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Strength Icon.png Strength 6
Dexterity Icon.png Dexterity 6
Armor Icon.png Defense 5
Speed Icon.png Speed 5

Bödvar, the flagship legend of Brawlhalla, is a very balanced viking legend featuring the Hammer and Sword as his weapons. He can be unlocked for 2300 gold. Bödvar is a mighty human Legend from the ruthless viking era, wearing typical viking fur clothing in a stand-out green colour. Being half bear, he as a strong affinity with his ursine heritage, which gives him great strength and ferocity - this animal power he demonstrates constantly in the field of battle in Valhalla's the eternal tournament.

Convinced he would never fall in battle, Bödvar the Bearson kicked down the doors of Valhalla and let himself in. - Mallhalla


The Unconquered Viking, The Great Bear

I speak, you noble vikings, of a warrior who surpassed you all. I tell of a great bear-man who overcame giants and armies, and of how he came to leave our world and challenge the Gods. - The Saga of Bödvar Bearson, first stanza

Born of a viking mother and bear father, Bödvar grew up feared and mistrusted by his own people.

Bödvar's first nemesis was the terrible giant bear Grothnar, his own brother. By defeating Grothnar in a battle that lasted seven days, Bödvar chose to side with humanity and became the protector of the people of the north. He led his Skandian People against the Witch Queen of Helheim, slew the White Dragon Sorcerer, and lived the life of an all-conquering hero.

After he single-handedly ended the Giant Wars by trapping the fire giant king in his own volcano, Bödvar sensed his work was done. But he felt doomed to never be taken by the Valkyries to Valhalla because he could never manage to be defeated in battle. So he travelled to Asgard himself, broke down the doors and let himself in.

Valhalla is everything Bödvar hoped - an endless reward of feasting and fighting, with himself among its greatest champions.

Listen you nine-mothered bridge troll, I'm coming in, and the first beer I'm drinking is the one in your fist. -Bödvar to Heimdall, the guardian of the gates of Asgard


Bödvar's 'Blood of the Bear!' Hammer Attack

Bödvar the Viking wears typical viking fur clothing, but in a stand-out green colour. His fur shirt comes together at the waist, parted to show the rippling muscles of his chest. His shirt then joins with his pants, which are coloured the same darker green that also lines the edges of his shirt. Bödvar has no sleeves, but has a light green fur glove on each hand, giving him a firm grip on his weapons as he shows his strength in battle. Each digit of his gloved hand is tipped with a sharp nail.

Also notable is Bödvar's impressive viking beard, which is carefully groomed, and accompanied by an equally preen moustache. His moustache is carefully held to each side by two turquoise bands. His hair, which is cut short, matches his beard in its pale blonde colour. Indeed, his hair has its own unusual tint of green, accentuated by his clothing. With Bödvar's beard and hair covering most of his head, only the small area of his eyes, mouth and nose are visible.

Bödvar's 'Dragon's Doom!' Sword Atttack

Bödvar's most striking feature, however, is his ornamental headpiece. Comprised of a turquoise metal band embellished with a golden insignia, the headpiece's matches his clothing, but stands out because of its metallic shine. Most imposing are the two large, pitch-black horns that the headpiece adorns Bödvar with, which extend above his head. The jet colour of dark black makes the horns stand out against the rest of his appearances, juxtaposing with the equally prominent gold colour.

His weapons, the Sword and Hammer, are bound by blue leather gilded with shining gold to match his headpiece. His 'Broad Sword' has a shining steel blade, and a golden piece down the length of the blade. The 'Warhammer' instead has a stone hammer head, which tapers to a point at one end, firmly attached by a decorative golden clasp. A decorative golden ring circumferences the hammer head's widest point, and the centre of the hammer has a turquoise ring that complements his headpiece.


