Conquer the Volcano Dungeon on Ginger Island in Stardew Valley

Hello, friends! In a previous tutorial, I covered the desert mine, which received a good response. So, in this tutorial, I will share a guide on exploring the Ginger Island Volcano Dungeon. If you’re interested, let’s dive in.

Exploring the Ginger Island Volcano Dungeon
Exploring the Ginger Island Volcano Dungeon

Unlocking Ginger Island

Firstly, to enter the Volcano Dungeon, we need to unlock the Ginger Island region. To access Ginger Island, we need to either restore the community center or complete the Joja Community Development Form. After receiving Willy’s mail, we can head to the backdoor of the fish shop, spend 200 hardwood, 5 battery packs, and 5 iridium bars to repair the old ship. Then, we can pay 1,000 gold to travel to Ginger Island.

Preparing for the Volcano Dungeon

For newcomers to Ginger Island, I recommend setting up your Ginger Island farm on the first day, which will make exploring the Ginger Island mine more manageable. If you’re unsure how to prepare, you can check my previous tutorial on getting started on Ginger Island for more details.

A screenshot of the Ginger Island farm in Stardew Valley
Setting up your Ginger Island farm can make exploring the Ginger Island mine more manageable.

Next, let’s talk about the preparations for the Volcano Dungeon. It’s similar to the desert mine; your weapon should be the Galaxy Sword, and you should bring tools and bombs, which I won’t elaborate on. For food, focus on buff foods like Spicy Eel and Lucky Lunch, as well as healing foods like Cheese. The choice of rings mainly depends on your needs: Lucky Ring, Burglar’s Ring, Glowstone Ring, or Slime Ring can be freely combined.

A screenshot of items and food prepared for the Volcano Dungeon in Stardew Valley
Preparing for the Volcano Dungeon involves bringing the Galaxy Sword, tools, bombs, and buff and healing foods.

Personally, I recommend the Slime Ring, as the damage from Tiger Slimes can be quite high. Once you’ve prepared everything, let’s move on to the Volcano Dungeon. Located in the northern part of Ginger Island, the dungeon consists of 10 levels. Upon entering the volcano, you’ll see a preparation area with a pool on the left. Fill your watering can and pour water to enter the Volcano Dungeon.

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A screenshot of pouring water to enter the Volcano Dungeon in Stardew Valley
To enter the Volcano Dungeon, pour water in the preparation area of the volcano.

Exploring the Volcano Dungeon

After clearing the dungeon, a parrot will appear on the left. Give the parrot five golden walnuts to repair a bridge, allowing you to quickly pass through the area. On the right is an elevator, initially locked. Once you reach the top level, the elevator will be unlocked for future use.

Now let’s discuss the mining techniques in the Volcano Dungeon. Unlike regular mines, there are no ladders on each level, so you can’t use staircases to go down. To reach the next level, you must find the exit, which comes in different forms. Some exits are directly accessible, while others require stepping on buttons, with some levels needing one button and others requiring two or three.

A screenshot of a button in the Volcano Dungeon in Stardew Valley
To reach the next level, you must find the exit, which comes in different forms, including buttons.

Here’s a tip: you can take a screenshot in the settings, then open the target folder to see your screenshots. By doing this, you can quickly locate buttons, treasure chests, and dragon bones and teeth, making mining much more manageable.

A screenshot of the Stardew Valley screenshot
Taking screenshots in the settings can help locate buttons, treasure chests, and dragon bones and teeth.

The treasure chests in the dungeon are randomly generated, with two types: Common and rare. Common chests can contain Dwarf weapons, Soul Siphon Rings, etc. Rare chests can contain Dragon Tooth weapons, Ostrich Eggs, and Mermaid Boots, among other items

A screenshot of common and rare treasure chests in the Volcano Dungeon in Stardew Valley
Treasure chests in the Volcano Dungeon are randomly generated, with common and rare types.
A screenshot of a list of loot from common treasure chests in the Volcano Dungeon in Stardew Valley
Common treasure chests in the Volcano Dungeon can contain Dwarf weapons, Soul Siphon Rings, and more.
A screenshot of a list of loot from rare treasure chests in the Volcano Dungeon in Stardew Valley
Rare treasure chests in the Volcano Dungeon can contain Dragon Tooth weapons, Ostrich Eggs, Mermaid Boots, and more.

