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Combat is the skill associated with fighting monsters in The Mines, The Skull Cavern, or on the Wilderness Farm.

During the first few days in Stardew Valley, the mines are closed due to an accident by Joja Corporation. On or around day 5, the player will receive a letter from Joja Corp. explaining that the landslide blocking the mines has been cleared, and the mine entrance will be open. At this point, combat becomes available to players who have not chosen the Wilderness Farm.

Combat is increased by killing monsters. Each increase in Combat Level adds +5 health and one or more Crafting recipes.

Combat Skill Icon.png Combat Skill

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Crafting Recipes: Crafting Recipes: Cooking Recipes: Crafting Recipes: Choose a Profession:
Sturdy Ring.png Sturdy Ring Life Elixir.png Life Elixir Roots Platter.png Roots Platter Warrior Ring.png Warrior Ring Fighter.png Fighter
All attacks deal 10% more damage.
+15 HP.
Scout.png Scout
Critical strike chance increased by 50%.
Level 6 Level 7 Level 8 Level 9 Level 10
Crafting Recipes: Crafting Recipes: Crafting Recipes: Crafting Recipes: Fighter: Scout:
Slime Egg-Press.png Slime Egg-PressOil of Garlic.png Oil of Garlic Ring of Yoba.png Ring of Yoba Slime Incubator.png Slime IncubatorExplosive Ammo.png Explosive Ammo Iridium Band.png Iridium Band Brute.png Brute
Damage is increased by 15%.
Acrobat.png Acrobat
Cooldown on special moves is cut in half.
Defender.png Defender
HP is increased by 25.
Desperado.png Desperado
Critical hits are deadly.

Note that critical chance bonuses are multiplicative, not additive. Even with all possible bonuses, it's around 5-10% crit. chance at best (the actual base critical chance is unknown, and possibly influenced by Luck), so even with the Desperado Profession it can be difficult to justify over the flat damage increases of the Fighter branch.

Stat Bonus

Consuming certain foods or drinks, wearing particular Footwear or Rings, and choice of Weapon can all give Stat Bonuses that affect Combat.

Attack.png Attack affects how much damage the player does with each weapon strike.

Crit. Power.png Crit. Power adds additional damage when hitting a critical strike.

Defense.png Defense affects how much damage the player takes from enemy strikes.

Immunity.png Immunity affects the player's ability to recover after being hit by an enemy.

The Weight.png Weight of a weapon affects how far an enemy will be knocked back when struck with the weapon.

Speed w.png Weapon Speed and Speed.png Player Speed are also a factor in successful Combat.