The Best Story Quests In Stardew Valley

It’s no secret that Stardew Valley is one of the best farming-based games on the market. With every update, the game becomes more expansive, with new quests, new areas to explore, and new crops to farm. It all adds up to make Stardew Valley a wholly unique gaming experience.

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Story-focused quests are a bit different from objectives you might find on the Help Wanted board. While you might still receive gold as a reward, it takes a backseat to other perks. The most common reward is furthering your relationship with another villager, but you might access a new area. Here’s some of the most worthwhile quests.

8 Blackberry Basket

stardew valley farmer and linus next to the mountain lake

  • “It’s blackberry season, but Linus can’t find his basket! He’s asking you to help him find it. He has no idea where it is.”

  • How to get it:
    Check your mail on or after Fall 8 of Year 1.

  • Reward:
    One friendship heart with Linus.

Although the townspeople don’t give him the time of day, Linus is easily one of the most likeable characters in Stardew Valley. Linus doesn’t have much in the way of material possessions, but he’s always careful to treat what few objects he owns with care. That’s why the loss of his foraging basket feels oddly upsetting.

Blackberry Basket is one of the first friendship quests you’ll receive in the game, and it’s also very easy to solve. Just head over to the backwoods and you’ll find the basket near the tunnel entrance. Return it to Linus and you’ll be one step closer to a beautiful friendship.

7 Fish Casserole

A player visits Jodi's house in Stardew Valley

  • “Jodi swung by the farm to ask you to dinner at 7PM. Her only request was that you bring a Largemouth Bass for her fish casserole.”

  • How to get it:
    Reach four friendship hearts with Jodi and exit your house on any Monday between 6AM and 9AM.

  • Reward:
    You’ll unlock a special cutscene.

Jodi and her family aren’t the flashiest characters in Stardew Valley, but every member (except Sam) is a compelling character in their own right. Things start becoming more interesting once Kent returns in Year 2, but you’ll still have the opportunity to get to know Jodi and her children before then.

Once you’ve caught your fish, head over to Jodi’s house on any non-festival day and enter at exactly 7PM. This quest is interesting in that it’s one of the few friendship quests to unlock a special cutscene. It’s a sweet, domestic moment where you’re allowed to sit back and relax.

6 The Skull Key

player on floor 120 of mines holding skull key

  • “You found a strange-looking key in the bottom of the mines.”

  • How to get it:
    Reach the bottom floor of the mines and open the chest to find a strange-looking key.

  • Reward:
    Access to the Skull Cavern area in the desert.

Reaching the bottom of the Mines is a huge milestone in Stardew Valley. It’s the first area of the game where you’ll be expected to enter combat unless you start the game with the Wilderness Farm. By the time you reach the bottom, you’re ready to tackle new adventures. Receiving the Skull Key quest is a triumphant conclusion to the first chapter of your epic journey.

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You’ll need to have access to the Desert to finish this quest. Once you have the Skull Key, enter Skull Cavern near the upper-left area of the Desert map. You’ll be prompted to use the key, finishing the quest. Just be warned: most of the creatures in Skull Cavern are much tougher than anything you might have faced in the Mines.

5 Strange Note

Stardew Valley secret woods

  • “You found a note, barely legible, asking you to bring ‘may-pal serrup’ to the ‘seecrit wuds’.”

  • How to get it:
    Find Secret Note #23 after obtaining the Magnifying Glass.

  • Reward:
    The Bear’s Knowledge perk, which increases the sale price of both blackberries and salmonberries.

Once you start finding Secret Notes, you’re introduced to a wealth of information about Stardew Valley. Some of these notes feature information about NPCs’ likes and dislikes, while others provide more information about the game’s story and worldbuilding. Strange Note is a quest you can only find through one of these Secret Notes, which are distributed more or less at random whenever you farm or forage.

The terrible spelling means deciphering the note might take a while, but the instructions are pretty simple. Bring some maple syrup to the Secret Woods, and you’ll meet a bear who thanks you for your generosity. After a special cutscene, you’ll unlock the Bear’s Knowledge boon. This reward will greatly increase the selling price of any fresh blackberries or salmonberries you forage.

