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One criticism of indie games across the board is that they often don’t hold the player’s attention for long. Due to the limitations that come with a smaller team of developers, limited resources, and smaller budgets, these games tend to be bite-size adventures where a few hours will see you explore all there is to see in these games.
Now, there isn’t anything wrong with that, but if you want to become a household name like some indies such as Rocket League, Terraria, or Minecraft, you need to offer an abundance of content and a core gameplay loop that keeps the player engaged for hundreds of hours.
It’s easier said than done, but Eric Barone put on a clinic on how to create an infinitely engaging indie game when he produced Stardew Valley. The vanilla release allowed players to explore the fascinating over-world of Stardew Valley, get to know the locals, and ultimately complete the Community Center project and save the town from the evil Joja Corporation.
However, thanks to lots of ongoing work and regular updates, Eric Barone has offered fans new end-game content for the best part of seven years now, introducing us to the Witch’s Hut, Ginger Island, and the topic of interest here, the Missing Bundle.
The Missing Bundle is an additional bundle that players must complete after restoring the Community Center to its former glory. However, as this is an end-game bundle, the items required aren’t exactly just lying around Pelican Town.
You’ll need to master this game’s mechanics, explore all areas of this game, turn your farm into a money-making machine, and then just maybe; you’ll find the items needed to turn Joja Mart into a brand new Movie Theater! Need a hand making this a reality? Then stick around. Here is our Stardew Valley Missing Bundle Guide!
What is The Missing Bundle?
The missing bundle in Stardew Valley is end-game content that was introduced in the 1.4 updates. This bundle appears when the player completes the Community Center restoration and can be found in the now abandoned Joja Mart.
This bundle is a much more formidable challenge to complete than those found in the Community Center and has the player find and create luxury items that will require mastery of certain aspects of the game. The player will know that this bundle is available as a cutscene will play on the first before a stormy or rainy day.
In this cutscene, a lightning bolt will strike the abandoned Joja Mart, causing the doors to open, granting players access to this secret bundle.
This bundle can be a pain for players to complete, especially the first time around in your initial play-through. However, the payoff is pretty sweet. If you manage to get all the required items, you will be rewarded with the Movie Theater, a new building that gets rid of the Joja branded eyesore.
This is a great tool to get Pelican Town residents to like you faster, and perhaps romance some stubborn bachelors and bachelorettes, but more on that later.
How to Access The Missing Bundle
As we mentioned, the player will need to complete the Community Center bundles before you can access this new bundle. This means that this bundle isn’t going to be accessible for a little while, at least.
It is possible to complete the Community Center in less than a year in every play-through, provided you select that option at the beginning of your farming adventure. However, it will still take you until around early winter to get everything done and dusted.
It is also worth noting that if you take the Joja Co route and buy all your bundles, then you will still be able to access the Movie Theater through Morris’ Community Projects. However, this method will mean that the player will need to pay a whopping 500,000g for the privilege, and I don’t know about you, but helping the Junimos get a few items beats the hell out of handing over half a million to Morris.
What Do You Need To Complete The Missing Bundle?
Okay, so let’s get to what you all came for, how to actually get the goodies needed to complete this bundle and get the sweet rewards that come with that.
To complete this bundle, you will need to get your hands on five of six potential items, so if there is something on this list that you think will give you loads of trouble, you can skip it in favor of something more attainable. Here is a quick list of the items that you need to collect:
- Prismatic Shard
- Gold Quality Ancient Fruit
- Dinosaur Mayonnaise
- Silver (or better) Quality Wine
- Gold (or better) Quality Void Salmon
As you can see, these aren’t exactly items that you’ll come across when you head off on a quick forage run. You’ll need to progress within the game, level up specific skills, get certain upgrades and get a little lucky too. However, we aren’t going to send you on your way, with luck being your only guide. Here is a breakdown of each item and the best way to get your hands on each.
One of the rarest and most desirable commodities within the entire game. The Prismatic Shard has so many great uses, such as unlocking the Galaxy Sword and enchanting weapons in the Volcano Dungeon on Ginger Island, and they are also worth a pretty penny too.
So we would understand if you wanted to use the first one you get for another purpose. Personally, I always take my first one straight to the Calico Desert and get the Galaxy Sword ASAP. However, if you are hellbent on getting one and using it in the Missing Bundle, then the quickest way to do that is using the Quarry.
