Stardew Valley - Skull Cavern max level, how far down does it go?

Skull Cavern in Calico Desert

Skull Cavern in Calico Desert

If you're familiar with the Skull Cavern in Stardew Valley, then you may have thought about how deep the caves actually go. You aren't alone in curiosity, so we've done a little digging ourselves and the answer is pretty shocking. Keep reading to find out how many floors are in the Skull Cavern and also how to get deeper and find some goodies.

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Skull Cavern max level

The Skull Cavern is similar to that of the regular mine in Stardew Valley, but you'll find it in the northwest of Calico Desert. To access it you'll need to get yourself a Skull Key, which is rewarded once you reach level 120 of the normal mines. The difference between the cavern and the mine is that the mine will 'save' your progress. Whereas every time you enter the Skull Cavern you'll start on the very first floor. Hearing this, you might be determined to get to the bottom before you need to go to sleep, but unfortunately, it's basically impossible.

Technically the cavern has 2,147,483,647 floors and unless you can pass each floor in a single second for the next 67ish years, you're out of luck. Obviously, players won't ever be able to reach the bottom. Not only because of the astronomical amount of levels but also because their character will eventually need to sleep. If they do so and return the next day, all previous progress is lost.

How to progress through Skull Cavern

So if you want to make your way as far down as possible then you can use a few different methods. Like the mines, you'll need to find a ladder to get to the next floor. This is when bombs can be a great method of clearing large amounts of rocks or enemies. It's also worth battling it out with as many monsters as you can, as many of them drop Iridium which isn't a particularly common material.

You may also be able to find a hole or shaft which can drop you between 3 and 15 floors deeper, but side note - doing this will inflict 3 times the number of levels you skip in damage. So bear in mind if you die in the cavern you'll arrive at Harvey's Clinic with a 1,000g fee and all progress lost.

As mentioned earlier the Skull Cavern is a brilliant source of Iridium which will become essential later on in the game, particularly when used to create useful items like sprinklers!

If you want to enlist the help of your friends when tackling Skull Cavern, be sure to check out our guide on how to start a co-op multiplayer farm. Additionally, we have a guide on how to upgrade your tools, so it doesn't take as long to mine the time away within Skull Cavern. Happy spelunking!

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