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Valheim Save & Pause: How To Not Lose Your Progress

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Where is the Valheim Save button? Or how to pause the game? These questions haunted me for quite some now, and I am really sure I’m not the only one.

If you have the same dilemma and wonder how to save and/or pause in Valheim, well, you’ll be quite disappointed to find out that you can’t.

But I also have some good news I want to share with you because I know that most likely you don’t want to lose your progress, especially after you spend tens of hours with the video game developed by Iron Gate.

So let’s start from the beginning by mentioning that Valheim is still in early access, and although the option to save the game may become available later, as of right now you can’t do that. By normal means that is.

Fear not because there are two alternative methods. The first one is legit, while the second one is more of a walkaround.

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How To Save In Valheim (Legitimately)

Even though the game doesn’t come with an actual button to save the progress, Valheim comes with an auto-save option.

Which as you can guess is the legit way to save your progress.

Simply put, the auto-save is activated whenever you quit the game. Yes, that’s when the game saves your progress. And although most likely you won’t be thrilled to use it, you should.

Why? First, because it will save you time, and second because Valheim doesn’t require a rocket rig. Meaning that loading your game takes only several seconds. Even my potato rig is fast enough.

Obviously, this is not the best way to do it, but it’s better than nothing, and it is extremely helpful especially later in the game before engaging a boss.

Early in the game (when you start building your workbench) for example; you don’t need to regularly save your progress because the threats you’ll face are not as dangerous as they look.

But, the moment you fully establish your settlement and begin exploring other regions (which are truly dangerous) you may want to.

That’s because it’s far better to Logout and waste 20 seconds while your game reloads than to retrace your steps once you get killed.

How To Save Progress In Valheim (Not So Legitimately)

The second method is well not so fair but it’s faster than the previous one.

What you need to do is to use a console command. To access your console simply press F5 and here you’ll get to type various console commands.

When you are done, hit Esc.

In order to save your Valheim game/progress, you’ll have to type: imacheater. You’ll then see a small message (Cheats: True).

Yes, this command line basically turns ON/OFF your access to cheat and cheat codes in Valheim, but on top of that is also allows you to save the game.

Now just type save and your game is saved.

You don’t have to use any Valheim cheats or cheat codes if you don’t want to.

How To Pause In Valheim

When it comes to pausing in Valheim, here things are even easier, meaning that you can’t.

The only option available at this point is to Logout. And honestly, you may want to learn this the moment you start your Viking adventure.

Keep in mind that even when you are checking the menu or the tutorials or anything else in between, the time passes.

That’s why if you need to take breaks, you have a guest, or need to get dinner ready, you’ll have to Logout to actually pause the game.

If you don’t; when you return, things may look a bit different. Or may not even be there, as it happened to me while going out to buy a soda.

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  1. Floyd

    February 15, 2021 at 6:05 am

    The whole lack of a true pause – to hit the loo, for example – is frustrating as all get out. I’ve gone back into my well-built house, hit ESC, and gone to get a beer, only to return to find I was killed in the interim. That is just shitty game play, IMO.

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Valheim Rubies Locations: How To Get & Use

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Rubies are Valheim valuables that just like Amber Pearls can’t be used in crafting but they allow you to get Coins while playing the video game developed by Iron Gate.

Therefore, the Valheim Ruby has a specific purpose, so below I’ll tell you where to find these valuables, how to use them, and even how you can get unlimited Rubies.

How To Use The Valheim Ruby

Because it’s not a Crafting Material, a Ruby in Valheim is used only for trading, but to achieve this, first, you’ll have to find Haldor.

The friendly trader you see below spawns in random locations; however, there are two ways to find him faster.

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Haldor is the trader interested in your Rubies

The legit way is to start looking for him along with your friends, and in this case, you’ll want to start with the Black Forest Biomes.

That’s because he seems to spawn quite often in the Black Forest.

Alternatively, if you play the game alone you can use the spawn Haldor console command.

You can also use it in multiplayer if your party agrees, and Haldor will spawn in front of you. Yes, even inside your settlement.

Now that you know how to find Haldor, simply place your Rubies in the inventory and use the sell button when you talk to him.

