How to Get a Prismatic Shard in Stardew Valley

Prismatic Shards in Stardew Valley are among the rarest items you can find. They’re such an incredibly rare item that it almost feels impossible to find one, even as you try to search every corner of Pelican Town and beyond. However, there are a few methods you can use to get the precious mineral. It requires some heavy traversing and adventure footing, so prep up your inventory.

Stardew Valley How to Get Prismatic Shard

This guide will go over the shard’s usages, as well as the many ways that we can locate them in Stardew Valley. Gemologists and bold farmers will find great use out of a single Prismatic Shard, so let’s get digging; we’re about to get ourselves a Shard.

How to Get Prismatic Shards in Stardew Valley

The best way to get a Prismatic Shard is through mining Mystic Stones within The Mines at Level 100+ in Stardew Valley. The Skull Cavern and the Quarry also come into consideration, though players will most likely embark on the mining route. This blue and gray node will drop Iridium and Gold, but there’s a great 25% chance for it to drop a Prismatic Shard. Be advised that this method can take some time, as it might require hours of gameplay for some players.

Within The Mines, after reaching the bottom of the underground area, there’s a tiny chance that a Shard can pop up after slaying a monster. It’s set at 0.05%, so you might find yourself empty-handed after a few dives into The Mines. The Shadow Brute and Shadow Shaman enemies come to mind since they have a possibility of generating a Prismatic Shard.

Another recommended route we suggest to take is to go fishing for Treasure Chests. Especially when you have a lure amongst your inventory, your chances will be slim but promising. You must also have attained Fishing Level 6 in order to try your hand at getting a Shard through a body of water.

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For the persistent crowd, you can visit the treasure room within the Skull Cavern to try your luck at getting a Prismatic Shard. There is a 4% chance that one might spawn, so be sure to check back every now and then for a possible appearance. This should also account for the boosts in your Luck stats along with whichever declaration Welwick’s Oracle (AKA the Fortune Teller) announces for the spirits’ behavior through the television for the day.

In addition to the Skull Cavern and Quarry, players can also dig for Iridium Nodes for a 4% chance of a drop. The aforementioned cavern is capable of presenting a Shard in the treasure room, though this method relies on a 3.8% chance of appearing. Therefore, go after specific enemies to increase your luck. Serpents and Mummies are the ones to look out for as you traverse through the Skull Cavern.

Expert Tip

Luck plays a vital role in obtaining Prismatic Shards. Due to their rare drop rate, consider advancing your Luck stat to give yourself a better chance of getting the mineral in question. Therefore, cook up some recipes that will increase your Luck rating, and you just might be able to scoop up a Shard in no time. A Lucky Lunch will boost your Luck by +3; the Pumpkin soup will bestow Luck +2 upon consumption; the Banana Pudding might be the simplest food to cook up, but that will only increase your Luck by +1.

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Furthermore, you can tend to your Fishing Pond to work with some Rainbow Trout after they’ve reached a population of 9. There’s a small chance for a Shard to appear, with a drop rate set at a mere 0.09%. This route is easily the more laid-back option if you’re not fond of going underground for the rare resource.

Lastly, if you’re one of the fortunate farmers in the Valley to unlock the Statue of True Perfection (not to be confused with Grandpa’s Statue of Perfection concerning his afterlife evaluation), then you’re essentially set. The Statue of True Perfection produces one Prismatic Shard every day in Stardew Valley. You’ll need to work with the Perfect Tracker board with Mr. Qi to unlock the structure, along with other rewards, including Golden Eggs and Golden Chickens.

Prismatic Shard Usage

Once you get some Prismatic Shards for yourself, you can then use them in a variety of ways. According to Stardew Valley legend, the strange mineral can be used to turn children into doves through the Dark Shrine of Selfishness. But that’s really for the darker folks in town. The Shard is mainly used to enhance weapons and tools at the Forge. It will act as an enchantment that is also completely randomized. These enchantments can potentially be Bug Killer (doubles the damage to any insect), Vampiric (9% chance at regaining health from kills), Haymaker (more fiber is accumulated when cutting weeds with a chance to collect hay), and a few more for you to explore.

A Prismatic Shard can also be used to craft together a Wedding Ring for you to propose to another farmer in the name of marriage. Keep in mind, though, that this can only be done in multiplayer games. What you do with that information is up to you. Otherwise, you can always donate one to Gunther for his Museum collection.

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Finally, for decorative purposes, instilling a Shard into the Sewing Machine will generate one of five items of prismatic clothing. They come in the form of three shirts and two pairs of pants, all unique in appearance. This also applies to the Junimos’ Huts, where the exterior can be altered when you insert a gem into one of their storage slots.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Prismatic Shard used for any quests or Bundles?

While the Prismatic Shard is incredibly rare to come across, Mr. Qi will make great use when you deliver four of them for his Four Precious Stones quest. You’ll receive 40 Qi Gems for your efforts. For Bundles, the mineral is used for the Missing Bundle from the JojaMart.

What is the best thing to do first with a Prismatic Shard?

After you get your first Prismatic Shard, the best thing to do is to obtain the Galaxy Sword at the Three Pillars over at the Calico Desert. This Level 13 sword deals damage at a rate of 60-80, equipped with +4 Speed to handle combat a bit more quickly. Combine this sword with three Galaxy Souls and 60 Cinder Shards to generate the powerful Infinity Blade.

What happens if you put a Prismatic Shard mineral in the Crystalarium?

The Crystalarium allows you to copy any mineral and gem in Stardew Valley. However, this doesn’t apply to the Prismatic Shard in question here. The reasoning is that “the EMF from the shard interacts negatively with the crystalarium”, according to the Technology Report! Lost Book.

Can you get Prismatic Shards from the Volcano Dungeon?

While there isn’t much to mine over at the Volcano Dungeon, you can move on from the metal crates, and reach the volcano’s top area. Upon your first visit, a Prismatic Shard will be sitting in a chest, waiting for you to open and take. Once you retrieve it, there will not be another mineral to take its place.