The farm life is a fruitful life, but one that takes a lot of time. Many days are spent slaving away under the sun, tilling the soil, and tending to crops to eventually reap the rewards. Well, it’s a good thing Stardew Valley is a video game, because with video games come cheats, and with cheats the farm life is easier than ever.
There are several cheats and exploits in the game to help you out; some may not work on every console or past particular updates, but they exist nonetheless to shortcut some of the grinding, and help your smalltime farm reach the big leagues. Read on for the best of these cheats.
8 Gold Quality Spring Onions
Foraging for spring onions is a great way to earn money, especially once you’ve got Spring Onion Mastery. As we know, gold star quality items fetch more money than silver or normal items. Well, with this trick you can get gold spring onions all the time! Simply fill your inventory so there are no spaces left, and make sure that you have a gold star spring onion in there already. When you go to pick one, the game actually randomizes the quality each time you do. So if your inventory’s full and the one you pick isn’t not gold, it won’t be picked up, allowing you to try again until you get the gold.
7 Early Galaxy Sword
For those who don’t know, the Galaxy Sword is an awesome weapon with +4 speed and 60-80 damage. It takes a while to get hold of it, though: you need to travel to the Calico Desert, and hold a Prismatic Shard between the three pillars to get it. The Prismatic Shard is one the rarest items in the game, and it can take a crazy long time to get one. So, to speed things up, buy the Catalogue from Pierre and get the green (75th) wallpaper. I know what you’re thinking: how on earth will green wallpaper help? Well, if you take it to the desert and hold it between the pillars, the game counts it as a Prismatic Shard and you’ll get the Galaxy Sword!
6 Multiple Diamonds
This cheat works best when you use multiple Crystalariums. You’ll need a quartz per machine, but they’re pretty common and easy to find, so it shouldn’t be long before you have one.
Put a quartz into each Crystalarium and wait until it’s finished. Each machine should have duplicated another quartz. Go up to them while holding a diamond, and when you grab the new quartz it will enter your inventory as a diamond instead. Do this with multiple Crystalariums and you’ll have tons of diamonds, making cash in no time.
5 Out of Bounds
Some of the best cheats let you completely break the boundaries of games, and there’s one in Stardew Valley just for that. If you stand at the edge of an area – at the top of the beach, for example – and swing a weapon rapidly, you’ll gradually start shifting forward. Keep going far enough and you’ll actually bust out of the boundaries of the area, allowing you to move around in spaces you can’t usually access. This is a handy trick for fishing in early game, as you can actually walk out to the deeper parts of the sea or the lakes when your fishing level’s too low to reach them.
4 Infinite Energy
Using the same trick above, exit the game’s boundaries in the Spa. Now go to the pool and put a post in the water. Any post will do – the cheapest way would be to make a wooden one. Then touch the post and leave the water, and the game will think you’re still swimming, even when you leave.
You can ‘swim’ all the way back to your farm, and go about your day. It looks pretty funny, but it means you have unlimited energy; you’ll never get tired from chopping down trees or watering crops. Imagine all the things you can get done!
3 Endless Fishing
Fishing’s a pretty time consuming activity, and it’s a long slog to level 10. It doesn’t help that you’ve got to allow plenty of time, taking into account the travel there and back. But what if you could stop the clock? As long as you have an active quest (which you certainly will do in early game) in your journal, this trick can net you more time on the clock. Cast your fishing rod and open the journal. This stops the in-game clock from moving forwards. When a fish bites you can reel it in as usual, then rinse and repeat. This cheat saves a load of time, boosting you to level 10 way faster than you thought was possible.
2 Never Sleep
When the clock hits 2am, your character will pass out wherever they are. They might have things stolen from their inventory, charged money, or just wake up groggy with little energy left. If you’re really into your farm, chances are you’re sorting out crops far into the wee hours of the morning. This cheat will put off sleep to help you work longer. As above, simply open the journal when your little farmer yawns, about to pass out. This alters the clock, and you can continue farming. The game will trigger the passing out several times, so you have to keep opening the journal, but it’s worth it to finish planting those parsnips.
1 Free Items
This is arguably the very best cheat of all. Each item in the game has a code assigned to it; 72 is Diamond, and 434 is a Stardrop. Name your character with one to three of those codes in brackets, and every time your name is said in the game, one or more of those items will be spawned. The best way to milk this is to talk to Gus in the Saloon. He says a generic welcome the first time you interact with him, but after that he says your full name. Talk to him over and over to spam free items for yourself. Go nuts – assign your name to make expensive stuff like diamonds, or useful items like ore. You can also use this exploit by naming an animal with one of the codes when you buy them, but it only works once.