Looking for the best Stardew Valley mods? The simulation game‘s mod scene has been thriving on PC despite it having no official Steam Workshop support. Dedicated modders have been working to alter just about everything available in the game, from adding game-breaking cheats like god mode, to texture overhauls that turn Stardew Valley into a pixelated fairytale.
Despite thousands of daily concurrent players still enjoying the base game, Stardew Valley is over seven years old, so we can’t blame you for wanting to shake things up. Thankfully, and predictably, modders are there to help, bringing other IPs to the valley, new maps, and even improvements to married life – how do we get that one in real life? We’ve compiled our favourite Stardew Valley mods that celebrate the creativity of the modding scene. Here’s our top picks that provide visual overhauls, gameplay changes, and, yes, even some cheats.
Best Stardew Valley mods list
Here’s our top pick of some of the best Stardew Valley mods available right now. With the game’s popularity still so high, there are new mods popping up all the time. In case you somehow manage to get through all of these, we’ll keep digging up the best new mods, so check back for updates. And If this is your first time delving into the world of Stardew Valley mods, you’ll need to know how to install them, so skip to the bottom for a handy explainer on how that works.
Cool off with an ice cream truck
With heatwaves searing the Northern Hemisphere this year, the nostalgic chimes of the ice-cream truck are enough to have those of us living there sprinting from our desks and down the road. So surely our Stardew Valley characters would appreciate an ice-cold sweet treat as well, right? With the adorable, pastel-coloured Daphne’s buildable ice cream truck mod, by Stardew Valley creator Abi Wabi, new NPC Daphne and her truck will be available for all your in-game iced-treat requirements.
Perks for married life
The Perks of being Married mod, by creator Trent XV on Nexus Mods, adds a fun and useful new feature to the farming RPG – you can earn perks for getting married, which vary depending on who you enter into matrimonial bliss with in the game. The list of perks the mod offers is meaty, and it looks like you’ll have to choose carefully who you try to woo – each character will offer something pretty special and distinct of their own.
Tell shop-owners when to open
The Holiday Sales mod, built by atravita and available on Nexusmods, allows you to dictate shop opening times. While this is only really useful if you’re already using other mods with other towns, it does allow you to solve a problem within those mods. When there’s a festival elsewhere, you might find your shops are shut. Now, keep them open, even if that stops your shop-owners enjoying themselves.
Overgrown fairy buildings
If you are looking to bring a fantasy twist to Stardew Valley, then this visual overhaul is a must. Ali’s overgrown fairy buildings mod turns all buildings into cute pastel houses that look like they are straight out of a children’s fairytale book, complete with striking flowers crawling up the sides of houses, and giant mushroom trees that give the whole mod a very Alice in Wonderland feel.
Make mining more valuable
The Balanced Mining mod, by o0MrPro, doesn’t change mining itself, but does make it more worthwhile – by changing the value of the resources you find. Artifacts, minerals, and gems and all given a higher sell price when you emerge back above ground, providing more value to all that sweaty labour that just the satisfaction.
Expand Stardew Valley
This mega mod was created by FlashShifter and includes a plethora of content for free. The Stardew Valley Expanded maker lists all the content available in the mod’s description explaining that the mod features, “ten new map locations, 38 new character events, over 400 location messages, reimagined maps and festivals (all maps), remastered Immersive Farm 2, a new town map reflecting all changes, and many miscellaneous additions!”
Make work easy with Tractors
Planting seeds, watering crops, and collecting your bountiful crop is a lot of work. But pathoschild’s Tractor mod has made every farmer’s life easier. To get the tractor, buy the tractor garage from Robin. When she’s done building it, just hop on and get to work. The tractor is all your tools built into one. It can clear twigs and rocks, fertilise dirt, plant seeds, harvests crops, and waters the ground. If you dive into the config menu of the mod, you can even use your tractor to kill monsters – mow them all down!
If they won’t officially bring Pokemon to PC then you can be damn sure we’ll try to mod it into every game possible. There’s a huge masterpost for Pokemon-themed retextures in Stardew Valley, doing everything from reskinning your livestock into Mareep and Miltank, to turning buildings into Pokemon Gyms, and, uh, even turning villagers into Pokemon if you so desire.
Babies that look like spouses
Being able to have biological or adopted children with your spouse is a lovely feature in Stardew Valley. This babies and toddlers mod, Babies Take After Spouse, expands on the feature by adding a little more personalisation. Instead of the generic palette, your child inherits features from your spouse, including hair and colour styles. Just a quick note that this mod requires SMAPI and content patcher – scroll to the bottom of this list if you’re not sure what those are.
