When you first start out in Stardew Valley it can be challenging to figure out how to make more money. Here are five ways to generate more income for you and your Pelican Town farm.
Fishing whenever you can
Fishing is one of the best ways to get a lot of extra income, especially if you are just starting out and don't have many resources. All it takes is patience, good reflexes and a fishing rod – which you can get for free from Willy early in the game.
Fishing in Stardew Valley is all about spending in-game time, especially since fishing energy costs are relatively low. Your character can stay up to 2am, so try to spend as much time fishing as possible at the end of the day. During your first few in-game weeks, after completing your daily tasks, such as foraging and farming, spend the rest of your time fishing.
You also have to fish a lot when it rains. The fish you can catch is very different from what you get when it's sunny – and they usually sell for a higher price. Take advantage of the time you save by not having to spray your crops.
Rarer, more valuable fish appear when you are further away from the land. While maximizing your rod consumes more energy, it may be worthwhile if you only have a limited amount of time to fish. Watch for bubbles, which appear randomly in different bodies of water. Throwing your pole in these spots makes fish bite significantly faster.
Upgrade your pole if you have money for it. You should be able to buy the Fiberglass Pole in a few weeks. This allows you to use bait to increase your bite rate. Later, you can purchase the Iridium Pole, which allows you to use tackles that have various special effects on your fish.
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Unlock the Bridge Over the Beach
Another great way to make money early in the game is to have Robin build the bridge on the beach. To unlock it, you need to collect 300 wood by chopping down branches and trees. With the 300 wood in your inventory, you approach the broken bridge on the east side of the beach.
Once construction is complete, you have access to the tide pool. You can find a lot of unique items for foraging here every day, such as corals and the valuable sea urchins. This is a great way to top up your income early because they are relatively consistent. Plus, you don't have to save them for future recipes.
The tide pool is filled with items to eat after a storm. Make sure to collect them before renewing them the next day. In the summer you will probably find Rainbow Shells here, which can be worth 600g.
Plant a Berries
If you prefer simple farming, planting a ton of berries every season is a good bet. All berry plants produce multiple crops per harvest and grow back a few days after harvest. They also don't have to be turned into jam or wine to become very profitable.
There is a unique berry for every season: strawberries for spring, blueberries for summer and cranberries for autumn. While strawberry seeds are hard to come by in your first season, during the summer and fall you can maximize the chance of planting as many berries as possible on the first day.
Since a single berry plot has multiple harvests per season, make sure to start growing them as early as possible. If you plant them late, you may miss one or more harvesting cycles. Don't forget to add fertilizer or Speed-Gro when planting – you can't add anything to the soil if the crop has already grown.
As with all crops, it takes a lot of energy to care for them. Try to upgrade your watering can and build sprinklers as soon as possible.
Start Making Sprinklers
Early in the game you will find yourself trying the number of activities you can do in a day. However, you are limited by two things: time and energy. While you can eat food to replenish your energy, you cannot do anything to regain lost time.
Sprinklers automatically water your crops, so you spend less time and energy on them. This gives you more time to perform other money-making tasks, such as fishing and mining. It also allows you to maintain more crops at a time, resulting in greater profit per harvest.
There are three types of sprinklers in Stardew Valley :
- sprinklers: These can water four. adjacent tiles.
- Quality sprinklers: These can spray eight adjacent tiles.
- Iridium Sprinklers: These can spray 24 adjacent tiles.
The basic version of a sprinkler is very inefficient, so we recommend that you produce quality sprinklers when you unlock the recipe instead. To make a quality sprinkler you need to have a level 6 farming skill as well as an iron and gold bar and refined quartz.
Improve Your Skills
As you progress in Stardew Valley your skill levels will increase. If you reach level 5 or 10 in a skill, select a profession, a skill that will give you special bonuses.
Some professions increase the shipping costs of certain groups of items. For example, if your farming skill reaches level 5, you can decide to become a farmer or tiller. Ranchers can sell animal products 20 percent more than their base price, while router bits can sell 10 percent more. There are also similar bonuses for increasing your level in mining and fishing.
Stardew Valley is one of our favorite relaxing video games to play. If you haven't tried it yet, check it out. It is available for a wide variety of platforms, including Windows PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iPhone, iPad, Android, PlayStation Vita and Linux.
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