9 Essential Tips for Stardew Valley Beginners!

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Stardew Valley is a very complex game for beginners. The amount of actions and activities that you can perform is very large, and it always gives that feeling of missing something. That's why we've gathered here 9 essential tips for you to start the game the right way. Check out!

1. Set tool hit location

Before even taking the first step in Stardew Valley, access the settings menu ("E" key) and choose the "Options" tab. Then check the box “Display tool hit location”.



This will bring up a small square that demonstrates exactly where the tools (axe, hoe, shovel, etc) will be used, making it much easier to see.

2. Watch TV every morning

At the beginning of each day in Stardew Valley, turn on the television. It provides some essential information that, if used well, will make your progress in the game much easier.

Television in Stardew Valley has 4 channels:

Weather forecast: informs the weather forecast for the next day, warning if the day will be sunny, if it will rain, if there will be a storm, etc. This information is important for many aspects of the game, especially regarding your plantation.

Seer: The Seer informs you of your luck for the day. This attribute is also crucial for many actions you perform in the game, so knowing your luckiest days can dictate your choices, such as going mining on lucky days to find more valuable ores.

living off the land: tips on planting, harvesting, relationships and also tells you the season you are in.

queen of sauce: teaches new recipes.


So be sure to check the TV every morning, and define your actions according to the information received.


3. Always have a Hoe in your inventory

Always have a Hoe in your inventory. Very often you'll encounter worms along the way throughout the Stardew Valley map. At these times, use the Hoe on them to receive a random item. Your luck reported by the Seer in the morning influences the quality of the item found in the worm.

Pay attention to the description of the items found. Some may be of interest to Gunther, the Museum's manager. In these cases, give him the item instead of selling them. This will make you receive more valuable rewards.

4. Collect 300 Wood Pieces as fast as possible

Right at the start of your activities in Stardew Valley, start putting together pieces of wood. It is not necessary to focus only on farming wood. Take care of the farm and manage your energy normally, but avoid spending it at first.

Once you've collected 300 pieces, head to the beach on the right. You'll find a broken bridge. Make the repair with the wood and cross to the other side. There you will find a variety of very good loot for the beginning of the game. Sell ​​them to get great cash.

5. Build chests after repairing the bridge

After spending the 300 wood repairing the bridge, it's time to craft chests, as inventory space is one of the biggest issues at the beginning of the game. Each chest requires 50 wood and provides 36 slots to store items. In addition, you can mark each chest with a specific color to make it easier to find your loot.



6. Build bonds with villagers

One of the main aspects of Stardew Valley is developing your relationships with your neighbors. If you press the “E” key and choose the “Social” tab, you will see the level of your relationships with each villager, measured in hearts. Each heart equals 250 friendship points.

There are several ways to earn friendship points in Stardew Valley. Among the main ones are:

  • Talking;
  • Completing delivery missions;
  • Choosing the right alternatives in your heart events (specific events that improve relationships;
  • Presenting.

About gifts, each villager has their preferences about items. It's important to find out which items each neighbor loves or hates. That way you can earn more points.

Also, you can check each villager's birthday on the calendar in front of Pierre's establishment. When you gift someone an item they love on their birthday, you will receive 3 hearts (which is a lot). Check out our full list of Stardew Valley gifts and birthdays and find out exactly what to give each neighbor.


In the same calendar you can also check the festival dates (via the little flag icon). In them you can also improve your relationships with neighbors.

7. Take advantage of lucky days to collect and process geodes

Take advantage of the days when the Seer informs you that you are very lucky to go mining. The objective is to find as many Geodes as possible and process them at the blacksmith Clint. If you already have a good number of geodes accumulated, go straight to the blacksmith and process as many as possible.

Lucky processed geodes can provide a lot of high quality loot that is otherwise hard to come by.


8. Spray the light back loots

You can rummage through the dumps found throughout the map to get loot. The main use of this is to find items that restore energy. However, don't let any villagers see you doing this, otherwise you'll lose friendship points with him. The only exception is Linus, who doesn't care about these things.

9. Always come home before 2 am

Avoid staying out late. That's because if you go past 1am, your character will slow down, and even if you sleep soon, you won't get all your energy back the next day.

Also, if the clock reads 2 am and you are out of the house, your character will fall asleep and you will lose money, experience and levels depending on where you slept.

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