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Stardew Valley Foraging Guide: All Seasonal Items, Skill Progression, & more

Posted on by justin
Foraging is one of Stardew Valley’s five primary skills, and it’s associated with chopping down trees, among other in-game actions. Upgrading the skill allows players to acquire unique perks, such as new crafting abilities and recipes. So, keep reading as we guide you through this Stardew Valley foraging guide for you to make the most out of this skill.

Stardew Valley Foraging Guide: An Overview

Stardew Valley Foraging Guide Foraging in Stardew Valley spans the many ways players can collect natural resources from the world around them. From clearing trees and rocks to searching for wild plants and coastal creatures, foraging is a great way to spend your time and earn some extra resources in Stardew Valley. Even better, the more you do it, the more benefits you get courtesy of leveling up. Generally, foraging in Stardew Valley allows you to collect more wood from harvest points and other perks. Eventually, you can enjoy benefits such as even controlling the weather in the game to a degree!

Experience Points

Like other Stardew Valley skills, foraging has a maximum of 10 levels. Players can gain experience points (XP) by doing the following actions:
  • Removing Large Stumps and Large Logs: 25 XP
  • Chopping trees: 12 XP
  • Picking up a forageable item from the ground: 7 XP (double if the player has the Gatherer profession)
  • Harvesting Spring Onion from Cindersap Forest in Spring: 3 XP
  • Removing a tree stump after chopping down a tree: 1 XP (+1 XP since patch 1.3.27)
Note that similar actions to those mentioned above don’t actually grant foraging XP. These acts include:
  • Bringing down trees with bombs
  • Picking up Blackberries and Salmonberries from bushes
  • Growing Grapes from Grape Starters
  • Digging items from artifact spots
  • Digging up Ginger from the ground
  • Growing items in Garden Pots
  • Collecting Mushrooms regardless of location
  • Obtaining forageable items from killing monsters
  • Receiving items from your spouse

Skill Level Unlocks

As mentioned earlier, each foraging skill level gained unlocks perks. These benefits are:
  • Level 1: Unlocks Field Snack recipe and Spring Wild Seeds crafting ability
  • Level 2: Unlocks Survival Burger recipe
  • Level 3: Unlocks the Tapper refining equipment
  • Level 4: Unlocks the Charcoal Kiln crafting recipe and the Summer Wild Seeds crafting ability
  • Level 5: Lets players choose between the Forester and Gatherer professions
  • Level 6: Unlocks the Beach Warp Totem and Lightning Rod crafting recipes, and the Fall Wild Seeds crafting ability
  • Level 7: Unlocks the Mountain Warp Totem crafting recipe and Winter Wild Seeds crafting ability
  • Level 8: Unlocks the Farm Warp Totem crafting recipe
  • Level 9: Unlocks the Rain Totem crafting recipe
  • Level 10: Lets players choose between the Lumberjack and Tapper professions (for Foresters) or between the Botanist and Tracker (for Gatherers)

Foraged Items

Like farming crops, the items you can forage in Stardew Valley vary per season and location, including Ginger Island. Below are the forageables you can find in the game classified under each season and location:
  • Common Mushroom
  • Daffodil
  • Dandelion
  • Leek
  • Morel
  • Salmonberry
  • Spring Onion
  • Wild Horseradish
  • Common Mushroom
  • Fiddlehead Fern
  • Grape
  • Red Mushroom
  • Spice Berry
  • Sweet Pea
  • Blackberry
  • Chanterelle
  • Common Mushroom
  • Hazelnut
  • Purple Mushroom
  • Red Mushroom
  • Wild Plum
  • Crocus
  • Crystal Fruit
  • Holly
  • Snow Yam
  • Winter Root
The Beach
  • Clam
  • Cockle
  • Coral
  • Mussel
  • Nautilus Shell (winter only)
  • Oyster
  • Rainbow Shell (summer only)
  • Sea Urchin
  • Seaweed
The Mines
  • Cave Carrot
  • Purple Mushroom
  • Red Mushroom
The Desert
  • Cactus Fruit
  • Coconut
Ginger Island
  • Ginger
  • Magma Cap

Stardew Valley Foraging Tips & Tricks

Leveling the foraging skill as fast as possible can help you progress through the game sooner than later. So, here are some tips and tricks to help increase your character’s foraging skill:
  • Upgrade the Axe at Clint’s Blacksmith to cut large pieces of wood
  • Consume foods that grant bonus foraging skills, such as Pancakes and Tropical Curry
  • Cut the six hardwood stumps in the Secret Woods every day
  • Gather the items that spawn on the beach (occurs about twice per week)
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