25 Best Stardew Valley Mods

Stardew Valley is one of the most loved farming sim games of all time. The content is well-designed, balanced, and simple so many players can enjoy it. But that does not mean you should only stick to the vanilla game. There are so many mods available that add new content, modify existing features, or change the game’s looks altogether. So, we have created this guide to list the best Stardew Valley mods out there. So, if you’re ready, let’s begin!

Last updated on July 5 to include five more exciting SV mods and replace the outdated ones.

Note: Don’t forget to go through our guide on how to download and install Stardew Valley mods if you wish to use any of the mods listed below.

1. Stardew Valley Expanded

We’re opening the list with probably the best and most popular SV mod, which is Stardew Valley Expanded. As the name suggests, this mod expands the vanilla game quite drastically. You name it, Stardew Valley Expanded has it all.

From new NPCs, heart events, dialogues, map locations, and buildings to special quests, upgraded locations with lots of neat details, better Joja mart, more shops and so much more.

Player talking to Sophia, one of the characters from the Stardew Valley Expanded mod
Official screenshot on the download page

Basically, Stardew Valley Expanded adds a little something to everything, so even if you played the base game many times, this mod provides a fresh and exciting story to experience. Moreover, this mod is fairly big, so it requires several mods to be installed first. You can check all of them out on the download page linked below.

2. CJB Cheats Menu

If you’re familiar with commands in Minecraft, you’ll get used to this mod very easily. It essentially adds cheats. Yeah, that’s it. By pressing P by default, you can open a menu that lets you modify a whole ton of values and features.

Cheats menu options from the CJB Cheats Menu mod

From infinite stamina and health, instantly adding different currencies, and leveling up at the press of a button to changing weather conditions, adding or removing relationship points, changing time, and even warping basically anywhere you want.

CJB Cheats Menu mod is fairly useful if you’ve already played through the entire game before and just don’t want to go through the grinding part again.

3. CJB Item Spawner

Similar to the previous mod, CJB Item Spawner lets you open an inventory with the “i” key, which contains every single item in the game. And those also include items you cannot obtain in the base game. This mod is like the creative inventory in Minecraft.

Menu of all items in Stardew Valley using the CJB Item Spawner mod

So, if you’re struggling to get ahold of an item for a while, never got the chance to play with an item, or perhaps are just a bit lazy, you can spawn any item in your inventory just by clicking it.

4. Tractor Mod

The Tractor mod is perfect if you find planting and harvesting one crop at a time tedious. It adds a tractor that can perform different actions depending on the tool or item you have selected. So, it can hoe the soil, water it, chop logs, mine rocks, plant seeds, apply fertilizer, and also many other things. It does all of this with three uses at a time, so it’s a rather significant time-saver.

Buy tractor garage from the Tractor Mod

Though the tractor is not cheap. To be able to play with it, you’ll need to purchase a tractor garage from Robin, which requires 5 iridium bars apart from 150k gold.

5. NPC Map Locations

NPC Map Locations Stardew Valley mod
Official screenshot on the download page

It can be pretty frustrating when you want to find an NPC, but you simply have no clue where they could be. So, the NPC Map Locations mod is one of the best quality-of-life mods that shows exactly where you can find an NPC while checking the in-game map. This mod also modifies the map to be more accurate. You can even enable a minimap, which will make it very easy to find a specific villager.

6. Automate

This mod on our list will quite literally blow your mind. The Automate mod for Stardw Valley allows adjacent machines and chests to interact, by extracting or inputting items. So, if there is a chest next to a mushroom box in the cave, the spawned mushroom will instantly end up in the chest.

Another great example would be to place a chest filled with bait next to a crab pot. The crab pot will be instantly filled with bait and once the morning rolls, the caught fish will end up in the chest.

Player filling a chest with coal and iron ore and the furnace adjacent starts smelting right away using the Automate mod

This mod affects several machines in the game, like casks, crab pots, crystalariums, kegs, furnaces, looms, preserve jars, different statues, and more. There are various possibilities this mod provides, so check them out right away.

7. Skip Fishing Minigame

Fishing is quite a big part of Stardew Valley. It’s a great source of money in the early game and fish you catch are used in cooking recipes, as well as trophy displays in case of legendary fish. But, not everyone is into the fishing minigame. It’s a fun mechanic, but it can be especially difficult and time-consuming. So, the Skip Fishing Minigame mod completely removes it from the game.

Player catching fish without the fishing minigame using a mod Skip Fishing Minigame

Start fishing as normal and once you click after the fish bites, you will reel it in immediately and no minigame will appear. This mod doesn’t really provide an easier alternative to a game’s mechanic, but completely removes it, which makes it a bit of a cheat mod.

8. SV Anime Mods

Stardew Valley Anime Mods
Official screenshots on the download page

If you’re a fan of anime characters and their unique designs, then you’re going to love this SV mod. It changes all character portraits to be anime-inspired. Villagers’ hair is refreshed, eyes are shiny and cute and the overall style is far more detailed. These new portraits add a lot more personality to the characters and make them truly special.

