If you’ve gotten to the end of Ginger Island, having collected a hundred Golden Walnuts, you might have seen the perfection goal inside Qi’s hidden room.
This goal is incredibly daunting, tasking you with doing just about everything there is to do in Stardew Valley. From shipping all the produce and forages to getting every fish, this list asks you to get almost everything in the game.
Thankfully for you and me, the lovely writers of SDewHQ have already got you covered on most of these aspects, so this guide is one where I’ll be able to link you to many, many other articles on this website so you can get that perfection goal down as best as possible.
Bottom Line Up-Front
Perfection is a goal that will take hundreds of hours to complete; you need to ship every fruit and vegetable, get the golden clock for 10 million gold, and find every golden walnut, among other things. It is the most challenging task in the game and will likely require a lot of time sunk into gritty tasks.
What to Do Before Trying Perfection
While some quests in Perfection seem simple, there are other things to do in Stardew Valley that you should go for before trying this daunting quest. These extra quests aren’t always technically required but are usually going to be extremely helpful in achieving Perfection.
Prerequisites for some quests that the Perfection tracker doesn’t mention:
- Deluxe Coop and Deluxe Barn.
- Kegs, Preserves Jars, Bee houses, and a Lightning Rod.
- At least 14,000,000g, or a money-making method that will get you there before the heat death of the universe.
- All areas with unique enemies are unlocked.
- At least year 2, so that Kent has moved in.
- At least a copper axe, preferably silver.
- Watching every individual episode of The Queen of Sauce.
- Access to the Skull Caverns.
- Access to all unique fishing locations.
- Access to all the locations on Ginger Island.
With all that locked down (I’d recommend leaving the money till last so you can work towards it while grabbing everything else), you’re ready to begin your long, long journey to Perfection. Just try and take it slow, and keep trucking until you hit that 100% goal.
Produce and Forage Shipped
While there is no guide on SDewHQ for this, the game provides a decent tracker in your menu. Each of these items is a bit tricky, so I’ll briefly describe how to obtain all of them and what category they belong to.
God, I wish these were organized, but aside from categorization, we’re going in the wacky, goofy order the menu has them in, divided into the categories of items and when/where they’re obtained.
- Wild Horseradish, Daffodil, Leek, Dandelion, Salmonberry, and Spring Onion are found around Stardew Valley on the ground during Spring.
- Cave Carrot and Fiddlehead Fern can both be found in the Mines.
- Coconut and Cactus Fruit are both foraged in the Desert
- Chanterelle, Common Mushroom, Purple Mushroom, Morel, and Red Mushroom can all be found in the Mushroom Cave; if you don’t have one on the Farm, there is one on Ginger Island.
- Holly, Winter Root, Crystal Fruit, Snow Yam, and Crocus can all be found on the ground during Winter.
- Nautilus Shells, Coral, Rainbow Shells, and Sea Urchins can all be foraged on the beach, especially the extra side of the beach to the right.
- Grape, Spice Berry and Sweet Pea are all foraged during Summer.
- Wild Plum, Hazelnut, and Blackberry are all foraged during Fall
- Wood, Sap, and Hardwood can be acquired from trees and large logs on the Farm.
- Maple Syrup, Oak Resin, and Pine Tar must be acquired from a tapper and put on a Maple, Normal, and Pine tree, respectively.
- Fiber can be easily found in bushes on the Farm.
- Ginger, Magma Cap, and Taro Roots are all found on the ground around Ginger Island.
Crops, Fruits, and Flowers
- Parsnip, Green Bean, Cauliflower, Potato, Tulip, Kale, Garlic, Rice, Strawberry, and Jazz are all bought from Pierre and grown during Spring.
- Bananas, Pineapple, and Mango are all farmed on Ginger Island and purchased from the trader.
- Melon, Tomato, Blueberry, Pepper, Wheat, Radish, Poppy, Spangle, Hops, Corn, Sunflower, and Red Cabbage are all purchased from Pierre’s and grown in the Summer.
- Starfruit and Rhubarb are bought from the shop in the Oasis.