For Light Attacks and Aerial Attacks, see individual weapon pages for the Sword and Hammer

Signature Attacks


Input Description Damage Stun Frame Advantage Force Animation Frame Data (min)
Stun (total) Stun (after hit) Variable Fixed Startup Frames Active Frames Recovery Frames
Neutral Dragon's Doom! Bödvar jumps straight upwards into the air, taking hold of anyone in front of him. At the peak of his jump he swings his sword horizontally, hitting anything in front of him, including grabbed targets, before dropping back down. 21.62 to 28.35 26 to 47 21 -5 0 or 60 1 or 50 20 17(4)5 25


Bödvar lunges forward, swinging his sword horizontally in a single powerful strike in front. 30 to 36.09 24 15 -9 58 60 22 9 23
Bödvar hops very slightly into the air and brings the sword down and back in an arcing sweep that hits all targets near him, starting from front to back. 26.47 to 32.22 22 13 -16 56 60 18 9 28


Input Description Damage Stun Frame Advantage Force Animation Frame Data (min)
Stun (total) Stun (after hit) Variable Fixed Startup Frames Active Frames Recovery Frames
Neutral Blood of the Bear! Bödvar brings the hammer upwards in a powerful uppercut, empowered by a large bear spirit behind him, hitting anything in front and diagonally above him. 25.95 to 30.93 19 5 -21 66 65 25 14 25


Bödvar pulls his hammer back and brings it down in a tremendous arcing overhead smash, hitting approximately everything in the hammer's smashing arc, but dealing the most to what ends up directly underneath the hammerhead. 30.09 to 36.09 19 13 17 54 65 19 6 29
Bödvar does a reaching, lunging grab with the hammer's hook end that extends far out in front. Grabbed targets are pulled in and hurled with tremendous force in the opposite direction. 25.03 to 29.64 53 or 54 42 -2 0 or 63 1 or 70 26 12 30


All combos are subject to change as the game gets tweaked from patch to patch.
For weapon specific combos, please visit the Sword and Hammer pages. Weapon specific combos can be more useful
Combos highlighted in green are considered Bödvar's most useful or most reliable combos
Weapon Input Opponent Requirements Minimum Dodge Frames Maximum Damage Usage and Notes
Damage Range Reliable Reads
Sword DLight, GC, NSig All damage values • Opponent does nothing
• Opponent Spot Dodges
(0 vs Spot Dodge)
33.06 • Best used for punishing a Spot Dodge.
• The closer the opponent is to Bödvar, the better.
Sword DLight, Jump, GC, SSig All damage values • Opponent Spot Dodges 0 with read 39.28 • Best used for punishing a Spot Dodge.
• Your jump should put you roughly the same height as the opponent.
• A trickier, less reliable version of the highlighted NSig combo.
Sword DLight, Jump, GC, DSig All damage values • Opponent Spot Dodges 0 with read 35.75 • Best used for punishing a Spot Dodge.
• Your jump should put you roughly the same height as the opponent.
• Only use instead of the highlighted combo when near the edge, due to the good downward angle.
Hammer DLight, NSig All damage values • Opponent does nothing
• Opponent Spot Dodges
(0 vs Spot Dodge)
34.2 • Should only be used to punish a Spot Dodge, as otherwise easy to avoid.
Hammer DLight, SSig All damage values • Opponent does nothing
• Opponent Spot Dodges
• Opponent dodges forwards
4 38.34 • Bödvar's fastest Sig combo out of the DLight
• Other, non-Sig Hammer combos are true, and more useful.
• Can punish a couple of dodges by turning and/or temporarily holding the Sig.



