Stardew Valley: Beginner Tips

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Stardew Valley title screen. The words "Stardew Valley" are in the middle of the screen. Each letter is made out of wood. The background is blue and has fluffy white clouds floating in it.

Getting started in Stardew Valley can seem a little daunting and there's plenty of opportunities to miss out on money and more as you don't know too much about the game. There's so much to do that it can become overwhelming and you may not be aware of the ways to make your time there a lot easier. Now it's our job to help you out, we've put together some beginner tips below.

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Beginner Tips

Sell The Parsnips

When starting Stardew Valley your first task will be 'Getting Started', this question will require you to grow a parsnip and harvest it. Most players will take the starter seeds found in your house and plant them all but, it's not worth it. Instead, take the seeds and plant one of them, this way you'll be able to complete the quest, take the remaining seeds to Pierre and sell them. With the money you get, buy potato seeds. Potatoes will make you 15G more profit than the parsnips, as well as that there's a possibility for you to get two potatoes at a time, whereas this isn't a feature with parsnips. This strategy won't make the world of difference but will put a little extra gold in your pocket.

Stardew Valley, the player's farm is next to animal barn with crops in front of it. There are two animals in the fenced-off barn on the left and there are crops ready to harvest in front of the house on the right.
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3x3 Plots

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When it comes to laying out your farm early on in the game 3x3 plots will be your friend. Firstly it's a great way to keep things organised, and it also gives you the chance of growing a giant crop. Using this format also means that you can add things in the centre like sprinklers or scarecrows if you wish to.

Fix The Beach Bridge ASAP

On the right side of the beach, you'll notice a broken bridge, if you collect 300 wood you can repair it. It's useful to do this as soon as you can as it opens up the Tidal Pools which will spawn items like sea urchins and shells which can then be sold, you'll make a profit for doing nothing but some wood chopping! Either sell them to Willy or drop them in your shipping box if you forget to do so.

Sell Crops

Selling crops can be a great way to quickly make money. You may need to wait a while to see any of them grow but once you harvest them, you can sell them to Pierre for gold.

  • Spring
    • Strawberries: 500G+
    • Cauliflower: 190G+
    • Kale: 110G+
    • Potatoes: 80G+
    • Green Beans: 40G+
    • Parsnips: 25G+
  • Summer
    • Melons: 250G+
    • Radishes: 90G+
    • Tomatoes: 60G+
    • Corn: 50G+
    • Blueberries: 50G+
    • Hot Peppers: 40G+
    • Hops: 25G+
    • Wheat: 25G+
  • Autumn
    • Rare Seeds: 3000G+
    • Pumpkins: 320G+
    • Yam: 160G+
    • Artichokes: 160G+
    • Amaranth: 150G+
    • Grapes: 80G+
    • Bok Choy: 80G+
    • Cranberries: 75G+
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  • Eggplant: 60G+

Upgrade Your Backpack

As soon as you can head to Pierre's shop and upgrade your backpack, it'll cost you 2,000G but will add an extra 12 slots to your inventory, giving you a total of 24. The next upgrade will set you back 10,000G and will make the maximum amount of slots 36.

There's plenty more to do in Stardew Valley with or without money. why not set up a multiplayer game with friends or make friendships and maybe more with villagers? If you're a busy farmer you may find yourself getting tired which is why we have a guide that shows you how to restore your energy.

Updated December 7th, 2021 by Marie Pritchard.