Stardew Valley Expanded Mod

Stardew Valley Expanded Mod Guide

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When I first started playing Stardew Valley back in 2017, I was amazed by how much there is to do in the game. I had barely cracked into the game’s content even by the end of the first in-game year.

So that’s why I was so surprised at my craving for more Stardew Valley as I continued playing, even to this day. More characters, more locations – I know, I know, I’m greedy. But that’s what happens when you enjoy spending time in a world as deep as the one in this indie masterpiece.

Thankfully, modder FlashShifter and others have taken up the job of creating new and exciting content for Stardew Valley. I recently came across the Stardew Valley Expanded mod and all of the great new additions it makes to the vanilla game. This Stardew Valley Expanded mod guide includes vital information I wish I had when I started playing it.

Let’s dive into the fresh experience offered by Stardew Valley Expanded.

Bottom Line Up Front

  • Stardew Valley Expanded is an unofficial fanmade expansion PC mod for the 2016 indie video game Stardew Valley.
  • The mod adds new NPCs, locations, and items to an already expansive list from the original game.
  • It also adds changes to existing characters and locations, including a few quality-of-life enhancements.

Stardew Valley Expanded Mod Guide: Installation

stardew valley expanded mod

Installing a mod for one of your games can seem intimidating, but the process of getting Stardew Valley Expanded up and running isn’t too bad. First, you’ll want to make sure to download, unzip, and move the following prerequisite mods into the Mods folder (SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\Stardew Valley\Mods) before downloading SVE:

With all of those downloaded, your Mods folder should look similar to this:

A detailed installation guide for Stardew Valley Expanded can be found on the project’s GitHub page.

New Characters

Note: This guide contains spoilers.

Marriage Candidates



Claire is an NPC that works as a cashier for JojaMart. As you get to know her, you’ll learn that she has big dreams outside of working in retail. Her favorite gifts are green tea, energy tonic, sunflower, bruschetta, apricot, ocean stone, and glazed butterfish.

If you plan on becoming friends with Claire, do it before completing the Community Center – she’ll stop coming to town if JojaMart is run out of town and you haven’t seen her 6 heart event.



Lance is one of the “newer” new characters in Expanded, and only recently became a marriage candidate in version 1.14. He is an adventurer and a member of a guild that protects the Fern Islands, including Ginger Island. The first time he appears is in the volcano there.

Lance’s favorite gifts are aged Blue Moon wine, daggerfish, galaxy soul, gemfish, golden pumpkin, green mushroom, monster mushroom, swirl stone, torpedo trout, tropical curry, and void shard.



Olivia is the owner of the large new home in the middle of Pelican Town, courtesy of her job at the Joja Corporation and the stock market. She spends most of her time talking to Jodi and Caroline or indulging in pricey wines. Victor is her son. Her favorite gifts are wine, Blue Moon wine, chocolate cake, Golden Mask, Golden Relic, prismatic shard, and pearl.



Sophia runs the Blue Moon Vineyard, a new location found south of the player’s farm. She spends most of her time there, so she’s easy to find and give gifts. Her cherry blossom-pink hair is immediately noticeable. Judging by the number of posts related to Sophia on r/StardewValley, she’s become a fan favorite.

Sophia loves to receive fairy stones, Grampleton orange chicken, fairy roses, and puppyfish.



Victor lives with Olivia in the large home near Pierre’s general store. He doesn’t work, but instead spends time at home reading and using his computer. He’s finished college but is a little lost about what to do with his life. Victor is friends with Abigail, Sam, Sebastian, and Sophia.

As for gifts, Victor is pretty low maintenance. He enjoys spaghetti, battery packs, aged Blue Moon wine, duck feathers, and lunarite.

Non-Marriage Candidates



Andy is another farmer who is new in Stardew Valley Expanded. He owns Fairhaven Farm, which is found in Cindersap Forest south of the player’s farm. His friends are George and Morris, and he shows his support for the latter by only shopping at JojaMart. He can be a difficult character to like, but sticking it through to his 10 heart event is rewarding.

Andy is easy to gift for since he loves beer. He also loves mead, pale ale, farmer’s lunch, glazed butterfish, butterfish, king salmon, and blackberry cobbler.


apples stardew valley

Apples is a unique character in that they aren’t a human NPC – they’re a Junimo. They appear in Aurora Vineyard after reaching Summer in Year 2 and completing the Community Center. Apples is young and excitable, and also loves spending time with the player and playing games. The best gift to give them is starfruit.



