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5 Must-Have Mods for Stardew Valley!

Updated on January 04, 2017
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How to Install Mods in Stardew Valley:

For most Stardew Valley mods, you'll need the SMAPI tool. This is simply a tool which load mods into your game. Most mods will require SMAPI in order to work. You can download SMAPI and read full installation instructions from here.

After you have SMAPI installed, it's just a simple matter of downloading the mods that you like and putting them in your game folder.

For Windows Steam users: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Stardew Valley\Mods

For Windows GOG users: C:\Program Files (x86)\GalaxyClient\Games\Stardew Valley\Mods

For Mac Steam users: ~/Library/Application Support/Steam/steamapps/common/Stardew Valley/Contents/MacOS/Mods

*This article will be regularly updated to include the newest/coolest mods!

I'm always a big believer in playing my favourite computer games with Mods. These user-created additions to the game usually add depth, longevity, and just downright fun to pretty much any game, and Stardew Valley is no exception.

Since the game's release in early 2016, the modding community has been thriving with several awesome mods that really add to the playability of what's already an amazing game (created by one person, no less, but that's another article).

There's tons of different mods for the game- everything from character replacements (ever wanted all the Stardew characters to be black? Or to be characters from the Square Enix universe), animal replacements (I personally use a mod that has cuter pigs ;)), house replacements (you can finally have a mint and pink farm house), to things that add a bit more depth to the game: a mod that introduces taxes, or cooking skill, a cheats menu, and so much more!

I will note that I played SDV for at least 6 months without any mods at all, and I do feel as though new players should experience the game in its vanilla form (no mods) first, just because the game is so much fun as is, and has certain elements that make it more challenging and interesting for a new player. But that's just my personal opinion :)

Whether you're looking for something to make the game a bit easier (I'm looking at you, CJB Cheats Mod) or something to give the game more replay value, there's something for everyone. Here are 5 Must-Have Mods for any Stardew Valley fan!

Please note: these mods are all for the PC version of Stardew Valley, ONLY. They are not for the console (Xbox or PS4) versions.

All the mods listed below (unless linked otherwise), can be found here.

You can easily use the browse or search bar feature to find the mod of your liking! Enjoy!

*I cannot link them all individually here, due to restrictions from Levelskip. Sorry for any inconvenience!

CJB Cheats Menu gives you full power over your Stardew Valley game!  Don't let it go to your head ;)
CJB Cheats Menu gives you full power over your Stardew Valley game! Don't let it go to your head ;)

1. CJB Cheats Menu

When it comes to must-have mods for Stardew Valley, this one is pretty much my favourite. This mod adds in pretty much anything you can think of to make the game easier (and a little cheat-y, but hey...sometimes you just need a break, being a farmer is hard!).

CJB Cheats Menu gives the ability to change almost anything: walking speed, the amount of luck you have (for opening geodes or better monster drops), the ability to pause time in caves or just in general, the ability to warp nearly anywhere without a totem, easier fishing (finally catch a fish with just one cast of the rod), infinite stamina, you can change the weather, increase relationships, have fences which never break...honestly, when I say you can change almost anything, you really can. This is a MUST have mod for any Stardew player, and if it feels too much like cheating, only tick the options you really need!

Lookup literally ANYTHING with Pathoschild's fantastic mod!
Lookup literally ANYTHING with Pathoschild's fantastic mod!

2. Lookup Anything

Any Stardew Valley fan is familiar with the Stardew Valley Wiki. It's the best place to find out things like the price of crops, Abigail's favourite gifts (hint: she really loves a certain purple quartz), or what items you need to complete the Community Center. I think most of us seasoned fans have grown accustomed to having our phones or tablets handy while playing so we can quickly look up things on the Wiki, but the Lookup Anything mod allows you to lookup things while still IN THE GAME.

Honestly, this mod was a game-changer for me. With it in, you can hover over anything in the game and press F2 to find out information for it. Hover over your Apple Tree and find out how much it's worth, its next harvest day, and when it's in season. Hover over your crops to find out what they are, their value and when they're ready to be collected. Hover over any item to find out its shipping price! Hover over people (or even the calendar) to find out their birthday, all the gifts they like, and your relationship status with them. You can even hover over monsters to see what they'll drop when you kill them.

This mod is so useful for the game and I recommend it to any and everyone!

