Stardew Valley Lewis | The Complete Character Guide

Stardew Valley Lewis

After stepping off the bus in Stardew Valley, you’ll be greeted by a snarky carpenter, who claims to be the mayor of your new home, Pelican Town. He’s kind enough to introduce himself as Lewis and helps you get acquainted with your new home and new neighbors. Not only is he one of the more prominent NPC in Pelican Town, but he is also a good friend to have. In this guide, we will run down his schedule, heart events, gifting preferences, and much more.

Who is Lewis?

Stardew Valley Lewis

Lewis has been the Mayor of Pelican Town for over 20 years, running uncontested each election season. He’s a respected member of his community, beloved and trusted by all. He claims to be a bachelor, having never been married, but the word around town is that may not be as true as he says.

Lewis cares deeply about all his town’s residents and works hard to make sure Pelican Town businesses are running smoothly and that everyone has what they need to be happy. He’ll be the first to welcome you to Stardew Valley when you take over your grandfather’s farm.

Relationships

Lewis is deeply connected with everyone in Pelican Town. He makes regular checkups to the local businesses to ensure they are doing well, and is a regular at The Stardrop Saloon, chatting with locals and socializing. He has a particularly close relationship with Marnie, a local farmer that sells animals and animal supplies. They’re often seen sitting together at a little table at the Stardrop Saloon on Friday nights. Makes one wonder if there’s something going on between the two of them…

Gifts | What Gifts Should I Give to Lewis?

All villagers have gifts that are Loves, Likes, Neutrals, Dislikes, and Hates. A loved gift will earn you 80 Friendship Points with your intended recipient, liked gifts earn 40, neutrals earn 20, dislikes cost -20, and hated gifts cost a painful -40 points. It’s important to be mindful of what your friends like and don’t like to avoid conflict. Luckily, Lewis isn’t nearly as choosy as some of the other villages, and there’s a great variety of good gifts for him.

Lewis is a sucker for lots of different cooked dishes and Hot Peppers. He’s pretty easy to find gifts for, you just have to know what to be on the lookout for.

Loved

Lewis’s friendship can be easily won with Autumn’s Bounty, Glazed Yams, Green Tea, Hot Peppers, and Vegetable Medley.

Autumn’s Bounty is a cooked dish made with one Yam and one Pumpkin, the recipe for it can be obtained in a letter from Demetrius after reaching seven hearts of friendship with him. You won’t catch this recipe on The Queen of Sauce, so be sure to befriend Demetrius if you want to get your hands on it. You’ll also receive five Autumn’s Bounties as a reward for completing the Exotic Foraging Bundle in the Community Center. The dish may also pop up in Krobus’ shop on Saturdays or at The Stardrop Saloon.

Glazed Yams is a cooked dish as well, made with one Yam and one Sugar. (The man loves Yams!) The recipe can be obtained by viewing The Queen of Sauce on Fall 21 of Year 1. The dish itself, like many others, may also pop up in Krobus’ shop on Saturdays or at The Stardrop Saloon.

Green Tea can be made from Tea Leaves using a Keg. The leaves are harvested from Tea Bushes during the last week of Spring, Summer, and Fall. Tea Saplings can be crafted from two Wild Seeds, five Fiber, and five Wood after obtaining the recipe from Caroline the day after her 2-Heart Event. Tea Leaves placed into a keg will take three in-game hours to brew into Green Tea.

Hot Peppers are a crop grown during Summer. Seeds can be purchased from Pierre’s shop at any time during Summer, and they’ll take five days to grow. Hot Pepper plants give one Hot Pepper every three days, with a small chance of producing extra Hot Peppers.

Vegetable Medley is yet another cooked dish Lewis loves. This one can be made with one Tomato and one Beet, once you receive the recipe after reaching sevent hearts of friendship with Caroline. The dish itself can also be found on occasion at Krobus’ shop on Saturdays or in The Stardrop Saloon’s rotating stock.

Lastly, Lewis also loves all Universal Loves, which include the Golden Pumpkin (obtained from the Spirit’s Eve Festival maze), Pearls (obtained from the Mermaid Show at the Night Market or through Fishing Ponds), Magic Rock Candy (obtained from the Desert Trader in exchange for three Prismatic Shards), Prismatic Shards, and Rabbit’s Feet.

