Looking for more new locations, NPCs, and in-game content for your favorite farming simulator indie game? Read on to find out everything you need to know about the Stardew Valley Expansion mod.
Released in 2016 by Chucklefish, Stardew Valley is an indie game with so much content to explore. Inspired by the Harvest Moon games, this farming simulator game allows you to build a character and inherit a plot of land and house from your grandfather in Pelican Town.
While the game has so much content to explore, which nearly takes a year to unfold, it still is not enough for a gamer like me who just craves more and more from this absolute masterpiece. But thanks to the awesome modding community of Stardew, more specifically, the modder FlashSighter, we can now have more characters, locations, and content in Stardew.
Today, we will learn all about the best Stardew Valley expansion mod, Stardew Valley Expanded (SVE). In this one-stop guide, we will share all the mod’s features, its requirements, configurations, and installation guidelines so you can enjoy this mod without any problems.
Without any further ado, let’s dive right in!
Stardew Valley Expanded — Everything You Need to Know
Stardew Valley Expanded (SVE) is the biggest expansion mod for Stardew Valley that brings tons of new content to the vanilla game. From new NPCs, locations, events, and maps to questlines, music, crops, and more, there is a lot to explore.
Stardew Valley Expanded remains true to the lore. Despite adding new events, expanded dialogue, new characters, and areas, the mod stays true to the source material. The aim of the mod is basically to give you the same exciting feeling you had when you first started playing this game.
Stardew Valley is an incredibly enchanting game that attracts you into its world by letting you complete immersive quests, meeting interesting characters, and living the farm life. The Stardew Valley Expanded mod expands on all of those moments to offer you more content to enjoy.
Here is everything that this mod adds to the vanilla game:
- 27 new NPCs with different schedules, personalities, dialogue, storylines, events, and animations (more on these characters below).
- 260 character events.
- Expanded Joja storyline which allows you to explore Pelican Town’s fate if you side with Joja. and let a corporate takeover of the valley happen.
- 50 new locations.
- 27 fish.
- 2 farm maps: Granpa’s Farm and Immersive Farm 2 Remastered.
- Reimagined vanilla areas.
- A revamped world map which changes with the seasons.
- 900 location messages for the interiors and exteriors of all vanilla and new maps.
- New music.
- Custom forage locations all over the world in each map.
- New objects.
- New questlines.
- New crops.
- New festivals.
- and much, much more!
Read on to find out more in detail about all the content that Stardew Valley Expanded adds.
The Stardew Valley Expanded mod not only makes changes to the vanilla characters, but also adds several new marriageable, non-marriageable, and non-giftable NPCs.
Below is a detailed overview of these characters:
- Marriageable Characters: Clair, Lance, Magnus, Olivia, Sophia, and Victor.
- Non-marriageable Characters: Andy, Apples, Gunther, Martin, Marlon, Morris, Morgan, Scarlett, and Susan.
- Non-giftable NPCs: Alesia, Camilla, Isaac, Jadu, Peaches, and Suki.
In addition to adding these new characters, the mod also makes major changes to the following characters to make them more interesting :
The Stardew Valley Expanded mod adds many new locations to the game and also makes changes to the old ones. Some of my personal favorite new locations are:
1. Jenkins’ Residence
Home to Victor and Olivia, Jenkin’s Residence is located north of 1 River Road and east of Pierre’s General Store. It is a big house with a library filled with books and a cellar for Olivia to keep her wine.
2. Blue Moon Vineyard
The Blue Moon Vineyard is an all-new location found in the southeast of Marnie’s Ranch and the west of the beach. It is run and owned by Sophia, who took over the farm after her parents died tragically. You can run into Sophia and purchase quality sprinklers, Blue Moon wine, and aged Blue Moon wine from the cosplay room.
3. Crimson Badlands
Crimson Badlands is a new and highly dangerous location that is accessible after you finish the “Enchanted Grove” questline. The reason why it’s so dangerous is because you will come across some really scary monsters here, such as spirits, corrupt serpents, mummies, zombie adventurers, and a powerful creature known as the Apophis.
This location also has some really cool bone artifacts, an iridium quarry where you can mine, and two new and unique kinds of fish.
Highlands is an all new area added to Stardew Valley which is just waiting to be explored. The Highlands is full with lots of enemies and opportunities, just like the Crimson Badlands. This location is accessible once you finish the “Marlon’s Boat” quest. This is also where you can find the new NPC, Lance.
