I’ve had Story of Seasons for a relatively long time now, and having unlocked all 7 countries and doing the whole marriage and baby thing and everything, I decided to make use of my second save file slot and start all over again. I’m nearly on my third season of my first year, and already I’ve advanced to a much further point than I had at this time in the game before. Some like to explore and learn on their own, and that’s fair enough, but if, like me, you want to get things done, here are some top tips to note before you play…
Build the Decent House and Kitchen ASAP
The decent house is the first thing you should focus on getting, and luckily there are plenty of trees and rocks on your land in the beginning of the game to provide you with the necessary materials to build this. Once you have the decent house, you will unlock both the craft table, and be given a free barn and Hanako the cow to look after. This means not only can you beginning caring for your own cow and collecting milk (make sure you keep hold of 5 of these that you can soon trade for a horse), but you can also start buying blueprints. The kitchen shouldn’t be too hard to collect the materials for, and with it you can cook meals from your harvested crops, either to sell for decent money and as a requirement for unlocking Tropical Country (more on this later), or to eat yourself to restore stamina without having to pay Raeger’s restaurant prices or Marian’s injection fees, which might stretch you financially at first.
Stock up on turnips
Turnips will be your best friend at the beginning of the game. Not only are they the only crop you can grow until you get down to the store to buy potato seeds, but they also have a multitude of uses, the most notable being that they are a required material for the very useful seed-maker shed. You should save up and buy this blueprint as soon as you can from Ashe, but if you’re already in summer when you get it and you didn’t keep any turnips from the spring, you won’t be able to build it for a whole year. The seed maker allows you to make your own seeds, which will often be of better quality than any you can buy in the shops. It can also be used to make your own fertilizer, which you’ll eventually start needing a lot of. 5 turnips is all it takes and you’re golden. The only other material you might have trouble collecting is the brick, but keep diving in the rivers and eventually you’ll build them up.
On the topic of fertilizing, this act is going to help you out a lot. By adding fertilizer to your crops each day, you gradually increase their quality. Higher quality crops mean more money and a better chance at winning the monthly farming festivals. If you add fertilised crops to the seed maker, the next set of seeds you plant will already start at a higher quality too. Fast-growing vegetables like turnips and onions will never go beyond around two stars without utilising the seed maker, but by making your own seeds and then carrying on to fertilize, you’re crops will be five star in no time. Some events, such as Elise’s first rival event, require high quality crops, as do some of the requests at the trade depot. So don’t dilly dally and start fertilizing early. It may seems like a bad thing to spend your limited money on at first, but you will see benefits in the long run.
Eda is the kind old lady who lives next door and first trains you to keep your farm. If you’re not so bothered about cutscenes and story elements, then this won’t be too much of an issue, but if you want to experience everything the game has to offer in terms of story and character development, you’ll want to try and unlock all the rival events for your fellow farmers. Rival events trigger when you meet a set of certain requirements, and you can take as long as you like working through Fritz, Giorgio and Elise. Eda’s events however are only available until the winter seasons of your first year, so get on with this one quickly. On the note of rival events, if you are playing as a boy and want to eventually marry Elise, you’ll have to view all her rival events before any of her flower events are available – just something to keep in mind.
Easy Money + EASY CONQUEST WIN TECHNIQUE for Seedling Players
If you choose to play on Seedling Mode, you’ll find some of the items the traders sell can actually be sold back to them for more than their base price (thanks to seedling’s reduced costs). Either utilise this to make quick money, or buy a few crystals from Silk Country each day that she’s in town and save them up for a while. Early in the game, by selling all of these on the right day, you will easily win any shipping value field conquests you choose to compete in, and you won’t have lost any money by doing it. Do note, however, that you can only trade on a few days until you unlock more different vendors, so plan accordingly and buy early if you think you might need something before Ashe returns again.
Start Working Towards Unlocking Tropical Country with grass/fodder
I never realised in my first game quite how much I’d love the items Tropical Country stocks. Therefore this time I wanted to see if I could unlock this challenging vendor a little sooner than the end of year 3. Grass is a cheap and easy plant to grow. Simply plant a bunch of grass and cut it with the sickle every day. Later on this may take up too much time or stamina, but in the beginning when you don’t have much watering or animal care to do, this is definitely something you can occupy your time and energy with. Tropical Country requires the shipment of a hell of a lot of seeds and products, and your seed-maker shed could be the key to getting a good head start on these two categories. Dried fodder counts towards products, and even with a 2×2 plot, you can make 36 of these a day. Alternatively, go a step further and convert them to seeds to meet this much smaller requirement too.
Don’t Neglect Swimming and Foraging
Just because you suddenly find you have crops to grow and animals to raise, don’t think that foraging is no longer important. Once you’ve dealt with your farm work, be sure to visit all three diving areas as many items and materials can only be obtained this way early in the game (you won’t be able to get ores and gems until you unlock the safari in fall otherwise, plus the fish you catch are an easy gift for befriending Fritz or cooking for stamina). The three diving areas are on Eda’s farm, above the wheat field, and by the bridge to Fritz and Giorgio’s farms. Note that you can dive and swim under the bridge to pick up more items, something I never realised for a long time during my first playthrough. Once you get into your second and third years you will become much busier, so dive while you can.