- Pale Ale, Beer, Wine, Juice, Mead, and Green Tea are all made from a Keg, from Hops, Wheat, Fruit, Vegetables, Honey, and Tea Leaves, Respectively.
- Honey is made by having a Bee House on the Farm and harvesting it; it can be any flavor.
- Pickles, Caviar, Aged Roe, and Jelly are made by putting Vegetables, Roe, Sturgeon Roe, or Fruits into a Preserves Jar.
- Pumpkin, Corn, Eggplant, Bok Choy, Yam, Cranberry, Wheat, Sunflower, Fairy Flower, Amaranth, Grapes, and Artichoke can all be purchased from Pierre and grown during Fall.
- Cherry, Apricots, Oranges, Peaches, Pomegranates, and Apples can all be bought from Pierre at any time, planted anytime, and will eventually grow, producing fruit when the season is right. They can also be found in the Fruit Bat cave if you chose the wrong option.
- Tea Leaves are harvested from Tea Bushes, which require you to get your friendship up with Caroline to access.
- Large Egg, Egg, Brown Egg, and Large Brown Egg are all made by having Chickens in a Coop.
- Milk and Large Milk are made by milking cows using the bucket purchased from Marnie.
- Ostrich Eggs can be acquired by raising Ostriches or rarely in the Volcano Dungeon.
- Void Egg can be acquired by having a Chicken turned into a Void Chicken by a Witch.
- Mayonnaise, Duck Mayonnaise, Void Mayonnaise, and Dinosaur Mayonnaise can be acquired by putting Eggs, Duck Eggs, Void Eggs, or Dinosaur Eggs into a Mayonnaise Machine or by fishing in the pond outside the witch’s house for the Void Mayonnaise.
- Cheese and Goat Cheese can be acquired by putting milk or goat milk into a Cheese Press.
- Truffles can be acquired from having Pigs outside on the Farm.
- Truffle Oil can be acquired by putting Truffles in an Oil Maker.
- Goat Milk and Large Goat Milk can be acquired by milking Goats.
- Wool can be acquired by using shears on sheep.
- Duck Eggs and Duck Feathers are both rarely dropped by Ducks.
- Rabbits Foot is rarely dropped by a Rabbit.
- Roe is produced by Fish Ponds.
- Copper Bars, Iron bars, Gold bars, Iridium bars, Refined Quartz, and Radioactive bars are all acquired by smelting Copper, Iron, Gold, Iridium, Quartz, or Radioactive ore in a furnace.
- Copper Ore, Iron Ore, Gold Ore, and Coal are all acquired in the Mines or bought from Clint.
- Iridium Ore is found almost exclusively in the Skull Caverns.
- Stone is commonly found in the Mines, the Farm, and anywhere; why am I even explaining this? You know what stone is.
- Bug Meat is dropped from Bugs, Grubs, and Flies in the Mines.
- Slime is dropped from slime wherever slimes are found.
- Bat Wings are dropped from Bats in the mines.
- Solar Essence is dropped from several enemies, the easiest to find being the Ghosts on floor 40 and below.
- Void Essence is dropped from many enemies, namely Serpents in the Skull Caverns.
- Squid Ink is dropped by Squid Kids in the mines; they’re those rare orbs with faces.
- Cinder Shard is found all over the Volcano Dungeon on Ginger Island.
- Radioactive Ore can be found when activating the “Danger in the Deep” quest given by Qi.
- Clay can be acquired using the Hoe on any random spot on the Farm.
- Cloth can be acquired using a Recycling Machine on Newspaper, Wool in a Loom, or Mummies in Skull Cavern.
- Coffee Beans can be dropped from Dust Sprites or the Travelling Cart.
- Battery Pack can be earned by having a Lightning Rod out during a thunderstorm.
- Bone Fragments are dropped by Skeletons or found inside rocks on Ginger Island.
This tedious item collection can make or break Perfection entirely for some. While I think it’s a fun challenge to ship every item, stuff like Squid Ink is incredibly rare, and I never make Fish ponds to get Roe, regardless.
Obelisks on Farm and Golden Clock
Link to Article: How to make money in Stardew Valley
The Obelisks and Golden Clock are somewhat complex but pretty straightforward. Go up to the railroad after finishing the Community Center to get a quest from the Wizard.
