Ah, the fresh scent of spring in Stardew Valley! It’s the season to sow seeds, make new friends, and carve out your very own agricultural haven. But let’s face it; Stardew Valley’s spring season can be overwhelming for newcomers. From balancing your energy levels to deciding which crops to plant, there’s a lot to think about.
Initial Steps: Spring 1 – Spring 3
Spring 1: Setting Up Your Farm
- Plant Wild Seeds: Dandelions or Leeks are an excellent choice.
- Chop Trees: Gather Wood and build two Chests.
- Scavenge and Explore: Walk around the map to gather Foraging items. Visit the Southern Forest to pick up Spring Onions.
- Back to the Farm: Clean your farm of debris. When you’re low on energy, use your Scythe to clear Fibers.
Spring 2: Your First Fishing Rod
- Read Mail: Visit the Beach to collect your Bamboo Pole.
- Go Fishing: Fish in the Mountain Lake rather than the Ocean. It might be slower to level up, but it’s more stable.
- Money and Resources: No need to hoard money at this point; just focus on activities like meeting villagers or mining.
Spring 3: Upgrading Your Gear
- Sell Fish: In the morning, sell your fish to Willy.
- Upgrade: Purchase the Fiberglass Rod.
- Fishing Skills: If you’re not comfortable with the fishing mini-game, consider practicing. Make sure you can reliably catch fish at the Mountain Lake.
Mid-Spring: Spring 4 – Spring 5
Spring 4: Selling and Budgeting
- Sell All Fish: This sets you up for the next phase.
- Buy Seeds and Bag: Head to Pierre’s to purchase Potato, Green Bean, and Cauliflower Seeds. If there’s extra money, invest in Kale.
Spring 5: Planning and Planting
- Clear Farm: Use up energy to clear your farm until 8 am.
- Watch Egg Festival Cutscene: Visit the town square.
- Shop at Pierre’s: Buy a Backpack and more Seeds.
- Plant Crops: Aim for at least 15 Kale plants.
Late Spring: Spring 6 – Spring 12
- Lucky Days: Spend these days in the Mines, aiming to reach level 40 for Iron Ore.
- Unlucky Days: Focus on Fishing.
- Goals: Gather materials for at least 25 Basic Sprinklers and stock up 100 Strawberries for the next season.
- Money: You should aim to save up 10,000 gold.
Skill and Upgrades
- Don’t Rush: Avoid upgrading your Pickaxe. The benefit isn’t significant, and it will cost time and resources.
- Balancing Act: Keep an eye on your energy. If you run low, forage for berries while you chop trees outside your farm.
Wrapping Up Spring: Spring 13 – Spring 28
- Last-Minute Selling: If you haven’t met all goals by Spring 12, sell gems and geodes.
- Last Planting Dates: You can plant Strawberries as late as Spring 16, but you’ll need to water them manually.
- Safeguard Your Future: If you have extra time, consider advancing further in the Mines or gathering more Copper and Iron Ore.
Stardew Valley offers endless possibilities, but every journey starts with the first step—or in this case, the first spring. We’ve removed some of the advanced steps from the original guide to ensure newcomers can easily follow along. Remember, this game is as much about enjoying the process as it is about maximizing efficiency. So take your time, breathe in the pixelated spring air, and make the most of your new farming life!
Note: This guide assumes that you are a beginner and focuses solely on fishing and mining for a balanced and stress-free gameplay experience. Advanced players may choose different paths, and that’s the beauty of Stardew Valley. Feel free to adjust based on your playstyle!