One of the most important items you need to find in Stardew Valley is the magnifying glass. The magnifying glass is essential for finding all the secret notes, getting more backstory, and also locating items like the strange doll. Here’s how to get Stardew Valley’s magnifying glass so you can get started on the extra content.
How to Get a Magnifying Glass in Stardew Valley
To get the magnifying glass in Stardew Valley, you need to complete the quest known as “A Winter Mystery.” Once you’ve done this quest you’ll have access to the magnifying glass and the ability to find secret notes.
The quest “A Winter Mystery” can only be triggered during the winter. It requires you to to enter the bus stop near the farm between 6 am and 4 pm. The quest opens with a suspicious figure by the bus stop. It runs away after you see it, and you must give chase. Head to the community center in Pelican Town and look for a bush to the left next to the playground. If you interact with this bush you will trigger a cutscene with the shadow guy. This shadow guy will apologize for stealing and give you the magnifying glass.
Once you have the magnifying glass, you will be able to find secret notes. These secret notes come with lots of different information, including details about your neighbors and tips leading the way to treasure. All these secret notes are generated at random, so if you’re struggling to find any particular one, check out our guide to all secret note messages.
Completing the “A Winter Mystery” quest is the only way to get the magnifying glass in Stardew Valley. It’s not all that difficult, but it could be easy to miss if you have a busy winter. Here’s hoping this guide has helped you progress and you’re on your way to those secrets.