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How to retrieve a corrupted or missing character in Valheim

After a crash, when I started the game up again my main character was gone after over 60 hours of gameplay on it.

And another report:

I logged back in after I got home to play this game and my character was replace with a default character named “STRANGER” 

While still in early access, game developers are gathering feedback and are promptly responding to such issues, though not with prompt solutions but with a there’s no solution for this right now reply.

Game developers also mention that this could also be related to how the game is closed. Namely, using ALT+F4 + shutting down the computer without properly closing the game will likely affect file integrity.

So it’s basically up to the players to find some workarounds until a final patch. And here’s what they’ve done.

How can I recover a missing character after a crash?

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  1. Press the Windows key and type %appdata% to get to AppData. (Normally, this can also be opened via File Explorer, provided that you can see hidden files.)
  2. Go to LocalLow > IronGate > Valheim.
  3. You should see 2 files named CharacterName.fch and CharacterName.fch.old. The former is the corrupted one, while the latter is an older version of your character.
  4. Back up both files.
  5. Then, delete the one ending in just .fch.
  6. Rename the remaining file by deleting the .old. It should say only CharacterName.fch.
  7. What should happen is that the game replaces your character with its slightly older version, but functioning one.

Those who have tried this approach experienced two outcomes:

  1. They got their character back, only a version dating some tens of minutes before the game crash, but at least with most of the acquired features.
  2. They only saw a stranger.

The latter situation might happen because some players continue to play with a corrupted character for longer and the game automatically backs up a glitchy version.

The same method should work in case you experience a corrupted world. Consequently, it’s recommended to have a separate folder with back ups, where you store good character and world files.

Tell us if you’ve tried the same steps and what the result was You can use the comments section.

This post was written by Sinziana Mihalache and was first posted to WindowsReport

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