You’ll see a goblin blocking your path, but you can fish up some void mayonnaise for him right where you are. After this, you’ll gain access to the Wizard’s magic book, where you can make several structures.
You only need to care about the Obelisks and the Golden Clock. These materials are all straightforward and self-explanatory and are described in the above section if you need a refresher. The only problem is the 13 Million Gold you need to construct all five things, but luckily for us, Lillie Forteau has written a guide on money-making, linked above.
Monster Slayer Hero
There isn’t a guide for this one, but it is pretty simple to do. This requires you to do every Monster Eradication Goal in the Adventurer’s Guild. This is going to take a really, really long time and probably won’t be very fun, so strap in for the long haul with this.
Before going for this, the best course of action is upgrading your weapon to one-shot most enemies and then doing the Prismatic Jelly special order from the board underneath Mayor Lewis’ house. This will allow you to craft Monster Musk, dramatically increasing enemy spawns.
- Slimes are literally everywhere, but the best places to find them are on the first few floors of the mines or in slime hutches.
- Void Spirits refer to Shadow Shaman, Shadow Brute, and Shadow Sniper, past Level 80 in the Mines.
- Bats can also be found anywhere, but the first few floors of the mines are great for this.
- Skeletons can be found in the Mines on floors 71-79 and are pretty easy to deal with.
- Bugs mainly refer to the Cave Flys, Bugs, and Grubs, which are also pretty easy to find on the first few floors of the mines.
- Duggies are those mole things you always get hit by on accident; you can find them on the first few floors of the mines.
- Dust Sprites are the priority to kill since they grant the Burglar’s Ring, and you can find them on floors 40-79.
- Rock Crabs are annoying. They’re on every mine and Skull Cavern floor but pretty rare; just hit rocks with your sword and hope.
- Mummies are found exclusively in the Skull Cavern, and you can just hit them until they collapse, then use a bomb (or any explosive) to kill them.
- Pepper Rex is found in the Skull Cavern, almost exclusively on prehistoric floors. Unfortunately, these floors are rare, so I recommend buying a ton of rocks for staircases and spamming them until you see green.
- Serpents are practically impossible not to see when you’re in the Skull Cavern; go diving there for a few minutes, and you’ll find plenty.
- Magma Sprites are only found in the Volcano Dungeon on Ginger Island; it’s best to block them with a sword once and then go in for the kill.
This list of enemies may seem daunting, but with a lot of kill power combined with Monster Musk, it’ll be an absolute breeze. It will still take a while, so grab a podcast and head to the mines.
While technically, there isn’t a guide for strictly raising all your friendship levels with every person in Stardew Valley, there are tons of guides on almost every character in Stardew Valley to choose from. Just know you only need to go to 8 hearts with every romanceable character but need to go to 10 with everyone else.
It should be noted that everyone (except for Haley) loves Prismatic Shards, so if you have a stockpile of those, feel free to use them here.
