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Valheim Griefers - What Do Griefers do in Valheim?

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Griefers, those mischievous troublemakers who find joy in making our virtual lives a living Ragnarök. Luckily, most Valheim players do not have to deal with griefers much. But the griefers are out there nonetheless...

Picture this: You've just built your magnificent fortress, complete with sturdy walls, a cozy hearth, and maybe even a decorative troll head(you are disgusting). Life is good, right? Wrong! Enter the griefer, stage left, with a wicked grin and a sly twinkle in their eye. They'll stop at nothing to steal your precious loot, dismantle your masterpieces, or, worst of all, reset the entire server! It's enough to make Odin himself drop his staff in disbelief.

Our first line of defense is the trusty backup. Yes, backups are the lifeline of every server. They grant you the power to ban the griefer and restore your world to its pre-grief glory. You are like a spider and the griefers are your flies. Oh, how satisfying it is to wield such authority!

Most griefers focus on the center of the world, and usually, they run out of patience if they don't find something to destroy within a few minutes. Their weapon of choice is the simple cheat sledge, which is unfortunately available in Valheim game files so they do not need any hacks to bring it onto your server. A few other griefers go to more extremes. Some griefers will terrain hack your server and bury everything in the ground. Other people will destroy everything and reset all the terrain back to normal.


It's a good thing you'll watch the video and learn all the tricks before they get ya!

Enjoy the video,

- Jack Pitman
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Sven of Undenfell
Level 25 : Expert Viking
06/01/2023 8:01 pm

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I had no idea that people do this kind of thing. I feel very lucky with our server. It's just two of us, we have had 10 people join over the last few months but no issues and none of the other's really visit very often.
We back up every 12 hours on the server then I do a hard copy save every week. We are also discovering Plan build so we can save more of our builds.
Thanks for sharing!
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JP Valheim
Level 54 : Grandmaster Lox
06/01/2023 9:22 pm

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I had no idea either until I started putting the password for the server in the server's name; which basically made it public. Most players won't experience this because the people who know their password are a small group. But I figured it would be good to show you how easy it is for people to make trouble.



Honestly, I really enjoy the back and forth with them; I occasionally unban them and let them back in to see who comes back and destroys stuff again. But that's just cause the server has a base state to revert to. Its kind of like an instance, it resets every week or so. I can see that for most valheim players it would be absolutely a horrible idea to make your server public!
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Sven of Undenfell
Level 25 : Expert Viking
06/02/2023 9:17 am

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You certainly have a cool head to come up with that approach. I can't see why people would steal gear to take to another seed when you can just spawn in anything you what with devcommands. I find that a bit odd. I think its darker than chasing resources. Some people a just nasty or stupid. Unfortunately I feel that's whats happening. After seeing this vid, I am happy to just vet anyone who whats to come on board.
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JP Valheim
Level 54 : Grandmaster Lox
06/02/2023 9:38 amhistory

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Oh I agree with you completely, plenty of these people do this because they want to harm others. I have a feeling in their own lives they are very suppressed or neglected people; so they make up for it by trying to destroy other's creations. I'm not entirely sure though to be honest; here I'll share a story...

There is one griefer, lets call him "burn" who has been more diligent than any. This burn has destroyed every world I ever made that I made public, at some point in time or another. He is a seriously dedicated griefer.

Then, imagine my surprise when I post a question on steam forums and guess who answers it? The very same burn profile that I had banned many times. He gave a great answer too. Totally threw me for a loop. Steam doesn't let you talk about other players; so it was kinda odd talking to this guy about my forum question while also knowing that he has wiped every server I made public on different occasions.

Maybe some of them arent horrible people; they are just gremlins. They are like normal people in the day but if you get them wet or they stay up too late getting too high, and they become evil greifers!
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Sven of Undenfell
Level 25 : Expert Viking
06/03/2023 9:31 am

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I think you have point with people with issues. I guess there is a lot worse things they could be doing if they got out of the house! lol
Thanks again for sharing. Will work my way through your other videos in due time.
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JP Valheim
Level 54 : Grandmaster Lox
06/03/2023 10:26 pm

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Thanks! Let me know if you want a video about a specific subject; I love making videos in response to people's requests
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