Likes

Mayor Lewis’s liked gifts include Blueberries, Cactus Fruits, and Coconuts. The latter two can be obtained from foraging in Calico Desert, and Blueberries can be grown on your farm during Summer. Lewis also conforms to the list of Universal Likes, which includes the following:

  • Lewis likes all Artisan Goods, except Green Tea, which he loves; Oil, which is universally disliked; and Void Mayonnaise, which he hates.
  • Lewis likes all Cooking items, except Autumn’s Bounty, Glazed Yams, and Vegetable Medley, all of which he loves; Fried Egg and Bread, which are universally neutral; and Strange Bun and Seafoam Pudding, which are universally hated.
  • He likes all Flowers, except Poppies, which are universally hated, and Daffodils, about which he is Neutral.
  • He likes all Foraged Minerals, except Quartz, which he hates.
  • Lewis likes all Fruit Tree Fruits, except Bananas and Mangoes, about both of which he is neutral.
  • He likes all Gems, except Prismatic Shards, which he loves.
  • He likes all Vegetables, including Fiddlehead Fern, but excluding Hops, Tea Leaves, and Wheat, which are universal neutrals; and Unmilled Rice which is universally disliked.
  • Additionally, Lewis likes Life Elixir and Maple Syrup.

Neutral

The list of gifts about which Lewis is neutral is quite extensive, but they’re important to note, as they include quite a few gifts that other villagers may like or love.

  • Lewis is neutral toward all Eggs, except Void Eggs, which he hates. Note that Dinosaur Eggs should be considered Artifacts for gifting purposes; he dislikes these.
  • Lewis is neutral toward all Fruit, except Blueberries, Cactus Fruit, Hot Peppers, and Coconuts, all of which he loves; Fruit Tree Fruits other than Bananas and Mangoes, which he likes; and Salmonberry, which he hates.
  • He is neutral toward Bread, Clams, Coral, Duck Feathers, Fried Eggs, Hops, Nautilus Shells, Rainbow Shells, Roe, Squid Ink, Sweet Gem Berries, Tea Leaves, Truffles, Wheat, and Wool.
  • Lewis specifically is neutral toward Chanterelles, Common Mushrooms, Daffodils, Dandelions, Ginger, Hazelnuts, Leeks, Magma Caps, Morels, Purple Mushrooms, Snow Yams, and Winter Roots.

Dislikes

These will be important to remember. Lewis dislikes all Universal Dislikes with no exceptions, meaning that this list can be applied to virtually all Pelican Town residents with some exceptions.

  • Lewis dislikes all Building Materials, i.e. Battery Packs, Clay, Fiber, Hardwood, Stone, and Wood. He also dislikes Metal Goods, such as any Ore or Bars (except Radioactive, which are hated), Refined Quartz, Coal, Bone Fragments, and Cinder Shards.
  • Lewis dislikes all Artifacts.
  • He dislikes all Bombs.
  • Lewis dislikes all Crafted Floors and Paths, as well as all Fences.
  • He dislikes all Fertilizers and Sprinklers.
  • He dislikes all Fish, except Clams, which are universally neutral; and Carp and Snails, which are universally hated.
  • Lewis dislikes all Geode Minerals and all Geodes themselves.
  • He dislikes all Seeds, including Fruit Tree Saplings, Tea Saplings, Acorns, Maple Seeds, ad Pine Cones.
  • He dislikes all fishing Tackle.
  • Per the Universal Dislikes rule, Lewis also dislikes Cave Carrots, Driftwood, Field Snacks, Jack-O-Lanterns, Oak Resin, Oil, Pine Tar, Qi Fruit, Rice, Solar Essence, Spring Onions, Tea Sets, Unmilled Rice, Vinegar, Void Eggs, Void Essence, and Wheat Flour.
  • Lewis specifically dislikes Salmonberries and Wild Horseradish.