You may get lucky and have one drop when in the lowest levels of the main mine, or in the Skull Cavern. However, if you unlock the Quarry as soon as possible and clear that place out with some bombs, within about a full season, it is very likely that there will be Mystic Stone, and they have a 25% chance of dropping a Prismatic Shard.
It isn’t foolproof, but it’s your best shot for sure. Failing this, I would suggest you stock up on Magic Rock Candy for a huge luck boost and frequent the Skull Cavern until you get one.
Next up, we have the Dinosaur Mayonnaise, which is an item that can be attained very early in the game, or take a very long time. What I’m saying here, is that RNG is very much at play.
To obtain Dino Mayo, you will first need a Dinosaur Egg, and two ways to get this is either through discovering it the same way you would an artifact, or you can get this as a drop from Dinosaur enemies found in the Skull Cavern. If you were lucky enough to get one through natural play, then congrats.
If not, then my suggestion would be to go to the Skull Cavern and focus on killing as many Pepper Rex enemies as possible. They have a 10% chance to drop a Dino Egg, but only appear on Prehistoric Floors, so this may take some time. On the bright side, though, it is a great way to get the other Prehistoric artifacts in one fell swoop.
After you get a Dino Egg, the next step is pretty simple. You can stick your egg right in a Mayonnaise Machine, and you’ll have this item in mere minutes.
However, I would suggest that players incubate their Dino Eggs in the Coop, as this will allow you to raise your own Dinosaur, and that means Dino Mayonnaise whenever you like. There is a pretty good profit margin with this product, so be sure to do the smart thing and incubate that egg!
Gold Quality Ancient Fruit
This is one that can take a while unless you are proactive early on in your farming adventure. To grow Ancient Seeds, you must first find an Ancient Seed artifact.
When this is donated to Gunther in the Museum, the player will be given a real Ancient Fruit seed, and the recipe to turn any future Ancient Seed artifacts into real seeds. From there, it’s all about multiplying your single seed with a Seed Maker. You can do this without a greenhouse, but since all your Ancient Fruit crops will die in Winter, you’ll want to get the Greenhouse as soon as you can.
Once you have a few Ancient Fruit crops on the go, then you need to raise the quality the same way you would any standard crop. Be sure to treat the soil with the highest quality fertilizer you have, and eventually, you should get your hands on a Gold Quality Ancient Fruit. Just remember, the quicker you get started on this one and multiply your Ancient Fruit crops, the better!
Gold Quality Void Salmon
This one is probably the easiest of the entire bunch, provided you know where to find it. If you have completed the fish-related bundles for the Community Center, chances are that you will have already maxed out the skill, so getting the right quality of fish shouldn’t be an issue.
Just make sure you have an Iridium Rod and a Quality Bobber for good measure. The key to getting your hands on this fish is the progression of the end-game quest given by The Wizard. You will have to complete the Quest Dark Talisman to access the Witch’s Swamp area. This is located through the cave on the upper-east side of the Train Station area near The Spa.
To begin this quest, head to the Train Station area after you complete the Community Center. This will trigger a cut scene and begin the quest. From there, you will need to head to the Sewers and access a secret area on the west side of this area.
You will need need to brave the Grub-infested swamp and get the Dark Talisman at the end of the area. Then with the Dark Talisman in hand, you will be able to return to the Train Station area and access the Witch’s Swamp. Then all you have to do is cast out a line and catch yourself a fish; easy peasy!
This one can be a little bit of a hassle to get your hands on, but if you are prepared, you can have this one ready to go long before you even have access to the Missing Bundle. To produce Caviar, first, you will need to catch a Sturgeon.
This is a relatively rare fish, but you will need to get one to complete the Community Center anyway, so when you are grabbing that one, grab two! These can be caught in Summer and Winter in the Mountains between 6 am and 7 pm.
Once you have this fish, you will need to build a Fish Pond on your farm, this can be accessed through Robin’s Carpentry Shop, and you will need 5,000g, 200 Stone, 5 Seaweed, and 5 Green Algae.
After Robin has built this for you, place your little Sturgeon in there, give it the items in requests, and eventually, it will start producing Roe. You then take this Roe and put it in a Preserves Jar, and when it’s done processing, you’ll have some luxury Caviar.
