How to Save in Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is one of the most immersive RPGs out there. As an upcoming farmer in the eponymous town, you have to build everything from scratch. From selling crops to earn money to upgrading the decrepit town hall, it’s a game that you can easily lose hours, and days, to. Therefore, knowing how to save is absolutely crucial. The save system in Stardew Valley is surprisingly complex – but we’ve got you covered on how it works.

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How to save your game in Stardew Valley

The good news is that saving on Stardew Valley is the same process across all platforms. You can only save at a specific location during a certain time of the day. Unsurprisingly, that location is at your household, and in the evening of the game’s built-in clock.

Yes, the only way to save in Stardew Valley is to sleep for the night in your character’s bed. Once you select the option to sleep, you’ll be greeted with a save screen. In an era where most games let you save on a whim, or have autosave functionality, Stardew Valley is surprisingly traditional.

Since the system is specific to just one location, it’s really important that you remember to back up your progress before exiting the game. If you assume that a hard day of farming, selling and plowing will be saved automatically, you may end up losing all that progress. In Stardew Valley, the in-game clock goes down quickly, and days can rush by in no time. If you find yourself absorbed in the immersive farming experience, it can be easy to lose track of your progress.

Therefore, you’d be wise to save every day. Luckily, your sprite will tire out pretty quickly. By the early hours of the morning, they will be desperate for sleep. That should be enough of a reminder to head home and save your progress to ensure the future of your farm.

Luke Hinton is a freelance culture journalist living in Cardiff, Wales. He graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism, Media and Communications, and currently balances his freelancing work with postgraduate studies. He specialises in film, TV and entertainment writing.