Make money in Stardew Valley is simple. Whatever you do, the game rewards you excellently for your time. Growing crops, fishing, and even foraging for wild plants can bring you a little money.
However, some activities are much more lucrative than others. While foraging may be a fun and easy way to explore the world and bump into your fellow Pelican Town citizens, it’s probably not the fastest way to amass wealth. Taking care of animals and growing a huge selection of chickens and cows is usually not worth the hassle either. If you are interested in getting rich ASAP, this is what you should do Stardew Valley.
Automate your farm
First things first ̵
You want to quickly invest in sprinklers for this. These ensure that your plants receive water without the need for anything. Just place them near your crops and they’ll be ready to harvest in a few days. Some players think it’s best not to use sprinklers until you can upgrade to Iridium sprinklers, but either way you’ll want to include some form of sprinklers on your farm.
Not only will these make sure you never forget to water your plants, but they also allow you to do other things to make money. Sprinklers essentially turn crops into a passive source of income – once they’re planted, you can just leave them there until they’re ready to harvest.
Another great addition to your farm is a greenhouse, in which you can grow any plant all year round. We recommend always growing one of the following valuable crops in your greenhouse: strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, rhubarb, old fruit, or star fruit. These provide a continuous source of income even out of season and quickly fill your wallet with cash.
Process crops as often as you can
Once you’ve grown a few crops, consider turning them into more valuable items. While some crops are worth a lot of money on their own, many of them are worth significantly more after a little manipulation. Mayonnaise is one of the earliest examples of this. On their own, eggs sell for 25G. However, mayonnaise – which can be made from one egg – yields 100G. If you’re willing to wait for processing to take place, turning eggs into mayonnaise and crops into jam can be a lucrative – and easy – way to fill your pockets.
Dive into the mines
While you wait for your crops to grow, exploring the mines north of the city can be a profitable pastime. With more than 100 floors filled with increasingly valuable treasures, Stardew Valley hides some of its most valuable resources in the deepest depths of the mines.
Before heading out, make sure to load up items to restore your health as you will encounter dozens of dangerous creatures lurking in the dark. You’ll also want to bring a pickaxe to harvest precious ore while you work towards the bottom.
Once you fill your pockets, return to the surface and turn all of your ore into bars. Bars sell for a better price than ore and increase your profit per hour compared to selling the raw material.
Bring in some legendary fish
If you’d rather participate in a less dangerous – but still lucrative – hobby, fishing may be the perfect match. And while bringing in any type of fish will boost your bank account, you’ll want to try and get the five Legendary fish in as soon as possible.
Each of these can only be caught once, but they can be sold for an astronomical price. For example, The Legend is sold for a base price of 5,000. We won’t spoil their locations, but you can always check out the valuable Stardew Wiki for information on the elusive fish.
Once you’ve caught all the Legendary fish, turn your attention to bringing in other valuable species. These include Lava Eel, Stonefish, Super Cucumber, and Pufferfish. Some of these can be challenging for beginners to reel in – if you’re having trouble, focus on improving your fishing skills and buying better equipment. After a few upgrades you are ready to bring in the best fish of all Stardew Valley.
Be economical with your money
While it’s tempting to upgrade all of your items ASAP, it’s not the best decision for long-term profit. Instead, focus on the equipment you use every day. The hoe should be upgraded as soon as possible so that you can grow your product output quickly. Then you need to invest in the watering can. While you will eventually want to upgrade to sprinklers, having a powerful watering can is never a bad thing.
Once those are taken care of, you can look into upgrading your fishing rod or pickaxe. New rods are fairly inexpensive, so we recommend that you always use the best rod available. The pickaxe is also a must-have so you can efficiently harvest ore and dive deeper into the mines.
Upgrading your ax is more of a luxury as it doesn’t bring much profit, but it does make it easier to harvest wood. The truth is, there is no “best” way to upgrade your tools, as most of it has to do with personal preference and playing style. If you find yourself using a tool a lot, it is probably in your best interest to upgrade it.