How to get Valheim pickaxes and how to use them

Published: 12/Feb/2021 11:47

by James Busby


Getting a pickaxe in Valheim should be a top priority for any player looking to increase their crafting potential. However, getting this rock-breaking item can be a little tricky. 

Unlike most crafting games, Valheim doesn’t make acquiring a pickaxe that easy. In fact, you’ll need to play for a few hours before you can even acquire one. However, once you have a pickaxe, you’ll be able to farm ores that you can then use to craft various equipment. Not only does the humble pickaxe enable you to forge armor and deadly weapons, it can also clear rocks, and also be used to adjust the terrain. 

This makes the pickaxe incredibly important to your progress in Valheim, particularly if you wish to craft the game’s best gear. By following our handy guide, you’ll soon be getting your hands on Valheim’s Copper, Tin, Iron, and Silver ores. 

How to get a pickaxe in Valheim

Antler Pickaxe
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The Antler Pickaxe is a vital tool to your survival in Valheim.

In order to get a pickaxe in Valheim, you’ll first need to defeat the game’s first boss Eikthyr, and loot the Hard antler it drops. While this gigantic deer is can be defeated with basic items like the Wood shield and Flint spear, you’ll still need to come prepared. 

It’s often best to pack plenty of food just in case you happen to get hit by Eikthyr melee lunges and AoE lightning attacks. Once you’ve defeated Eikthyr, you’ll be able to craft the Antler Pickaxe at a Workbench.

How to farm Eikthyr

If you wish to farm Eikthyr, simply do the following: 

  1. Head over to the Mystical altar in the meadow biome.
  2. Offer 2x Deer Trophies.

How to craft a Workbench in Valheim

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You’ll first need to craft a Workbench before you can begin mining.

Before you can craft Valheim’s Antler Pickaxe, Bronze Pickaxe, and Iron Pickaxe, you’ll first need to set up a Workbench. Fortunately, this is incredibly easy to do. Simply use the workbench recipe below and palace it under a roof to begin crafting.

Valheim Workbench recipe

  1. Wood x10.
  2. Select your hammer.
  3. Press [F] and switch to the Crafting tab.
  4. Use Q/E to cycle over to the Workbench.
  5. Press LMB to place the Workbench down.

How to craft a Pickaxe in Valheim

Valheim workbench
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Crafting Valheim’s Pickaxes is pretty simple, provide you have the materials.

There are multiple Pickaxes that can be crafted in Valheim. You’ll need to get your hand’s on the game’s best Pickaxes if you wish to mine the best ores. Below you will find all the recipes for every Pickaxe in Valheim.

Antler Pickaxe recipe

  • 10x Wood
  • 1x Hard antler

Bronze Pickaxe recipe

  • 1x Core wood
  • 5x Bronze ingot

Iron Pickaxe recipe

  • Core Wood x3
  • Iron x20

How to use a Pickaxe in Valheim

Using a Pickaxe in Valheim is incredibly easy. Simply equip it and walk up to any rock and begin chipping away. Just remember that each Pickaxe has its own durability and will need to be repaired when it breaks.

Pickaxes like the Antler Pickaxe have a durability of 100, while the Bronze Pickaxe adds an additional 20 durability. You’ll also need to craft the Bronze and Iron Pickaxe if you wish to gain access to higher rarity ores.

So, there you have it, everything you need to know about Valheim’s Pickaxes and how you can both obtain and craft them. For more Valheim guides, be sure to stay right here on Dexerto.


Valorant world records: Longest matches, most kills, popular weapons, more

Published: 24/Feb/2021 4:55 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 4:57

by Brad Norton


Bragging rights are all too important in Valorant but who actually stands atop the pack and truly leads on the global standings? From the longest match in Valorant history to the players with the most kills, here are the current world records for Riot’s tactical FPS.

Valorant has been out for over six months at the time of writing. From new maps to additional Agents and a ton of balancing updates, we’ve already been through a great deal as the competitive scene finds its footing.

Elite players have been able to climb through the ranks to Radiant and even cement their spot among the top 100 each month. Meanwhile, the world’s very best teams have been battling it out in a number of official and community-driven tournaments.

Here’s a list of the most impressive world records for Valorant. We’ll be keeping this updated as new players climb the rankings and new trends emerge.

Longest match in Valorant history

While competitive play started out with a simple ‘sudden death’ overtime rule, a new system requires players to win by two rounds. This means that games could theoretically run forever if teams continue to trade round win after round win.

So long as a draw isn’t called, a single match can just keep on going. That’s exactly what happened in one particular game on Ascent throughout 2020.

One hour and 28 minutes is the longest game in Valorant history so far, according to a December 28 post from Riot Games.

Valorant statistics
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The longest match in Valorant history, as confirmed by Riot Games.

A total of 58 rounds were played, making it more than twice the duration of a regular game, if said game went the distance. 

There are no specific details on who was in the match, whether a vote was called for in the end, or what rank this all played out at. It’s safe to assume the players in that lobby all took a break after that one.

Most kills in professional Valorant

With competitions taking place all over the world, pro players have had ample opportunity to showcase their skills. While eliminations aren’t everything, being an aggressive player certainly comes with some style points.

Indian player Debanjan ‘DEATHMAKER’ Das currently holds the world record for the most kills in a single map. During the TEC Challenger Series, Velocity Gaming secured a 21-19 victory on Haven over GodSquad. Throughout this lengthy map, DEATHMAKER came one away from a 50-bomb, dropping 49 kills on Jett.

DEATHMAKER Valorant pro
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DEATHMAKER has a fitting alias, as he currently holds the record for the most kills in a single map.

When it comes to the most kills overall in professional Valorant, however, that record is currently held by Brady ‘thief’ Dever of Luminosity Gaming.

The North American player has a staggering 1,171 kills to his name at the time of writing.

Most kills in public Valorant matches

While there are no leaderboards that track this particular stat for competitive or unrated, we still have a decent idea of who’s leading the charge.

Early into the release of Valorant’s competitive ladder, ‘lunviu’ placed in Iron 1. After grinding up the ranks, they swapped over to unrated where they secured a 73 kill win on Split.

Valorant scoreboard
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The current world record for most kills in a single Valorant game is set to 73.

In terms of the highest overall kills in Valorant, there’s currently no way to track this record. 

Most popular weapons in Valorant

From now until the end of time it’s likely the Vandal vs Phantom argument will continue on. Everyone has their preference from the top pro players to casual grinders, you’ll get a different answer everywhere you look.

But Riot cleared up the debate once and for all on December 28. The Vandal reigns supreme as the ‘deadliest’ weapon in the game. Players have tallied more kills with the weapon than any other in Valorant.

Naturally, the Phantom follows close behind in second place. Though the third entry might come as a surprise.

While the Operator is a fan favorite pick and Sidearms can always come in handy, it’s the Spectre that rounds out the top three. The powerful SMG has the third-most kills of any weapon in Valorant to date.

Valorant statistics
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The deadliest weapons in Valorant, straight from Riot Games.

The world’s best players are always setting new personal bests, so we’ll be sure to keep you updated as these records change.

If you know of any new records that have been set but can’t see them featured here, be sure to let us know @ValorantUpdates.