Welcome, fellow farmers! Today, we bring you a beginner’s guide to unlocking various areas in the world of Stardew Valley.
To access the Secret Woods, head south from your farm and walk left. There will be a log blocking the entrance, which can be removed with a steel axe or by using a chair to jump over it.
After Spring 5th on a sunny day, enter the town from the bus stop at 8 AM. After triggering a cutscene with Mayor Lewis, you’ll gain access to the Community Center. Don’t forget to interact with the bundles inside to receive a letter from the Wizard the next day.
Located in the top right corner of the map, near the mine entrance. To gain access, reach the 5th level of the mines. You will receive a letter from Marlon the next day with a quest to kill ten green slimes. Complete the quest to enter the guild.
Beside the mines, you’ll find a dwarf blocked by a rock. You can remove the rock with an upgraded steel pickaxe or by using a bomb. To communicate with the dwarf and shop, collect all four dwarf scrolls, donate them to the museum, and receive the Dwarvish Translation Guide.
Standing at the dwarf’s location, you’ll see stairs to the right. To access the quarry, complete the Crafts Room bundle in the Community Center or pay 25,000g to Joja Community Development Form to repair the bridge.
The desert is located in the northwest corner of the Pelican Town map. To unlock it, complete the Vault bundle in the Community Center or pay 40,000g to Joja Community Development Form. Repair the bus stop and take the bus to the desert.
In the bottom left corner of the desert, you’ll find the Oasis store. To the right of the store is a casino guard. You must complete a series of casino quests to gain entry.
Located in the top left corner of the desert, you need the key from level 120 of the mines to access the Skull Cavern.
Found above Carpenter Robin’s house, there is a crack in the wall. After an earthquake on Summer 3rd, the railroad becomes accessible.
Donate at least 60 items to the museum. The next day, Gunther will give you the sewer key, granting access to the sewers, which have two entrances.
Caroline’s Sun Room
Located in the top right corner of Pierre’s house, you need to achieve a two-heart friendship level with Caroline to enter.
In addition to the above areas, the following locations require completion of Community Center bundles or Joja Supermarket Community Development Forms:
- Witch’s Hut: Located in the top right corner of the train station. The home of the Wizard’s wife, it connects to the Wizard’s Tower and is essential for the Magic Ink quest.
- Mutant Bug Lair: The entrance is behind the door in the left sewer. It is also part of the Magic Ink quest.
- Movie Theater: Unlocked by completing the movie theater bundle during a thunderstorm in the Community Center route, or by paying 500,000g for the Joja Supermarket Community Development Form in the Joja route.
- Ginger Island: Accessible after receiving a letter from Willy, then repairing his boat in the back room.
- Walnut Room: Found on the left side of Ginger Island farm behind a locked door, you need to collect 100 golden walnuts to enter. Inside is Mr. Qi’s Walnut Room.
Hard Mode Mines & Skull Cavern
Accepted from Mr. Qi’s task board in the Walnut Room, complete the “Danger in the Deep” quest to access the Hard Mode Mines. Reach level 120 again, and you can toggle between mine states by interacting with The Shrine of Challenge.
Accept the “Skull Cavern Invasion” quest from Mr. Qi’s task board. Unlike the regular mines, you cannot switch back and forth between modes.
Located in the railroad map, there is a giant rock with a path above it. To access the summit, complete 100% of the Perfection Tracker in the Walnut Room. The following day, the path will open, and reaching the summit will trigger the game’s ending.
With this guide, you now have the knowledge to explore the many areas of Stardew Valley. Good luck on your adventures!