Even though Stardew Valley didn’t have an official Steam Workshop back at the time, the modding community has been hard at work ever since the game’s initial launch back in 2016. If you were to look online, you’ll find plenty of mods for stardew valley. You can do pretty much anything, from adjusting the game balance to things such as making Robin dateable, and eventually able to be married.
You can look on, both on the official forum, as well as the Stardew Valley Nexus Mods page. However, there are quite a lot of them, and sifting through all to find the ones you like, work well, and don’t have a lot of bugs can be a difficult task.
To help with that, we’ve got a list of the best Stardew Valley mods for you. We made sure to include some variety, from fun gameplay mods, to visual and aesthetic ones. All of them will get you something different, depending on what you want from the game.
How to Install Stardew Valley mods
Before we get into the mods, you should know about installing them. Most of the mods actually just modify the game’s XNB files, meaning you download a modified XNB and replace the corresponding one in the game’s ‘Content’ folder. If this is the case, make a back-up of the original. This will help if and when you want to remove the mod.
The other option is the Stardew Modding API or SMAPI. This is an API made by the community, which allows for use of DLL mods. This is a bit more complex than just replacing the XNB files, but you can make changes that go much deeper into the game.
Content Patcher is another mod for SMAPI, which will allow you to download content packs. These packs change the game’s assets or visuals, similarly to an XNB mod, but they won’t require that you manually mess with the NXBs. You can update, install and uninstall mods through the Stardew Modding API, and most of the XNB file mods you’ll come across actually have content pack equivalents.
Last but not least, we have Yuuki’s Stardew Valley ModManager or SDVMM. Yuuki is a well-known modder, and the SVDMM tool will allow you to install and update SMAPI. It will also let you keep track of all the mods you’ve installed, and you can easily activate or deactivate specific mods. This gives you a lot of flexibility with mods. With that out of the way, let’s take a look at a few must have mods.
Best Stardew Valley Graphics, Visual, Texture Mods
Many people actually like the gameplay as it is, and only want to make modifications to the visuals. Here are a few mods to do so.
The Yoda Wizard is a very popular mod, especially for fans of the Star Wars series. Yoda is one of the main characters and you can now get it in Stardew Valley. It replaces the Wizard character, so you’re basically visiting Yoda whenever you go to visit the Wizard. Even though the portrait may be a bit blurry, the pixel sprite is actually really accurate. The best thing? It’s not just the looks, because he’ll also be speaking just like Yoda. Not much of a difference between a Jedi and a Wizard anyway, right?
Admit it, the swords from level 1 through level 26 aren’t much to look at. They aren’t interesting at all, so why not replace them? If you’re a Star Wars fan, you could replace them with these lightsabers. They may not glow, but they’ll get the job done. For the first six levels, there are different colors. The next six will repeat the colors and add cross pieces near the handle, similar to Kylo Ren’s sword. Combine this with our next mod, and you’re slowly turning your game into a variant of Star Wars.
The BB-8 dog or cat
Okay, this is the last Star Wars related mod, we promise. It’s from the same developer that made the previous two mods, and this one is easily as good as them, if not even better. It will change your dog, or your cat, into BB-8, the adorable robot from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We love this one for one simple reason – it’s difficult to make a robot that’s basically two spheres, out of small squares. This is, quite honestly, one of the best things to ever get modded in Stardew Valley.
The Robin Romance Mod
We’re starting things off with a fun one, known as the Robin Romance Mod. If you were to install it, you’ll be able to date Robin and eventually marry her. This is achieved by making Robin a custom NPC, and the mod comes in a few flavors.
The main version has Robin divorced. Veronica, her sister, replaces her at the carpentry shop. Veronica doesn’t do a lot, but if she is a problem for you, there’s an alternative in the optional download. In the alternative, you’re just adding Robin as above, but without Veronica. In this case, you’ll still have the normal Robin, and the dateable Robin’s birthday is shifted by a day. If you want to just have a bit of fun with the game, the Robin Romance Mod is a great place to start.
Having a horse to get around in the game was a great idea. However, why limit yourself to a horse, when you can ride something else? A horse is old fashioned. Why not switch things up and ride a tractor around your farm? There’s a dose of humor here, since you still have to put the tractor to sleep in that stable you actually built for a horse. But when you realize you have a somewhat luxurious way of getting from point A to point B, who cares? Seeing as the modder behind it had to make it from scratch, this is an excellent and quite hilarious mod.
If you don’t just want to modify the visuals of the game, there are other mods that allow you to go much deeper than that. You can add more functionality, you can see things that you would otherwise need to guess, and you can even make some of the minigames easier. If you want to take your modding a bit further than visuals, the next few mods are just right for you.