Bödvar's stats are well-rounded and balanced, with no stat being especially low or high. As well as this, Bödvar has two distinctly different weapons - the fast, string based Sword and the slower, heavy hitting Hammer. These two facts mean Bödvar is very accessible to many players, as he has decent capability in a wide range of uses. It also means that Bödvar can control the flow of a game by switching between fast and aggressive or slow and defensive play. He is a generalist, rather than a specialist, meaning he can capably fit to many play styles. His Signatures also follow this pattern, with some long and some short ranged attacks, as well as some fast and some slow attacks. Some of his Signatures have somewhat unusual hitboxing, meaning getting the most from Bödvar can take some practice, but the Signatures themselves are very mutli-purpose and have a lot of flexibility and utility. Overall, Bödvar's variety in ability makes him accessible to new players, but this same variety also makes him a Legend with strong potential for both agressive and defensive play, with the best players able to switch between the two.

Use of Signatures

Signatures: Bödvar
Sword Neutral An unusual Neutral Sig, acting as an anti-air but able to pick up grounded opponents. Because it is slow, it should be used carefully and sparingly. It can be used to catch opponents dodging forwards, but the Down Sig is often better for this. One notable use is if the Sig is Gravity Cancelled while near to and facing the edge of the stage. This covers a good section of the wall to hit opponents clinging to it.
Sword Side Fairly long-ranged and hitting in a simple straight line, this is a standard Side Sig. Its decent range means it can catch out an opponent expecting a short-ranged sword attack, or quickly punish the opponent's poor dodge. This is also helped by its relatively quick start-up time. It's worth noting this Sig does not hit opponents too close to Bödvar: use the Down Sig for nearby opponents instead.
Sword Down Typically of Down Sigs, this is a stationary and defensive move. It's very good at hitting opponents who dodge towards the player. Also, as the attack sends opponents at a downward angle, it has a strong capacity as an edge-guarding attack when used near or over the edge. Despite appearances, however, the attack doesn't hit behind Bödvar, though it does hit stacked opponents.
Hammer Neutral Bödvar's main anti-air Hammer Sig, this attack is slow but powerful. Its hit boxes are big and long lasting, making it easier to hit an opponent approaching from above. However, due to the move's length, the player is wide open to punishment if the attack misses or gets overused.
Hammer Side Bödvar's Hammer Side Sig is stationary and short ranged, similar to a standard Down Sig. It is his only Hammer Sig that hits close in front of him, and also hits stacked. It can also hit opponents somewhat above the ground, which is good, but it's by no means an anti-air. This is Bodvar's safe and defensive Hammer Sig.
Hammer Down This Signature has unusually long reach for a Down Signature to be used aggressively. Hitting grounded opponents at such range makes it good for punishing opponents who miss their own Signature or some light attack, or dodge/dash poorly. As the attack flings the opponent in the opposite direction, it's best used when Bödvar is to the side of the stage facing inwards.

Matchup strategy against specific Weapons

To add strategy text for a Weapon when editing, simply add the name of the weapon after a "|" within the Template brackets on a new line, followed by " = " and then your text (ex: |Spear = Watch out for the ground pound!). If text already exists, use the existing field.






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Matchup strategy against specific Legends

To add strategy text for a Legend when editing, simply add the name of the Legend after a "|" within the Template brackets on a new line, followed by " = " and then your text (ex: |Cassidy = Watch out for her down sig!). If text already exists, use the existing field.




Lord Vraxx


Queen Nai


Sir Roland

















Wu Shang









Skins: Bödvar
Name & Pic Price Weapon 1 Weapon 2 Chests
Classic Bödvar
2300 MammothGold.png
Broad Sword
Bodvar Beardvar.png
140 MammothCoin.png
The Hibernator
Bear Blade
Dragon's Chest Wild Chest
Bodvar Trucker.png
Big Rig Bödvar
140 MammothCoin.png
Stop and Drop.png
Stop and Drop
Big Ol' Knife
Cyber Bodvar.png
Cyber Bödvar
140 MammothCoin.png
Neutron Maul
Plasma Cleaver
Cosmic Chest Ragnarök Chest
Champion of the Brawl Bödvar
100 USD
(Collectors Pack)
Asgardian Elite Hammer
Asgardian Elite Sword
Warchief Bödvar
Chest Exclusive
Dragon's Woe
King's Blade
Odin's Chest
Marauder Bödvar
140 MammothCoin.png
The Herald
Victory Rush
Sunken Chest Sandstorm Chest
140 MammothCoin.png
Folding Chair
The Smackdown
Draugr Bödvar
Chest Exclusive
Death's End
Forbidden Chest
Nutcracker Bödvar
140 MammothCoin.png
(Brawlhallidays only)

