The world of Valheim is an expansive one, evoking loneliness as much as it does awe and wonder. As such, you wouldn’t be blamed for wanting a companion while you wander its biomes, and if you’re like many other players, a friend of the canine variety is at the top of your list for potential travel buddies. That’s why we’re here to walk you through how to tame a wolf in Valheim with a detailed guide on the process.
Note that while there are some similarities in taming a wolf versus taming other animals, there are specific items you’ll need for each one. For more on how to tame other animals, head on over to our guide on how to tame a Boar.
How to Tame a Wolf in Valheim
Taming a wolf in Valheim works a lot like taming a carnivore in real life, in that you’ll need a lot of patience, meat, and respect for boundaries.
To start, you’ll want to gather a nice stockpile of raw meat. This can be obtained by hunting down and killing some wild animals like Boar or Deer. While they shouldn’t be too dangerous to take on, they can high-tail it if you aren’t careful, so press the attack if you manage to track some down.
Once you have some meat, you’ll then want to track down a wolf to tame. They can be found most readily in the Mountain biome, so head toward some jutting, snow-covered peaks and keep your eyes open for them. Avoid approaching one if it’s in a pack, and if you do find a pack, wait for one to splinter off.
When you’ve successfully found a lone wolf, slowly and carefully make your way closer to them until you can throw a piece of meat toward them. So long as they’re not aggro – basically, ready for a fight because you got too close to them – they’ll go to the meat and start eating it.
When yellow hearts start appearing above its head, you can walk closer to it and feed it more meat to further tame it. You’ll also be able to see its status when you get close enough, displaying how close it is to 100 percent tame.
Once it’s fully tamed, the wolf will then follow you around, aiding you in combat and otherwise acting as a faithful companion.
How to Keep Your Wolf Safe
However, it’s worth noting that it can be difficult to keep your wolf out of harm’s way during combat in Valheim.
There are many enemies that can make quick work out of a wolf, and should it die, you won’t be able to revive it. This will mean you’ll need to find and tame an entirely new wolf, your memories and time spent with your now dead doggo be danged.
Fortunately, you do have a way of keeping your furry friend out of combat altogether. Simply take them to your camp or stronghold of choice and then enclose them in a pen using fencing.
You can build fencing by using a Workbench – which requires 10 wood to build – and then interacting with it, selecting the wooden fencing option when you do. Surround your wolf with four pieces of connected fencing forming a square, and it’ll then stay there, awaiting your return.
Hopefully this cleared up how to tame a wolf in Valheim. For more on the game, check out our guide wiki. It has everything you’ll need to get your Viking adventures on track, covering topics like how to deconstruct items and how to get the Swamp Key.