Valheim: Beta Patch 0.212.9 Improves Ballista, Crossplay Connectivity

Beta Patch 0.212.9
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Developer Iron Gate AB deployed a new beta update for Valheim just before the company heads out to celebrate the holidays. Beta Patch 0.212.9 is now available on the game’s public test branch.

This update brought some adjustments to the Ballista. For those who don’t know, the Ballista is a weapon that you can construct in Valheim, introduced in the Mistlands Update.

You can build a Ballista to defend your base or put it up anywhere you need to get some extra firepower. While it’s definitely useful, the Ballista requires pretty rare resources just to have it up and running. Not only that but one of its ammo needs Black Metal to craft - a highly valuable resource used to make other stuff in Valheim too.

Fortunately, the company has made the Ballista’s ammo recipes cheaper in Beta Patch 0.212.9. To make the Ballista worth your while, this thing’s fire rate has increased and its targeting behavior adjusted, with new sound effects added to let you know if it’s currently shooting at a target or that it has lost sight of the enemy.

In terms of improvements, this update implemented some changes to solve connectivity issues when using crossplay. Now, you’re less likely to get disconnected when playing with other people on different platforms.


  • Mistlands armor and shield recipes rebalanced and durability increased
  • Staffs have rebalanced recipes and stats
  • Mistlands Seeker event tweaked (It will no longer trigger in Meadows, Swamps, Mountains or Ocean. It will no longer spawn Seeker Soldiers and the amount of Seekers & Broods has been rebalanced)
  • Seeker AI tweaks (They should now circulate a bit and not be on the player constantly to give them some time to catch their breath)
  • Seeker Soldier and Gjall spawn rate tweaked (Was spawning quite frequently earlier. It’s now much similar to Troll spawns in Black Forest)
  • Comfort from different carpets no longer stacks
  • Gjall will now only shoot 1 projectile at a time instead of 2
  • Hare running speed slightly decreased
  • Tetra bait uses Fenring trophy instead of Ulv trophy
  • Fish in mountain caves will respawn correctly, and small additional lake added
  • Tuna also always takes ocean bait since it is in ocean as well
  • Stutter fix when walking left with hoe or hammer equipped
  • Fixed animation issues on dual knives idle and block idle
  • Fixed a lighting issue with fog in black forest
  • Fixed an error while viewing a character in the main menu that has a fish in its inventory
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Mistlands boss to escape
  • Spawned skeletons will unsummon correctly after rejoining a network game
  • Find console command shows absolute position rather than offset
  • Mating hens no longer sound like boars
  • Correct effects will now be shown when placing marble bench and table
  • Sounds, music, animations, and textures have been optimized to save around 485 Mb of RAM and to decrease the download size of Valheim by approximately 420 Mb

Valheim Beta Patch 0.212.9 is available on PC via Steam.

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