Color Variations

For a breakdown of level requirements for colors by legend, see Progression. For Legend Skin color variations, see individual Skin pages, above.
Click to see the colors
BodvarFull.png BODVAR base Blue.png Bodvar Yellow.png Bodvar Brown.png
Classic Colors
Starting Color
Starting Color
Starting Color
Starting Color
Bodvar Orange.png Bodvar Purple.png Bodvar Cyan.png Bodvar Green.png
Unlock at Level 2
Unlock at Level 5
Unlock at Level 10
Unlock at Level 12
Bodvar Sunset.png Bodvar Grey.png Bodvar Pink.png Bodvar Red.png
Unlock at Level 14
Unlock at Level 16
Unlock at Level 18
Unlock at Level 20
Bodvar White.png Bodvar Black.png Bodvar CC.png BODVAR base Skyforged.png
Price: 10000 Gold
(Requires Level 10)
Price: 25000 Gold
(Requires Level 25)
Available only from devs for
contributing to the community.
Price: 2500 Glory
(Requires Level 5)
Bodvar Lovestruck.png WIP.png BODVAR base Heatwave.png BodvarBaseHomeTeam.png
Price: 1500 Gold
(Only during Valhallentine's)
Lucky Clover
Price: 1500 Gold
(Only during St. Patrick's Day)
Price: 1500 Gold
(Only during Summer Heatwave)
Home Team
Price: 3000 Gold
(Only during Back To School)
BODVAR base Haunting.png Bodvar Winter.png
Price: 3000 Gold
(Only during Brawlhalloween)
Winter Holiday
Price: 1500 Gold
(Only during Brawlhallidays)


  • Bödvar's default weapons are the Warhammer (hammer) and the Broad Sword (sword).
  • Bödvar's bot name is Bötvar.
  • Bödvar was one of the first four Legends to be developed for the game, the others being Cassidy, Lord Vraxx and Orion.
  • As Bödvar went undefeated in his entire life and made his own entry into Valhalla, he is one of the few Legends in the afterlife of Asgard who can be said to have never actually died.
  • Bödvar is listed as one of Nix's cold-cases - a rogue soul past it's expiration who was never collected by a psychopomp for the afterlife.


