Lox, the lumbering beasts of the plains, are hard to fight and hard to eradicate, but if you’re just using these animals for their skins and meat, you’re missing out.
Loxes are one of the few animals that can be tamed in Valheim, and their uses as livestock go far beyond simply providing free high-quality food: they are in fact the only dispensable animal in the game. That’s right, you can speed across the plains on the back of a bison, but it’s not as easy as it looks. Here’s everything you need to know about taming, breeding, and riding a Lox.
How to tame loxes
The first hurdle to weave these bad boys across the plains of Valheim is to get them to like you first. Loxes, while not actively hostile creatures, do not take kindly to players And you have no problems smashing potential Lox Tamers that get too close, so you have to be very careful.
Lox can be tamed in the same basic way as boars and wolves. If you throw in a pile of food for Lox, he will eventually eat some of it and quickly get used to you. Yellow hearts will appear above her head, and Her “sympathy” will slowly increase over time. Once this number reaches 100%, your Lox will no longer attack you, and you can either breed it with other Lox or ride it wherever you want.
However, there are a few conditions that must be met for this process to continue. Lox cannot be alerted by anything, the player must be relatively close, and must continue to feed Lox. If any of these conditions are not met, The taming process will stop until this is done.
Loxes unfortunately don’t eat much. Only good foods, Cloudberries, barley, and flax, all come from the plains, And as such, it will require some sprinting to gather at first. However, Cloudberries are one of the most abundant food items in the game, so putting aside a few piles of Lox food is a great idea.
Trying to catch Lox is a long task in itself. The main issue is that Loxes are devastatingly powerful and can easily shatter even the strongest stone and metal structures in a few attacks. This leaves you with only two real options for trapping and taming Loxes: repair a stone pen or dig a hole in the ground.
You can easily build a small stone pen, lure the Lox and block the entrance, however The problem with this method is to keep that pen intact. Lox will remain alert and aggressive as long as you are nearby, but you need to be ready to repair stone walls if they look like they are about to collapse.
The best way to balance these two needs is Run away when Lox is cornered for the first time Then sneak up to a nearby hill. With any luck, Lox will stop attacking walls, but if he doesn’t calm down fast enough, you can run, fix the pen, and try again.
If this seems too difficult, You can always try to dig a hole and shove Lox in it. Since Valheim’s landscape is immune to damage, you don’t have to worry about Lox breaking out, but it can be hard to trap him in the first place.
Loxes won’t willingly walk into a hole, so you have to pull them out with your Harpoon, Which can take a few tries to get it right. Moreover, it takes much longer to dig a hole than it does to build some stone wall.
How are loxes born?
Loxes are the most difficult animals to breed in Valheim. While they use the same breeding mechanisms as other tame creatures, It simply requires more time and space.
Loxes can try to breed as long as they are not alerted, have food nearby, have another Lox to mate with, and are not too close to the other Lox. They will stop mating if there is one More than four Lox within 20 units within the game, Which means they require twice as much space as any other animal that can be tamed. If all these conditions are met, there is a possibility that pink hearts will start appearing over Lox’s head, and it will try to move towards another Lox with the same particle effect.
The two will reproduce, and there is little chance of pregnancy. After a short gestation period, the Lox Calf emerges and matures over the course of a few in-game days. This whole process takes twice as long as it does for other animals that can be tamed.
How to ride Loxes
The main use for all your Tamed Loxes is as mounts, but before you can ride them you will have to make a saddle. You can make a Lox Saddle in Workbench using 10 leather scraps, 20 linen strings, and 15 black metal.
Once you have the Lox Saddle, put it in your hotbar, and Press the corresponding number while looking at the tamed Lox. He will attach to Lox’s back, and you can climb into the saddle by interacting with him.
While riding Lox, you will see a health and stamina bar at the bottom of the screen. Running will cause Lox to run instead, and looking in the direction while pressing forward will tell Lox to move there. If you press again, it will tell Lox to stop, which will also allow Lox to fight off nearby enemies. The only downside to riding Loxes is that they can’t go through gates or continually ride boats, so you’ll only be able to ride around what you can get to on foot.
Of course, if you’re not too interested in riding a Lox, you can always raise them for their meat. Lox Meat is one of the best food items in the game It is a major jumping off point for moving into the Midlands biome. Get a trusted source that can’t be scoffed at. Lox Pelts are also useful in their own right, but you will likely never need so many of them that you decide to tame Loxes to grow them.
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