The Dangerous Mines in Stardew Valley aren’t for the faint of heart. Packed with formidable foes, this dungeon-like setting holds many new surprises for seasoned miners and adventurers. This guide aims to delve into the intricacies of this perilous cavern, starting from how to unlock it to how to survive its dark depths.
Unlocking the Dangerous Mines
You can’t just stumble into the Dangerous Mines; they need to be unlocked. The key to accessing these mines lies in accepting a particular quest from Mr. Qi called “Danger In The Deep” Once you take on this quest, the Mines transform into the Dangerous Mines.
⚠️ Note: This quest is high-priority. Completing it allows you to freely switch between the standard Mines and the Dangerous Mines via the Challenge Shrine at floor 120.
Terrain and Structure
The Dangerous Mines retain their 120-floor structure, albeit with one significant change: the elevator system is deactivated. This means you’ll need to start from floor 1 every time you venture inside. The geography is familiar, matching the standard Mines, but don’t expect treasure chests, coal carts, or coal bags to respawn if you’ve already claimed them in the standard Mines.
Radiant Ore and Luck Factor
One of the exciting additions to the Dangerous Mines is Radiant Ore. These ores start appearing from floor 1 onwards and their spawn rate depends on your daily luck and any luck buffs you might have. One strategy to farm Radiant Ore is by repeatedly clearing a single floor while paying attention to your luck levels. If you’ve got plenty of Staircases, consider using them to quickly change floors and maximize your ore farming.
Monsters and Combat
The Dangerous Mines come with a roster of fierce monsters, many of which are upgraded versions of their counterparts in the standard Mines.
Floors 1–30: Marine-themed with monsters like Qi Slimes, Blue Squids, Stink Bugs, Diggers, and Rock Crabs. These are essentially stronger versions of the regular mine monsters. Unique to the Dangerous Mines are Matryoshka Slimes, which can withstand multiple hits and release smaller slimes upon death. These slimes can also deal impact damage, which isn’t nullified by Slime Charmer Rings.
Floors 30–40: Dark levels with Carbon Ghosts, Red Bats, Dangerous Stink Bugs, and Dangerous Stone Golems. The terrain here is similar to the earlier floors but with better lighting, making navigation easier.
Floors 40–70: Forest-themed levels featuring a variety of monsters, including Dangerous Grubs that resemble bees, and Dangerous Dust Sprites that look like mushrooms. You’ll also encounter hordes of spiders here. These spiders jump and become invincible while in the air, making them quite annoying to deal with.
Floors 70–80: Skull-themed floors with new varieties of skeletons, including Skeleton Mages capable of launching ice rings and snowballs.
Floors 80–120: Dark-themed floors that house menacing monsters like Dark Slimes, Black Big Heads, and Eyeglass Squids that shoot multiple fireballs.
For effective combat, consider using Qi Sprinklers and Iridium Needles, which can be dropped by Golden Qi Slimes with a 2% chance of dropping a Qi Machine as well.
Forage and Items
Different floors offer unique foraging opportunities. Marine-themed floors yield forage like Rainbow Shells, Periwinkles, Seaweed, Clams, and even Pearls. Forest-themed floors provide Ferns, Purple Mushrooms, and Hardwood.
Monsters and wooden crates also have a small chance to drop valuable items like Iridium Bands and Qi Machines, adding an extra layer of incentive to take them down.
Floors and Their Unique Features
Each set of floors has something special to offer. Floors 1–30 offer oceanic forage items. Floors 40–70 have forest-related forage and Hardwood, ideal for players running low on this valuable resource. Floors 70–80 contain Skeleton Mages, which can be a good place to farm Scapula Bones.
Tips for Surviving the Dangerous Mines
- Always Check Your Luck: The better your luck, the higher the spawn rate for Radiant Ore.
- Carry Ginger or Ginger Ale: This is especially important for floors 40–70 to counter the nauseating effects of the Vile Spirits.
- Use the Staircases: If you have lots of stone, crafting Staircases can help you skip difficult floors.
- Equip the Right Gear: Don’t forget to wear protective rings and bring along a good weapon and pickaxe.
Stardew Valley’s Dangerous Mines offer a brand-new challenge to players who think they’ve seen it all. From the powerful new monsters to the incredibly valuable Radiant Ore, these mines are not for the faint-hearted but offer rewards that make the perilous journey worth it. With the strategies and information in this guide, you’ll be better prepared to tackle these dark depths.