Take care of all your animals with just one click, thanks to jwdred's mod!
Take care of all your animals with just one click, thanks to jwdred's mod!

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3. Animal Sitter

In the early days of farming, having animals isn't too bad...you can meander to the barn around 7 am, feed and pet your animals quickly, then scurry away by 8 and continue your day. But by the time you have 4 barns and 2 coops, and a total of 50 animals between them all, it becomes more tedious petting, feeding (if you don't have the autofeeding barns/coops), and collecting from them all.

Let Animal Sitter do the job for you! This handy mod allows you to press one button ("O") and have all your animals feed, pet and harvested. If that feels too cheat-y for you, you can even configure the mod to charge you each time, as if a "farmhand" is doing the tasks for you. Here's to easier animal tending!

Pathoschild's Chest Anywhere mod lets you access your chest from anywhere in the game!
Pathoschild's Chest Anywhere mod lets you access your chest from anywhere in the game!

4. Chests Anywhere

In the early days of my SDV adventure (pre-mods), I would always get frustrated running around my farm, dumping off items from one chest to another. Or, the worst feeling ever: making my way all across town and paying to get to the Skull Caverns and then finding out that the item I needed was in a chest back at the farm. Chests Anywhere was a game-changer for me and prevented all of those problems from happening again!

This handy mod allows you to access any chest you own with a hotkey, and then scroll through their contents with a handy drop-down menu. You can also label your chests, reorder them in the drop-down, and organize them with ease. If you're in the caves, on the farm, in the quarry, literally anywhere, you can access all your chests and easily move things into your inventory, or vice versa. Never be too farm from your chests again!

Check out Emily's new seasonal outfit, thanks to RTGOAT's Longevity Mod!
Check out Emily's new seasonal outfit, thanks to RTGOAT's Longevity Mod!

5. Longevity Mod

Though Stardew Valley is an amazing game, it doesn't have too much content for "end game." After around year 4 or 5 (you've probably played a few hundred hours by then, to be fair!), you'll probably reach the point of having done it all- you've completed the community center, finished the Library collection, harvested everything you can harvest, are probably swimming in gold, redesigned your farm and sheds at least 3 times, etc. But the game doesn't have much to do when you've "done it all" and that's what many players complain of.

Thankfully, RTGOAT has come along and made the Longevity Mod. This mod is designed to give the game more longevity, by introducing new features, such as taxes, inflation for crops, monetary benefits for having high relationships with shop owners, stamina balances, and even dynamic clothing for NPC characters (i.e. during winter, Elliot's sprite will have on a scarf and jacket!).

RTGOAT recommends playing the mod with a new save game, and it definitely sounds like a great one for a seasoned Stardew player, looking to start a new game and have a unique experience!

You can finally have a birthday of your own in Stardew Valley, with Alpha_Omegasis's mod!
You can finally have a birthday of your own in Stardew Valley, with Alpha_Omegasis's mod!

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Honorable Mentions

I can't really stop at 5 mods, but that makes a much better title than '9 Must-Have Mods.' So here's a few of my other favourites, as honorable mentions:

Happy Birthday- Why does everyone else in town have a birthday except you? Well, you can change that with this fun little mod, which allows you to define a "birthday" within one of the four seasons, and receive gifts from your friends and parents in the game. Hooray!

Instant Geode- This is the mod you wanted but never knew you did; you know how it takes Clint way too long to crack open those Geodes (especially when you have a huge stack of them)? Well, wait no longer- this mod removes the animation of Clint opening Geodes and just gets right down to what's inside.

Horse Whistle- I love this mod...I tend to lose my horse on a daily basis, in the wheat field, when I'm outside foraging, practically anywhere. This mod allows you to teleport your horse back to you, wherever you are, with a hotkey. You can even call him indoors...you know, if you ever wanted to ride your horse in the house.

Horse Friendly Town- Another horse-centred mod, but a must have. By the first day of owning a horse, you'll probably realize how frustrating it is to go through the town riding him and find out that he doesn't fit down some of the lanes and through the gates. This mod updates the town map so that there's more than enough space for you and your house to ride freely!

Stay tuned for Part 2, which will cover the 5 Must-Have Texture Replacement Mods for Stardew Valley! :)

© 2017 Brittany Doherty

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