For each Valheim Ruby you trade, you’ll receive 20 Coins.

Where To Find Rubies In Valheim

Valheim Rubies like all other Valuables in the video game can be found in random chests outside or while exploring dungeons.

As such, you want to focus on the following Biomes:

Valheim How To Open Crypt Gates

Use the Swamp Key to open the Crypt Gates

As you can see there are plenty of locations to get Rubies in Valheim, but there is also an easier way to get as many as you want.

Valheim Infinite Rubies Cheat

Assuming you need Rubies instantly, you can opt to use a console command or a cheat.

To do so, simply follow these steps:

  • Press F5 to bring up the game’s console
  • Next, type imacheater to activate the Valheim Cheat Mode
  • Finally, type spawn Ruby X where represents the number of Rubies you wish to get. For example, spawn Ruby 50 awards you 50 Rubies as you can see in the first image above

Again, this farming method is a variation for the Infinite Money Cheat and has the same outcome.

Basically, you won’t use the direct money cheat, but a cheat to get Rubies, that are turned into Coins.

And that’s it, friends. Now you know where to find Rubies in Valheim and how to use them.

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Valheim Amber Pearls Locations: How To Get & Use

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Amber Pearls are Valheim valuables that can’t be used in crafting but they can get you a lot of coins, provided you know how to use them while playing the video game developed by Iron Gate.

Similar to the Valheim Amber we already covered, the Amber Pearls have a specific purpose, so below I’ll tell you where to find them and how to farm these shiny items.

Furthermore, I’ll also tell you how to get infinite Valheim Amber Pearls, using a simple console command.

How To Use The Valheim Amber Pearl

Since it is not a Crafting Material, the Amber Pearl in Valheim can only be used for trading; however, this item requires a specific NPC we already met.

His name is Haldor and he spawns randomly on your map, meaning that he doesn’t have a fixed location.

So the first thing you’ll want to do in order to use your Amber Pearls is to find him. You can see Haldor in the screenshot below.

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Haldor is willing to buy your pearls

If you wish to find Haldor faster, you should start your search with the Black Fores Biomes, which seem to be his favorite ones.

Alternatively, you can force spawn Haldor anywhere on the map simply by using the spawn Haldor console command.

After you find him, make sure your Amber Pearls are in your inventory, then hit the sell button.

The option to sell removes all the Valuables in your inventory, including all Rubies, Ambers and Silver Necklaces.

In exchange, Haldor will give you Coins you can use to buy the items he sells.

Where To Find Amber Pearls In Valheim

The Amber Pearls can be found usually in dungeons; however, sometimes you may be able to also find them outside in random chests.

As such, if you want to get Amber Pearls faster you should focus on exploring the dungeons available in specific Biomes.

Start with the Burial Chambers and Troll Caves in the Black Forest and make sure you level up your character to defeat Bonemass.

The said boss drops the Swamp Key that allows you to unlock the Sunken Crypts Gates. Inside these dungeons, you’ll also find Amber Pearls.

You can see how these crypts look like below; however, be advised that you’ll have to mine a lot of Muddy Scrap Piles to fully explore these dungeons.

Valheim How To Open Crypt Gates

Use the Swamp Key to open the Crypt Gates

Finally, as you advance through the game you’ll also be able to explore the Stone Graves and Viking Graveyards in the Meadows Biome.

Valheim Infinite Amber Pearls Cheat

If by any chance you need Amber Pearls instantly, you can also opt to use a console command or a cheat.

To do so, simply follow these steps:

  • Press F5 to bring up the game’s console
  • Next, type imacheater to activate the Valheim Cheat Mode
  • Finally, type spawn AmberPearl X where represents the number of pearls you wish to get. For example, spawn AmberPearl 50 awards you 50 Pearls as you can see in the first image above

This method is basically a variation for the Infinite Money Cheat we talked about and serves the same purpose.

Simply put instead of getting unlimited money, you’ll get infinite pearls that you can sell to get, well…infinite coins.

And that’s it, friends. Now you know where to find Amber Pearls in Valheim and how to use them.

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