5. Forest West
Forest West is a new forest located in the west of the Cindersap Forest. This new location is the entrance to the Bear Shop and Sprite Spring, and has the Aurora Vineyard inside. You can also find a small river for fishing, and a mass of pine trees in this location.
What’s more, there are also some really cool Ancient Sword artifacts for the museum in the South of the forest, including the Forest Sword weapon. You can find these artifacts by digging into the ground. These artifacts are the remnants of a huge battle between humans and dwarves.
6. Emerald Farm
The Emerald Farm is a new farm in Stardew Valley which is also home to the new NPC Susan. This farm is located by the railroad and spa and is not accessible until the Summer of Year 1. Susan is a skilled farmer who rotates the crops according to the seasons, so you will get to witness different crops depending on the time of the year you are visiting her farm.
Stardew Valley Expanded adds two new farm maps to the game. However, you will need to download these maps separately as they do not come with the mod’s main files.
1. Grandpa’s Farm
Grandpa’s Farm is a big farm map which comes with all the vanilla features. It expands the farm size and adds many features of various default Stardew Valley farms. This farm features Grandpa’s Shed, Grandpa’s Shrine, Greenhouse, Forgeable Areas, Bat/Mushroom Cave, new artifacts spots, and several different types of fish in the river. To make the most of this map, make sure to start a new save.
2. Immersive Farm 2 Remastered
Immersive Farm 2 Remastered is yet another new farm map added by Stardew Valley Expanded. This map expands the vanilla farm maps and requires you to have a steel axe and steel pickaxe to access different spots on this map.
This farm features Grandpa’s Shed, Greenhouse, Forgeable Areas, Bat/Mushroom Cave, Quarry, Forest Clearing, Waterfall Pond, new fish, artifacts spots, and an opening event.
Stardew Valley Expanded adds hundreds of new items to the game. Here’s a breakdown of each item in different categories and how you can obtain it:
In addition to new locations and characters, the Stardew Valley Expanded mod also adds 4 all new and super cool weapons to the game:
- Diamond Wand, which can be obtained from Lance for 0g.
- Tempered Galaxy Dagger, which can be bought from Alesia for 350,000g.
- Tempered Galaxy Hammer, which can be bought from Isaac for 400,000g.
- Tempered Galaxy Sword, which can be bought from Isaac for 600,000g.
This mod adds 27 new fish to Stardew Valley, some of which include:
- Butterfish, obtained from the Shearwater Bridge (Spring, Summer, Fall) and Forest West (Summer) during the daytime in sunny weather.
- Bonefish, obtained from Crimson Badlands all day.
- Clownfish, obtained from Ginger Island during the daytime.
- Goldenfish, obtained from the Sprite Spring and Junimo Woods all day.
- Minnow, obtained from multiple locations in Pelican Town and Adventurer Summit, all day until 6 pm.
- Radioactive Bass, obtained from The Sewers all day.
- Shiny Lunaloo, obtained from Ginger Island in the evening.
- Void Eel, obtained from the Mutant Bug Lair and Witch Swamp all day.
The Stardew Valley Expanded mod also adds some really amazing loot items, in addition to weapons and locations. These include:
- Void Soul, which can be obtained from Foraging in Crimson Badlands for 150g.
- Void Shard, which can be obtained from the Apophis monster and void eel pond for 10,000g.
- Void Pebble, which can be obtained from the void eel pond, the corrupt serpent, and the corrupt mummy monsters for 800g.
- Rusty Blade, which can be obtained from Foraging in Crimson Badlands and the Fallen Adventurer monster for 200g.
- Swirl Stone, which can be obtained from Foraging in Crimson Badlands for 7,500g.
There are also some really amazing new consumables added by the expansion pack. These include:
- Baked Berry Oatmeal
- Big Bark Burger
- Frog Legs
- Void Delight
- Glazed Butterfish
- Grampleton Orange Chicken
- Void Salmon Sushi
- Dewdrop Berry
- Green Mushroom
- Blue Moon Wine
- Aged Blue Moon Wine
- Haste Elixir
- Gravity Elixir
- Lightning Elixir
- Armor Elixir
- Aegis Elixir
- Hero Elixir
- Barbarian Elixir
Most of these consumables can be obtained from the NPCs or bought from different locations.
Stardew Valley Expanded also adds several new Festivals to the game. These are special events in the game about which you are notified a day ahead via mail from Lewis. These festivals add cosmetic changes to the game and also have some exciting secrets hidden, waiting to be discovered. What’s more, the locations for eggs in the egg festivals are also different.
