Stardew Valley - How to use sprinklers

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Stardew Valley sprinklers

Sprinklers in Stardew Valley allow you to water your crops automatically so that the process of manually watering them doesn't become tedious and frustrating. You may start off by enjoying the watering can, but you'll quickly realise as you plant for crops, it's a lot more work than necessary. Additionally, you lose the majority of your energy with this type of farmwork. So, if you want to find out how to make and use sprinklers on your farm, as well as all the different types of sprinklers there are, then keep reading.

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Sprinklers guide

Basic sprinkler

The basic sprinkler is the first type you'll be able to craft and will become available to you when you reach level 2 farming. They can water up to four crops at a time as they reach one tile each way, top, bottom, left and right. If you place it in the wrong place just hit it with an axe or pickaxe and it will go straight back into your inventory. Here's what you'll need to make a basic sprinkler in Stardew Valley.

  • Copper bar x1
  • Iron bar x1

Quality sprinkler

The next sprinkler will unlock at farming level 6, which is the quality sprinkler. This sprinkler is a lot more efficient than the basic ones, and they will allow you to water eight crops at a time, meaning all tiles surrounding the sprinkler will be watered. These are a lot more useful as you don't have to worry about the pesky gaps that the basic sprinkler creates. You can actually sell these for 450G per sprinkler once you decide to switch to iridium sprinklers, so they can earn you a little bit of money when you're done with them. But be sure to leave at least two spaces between each sprinkler so that they don't overlap. That way you can maximise their efficiency. Here's what you need to craft a quality sprinkler.

  • Iron bar x1
  • Gold bar x1
  • Refined quartz bar x1

Iridium sprinkler

Now for the holy grail, the iridium sprinkler. These sprinklers are a farmer's best friend, watering 24 tiles at a time in a large square formation. Most of the components are easy enough to get hold of. Gold can be found in the mines, and battery packs come from lightning rods, but the iridium is a bit trickier to get your hands on. You'll need to enter the skull cavern in the desert, which requires reaching level 120 in the regular mine. You'll then also have to repair the vault in the community center, which will cost you 42,500g. You'll also need to be level 9 farming, so these sprinklers are more so for later in the game. But here's what you need to craft an iridium sprinkler.

  • Gold bar x1
  • Iridium bar x1
  • Battery pack x1

So there you go, now you know everything there is to know about sprinklers in Stardew Valley! While you're here, be sure to check out our more in-depth guide on how to get Iridium so you can keep crafting the highest quality sprinklers. Additionally, if you want to start a farm with your friends, check out our guide to playing co-op multiplayer in Stardew Valley.

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