4 The Mysterious Qi

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  • “Within a secret lock-box, you found a note with peculiar instructions. It’s signed by a ‘Mr. Qi’.”

  • How to get it:
    There’s a lockbox in the tunnel next to the bus stop. Place a battery in it to unlock the first part of this quest. As you complete the various tasks, new parts will automatically unlock.

  • Reward:
    Access to the casino in the oasis.

This quest is a bit of a doozy, but the reward is too great to ignore. After you unlock the start of Mr. Qi’s quest chain, you’ll be asked to gather an assortment of seemingly random items and leave them in various locations around the game world. This might take multiple seasons to finish.

Your reward is access to Mr. Qi’s casino, which is a far greater prize than you’d think. In addition to the games available to play, the casino also has a small shop where you can exchange Qi Coins for prizes. The items here are some of the rarest and coolest you’ll find in the game. If you haven’t unlocked the desert, you should start working towards it.

3 Goblin Problem

the goblin henchman saying he can't resist Void Mayonnaise

  • “There’s a goblin blocking the path to the Witch’s Hut. There must be some way to get him to move… Perhaps I should seek out more information on goblins.”

  • How to get it:
    Enter the cave near the railroad after completing the Dark Talisman quest.

  • Reward:
    The ability to install magical buildings on your farm by entering the wizard’s hut, as well as access to the shrines in the witch’s house.

This isn’t a difficult quest, but it’s still pretty funny. Goblin Problem will unlock once you gain access to the witch’s swamp. The first time you enter, a goblin will stand in front of the witch’s hut, impeding your progress. You’ll need to get rid of him if you want to go further, which is easy as long as you have the right items.

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As it turns out, goblins simply can’t resist the smooth, abyssal taste of Void Mayonnaise. If you have a Void Chicken, simply harvest one Void Egg and put it in your mayonnaise maker. If you don’t have a Void Chicken, Krobus sells Void Eggs in his shop. Once you have the mayonnaise in hand, head back to the swamp and offer it to the goblin.

2 The Pirate’s Wife

Stardew Valley - Ginger Island - pirate's wife

  • “An old lady living on Ginger Island is asking you to find a keepsake of her husband’s. She gave you an old photograph of a soldier that washed up on shore, hoping it would help in some way.”

  • How to get it:
    Speak to Birdie once you unlock Ginger Island.

  • Reward:
    Five Golden Walnuts and a recipe for Fairy Dust.

Ginger Island is a location you can unlock late in the game that gives you access to a slew of new resources. Once you’re there, you’ll meet Birdie, who offers you this quest. The Pirate’s Wife isn’t a difficult quest by any means, but it is somewhat time-consuming. Once you finish the first step, subsequent steps will unlock automatically.

You’ll be asked to exchange items with various NPCs, although it can be difficult to figure out who to talk to next without a guide. Once you’ve reached the final stage of the quest chain, Birdie will give you the recipe for Fairy Dust and five Golden Walnuts. The latter resource is harder to come by on Ginger Island than you’d think, so this quest is definitely worth your while.

1 Mayor’s ‘Shorts’

Finding Lewis' Shorts in Marnie's House

  • “Mayor Lewis has lost his purple ‘shorts’. He’s asking you to find and return them… Discreetly.”

  • How to get it:
    Check your mail any time on or after Summer 3 of Year 1.

  • Reward:
    750 gold and one friendship heart with Lewis, but the real reward is how much mischief you can do along the way.

This is the crown jewel of quests. We’re not sure why Mayor Lewis keeps involving the main character in his private affairs, but the quest for his shorts is the first of a handful of adventures you’ll do for him. Lewis wants you to keep this matter private, but there’s no reason to listen to him.

Finding the shorts is easy enough: just reach four friendship hearts with Marnie and head to her bedroom. But before you return the shorts to Lewis, why not have some fun? They can be put on display during the Valley Fair or dumped into the soup during the Luau. You can even wear them yourself!

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