Hello, my loves! If you are looking to mod Stardew Valley, here are some of the Stardew Valley mods you need to have! Stardew Valley is already a cute little game, but it can be much better when it’s modded. There are different types of mods. You can have aesthetic mods which change the way your game looks, or you can have gameplay mods that add more to the story.
Table of Contents
- Installing SMAPI
- Stardew Valley Expanded
- Diverse Stardew Valley
- Artisan Valley
- Ridgeside Village
- Seasonal Garden Farmhouse
- Hojicha’s Walls and Floors
- Ace’s Expanded Cellar
- Flower Valley
- Medieval Buildings/Medieval Stardew Valley Expanded
Here is what my farm in the game looks like now. It is called Lunetoile Farm and boasts many crops, as well as a crystal garden, and a few outdoor cafes and pubs. The aesthetics and items would not have been possible without the mods I’m about to show, but here’s a rundown on how to mod Stardew Valley…
SMAPI stands for “Stardew Modding API”, which is the API needed to put mods in the game in the first place. The best place to download this would be NexusMods, which also hosts mods for games such as Fallout New Vegas, Fallout 4, Skyrim, and so on.
Moving onto the mods, here are the ones I highly recommend.
Stardew Valley Expanded is as it’s named: it expands the storyline of the game and adds more characters and lines. It gives you an opportunity to learn magic from the Wizard, and to learn more about the Adventurer’s Guild. It also gives you an additional shed for your farm, as well as a little garden plot for you to plant whatever you want. The shed comes with an area where you can put more casks as well as a greenhouse rooftop area. There’s an additional mod called Medieval SVE which transforms all the buildings into the same aesthetic that Medieval Buildings has.
This is one of my favorite Stardew Valley mods as it adds a good amount of hours to the main game. Stardew Valley Expanded comes with a handful of new characters.
Some of the new characters:
- Sophia– Sophia is the owner of Blue Moon Winery, just outside of Marnie’s ranch. Her parents died when she was young, and she also suffers from major depressive disorder. She is a marriage candidate.
- Victor- Victor is a recent college graduate who lives with his mother at the Jenkins’ residence. He has trouble with his mother, who wants him to get a ‘real job’. He is a marriage candidate.
- Olivia- Olivia is Victor’s mother and used to be an accountant at Joja. She wants the best for Victor but doesn’t understand his wants and needs.
- Lance- Lance is an adventurer hailing from First Slash Clan. He is an adventurer and a marriage candidate.
Diverse Stardew Valley is a great mod if you’re looking to add more diversity (this changes everyone in-game to be a person of color or an indigenous person), but it also comes with a vanilla mode so if you simply want to change the villagers’ outfits, you can also do that. They also have a seasonal addon to change the characters’ outfits during different seasons and festivals. I personally use it in vanilla mode just to get the outfit changes.
Artisan Valley is one of my favorite mods to add on, and it adds a ton of recipes and machines, such as an alembic to create essential oils. This mod is part of the PPJA project, which also has these mods attached:
- Starbrew Valley
- Farmer to Florist (make sure you download the file with the JA files as the DGA files do not work)
- Champagne Wishes
- Mizu’s Flowers
- Fresh Meat
- More Trees
- More Recipes
- Even More Recipes
- Fantasy Crops
- Better Artisan Goods Icons
- Baker’s Life
- Fizzy Drinks
For those who want a more adult version of the game, they included a Cannabis Kit as well. Due to the sheer amount of crafting and cooking, this has become one of my favorite Stardew Valley mods. I have created a handful of shops using sheds on my farm using items from the PPJA collection.
Ridgeside Village, just like SVE, adds to the original storyline. This one covers a village in the mountains close to Pelican Town called Ridgeside Village, run by Mayor Lewis’s sister, Lenny. There are also a lot of new townspeople and you get to form friendships with them as well. This is another well-done Stardew Valley mod.
“A small town located on the west side of Stardew Valley. Discover new forage, stories, secrets, maybe even fall in love? Who knows!? A lot can happen in Ridgeside Village!”
Seasonal Garden Farmhouse gives the farmhouse a bathroom and a separate greenhouse-like area that consists of a rooftop area as well. This is one of my favorite aesthetic Stardew Valley mods. It serves as a functional part of the house, but I use it for its main purpose.
Hojicha’s Walls and Floors adds a much better selection (in my opinion) of wallpapers and floorings for any areas you can customize (your farmhouse, island farmhouse, and any sheds). This is one of my favorite aesthetic Stardew Valley mods as you have more choices as to how you want to decorate your house.
This mod expands the cellar of the farmhouse into four separate rooms. This is one of my favorte functional Stardew Valley mod as you can change your basement into whatever your heart desires instead of having to have it as a wine cellar.
Flower Valley is one of my top aesthetic Stardew Valley mods. Flower Valley basically gives flowers to the trees and the grass and makes the game look absolutely beautiful in the spring and summer.
Medieval Buildings is my favorite out of all the aesthetic Stardew Valley mods. This mod changes all the buildings on your farm (or in the game if you have Stardew Valley Expanded) into beautiful medieval style buildings with flowers on the roofs and windows.
Those are all the Stardew Valley mods that I personally love! You can check out the rest of my gaming content here.
What mods will you download or what mods do you already have for Stardew Valley?