Completing Stardew’s collections can be pretty frustrating from time to time and depending on the collection itself. Collecting Minerals is one of the trickiest if the player doesn’t know where to find them.
So if you are looking to complete your collection of shiny rocks in Stardew Valley, you are in the right place. Besides all the information about gems and minerals, I will also include some special strategies to aid you in this completionist quest and make the whole thing a lot easier.
Categorization of Items Needed for the Collection
There are three ways to obtain certain minerals and gems, so I’ll classify them by that factor.
Gems and Minerals can be obtained by:
- Foraging – they can be picked up from the floor in the Mines or the Skull Cavern and their number is the smallest.
- Mining (gems) – can also be found in barrels but chances are really low.
- Geode Crushing
Minerals You Can Forage
|Name||Ways to obtain|
|Quartz||The Mines 1–120 lvl, Garbage Can, Stone Golem (10%), The Skull Cavern|
|Earth Crystal||The Mines 1–39 lvl, Duggy (10%), Haunted Skull (1.3%), Fishing Treasure Chest, Panning, Geode, Omni Geode, Garbage Can, The Skull Cavern|
|Frozen Tear||The Mines 40–79 lvl, Fishing Treasure Chest, Paing, Frozen Geode, Omni Geode, Dust Sprite (2%), Garbage Can, The Skull Cavern|
|Fire Quartz||The Mines 80–120, Fishing Treasure Chest, Panning, Magma Geode, Omni Geode, Garbage Can, The Skull Cavern|
The best strategy for these ones is just to head to the Mines and explore the floors in which they spawn. They are quite easy to find, and you probably already found most of them, but it’s good to know how to get them even then.
Most of these are easily found in specific gem nodes, but there are several more ways. You can find them in The Mines, The Skull Cavern, The Quarry, and The Volcano Dungeon.
|Name||Ways to obtain|
|Emerald||Emerald Node, Gem Node, Panning, Fishing Treasure Chest, Garbage Can|
|Aquamarine||Aquamarine Node, Gem Node, Panning, Fishing Treasure Chest, Garbage Can|
|Ruby||Ruby Node, Gem Node, Panning, Fishing Treasure Chest, Garbage Can|
|Amethyst||Amethyst Node, Gem Node, Panning, Fishing Treasure Chest, Garbage Can, Green Slime|
|Topaz||Topaz Node, Gem Node, Panning, Fishing Treasure Chest, Garbage Can|
|Jade||Jade Node, Gem Node, Panning, Fishing Treasure Chest, Garbage Can, Blue Slime|
|Diamond||Diamond Node, Gem Node, Panning, Fishing Treasure Chest, Garbage Can, Any Monster after reaching the Mines bottom (0.05%)|
|Prismatic Shard||Iridium Node (4%), Mystic Stone (25%), Omni Geode (0.04%), Shadow Brute (0.05%), Shadow Shaman (0.05%), Mummy (0.1%), Serpent (0.1%), Fishing Treasure Chest, Any Monster after reaching the Mines bottom (0.05%)|
The strategy for these ones is to go into The Mines, The Skull Cavern, and The Quarry, and pay extreme attention to Gem Nodes and Mystic Stone (as you will easily see specific nodes). Bring a bunch of bombs and destroy everything.
The worst of the worst. Geodes are infamous, as they love to drop items like stones or clay or the same minerals you already have 30 times in a row.
The strategy which will help you with this doesn’t exist. However, to make things easier for yourself, and avoid disappointment after breaking a few geodes and finding nothing, it’s best to stack a lot of them and then head over to Clint.
The list of geodes and how to obtain them:
|Name||Ways to obtain|
|Geode||The Mines lvl 1–39, The Quarry, Duggy (25%), Tilling the Farm, Fishing Treasure Chest|
|Frozen Geode||The Mines lvl 41–79, The Quarry, Tilling the Farm, Fishing Treasure Chest|
|Magma Geode||The Mines lvl 81–120, Boxes, Barrels in The Skull Cavern, The Quarry, Tilling the Farm, Fishing Treasure Chest|
|Omni Geode||The Mines any level (but higher ones but they drop more frequently on higher levels), The Skull Cavern, Carbon Ghost, Panning, Ginger Island, Volcano Dungeon, Can be bought from Krobus and Desert Merchant|
The list of minerals and in which geode you can find them:
|Tigerseye||Magama Geode, Omni Geode|
|Opal||Frozen Geode, Omni Geode|
|Fire Opal||Magama Geode, Omni Geode|
|Alamite||Geode, Omni Geode|
|Bixite||Magama Geode, Omni Geode, Black Slime|
|Baryte||Magama Geode, Omni Geode|
|Aerinite||Frozen Geode, Omni Geode|
|Calcite||Geode, Omni Geode|
|Dolomite||Magama Geode, Omni Geode|
|Esperite||Frozen Geode, Omni Geode|
|Fluorapatite||Frozen Geode, Omni Geode|
|Geminite||Frozen Geode, Omni Geode|
|Helvite||Magama Geode, Omni Geode|
|Jamborite||Geode, Omni Geode|
|Jagoite||Geode, Omni Geode|
|Kyanite||Frozen Geode, Omni Geode|
|Lunarite||Frozen Geode, Omni Geode|
|Malachite||Geode, Omni Geode|
|Neptunite||Magama Geode, Omni Geode, Black Slime|
|Lemon Stone||Magama Geode, Omni Geode|
|Nekoite||Geode, Omni Geode|
|Orpiment||Geode, Omni Geode|
|Petrified Slime||Geode, Omni Geode, Slime Ball|
|Thunder Egg||Geode, Omni Geode|
|Pyrite||Frozen Geode, Omni Geode|
|Ocean Stone||Frozen Geode, Omni Geode|
|Ghost Crystal||Frozen Geode, Omni Geode|
|Jasper||Magama Geode, Omni Geode|
|Celestine||Geode, Omni Geode|
|Marble||Frozen Geode, Omni Geode|
|Sandstone||Geode, Omni Geode|
|Granite||Geode, Omni Geode|
|Basalt||Magama Geode, Omni Geode|
|Limestone||Geode, Omni Geode|
|Soapstone||Frozen Geode, Omni Geode|
|Hematite||Frozen Geode, Omni Geode|
|Mudstone||Geode, Omni Geode|
|Obsidian||Magama Geode, Omni Geode|
|Slate||Geode, Omni Geode|
|Fairy Stone||Frozen Geode, Omni Geode|
|Star Shards||Magama Geode, Omni Geode|
After completing Clint’s special order called “Cave Patrol” he will send you a recipe for the Geode Crusher. To craft the Geode crusher you will need 50 stones, 2 gold bars, and 1 diamond.
There are both ups and downs when it comes to this machine because it takes 1 in-game hour to open the geode and 1 coal, which is good if you have multiple machines and a lot of coal. Plus, you won’t have to walk to Clint every time you get 2–3 new geodes.
Overall the Geode Crusher is good if you have a small number of geodes, otherwise, it’s better to see Clint, spend 25 gold per geode, and save some time.