As you progress through Stardew Valley you'll find that Iridium is a sparse and important resource. It can be a little difficult to get a hold of and there isn't much indication on how to do so either. To make things a little easier we've put together a guide on how to get it and what you can use it for!
How To Get Iridium
Iridium Ore is a resource that can be found in multiple ways, you may find it in Iridium Nodes, Mystic Stones, Magma Geodes, and Omni Geodes, these can be obtained through mining. If you want a higher chance of getting geodes then go down the Geologist Profession at mining level 5 and the Excavator Profession at mining level 10.
It can also be found in treasure chests when fishing, meteorites on your farm and can sometimes be a rare drop from high-level enemies. You may find Iridium Ore when panning, though this isn't common. One of the easiest ways to get it is through The Statue of Perfection, it produces 2-8 ore each day. You may also be able to buy some from the Traveling Cart for 300-1,000G
Best Way to Get Iridium
The more common option to get Iridium Ore is in the Skull Cavern, which requires reaching level 120 in the regular mine and repairing the vault in the community center which will cost you 42,500G. The lower into the cavern you go the higher the chance of finding some Iridium. Purple slimes can sometimes drop both Iridium Ore and bars, they might even give you more than mining will. Iridium Bats have chance to drop an Iridium Bar although it's unlikely, they drop up to 4 Iridium Ore when killed. Iridium Crabs can drop up to 3 Iridium Ore when slain.
You can use Iridium Bars to craft a number of items in Stardew Valley, one of which being sprinklers, check out our guide on how to do so here. Otherwise, why not check to see if any villagers love Iridium as a gift?