Hates

Perhaps the most important of all the items are the items that Lewis hates. These will cost you friendship points, so it’s important that you do not give the Mayor any of the following items:

  • Lewis hates all Fossils.
  • He hates all Bait, all Trash (except Driftwood, which he dislikes), and all Monster Loot (except Solar and Void Essences, which he dislikes).
  • He also hates Artifact Troves, Bug Steaks, Carp, Crab Pots, Dragon Teeth, Drum Blocks, Energy Tonics, Error Items, Explosive Ammo, Fairy Dust, Flute Blocks, Grass Starters, Green Algae, Golden Coconuts, Hay, all Journal Scraps, Monster Musk, Muscle Remedy, Oil of Garlic, Poppies, Qi Seasoning, Radioactive Ore and Bars, Red Mushrooms, Sap, Sea Urchins, Seafoam Pudding, all Secret Notes, all Slime Eggs, Snails, Strange Buns, Sugar, all varieties of Totems, Torches, Treasure Chests, Void Mayonnaise, and White Algae. Whew!

There are two factors that will affect the effect your gift has on the recipient: Special occasions and quality. If the gift you’re giving is one that can be assigned a quality, i.e. silver, gold, or iridium, this quality will boost the effect of the gift, whether positive or negative. It multiplies as follows:

  • Normal = x1 multiplier, +0% effect
  • Silver = x1.1 multiplier, +10% effect
  • Gold = x1.25 multiplier, +25% effect
  • Iridium = x1.5 multiplier, +50% effect

Special occasions include the Festival of the Winter Star and birthdays. When gifting your “Secret Friend” an item at the Festival of the Winter Star, the special occasion will provide a x5 multiplier on the points earned from the gift. Birthdays provide an x8 multiplier.

As an example, if you’re giving Lewis iridium quality Holly, which he hates, it will cost you -60 friendship points instead of the usual -40. Doing so on the Festival of the Winter Star will cost you a painful -300 points. This can be used to your advantage, however. Give Lewis an iridium quality Hot Pepper on his birthday for a whopping 960 friendship points, nearly four hearts for a single gift.

What Should I Get Lewis for His Birthday?

Lewis’s birthday is on Spring 7, and is the first birthday you’ll encounter in your playthrough of Stardew Valley. You’ll only be a week into your file, which isn’t going to give you a lot of resources to find Lewis something he’ll like or very much time to do it. Virtually all of Lewis’s loved gifts are out of the question this early in the game, unless you get insanely lucky.

Your best bet for a birthday gift Lewis in Year 1 is a Parsnip. It grows in only four days, the seeds are exceedingly cheap at just 20g a pop, and it’s a Vegetable, which is a Liked gift for Lewis. Not to mention, Lewis himself will gift you 15 Parsnip seeds at the beginning of the game for FREE! Almost like he’s dropping hints…

Schedule | Where is Lewis?

Stardew Valley Lewis

Lewis’ schedule is a little unusual; where most Pelican Town residents will stick to a routine that varies each day of the week, Lewis’ schedule will run on more of a monthly pattern. Lewis’s whereabouts are explained in detail below and are listed in order of priority. For example, though it may be the 6th of the month, if it is raining, Lewis’s “raining” schedule will override all other plans for the day.

Raining

  • 8:30 AM: Mayor’s Manor is unlocked.
  • 2:00 PM: Lewis walks to The Stardrop Saloon.
  • 2:30 PM: Arrives at the Saloon and stands at the bar.
  • 7:50 PM: Begins walking home to Mayor’s Manor.
  • 8:20 PM: Arrives home.

All Seasons | Community Center Restored (except Tuesdays and Fridays)

  • 8:30 AM: Mayor’s Manor is unlocked. Lewis will be in the kitchen.
  • 9:00 AM: Gardening in his front yard.
  • 10:40 AM: Leaves the house to walk to the Community Center.
  • 12:10 PM: Stands in the Vault Room.
  • 5:10 PM: Walks to the fireplace.
  • 6:30 PM: Leaves the Community Center to walk home.
  • 7:40 PM: Enters the house and stands in the kitchen.

All Seasons | Every 1st

  • 8:30 AM: Mayor’s Manor is unlocked. Lewis is standing in his kitchen, presumably cooking breakfast.
  • 10:00 AM: Leaves the house to walk Willy’s shack.
  • 11:00 AM: Arrives at Willy’s.
  • 4:00 PM: Departs Willy’s shack to return home.
  • 5:00 PM: Arrives at Mayor’s Manor, and stands in the kitchen.
  • 9:00 PM: Walks to stand in front of the Stardew Valley record book.
  • 10:00 PM: Walks to his bedroom to go to bed.