Bachelors (at least 8 Hearts)
- Alex: Best Gift is Salmon Dinner; Birthday is Summer 13, Link to read more: Alex Stardew Valley guide
- Elliot: Best Gift is Pomegranate; Birthday is Fall 5, Link to read more: Elliott Stardew Valley guide
- Harvey: Best Gift is Coffee, Birthday is Winter 14, Link to read more: Harvey Stardew Valley guide
- Sam: Best Gift is Pizza; Birthday is Summer 17; Link to read more: Sam Stardew Valley guide 2022
- Sebastian: Best Gift is Frozen Tear, Birthday is Winter 10, Link to read more: Sebastian Stardew Valley guide
- Shane: Best Gift is Pizza, Birthday is Spring 20, Link to read more: Shane Stardew Valley guide
- Abigail: Best Gift is Amethyst; Birthday is Fall 13, Link to read more: Abigail Stardew Valley
- Emily: Best Gift is any gem; Birthday is Spring 27, Link to read more: Emily Stardew Valley guide
- Haley: Best Gift is Coconut; Birthday is Spring 14, Link to read more: Haley Stardew Valley
- Leah: Best Gift is Salad; Birthday is Winter 23. Link to read more: Leah Stardew Valley
- Maru: Best Gift is Cauliflower; Birthday is Summer 10, Link to read more: Maru Stardew Valley guide
- Penny: Best Gift is Melon; Birthday is Fall 2, Link to read more: Penny Stardew Valley
Non-Bachelors (10 Hearts)
- Caroline: Best Gift is Green Tea; Birthday is Fall 25, Link to read more: Caroline Stardew Valley guide
- Clint: Best Gift is Amethyst; Birthday is Winter 26, Link to read more: Clint Stardew Valley guide
- Demetrius: Best Gift is Ice Cream; Birthday is Summer 19; Link to read more: Demetrius Stardew Valley guide
- Dwarf: Best Gift is Any Gem; Birthday is Summer 22, Link to read more: Dwarf Stardew Valley guide
- Evelyn: Best Gift is Tulip; Birthday is Winter 20; Link to read more: Evelyn Stardew Valley guide
- George: Best Gift is Leek; Birthday is Fall 24; Link to read more: George Stardew Valley guide
- Gus: Best Gift is Fish Taco; Birthday is Fall 4, Link to read more: Gus Stardew Valley guide
- Jas: Best Gift is Fairy Rose; Birthday is Summer 4, Link to read more: Jas Stardew Valley guide
- Jodi: Best Gift is Pancakes; Birthday is Fall 11, Link to read more: Jodi Stardew Valley guide
- Kent: Best Gift is Roasted Hazelnuts; Birthday is Spring 4, Link to read more: Kent Stardew Valley guide
- Krobus: Best Gift is Void Egg/Mayo; Birthday is Winter 1, Link to read more: Krobus Stardew Valley guide
- Leo: Best Gift is Mango; Birthday is Summer 26, Link to read more: Leo Stardew Valley guide
- Mayor Lewis: Best Gift is Green Tea; Birthday is Spring 7; Link to read more: Lewis Stardew Valley
- Linus: Best Gift is Coconut; Birthday is Winter 3, Link to read more: Linus Stardew Valley guide
- Marnie: Best Gift is Farmer’s Lunch; Birthday is Fall 18; Link to read more: Marnie Stardew Valley guide
- Pam: Best Gift is Beer; Birthday is Spring 18; Link to read more: Pam Stardew Valley
- Pierre: Best Gift is Fried Calamari; Birthday is Spring 26, Link to read more: Pierre Stardew Valley
- Robin: Best Gift is Spaghetti; Birthday is Fall 21; Link to read more: Robin Stardew Valley
- Sandy: Best Gift is Any Foragable Flower; Birthday is Fall 15, Link to read more: Sandy Stardew Valley guide
- Vincent: He doesn’t have a guide but can be quickly befriended using Ginger Ale, Pink Cake, Grapes, Snails, or Cranberry Candy, especially on his Spring 10th birthday.
- Willy: Best Gift is Mead; Birthday is Summer 24; Link to read more: Willy Stardew Valley guide
- Wizard: Best Gift is Solar Essence; Birthday is Winter 17; Link to read more: Wizard Stardew Valley guide
With that, you have just about every tool you need to get to 8 or 10 hearts with every villager. Of course, this task could take the longest, but it shouldn’t take too long if you’ve been casually giving gifts throughout the whole game.
There also isn’t technically a guide written for leveling up each and every part of your skillset, but luckily for you, I’ve acquired many tips and tricks to help you level up all your stats as fast as possible. Some of these are a little expensive, but all of them are as fast as I could reasonably help you go.
For Farming, you should buy a ton of starfruit from the Desert shop and plant it all on Ginger Island, preferably with sprinklers. This can be repeated year-long because Ginger Island is always in Summer.
For Mining, you should delve into the Volcano Dungeon on Ginger Island, prioritizing gems and ores whenever you can. Bombs also grab you EXP, so feel free to use them.
For Foraging, the best way to gain a ton of experience is by planting a ton of trees, namely in the Desert or Ginger Island, and then chopping them all down whenever they grow.
