You will gain experience as you use any skill in Stardew Valley. You will have the option to specialize in a sub-activity after you reach level 5, 10 and 12.
Farming is likely to be your most popular activity. This means that the decision to become a Rancher/Tiller is the most important. This is one of the most difficult decisions you will make. It can have a significant impact on your income, and possibly even the future of your farm. It is important to decide what type of farm you want in the future. Also, what playstyle and style you prefer. It isn’t always easy. But what if you are unable to decide?
This guide will give you both a quick answer and a deeper analysis on what you should choose, especially if you’re into optimal play.
The short answer is: Are you a Rancher or a Tiller?
The short answer is to be Tiller, regardless of your focus. That’s right.
This is because the sub-choices you get at farming level 10 are dependent on what you have previously picked. The next step in Tiller will be to choose between Agriculturist and Artisan. Artisan, in particular, makes Artisan Goods (like wine, cheese, oil, etc.) You get 40% more
Even if you are looking to have a lot of farm animals, Artisan at Level 10 will provide you with the greatest benefit. Many animals produce goods that can easily be converted into Artisan Goods (eggs, mayo, cheese, etc.). ).
Agriculturist can be a great choice if you want to grow many crops. The 10% increase in growth speed is extremely significant. Picking Artisan to make a profit from your crop’s processing (into wine or pickled vegetables etc.) is possible. It is still a solid option.
Let’s now look at each sub-choice individually, and their pros and cons. Rancher offers a 20% increase on animal product prices. This is quite solid. The 40% artisan boost has been excellent, but Rancher’s 20% is nothing to be ashamed of. This alone is not enough. However, the follow-up options that Rancher offers at level 10 may make it worthwhile.
Shepherd or Coopmaster?
You can see that the Rancher options at level 10 are based on the type of farm animal that you want. The choice is heavily influenced by the type of animal you choose. These choices are not as profitable as picking Tiller and Artisan. However, if profit is your primary concern, these options may still be viable.
It is easy to choose. If you have many coop animals such as chickens, ducks, and so on, then the choice is easy. Coopmaster is the best choice. Your eggs will hatch quicker if you cut down on the incubation time. You will get more heartfelt pettings if you become friends with coop animals faster.
Selling ducks and hatching them is a good way to make some extra cash. A newborn duck can be bought for around 1200, and it hatches in about a week with the coopmaster. The value of your duck increases with every pet, which means that you can get twice the sale-value boost if you have a coopmaster. Buy a coop with 1 duck. Once you have started to get eggs, incubate them for more ducks. Every day, you should take care of all your ducks. When your coop is full, you can sell your most happy duck (who should have a lot of hearts by now) to make room for another hatchling. Rinse and Repeat. After your cycle is running, you can sell a high-happiness duck for as little as a thousand gold each day. You can also make duck mayo from the eggs and collect duck feathers for great gifts.
If you are looking to have lots of barn animals, Shepherd is your best choice.
Although it may increase wool production, it can still bring you happiness faster. You can also raise barn animals for their happiness and sell them for profit. Although it is more difficult than buying eggs from Marnie, you can still get a newborn barn animal.
In conclusion, Coopmaster and Shepherd are more important if you intend to raise your animals for sale, as the befriend bonus will primarily benefit you.
Comparative analysis of Artisan and all other options
A quick calculation is the best way to determine which option is most efficient.
You can reach 1080/1000 friendship if you pet your animals each day during the 36-day period.
That’s 1733$ per day for duck sales.
To reach maturity, a duck must wait for 3 days.
Now we have 10 ducks that produce eggs and feathers.
This is 4500$ for every 2 days of Mayo, 2250$ per day, and 4000$ total profit daily.
A coop takes up 18 tiles, so it is efficient at 221.3$ per tile every day (ignoring any space required for mayo machines). This translates into 24.785$ annually (plus feathers, , ignoring hay, and space lost to grass).
The profit drops to 191.6$ per tile if we add hay usage daily. 21.466$ efficiency per tiles over a one-year period.
Let’s see 12 void chicks with artisan.
Every chicken will produce daily mayo. It is worth between 385$ to 576$.
Inclusion of hay consumption, that’s a daily gain of 4020$ – 6312$ daily with a annual efficiency/tile at 25000$-39274.6$.
- You don’t need to incubate eggs
- You don’t need to keep track
- It’s not necessary to keep track of which animal is being sold next
- Earn more.
Plus (this deal is the largest) artisan has an impact on all other artisan products
Even if you maximize the gains from the other sub-choices Artisan is still the king.
The Agriculturist is a bit different as it is the last one and is so outshone heavily by Artisan. It is certainly not a bad thing to get a 10% increase in crop growth. This could be very significant if you are heavily focused on planting crops. As mentioned, it is best to use crops in Artisan products. This will allow the Artisan to outshine Agriculturist. However, 10% growth rate is too slow.
You will also spend more time harvesting and preparing the seeds for planting. This results in a decrease in efficiency and less time on other productive tasks. Although you might be able to get 10% more crops because they grow 10% faster, you will spend 10% more harvesting and planting them.
Artisan on the other side, however, will allow you to spend the time to make the goods (which isn’t much). Then, you simply get the 40% profit increase, since only the price changes.
Agriculturist is a poor choice overall and should be avoided if you don’t know what your doing.
The bottom line is that it’s easy. You can choose any skill that interests you, but if you are a person who loves animals and wants to be able to bond with them quickly, then you should pick Coopmaster, Shepherd, or Rancher.
Tiller and Artisan are the best options if you want to maximize your farm’s efficiency and extract the maximum amount of gold from it. Even if your primary focus is not farming, the 40% increase in Artisan products will greatly benefit your farm management. The production of Artisan goods is usually low-maintenance and you will need to check the machines periodically (such as barrels, mayo machines, etc.). This makes it even more efficient.