As we often try to do with game we love, we make guides. Still on the fence about the game? Our review is here. Now I know, Friends of Mineral Town is already well documented, being a remake of an older game. Still, I couldn’t resist adding the things that a beginner should know. It makes the gameplay just that much more enjoyable!
As in any Harvest Moon/ Story of Seasons game there are a few staples to your daily game life. And you could let yourself be surprised by the things that unfold while you tend your farm and meet the villagers. But there are some tasks you may consider doing from the start, to make your progression quicker!
Stamina: the Hot Springs and Power Berries
The Hot Spring
As you soon find out farming the field is that your little farmer tires out pretty quick. Losing all the berries on the left hand side of your screen (they indicate your stamina) results in fatigue. Though you don’t pass out yet, it does have an effect when you wake up the following morning as you start out with less berries.
A good way from the start to to get your stamina back is Using the Hot Spring, which is free. The only thing it costs is time! And feeling fatigue (yellow smiley)? Jump in the spring and be rejuvenated!
Of course you replenish it too by eating food or using medicine. But who has the money to buy that at the start?
Throughout the game you can also find 10 Power Berries, which will up your stamina maximum. They are well hidden and hard to come by though. The only one to get at the start of your game are by hoeing your field, there’s one hidden there.
Here’s the list of how to get them all, but other then the one mentioned above you really have to be farther in the game:
- Keep hoeing in your field to find one power berry.
- Get one from the Harvest Goddess by offering to her ten days in a row (more on that later)
- Get the first place in the horse race (you can only compete after your horse is mature).
- Get the first prize in the competition with your dog (you can first buy a dog when Van is in your town).
- Exchange 900 medals for a power berry. You can get medals by betting on horse races.
- Buy it for 10,000 G from the Shopping Network
- Upgrade your fishing rod to Mythic level and fish off the dock during the winter season.
- Keep digging in the Spring Mine (100th floor).
- Get it from the 19th floor of the Lake Mine in Winter.
- Check the area behind the Lake Mine to get a power berry.
In the wild you can forage grasses from the start. I was tempted to hoard them having grown up with crafting menus in games where you need everything you can find later on. Here though, it’s better to ship the blue and green grasses you find. These in time unlock stronger medicine in the Clinic after you have shipped 50 of each. Plus, they fetch a nice price too!
Getting Hired Help: the Nature Sprites
The best ever way for you farmer to have time on your hands is letting someone else do the work: this is where the Nature Sprits com in. Can be a bit of a bother to find their hut, you can find them on the map behind the church (see our Map of Mineral Town here)
Gives them gifts for a couple of days in a row, and you will be friendly enough for them to work for you. They have to show three hearts for that to happen. The best advice I can give you is to give them gift that color with them. For instance, I gave Sunny (the yellow sprite) Honey which did the trick. And Indigo grass to Staid (the indigo coloured sprite). Flour is what they love best, but you have to have more funds to buy them that.
You can ask them to water your crops, harvest them or take care of any animals you have. They aren’t very efficient at first I must say, but it gets better over time. Their hearts deplete again over time, so to keep them working with you it’s important to maintain a gifting habit.
Nice feature: if all Harvest Sprites are three hearts and above, you will get an invitation for a tea party (between 10 am and 5 pm).
Farming and Animals
Of course you start out cleaning the grounds and hoeing the land with a vengeance. Your basic hammer and axe can only clear out the little rocks and branches. The bigger stumps and rocks will have to wait until you can upgrade your tools at the Forge (open between 10 am – 4 pm and closed on Thursdays) for which you need money and ores.
I hesitated at first how I would layout my farming land. I know it sounds silly to many of you, but to me it’s important to have it all neat and tidy. So I decided to go for 3×3 grids. Later on I got a grass seedling at the general store which I planted and left alone as I didn’t have any animals yet. To my surprise it spread pretty quick! And look at how beautiful it looks, just like little hedges in between the fields!
But, as with all best laid out plans, I messed up around a stubborn old boulder and hoed the next field in the wrong place. Worry not: there’s a way to get a patch of land that has been hoed back to its normal state. Put a branch on the spot you want to return to nature! Or, you can pound it with a hammer to get the same effect.
