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'Stardew Valley' Beginners Guide

Stardew Secret Woods

If you have upgraded your axe at least twice, then you can get access to a secret forest. To access it, head to the Wizard’s tower in the woods to the west. Then, look at the north side of the tower; you will see a large wooden log blocking the access to the area. Chop that log with your axe to get access. You will find slimes to kill and several hardwood tree stumps that respawn daily. 

Place Your Machines in the Barn

This is an effective way to tend to your animals and get products ready all at once. Placing the processing machines inside the coop/barn will save you a lot of time.

Let's say your cheese processing machine is in the same barn as your cow. When you collect cow milk you can leave it in the machine. Then, you can collect the cheese on your next visit while also putting new milk from that day into the machine. Through this method, you will not have to go out of your way to process animal products. 

You Don't Have to Pet Every Animal

Here's a lesson for Stardew Valley and possibly life: You do not have to pet every animal. If you do so, you will be wasting a lot of time, and if you have a lot of animals, then petting every animal on a daily basis will become frustrating for you. Our advice is to continue with your daily routine in the coop or barn and pet only those animals that come in your way. This way, animals will remain happy and you'll save a lot of time. Besides, petting animals only increases mood and friendship and nothing else. 

Deluxe Pig Truffles

You can purchase a pig from Marnie’s Ranch for just 16,000 gold, but you need to have a Deluxe Barn first. Pigs mature after a 10-day period and then dig up truffles, which you can sell for 625 gold. There are some rules that must be followed to make sure your pig finds truffles. For one, you have to let the pig wander outside. You need to put the pigs in a natural pasture area; floor, gravel, etc. will not work. And pigs can't find truffles in rain or during the winter. 

Got Milk?

You can purchase a cow at Marnie’s Ranch for just 1,500 gold once you get a barn. You can get the cow in two different varieties: white or brown. But you don't get to select the color of the cow; the game will randomly choose for you. 

Your cow will mature after five days and then it will be able to produce milk, which you can get every morning. A cow produces two types of milk: milk and large milk. In order to get the large milk, you need to increase your friendship with your cow. You can increase the friendship by milking the cow using milk pail, which increases friendship by 5 points.

Life on the Farm

Stardew Valley is one of the most popular titles to come out in seasons. It's Harvest Moon-like gameplay gives gamers a true break from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. We hope these beginner tips will help you get started on the farm of your dreams. Got a tip of your own? Did we leave something out? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • almarcy
    Is FUN always so much WORK?
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  • Dunlop0078
    This is useful, it can be a bit overwhelming when you first start to play. I had to learn how to have fun with this game. It has to be the most boring, monotonous game I have sank 75hours into. Gotta keep my over 100 crops manually watered everyday, working on sprinklers lol.
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  • gaborbarla
    21205558 said:
    This is useful, it can be a bit overwhelming when you first start to play. I had to learn how to have fun with this game. It has to be the most boring, monotonous game I have sank 75hours into. Gotta keep my over 100 crops manually watered everyday, working on sprinklers lol.

    I guess I was lucky one because I just saw the sprinklers in the trailer video and pushed to see how to make them. I slaved through watering by hand for a short while and got my sprinklers within the first few crops. I cannot imagine the agony of watering by hand for 75 hours.

    The issue was that once you get your first couple sprinklers you get such a feeling of satisfaction with yourself that you just keep pushing for more and better sprinklers. then the never ending search for how to optimize things and make more money in the game really begins. You need to get that teleporter after all from the beach, it costs 2 million.
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