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Stardew Valley Guide – Earning Gold During Winter

by Alex Grantz


Stardew Valley recently launched on the Nintendo Switch, which has opened the door for many people to jump in for the first time. It’s a truly special game that can become very addicting very quickly. The one thing noticeable about Stardew Valley upon playing for the first time is the lack of any sort of tutorial to guide you through what you should and shouldn’t be doing. One thing you definitely should be doing is earning gold, and lots of it.

Probably the most obvious way to earn gold is to plant crops on your farm and sell them for profit. This becomes a little bit trickier during the winter months as most crops are unsustainable in the cold weather. But fear not, there are more ways to earn gold than you might think.

Head to the Mines

Clearing the mines is a great way to load your inventory with valuable gems and minerals, which can be sold for a nice chunk of gold. There are a total of 120 levels in the mines, which may seem daunting at first, but some levels can be cleared in a matter of seconds. However, if your goal is to rake in some gold, you should spend time exploring each level in the mines to make sure you have collected as many valuable gems as possible. Once you get to level 40, diamonds begin to appear. This is great news for people looking to get rich as the base diamond is worth 750g. Not only that, but the ever-elusive Prismatic Shard can also be found in the mines. One tip to consider: it is wise to upgrade your pickaxe to at least the “Steel Pickaxe” level before attempting to clear the mines. Oh, and have plenty of items on hand that will refill your energy meter.

Fish, Fish and Fish

Not in the mood to head underground to collect gems? It’s fine. Just pick up your fishing rod and head to the nearest body of water. Tossing your line into the water and reeling in a fish during the winter season can bring you anywhere from 30 to 200g per catch. Do this a few dozen times per day and you’ve made yourself a nice chunk of change. Do this a few days in a row and you’re living like a king.

Raise Animals

It’s important to get animals early on so you can start to see a return on your investment sooner rather than later. Build a coop, a barn and, if you want to make life easier, a silo. After your buildings are in place, get yourself four chickens and four dairy cows. Eventually you will be able to acquire four eggs and four jars of milk per day. However, selling plain old eggs won’t get you very far. One of the best ways to earn money from eggs is to build a mayonnaise machine. The value of one egg can jump from 50g all the way up to 285g if it produces a high quality jar of mayonnaise. And if you have the artisan perk, you’re looking at 399g per high quality jar of mayonnaise. Not too shabby.

There you have it; three ways to help you become a wealthy farmer in Stardew Valley. Now get back out there and throw your line in the water or mine for some valuable gems while your eggs are running through the mayonnaise machine!

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