Aside from crops and flowers, you can have fruit trees on your ranch. Buy them at the Workshop but don’t expect to have to sow them. Order them, get back home and there they are: instant mature trees.
The coop and barn can hold 4 animals each from the start, so once you can spare the money, go to the Yodel Ranch (open between 10 am – 3 pm, closed on Monday) or to PoPoultry (open between 11 am – 4 pm, closed on Sunday) to get some new critters.
You can buy a brush, milker and clippers at the forge once you have animals. Try to brush the cows and sheep daily, and click A next to them to check on them. This will get the production going, along with feeding them daily. The red hatch in the barn holds the cut grass you have put in the silo. The chickens need a daily check up with A too and chicken feed. You can buy that at PoPoultry, and it goes in the red hatch in the chicken barn as well. Got an Angora Rabbit? It eats the same feed.
What’s very nice, saving time and money, it’s that by ringing the bell outside of the coop or barn will let your animals out where they can forage for themselves. And the best thing: they go inside at 8 pm automatically! Only use this when it’s not raining of course.
Mining for Ores and Metals
There are two mines: the Spring Mine which you can access immediately. And there’s the Lake Mine, which you can only reach in Winter when the lake is frozen. Both mines have 255 floors and the cinch is that the layout changes every time you leave a floor. That makes it difficult to keep having enough stamina and reaching the lower floors.
Time doesn’t pass in the mines, at least not ticking along as usual. It does progress though, every floor you go down will uses 1 minute of game time. That includes dropping-down holes (1 minute for 1 floor, 2 minutes for 2 floors and so on).
It’s important for the progress in the game that you do reach lower levels: beneath the 13th floor in the Spring Mine you can find Orichalcum that you need to have Saibara at the Forge make a brooch. You can sell this at a nice tidy profit of 800G! Not to be sneezed at, as you need lots of Gold to make it work.
So how to get to the lower levels? Use the Save and Load trick. Enter the mine/floor and choose to save game before mining, but while you are in the mine. Once you manage to find the ladder (i’ve found it’s often not very far from your entrance point), remember its location and re-load the game. Run directly to that location to dig the ladder immediately, without wasting additional stamina. This is slow going, as you have to rinse and repeat this at every floor…..
Goddess, Pets, Horse and Outfit
Always a good idea to have the Goddess on your side. You can offer gifts to Goddess by throwing it to the river beside the hot spring. Offering gifts is important because it is the prerequisite to unlock Van (Pet Merchant) in game. The most recommended gift for Goddess is flowers, which you can pick them up for free in the mountain. She also gives you a Power Berry. Oh, and should you want to: the Goddess is also a marriage candidate.
Beware that you can’t buy a horse in this game, but you can get it for free. Meet Mugi (Yodel Ranch) for the first time during spring (as early as possible recommended), and he will send you a pony the next day, asking you to take care of it. Now, make sure you talk to the pony everyday, and buy a brush from the Forge to brush it everyday. Mugi will attempt to take it away during end of year. If the affection of the pony is high enough, he will give it to you for free. If it’s not, you will lose your only opportunity in getting a horse!
You can change your outfit by clicking A standing in front the mirror in your house. There aren’t many choices, mostly different colour variation of your existing outfit. Depending on the location you purchase your game (if you had it pre-ordered before release) you may have received special costumes like sheep costume, dog costume, cow costume and so on. If you didn’t, the Nintendo eShop has you covered: there’s paid DLC for the costumes too!
Additional Tips from our Readers
A lot of our readers are playing Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town. As they have excellent tips for more fun gameplay too, I’ve decided to collect them here. Got any tips of your own? Comment on the article and I will add them!
Here’s one by Marie: If there is a event on the beach go to the event with a big empty bag and the upgraded rod whilst the event is running. Start fishing before you do anything else, you can fill all slots in your bag without using any health as time stands still. When you have filled all the slots in your bag and start the actual event you will go home with a bag loaded with fish that you can sell!
That’s it for now. Got any questions? Several of the writing team are playing the game, so be sure to ask us and we will try to help!
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I for the life of me can’t access the forge shop menu to buy a brush. Whenever I stand in front of the counter to try and buy something all it does is examine the counter.
How strange! Could it be that you just had the fragment where you just witnessed the row between grandpa and grandson? I seem to remember that wasn’t during normal opening hours. Because normally you can only buy during opening times of the shop. Also, you can’t buy a brush and Milker and such until you’ve got your horse, first cow etc.
I’ve found that you have to be sorta to the left of the counter to access the menu. If you’re more to the right it will just say counter
Thanks for clarifying Ivan!
Another thing to check is to make sure it isn’t Thursday in the game. You can still go in the shop to talk to people but you won’t be able to buy anything because they’re closed for business on Thursdays. It took me a few minutes to realize why I couldn’t talk to the guy across the counter. Haha
It could be the shop is closed because you can go in and click the counter even when it is closed on the days they are open. That happened to me as well but I left and checked the sign!
omg same!! >.< do tell if you figure it out please lol
The shop is open even on a day or time it’s closed according to the sign. Then you can’t access the buying menu
Try leaving and going back in. I find this happens to sometimes for seemingly no reason.
You are there at the wrong time, say it opens at 10 and you are there at 9:50 the merchants won’t talk to you. Same at the end of the day. Keep an eye on your time, you should be fine!
It means the shop isn’t open for business. If a shop isn’t open it will just say Counter when you press A button
I can’t put the fodder and feeds in their bins.. I can’t even take it out of my backpack.. I tried putting it my cabinet in the hopes of it automatically sent to the bins, but no effect.. When I select the feeds in my backpack with A, it doesn’t do anythint else, I couldn’t equip it.. Please help..
I take it you’ve selected it with the right stick first? I know, stupid question, but that’s all I can think off. Usually I stand in front of the hatch, stand close enough to get the A above the hatch and then press A while having it selected in your menu with the right stick
When I stand in front of the hatch and the feeding bins, it’s only “A” to Examine.. There’s no option to use otherwise.. Also, it’s just my Spring Day 18 (18 days in the game) only..
That’s strange indeed. Have you tried putting the fodder for the cows and such in the silo outside first? Still, there’s no silo for the chickens, so I don’t know what’s up there.
Hi, I searched and search and I finally figured it out! So all you have to do is hold press the left joycon’s up or down button while you use the other right joycon’s stick to move around in your bag items and make sure your character is standing next to the bin to store it or next to your chicken to feed it. Hope this make sense and help you out!!!
OMIGOSH!!!!! Thank you so much!! This works like a charm!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!! 🙂
I also can’t place the fodder for the cows in the silo.. I’m frustrated.. Thank you though..
There’s a red box by the feeding areas. If you stand close enough to it while holding the fodder, you can press A to place them in there! That’s been the only way I know of storing the fodder into the silo (I don’t think we are able to directly store or get them in/out of the silo).
So I lost my horse and the only chance of getting/keeping it? Damn… should I restart? Not sure >.<
If you didn’t get to keep it at the end of winter, then I think you lost your only chance at a horse…
Nah don’t restart. I lost my horse too but in year 3 Mugi just gave me an adult horse.
Another way to clear a patch of hoed land is to use the hammer on it. That would take stamina but it is an option. 🙂
Good one too, thanks!
What do you mean depending on your location. You say you can get a sheep ,cow ,dog costume. Is there a cat one available? If so how do I get it depending on my location. I live in the United States , Louisiana. Thanks for the info.
There are several costumes that you could get by pre-ordering the game online. I think in the West we got a cow costume for pre-ordering, but in Japan there were more options. Like a sheep costume when you pre-ordered from an online Japanese shop called Geo-online, Amazon Japan gave a chicken costume for pre-ordering etc. So, that’s what I mean. Good news though: there’s DLC in the Nintendo eShop with these costumes. They cost $ 1.99 each.
Wow thanks. I will definitely be looking at the DLC stuff once my game comes in. I hope there’s a cat costume.
