While the farming simulator Stardew Valley is an open-ended game allowing players to choose how to spend their days in the peaceful rural community of Pelican Town, it features a central objective of completing bundles to restore the community center. The Junimos, apple-shaped fairies who inhabit the forests surrounding Stardew Valley, ask the player to donate crops, fish, animal products, and other items in exchange for renovating neglected rooms in the Center. Once Stardew Valley players have completed the community center, the infamous Joja Corporation is closing its warehouse and leaving town.
Completing the community center is a time-consuming task that typically takes players several years of gameplay and requires spending a significant amount of gold to purchase crop seeds, animals, and upgraded tools such as axes and fishing rods. The version 1.5 update of the game, released at the end of 2020, allowed Stardew players to vary the Community Center requirements each playthrough by activating Remix Packs, which require different combinations of ingredients compared to the standard packs released in the base version of the game.
On the Stardew Valley subreddit, a player through u/Nellynee reported on his attempts to complete the community center requirements without spending any gold. Unfortunately, they learned that this was impossible, as one of the rooms in the community center, the Vault, simply requires the player to pay large sums of money to refurbish it. Even taking into account the vault, players must buy animals for their farm in order to produce milk and eggs and hunt truffles. Also, some crops, such as flowers, do not fall naturally in the wild and must be grown from purchased seeds.
In the end, u/Nellynee calculated the minimum amount of money needed to complete the community center. Using only standard bundles, it costs 125,295 gold, of which 43,000 is dedicated to the vault. However, this low-cost challenge requires a significant amount of luck, as it relies heavily on finding seeds and saplings from randomly spawning treasure chests in the Mines and Skull Cavern dungeons. It also forces the player to spend a lot of time rummaging through trash cans, planting mixed seeds and hoping for the right results, and increasing their friendship with the character Emily, who can offer friendly players animal products. such as wool. In fact, choosing Emily as the player’s wife could potentially lower the minimum gold requirement even further, as she will be giving her wife animal-related gifts even more frequently.
Interestingly, the total of 125,295 gold calculated by u/Nellynee is only slightly lower than the 135,000 gold required if the player instead chooses to side with the Joja Corporation rather than residents of Pelican Town. Unlike the Junimos, who value crops and animal products, Joja only needs money to improve the town, and will shut down the community center and lead local businesses to permanently shut down.
Stardew Valley is currently available for Android, iOS, macOS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
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