Martin is a young man who works at JojaMart during the week and visits the museum on Sundays. He doesn’t live in Pelican Town but instead commutes to work. He has a positive outlook on life and is friends with his coworker, Claire. To quickly become friends with Martin, give him juice, ice cream, or Big Bark burgers.



Morgan is Magnus the Wizard’s pupil that arrives in Pelican Town in Year 3. For Morgan to appear, players must have at least a 3 heart relationship with Magnus. They are about the same age as Jas and Vincent, the other children in Pelican Town. Despite their magical abilities and need to study, Morgan acts like a normal kid most of the time.

To become friends with Morgan, the best gifts to give them are iridium bars, void eggs, and void mayonnaise.



Scarlett is friends with Sophia. They share a cosplaying hobby and Scarlett is nothing but supportive of Sophia at all times.

Though she doesn’t visit Pelican Town very often, Scarlett tries to stay in touch with her best friend. She’ll visit town more often and become a character you can give gifts to after completing Sophia’s 8 heart event. Scarlett loves cherries, goat cheese, maple syrup, honey, jade, and glazed yams.



Susan is a fellow farmer in Stardew Valley who is trapped in her home at the beginning of Stardew Valley Expanded. She’s unable to leave her farm, Emerald Farm, located by the railroad, all thanks to a landslide caused by Joja. She’ll visit you as soon as the rubble is removed on Summer 3 during Year 1.

Susan has a large list of loved items that reveal her sweet tooth; pancakes, chocolate cakes, pink cakes, cookies, pumpkin pies, rhubarb pies, blueberry tarts, ice cream, blackberry cobblers, cranberry candy, maple bars, poppyseed muffins, and red plates will all make her happy.

Other NPCs

There are a few other new NPCs that players are currently unable to give gifts and form friendships with, similar to Gunther in the original game. These characters are:

  • Alesia, a monster hunter who uses a bow and arrow.
  • Camilla, a witch who protects the new location Castle Village with a powerful barrier.
  • Isaac, a gruff adventurer from Castle Village.
  • Jadu, a young mysterious wizard from Castle Village.
  • Peaches, a Junimo that appears only in Apples’ heart events.
  • Suki, owner of the travelling cart that occasionally comes to Cindersap Forest.
  • Treyvon, the biological father of Scarlett.
  • Hank, Treyvon’s husband.

All of these NPCs are new other than Suki, who technically isn’t a new character, although you couldn’t interact with her outside of the travelling cart. Treyvon and Hank are the newest additions to the character roster, having only been added as NPCs in version 1.14.9.

Major Changes to Original Characters



Previously nothing more than an NPC with no backstory, you can now become friends with Gunther after donating 60 items to the museum. He now has a room in the museum that you can visit as well. He has four loved items: bean hotpot, petrified slime, ancient sword, and star shards.

Magnus (The Wizard)

magnus wizard

The Wizard now has a first name (his full name is Magnus Rasmodius) and can be married, a major shift from the original Stardew Valley. In addition to his loved items from the original game, giving him frog legs, void delight, void pebbles, void salmon sushi, or void shards will make him like you quickly.



Marlon, like Gunther, used to be an NPC that you could interact with in a limited fashion. Players can become friends with Marlon in Stardew Valley Expanded along with learning more about his backstory and influence as an adventurer. To become fast friends with Marlon, give him roots platters, life elixirs, or red, blue, purple, or green slime eggs.



Originally seen as a villain by some in vanilla Stardew Valley, players can become friends with Morris in the Expanded mod.

He’s a much more sympathetic character this time around as he puts a lot of work into JojaMart and reveals to the player his habits of working long hours and sleeping under his desk. He doesn’t live in Pelican Town but instead commutes to town when he’s not sleeping at the store.

Becoming friends with Morris is as simple as giving him lobster bisque, chowder, truffle oil, or star shards.



Changes to Sandy, the clerk at the Oasis store in Calico Desert, include a new portrait that matches the other characters in the game and a new liked item list. She still loves crocuses, daffodils, mango sticky rice, and sweet peas, but in addition to her other likes, she now likes aged Blue Moon wine, Big Bark burgers, and glazed butterfish.

New Locations

Stardew Valley Expanded features many changes to old locations and the addition of quite a few new ones. Here are the most important ones.

