaking if you are exploring an area that is far away from your shelter.
Repairing Your Ship
To repair your ship, you just need a workbench in a radius that reaches your ship for repair. You do not need any platform to place the workbench and you do not need a roof or an enclosed area to use the workbench for repair. As long as you have a hammer and use the “right-click” build menu button and choose the repair icon. Aim at the ship you want to repair and left-click.
This is why it is always good to bring at least 10-20 pieces of wood when sailing. You can easily stop at any shore and quickly build a workbench, and repair your ship afterwards. Quickly dismantle the workbench and be on your way again.
Tips and Tricks
You can make small bases or outposts with a little hut that contains a small storage box, a bed, and a workbench. Just make sure it has a roof and a campfire.
There are efficient ways to farm wood that saves a lot of trips to your home for repairs. It is basically just chopping down trees and making the tree fall down to other trees and turns them into logs or wood instantly.
You can level your weapon skills by hitting friendlies with PVP damage off. This does not damage your weapons, armor, and tools and you can do this as much as possible.
Going back and forth with your exploration and your shelter is a complete inconvenience so it is best keep multiple outposts around areas that are really far away. You can only carry a limited amount of items and if you are farming resources, it is not a good idea to have multiple tools.