Love labels for animals
Its tough knowing which animals you have shown love to and which ones you haven’t on your farm. There’s no indication on who you’ve missed out which leads to me double and triple checking that I’ve covered ALL my animals. It’s /very/ important. But much as I love petting the cute animals, I’m on a tight schedule and with jinxiewinxie’s mod Loved Labels you can see which animals you have shown love to that day with a little pop up heart box.
NPC map locations
With everything it is possible to do in a single day in Stardew Valley, memorising the daily routines of the game’s many characters can feel daunting, especially when many have routines that change depending on the season or weather. With the NPC map locations mod, you can view where each villager is at any time, and can fully customise it to your preferences, which is handy if you’re only looking for the location of a select few characters.
Redesign Spouse Rooms
After you have tied the knot, your spouse will move into your farmhouse with you, bringing with them a new room for their belongings and hobbies. Unfortunately, these rooms don’t feel entirely personal to each character, and are instead filled with generic items.
The Spouse Rooms Redesigned mod overhauls each room to give them unique touches for each spouse. Elliot gets a desk and typewriter due to his occupation as an author while Leah receives decorative paintings and art supplies to match her hobbies. It’s a small change, but one that makes Stardew Valley feel much more homely. You’ll need to download this content patch.
Seasonal Japanese buildings
The Seasonal Japanese building mod replaces all the rustic farm buildings on your property with Japanese-inspired ones. Each of the buildings has traditional sliding doors, wooden porches, Neko statues, and little paper lanterns to celebrate the spring and summer. This mod also turns your well into a shishi-odoshi, a bamboo-rocker water feature, bringing a little bit of zen to your farm.
The bath house in Stardew Valley is a bit of an ugly duckling as it looks out of place against the rural vibes of the game. A purely aesthetic and indulgant mod, the Bath House Hot Spring mod replaces the bath house with an indoor hot spring, presenting a cute, tranquil experience more in line with the game’s rustic aesthetic.
There are just so many cute characters in Stardew Valley, why can’t we just date them all! Well, now we can with aedenthorn’s Multiple Spouses mod. Beyond the excitement of being able to date all the Stardew cuties, it’s also great to see a mod that’s so inclusive of non-monogamous relationships. This mod allows you to date and marry other characters when you’re already married, and “alters jealousy-based group events to have a happy outcome.”
Simple Crop Label
It is easy to pick Stardew Valley up after a break, venture out into your farm, and wonder what on earth it is you have planted in the soil. A small but useful overhaul, the Simple Crop Label mod adds an option for a name tab to appear over a crop once you hover over it with your mouse.
Range display for scarecrows and sprinklers
Placing scarecrows and sprinklers perfectly on your farm isn’t easy. It is frustrating to wake up to find your precious seedlings have been pinched by crows as the tile is out of range of your scarecrow – we have all been there. This Stardew Valley Range Display mod displays the effective range of all scarecrows, sprinklers, and bee houses you place on your farm, ensuring your crops are always well watered and protected.
Fish in Stardew Valley are fickle. They will not allow themselves to be caught without making you put some serious work into doing so. The Easier Fishing mod attempts to alleviate the frustration that comes with this minigame by making the fish movements smoother, and therefore easier to track, and also makes the fish move up and down the meter less swiftly. If you find fishing in Stardew Valley annoying then this mod is an essential download.
Slower Fence Decay
Fences are an aesthetically pleasing piece of garden decoration, on top of being useful for keeping animals and certain crops contained to one part of your farm. The downside, however, is they decay over time, with regular wooden fences only lasting for 30 days before deteriorating. Slower Fence Decay doesn’t override that feature of the game, but it does make it less harsh on you, with fences lasting up to two or three times longer before they need replacing.
CJB Item Spawner
With great power comes great responsibility, and so you will want to use this item spawner mod wisely, lest you wish to break all the balance in your game. This Stardew Valley Item Spawner mod allows you to conjure any item, at whatever quantity and quality, straight into your inventory. Using this mod can take you from rags to riches in no time at all, or you can put its creative potential to use and build your dream farm without having to endure the dozens of hours it would take otherwise.
With all those items in your inventory, you may wish you could access your chests from anywhere. We have all felt the pain of being deep into a mining session only to realise your inventory is full of the item. Or maybe you have been out trying to impress your favourite villager and the gift you are looking to give them is actually back at home in one of your chests. Chests Anywhere, by CJBok and Pathoschild, allows you to access your chests, fridge, shipping bin, and Junimo huts from anywhere on the map, so no more pesky trips back to the farm to pick up or drop off items.
Stamina is a very limited resource in Stardew Valley, and with so much to pack into a day’s work – from farming, to battling your way through the mines – it can feel like you have never got enough of it. The Stamina Regen mod can provide relief for such a setback, allowing you to regain one point of stamina every three seconds, making those mining expeditions a little more productive. Maker EvilPdor has also made useful mods for controlling the weather and changing your character wake-up time.
