Since the launch of Stardew Valley, there’s been a debate coursing among the players regarding which is the best product to use the Farm Cave for – mushrooms or bats? While there isn’t one solid answer for all Stardew Valley games, there is one answer for your game, and this guide has the information you need to help you make the decision that’s right for you.
Stardew Valley | Which Is Better Mushrooms or Bats?
Once you reach the earnings milestone of 25,000g, prominent scientist Demetrius will pay you a visit to your farm the following morning. He’ll tell you about his latest research, offers to greatly improve the use of the Farm Cave, but leaves the decision to you as to which use you’d like to put the space to. The choice is between using the Farm Cave to either grow mushrooms, or using it to attract fruit bats. This is a permanent decision affecting the remainder of your gameplay, and like all decisions, the mushrooms or bats choice has both pros and cons.
Choosing fruit bats means they’ll be flying to the cave and occasionally dropping off a variety of fruit you can harvest. Fruit brought by the bats is important since it’s highly prized as gifts by the citizens of Pelican Town. Gifts help you gain and increase the Friendship levels between you and the villagers, which is necessary for unlocking individual villager events, and for opening romancing options. Fruit is also the prime ingredient for crafting their respective Artisan Bundles, which can be delivered to the Community Center to help bring it back into full operating status, and unlocks the ‘Local Legend’ Achievement.
The problem with the fruit bat option is one of consistency. The bats will regularly drop fruit into the Farm Cave, but which fruits they drop is random. Therefore, you may find you have an abundance of one or more fruits, but are sorely lacking in others, and those are the ones you just happen to need right this moment. And once you get to the point in-game where you can plant, grow, and harvest Fruit Trees, the fruit bat cave option becomes almost obsolete.
Choosing the mushroom option for your Farm Cave will cause Demetrius to set up six mushroom planter boxes in the cave, each of which will randomly grow one of the five types of mushrooms available: Common, Chanterelle, Morel, Purple, and Red. Mushrooms are generally ready to harvest every one to two days, making them a much more reliable and consistent product to have when needed.
And if you plan on making your own Life Elixir, you’ll be needing mushrooms a lot, along with needing a lot of mushrooms. Life Elixir requires one of each Chanterelle, Morel, Purple, and Red mushrooms to craft. Each Life Elixir will fully restore your Health, no matter how low it is, and is one of the most important items to survive the 120 levels of The Mines. If you don’t craft your own Life Elixir, then you’ll be buying them from The Dwarf at 2,000g each.
So, the answer to the mushrooms or bats choice is one only you can answer and depends on what your short and long-term plans are for your gameplay. Whichever option you choose, just be sure you’re having fun playing, as that’s the one decision that affects the entire game.
Source: Stardew Valley Wiki
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