Moder is a creature in Valheim.

Description

She is a large dragon with black scales, white hair and patagium.

Location

A Vegvisir in a Ruined tower

Moder is located in a Mountain biome. There can be more than one altar per world. Much like how you are able to find the location of The Elder in Dungeons in the Black Forest, Moder's location can be similarly found by Runestones. (Note that much like in the Black Forest, it is not guaranteed that each "Fort" will have runestones to give the location)

Summoning

Moder's sacrificial altar is made of stone and is circular. Within the structure is an executioner's block, behind which are three offering bowls to place in the required eggs. The entire structure glows red and is adorned with black runes around the edge. It depicts two wyverns flying atop a mountain, as well as four humanoid figures carrying three assumed sacrificial victims. (See Gallery)

Moder is summoned by obtaining three (3) Dragon eggs and placing them in the bowls at the back of her altar, then activating the block in front of them.

Note: A Dragon egg is the heaviest singular object in the game - weighing 200 kg - and it cannot be teleported. A player can only carry a maximum of two eggs by wearing Megingjord and minimal equipment. Therefore, summoning Moder typically requires a team of players and/or several trips to transport the eggs to the altar. As her altar(s) can be quite distant (depending on the world seed), Moder is one of the hardest bosses to (re)summon.

Attacks & Abilities

Moder has the ability to fly but will also choose to land, alternating between the two.

When airborne she will fire a barrage of ice projectiles that turn into crystalline formations upon impact that will later explode. These deal 30 Pierce, 200 Frost and 400 Terrain damage per hit.

While grounded, she will perform a swipe attack with either claw (110 Slash and 2000 Terrain damage) or choose to let forth her blizzard like breath (200 Frost and 400 Terrain damage). She may sometimes roar, which opens her up to be attacked.

Her frost attacks will slow your speed significantly for ~5 seconds.

Environment aura that forces Freezing Effect even in other biomes.

Strategy

Because of her size, Moder can't navigate through rough terrain very well, making her vulnerable to ranged attacks during her grounded phase. She will not attempt to move very far while grounded, instead waiting for the player to move within range of either of her ground attacks. This leaves her very vulnerable to arrows and makes the fight especially simple for a single player when compared to Bonemass and the swarm of Blobs. Using Poison arrows deals more damage than Fire arrows despite her weakness to fire. Having said that, it is possible to use both arrows so she takes damage from burning and poison effect simultaneously.

With Bonemass Power activated it is favorable to use melee during her ground phase as it does more damage than using arrows. However, when considering the appropriate loadout for this fight, you should make sure to bring plenty of arrows. Unlike the previous Bonemass fight, this fight can be done without amazing armor as all her attacks are much easier to avoid. Provided you keep your distance in the ground stage, it is certainly plausible to complete the fight without taking damage. For a single player it is absolutely essential that there is either easy access to a forge/portal to a forge in order to repair your bow, or bringing a spare one as you will almost certainly run though it if it is not upgraded.

Building a wall or pillar by raising the terrain proves to be a useful method to avoid her ranged attacks. Using naturally spawning rocks and trees as cover is ill-advised as she is is capable of destroying them with her swipe attack.

Aftermath

Drops

Item 0 Star 1 Star 2 Star
Dragon tear.png Dragon tear 10
(100%)
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Moder trophy.png Moder trophy 1
(100%)
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Forsaken Power

Moder grants the ability to have "Always tailwind while sailing".

Events

Defeating Moder also stops her story-based event where Drakes raid the players' base(s). This may also unlock the story-based raid event of the 5th boss.

Notes

  • Moder is a dragon having the typical appearance of a wyvern, this is apparent due to both the eggs being dragon eggs, and her tears being Dragon tears.
  • "Moder" translates to "Mother" in Nordic languages.
  • "Móðr" translates to "anger, grief" in Old Norse.
  • Moder shares a name with her namesake, the jötunn daughter of Loki in Adam Nevill's 2011 British novel The Ritual and its 2017 film adaptation of the same name.
  • In the game files "Moder" is known as "dragonqueen"

Gallery

Creatures
Passive CrowDeerFishGullLeviathan
Aggressive BoarNeckGreylingGreydwarfGreydwarf bruteGreydwarf shamanTrollGhostSkeletonRancid remainsBlobOozerDraugrDraugr eliteLeechSurtlingWraithWolfDrakeStone GolemFenringDeathsquitoLoxFulingFuling BerserkerFuling shamanSerpent
Boss EikthyrThe ElderBonemassModerYagluth
NPC HuginHaldorHalsteinOdin
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