It’s essential to note that the probability of generating a rare treasure chest is exceptionally high on the ninth level, but it can still be affected by your luck. Additionally, there are dragon bones in the dungeon, which are the locations where we can collect dragon teeth. However, not every dragon bone yields dragon teeth, so this aspect also depends on your luck.

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A screenshot of a dragon bone in the Volcano Dungeon in Stardew Valley
Dragon bones in the Volcano Dungeon are the locations where we can collect dragon teeth.

Special Monsters

Now let’s discuss the special monsters in the Volcano Dungeon. These creatures have relatively high damage, including Tiger Slimes, Lava Sprites, and Ambushers, among others. You can directly check their damage and dropped items.

A screenshot of a list of monsters in the Volcano Dungeon in Stardew Valley
Special monsters in the Volcano Dungeon include Tiger Slimes, Lava Sprites, Ambushers , and more.

Tiger Slimes have the highest damage and can be quite sticky, so wearing a Slime Ring is recommended to make things easier.

A screenshot of a Tiger Slime in the Volcano Dungeon in Stardew Valley
Tiger Slimes have high damage and can be quite sticky, so wearing a Slime Ring is recommended.

Magma Sprites and Magma Sparker can be quite annoying, similar to the flying serpents in the desert mine. Generally, it’s best to lure them into a corner and clear them before continuing to explore.

A screenshot of Magma Sprites and Magma Sparker in the Volcano Dungeon in Stardew Valley
Magma Sprites and Magma Sparker can be quite annoying, so it’s best to clear them before continuing to explore.

When a Hot Head is about to die, it turns into an exploding bomb, so just avoid it. Used correctly, it becomes a free bomb.

A screenshot of a Hot Head in the Volcano Dungeon in Stardew Valley
When a Hot Head is about to die, it turns into an exploding bomb, so just avoid it if possible.

Lava Lurk can be helpful, as they have a chance to drop dragon teeth upon death. However, their attacks can be quite bothersome, as they Shoots fireballs. The best approach is to lure them to the shore and quickly attack during their cooldown time.

A screenshot of a Lava Lurk in the Volcano Dungeon in Stardew Valley
Lava Lurk can be helpful for collecting dragon teeth, but their attacks can be bothersome.

Special Levels

Next, let’s talk about some special levels in the Volcano Dungeon. First is the Mushroom Level, which contains Magma Cap and False Magma Cap. This level is relatively easy to clear. Lava Mushrooms have excellent healing effects, so it’s a good idea to stock up on them when you can.

A screenshot of the Mushroom Level in the Volcano Dungeon in Stardew Valley
The Mushroom Level contains Magma Cap and False Magma Cap, with Lava Mushrooms having excellent healing effects.

The fifth level of the Volcano Dungeon is always a Dwarf Shop, offering equipment and recipes. You can replenish bombs and food here. However, those who haven’t unlocked the Dwarf language cannot trade with the Dwarf. Generally, when you reach Ginger Island, you’ve likely unlocked the language, so it shouldn’t be a problem. Give a cherry to the parrot on the left, and it will open a shortcut to exit the volcano directly.

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A screenshot of the Dwarf Shop in the Volcano Dungeon in Stardew Valley
The fifth level of the Volcano Dungeon is always a Dwarf Shop, offering equipment and recipes.

The tenth level of the Volcano Dungeon is the Forge area, with a chest on the right containing a Prismatic Shard. Above is the forge area where you can use Prismatic Shards, Cinder Shards, and Gems to enhance and enchant your equipment and weapons.

A screenshot of the Forge Area in the Volcano Dungeon in Stardew Valley
The tenth level of the Volcano Dungeon is the Forge area, where you can enhance and enchant your equipment and weapons.

The specifics of forging and choosing enchantment properties involve a lot of content, which we’ll cover in the next tutorial. The bottom left corner features the elevator mentioned earlier.

A screenshot of the elevator in the Volcano Dungeon in Stardew Valley
The bottom left corner features the elevator, which can be used to quickly access the Forge area.

After reaching the top level for the first time, step on the button to directly access the Forge area from the first level.

A screenshot of activating the elevator in the Volcano Dungeon in Stardew Valley
After reaching the top level for the first time, step on the button to directly access the Forge area from the first level.

Other Notes

Exploring the Ginger Island Volcano Dungeon
Exploring the Ginger Island Volcano Dungeon

Lastly, keep in mind that entering the Volcano Dungeon on the same day will not cause it to reset, so if you want to farm Cinder Shards and dragon teeth, you can only do it once per day. That’s all for this tutorial, and thank you for reading!

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