All Seasons | Every 3rd and 24th

  • 8:30 AM: Mayor’s Manor is unlocked.
  • 10:00 AM: Walks to Marnie’s Ranch.
  • 11:30 AM: Arrives at Marnie’s Ranch.
  • 4:00 PM: Leaves Marnie’s Ranch to walk home.
  • 5:30 PM: Arrives at home.

All Seasons | Every 6th and 20th

  • 8:30 AM: Mayor’s Manor opens. Lewis is standing at the stove.
  • 10:00 AM: Leaves the Manor to walk to Clint’s shop.
  • 10:50 AM: Arrives at Clint’s shop and stands at the counter.
  • 1:00 PM: Leaves Clint’s to walk to Museum.
  • 1:30 PM: Arrives at the Museum.
  • 4:00 PM: Leaves the Museum to walk back home.
  • 4:50 PM: Arrives back at the Manor.

Fall 9 | Tuesday

  • 8:30 AM: Mayor’s Manor is unlocked. Lewis is in the kitchen.
  • 9:00 AM: Leaves to walk to Marnie’s Ranch.
  • 10:40 AM: Arrives at Marnie’s and stands in her bedroom.
  • 11:00 AM: Leaves Marnie’s to walk to Harvey’s Clinic.
  • 12:30 PM: Arrives at the Clinic.
  • 4:00 PM: Leaves the Clinic to walk to Marnie’s Ranch.
  • 5:40 PM: Arrives at Marnie’s Ranch.
  • 9:00 PM: Goes to bed in Marnie’s bedroom.

All Seasons | Every 15th

Stardew Valley Lewis Schedule

  • 8:30 AM: Mayor’s Manor opens. Lewis is standing in the kitchen.
  • 10:00 AM: Leaves the Manor to walk along the river toward the Carpenter’s Shop.
  • 11:50 AM: Arrives at Carpenter’s Shop and stands at the counter.
  • 4:00 PM: Leaves Carpenter’s Shop and walks along the river back home.
  • 5:40 PM: Arrives at Mayor’s Manor and stands in the kitchen.
  • 10:00 PM: Lewis goes to bed.

All Seasons | Every Day Except Tuesday and Friday

  • 8:30 AM: Mayor’s Manor is unlocked. Lewis is standing in the kitchen.
  • 10:00 AM: Lewis leaves the Manor to tend to his garden.
  • 11:40 AM: Leaves the garden to walk into town.
  • 12:30 PM: Stands under the tree next to Harvey’s Clinic.
  • 2:00 PM: Stands in front of the bulletin board at Pierre’s.
  • 4:00 PM: Walks home to the Manor.
  • 4:40 PM: Arrives home.

All Seasons | Every Tuesday

  • 8:30 AM: Mayor’s Manor is unlocked. Lewis is standing in the kitchen.
  • 10:00 AM: Tends to his garden.
  • 11:30 AM: Leaves his garden to walk to Pierre’s General Store.
  • 12:30 PM: Arrives at Pierre’s and stands at the counter.
  • 4:00 PM: Leaves Pierre’s to walk home.
  • 4:40 PM: Arrives at Mayor’s Manor.

All Seasons | Every Friday

  • 8:30 AM: Mayor’s Manor is unlocked. Lewis is standing in the kitchen.
  • 10:00 AM: Lewis leaves the Manor to tend to his garden.
  • 11:40 AM: Leaves his garden to walk into town.
  • 12:30 PM: Stands under the tree next to Harvey’s Clinic.
  • 2:00 PM: Leaves his spot under the tree to walk north of town.
  • 2:30 PM: Stands near the fountain north of town.
  • 5:00 PM: Leaves the fountain to walk to the Stardrop Saloon.
  • 5:50 PM: Arrives at the Saloon.
  • 11:00 PM: Leaves the Saloon with Marnie and walks home to the Manor.
  • 11:20 PM: Arrives home. The Mayor’s Manor will be locked at 10:00 PM, so you will not be able to follow him inside.

