How to Get Purple Star Items in Stardew Valley

There’s nothing quite like tilling, sowing, and reaping some Grade-A pixelated produce. Long hours at the keyboard spending day and night cycles in the field; it’s a simple life, it’s an honest life. So at the end of the day in Stardew Valley, there’s no better feeling than having harvested and produced a superb crop with Purple Star quality.

Stardew Valley Purple Star

However, the Stardew Valley Purple Star is reserved for the best of Artisan items and top-tier products, providing plenty of value to barter within the game. Here’s a guide on how to get the Purple Stars in Stardew Valley and what you can do with them.

Stardew Valley Purple Star Items

There are two ways to go about getting Purple Stars in Stardew Valley: crafting and foraging. Importantly so, the player must have been investing significant time and progress during their time on the farm. The beginning stages of crafting and foraging can fork over items of lower quality: standard, silver, and gold. As you evolve with improved resources, the quality can go up to Iridium, or Purple in this case.

Those are the two methods of resource acquisition in Stardew Valley, and both can be optimized toward yielding Purple Star drops and harvests. 

Romanticizations of virtual farming life aside, Stardew Valley has a few mechanics and items that are still perplexing some players. It’s a game with a vastly detailed harvesting system, after all. It can be difficult to maximize points and earnings, but that’s where the exceptional Purple Star items come in handy. They fetch quite a high price on the market. 

Expert Tip

Not only do Iridium/Purple Star quality items can sell for high prices, but their benefits are also evidently significant in terms of providing Health and Energy points. It all comes down to what you discover and decide on which items to sell, gift, craft, trash, or use for other purposes.

Stardew Valley Purple Land and Rainbows

Artisan Items with Iridium Quality

Crafting Purple Star items is fairly straightforward, but a bit time-consuming. First off, players need a fully upgraded house. This involves a lot of grinding, but it’s worth it. After the house is fully upgraded, a basement upgrade needs to be obtained from Robin in the Valley. During her work day, she can be found at the Carpenter’s Shop. After hours, she’s found in the surrounding mountain area. You’ll occasionally encounter her husband Demetrius who will ask for requests via Pierre’s bulletin.

Once the house and basement are fully upgraded, players can start on some of those Purple Star items. The only types of items that can be upgraded to Purple status are luxury items, such as cheese and wine. Once they’re crafted, place them in casks in the basement, and simply wait for them to age. As soon as they’re done fermenting, they’ll emerge as pricey Purple items.

Another route that we explored but is rather tedious in some ways is the existence of the Deluxe Fertilizer. It’s a resource that can potentially produce iridium-based crops. If you’re interested, go to Mr. Qi’s Walnut Room and purchase the Deluxe Fertilizer recipe for 20 Qi Gems. Be sure to complete some of his Special Orders if you’re low on the purple-based currency.

Stardew Valley Iridium Quality Crops

Foraging Purple Stars

If players wish to forage Purple Star, then upgrading a few skills is necessary. The chances of finding such valuable drops without any upgrades are virtually zero. With the right skill advancements, almost every item can be a Purple item.

The Foraging skill tree is the only one that will yield consistent high-level items. Essentially, it has to be maxed out, all the way to Level 10. After getting there, it’s important to pick the Botanist profession (the other option will be Tracker). The Botanist skill causes all found items to be of the highest level possible – a guaranteed influx of iridium-based discoveries. 

Purple Star vs. Purple Stardrop

It’s important to note that the star quality in question differs greatly from the unique Stardrops that exist in Stardew Valley. While both may seem similar in appearance, the Stardrop is a rare item that only appears seven times throughout a game, an essential component to attaining Perfection. There are two green leaves protruding from the top tip of the Stardrop, a feature that the Purple/Iridium Star doesn’t possess.

Hopefully, these tips and tricks make farming life a little easier for all the Stardew Valley players out there, new and established. By upgrading houses and basements to their max form, and picking the right skills early on, earning tons of gold should be much easier. There are always the treasure chests that you find in the Valley as well for some extra coin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a Purple Star good in Stardew Valley?

Purple, or Iridium, is the highest quality that you can receive from resources, ranking higher than the standard, silver, and gold qualities that are more prevalent in the game.

What does a Purple Star mean on a fish?

An Iridium-quality fish can mean one of two things: they’ll sell for a pretty price or you can consume them for their Health and Energy benefits. Additionally, gifting items to NPCs in Pelican Town will increase the Friendship intake by x1.5.