Blue Moon Vineyard

blue moon vineyard

The Blue Moon Vineyard is a new farm located west of the beach and southeast of Marnie’s ranch. It is owned and operated by Sophia, who took over ownership of the vineyard after the tragic passing of her parents. You can meet Sophia there and buy Blue Moon wine, aged Blue Moon wine, and quality sprinklers from the ledger in her cosplay room.

Castle Village

Castle Village

While this location doesn’t currently exist in Stardew Valley Expanded, it is under development to be included in a future version. Castle Village is referenced by many of the adventurers you’ll meet in Expanded, including Marlon. It is the home of Sandy, Camilla, Alesia, and Isaac.

Castle Village Outpost

tower watch

The Castle Village Outpost is a location in the Crimson Badlands. The adventurers of Castle Village take turns guarding this location, so it’s a good place to interact and give gifts to them.

Crimson Badlands

Crimson Badlands

The Crimson Badlands is a dangerous new location that requires completing the ‘Enchanted Grove’ questline to access. The big attractions here are bone artifacts, two new kinds of fish to catch, and an iridium quarry where you can mine for iridium. You’ll encounter a few new powerful monsters here, too, including corrupt mummies, serpents, and spirits, zombie adventurers, and a creature called Apophis.

Emerald Farm

emerald farm

Emerald Farm is the home of the new NPC Susan and is located by the spa and the railroad. You won’t be able to access it until Summer in Year 1. Like any good farmer, Susan rotates her crops depending on the season, so you’ll be treated to different scenery when visiting the farm at different times of the year.

Fairhaven Farm

Fairhaven Farm

Fairhaven Farm is Andy’s farm and is located south of the player’s farm in Cindersap Forest. Given that Andy is a staunch supporter of JojaMart, most of his seeds come from there. His farm doesn’t look at lush as Blue Moon Vineyard or Emerald Farm, two of the other new locations with crops. Andy’s crops look wilted and not in the best shape.



The Highlands are a new area to explore filled with foraging opportunities and enemies, similar to the Crimson Badlands. This is the area where you’ll meet the new NPC Lance. You can access the Highlands after completing the quest “Marlon’s Boat.”

Olivia and Victor’s Home

This huge home is located next to Pierre’s general store in the middle of Pelican Town. The space is way too big for Olivia and Victor alone. It includes a large library filled with books and a cellar where Olivia keeps her expensive wine.

New Items

Stardew Valley Expanded features a large list of items that are introduced in the mod. The tables below have the items, their prices, and how to get them.

New Consumables

Item Name Price How to Obtain
Baked Berry Oatmeal 400g Recipe from Bear in Cindersap Forest West
Big Bark Burger 400g Recipe from Gus
Frog Legs 400g Recipe from Marlon
Glazed Butterfish 800g Recipe from Gus
Grampleton Orange Chicken Bought from Gus
Void Delight 800g Recipe from Krobus
Void Salmon Sushi 800g Recipe from Krobus
Dewdrop Berry Found in Enchanted Grove
Green Mushroom Dropped by Green Dust Spirit
Aged Blue Moon Wine 28,000g Bought from Blue Moon Vineyard
Blue Moon Wine 3,000g Bought from Blue Moon Vineyard
Gravity Elixir 4,000g Bought from Camilla
Haste Elixir 6,000g Recipe and item bought from Alesia
Lightning Elixir 12,000g Bought from Camilla
Aegis Elixir 28,000g Bought from Camilla
Armor Elixir 6,000g Recipe and item bought from Alesia
Barbarian Elixir 22,000g Bought from Camilla
Hero Elixir 8,000g Recipe and item bought from Isaac

