Have you played Stardew Valley? If you haven’t, then you should. Because, three years in, Stardew Valley continues to dazzle fans with its entertaining brand of gameplay which belies its simple premise of being just a farming game.
To-date, players who’ve been tending to their farms for years in Stardew Valley continue to discover hidden secrets that they never thought they’d find in the game.
Such is the wide scope of content that Stardew Valley has. It’s kind of like the old Harvest Moon games, but only on steroids.
There’s so many things that players can do Stardew Valley, which can range from building relationships to gambling, exploring, and more.
At the end of the day, however, it’s the farming bit that gets people playing Stardew Valley.
But, before you get to enjoy farming in Stardew Valley, you’d have to choose a proper farm type first.
When starting a new game or save in Stardew Valley, players are given a chance about kind of farm they want to have.
Although the game does do a respectable job of explaining the pros and cons of each type of farm, it’s nearly impossible to fully grasp what you’re getting yourself into unless someone tells you which farms are better and worse.
With that said, we took the time to round out the different types of farms in Stardew Valley and ranked them from worst to best.
Here are the best farm types in Stardew Valley.
5. The Hilltop Farm
The Hilltop Farm is one of the more interesting farm types in Stardew Valley.
For one, the quarry will give you all the ore and geodes you’ll probably ever need, and then some. Plus, you get convenient fishing access and there’s really no need for you to splurge on fences since the area down south is naturally penned anyway.
But, the thing is, while the quarry CAN be a constant stream of ore and geodes, the spawn rate leaves a lot to be desired.
Unless you’re really too busy to be mining for ore somewhere else and all you want to do is to wait, the quarry will be of little use to you.
Not to mention, there’s a huge chance that you won’t be able to make use of most spaces of the farm until you’ve finished upgrading your tools, which can take quite a while.
Finally, what makes everything worse is that there’s not much space for you to work with at the Hilltop Farm.
If you’re heavy into mining and want something to supplement your ore and geodes, the Hilltop Farm is good for you.
But, even then, the fit is weird because you’ll be limited by the layout and you won’t be able to change your mind down the line and you’ll be forced to create a new save in case you want to go a different route.
4. The Riverland Farm
At first glance, the Riverland Farm looks like it’s a no-brainer. It’s a farm located in the middle of a river, after all. What could be better than that?
Well, how about a farm that’s not surrounded by water?
The thing is, while the Riverland Farm is nice and all, especially if you’re into fishing, the type of fish that you can catch isn’t all that unique.
You can get the same fish in town, which means, the only thing that you’re doing is saving yourself some time by not having to go to the town.
And, speaking of time, crossing the bridges can get old rather quickly. All of that water is nice and all. But, that’s just that — that’s all you’re going to be getting.
Because of the amount of rivers in the Riverland Farm, there’s limited space left for you to do other things, making it so that your farm is mostly only for fishing and will have very little else to offer you.
So, unless you really know what you’re doing, or you just want a challenge, skip the Riverland Farm.
3. The Wilderness Farm
For the more adventurous and combat-oriented players out there, the Wilderness Farm will give you all of that.
Forget about farming crops, foraging, and just making yourself as rich as possible. In the Wilderness Farm, you’re not going to be worried about all of those material things — you’re going to be worrying about your survival.
This is because, at night, your farm will attract the same type of monsters that you encounter in mines, as well as Golems.
This might sound fun and all, but make no mistake, these creatures mean business. They will be quite the hassle to deal with, especially if you’re not prepared and combat is the least of your priorities in Stardew Valley.
The only reason why the Wilderness Farm ranks so high despite the caveat is that there’s plenty of space to build and raise animals there.
If you can stand to keep on driving monsters away at night, which, honestly, can feel like quite the chore eventually, the Wilderness Farm is worth considering, especially for seasoned players of Stardew Valley.
2. The Forest Farm
What do you like the most about farming in Stardew Valley? Do you like to forage? Go fishing? Make Artisan Goods? If your answer is a yes to all three, then the Forest Farm is the right choice for you.
The Forest Farm will let you forage to your heart’s desire and go into the wilderness to harvest things.
Also, in case you get bored of foraging for items in the forest, you can always take time to score some pond fish for you to use, and with a generous 1,413 tiles for you to plant your crops on, the Forest Farm is actually quite spacious.
The only issue here is that most of the Forest Farm will be inaccessible until you upgrade your axe, which can take a while.
1. The Standard Farm
Have you heard of the common saying that goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”?
Well, the Standard Farm is pretty much living proof of that.
In Stardew Valley, the best farm type is the one that gets you a little bit of everything and a whole lot less of the cons that the other farm types have. That’s what you get with the Standard Farm.
Where other farm types have some kind of advantage over the others, or a quirk that makes them unique or bad for certain players, the Standard Farm is a no-fuss and no-hassle type of farm that pretty much lets you do whatever you want.
This pretty much means that the only limit to what you can do with the Standard Farm is your imagination.
Whether you’re a beginner to Stardew Valley who doesn’t want to make a lot of mistakes, or you’re a seasoned veteran who has a unique idea for a farm, the Standard Farm is a treat to play on because it can be molded however you wish.
That’s a great strength in a game like Stardew Valley, where you can cultivate whatever kind of life you want.
As you can see, in Stardew Valley, not all farms are made equally. Some are better for others for specific purposes, while others are worse. But, at the end of the day, it all depends on you and what you want to accomplish.
Also, it’s important to keep in mind that, just because you already chose a particular farm type, you’ll be limited to playing to its strengths.
While it indeed is true that each farm type has quirks that make them better for certain scenarios and needs, there’s really no stopping you from using each farm however you deem fit.
Because, really, no one’s stopping you from planing crops and raising animals at the Riverlands Farm if that’s what you want to do.
Remember, the point of Stardew Valley is to let you do whatever you want.
So, instead of worrying about whether or not you’ll be changing your mind down the line, just go with the farm type that fits your preference right now, and take it from there.
This article was written by a freelance writer.