Brittany is a PC gaming addict! Her favourite genres are simulation games, tycoons, RPG, city-builders, puzzles, and more!
I've always been 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 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).
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!
How to Install Mods in Stardew Valley
For most Stardew Valley mods, you'll need the SMAPI tool. This is simply a tool that loads 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
Where to Find Mods
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!
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. (It may be 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!
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 look up 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 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!
3. Animal Sitter
In the early days of farming, having animals isn't too bad . . . you can meander to the barn around 7 a.m., feed and pet your animals quickly, then scurry away by 8 a.m. and continue your day. But by the time you have four barns and two coops, and a total of 50 animals between them all, it becomes more tedious petting, feeding (if you don't have the auto-feeding 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!
4. Chests Anywhere
In the early days of my Stardew Valley 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 that 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 far from your chests again!
5. Longevity Mod
Though Stardew Valley is an amazing game, it doesn't have too much content left over for the "end game." After around year four or five (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, redesigned your farm and sheds at least three times, and are probably swimming in gold. 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!
I can't really stop at five mods, but that makes a much better title than "9 Must-Have Mods," so here are a few of my other favourites, as honourable mentions:
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!
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 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 or through the gates. This mod updates the town map so that there's more than enough space for you and your horse to ride freely!
© 2017 Brittany Brown
Anrie James from Johannesburg on March 02, 2020:
I love Stardew Valley. But like you've said there isn't much to do endgame. I am definitely going to try the Longevity mod.
Brittany Brown (author) from Sydney, Australia on January 31, 2020:
Maybe for some MMOs but Stardew Valley and its developer openly supports mods :)
Laura Brown from Barrie, Ontario, Canada on January 26, 2020:
I thought adding mods was like cheats and you could be ejected from the game, not just this game, but any game.
Bafforosso on March 13, 2019:
https://www.nexusmods.com/stardewvalley is where you'll find most of the mods (for a lot of different games).
Nick Dickens on March 11, 2019:
I was able to get the first two( CJB cheats menu and Lookup anything from Zettamods ( https://www.zettamods.com/games/stardew-valley ) but where can I find the rest of them?
Banecat on June 02, 2018:
Thank you for the list this is exactly what I neederd can't wait for part 2
Red Fernan from Philippines on January 09, 2018:
Hey, thanks for the list. I didn't know Stardew Valley got mods. :)
rose on August 29, 2017: