Stardew Valley SDV Tool Upgrades Guide 2021

SDV Tool Upgrades can help you a lot to maximize your game efforts and create your dream farm.

That being said, if you’re at the beginning of your farming journey, you certainly have many questions. 

What tool upgrades in Stardew Valley matter the most? What do these upgrades do? And how does it work in the latest update of the game? 

This quick and concise guide will try to help you out.

Stardew Valley SDV Tool Upgrades Priority: Where to begin?

When we think about priorities, we can’t begin without a Pickaxe. The best tool upgrades in Stardew Valley belong to the Pickaxe. Upgrading the pickaxe allows you to go deeper into the Mines and gather materials more efficiently.

Furthermore, it will also allow you to clear out the Boulders on your farm, which will help you to expand your supply. When the Pickaxe is upgraded, move to:

  • the Trash
  • the Hoe
  • and the Watering Can

You can upgrade your farming tools at the Blacksmith, in exchange for gold and materials. The Blacksmith will upgrade it the same morning, so be sure to swing by and recollect it once it’s done!

Moreover, Blacksmith will work during holidays, as long as you gave him the tool before the holiday began.

Stardew Valley 1.5: Enchantments

A new addition in the 1.5 update is the Tool Enchantments option. You can both have an upgraded tool and an enchanted tool, so taking the best of both worlds will be extremely valuable! 

To Enchant your tools and weapons, you should get to the Forge on Ginger Island. Then, spend one Prismatic Shard and 20 Cinder Shards. Furthermore, you can reroll enchantments by spending one shard. You are guaranteed not to get the two most recent enchantments.

So, there are 11 total upgrades of the Axe, Fishing Rod, Hoe, Pickaxe, and the Watering Can that you can pursue. Keep in mind that upgrading a tool or weapon does not negate the enchantment applied to it.

SDV Tool Upgrades Order


  • Efficient: No Stamina Drain.
  • Powerful: Adds 2 levels of Power.
  • Shaving: Enables 3 extra timber from tree cutting, 3 timber from Mushroom Trees, as well as an additional opportunity to gain hardwood from stumps and also giant crops.
  • Swift: Thirty-three percent faster equipment use.

Sportfishing Rod

  • Auto-Hook: Automatically hooks trash and fish.
  • Efficient: No Stamina Drain.
  • Master: Additional Fishing Level for the player.
  • Preserving: Half of the precious time, do not invest bait and tackle.


  • Archaeologist: Doubles possibility of searching for an artifact.
  • Efficient: No Stamina Drain.
  • Generous: Fifty percent opportunity to a two-fold item after digging.
  • Reaching: Increases charge up capacity. Increases optimum place to 5×5 square.
  • Swift: Thirty-three percent faster equipment use.


  • Efficient: No Stamina Drain.
  • Powerful: +1 Power Level.
  • Swift: Thirty-three percent faster equipment use.

Irrigating Can

  • Bottomless: Infinite water; no maintenance costs.
  • Efficient: No Stamina Drain.
  • Reaching: Increases charge up capacity. Increases optimum place to 5×5 square.

While Enchantments are completely random, you can still reroll as many times as you wish for each tool. That means nothing prevents you from obtaining the perfect enchantment for your tools!

Meet the author

Hey, I'm Jovana – your Stardew Valley trailblazer. As a freelance wordsmith, I craft game guides that are more than just instructions; they're the keys to unlocking a digital haven. Join me on this journey where virtual crops become a canvas for your creativity, mysteries unfold like pixelated petals, and every guide is a treasure map to a thriving farm. Let's redefine Stardew Valley together, one pixel at a time.

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