How to Upgrade Tools in Stardew Valley- Full Guide 2022

Diana

Did you know that you can upgrade your tools in Stardew Valley? You don’t have to stick with your mediocre devices once you get their better versions. Here’s a complete guide to enhancing them!

A player getting a tool upgrade in Stardew Valley.
How eager are you to get these upgrades?

Resorting to your starter tools’ limited function causes you a lot of Energy. If you want to save your stamina efficiently, you can upgrade them and lessen your workload. Here’s a full guide to the benefits of getting these enhancements and their features!

Important Questions

How to Upgrade Tools?

Enhancing tools like Axe, Pickaxe, Hoe, Watering Can, and Trash Can require a hefty amount of gold and a few resources. You may pay Clint, the town’s Blacksmith, to upgrade them. However, remember that it takes two days to complete the process. You’ll find the shop across the town’s river to its bottom right.

Each item requires certain amounts of gold and resources. Here are the prices and materials you need per upgrade:

UpgradesMaterialsPrices
Copper UpgradesCopper Bars (5)2,000g
Steel UpgradesIron Bars (5)5,000g
Gold UpgradesGold Bars (5)10,000g
Iridium UpgradesIridium Bars (5)25,000g

Other devices like Fishing Rods and Scythes are beyond the Blacksmith’s scope. But you can still get better versions of them by visiting the Fish Shop and Quarry Mines. And if you find their upgraded counterparts lacking, going to the Forge might add great features to your tools.

Axes

A list of an upgraded axe in Stardew Valley.
Foraging for resources like wood doesn’t need to be too tedious.

This tool primarily helps cut down trees and helps you gather resources like saps, hardwood, and regular wood. Purchasing its enhancement allows you to get these items in-game quickly.

Moreover, a regular Axe takes ten clicks before successfully chopping a tree while it takes five hits to break a stump.

UpgradesFeatures
Copper Axe• Chops a fully grown tree in eight strikes.
• Destroys large stumps.
• Takes four hits to eliminate small stumps.
Steel Axe• Chop large stumps.
• Cuts down matured trees in six hits.
• Requires three blows to break a small stump.
• Breaks Stage 4 trees in three hits and two strikes for Stage 3 trees and below.
• Used to eliminate the large log blocking the Secret Wood’s entrance.
Gold Axe• 4 bursts for fully-grown trees, two for small stumps.
• Takes two strikes to break Stage 4 trees and one hit for Stage 3 and below.
Iridium Axe• Two hits to chop a fully-grown tree and a single tap to destroy a small stump. 
• Takes one burst to chop a Stage 4 tree.

Hoe

A list of an upgraded hoe in Stardew Valley.
Why till one tile at a time when you can simultaneously do it?

A hoe helps till the soil on your Farm, but you can also use it to acquire loots from Artifact Spots. Upgrading them lets their function cover a greater area to till, while its starter counterpart can only till one tile at a time. Here are the advantages of getting its improved versions:

UpgradesFeatures
Copper Hoe• Tills three consecutive tiles instantly.
Steel Hoe• Tills five successive tiles in one go.
Gold Hoe• Covers an area of 3×3 tiles.
Iridium Hoe• Affects an area of 6×3.

Pickaxes 

A list of an upgraded pickaxe in Stardew Valley.
Are you ready to break large boulders and unlock new sites?

It’s a tool simply used to destroy and collect items like resources and minerals. You can also use it to remove things like sprinklers, paths, and artisan equipment. And it can help in eliminating accidentally tilled dirt tiles.

Starter Pickaxe breaks rocks after several hits. It busts small rocks anywhere, but it takes two hits to break stones from levels 1 to 40 of the Mines. This tool also takes three whacks before getting Copper Ores and multiple smashes to get rid of boulders.

The advantage of upgrading lets obtaining loots requires fewer hits. Here are the benefits of getting them:

ItemFeatures
Copper Pickaxe • Destroys all stones on levels 1 to 40 in one hit.
• Busts rocks from levels 40 to 79  within two hits.
• Takes two hits to break Copper Nodes.
Steel Pickaxe• Breaks boulders on your Farm.
• Burst rocks from level 40 to 70 in the Mines with one hit. 
• Destroys rocks in the Quarry Mines with two hits.
• It can break Copper Nodes (1 hit), Iron Nodes (2 hits), Gold Nodes (3 hits), Iridium Nodes (6 hits), and large rocks (4 hits).
• Eliminates the large boulder between you and the Dwarf in the Mines.
Gold Pickaxe• Break meteorites.
• Destroy rocks on levels 80 to 120 in the Mines with a single strike.
• Break Copper and Iron Nodes (1 hit), Gold Nodes (2 hits), and Iridium Nodes (4 hits).
Iridium Pickaxe• Destroys rocks in Skull Cavern in a single blow

Watering Can

A list of an upgraded pickaxe in Stardew Valley.
These Watering Cans can save you some time.

