Stardew Valley is a game rich in activities and social interaction, and one of the intriguing features is the Movie Theater, where you can invite villagers to catch a flick. In this guide, we will look closely at how the choice of snacks can affect your friendship levels with the villagers, delving into probabilities and favored treats for each character.
Snacks and Friendship
When you invite a villager to the movies, you can purchase snacks from the concession stand in the theater. The snacks play a significant role in how much the invited villager will enjoy the outing, affecting their friendship level with you.
Friendship Point Mechanics
- Favorite Snacks: Consuming a favorite snack will display a red heart, adding 50 friendship points.
- Liked Snacks: A musical note will appear, adding 25 friendship points.
- Disliked Snacks: The villager will not eat the snack, resulting in no change in friendship points.
It’s important to note that the concession stand offers only five different snacks at a time from a pool of 24 different options. Moreover, the stand only sells snacks when you attend the movies with another villager.
Experiment with Robin
To understand whether the concession stand’s offerings are influenced by the invited villager, a small experiment was conducted. Robin, a villager in Stardew Valley, has two favorite snacks—Salted Peanuts and Stardrop Sorbet. Salted Peanuts are exclusive favorites of Robin, while Stardrop Sorbet is a favorite for almost everyone except Leo and Krobus.
Inviting Robin 10 times resulted in:
- Salted Peanuts appeared 8 times (80%)
- Stardrop Sorbet appeared 2 times (20%)
No two favorite snacks appeared simultaneously. It suggests an 80% chance for a unique favorite and a 20% chance for a universal favorite to appear when inviting Robin.
Through observations, it was found that:
- Two liked and two disliked snacks will most likely appear.
- In 20% of cases, three liked and one disliked snacks appear.
So if you’re blindly picking snacks without any prior knowledge, you would still have a chance to increase friendship points:
- 20% chance to add 50 points
- 20% chance to add (25 \times 0.75)
- 80% chance to add (25 \times 0.5)
Calculating these, the average friendship points gained would be 21.
Informed Guesswork: Choosing Snacks for Specific Villagers
Certain snacks are quite closely related to villagers’ universally favorite items. Here are some examples:
- Haley loves Pink Cake and her favorite snack is Cappuccino Mousse Cake.
- Caroline loves Black Tea and her favorite snack is Jasmine Tea.
- Jodi loves Chocolate Cake and her favorite snack is Chocolate Popcorn.
- Leah loves Salad and her favorite snack is Naan Bread Salad.
- Sam loves Pizza and his favorite snack is Personal Pizza.
By observing these relationships, you can make educated guesses on what snacks to pick for your movie dates with the villagers. Even if you don’t pick their absolute favorite, you are likely to pick a snack they at least like, thereby increasing your friendship points.
Understanding the snack dynamics at the movie theater can significantly help you enhance your relationships in Stardew Valley. While there’s an element of luck involved, some informed decision-making can tilt the odds in your favor. So go ahead and boldly pick snacks for your favorite villagers. Your friendship levels are bound to improve, one treat at a time.