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Stardew Valley: 5 Best Tips for Beginners



Stardew Valley is a wonderful game. Where you are in charge of managing a farm that is left to them by their grandfather. Tired of the monochrome world of office life, the player has been whisked away to farmland that they must manage through various game mechanics. Journey through mines, upgrade your farm, and raise pets if you so choose. This charming farm simulator was lovingly crafted by Concerned Ape but has a bit of a learning curve. We have you covered with the 5 Best Tips for Beginners.


5. Don't Pick Joja Corp

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Joja Corp is a corporation that stands as the stand-in for the capitalistic machine in Stardew Valley. Initially offering the supplies that the player needs at a cheaper price than the local markets, Joja Corp is supposed to tempt you with its low prices. Although the prices may be low, it is not advised to go with the Joja Corp option as it is costly. Beyond just that, however, there is also a consequence for doing this in-game.

The community center that is unlocked pretty early in the game will not be able to be unlocked. Players who play Stardew religiously are very much against siding with Joja Corp., So it is much better to be a humble farmer and not side with the type of corporation that the player character recently left for the more rustic holistic lifestyle. Players have also done the math and found that siding with the corporation while initially seeming lucrative is anything but. It is for this reason, as well as a couple of moral ones, that it is not exactly ethical or advised to side with Joja Corp if given the option.


4. Check Out The Mines

Checking out the Mines in Stardew Valley can prove to be incredibly lucrative, especially in the early game. Once the player has unlocked the mines, they can use them to generate a lot of income. As well as materials that help improve their farm. Stones and Geodes can be dug up from this area which is essential to building later game equipment and items. Players can use the Pickaxe to accomplish this goal, one that is worthwhile for any player that chooses to put in the time to check out the mines.

The Mines also have their own progression in-game as you make it through the levels. These range from swords which makes the defeating of slimes easier, or armor for protection. Along with these bonuses, there exists flora and fauna that can only be encountered within the mines. Ores are absolutely essential to later game items and cannot be missed. Players who choose to venture through this risky sub-terrain will find they can exponentially increase their rewards in a number of ways. Mining, in short, is a wonderful way to get ahead in Stardew Valley and is a wonderful tip for beginners.


3. Get to Know Everyone

Stardew Valley is not only a farming sim but also a dating sim as well. Whether you want to romance one of the townsfolk to receive a certain bonus or simply enjoy their dialogue and want to experience it for yourself. Getting to know the townsfolk is a surefire way to get assistance throughout the game. Players will find that you can get a number of special bonuses for romancing certain characters. This, as well as the storylines that accompany the characters, makes getting to know everyone very lucrative for the player.

It is for this reason, as well as a myriad of others, that getting to know the townsfolk will offer the beginner player a wonderful start to the game. If players pursue this to an obsessive degree, they can even achieve obtaining the key to the city. This makes it so the player can explore all the buildings in the town. Players who wish to go down this route will also find it beneficial to increase the friendship level of everyone in town. This will give the beginners of the game a wonderful start.


2. Save Your Money

Saving your Money sounds like it should be a no-brainer. However, this can be difficult to do at the beginning. Whether it is through selecting the right crops to grow, it can be difficult to be cost-effective in the game. As many of the crops have their own drawbacks to being grown, it is important to start off with the right ones so as to not lead you astray. One way that players can save money is by not eating but foraging for items that they can eat. This can be incredibly effective as you will find yourself eating a lot of food over the course of the game.

It is also very important not to rush things too early in the game, as this will have you running out of either resources or money. But with proper management of funds and crops, you will have a booming business rather quickly. Players should also look into getting the sprinkler system rather immediately, as this makes it easier to water multiple crops at once with less effort on the player's part. All and all, saving money can be extremely lucrative within the game and should not be dismissed by players.


1. Look Into Mods

Finally, we have Mods. Modifications for the game can make it easier to manage your farm in a variety of ways. Whether it be an ergonomic way of shopping or locations for all the NPCs. There are also mods that help with the gift-giving aspect of the game that allows you to see, prior to giving the gift, how the character will respond. A more combative modification allows for enemy health bars which are certainly helpful in a fight.

It is for this reason and more that mods can completely change how the game is played. It also makes it more accessible for beginners, so if you follow these tips, you are sure to have a fresh and fruitful farm.

So, what do you think of our best tips for Stardew Valley? Do you agree with our top five picks? Are there any games we should know about? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.   

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