Stardew Valley – 5 things to know before starting

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It’s hard to say exactly what continuously draws my attention back to Stardew Valley, but it’s always there. I first downloaded the app at the beginning of 2019 and have been on again off again playing since. The game was never deleted from my phone like so many others when I wasn’t playing it.

Unlike other Farming RPG, Stardew Valley has such rich and varied story lines that the game never becomes repetitive. There are so many events, people, areas and challenges to complete that you don’t know what happens next.

I started playing without really reading up on the game or knowing anything about it. 

Here are 5 things I wish I had known before starting Stardew Valley. There’s so much to do and learn from this game, and right now we all need something fun that will keep us busy!

You can only capture/grow/forage certain things in the right month. 

So, the community centre is open to you! Great! Now you need to find everything to unlock several items around the map, such as removal of the glittering boulder near the mines and the mine carts.

This is where Stardew Valley Wiki will really help you. Take a look at the season you’re in (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) and focus on getting those bits! For example, you need a wild horseradish for the Spring Foraging Bundle in the community centre which only grows in Spring.

Seasonal foraging/fishing

Stardew Valley Crops

Watch the Television

Stardew Valley Television

Watch the television every day. It’s nice to know the weather the next day (they’ll also tell you about events, although you’ll get a letter in the post anyway) and you can listen to the fortune teller for how lucky you’ll be that day.

Now, the other 2 are the most important. There is the programme “The Queen of Sauce” where you will learn different recipes! This is a great resource I missed for 3 years (Stardew time)!

The other programme is “Livin’ off the Land” where you get tips and tricks for what you can forage/fish during that season and similar tips.

I neglected the mines for the first year or so because it was SO hard. 

You go down, you crack a few rocks and then monsters try and kill you. If they succeed in knocking you out you lose some items and money, so I stopped going down there. 

What I didn’t realise was that if you go down to level 10/20/30 you get new things to fight with! Making the whole situation a hell of a lot easier. 

You need lots of the items in bundles from the mine so it’s a good idea to get ahead of the game and get lower in the mines.

I naively thought that animals could be left to their own devices and make good milk/eggs/wool. Wrong!

You need to pet them every day. Each of them. This will eventually lead you to getting large milk/eggs which you need for bundles in the community centre.

Also, try and upgrade your coops/barns as soon as possible, once you get the final upgrade the feeders automatically fill themselves which saves tons of time! (Especially when the animals stand in the way and you have to wait for them to move)

The travelling cart can be a godsend for harder items in the bundles. 

After the first year, I completely forgot about it so didn’t utilise it. I find it’s best for out of season fish to complete bundles or requests from villagers and items you may not get until later in the game, speeding up the completion of the community centre!

I highly recommend this game to anyone, especially during lockdown to beat the bored blues. I hope you find the tips helpful! Let me know your top tips for Stardew Valley!

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