Stardew Valley is a massively popular farming and roleplaying game, where players raise a farm from the ground up and form relationships with the characters around them. The game has given rise to a massive tidal wave of indie games based on it, but none tend to match the depth of Stardew Valley.
The game has a massive wiki, showing things are actually much more complicated than they may appear on the surface. Players will tend to go looking for all the details about their favorite characters as well, requiring even more research. Instead, feel free to use this guide for all your questions!
What to do in Stardew Valley
The main objective in a usual run of Stardew Valley is to reconstruct a building called the Community Center. The Community Center requires "bundles" of items, which are great goals for players to set on achieving in their day to day activities.
Often, these bundles require a large assortment of items to complete, and having a helping hand can make the process massively easier. Not only should players focus on different skills as a team (we'll talk about that later), but divvying up duties to complete bundles is an incredibly fun gameplay experience.
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Stardew Valley Skills
In Stardew Valley multiplayer, one of the best things to decide as a team is who does what. There are 5 skills in the game with each of them being:
These skills are all required to complete the Community Center, and the more you perform their actions, the higher level at the skill players will become. When picking crops after they grow, have a single player pick the whole farm so they will get all the farming experience. This will allow your party to high-level content by funneling experience into individual players.
If you're wondering how to make money in Stardew Valley, raising your skills quickly will lead to massive profits. Getting your farming to level 5 alone will allow you to access the Tiller profession, increasing your income from crops by a whopping 10%.
Stardew Valley Tips and Tricks
Now that your party has split up their designated skills, there are plenty of things to keep in mind. Every skill has extremely detailed information on the wiki, from each individual Stardew Valley fish, to how to make the Glowstone ring. If you are the kind of player to min-max their gaming experiences, you'll want to follow the wiki pretty closely:
Some players also like to design everything in advance, and get a head start on what they want their farm to look like. Fortunately, there is a community-made Stardew Valley planner which allows you to theorise your farm before putting all the time into making it!
Stardew Valley Marriage and Characters
So your party has gotten comfortable with the lay of the land and how to make money. As long as you've got each other, you should be able to play forever! Oh but you're missing the romance, the character progression, and those weird butterflies in your stomach.
Stardew Valley has ten potential marriage candidates with 5 being men, and 5 being women. Raising friendship with each of them will unlock unique cutscenes which progresses the romantic storyline with them. How far does it go? Can you have kids in Stardew Valley?
While the game keeps things very nondescript: you can marry, live together, and entirely start a family with your favorite Stardew characters.
Stay Away from Preserve Jars!
Preserve jars are items used to turn vegetables into pickles and fruits into jams, and while this technically increases the original item's value, it isn't worth it at all. Coal is a very required resource for many actions in the game such as smelting ores, so using it for incredibly slow value generators like the Preserve jar isn't good enough.
Unfortunately, the same theory applies to Bee Houses, which are very fun to most players. Bee Houses, like their Preserve Jar relative, are expensive to make and provide minimal value in return. It would take several months for the Beehive to pay off the original cost of it's production. Bee Hives are cool though, so we understand if you make them anyway.
The Best Food in Stardew Valley
Early on in Stardew your party will suffer greatly from not having much energy. This will mean even with a few helping hands, your capacity to do things each day such as chopping trees is very limited. For this, you'll want to get your hands on some grub! While clearing out your first farm you'll get a ton of ingredients for field snacks.
Everyone should dine on field snacks for as long as possible, moving onto Salmonberries during the Spring, and Blackberries during the Fall. The foraging player of your group should find upwards of 200+ berries throughout their respective seasons, giving your party plenty of food to keep pushing each day!
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