The Social Editor Menu
One of the goals of the game is to establish relationships with Pelican Town’s citizens. However, based on a variety of factors, the relationships’ status may fluctuate wildly. It depends on what kind of conversations you initiate. It depends on what kind of gift you gave them, as well as when you gave them the gift and what quality is it. All of these things are very time consuming, which understandably, can make your whole game boring.
The Social Editor Menu aims to solve all of this. Basically, it gives you a list of every non-player character. In that list is how many relationship points you have with each of these characters. This takes most of the guesswork out of the game, and lets you know what to do with more or less each character.
Stardew Valley is something you’ll be playing for a long while. As you progress, you’ll start to notice the soundtrack and all of its “dead spots”. Eventually, you’ll find that the soundtrack is simply dull, and you will be tempted to simply mute the game and play something in the background. But that’s not a smart idea. Stardew Valley relies on important audio cues more often than you think, and that way you’ll miss them.
More Music is the solution you’ve been looking for. It basically adds more tracks to the game. Sources are Undertale and other similar games, which means that some of the sound effects that are looping in the soundtrack may be replaced with other music or sounds. If you’re getting bored of all that, though, this shouldn’t be much of a problem.
Even though the game itself is well made and pretty interesting to play, there’s no shortage of people who complain about how hard it is to catch a fish. You may spend upwards of half an hour before you get your first fish, because the minigame itself is actually really unpredictable. The key mapping also makes it a fairly big pain in the wrist, which only makes things harder.
As the name itself suggests, Easier Fishing will solve this issue. You get three choices, and you can use any of the files depending on how easy you want to make things. You can either make fishing 25%, 50%, or 75% easier than it is in the game without any mods. It will reduce the amount of movement of the fish in the activity window, making catching one significantly easier than it would be otherwise.
Enemy Health Bars
When you’re playing Stardew Valley, Pelican Town’s mines are a great place to find all the gemstones and ores you need. However, to get to them, you’ll need to go through enemies and monsters. This wouldn’t be so tricky, if it wasn’t for the extremely primitive combat system that you have at your disposal.
If you want to make this a bit easier for you, Enemy Health Bars can help. For starters, as its name suggests, it adds a marker to each enemy that allows you to see how many hit points that specific enemy has left. This may sound like a simple change, but it will help you get through the mines’ many levels.
There are a few things about Enemy Health Bars that make it very interesting. To begin with, it’s not a cheat. If you want to see precise, accurate information, you’ll have to have more combat skills, or kill more of a certain enemy type. Also, enemies that rely on the player not noticing them, such as shadow enemies, or enemies that rely on shadows in any way, must be hit at least once in order to see their health bar. The color scheme is configurable, and you can also see the health’s numeric value. Each enemy, according to their power or size, has a bigger or smaller health bar, which is an interesting addition. The mod can properly handle 1.05 zoom, and each bar’s position is hand-selected, which means that it should be in the exact right place for most of the enemies. All in all, it’s quite an impressive mod that will help you quite a bit if you can take advantage of it well.
Stardew Valley’s character list is extensive, and many of them are actually fairly cute. However, you can’t date them all, at least not at the same time. Well, bwdy’s Polygamy mod aims to change that. It’s a mod that allows you to have non-monogamous relationships with multiple partners, even to the level of marrying multiple partners. You’ll have a primary spouse every day. Once you’re done with your first wedding, Piere allows you to get more Mermaid Pendants. If you do meet all the requirements, any additional NPCs will accept the pendant and bouquet items and the “already married” dialogue won’t be triggered.
Now, note that there are still some issues with the schedules. For example, your spouses may not want to follow the vanilla schedules. That’s why the modder, until this is fixed, has assigned the spouses a ‘wander’ AI. You can also have a poly divorce. It does cost 50,000g, and instead of at midnight, it will occur instantly. This is something you should be careful about. The mod will also fix some of the quirks or crashes when you’re marrying non-dateable NPCs, and will allow you to make them dateable using SMAPI. There’s also quite a few useful commands, and you can see them by typing “polygamy” in the SMAPI console.
Wrapping things up
With the list above, we hope to have given you quite a few options for modding various aspects of Stardew Valley. From changing up some of the characters, to actually making the game easier and more fun to play, you can do just about anything with it.
Now, whether you just want to add a touch of Star Wars, or make your fishing experience more tolerable, installing these mods shouldn’t be too difficult. We did make sure to include some installation help as well, and you should be able to easily find your way around that. Each mod also has specific installation instructions as well, so that’s even more help.
All that’s left for you is to take a look at the mods, and see which one(s) you’d like to take a look at. The SMAPI and SDVMM will let you install it, take a look at it, and uninstall it if you don’t like it, in a simple way. Happy modding!