9. Bigger Backpack

Even though you might have a fully upgraded backpack, inventory space can still be an issue. Well, the Bigger Backpack mod helps at least a bit. It adds a third backpack you can buy at Pierre’s.

Extra inventory row with the Bigger Backpack mod
Official screenshot on the download page

It costs a total of 50k gold, but it introduces a whole row of inventory slots to make it 48 slots in total. So, this is a pretty simple but effective mod you can play around with right away.

10. Wear More Rings

So we can all agree that rings can be very OP. They provide all sorts of buffs and thanks to the 1.5 update, you can also combine rings at the forge. But, that is still not enough, because you just want to have all the best rings equipped all the time.

Player inventory with more ring slots then normal using the Wear More Rings mod in Stardew Valley
Official screenshot on the download page

The Wear More Rings mod basically lets you do just that – wear more rings. It adds additional ring slots you can configure.

11. Babies Take After Spouse

Babies Take After Spouse Stardew Valley mod
Official screenshot on the download page

Stardew Valley children are pretty basic and boring, to be honest. So, if you would like to make them more special and unique, then the Babies Take After Spouse mod is a great option. It turns all baby and toddler sprites to match the base game marriage candidate.

So, if you’re married to Leah, the kids will have her hair and skin color and the same goes for other in-game characters. This mod makes the player kids finally look special, instead of just plain.

12. Experience Bars

One of the more annoying things in Stardew Valley is that you don’t actually know the progress of your skills, so you don’t know when you’re going to level up. Well, the Experience Bars changes that by adding experience bars of course.

Experience Bars Stardew Valley mod
Official screenshot on the download page

Thanks to them, you’ll be able to easily tell how much more work you have to complete to level up. This is a fairly simple mod, but it is such a great quality-of-life feature that should exist in the vanilla game as well. You may even toggle the display on and off and also move it around the screen.

13. DaisyNiko’s Earthy Recolour

Have you ever played Stardew Valley for a couple of hours and then been like: “Ow, my eyes hurt!” Well, if this did happen to you, you are not alone. Stardew Valley has lots of vibrant and intense colors everywhere, and that’s what makes it so beautiful. But honestly, it would’ve been beautiful with toned done colors too and the DaisyNiko’s Earthy Recolour mod shows that perfectly.

Vanilla Stardew Valley on the right and Earthy Recolour mod on the left
Official screenshot on the download page

It modifies many colors of the original game, such as dirt color, foliage color, sand color, snow color, and even the color of buildings. This mod also replaces some default sprites to align with the newer color palette. Not only that, but DaisyNiko’s Earthy Recolour adds seasonal world maps, which look gorgeous.

14. Better Junimos

Junimos are those cuties you get introduced to in the Community Center and that you can hire to harvest the fully grown crops on your farm. Even though this is helpful, you can’t help but wonder why can’t they do more things, like water the crops and plant seeds. Better Junimos mod offers just that.

Junimos in the Better Junimos mod watering the plants
Official screenshot on the download page

These little friends can plant seeds, apply fertilizer, water the crops, harvest them, and clear dead crops. They can also work in rain, during winter, and in the greenhouse. But, you’ll need to pay a certain fee for their hard work, so get to making money as soon as possible.

15. Medieval Buildings

If you’re into games with medieval vibes and looks, then this Stardew Valley mod is a must to have. It retextures all the existing buildings on your farm into medieval-looking beautiful ones. They all have the same color palette so they fit the farm and complement each other very well.

Beginner house in the Medieval mod

You can also try matching the town’s buildings with this mod by installing some other mods that are all mentioned on the mod’s download page linked below.

16. Yet Another Harvest with Scythe Mod

Don’t you just get frustrated when you have to manually harvest every single crop on your farm one by one? Well, I certainly do. So, if you feel like that, then Yet Another Harvest with Scythe Mod will come to your aid.

Yet Another Harvest with Scythe Stardew Valley Mod
Official screenshot on the download page

This amazing mod allows you to harvest every single crop and forage item using a scythe. So, with just one swing, you can harvest a whole bunch of crops at once, which significantly shortens the time needed to gather all the crops. But if you really want to pluck them manually, you may still do that.

17. Simple Foliage

Unique foliage from the Stardew Valley Simple Foliage mod

Simple Foliage mod is a pretty simple mod that adds a lot to the game’s feel. It replaces most trees’ sprites with new beautiful ones with unique styles, colors, and shapes. Besides trees, it adds brand new bush textures as well, which you’ll find more pleasing to look at.

18. Ridgeside Village

The Ridgeside Village mod is quite possibly the largest Stardew Valley mod out there. It is fairly similar to Stardew Valley Expanded, as in it introduces tons of new villagers, cutscenes, locations, and more.