This simplistic tool helps in preventing your plants from withering. It’s very functional if you don’t have a sprinkler. You can refill it from any water source like a kitchen sink, pond, or well. If you didn’t know, your first Water Can contains 40 charges before requiring replenishment.

UpgradesFeatures
Copper Watering Can• Holds a water capacity of 55 charges.
• Waters three consecutive tiles at a time.
Steel Watering Can• Charges get increased to 70.
• Waters five straight tiles instantly.
Gold Watering Can• Takes 85 charges before refill.
• Covers an area of 3×3, which equates to 9 tiles.
Iridium Watering Can• It has 100 charges.
• Covers a maximum area of 6×3, equating to 18 tiles.

Trash Cans

A list of an upgraded trash cans in Stardew Valley.
Your items won’t waste if you partially get your money upon throwing them away!

Whenever your inventory runs out of space, you can always throw them in your Trash Can. A regular Can only deletes the item, but enhancing it returns some value depending on the upgrade.

Moreover, their prices are also different when it comes to this tool. These are the specifics for each touch-up:

ItemCostMaterialsFeatures
Copper Trash Can1,000gCopper Bar (5)Returns 15% of the items’ value.
Steel Trash Can2,500gIron Bar (5)Reclaims 30% of the value.
Gold Trash Can5,000gGold Bar (5)Sends back 45% of the loots’ value.
Iridium Trash Can12,500gIridium Bar (5)Reclaims 60% of the items’ price. 

Fishing Poles

A list of upgraded fishing rods in Stardew Valley.
What fishing rod are you interested in?

After your first Fishing Rod from Willy, you may want to upgrade it to something better. You no longer need to visit the Blacksmith to enhance it. All you need is to visit the Fish Shop and purchase new rods.

However, some of them have specific demands relating to your Skill Level. Here are the
improved poles that you can get:

ItemPricesFeatureRequirements
Training Pole25gEasy to use but can only catch common fish.None
Bamboo Pole500gNoneNone
Fiberglass Rod1,800gCan use bait on it.Fishing Level 2
Iridium Rod7,500gCan use bait and tackle.Fishing Level 6

Scythe 

A scythe in a player's inventory.
This simple Scythe can harvest some of your crops!

It’s a tool that helps you cut grass, small trees, and weeds. You can’t upgrade it with the help of the Blacksmith or the Fisherman. However, getting its better counterpart is possible if you reach the bottom of the Quarry Mines.

Additionally, it has a 50% chance of adding single hay if you have a Silo. You may also use it to inflict one to three damage on mobs.

Golden Scythe

A player in front of a  grim reaper's statue.
Are you willing to venture into this single-level site?

This golden counterpart is the better version of the regular Scythe. You can’t purchase it in any store in Stardew Valley, but you can get it at the end of the single-floor Quarry Mines at the Grim Reaper Statue.

It offers these benefits:

  • It has a wider radius when compared to a standard Scythe.
  • Yields more hay and cuts more grass in its area.
  • It has a 75% chance of yielding more hay when harvesting them from grass.
  • Inflicts damage 13 when used as weapons.

Facts and Information

Enchantment

A player in front of the Forge in Stardew Valley.
These enchantments will take your tools to a different level!

Weapons aren’t the only items you can upgrade in the Forge. You can also use it to add enchantments to your tools. However, this comes randomly, and you can’t apply it on tools like Copper Pan, Return Scepter, Scythe, Golden Scythe, and Trash Can.

Moreover, you’ll need a Prismatic Shard and Cinder Shards (20) to get these charms. Here are the possible enchantments you can get:

EnchantmentAxeRodHoePickaxeWatering CanEffect
Auto-Hook• Automatically gets junk/fish when in use. Catching a fish also begins the fishing mini-game.
Archaeologist• Doubles the probability of getting artifacts in Artifacts.
Bottomless• Contains infinite water.
Efficient• Eliminates depletion of Energy.
Generous• 50% chance of getting double items when digging.
Master• Adds an extra fishing level when in use.
Powerful• Adds an extra power level on Pickaxe and two for an axe.
Preserving• 50% for the tackle and bait to not get consumed
Reaching• Elevated charge-up capacity leading to more coverage.

• Covers 5×5 tiles.
Shaving• Get three extra regular wood from Palm, Oak, Maple, Pine, and Mahogany Trees.

• Obtain three pieces of wood from Mushroom Trees.

• Gives more chances to get extra hardwood from stumps and produce from Giant Crops
Swift• Using them becomes 33% faster than usual.

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Diana
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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