New Fish

Item Price Price How to Obtain
Baby Lunaloo 45g Ginger Island, evening
Bonefish 200g Crimson Badlands, all-day
Butterfish 225g Forest West (Summer), Shearwater Bridge (Spring, Summer, Fall) – sunny weather, daytime
Clownfish 90g Ginger Island, daytime
Daggerfish 250g Highland Ruins, all-day
Frog 100g Mountain (Spring, Summer) – rainy weather, evening
Gemfish 1200g Highlands Cavern, all-day
Goldenfish 150g Sprite Spring, Junimo Woods, all-day
King Salmon 450 g Forest West (Spring, Summer), all-day until 8 pm
Kittyfish 280g Shearwater Bridge (Fall, Winter), daytime
Lunaloo 110g Ginger Island, evening
Meteor Carp 300g Sprite Spring, Junimo Woods, all-day
Minnow 20g Multiple locations in Pelican Town and Adventurer Summit, all-day until 6 pm
Puppyfish 280g Forest West (Summer), Shearwater Bridge (Spring, Summer, Fall), all-day
Radioactive Bass 900g The Sewers, all-day
Razor Trout 400g Pelican Town, all-day
Seahorse 80g Ginger Island, daytime
Sea Sponge 90g Ginger Island, daytime until 2 pm
Shiny Lunaloo 850g Ginger Island, evening
Starfish 120g Beach, Ginger Island, all-day until 10 pm
Torpedo Trout 575g Fable Reef, all-day
Undeadfish 200g Crimson Badlands, all-day
Void Eel 650g Mutant Bug Lair, Witch Swamp, all-day

New Loot

Item Name Price How to Obtain
Rusty Blade 200g Fallen Adventurer monster, foraging in Crimson Badlands
Swirl Stone 7500g Foraging in Crimson Badlands
Void Pebble 800g Corrupt serpent, corrupt mummy monsters, void eel pond
Void Shard 10,000g Apophis monster, void eel pond
Void Soul 150g Foraging in Crimson Badlands

New Weapons

Item Name Price How to Obtain
Tempered Galaxy Dagger 350,000g Bought from Alesia
Tempered Galaxy Sword 600,000g Bought from Isaac
Tempered Galaxy Hammer 400,000g Bought from Isaac
Diamond Wand 0g Obtained from Lance

New Farm Maps

Note: These farms are a part of Stardew Valley Expanded but are not included in the main files. They must be downloaded separately.

Grandpa’s Farm

Grandpa's Farm

This new farm map is a bit like a “greatest hits” of other farm maps in Stardew Valley. It’s a lot larger than a normal farm map and includes features from all vanilla farm maps. The placement of the new building Grandpa’s Shed is also slightly different on this map, as well as the next new map.

Immersive Farm 2 Remastered

Immersive Farm 2 Remastered

The Immersive Farm 2 Remastered farm map increases the size of the vanilla farm maps, just like the Grandpa’s Farm map. To access some areas on this map, you’ll need a steel axe and steel pickaxe. For example, the greenhouse won’t be accessible until you have both.

Gameplay Options

Stardew Valley Expanded introduces several customizable gameplay options to the vanilla game. Some changes affect the difficulty of the game, while others are visual options.

As far as game difficulty is concerned, players can change four options: profit margins, building construction, crafting, and monster strength. For a hardcore Stardew Valley experience, you can lower your profit margins, make it more expensive to construct buildings, raise the item crafting requirements, and make all monsters stronger.

Visually, players can toggle a variety of new effects. These are all cosmetic and don’t affect gameplay. The highlights for me are the ability to add mist during rain and to add shadows to buildings to enhance the immersion.


Question: Is Stardew Valley Expanded canon?

Answer: Because it’s a fanmade expansion, Stardew Valley Expanded isn’t considered canon storywise. That said, it does offer some great storylines involving old and new NPCs that enhance the original Stardew Valley experience.

Question: What does Stardew Valley Expanded add?

Answer: According to Stardew Valley Expanded’s page on NexusMods, it adds “27 new NPCs, 50 locations, 260 character events, 23 fish, reimagined vanilla areas, two farm maps, a reimagined world map reflecting all changes, new music, questlines, festivals, and many miscellaneous additions.”

Question: Is it required to start a new game to play Stardew Valley Expanded?

Answer: Yes, it’s required to start a new game to play Stardew Valley Expanded. Even if it wasn’t, it would be a good idea so you can enjoy all that the expansion has to offer.

Stardew Valley Expanded Mod Guide: Conclusion

Despite being a fan-made addition to the Stardew Valley universe, Stardew Valley Expanded is worth being treated as a proper expansion to the original game. Everything that Expanded adds to the vanilla game fits well with the existing game. Nothing feels out of place, nor does anything added break the core experience that gamers can have with Stardew Valley.

If you’re looking for a way to spend even more time in Stardew Valley, giving gifts to NPCs, getting married, and farming to your heart’s content, I highly recommend taking the time to download and install Stardew Valley Expanded.

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