Ridgeside Village mod map
Official screenshot on the download page

But, you can find all of those new features in a separate village called well, Ridgeside village. In this village, you can explore the characters’ stories, obtain new items, and new cooking recipes, and add pretty much everything like monsters, fish, quests, shops, and even clothes.

19. Happy Birthday

Have you ever wondered why Stardew Valley characters have birthdays, but you don’t? Well, Happy Birthday mod makes you the same as everyone else, as you now have your own special day. You can choose which day it will be in a year.

Happy Birthday Stardew Valley mod
Official screenshot on the download page

Then when it arrives, you can read letters from your parents and talk to villagers, who will wish you happy birthday and give you gifts. These gifts depend on your friendship level with them. So, if you’re good with a villager, they’ll make sure you get a great birthday present.

20. Lookup Anything

With there being so many different items, NPCs, and other things to keep track of in Stardew Valley, mods that show you all the important info are very appreciated. The Lookup Anything mod allows you to see the menu that displays all the information about a certain item, crop, NPC, machine, or object just by pressing the F1 key.

Lookup Anything mod describing an apple
Official screenshot on the download page

So, if you hover over an item in your inventory and press F1, then you’ll be able to look up anything you need, from its sell price, where it’s needed, recipes that require it, and more. This is a handy mod to have, especially if you tend to forget things.

21. Better Ranching

Better Ranching Stardew Valley mod
Official screenshot on the download page

Better Ranching is one of the QOL mods that make it easier to interact with farm animals. It adds indicators that show whether an animal can be petted, milked, or sheared. That is pretty much it. Despite its simplicity, this mod will help speed up the game’s progression and result in you making money more quickly.

22. Visible Fish

Another simple, yet useful SV mod is the Visible Fish mod. It makes all currently catchable fish visible in the water. So, you don’t need to guess anymore which fish you can catch, as you can visually see if they’re there.

Visible Fish Stardew Valley mod
Official screenshot on the download page

This mod is especially useful in the early game when you’re just getting to know the game and its fish content. However, the Visible Fish mod also works for modded areas and fish as well. Moreover, only fish that go in the fish tank work with this mod, so any other that doesn’t belong there will not be visually shown.

23. Skull Cavern Elevator

This is another one of the “cheat-like” mods. It adds an elevator system to a Scull Cavern, basically imitating the one in the mines. So, every time you reach the 5th, 10th, 15th, and so on level in the Scull Cavern, you will be able to access it at the top easily by pressing a button in the elevator.

Player standing in the Skull Cavern and there is an elevator behind them in the Skull Cavern elevator mod
Official screenshot on the download page

So, it allows you to get a lot of iridium super fast if you explore deep enough. Stardew Valley is primarily a farming game. So if you’re not into the scary and challenging combat features of the Scull Cavern, you can make them more manageable with this mod.

24. Chests Anywhere

This mod basically imitates the ender chest from Minecraft, but it uses every single chest inventory. If you press B, you’ll access a menu list of every chest you have ever placed in the world. So, if you’re out foraging, you can simply access the foraging chest on your farm to dump off items. You can also open the shipping bin itself from anywhere in the world.

Chest menu with the Chests Anywhere mod
Official screenshot on the download page

So, if you’ve gathered a lot of fish, you can simply sell them all right away and continue fishing and making money. The Chests Anywhere mod is especially useful while exploring mines and the Scull Cavern, as you can continue to go deeper and find more special items without having to go back to your farm to sell or organize stuff.

25. Immersive Family

Many players complain about children not being important in Stardew Valley. They just appear one day and no one really talks much about them. They grow up into a toddler and stay like that forever. The Immersive Family mod makes children matter more.

Player children in the town in the Immersive Family mod
Official screenshot on the download page

It adds 23 events for your kids and over 300 lines of dialogue for the vanilla and modded NPCs that relate to the cutscenes. People will actually mention your children and this makes them feel more like part of the community.

Just like that, you now know about the best Stardew Valley mods available to download right now. So, if you are interested in changing the base game’s appearance, adding new content, upgrading existing features, or even playing with cheats, you have tons of options to choose from. So, which mod is your favorite on our list? Tell us in the comments below!

What is the best site for Stardew mods?

The best website for Stardew mods is Nexus Mods. It’s a hub for a whole bunch of mods, which you can filter into several different categories. This is the most popular website you’ll find.

Is CurseForge good for Stardew mods?

You’ll find Stardew mods on CurseForge, but not all of them. Most mod creators post their mods on Nexus Mods, where you’ll find all of them.

Is modding Stardew Valley hard?

No, not at all. You can easily download and install Stardew mods with just a few steps. You can read our guide for the step-by-step process if you need help. And when it comes to the content you’ll introduce with a mod, well, that’s up to you.

Are Stardew mods free?

Yes, all the mods are free to download, install and play.

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