Submitted by: David K.
Community Center Quests:
Play for a few days, and you'll witness a cutscene upon entering town. Check the
community center, which until that point will have been locked, and you'll discover
a golden piece of paper. You can't read it, but that's fine. Go home and catch some
sleep, and in the morning you'll find that you now have a message from a wizard.
You'll find him in a tower, located to the south of your farm. Make a visit and
you'll gain the ability to read scrolls located in the community center building.
They outline quests that you can complete for various rewards, including some
terrific stuff further down the road.
Farming Means Growth:
Upgrades are tempting, but they're costly and don't work as a good starting point.
Instead, spend your early days focusing on crops. If you grow a sufficient number
of crops in the Spring, around your fishing and foraging activities, you'll reach
the Summer season with a lot of resources. Those you can spend on additional seeds
on the very first day, and their yield will give you the wealth you need to finally
purchase tools and exciting upgrades.
Halfway through Spring, you can attend the Egg Festival. Make sure that you've
saved up a fair bit of money by that point, and find Pierre at his vending area.
He'll sell you Strawberry Seeds, at a rate of 100G apiece, and you should invest
whatever you can afford in that lucrative item. Then you should plant the seeds
and harvest the berries they produce. Each berry is worth 120G when you sell it,
and each plant can produce new berries every two days or so. It won't take long
to recoup your investment.
Once you reach the second day, you'll receive a letter. You can travel
south from Pelican Town after that, and you'll meet up with Willy the
Fisherman. He gives you a fishing pole, which allows you to fish and
potentially earn income of more than 300 gold per day (plus more besides,
if you eat food and replenish your energy so you can keep at it). Early
in the game, that extra income will allow you to invest in faster means
of earning money.
When you reach the end of the day and your chores are completed but you still
have time on the clock, make sure that you forage for a bit. Check for plants
you can harvest for quick energy, or to serve as something to sell for gold at
the market. Particularly early in the game, such activities can go a long way
toward get you started along the proper path.
Clear Space For Your Farm:
Make sure that you regularly spend time clearing the land to provide room for your
farm. You'll earn crafting materials in the process, such as Stone and Wood, but
it takes a lot of energy. Spend roughly half your energy making room for your
expansion, especially at first, and make sure that you build a Chest to store
it all. Do leave some grass growing, however, as later on you'll need it for Hay.
Stardrop Fruit locations:
Search the indicated locations to find a Stardrop Fruit. They will
increase your maximum energy by 34 points.
* Pay 20,000G to Krobus the merchant in the Sewer.
Note: To get the key to Sewer, donate 60 artifacts to the museum.
* Catch each type of fish to get a fruit from Willy.
* Find every book and item to complete the Museum Collection.
* Reach the 100th floor in the mines and look inside the treasure chest.
* Earn 2,000 Tokens through fishing, mini-games, or a merchant. You can
then purchase a fruit from the merchant at the Stardew Valley Fair.
* Get married and get your spouse to 13/12 Hearts.
Speak with them in your home to get a fruit.
* Present your spouse with a gift on their birthday, then speak with
them in your home to get a fruit.
* Purchase a Rare Seed for 1,000G from a rare merchant on the northeast
edge of Wizard Tower. Plant it during the Fall. Get a Sweet Gem Berry
from the seed, travel to Secret Woods, and cut the wood using a steel
axe. Then, donate the berry to the statue in the Secret Woods to get a
Set Your Priorities Right:
One of the biggest keys to success in Stardew Valley is to set your priorities correctly.
Wasting even one hour of time means you weren't making money during that hour. Always
start your day by doing your farm work. Afterwards, you should head off to the Mines to
get some ore to sell, or go fishing to sell off what you catch.
Winter is a great season to catch up on your friendships and other non farming related
activities, so don't feel bad if you're ignoring them during the more productive seasons.
Raising animals is also something that can wait till later in the year. The upfront costs
of having to buy the building, plus the animals is quite large, and will take away many
thousands from your coffers. This is precious money that instead should be saved for
more seeds. Once you are floating a comfortable amount of extra gold, somewhere over 10K,
then you should consider investing in animals.