There are two events every month, and one event during the fall:
1. Spirit’s Eve
Celebrated on the 27th of Fall every year, Spirit’s Eve adds two new mazes to the game that will rotate every year. You can go to the festival by entering Pelican Town between 10pm and 11:50pm. Once the festival is over and you leave, you will be back to The Farm at 12am.
2. Community Day
Celebrated every month, Community Day occurs on the 22nd of every month after the Community Center is completed. You can find basically all the residents of the game in this festival, which proves to be the opportunity to meet everyone, create a good bond with them, and give them gifts.
3. Joja Day
Joja Day is yet another monthly festival added by Stardew Valley Expanded that occurs on the 22nd of every month after the Joja Route is completed. You can get 20% off on all the purchasable seeds in this festival. It also includes some really cool Joja-themed items.
You can find basically all the residents of the game in this festival, which proves to be the opportunity to meet everyone, create a good bond with them, and give them gifts. However, you won’t find Pierre, Magnus, Sophia, Susan, and Caroline here.
How to Install Stardew Valley Expanded?
It is pretty easy to install Stardew Valley Expanded. However, the mod requires several other mods to function properly. So you will first need to download and install the following mods:
- Content Patcher
- Extra Map Layers
- Custom NPC Exclusions
- Json Assets
- Expanded Preconditions Utility
- Farm Type Manager
- SAAT – Audio API and Toolkit
- Shop Tile Framework
Download, unzip, and put all the mods in the game’s Mods folder (SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\Stardew Valley\Mods), and then follow these steps:
- Go to your game folder and open the “Mods” folder in there.
- Now download the Stardew Valley Expanded mod from Nexus. You can either download the mod manually or use a mod manager like Vortex to download SVE.
- Once done, unzip the downloaded mod folder and then move it to the game’s Mods folder.
That’s all! Launch the game and enjoy all the new content.
When you run the game with the SVE mod installed for the first time, there will be a configuration file in the [CP] Immersive Farm 2, [CP] Stardew Valley Expanded, and [CP] Grandpa’s Farm folders. You can toggle the configurations on already existing saves to alter your SVE experience according to your style. The mod offers configuration options for visual and difficulty changes.
To do so, open this configuration file in a text editor and swap “false” with “true”. This would enable the config option.
Do note that you will need to update the config.json file whenever you install a newer version of SVE. When updating manually, you can copy and paste the file from the older folder into the new one. If you forget to update this file, your saves will be changed permanently after a complete in-game day has passed and the game auto-saves.
Here are all the different configuration options offered by this mod:
- For SVE
- Seasonal Edits
- Replace Default/Hardwood Fences
- Immersive Shadows
- Original Mines Entrance
- Misc Effects
- Disable SVE Joja Shop
- Remove Objects from Grandpa’s Shed
- Remove Southern Cactuses from Desert
- Balanced Crafting
- Alternative Craftables
- Harder Building Construction
- Stronger Monsters
- Older Sophia Portraits
- Shorter Path to Blue Moon Vineyard
- Mature Events
- Use Galdoran Theme All Times
- Disable Galdoran Theme
2. For Grandpa’s Farm
- Sandbox Layout
- Remove Fences
- Remove Grass Stretch
- Grass Crop Field
- Heavy Debris
- Remove Land Expansion Pond
- Larger Bridge to Grandpa’s Shed
- Larger Greenhouse
- Remove Greenhouse Objects
3. For Immersive Farm 2 Remastered
- Farm Sand Box Layout
- Farm-Light Debris
- DirtCropField1, DirtCropField2, DirtCropField3…
- Remove Farm Animal Area Fences
- Remove Fences In Front Of Shed
- Remove Fences Left Of Crop Field 1
- Remove Central Cherry Blossom Tree And Water Trough
- Remove Fences From Backyard
- Remove Table From Backyard
- Remove Pet House From Backyard
- Remove Flowerbed From Backyard
- Remove Minecart System
- Remove Objects From Greenhouse
So that’s all, folks! This pretty much sums up our detailed guide on Stardew Valley Expanded (SVE). If you have already explored all the vanilla content in Stardew Valley and are looking for more lore-friendly content, SVE offers more than what you are looking for.
Go ahead and download the mod now to enjoy fresh new content, interact with more interesting NPCs, explore more new locations, get your hands on new items, and enhance your overall gameplay.