The Valheim Raft is your first method of transportation across the water in the video game developed by Iron Gate, and even though it’s pretty basic, sailing or using the Raft in Valheim is not. As such, below, we’ll talk about sailing in Valheim or, if you want, how to build and use a raft. This simple watercraft is mandatory if you want to move between islands to expand your settlement or reach new biomes. So, let’s start by building one.
How To Build a Raft in Valheim
To build a raft in Valheim, you’ll need several crafting materials and a Workbench. You’ll first have to find a good spot for the Workbench, which must be close to the water. Not on rivers, but on one of your island’s shores.
Remember that you must be able to sail your Raft, so building it on a small river or a lake that doesn’t have access to the ocean is not a good idea. In the image below, you can notice that my Workbench is very close to the water.
If you remember from the Valheim crafting guide, the Workbench is a basic structure. You can place it anywhere, and it doesn’t need a roof or walls. So don’t worry about that. The Valheim Workbench requires 10 Normal Wood (not Fine Wood). You can gather Normal Wood from branches, chop trees, or get it from other buildings.
Place your Workbench by selecting your Hammer, then the spot next to the water. Good, now that we have the location, it’s time to get the required materials for our first Raft in Valheim.
Crafting Materials Locations
To build the watercraft, along with the Workbench above, you’ll need the following:
- 20 Wood – obtained from all trees via chopping, branches, or other structures
- 6 Leather Scraps – these come from Wild Boars. Just hunt them down; however, you can also find Leather Scraps in random chests or in Muddy Scrap Piles
- 6 Resin – you can get it from falling trees, but the best sources are the Greydwarfs. These enemies spawn in the Black Forest Biome, and their number increases after you kill the first boss
Once you gather these materials, return to the Workbench, then select your Hammer. Go to the Misc tab and then select the Raft. Now, place it on the water, as you can see in my screenshot above. Awesome. So you have your first Raft, but now you’ll need to figure out how to use it in Valheim or how to sail.
How To Sail in Valheim
The whole sailing process in Valheim may look a bit complicated initially; however, it’s pretty easy to understand how it works. But to use the Raft, first, you’ll have to be on it.
Getting on Your Raft
Assuming you placed your watercraft too far from the shore, or if you jumped into the water, you might notice that while swimming to your Raft, you won’t be able to get up on it by normal means. Or you can’t simply jump on your Raft and sail away.
So, how do we get up? Simply by using the ladder on the back. You can see it in the screenshot below, and when you get close, all you have to do is press E. Now you’re back on your Raft.
Raft Sailing Controls
The Raft in Valheim features several controls you’ll need to fully master. To control your basic boat made of logs, you’ll need to use the rudder. You can see it below, and it’s next to the ladder we talked about.
Interact with it to take control of your Raft. Now, things get a bit complicated because you also have to control your sail. To lower your sails, tap S several times; to raise them, tap W.
W and S are also used to move forward and backward, but instead of tapping, you’ll need to press and hold these keys. To steer, you’ll use A and D. Finally, you must understand how wind works and know its direction. You can see this in the picture above on the right side, just below the map.
The idea here is simple. The wind must always hit the back of your sail to move at maximum speed. For example, if it blows from the left (west), your sail must face the right side (east). And that’s it, friends! Now you know how to build your Raft and sail in Valheim!