You might not believe it, but the easiest and smoothest gameplay you’ll experience on the latest in survival comes from a dedicated V Rising server. Of course, that might not be the way you want to join over 500,000 other players. (opens in a new tab) on line. Here I will see how to host your own server and how to play multiplayer in V Rising. (That’s of course if you’re “more than Valheim with vampires (opens in a new tab)“the crowd, not the “why does Dracula do home improvement (opens in a new tab)” crowd.)
To set up a V Rising server, you will act as a local host, host a server on your gaming PC, or set up a dedicated server using your own hardware. You can also rent a dedicated server, which for V Rising officially comes from GPortal (opens in a new tab)although there are other providers.
Local accommodation in V Rising
Local hosting means you set up and host the game locally from your computer, essentially inviting others to create a character and play your own personal game file. This is the easiest option for two to four people only playing at the same time, together, one of whom has a good internet connection – let that person host. Here’s how to host locally and play solo or with friends in V Rising:
- Click on “Play”, then go to “Private game”.
- From here you can choose a PvP or PvE ruleset, set player caps, clan size caps, and change all advanced server settings for a custom ruleset. You can also add a password here, so only people you invite can join.
- Click “Start”, “Create Character” and load. Your friends can now join you.
When you close or quit a locally hosted game, it will not continue without you, the host. Everyone else will get kicked.
To join a server, open the “Play” section in-game and head to “Play Online”. Now click on the “Find a server” field at the top and enter the name of the server you want. Alternatively, you can connect directly to a hidden server using the button on the bottom row of the screen – you will need the server’s host IP information for this.
Growing Dedicated Server Requirements
You can set up a V Rising dedicated server on any PC. You can put it on a secondary computer, but some will put it on the same machine they play from. Putting your server on the same machine you’re playing on isn’t usually the best idea, but a powerful PC with a good internet connection can do it with just a few hiccups – usually what will suffer the most is is the quality of the connection of other players.
A machine with an Intel i7 processor and 8 GB of RAM from 2013 worked just fine for me on a fiber optic connection averaging 650 Mbps up and down, with up to seven players connected at once. Your old gaming PC or old media version could then be ideal for the job. For their part, Stunlock Studios says you should have Windows 10, 5 GB of disk space, a Quad Core processor with at least two full or physical cores, and 16 GB of memory. I tried setting up a server on a much weaker dual core PC, 4GB memory from 2006, but it crashed every time no matter what weird hacks I tried to run .
To set all of this up, you need to know how to do port forwarding and you need to know the IP address of your server machine. To do this, you will need administrator access to your router.
How to Set Up a V Rising Dedicated Server
With your chosen server PC, install Steam or, for an advanced twist, use SteamCMD (opens in a new tab) to download Steam AppID 1829350 without installing Steam and skip the next step.
In Steam, go to “Tools” in the library and search for “V Rising”. You should see “V Rising Dedicated Server”. Now install it and open the folder where you installed V Rising Dedicated Server. You can do this quickly by right-clicking the V Rising Dedicated Server in your library, going to “Properties”, then “Local Files” and clicking “Browse”.
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Now find the batch file named “start_server_example”. Make a copy of this file and name it something memorable, probably whatever you want this server’s name to be in your file system.
Next, you need to configure server settings. Move towards VRisingServer_Data/StreamingAssets/ of VRisingDedicatedServer case. The full default location for this is C:SteamLibrarysteamappscommonVRisingDedicatedServerVRisingServer_DataStreamingAssets. Once there, copy the entire “Settings” folder. “ServerHostSettings.json” and “ServerGameSettings.json” files.
Access the local Windows user settings for the server. This is where your server files are stored so that your settings cannot be overwritten during an update. The default is C:UsersYOURNAMEAppDataLocalLowStunlock StudiosVRisingServer. Paste the entire “Settings” folder here. Then, create an empty folder here called “Saves”. Now open the “Settings” folder.
Now right click and “Edit ServerHostSettings.json file”. After “Name”, replace “V Rising Server” with the name of your server. Leave the quotes intact when editing this file, so it now says something like “Name: Cool Fun Vampires Only”, on this line. You should also name the game world on the “SaveName” line to help you keep track of your saves. If your server will be private, set a password in the currently empty “Password”: “” field. You can also add a description with rules, especially if your server will be public. If you don’t want your server listed publicly, change “ListOnMasterServer” from true to false. This file is also where you change things like how often the server saves game state, in seconds, under “AutoSaveInterval”, and how many saves it keeps, under “AutoSaveCount”.
Also in “ServerHostSettings” you also choose your game settings presets. These are described in V Rising itself, but you can find the corresponding files and names to choose from for the “GameSettingPreset” field at default location of C:SteamLibrarysteamappscommonVRisingDedicatedServerVRisingServer_DataStreamingAssetsGameSettingPresets. If you want to create your own custom settings separate from the usual rules, you can edit the “ServerGameSettings” file just above the “ServerHostSettings” file and edit everything there. Go ahead and close “ServerHostSettings” now.
Now, back in your “Settings” folder, open the “adminlist” file and add your SteamID to the first line, along with the SteamID of others you want to be server admins, one per line. This will allow them to use the “adminauth” command on the game console to enable admin powers like kick and ban. You can then close this file.
You can find the list of server settings and what they do, as well as how to set various overrides for where backups are made, at Stunlock Studios Github (opens in a new tab).
Now go ahead and make backups of every file you have modified. It’s just good practice, in case you remove something later or an update surprise breaks it.
Next, open the ports on your server PC to allow the connection. Access your router’s software to do this and follow your router’s unique instructions, opening ports 9876-9877 UDP by default. Make sure the server is allowed through your firewall, if you have one, and make sure those ports are open on the firewall as well.
Now go back and double click on your custom named batch file in the “VRisingDedicatedServer” folder. It will take a few minutes on first boot, but now you should be able to open the game client and join the server. If you left “ListOnMasterServer” set to true, it may take up to half an hour for the server to appear in the public list. Either way, you should be able to join your server directly using the server PC’s external IP address with the affix:9876, something like XXX.XXX.X:2457.