For Fishing, you should set up an absolute ton of Crab Pots around Stardew Valley, making sure to harvest them as much as possible. Otherwise, go fishing on Ginger Island or in the ocean.
For Combat, you could make slime hutches to grind out EXP or do it in the Volcano Mines.
This EXP grinding can be tedious, but by the point you’re on Ginger Island, you’ve likely already gotten to at least level 8 in most stats, so it shouldn’t take too long to get through.
There isn’t a guide for this, but I’ll be the one to provide the location, requirements, and general gist of how to acquire each and every energy-increasing fruit in Stardew Valley. Of course, some are more difficult than others, but all are very useful.
- The Stardew Valley Fair has one on sale for 2000 stars; this is most efficiently acquired by getting some stars and then betting most of them on Green on the spinning wheel; it has a 75% chance of being green.
- The Mines have a relatively simple one obtained at Floor 100.
- From Marriage, if you achieve over 12 friendship hearts or when you marry another player in multiplayer.
- From Krobus for 20,000G, getting into the sewers is easier if you always hit artifact spots with your hoe, and once you get in, you can just money grind for this fruit. (Man, it’s been a while since I wrote a guide about fruit.)
- In The Secret Woods, the statue of Old Master Cannoli will give you a Stardrop in return for a Sweet Gem Berry, the seed for which can be purchased from the traveling cart and grown in the Fall.
- After Catching Every Fish, Willy will send you a letter containing a Stardrop. See the section of this guide on fishing.
- Donating Every Item to the Museum will grant you a Stardrop but only really happen if you constantly hit artifact spots and open geodes, and make sure to donate everything you get.
With that, you should have some extra energy to vitalize you for the oncoming challenges. Of course, you’re actually almost done, but I’m sure it’ll come in handy regardless.
Link to Article: Stardew Valley cooking
While most of the Cooking achievement is just making sure you watch the Queen of Sauce as much as possible, Arthur Monteclar has written a great guide on making every recipe you’ll need in Stardew Valley. The ingredients for the recipes are a bit out there at times, but you should be able to get all of them if you get all the Shipping and Fish done.
Link to Article: Stardew Valley crafting guide
Luckily, there is a lovely guide by Seth Christmus on every crafting recipe in Stardew Valley. For Perfection, you’ll need to have crafted all of them at least once, which might sound like a hefty task, but once you acquire all the recipes, it isn’t too tricky.
Link to Article: Stardew Valley fishing
Once again, a lovely article cataloging every fish in Stardew Valley written by Seth Christmus is available to refer to in your in-game fish catalog. The task of catching every fish is long, but as long as you have access to every area, it shouldn’t take too long, keep at it and ensure you have a high enough level.
Link to Article: Stardew Valley Walnut Locations
This article by Monica Phillips (hey, who’s that?) details the location of every single Golden Walnut in the game. While you could use the bird in Leo’s house to guide you, having a proper guide is quite a bit more helpful for some of the trickier ones in the game
Question: What does Perfection give in Stardew Valley?
Answer: Perfection is mainly there for players to get a final sense of achievements; it allows you to see the credits with a minimal tangible reward.
Question: How long does Perfection take to get in Stardew Valley?
Answer: Perfection can take hundreds of hours if you aren’t rigorously planning everything to get it done as quickly as possible.
Question: How do I get to Ginger Island in Stardew Valley?
Answer: After completing the Community Center, you will get a cutscene with Willy about fixing his boat; doing this will send you to Ginger Island, where you can experience tons of brand-new content.
Stardew Valley 100% Perfection Checklist: Conclusion
Perfection is a tricky thing in Stardew Valley, and like the game’s core message would imply, the journey to get there is more important than the destination. The work and effort put forth to achieve Perfection are worth more than anything it could give you, so take it slow, relax, and make it a long-term goal.
This goal is one that even I haven’t always wanted to try and achieve. It just takes so long, and even though I love this game, grinding out 13 Million gold is an enormous task. Still, it is an insane thing to say, saying you achieved 100% perfection in Stardew Valley and that your Farm can finally be laid to rest as you inevitably start another playthrough eventually.