Summer | Every Sunday

  • 8:30 AM: Mayor’s Manor opens. Lewis is standing at the stove.
  • 10:00 AM: Exits the house to garden in the flower box in front of Mayor’s Manor.
  • 11:40 AM: Walks to the Beach.
  • 12:30 PM: Arrives at the Pier.
  • 4:00 PM: Leaves the Pier to walk home.
  • 5:00 PM: Arrives at Mayor’s Manor and stands in the kitchen.
  • 8:00 PM: Moves to stand in front of the Pelican Town record book.
  • 10:00 PM: Lewis goes to bed.

Fall | Every Sunday

  • 8:30 AM: Mayor’s Manor is unlocked.
  • 10:00 AM: Lewis walks outside to tend to his garden.
  • 11:10 AM: Walks to Cindersap Forest.
  • 12:40 PM: Stands by the Lake near Leah’s Cottage.
  • 4:00 PM: Lewis walks home.
  • 5:40 PM: Arrives home.

Winter | Every Sunday

Lewis will stay home all day. The Manor will open at 8:30 AM, and Lewis will go to bed at 10:00 PM.

All Lewis Heart Events in Stardew Valley

Heart Events are cutscenes that occur once you reach a certain number of hearts with a villager. Each villager has a different number of Heart Events, and in some cases, they may simply occur in the form of a letter containing a gift or recipe. Some events have certain requirements that must be met in order to complete the event, so let’s take a look at all of Lewis’s Heart Events to make sure you’ll be in the right place at the right time.

3-Heart Event

Lewis 3 Heart Event

After reaching three hearts with Lewis, he’ll send you a recipe for Spaghetti in the mail, with the letter above attached.

6-Heart Event

This event will only take place if the player is also at six hearts with Marnie. If you do, enter town on a sunny day between 7:00 PM and 11:00 PM.

You’ll enter hidden behind Mayor’s Manor, eavesdropping on Lewis and Marnie. They’re standing by the river and are arguing; Marnie wants to make their romantic relationship public, but Lewis is worried that he’ll lose respect as Mayor from the rest of the town. Marnie begrudgingly says she’ll continue to keep the secret, and you step out from the shadows and startle them. Lewis will ask if you heard their conversation, and you’re presented with the following dialogue options:

Stardew Valley Mayor Heart Event

The first option, “Yes… but I’ll keep it a secret,” will gain you 50 friendship points with Lewis, while the latter will lose you 100 points. Neither choice will affect your friendship with Marnie. No matter your choice, Marnie will wonder why you were hiding behind the house in the first place, and you will run away.

7-Heart Event

Lewis 7-Heart Event

When you reach seven hearts of friendship with Lewis, he will send you a recipe for Eggplant Parmesan in the mail, along with the letter above attached.

Lewis Quests

Mayor’s Shorts

Stardew Valley Mayor's Shorts

Lewis will send you a letter on Summer 3 of your first year with an embarrassing request; he’s lost his “lucky purple shorts,” and he needs you to find them discreetly. You’ll gain one Friendship heart and 750g for completing the quest. You’ll find the shorts in Marnie’s bedroom, but you’ll need two hearts of friendship with her to enter the room to retrieve them. If you need help, be sure to check our Mayor’s Shorts guide.

Mayor’s Need

Stardew Valley Lewis Quest

You’ll receive a letter on Summer 21 of your second year with a request from Lewis for a bottle of Truffle Oil. He tells you not to worry about what it’s used for. He’ll grant you 750g and one friendship heart if you fulfill the request. Truffle Oil can be made with an Oil Maker out of a Truffle harvested by a Pig, or occasionally purchased from the Traveling Cart, though the price will be much higher than the reward you’ll be given for completing the quest.

Help Wanted

Stardew Valley

Lewis may randomly request that you vanquish a certain type of monster in the mines, or that you bring him a particular item. Once you’ve killed the monsters or found the item, talk to Lewis directly to complete the request and claim the reward. The reward for monsters will be an amount of gold that corresponds to the difficulty of the monster, and the reward for an item will be three times the item’s worth. Both options will also earn you one friendship heart.


As you can see, Lewis is a very prominent character in Stardew Valley and one that you will run into time and time again. Hopefully this guide has given you a better idea of who he is, where to find him, how to increase your friendship with him, and much more. While you’re here, be sure to check out our Sam character guide as well!

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