About your grass. You just bought one seedling, planted it then left it alone? Then it multiplied? I got a free seedling from a cutscene involving Karen, and I accidentally cut it… so I got 1 square of fodder. If it spreads on its own, I might have made a mistake cutting it early, huhu.
Yes, it spread on its own. Lovely isn’t it? You just need to buy a new grass seedling for 500G and you can try again
You need to have 800 gold, and make sure you visit Saibara during the opening hours.
Just to be sure, what are you referring to for the 800G?
I bought a cow and I have a milker. I’ve fed her, brushed her, and talked to her every day, but when I use the milker on her I never get any milk. It goes through the animation for milking, but I never get anything. What am I doing wrong? Will she only produce milk after a certain number of days?
Yes, she has to be adult to produce milk, and when you bought her she was a calf! When you check on your animals with X you will see if she’s producing
If there is a event on the beach go to the event with a big empty bag and the upgraded rod whilst the event is running and start fishing before you do anything else, you can fill all slots in your bag without using any health and time stands still, when you have filled all the slots in your bag start the event you will go home with a bag loaded with fish that you can sell.
Marie, what an excellent tip! I will add it to the guide!
Grey gave me a brooch – does anyone know if you can wear it? I can’t find the option to.
Do you know how to sell items (specifically cook food ) to Huang? I worked everyday and mining, still broke, lol! I have at most 2 heart with all the resident. Even with the help of those Nature Sprites, I still run out of time, lol!
This game is super grinding, lol!
Is anyone else having this issue with at the time the game resets at 6am I loose everything I just purchased like my upgrade house, frying pan, pot, seeds and the money is gone too?
I am baffled? After I shipped what was in my bag had 10.500g and when the reset happened I lost my money and all the upgrades I mentioned.
I almost didn’t want to play again .made me sad lol
What am I supposed to do?
Boy, that is annoying! The only thing I can think of may be an obvious one: in Friends of Mineral Town the game doesn’t save when you sleep. It only saves when you press X and choose to save in your diary. Did you do that as well?
Do you have to move wood, stone, and copper to your bag from your inventory, to be able to upgrade your items? It’s annoying when you try to upgrade your house but “don’t have the items” because you can’t carry them all from your inventory in your bag.
Thanks! Hope this made sense!
Hi Samanta, I would think that upgrading your bag in time while playing would solve that problem? It will allow you to put all in your bag that you need to upgrade.
Great, this will help my game to be easier. Plus, another option for getting your stamina back is to use the bathroom after upgrading your home.
my game is somehow bugged, ran gave me her music box thing and i went to sit it on a shelf and changed my mind, i picked it up then i had two so i picked it up and was gonna just use two trophys to make my shelf look right then my whole inventory filled up with it so i thought if i put them in my cupboard now its multiplying them help i cant trash them or delete them or sell them pls help i didnt want this.
I hadn’t heard about this bug yet, that’s very annoying. Of course you didn’t want this and I think the game shouldn’t do this. I’m afraid I can’t help you though. Good luck on your search for a solution!
What a lovely guide, thanks for this! My daughter struggled with the money for the horse, and with the help of your guide we got it for free 🙂 Kudos for the guide!
Thank you, we love making guides for the games we love. Have fun playing the game with your daughter!
How can i find mythic ores for Upgrade tools lvl6 ?
Hi Salem, there’s quite a bit to finally getting to the mythic ores.
1. Have ALL your tools to Mithril level.
2. Dig for Cursed tools in the Lake mine.
3. Get all the tools blessed.
4. You can now mine Mythic Ore in the Spring mine. You will find it at the same floors as the goddess jewels.
(Answer thanks to https://fogu.com/sos3/farm/tools.html)
I did not understand how to use the tool to break the curse?
*Paying Carter to bless a tool 5 times will remove the curse from the Cursed Hoe and Cursed Watering Can
*Keep the cursed tool as your equipped tool for 5 days in a row will remove the curse from the Cursed Sickle and Cursed Hammer
*Swing the cursed tool up/down 50 times will remove the curse from the Cursed Axe and the Cursed Fishing Pole (Note that you need to have stamina to expend for a full swing. A tool use where you faint because of the tool’s cursed does not count)