4 Foraged Minerals in Stardew Valley: A Comprehensive Guide

Before you think you’ve obtained all the precious foraged gems in Stardew Valley, you might want to check our list first. Here you’ll find out each foraged mineral in-game and the best places to find them!

A player holding different foraged minerals in Stardew Valley.
Have you found all of them?

One thing most miners know is that not all gems are lucrative in Stardew Valley– and it includes Foraged Minerals. But despite not having the best value, they can still be handy in certain parts of the game. Do you want to learn about these simple benefits? Read further to learn more about the interesting role of these cheap minerals!

What are Foraged Minerals in Stardew Valley?

These are a few items you’ll find in the Mines and Skull Cavern; you can obtain them through scavenging in different levels of the area. They also benefit the Gatherer Profession, meaning there’s a chance to get two pieces of any mineral anytime.

Additionally, you can use all these Foraged Minerals in the Geologist Bundle in the Boiler Room and get five Omni Geodes as a reward. While they also make a great gift for some villagers. It’s also an excellent addition to your clothing collection when placed in the spool of the sewing machine with some cloth.

Be careful when foraging for them, though. You better not use bombs, or else these items can be destroyed easily. Anyhow, there are a total of four minerals in this category. Check our list below to get a sneak peek of each:

1. Earth Crystal

A player holding an Earth Crystal in Stardew Valley.
Isn’t it pretty?

This is a resinous item usually found close to the surface– a bit cryptic, but we get the idea. You can use it in crafting an Earth Obelisk and Mayonnaise Machine. If you didn’t know, the obelisk could transport you to the mountains while the other item helps you produce a new artisan good.

It has a selling price of 50g, but if you have a Gemologist Profession, its price increases to 65g. Anyhow, you can farm for it using the following methods:

  • Foraging on floors one to 39 of the Mines.
  • Asking Clint to open geodes or Omni Geodes (or using a Geode Crusher).
  • Slaying Duggies from floors one to 29 of the Mines.
  • Killing Haunted Skulls.
  • Panning with a Copper Pan.
  • Fishing for Treasure Chests.
  • Slaying Wilderness Golems on your Wilderness Farm if you chose this type of land.

2. Fire Quartz

A player holding a fire quartz in Stardew Valley.
Quite close to Ruby’s color.

It’s a red-colored mineral found close to places with hot lava. You can make a Slime Egg Press with it and turn it into a Refined Quartz when smelted in a Furnace. While selling, it gives you 100g, and with a profession, its price becomes 130g.

Moreover, you can obtain with the following techniques:

  • Mining on floors 80 and above.
  • Cracking Omni and Magma Geodes.
  • Panning using a Copper Pan.
  • Fishing Treasure Chests.
  • Scavenging garbage cans after reaching the end of the Mines.

3. Frozen Tear

A player holding a Frozen Tear in Stardew Valley.
The coldest tear in Stardew Valley.

It’s believed to be a Yeti’s tears. Aside from this, you can also use it to make a Warrior Ring that helps improve your combat skills. Marketing it, on the other hand, doesn’t give a hefty sum of gold as its value starts with 75g to 97g if you have the right career.

If you’re determined to obtain it, you can try the following methods when gathering this loot in Stardew Valley:

  • Foraging on levels 40 to 79 in the Mines.
  • Slaying Dust Sprites.
  • Breaking containers on floors 40 to 79 after reaching the end of the mining site.
  • Panning with a Copper Pan.
  • Cracking Omni and Frozen Geodes.
  • Finding Treasure Chests via fishing.
  • Scavenging for items in the Garbage Can after reaching the last level of the Mines.
  • Collecting products from an Ice Pip Fish Pond.
  • Receiving it as a gift from the Wizard in Stardew Valley.
  • Collecting it from the Statue of Endless Fortune on Sebastian’s Birthday (Winter 10).

4. Quartz

A player with a quartz in Stardew Valley.

It’s a clear crystal commonly acquired in caves and mining sites. It’s the cheapest Foraged Mineral in-game with a value ranging from 25g to 32g if you have the Gemologist Profession. Unfortunately, you can’t use it for any crafting recipe. While trading five pieces of it with the Desert Trader gives you a Bomb.

Nonetheless, you can still smelt it and make Refined Quartz or gift it to some villagers. Below are some ways to obtain it:

  • Hunting for it in Garbage Cans.
  • Slaying Stone Golems.
  • Collecting loots from a Ghostfish Pond.
  • Foraging for it in the Mines and Skull Cavern.

Meet the author

Video Games aren't exactly my thing, but upon discovering Stardew Valley, I learned to enjoy it. It's a really simple yet exciting game that everyone should try to kill time.

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