This Valheim mod adds Skyrim-style magic, and it’s a blast

Ok, so you’ve beaten Eitkthyr and a bunch of the other bosses – and you may be wondering if there’s any point in going back to revisit them. In the vanilla game there’s little reason to do so, as you won’t gain any new rewards. But as ever… there’s a mod for that.

Skyheim is a magic mod for Valheim that introduces a bunch of new spells and abilities to spice up combat, all neatly tied into the game’s progression system. Each boss will drop items that can be used to craft rune spells, so you’ll need to repeat boss fights to gather sufficient resources to craft them all.

The style of spells available in the mod reminded me quite a bit of the basic spells in Skyrim, and and I’m assuming the “Sky” in the mod name is probably a nod to the Elder Scrolls game. Although I imagine most people will immediately reach for the fireball spell, it’s worth noting this mod adds plenty of helpful spells that aren’t directly related to combat. The Light spell allows you to summon a glowing orb to illuminate the way, Travel increases your movement speed, and there’s an area of effect healing spell to help both you and your buddies. There’s even a Recall spell to call in the Valkyries to teleport the player back to spawn – the equivalent of Gandalf calling in the eagles, I suppose.

I experimented with the mod a fair bit myself, and although some of the audio effects are a little funky, the mod does add a fun new dimension to Valheim’s combat without making things too easy. To prevent the spells from being overpowered, the mod introduces a “mana” bar, and the more powerful spells have fairly lengthy cooldowns. As with any skill in Valheim, you’ll also need to practise the spells to increase your proficiency in that type of magic. So I guess it’s time to start toasting all the poor critters in the meadows. If only using a fireball on wild boar would drop ready-cooked meat.

The mod already has a fair number of spells available, but it seems mod author makzimus isn’t quite done yet: a chain lightning spell has just been added to the mix, and makzimus is considering ways for players to upgrade their mana pool. The author’s answer to a request for a resurrection spell is currently “maybe”, but it sure would reduce demand for Valheim’s Body Recovery Squad.

If all this sounds magical to you, the mod is available for download on Nexus Mods and Thunderstore.io. As with most Valheim mods, you’ll need to install BepInEx first and then install the Skyheim DLL into the BepInEx plugin folder