Tips for starting out in Stardew Valley.
Despite just having it’s 4th anniversary, players are still flocking away from the hustle and bustle of city life to live off the land in Stardew Valley. Released in 2016 by ConcernedApe and Chucklefish, Stardew Valley has continuously gained popularity and still sits in the top 10 charts for Nintendo Switch, and the top 20 on Steam. So for all the new farmers out there, we’ve come up with some tips to get you your best start on your new life in the valley!
Get invested in your crops straight away. We always have a bit of everything but for making that G we recommend planting plenty of potatoes which you can get from Pierre’s. Green beans and Strawberries also produce multiple crops so you don’t need to plant too many of those.
Get the Community Centre open
On day 5 between 8am-1pm, enter the town from the bus stop to trigger the cutscene for opening the Community Centre. Here you’ll have different bundles to fulfil which will in turn unlock different areas to the game. When you start first out try to keep one of everything in case you need it for a future bundle!
Don’t sell your wood!
While tempting to make some quick G, wood when you first start proves more useful to hold onto for making chests and new buildings. You can also plant tree seeds outside of your farm on the beach.
In the southeast of the forest south of the farm you’ll find Spring Onions in your first few days. Instead of selling them eat them to regain energy as they don’t sell for much. Midway through Spring you’ll also notice berry bushes starting to fruit – save these to each for energy too. Other than keeping some for your Community Centre bundle, selling foraged goods can be a good money boost!
In your first few days you’ll get a letter from a local name Wullie, who has a Fishing Rod for you. Fishing can produce a lot of money, but you’ll also need some rare fish for your bundles so best start early! You can catch fish at the lake in the forest, the river in the mountains/town and at the sea. Take note: different fish will come out at night than from during the day!
Don’t get animals straight away
While tempting, getting animals too soon isn’t a great move. Instead, focus on getting a Silo built from Robin. All that grass on your farm will be stored in the Silo when cut which will save you buying hay. Unless you made the mistake we did our first time and cut all the grass away because it looked messy (oops…)
Watch TV Everyday
First and last thing to do everyday is watch some TV. In the morning, watch the fortune teller to see what your luck will be (high luck days are best for mining and fishing) and watch the cooking channel to learn some recipes for your future kitchen. At night before bed, have a quick look at the weather channel so you can plan your day around the weather – if it’s raining you’ll have more energy to put into other areas as your crops won’t need watered.
Upgrade your Gear
Upgrading your gear will save you precious energy. We recommend upgrading the Pickaxe first so you can get more materials to upgrade the rest of your gear at Clint’s. When upgrading your watering can, make sure you do it the day before it rains so your crops don’t suffer. Pierre also has a bag for sale which is worth picking up quickly for more inventory space.
If you’ve not yet tried out Stardew Valley, we highly recommend it!
Stardew Valley is available on Playstation 4, Xbox, PC and Nintendo Switch.
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