Stardew Valley: Where to Find Every Basic Resource

Stardew Valley is a deceptively simple-looking game. In truth, there’s so much to accomplish that it can get pretty overwhelming and convoluted quickly. Most importantly, the game doesn’t hold your hand. It simply drops you down into your farm and the rest of it is up to you to figure out.

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With how many different crafting recipes and cool items there are in the game, it’s important to know where to find the crafting ingredients and basic resources needed to make them. However, the game once again doesn’t just tell you this. It’s a lot of trial and error trying to figure everything out, which can feel frustrating for perfectionists. This handy guide will tell you the most common places to get the most basic resources.

Where To Find Wood In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Chopping A Tree

You can chop down any tree you find around town, in the forest, or at the farm to get some wood.

Trees outside of the farm will grow back on their own, and if you don’t pick up any of the seeds at your farm, trees will grow from acorns and pine cones and the like.

Where To Find Hardwood In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Hardwood Tree Stumps

Mahogany trees, large stumps and large logs all drop hardwood, provided you have the right axe for the job. A steel axe or better is always the best to have, though large stumps can be broken with a copper axe and mahogany trees can be broken with any axe.

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The Secret Woods are the best location to go back to for hardwood that respawns regularly. You can gather about 12 pieces of hardwood there on a daily basis. Those with a forest farm benefit from 16 hardwood respawns a day on top of that.

Where To Find Stone In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Rocks

Break any small rock or a large boulder to drop some stone. When you first arrive at your farm, there’s a bunch of rocks around which can be broken.

You can also head to the mines and the quarry once they’re unlocked to get some more stone. Rocks will respawn on a daily basis.

Where To Find Sap In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Tree Farm

When cutting down any type of tree, the broken down tree will drop some sap. You can also install a tap on a mahogany tree to get some regularly.

Where To Find Coal In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Dust Sprites

Head to the mines. Any rocks you break have a chance of yielding some coal. If you encounter Dust Sprites in the mines, slaying them will also drop a few pieces of coal.

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In a pinch, you can always purchase some coal from Clint the blacksmith.

Where To Find Fiber In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Weeds

Using a scythe, when you first arrive to your farm, make sure to start breaking down the weeds that are scattered all over the ground.

These weeds can also be found in the forest, and in some areas of the mines as well.

Where To Find Copper Ore In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Copper Node

You need to mine copper nodes to get copper ore. In the mines, the best levels to find a ton of these nodes are between 31 and 39.

Wooden crates might sometimes yield some, as well as artifact spots. If the quarry is unlocked, there’s also a chance to find some copper there.

Where To Find Iron Ore In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Iron Ore

To get iron, you need to break an iron node with a pickaxe. The best place to do so is in the mines, and the highest concentration of iron nodes is between levels 41 and 79.

The quarry can also spawn some iron nodes if you’re lucky.

Where To Find Gold Ore In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Gold Node

Gold nodes need to be broken in order to get your hands on some gold ore. These nodes are most abundant in the mines past level 80.

The quarry can also occasionally have gold nodes spawn in, and ghosts encountered in the mines have a slight chance of dropping hold ore.

Where To Find Iridium Ore In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Iridium Ore

The best bet to find Iridium ore is to ignore the mines and go deep into Skull Cavern instead. The deeper you go, the more likely it is you’ll find Iridium ore, either naturally or dropped by Iridium bats. Alternatively, mining for Magma and Omni Geodes in the regular mines, found between levels 115 and 119, is a somewhat reliable source.

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If you’re lucky, the quarry might occasionally spawn with Iridium nodes. When a meteorite drops on the farm, you can mine it for six Iridium ore with the right tool.

If you’re successful during grandpa’s evaluation and he gives you four candles, he’ll grant you the Statue of Perfection, which will drop you a few pieces of Iridium ore per day.

Where To Find Radioactive Ore In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Radioactive Node

This unique ore can be found inside Skull Cavern or the mines provided you have a challenge quest active.

Head to Skull Cavern during the Skull Cavern Invasion quest, or to the mines during the Danger In The Deep quest, and they will be spawning in.

Where To Find Quartz In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Quartz

Quartz is a very common material found mostly in the mines while foraging for resources.

It doesn’t have to be mined, and appears throughout almost all floors of the mine, between 1 and 120.

Where To Find A Battery Pack In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Lightning Rod

In order to get a battery pack yourself, you’ll need to craft a Lightning Rod and place it down in your farm. If a charged rod gets struck by lightning, it will yield a battery pack for you the next day.

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Solar Panels will also provide you with a battery pack after seven days of constant sunny weather. Alternatively, you can also buy battery packs by visiting the Traveling Cart in the forest.

Where To Find Clay In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Clay

Clay is another very common resource that can be most often found when digging artifact spots. Digging randomly around in dirt and sand has a chance of yielding some clay.

Where To Find Cinder Shards In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Cinder Shard Nodes

Head to Ginger Island, and visit the volcano where cinder shard nodes are in abundance. Sometimes, Magma type enemies might drop cinder shards as well.

Where To Find Bug Meat In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Bug Meat

Bug meat is probably one of the first resources you’ll get once you enter the mines. The early levels of the mines are full of insect enemies, all of which have a chance of dropping some bug meat. The enemies will respawn regularly.

Where To Find Slime In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Slimes

Slimes are dropped by one of the most common enemies found in the mines and Skull Cavern. It doesn’t matter what color or type the Slime is, as they all have a high chance of dropping regular slime.

Where To Find Bat Wings In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Bat Wing Inside Cave

In order to get yourself bat wings, you’ll need to find Bats. The mines are the ideal place to start, and include normal, frost and lava bats.

Ignore Iridium bats in Skull Cavern, as they don’t drop any.

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The best levels for the regular mines to look for bats are between 31 and 119, so practically most of the mine levels.

Where To Find Solar Essence In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Ghost Inside Ice Cave

Various enemies found in the mines and Skull Cavern have a chance of dropping some Solar Essence. The easiest enemy to deal with are ghosts, found between levels 51 and 79. After that, Metal Heads can drop some between levels 80 and 119.

Where To Find Void Essence In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Void Essence

Several hostile enemies can drop Void Essence in both the mines and Skull Cavern, but the safest bet is to fight Shadow Brutes. These beings are find in the mines past level 80, along with Shadow Shamans which also drop Void Essence.

In Skull Cavern, look for serpents which have a near 99% chance of dropping Void Essence, and can spawn at any floor.

Where To Find Bone Fragments In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Skeletons

If you don’t have Ginger Island unlocked, head to the mines and find some skeletons between levels 71 and 79. They will typically drop bone fragments when killed. In Skull Cavern, they can be found randomly inside crates. Sometimes, digging in artifact spots has a slight chance of yielding some, too.

If Ginger Island is unlocked, the Lava Lurks inside the Volcano Dungeon might drop bone fragments. At the dig site of the island, you can also find some bone nodes which can be harvested for bone fragments.

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