13 Tips for Getting Started in Stardew Valley

Dig up worms on the ground to find books and artefacts for the library!

For perhaps the first 20 hours of my time with Stardew Valley, I kept seeing strange, wiggly lines on the floor as I walked around. I had no idea what they were, and eventually just ignored them. Turns out they’re worms, and for some reason, these worms are often keepers of lost books from the library, and rare artefacts.

Books will automatically appear in the library when you’ve found them, and it’s worth visiting to read them every once in a while – many of them provide valuable information about the town’s secrets. The artefacts can be donated just like the minerals and gems you find in the mine. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do with the duplicate artefacts; some townspeople may appreciate them as gifts, but otherwise you can just sell them in your shipping box – no other tradesperson seems to want to buy them.

Make regular trips to the beach

To the south of your map, you’ll find a pleasant little beach. It’s worth visiting regularly – there is often a wealth of shells and cockles washed up on the shore that you can collect. These generally make good gifts, or they can be sold for a small profit.

You’ll also notice that to the right of the beach is a river blocking access to another area. When you have 300 wood, you can build a bridge to be able to access it. 300 wood sounds like quite a lot, but it’s worth making the effort to save it up – once you can access this area of the beach, there’s a lot of coral and even more shells to be collected most days. Coral sells for a decent amount so is a good way to make a bit of money early  on while you wait for your crops to mature.

Don’t cut your grass until you have a silo

Running around your farm with a sickle, chopping all the grass in sight might be a fun way to pass a few minutes, but it’s a bad idea – hold off doing anything with your grass until you have a silo. One you have a silo, cut grass will automatically turn into hay. You’ll need hay when you keep animals on your farm – and your grass will soon run out, especially if, like me, you’ve already cut half of it down before you realised you needed it.

Keep an eye on the day and time

Stardew Valley has an in-game clock. Hours tick by pretty fast, but it’s worth keeping an eye on. Every shop and house in the town has their own timetable, so you’ll only be able to do certain things at certain times. For instance, the shop is always closed on a Wednesday. Without fail, I’d fill up my inventory with all my harvest ready to take to sell – then realise it was Wednesday. D’oh.

Every villager also has their own schedule that they religiously stick to. It’ll take a while to gather everyone’s routines, but if there’s a particular person you want to see regularly, you’ll soon learn what days and times are best to find them.