For changes that applied to weapons rather than individual Legends, see individual Weapon pages.
Click to see changes to this Legend ->
Released Game
Build Changes
3.14.0 We have adjusted the force on Signatures that significantly provide positional advantage by swapping player’s relative locations, primarily those that can be used to easily reverse edgeguard scenarios or when cornered near the edge of a platform. Several of these have had power shifted into other areas of their kit in compensation if the adjustment to their reward was found to offset the Legend’s total power too greatly.
 • Bodvar Down Hammer: Decreases Force from 70 Fixed/63 Variable to 70 Fixed/58 Variable.
 • Bodvar Neutral Sword: Increased Damage from 22 to 25.
Open Beta
Build Changes
2.77.0 The following Signatures have all received adjustments to their speed bonuses gained when performed from a dash or chase dodge. They have been brought in line with other comparable Signature attacks:
 • Bodvar Neutral Hammer
 • Bodvar Neutral Sword
2.62.0 • Clean up on selected character animation
2.60.0 • Removed generic charge effects from Bodvar's Neutral Sword Signature.
2.52.0 Increased travel speed to push effective threat farther forward and make Signature harder to outrun.
 • Bodvar Side Hammer increased travel speed before the first hit.
2.33.0 Bodvar has received some decreased damage to his Side Hammer, due to the ability to combo into it from a Hammer Down Light.
 • Bodvar Side Hammer: Decreased Damage from 31 to 28.
2.12.0 Bödvar's Down Sword is being toned down slightly due to its size and Force.
 • Bodvar Down Sword: Increased Time to Hit from 17 to 18.
2.10.0 • Bodvar Neutral Hammer: On first frame of hit window, movement speed is capped at 16.
• Bodvar Side Hammer: Increased movement speed on first frame of charge from 24 to a range between 24 and 60 when dodge canceled.
2.8.0 • Bödvar Neutral Hammer: Updated hurtboxes to better match animation.
2.4.0 Bodvar's Down Sword was originally given an usually high Force value because so much force is lost in bouncing the target against the ground. With the addition of Gravity Cancels, it's too potent an edge guarding tool.
 • Bodvar Down Sword: Reduced Variable Force from 65 to 56; Increased Fixed Force from 50 to 60; Removed a small, 3 frame lingering hitbox at the end of the swing.
2.1.0 Bodvar's something of a concern. His winrates aren't that far off, but he's the most widely used character in high level ranked play. His Down Sword has always been a strong move, but can be especially devastating when combined with gravity cancels. We've slowed it some.
 • Bodvar Down Sword: Slightly increased Time to Hit.
Closed Beta
Build Changes
1.19.5 • Fixed a bug where Big Rig Bodvar's teeth would be black with the black color swap.
1.17.0 Powers that "grab" had logic to prevent them from being interrupted when hit. These cases happen a lot more in 2v2 and can feel broken and unsatisfying. We'll be keeping an eye on these individual moves to see if it becomes too easy to save teammates caught by them.
 • Bodvar Neutral Sword: Removed period where user cannot be interrupted during grab.
We feel like Bodvar has been in a decent spot, winrate-wise. However, most of the Bodvar play we've seen is overreliant on his Neutral Sigs. We're taking some power from those and moving it to less used signatures instead in hopes of rounding out his kit.
 • Bodvar Neutral Hammer: Increased Recover Time; Decreased Damage and Force.
 • Bodvar Neutral Sword: Increased Recover Time.
 • Bodvar Side Hammer: Slightly decreased Time to Hit; Decreased Recover Time.
 • Bodvar Down Sword: Slightly decreased Time to Hit and Recover; Slightly sped up attack duration.
1.16.0 • Bödvar found his umlauts and added them back to his Lore page.
1.11.0 • Bodvar and Orion now have unique powers for all Heavy Ground attacks with both weapons.
1.8.7 • Improved alternate color schemes for Asgard Bodvar skin.
• Fixed an animation frame where Bodvar's neck would stick out over his face during his Hammer Special
1.6.1 • Updated Bodvar Dragon's Doom sfx; Flourish has been redone and is much less poppy.
1.5.1 • Dragon's Doom: Reduced hitbox size, slightly increased time to hit.
• Reworked Bodvar Dragon's Doom sfx, added a hit react sfx.
1.1.0 • Dragon's Doom: Increased minimum charge time, decreased Force.
1.0.0 • New beefed up fx for Bödvar Dragon's Doom
Build Changes
0.4.0 • 2 Weapons: Each character now has two melee weapons they can use in combat. Picking up a weapon drop randomly gives your character one of their two weapons.
• Dragon's Doom: Now uses Thrulk's old Sharp Stick Slam! power.
0.3.0 • Legend specific attacks now activate when pressing the heavy button without a direction. The normal neutral attacks have been moved to the down attack.
• Dragon’s Doom (sig): Slightly increased Damage and Force. Slightly decreased minimum charge time.
• Blood of the Bear (sig): Updated sound effects.
0.2.0 • Blood of the Bear (sig): Now properly plays fx.
0.1.0 • Each Legend in Brawlhalla now has 4 special powers, one for each weapon!
• Each Legend now has different stat allocations.
0.0.1 • Bodvar is added to the game

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