Junimo Huts are an essential later-game building in Stardew Valley that can help players manage their crops efficiently. In this guide, we’ll discuss the prerequisites for unlocking the Junimo Hut, how it works, and recommended layouts for placing them on the farm.
Unlocking the Junimo Hut
To unlock the Junimo Hut, there are a few prerequisites. First, we need to restore the Community Center or complete the Joja Community Development Form.
Next, we need to access the Railroad area to trigger the Wizard’s Dark Talisman quest. To do this, we must first speak with Krobus in the Sewers, unlock the Mutant Bug Lair, and then follow the path to find the chest containing the Dark Talisman. After obtaining the talisman, we can check it at any time in our wallet.
Now, head to the cave entrance above the Railroad area, and right-click to restore the Railroad passage and travel to the Witch’s Swamp. Upon entering the swamp, we’ll encounter a Goblin blocking our path. Speak with him and give him a Void Mayonnaise. We can either bring it ourselves or fish for it on the right side of the swamp. Afterward, the Witch’s Hut will be unlocked, and we can find the magic potion on the left side of the hut.
With the magic potion in hand, we can now travel to the Wizard’s Tower. Upon returning the potion to the Wizard, he will unlock magical buildings for us. Then, by spending 200 stones, 100 fibers, 9 starfruits, and 20,000g, we can construct a Junimo Hut on our farm.
How Junimo Huts Work
Once the Junimo Hut is built, every morning, each hut will send out three Junimos to help harvest our crops. Each Junimo can only harvest one crop at a time until all the crops around the hut are harvested. The harvested crops will automatically be stored in the Junimo Hut, which functions similarly to a chest and can hold 36 items. In the top right corner of the hut, we can also choose whether to let the Junimos work.
If there’s a purple ribbon-wrapped bundle outside our hut, it means there are harvestable crops inside. After collecting all the crops, the bundle will disappear.
The Junimo Hut has the following features:
First, it can only be built on our farm, not in the greenhouse or on Ginger Island.
Second, Junimos can help us harvest most mature crops on our farm, including flowers, tea leaves, fibers, and trellis-grown crops. However, they won’t help with harvesting giant crops, wild seeds, potted plants, forageables, or trees and mushroom trees.
Third, if the Junimo Hut’s entrance is blocked, the Junimos won’t be able to work. Additionally, they will stop working if we attend a festival or end the day early.
Fourth, under normal circumstances, Junimos will finish work at 7:10 PM. Generally, they can harvest all crops within their range before clocking out. However, their efficiency may be reduced by obstructions, which could prevent them from finishing their work before leaving. Thus, it’s best to avoid placing obstacles within our planting area.
Usually, when we build Junimo Huts, our farming skills are already maxed out. One last interesting fact is that the appearance of the Junimo Hut changes with the seasons, and we can also dye the Junimos by placing gems inside the hut. The color of the Junimos will match the gem’s color, and if we put in a Prismatic Shard, they’ll become multi-colored.
Recommended Layouts for Junimo Huts
Now, let’s discuss the working range and layout of the Junimo Hut. The working range of the hut is a 17×17 square around it. The hut itself has an area of 2×3, so the maximum working range, excluding the building itself, is 283 tiles.
Generally, when constructing Junimo Huts in the late game, we should mainly use Iridium Sprinklers, combined with some Pressure Nozzles and Quality Sprinklers. Pressure Nozzles can be obtained after unlocking Mr. Qi’s Walnut Room on Ginger Island by completing his quests and earning Qi Gems. With 20 Qi Gems, we can purchase four Pressure Nozzles.
Iridium Sprinklers Only
Now, let’s talk about some recommended layouts for Junimo Huts. The first option is to use only Iridium Sprinklers. There are three variations of this layout, but they are quite similar. This layout is the most commonly used one because it is simple and neat, making it highly recommended for beginners.
Iridium Sprinklers and Pressure Nozzles
The second option is to use a combination of Iridium Sprinklers and Pressure Nozzles. If you want to use Pressure Nozzles, these two layouts are recommended:
The first layout uses Quality Sprinklers and has the highest efficiency with no land waste.
The second layout has some overlapping and slight waste but looks simpler and more organized.
Iridium Sprinklers, Quality Sprinklers, and Pressure Nozzles
There is also a third layout, which was added due to popular demand, though it’s less recommended. This layout is more aesthetically pleasing but wastes more land.
The first variation of this layout uses Iridium Sprinklers and is a setup used in my Forest Farm layout. Many people have asked about it, so it’s included here.
The second variation uses only Quality Sprinklers; it may be less practical, but it appeals to those who prefer symmetry and consistency. That’s all for this tutorial!
Junimo Huts are a great addition to any Stardew Valley farm, as they can save players a lot of time and effort in managing their crops. With the right placement and layout, players can maximize their benefits and enjoy a more relaxed and efficient farming experience. We hope this guide has been helpful and informative for those interested in Junimo Huts and their placement in Stardew Valley.