Seekers are one of the many new enemies in the Mistlands update for Valheim. Deep in the thick fog of the new Mistlands biome, you will find Flying Seekers and Seeker Soldiers, each being extremely difficult to defeat, especially when they begin to swarm outside of your vision.
Even after reaching the late game, Seekers are still difficult to defeat with the new weapons crafted at the Black Forge from the Mistlands. So what are Seekers Weak to, and is there any easy way to defeat them?
So, what are Seekers Weak to in Valheim?
Both regular Seekers and Seeker Soldiers are resistant to Blut, Pierce, and Slashing damage while being immune to all Spirit damage. This means the best way to kill Seekers is with elemental damage or the new Magic Staffs. If you aren’t far enough into the Mistlands, where you can access Magic, crafting elemental arrows is an excellent alternative to maintain damage that seekers are weak to in Valheim.
Fire damage has been reworked since the Hearth and Home update, so it’s far more deadly than Valheim’s original release. Fire damage still applies a short damage over time debuff where fire damage does a minor amount of damage. Since the Hearth and Home update, this is now slightly changed.
Fire damage now stacks, but the damage over time affects the duration and doesn’t increase. So multiple players using Fire Arrows or the Staff of Embers will cause the burning damage to reset and increase in damage. The faster you can apply the burning effect, the more the damage will start to ramp up.
Campfires Can Stack Damage Quickly
Additionally, there is an alternative way to stack the Fire damage DOT, but it’s more challenging to pull off. Players or creatures that stand in campfires will slowly start to stack the burning debuff.
If you can guide a Seeker or any monster in Valheim to stand on a campfire, the DOT will ramp up extremely quickly. For example, many players use this campfire strategy to defeat the Elder boss exceptionally quickly. It’s hard to set up, but Seekers are therefore weak to campfires and other DoT fire sources in Valheim.
Parrying can be Very Effective Against Seekers in Valheim
A surprising number of players go through the many different regions Valheim has to offer and don’t utilize Parrying. Parrying can make even the strongest enemies complete cakewalks. Almost all weapons and shields in Valheim can Parry attacks, except for Tower Sheilds. But to understand why Parrying is extremely good, we must explain the math behind it.
All weapons have Block armor and Parry block armor. Blocking an attack will subtract from your Stamina, and any leftover damage your weapon or shield couldn’t block, you will take as damage instead.
If you raise your shield or weapon at the right time and successfully Parry an attack, not only will your enemy be staggered and become vulnerable to damage, but the attack will subtract from your Parry block armor, which is typically much higher.
So, parrying an attack from a Seeker will cause it to stagger and become vulnerable to damage. This can scale up or down depending on the weapon. Moreover, it will save you a lot of Stamina compared to fully blocking an attack. In this great way, Seekers are weak to parrying attacks in Valheim.
As previously mentioned, if you have access to any of the Magic Staffs, the Seekers have no resistance against them. Therefore, seekers are very weak to Magic Staffs in Valheim.
Using Either the Staff of Embers can help stack up the Fire damage debuff we discussed previously, which serves better if you have multiple players or a Mage Build.
Alternatively, the Staff of Frost can deal a lot of damage if used within melee range, plus Frost damage reduces movement and turn speed.
However, both Fire and Frost magic can be weakened depending on the weather. If it’s raining, the Staff of Embers will deal significantly less damage, and the burning DOT will be extinguished because of the water. However, if a target is wet, the Staff of Frost will deal increased damage.
If you are a pure Mage Build, we recommend using the Staff of Embers, especially if you have friends. If you are playing solo or prefer a mixture of melee and Magic, we recommend using the Staff of Frost.
However, in order to use any Magic weapon, you need to consume at least one Eitr food to have Valheim’s equivalent of mana.
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Extra Tips to Defeat Seekers in Valheim
Don’t over-rely on Poison damage.
Poison damage is nice to use, but it’s underwhelming when compared to other elemental damage types that Seekers are weaker to in Valheim. Poison damage deals True damage, but it deals x5 more damage to players and only x1 damage to monsters.
This means that Poison will always hurt you more, so only use Poison Arrows if the monster is vulnerable to Poison. Otherwise, Frost or Fire arrows prove to be better options.
Seeker Soldiers have Weak Points.
Unlike the average Seeker, the Soldier variant has far more HP, making it twice as tanky as its more nimble counterpart. Soldier Seekers are tankier and deal more damage but are slower and have a Weak Point on their abdomen.
A Seeker Soldier’s Weak Point is vulnerable to Blunt, Pierce, Slash, Fire, Frost, and Lightning. If you cannot circle around and strike from behind, try to Parry their light attacks, but be careful because they do a lot of damage.
Lure Seekers to Dvergr Towers
Dvergr are one of the few neutral creatures found in Valheim. Dvergrs are extremely powerful and will make quick work of entire swarms of Seekers, so mark them on your map in case you need a place to retreat to during the night.
In the Mistlands, you can find towers or settlements that have a dozen or so Dvergr Mages or Rogues who will automatically hunt any hostile enemy that gets too close to their camp.
Wrap-Up on What Seekers are Weak to in Valheim
That’s our short guide explaining what these tanky Seeker bugs are weak to in Valheim. Comparing the early game with fighting Neks and GreyDwarfs, the Seekers are a great challenge to put your Viking skills to the test. With every expansion, the new biomes become more challenging, making a great difficulty curve.
For more great advice, check out some of our other guides, including our guide on how long it takes to ferment in Valheim.
For now, Happy Sailing Vikings!