Stardew Valley forester vs gatherer is a topic that has been discussed time and again by the community. People are often unsure of what they should be doing to progress in the game, which is why it’s important for me to clear up any confusion about foresters and gatherers. This article will go into detail on both professions, exploring their pros and cons as well as how each one can help you advance through the game quickly.
Forester: Pros and Cons
As a forester, your focus is the trees. You can cut down trees and sell them for profit while also using them to build things such as bridges or fences which you’ll need to purchase in order to expand your farm. The only tools needed are an ax (which you should upgrade) and a pickaxe so you can mine some stone every once in a while. You’ll also need plenty of wood, though there are other ways to get around that if you’re out of cash.
Can produce income for your farm significantly faster than any other profession since it is easy money. If the goal of the game is to maximize profits then this is the best option.
You can use trees to upgrade tools which saves your time and resources when compared to mines where you have no choice but to spend your hard-earned cash on metal bars just so you can progress through the game faster.
Using trees as resources for building objects makes them more effective than raw materials such as stone or clay because not only are they able to provide more structural health, but you can use them as a way to protect your crops from animals.
You don’t need to be online for this profession to make money. In fact, it’s probably better if you aren’t since the income is so easy that there’s no reason to be playing the game 24/7 unless of course you’re addicted. All you have to do is send an ax over and collect the money at your convenience.
Once you upgrade all of your tools then this becomes a very slow process without cash flow outside of trees which means you’ll end up spending a lot of time doing nothing until those resources regenerate. If gaining money from chopping down trees becomes too slow then I suggest switching professions or getting a job in Pelican Town or Joja Mart.
The process of getting wood can be difficult if you don’t understand how it works. The best way to get a lot of wood is by cutting birch trees because they produce the most wood compared to other types. However, they’re also the rarest type which means you won’t find them growing anywhere unless there’s an area nearby that has all three types of trees (pine, oak, and birch).
If your ax breaks then the only way to continue making money is to spend $200 at the Carpenter’s Shop just so you can upgrade your ax and pickaxe which cost $550 total before tax so I suggest saving up for these two items rather than wasting all your cash on an ax.
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Gatherer: Pros and Cons
As a gatherer, your focus is the items found in the mines. There are dozens of different minerals and metals you can find as well as weapon artifacts that you can sell for a decent amount of money if they’re rare enough. The only tools needed are an iron pickaxe which you should upgrade ASAP, some mining safety equipment (which is just as important as the pickaxe itself), and maybe a good weapon from time to time. You’ll also need plenty of stamina so you can continue exploring without running out anytime soon so I recommend eating food before going down into the mines every once in a while or taking a nap until your stamina regenerates since it takes longer to regenerate when you’re sleeping.
Can produce income for your farm significantly faster than any other profession since it is easy money and the best way to advance through the game quickly. If the goal of the game is to maximize profits then this is probably the best option.
You can use minerals as resources for building objects which makes them more effective than raw materials such as stone or clay because not only are they able to provide more structural health, but you can use them as a way to protect your crops from animals or expand your house so you have more space. This includes iron bars which are by far the most important resource in Stardew Valley.
The process of getting ore can be difficult if you don’t understand how it works. The best way to get a lot of material is by going down the mines until you find an area with visible gold spots or just dig straight into the wall and hope that there’s some visible ore nearby. There are only three types of minerals that will spawn in the mines: copper, iron, and coal which you can sell for $50 each.
On average it takes over 10 hours of gameplay before you can afford your first pickaxe upgrade so expect this process to take days if not weeks. This is assuming that you started out with nothing and never sold anything from your farm either. It’s definitely possible to get a few mineral veins (and artifacts) on your first day, but more likely than not you’ll have to wait a long time before you get anything worth mentioning.
The process of getting minerals can be difficult if you don’t understand how it works. The best way to get ore is by finding areas where minerals spawn since this is the only way that they’ll appear in-game without taking too much damage which leads to my next point…
Forester or Gatherer which is the best?
The best profession is completely up to the player. In my opinion, it depends on how much money you have as well as what your goals are in Stardew Valley which varies for everyone.
If your goal is to maximize profits and produce the most amount of gold per hour then a forester or gatherer would be ideal (gathering takes priority since it will make more money). Foresters tend to make more money than gatherers by selling cut trees, saplings, and honeycomb whereas gatherers tend to make more money from selling minerals but the difference isn’t too big. If you’re playing on a file with an existing farm (which you can download here ) then I would recommend becoming a forester because that map contains the most amount of trees which usually produce more wood than minerals per hour.
If you don’t have much money or are planning on starting a new map then it’s best to be a gatherer because you will need the materials for building objects at first and there are fewer trees in Stardew Valley compared to minerals. Furthermore, becoming a forester, later on, is difficult because once you’re done cutting down all of your trees then there isn’t anything worth selling anymore so being able to quickly get through the mines is an absolute requirement if you want to continue making money without having to rely on donations from villagers.