Fans of modern Farming RPGs owe a lot to Stardew Valley -- this indie game exploded onto the scene and practically revived the genre singlehandedly, although other games like Terraria and Minecraft certainly contributed.
While Stardew Valley does have goals for the player to accomplish, it also offers up a staggering amount of choices. Sometimes, that means it's difficult to actually make a decision about what to do or how to play. Our guides have you covered!
Stardew Valley Strategy Guides
Stardew Valley Tips & Tricks
Stardew Valley Ginger Island Guides
What Can You Do in Stardew Valley?
There's a lot of cool stuff that you can do in Stardew Valley, whether you're playing by yourself or with friends.
Since Stardew Valley is a Farming RPG, it should come as no surprise that farming is a big part of the game. You can plant crops, fruit trees, and more on your farm (and in certain other places in the game world, too).
Farming can be extremely profitable, especially if you lean heavily into producing Artisan goods such as Wines.
Foraging involves exploring the map for naturally-growing crops, such as Leeks in the Spring. While you won't get rich by selling these, it will give you a good source of early-game food.
It costs money to keep animals alive, but they'll happily provide you with useful produce in return. Best of all, you can take the milk, wool, and eggs you get from your farm animals and turn them into even more valuable Artisan goods for a relatively small investment in some equipment.
The Mine isn't open until a few days after the game begins. Once it is, you'll be able to dive in and collect precious metals, gems, and more. However, the Mine is not without its dangers...
Fighting Monsters in the Mines (and Beyond)
...because you'll also have to fight monsters. Defeating these monsters gives you valuable loot and is challenging enough in its own right.
Once you've conquered the Mines, there are still more places to explore like the Skull Cavern in the Desert and the Volcano Dungeon on Ginger Island. Be careful, though -- these mid-game and late-game dungeons are much more challenging!
If you prefer to get food (and earn money) without as much running around, you can always try your hand at Fishing. The game world boasts multiple locations (each with its own fish); furthermore, different fish will spawn depending on the season, the time of day, and/or the weather. It's a challenge to catch 'e mall!
Aside from collecting fish, there are all sorts of other things to find in the world: Artifacts, crops, weapons, armor, and more! All of these items are tracked in-game. Trying to collect everything and 100% the game can be seriously tough!
Lest we forget, your social life is a big part of Stardew Valley. There are dozens of NPCs to make friends with, and you can even marry some of them! (If you want to make friends in real life, though, we can't help you there -- perhaps you should invite them to play Stardew Valley with you?)
Stardew Valley F.A.Q.
What is Stardew Valley?
Stardew Valley is a Farming RPG that was created by Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone and first released on PC via Steam on February 26, 2016. Since then, the game has been ported to all major consoles, mobile devices, and even Tesla vehicles. (No, really.)
Does Stardew Valley Have Online Multiplayer?
Yes, Stardew Valley has online multiplayer on most platforms. Unfortunately, it does not have online multiplayer on Android, iOS, or PlayStation Vita.
Does Stardew Valley Have Crossplay?
No, Stardew Valley does not have Crossplay. However, PC users can play together regardless of their operating system.
How Do You Get Married in Stardew Valley?
You can get married in Stardew Valley by waiting for it to rain in any season other than Winter. Then, you have to travel to the beach at night while it's raining, head to the eastern section, and buy the Mermaid's Pendant from the Old Mariner for 5,000 G. You won't be able to buy the Mermaid's Pendant if you don't have a 10-star relationship with at least one bachelor or bachelorette.
Can You Marry Other Players in Stardew Valley?
Yes, you can marry another player in Stardew Valley. You will need to purchase the recipe for a Wedding Ring from the Traveling Cart for 500G; you can find the cart in Cindersap Forest on Fridays and Sundays. Then, you will need to craft the Wedding Ring for 5 Iridium Bars and 1 Prismatic Shard. Once that's done, all you have to do is hand it to the other player you wish to marry. If they accept, you'll have a wedding ceremony three days later.
Can You Move Buildings in Stardew Valley?
Yes, you can move buildings in Stardew Valley by talking with Robin at the Carpenter Shop. This does not have any cost.
Can You Move the Greenhouse in Stardew Valley?
Yes, you can move the Greenhouse in Stardew Valley by talking with Robin at the Carpenter's Shop. However, you have to have unlocked the Greenhouse before you can move it.
Can Your Animals Die in Stardew Valley?
Yes, your animals can die in Stardew Valley. Fortunately, it is very rare -- it will typically only happen if you leave animals outside at night and you lock up the Coop or Barn they're living in. Make sure to bring your animals inside every night!
Is Stardew Valley Still Being Updated?
Yes, Stardew Valley is still being updated, but fans of the game know that ConcernedApe likes to take his time with developing new content. Additionally, he recently announced that he was working on a new game, so that may slow down any future updates.
While this may be disappointing to some, Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone has also said that he's not quite ready to say that the game is finished yet, either.
"I don't like to commit to anything definite when it comes to Stardew Valley, because people will hold me to whatever I say," ConcernedApe said in an interview with TechRaptor. "That said, I'm not officially 'closing the book' on Stardew Valley with the 1.5 update... there's always the possibility for more. And 'Stardew Valley,' as a concept, or franchise, or whatever you want to call it, will continue on in some form, probably for a long time to come."