It’s also worth noting that you can potentially avoid doing all of this and get Caviar from the Travelling Merchant for 1,500-2,000g, but the chances of it appearing in her inventory are slim (1.25%), so you might not want to ride your luck.
Silver Quality Wine
Then lastly, we have what is the most costly item to get, but arguably also the easiest. To make Wine, you will first need to make yourself a Keg, and then you will need to place some fruit in there; any fruit will do.
That’s the easy part; the tricky part is getting the Cellar to mature the Wine to a higher quality. To do this, you will need to upgrade your Farmhouse fully. You can upgrade your house through Robin’s Carpentry Shop, and this is what is needed for each upgrade:
- First Upgrade: 10,000g + 450 Wood
- Second Upgrade: 50,000g + 150 Hardwood
- Third Upgrade: 100,000g
As you can see, it’s going to cost you at least 160,000g to make this happen. However, most players will manage to do this before they even complete the Community Center naturally, so don’t panic. Once you have the Cellar and your Wine, head down there, place your Wine in a Cask, and then after a while, your Wine will have matured to Silver Quality.
This will be visible by checking the Cask as there will be a silver star hovering over the Cask when the Wine is of a higher quality than standard. As I said, it’s pretty straightforward, but it will sting your wallet, so be sure to save up for those house upgrades!
What’s The Best Item To Leave Out?
As I mentioned, you only need five of these six items you complete this bundle, which raises the question, what item should you leave out of this lineup.
Well, this will vary from player to player, and I can only present things from my own point of view, but in my eyes, it’s a toss-up between a Prismatic Shard or Dinosaur Mayonnaise. I would probably go with a Prismatic Shard if pushed because there are so many better ways to use a Prismatic Shard than giving one away in this bundle needlessly.
However, I also mention the Dino Mayo because if you are having a particularly unlucky playthrough, this item can potentially take years of in-game time to come across, so if I was having a lot of issues getting this one, then I might leave it out in favor of this Prismatic Shard. As for the rest, if you plan ahead and use the methods above, these are pretty simple to get your hands on.
Everyone Loves a Movie Night
So you got all the items needed for the Missing Bundle, and you have earned your reward, the Movie Theater. But wait, what is the benefit of the Movie Theater, I hear you ask. Well, here is a quick rundown of the various benefits of using the Movie Theater:
- Players can boost their relationship with a resident of Pelican Town by up to 200 Friendship points by inviting them to a movie; tickets cost 1,000g each.
- This figure can be boosted by a further 50 Friendship points if the player buys the right confectionery for their movie companion at the Concession Stand.
- There is also a Claw Machine mini-game where players can potentially win rare prizes.
In short, this new building is an excellent way to get everyone in Stardew Valley to love you faster than just giving them two weekly gifts. If you are someone that doesn’t really focus on building rapport with the townspeople, then maybe all of this isn’t worth the payoff in the end, but if you love making everyone happy and making friends, then the Movie Theater is an invaluable resource!
Stardew Valley Missing Bundle: FAQs
Question: How Often Can You Attend the Movie Theater?
Answer: Sadly the player can’t just watch movies every hour of every day. The player will only have access to the Movie Theater and the benefits that come with it once a week.
Question: Can You Attend Movies Alone in Stardew Valley?
Answer: Yes, you can. Most players will get to a stage where all the residents of Stardew Valley are on 10-heart relationship status, and therefore taking them to the movies is pretty pointless from a gameplay perspective.
However, you may still want to try your hand at the Crane Game and win some fantastic prizes. Well, the good news is that you can go stag, win some prizes and enjoy a movie solo.
Question: Is The Movie Theater Worth It?
Answer: In my honest opinion, I could take or leave it. I personally see The Missing Bundle as a fun activity to complete and the Movie Theater as a nice bonus.
I use it when I have it, but it isn’t something I desperately need and race to get every play-through. If used properly, it can be a great resource, but I could see why other players might be a little underwhelmed by this reward.
Get Rid of Joja Co For Good!
If you hate looking at that unsightly Abandoned Joja Mart building and long for something cool to jazz up Pelican Town, then the Missing Bundle is something you need to prioritize in your next playthrough.
With this bundle complete, you’ll have a shiny new Movie Theatre to enjoy, and when it comes to building relationships with the townsfolk, there are few things better than some popcorn and a blockbuster film. We hope that this guide serves you well, and helps you get rid of the last remnants of Joja once and for all. As always, thank you for reading SdewHQ!