Fishing is too hard in Stardew Valley. Here’s a mod which makes fishing easier by making the fish less likely to zoom up and down the bar, and which makes the movements they do make slower and smoother so you actually have a hope of being able to catch them before the timer runs out. Installing the mod is as easy as replacing the fish.nxb file, following the instructions on the mod page.
Find out the prices for every single item in Stardew Valley! Here’s a link to two useful articles tabulating every item in the game, so you know how much your crops, forgaed items, minerals, animal products, fish and more are actually worth!
If you want to make lots of money selling vegetables and fruits in Stardew Valley, you have to know what the most valuable crops are. This article lists the buy and sell prices for vegetable and fruit seeds, so you can plan your crops for maximum profit. The highest selling and most valuable crops are in this order:
Rare Seeds (Buy for 1000g, sells for 3000g)
Pumpkins (Buy seeds at 100g, sell pumpkin for 320g)
Melons (Buy at 80, sell at 250)
Blueberries (Buy at 80, sell at 80, but you get multiple harvests from one plant, so the return is significant.)
Amaranth (Buy 70, sell 150)
Yams (Buy 60, sell 160)
Potatoes (Buy 50, sell 80)
Radishes (Buy 40, sell 90)
Eggplants (Buy 20, sell 60)
Cauliflower (Buy 80, sell 175)
These are the best crops to plant overall.
To break it down by season.
The best crops to plant in Summer are melons.
The best crops to plant in Spring are blueberries.
The best crops to plant in Fall are Pumpkins or Rare Seeds.
Hops are also a strong summer crop if planted early, thanks to their multiple harvests. Corn is one of the fastest growing crops, and it grows for two seasons, so you will also get a good return on that.
Mining is one of the primary skills in Stardew Valley, and a great way to make money, but where is the Stardew Valley mine?
The Stardew Valley mine can be found in the upper north east corner. It is unlocked once a landslide above the carpenter’s occurs. You will notice that you are now able to access the railway area after this event, which happens about five days into the game.
Mining is simple. Use your pickaxe and hit the rocks. Note that mines contain dangerous enemies (monsters which will also drop loot) so you don’t just have to watch out for dwindling energy levels, but also your health status. There are several levels of mine, and to mine larger or more valuable rocks, you will need to upgrade your pickaxe.
Mines contain not just stone, but ores and barrels which can be broken with your axe for more rare rewards.
Fishing in Stardew Valley isn’t easy, but there is one little trick you can use when trying to make the fishing meter stay below the fish and bring it to the surface. This minigame is essentially a challenge of keeping the green indicator (float) just below the fish. The fish will move up and down the meter, but if you can keep your indicator (which will naturally sink, but rise quickly with the tap of the mouse) on the fish.
It’s tempting to use fast clicks to make the indicator stay with the fish, but short sharp mouse taps make the indicator rise too quickly and you will lose your fish. Instead try pressing the mouse button down for longer, which slows the rise of the indicator and makes it much easier to keep the float near the fish. There’s also a timed component to fishing, which means if you mess up the position of the float too many times, you lose the fish anyway.
Practicing with the length of time you hold the mouse button down will increase your rate of fishing success, but fishing is hard nevertheless. It’s a skill you’ll have to actually physically refine, which makes the game a real challenge with actual player skills to master. Or a rage quit inducing torture fest. It depends on your perspective.