Valheim Breed Boar, Wolf, Lox

Breeding boars and wolves in Valheim is almost a minigame of sorts that allows you to get more wolves and boars for leather, meat and other resources more easily. The system for breeding boars and wolves are fairly similar, but that means they’re both fairly complicated. So, how do you breed boars and wolves in Valheim? What do I do if wolves won’t breed? Can I make lox breed, too? Well, we’ll be answering all of those questions in our Valheim Breed Boar, Wolf, Lox guide.

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Valheim Breed Boar, Wolf, Lox

How to Breed Boars Valheim

To breed boars in Valheim, you first have to tame at least two. You can read more about that in our Valheim Taming Boars, Wolves, Lox guide. Once you have them, you need to build a decent-sized pen for them; if it’s too small, they won’t breed (a 2×3 enclosure holds about five boars, 8×10 can house about eighteen). Then, throw a bunch of food on the ground, stand back, and wait. When they breed, you’ll hear the pigs make a noise, and a shower of pink hearts will erupt. A little while later, a piglet will appear.

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With the practical stuff out of the way, there is one intricacy that you need to be aware of, and that’s the star rating. The higher the star rating of a boar, the more resources they yield. When it comes to breeding, if you put together boars of two different star ratings, the progeny can be of either rating. So, if you combine, say, a zero-star boar and a two-star boar, the piglets can be either zero stars or two stars.

That being the case, you might want to invest some extra time to acquire a couple of two-star boars. Alternatively, you can breed a two-star boar that you grow to adulthood with their two-star parent. If that sounds weird, well, that’s what we’ve been doing with domestic animals for millennia.

By the way, as we’ve mentioned, if there are too many boars in one place, they won’t breed further. At that point, you either have to cull their number, build a bigger pen, or build another enclosure and move some of the piggies over. Up to you how you approach the problem.

How to Breed Wolf Valheim

To breed wolves in Valheim, you need to put two tamed wolves together in an enclosed space, and then feed them raw meat. The space can’t be too small, or else they’ll refuse to breed, as we’ll explain further below. Basically, throw down some raw meat, lead two wolves right above it, give them some space, sit back, and wait. As is the case with boars, you’ll hear a sound, and see a bunch of pink hearts erupt. That means that they have done the deed, and wolf cubs are coming soon.

As is the case with boars, the rating of the wolves you breed will determine the “quality” of the offspring. Once more for the cheap seats in the back – if you breed wolves of two different ratings, the offspring can be of either of the ratings. So, if you breed a one-star wolf with a two-star wolf, the offspring will be either one-star or two-star. That’s why taming at least one two-star wolf can be very advantageous, as you can breed a two-star offspring with a two-star parent to make more two-star wolves, meaning that they provide more resources. Again, don’t think about it too hard.

Wolf Not Breeding in Valheim

If you’re wolves are not breeding in Valheim, you have to build them a bigger pen. The same goes for the boars. Only a certain amount of animals can exist in any given area. So, if you’re wolves or boars aren’t breeding, you need to either cull them (aka kill some), or transfer a few of them into another pen. Alternatively, you can increase the size of your existing pen. What you choose to do depends on whether you need the resources or not. Ultimately, though, that’s your answer – reduce the number of wolves in the pen, or make a bigger enclosure, and they’ll start breeding again.

How to Breed Lox in Valheim

At the time of writing, there doesn’t seem to be any way to breed lox in Valheim. You can tame them similarly to the wolves and boars, but you can’t make them make more, as it were. If you don’t know how to tame lox, you can read about that by clicking the link above, too. Bottom line is, fencing them in is completely useless, due to their immense strength. Just toss them some barley or cloudberries and run for your life. After a few goes, the animal will be tamed, so you can now lead it into a pen. But, if you want baby loxes, that just isn’t a thing yet. It might be in the future, though.

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