All Crops, All Seasons
A mod that defies nature itself, this cheat allows you to grow and harvest any plant or crop regardless of the season, and does not cause crops to decay when a season changes. Usually, each crop is restricted to being grown in a certain season, with no crops being able to be grown in winter without the use of a greenhouse, but with this All Crops All Seasons mod you’ll be able to grow all the strawberries in the autumn that your heart desires. Take note of the fact that this mod does not change store inventory, so you will need to stock up on seeds each season in order to plant them later in the year.
Configurable Day Lengths
Sometimes, it can feel like everything is against you in Stardew Valley, even the clock. Part of Stardew Valley is learning how to manage your day effectively, choosing to finish a few tasks rather than stretching your time across a lot of jobs. Rather than deal with that stress, this TimeSpeed mod allows you to adjust the amount of time you have each day, doubling the day by default but allowing for customised lengths depending on how much you need.
Speaking of the cruel sands of time, the Idle Pause mod is a helpful utility for the time conscious, as it automatically pauses when it detects more than a few of seconds of idleness, bringing up the inventory to indicate when the in-game timer has stopped ticking. Finally, you can take bathroom breaks again.
Turns out it is surprisingly easy to misplace a horse, so thank god this Horse Whistle mod exists. Simple in design, this mod allows you to summon your horse, regardless of where you left it, by pressing ‘V’, with the horse teleporting to your location using what we can only assume to be genuine magic.
Cheats, cheats, cheats
OK, we all know what you’re really here for. As the holy grail of Stardew Valley cheat mods, CJB cheats menu provides you with access to every cheat under the sun, and then some. They range from an unlimited watering can to infinite health and stamina. You can freeze time, adjust your relationships with the villagers, and warp to any location on the map. This might be the closest we get to Stardew Valley having a sandbox mode.
How to install Stardew Valley mods
As Stardew Valley does not have any Steam Workshop support, getting mods working requires you to change the game’s internal files. Therefore, for peace of mind, we highly recommend backing up all your files – especially your save files – before downloading and installing any mods. Bear in mind that, as Stardew Valley is a game that still receives regular updates, it is possible that a future update will break any existing mods you have installed.
There are two primary types of mod in Stardew Valley: mods that replace existing XNB files in the content folder, and mods that require the ‘Stardew Modding API’, or SMAPI for short, to install.
Most Stardew Valley mods make small changes to the game such as altering visuals and reskinning assets. To install, these require you to replace the existing XNB file with a new, modified version.
Once you’ve downloaded your XNB mod file, which, for example, may be named ‘cat.XNB’, you will need to find the corresponding XNB file in the Stardew Valley content folder. By default, the Stardew Valley content folder is located here: C:/Steam/steamapps/common/Stardew Valley/Content.
There are several subfolders in the content folder, with most of the important assets, including animals and villagers, having their own, making them easy to find. With our new ‘cat.XNB’ file, you will need to go into the ‘Animals’ subfolder and replace the existing ‘cat.xnb’ file with our new modded file, which will then show up in game the next time it is booted.
As a reminder, we recommend that you keep any unmodded files backed up, should you ever wish to uninstall a mod.
For mods that make larger changes to the game, such as altering events, SMAPI is required for installation. It is an open source piece of software that is maintained by the Stardew Valley modding community that allows for the installation of DLL files SMAPI can also help to manage your files by checking when your mods have received a new update, as well as rewrite any installed mods when an official Stardew Valley update changes any part of the game that affects your mods. Once you have installed SMAPI, all you have to do is place your files into the SMAPI mod folder, and you should be good to go.
Content Patcher is a mod for SMAPI that allows you to download content packs, which can change the game’s visuals or assets like XNB mods, but without requiring you to manually alter the XNB files. This is a much more reliable way of installing mods than replacing XNB files, as they can be automatically updated, installed, and uninstalled through SMAPI. Most XNB file mods have content pack equivalents.
Stardew Valley Mod Manager
If you like to keep your mods neat and organised, modder Akago has created the most up-to-date Stardew Valley Mod Manager. This allows you to keep track of all your mods and manage SMAPI. Its best feature is giving you the ability to turn mods on or off without deleting the files, which is useful if you, like us, are incredibly indecisive or have half a dozen different grass mods that you are looking to try out.
Now we’ve sown the seeds for expanding your Stardew experience, get back in and nurture that farm. If you weren’t already plowing enough time into the farming sim as it was, these best Stardew Valley mods will keep you coming back. Love it so much you’re considering a real-life change of career? We asked a Californian farmer how realistic Stardew Valley is.