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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 or Cooking recipes. (Choosing the Fighter Profession at Level 5 gives +15 HP instead of the normal +5 HP, while choosing the Scout, Acrobat, Desperado, or Brute Professions gives no HP bonus).

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 Life Elixir Roots Platter Warrior Ring Fighter.png Fighter
All attacks deal 10% more damage.
(+15 HP)
Scout.png Scout
Critical strike chance increased by 50%.
(+0 HP)
Level 6 Level 7 Level 8 Level 9 Level 10
Crafting Recipes: Crafting Recipes: Crafting Recipes: Crafting Recipes: Fighter: Scout:

Slime Egg-Press

Oil of Garlic
Ring of Yoba

Slime Incubator

Explosive Ammo
Iridium Band Brute.png Brute
Deal 15% more damage.
(+0 HP)
Acrobat.png Acrobat
Cooldown on special moves cut in half.
(+0 HP)
Defender.png Defender
+25 HP.
Desperado.png Desperado
Critical strikes are deadly.
(+0 HP)

Choosing the Scout Profession increases Critical Strike chance by the following formula: critChance += critChance * 0.5. In fact, all critical strike chance bonuses are multiplicative, not additive. Even with all possible bonuses, it's around 5-10% crit. chance at best, so even with the Desperado Profession it can be difficult to justify over the flat damage increases of the Fighter branch.

(Tested crit chance with Scout skill and two +10% crit chance rings. Chance to crit is multiplicative not additive: around 5-10% max [base * 1.5 * 1.1 * 1.1] with all boosts, not 50% + 10% + 10% = 70%).

Desperado increases the damage of critical hits from roughly x3 to approximately x21. With the required Scout skill, characters crit roughly 2% of the time, resulting in approximately 42% extra damage in the long term. This is, however, not entirely accurate, as critical strikes will be virtually guaranteed to do more damage than targets have remaining health.

Experience Points

The following table lists the experience points gained for killing the indicated monster. (This data can be found in Data\Monsters.xnb).

Monster Experience
Green Slime 3
Dust Sprite 2
Bat 3
Frost Bat 7
Lava Bat 15
Stone Golem 5
Wilderness Golem 5
Grub 2
Fly 10
Frost Jelly (i.e., Blue Slime) 6
Sludge (i.e., Any slime other than green or blue) 10
Ghost 15
Duggy 10
Rock Crab 4
Lava Crab 12
Squid Kid 15
Shadow Brute 15
Shadow Shaman 15
Skeleton 8
Metal Head 6
Bug 1
Mummy 20
Big Slime 7
Serpent 20

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.