Farming simulators are generally relaxing games where the player has to take care of a whole range of crops and animals while generally getting involved in the lives of the quirky and lovable inhabitants. After that, they are incredibly diverse, with the exception of one important factor: many of them focus on accumulating wealth and building the best possible farm.
There is nothing quite like watching the money meter go up. It gives players a sense of accomplishment and pride in a job well done. In Stardew Valley, there are different methods of getting rich, but by far the best and safest way to do this is to make sure that the player’s farm is as profitable as possible.
ten Use the chosen farm to your advantage
There are seven farms to choose from during character generation: Standard, Riverland, Forest, Hilltop, Wilderness, Four Corners, and Beach. Each has their own pros and cons, so lean the most on this farm gadget when deciding how to tackle your new land.
The best farm to maximize income is the default standard farm layout. It has the most placeable and cultivable tiles than any of the others. After that, Four Corners and Beach are favorites for their space, layout and extreme potential. Riverland, Forest, and Hilltop have limited placeable tiles and tend to be difficult to navigate. Wilderness is basically just a fancy standard farmhouse with a few minor edge differences hindering it more than helping it.
9 Look for products that reproduce
Products like green beans, strawberries, corn, hot peppers, blueberries, cranberries and old fruits will reproduce even after their first harvest, saving them a tremendous amount of time. Berries are great options when available because not only do they reproduce, but they also produce multiple products.
Some products, such as corn and ancient fruits are also not bound by the end of the seasons. Old fruits can grow from spring to fall and are extremely profitable, and corn grows from summer to fall, so stocking up on them whenever possible is extremely beneficial. Take all the starless ones and put them in the Seed Maker for free seeds. He will sometimes also give away free seeds in the process, which Pierre, Joja Mart or the Night Market will not do.
8 Find other places to plant
The starting space will not be the only space the player has access to for farming. Unlock the greenhouse as quickly as possible from the Community Center or Joja Lot to gain 10×12 cultivable land spaces that are unaffected by seasonal changes, so all plants can be planted there at any time. In addition, fruit trees can be planted along the edge, which makes it possible to harvest the fruits of the fancy trees every day of the year.
Ginger Island is another area that has cultivable space and even includes a hut that can be unlocked for the player to spend the night there. This is essentially a second greenhouse with the added benefit of having exclusive plants in the summer available on it like bananas. Outside of these two spaces, there are a handful of small areas on the map where manufacturers or certain seeds can be planted, and no one cares unless they’re actively blocking their walking path. In this case, they could be destroyed when the computer forces its way.
7 Automate as much as possible
Sprinklers automatically water the plants every morning for the player, although they don’t really start to help until quality sprinklers become feasible. Iridium is ideal, but they will be late game additions. After the Wizard’s Shop opens, there are also Junimo Huts available where cute little apple friends will even harvest crops, so setting up a cycle of these is ideal for maximizing income. Some additional machines also eventually become available late in the game to collect animal byproducts as well, so it’s important to keep them on hand.
However, some farms have such complicated layouts, such as Hilltop and Riverland, that make automation difficult. Beach farms only have a small space where sprinklers can be placed, and therefore all need creative solutions to make them work on their own.
6 Maximize the use of the building
Barns, chicken coops, sheds, and mud huts are all buildings that the player can build, place, and fill with more than they were intended for. They can be placed to help organize the machines on the farm or just keep everything the player needs for those animals in one place.
Large sheds and luxury barns are favorites for filling barrels and canning jars because they have so much floor space. The bonus of the hangars is that they can also be decorated according to the player’s preferences. Stick a shipping bin right outside one of these doors for a quick sale and a chest nearby to keep excess supplies close at hand. If sludge needs to be lifted, build a fence all the way to the water’s edge. Allow the sludge to access the water from the long side, as any improved watering can will be able to get all the waterers. Add a door to access the lair, and the farmer will no longer be maimed by his pet monsters the second he walks through the door.
5 Consider where the machines are placed
Machines and manufacturers, such as kegs, canning jars, barrels, seed makers, looms, ovens, etc. are generally not limited to where they can be placed for use. The exception is the barrels, which will only work if they are in the basement of the farm.
Many machines work great in the spare part (s) in the player’s house, streamlining the process. Keeping the Animal Craftsmen in the same building the animal is in saves the player the trouble of running around to get things done. Keep in mind that manufacturers can be reached in the eight tiles around the farmer, so as long as the player has access to a passable path, they can be really crowded in there.
4 Master the Skull Cave and Ginger Island
The Skull Cave is an extremely difficult bottomless dungeon full of monsters and rare minerals. It is unlocked once the player purchases the Bus Repair from the Community Center or Joja Mart, and also requires the player to have obtained the Skull Key deep in the mines. Reaching at least level 50 virtually guarantees access to Iridium, which also gives Prism Shards a good chance. Becoming good at the Skull Cavern allows the player to earn even more active income while their auto farm gives them more passive income.
Ginger Island is a late-game unlock, requiring the Community Center or Joja Mart to be fully completed, and then the boat in the back of Willy’s shop to be repaired. This is where the final pieces of the story come together, and he has a full map to explore, tame, and generate wealth with with his own produce that can be brought back to Pelican Town.
3 Be picky with professions
At levels 5 and 10 in each skill, the player has the option of choosing a profession that will give them unique advantages. Some are more beneficial than others, and what becomes available at level 10 depends entirely on what was chosen at level 5. Make sure you only choose professions that work well with long-term needs rather than in the short term, as tempting as it gets.
The good news is that these can be changed using the Statue of Uncertainty in the Sewers once the key has been received from Gunther for donating at least 60 items to the museum. That’s a big 10,000g to change, but at least changing the level 5 skill will also give the player the choice of level 10 for free.
2 Invest in a high quality fertilizer
Higher farming levels will give the player the ability to craft their own fertilizer, with the exception of tree fertilizer which requires high foraging. Many can also be purchased from Pierre at different times of the week. Deluxe Retaining Soil and Hyper Speed-Gro recipes must be obtained on Ginger Island.
Fertilizers can have a variety of important effects such as increasing the quality of the crop produced, speeding up the growth cycle, or retaining water when sprinklers cannot be used, such as at Beach Farm. For crops that produce multiples, such as berries, only the first crop harvested in a turn will be affected by the effects of quality improving fertilizers.
1 Know when to sell and when to go artisan
Typically, putting crops into a keg, keg, canning jar, or other makers will produce an item that is more valuable than what was used to craft it. The same goes for ready meals, although there are a few glaring exceptions that adjust depending on the player’s profession and / or special events.
Never use only products without a star in the manufacture of handicrafts. Silver Stars can also be used on most products, with the exception of certain foods after obtaining the Bear’s Knowledge perk from the Bear in Secret Woods. The bear is found after the player obtains a magnifying glass and the correct secret rating. Absolutely anything starred in gold or iridium should be sold as is.
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