Ginger Island

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Ginger Island
Ginger Island.png
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Occupants:

Leo Icon.png Leo

Birdie Icon.png Birdie

Professor Snail Icon.png Professor Snail

Island Trader Icon.png Island Trader

Mr. Qi Icon.png Mr. Qi

Ginger Island is an island in the Fern Islands archipelago which can be accessed after repairing the boat in the backroom of Willy’s Fish Shop and buying tickets, which in turn is accessed after completing the Community Center or Joja Community Development Form.

Ginger Island is the only island available to visit in the archipelago, though other islands can be seen from the boat on the way there.

The player can return to Stardew Valley at any time for free by entering the boat on the southern beach. They will usually arrive back inside the Fish Shop, except on festival days when the path back to the Farm may be blocked, in which case the player will be deposited on the Bus Stop instead. If the beach is inaccessible, on days such as the Dance of the Moonlight Jellies festival, the player will be deposited on the bridge leading to the beach south of Pelican Town.

Similar to the Greenhouse, crops planted on Ginger Island are not affected by the current season, so they can always grow.

Island South

The area where the player first lands; contains the dock, a small beach, and a warp location for a Warp Totem: Island or Island Obelisk.

Beach Resort

After you have built the island farmhouse, a beach resort can be built for 20 Golden Walnuts. From then on a random subset of villagers from Pelican Town will arrive at 11:00 AM and leave at 6:00 PM each non-raining day that isn't a holiday. The player can open/close the resort the next following day with the toggle located between the two doors of the changing room.

After opening the beach resort, Gus will run a bar on the days when he visits.

Image Name Description Price
Piña Colada.png
Piña Colada Drink in moderation. Gold.png600g
Beer.png
Beer Drink in moderation. Gold.png500g
Pale Ale.png
Pale Ale Drink in moderation. Gold.png1,000g
Mead.png
Mead A fermented beverage made from honey. Drink in moderation. Gold.png800g
Cranberry Candy.png
Cranberry Candy It's sweet enough to mask the bitter fruit. Gold.png400g
Wine
Gold
Mango Wine Drink in moderation. Gold.png5,000g
Tropical Curry.png
Recipe Overlay.png
Tropical Curry Recipe A recipe to make Tropical Curry Gold.png2,000g

Island Southeast

This area is unlocked by building the Island Beach Resort, which clears the debris east of the dock. It contains a star-shaped tide pool, a large rock offshore, and a hidden pirate's cove.

Pirate Cove

Catching the Gourmand Statue

There is a hidden entrance on right side of Island Southeast that leads to the Pirate Cove. It can be accessed at any time once Island Southeast is available, and on non-rainy and even-numbered days of the season there are visiting pirates after 8pm.

When pirates are visiting, the player can play Darts to win Golden Walnuts. (There are no rewards after the first three games.) There is also a bar where the player will be given Mead once a day if they are wearing a Pirate Hat, Eye Patch, or Deluxe Pirate Hat.

The player can enter the cave at any time to fish in the pool to the southeast. This is the only place in the game where the Stingray can be caught. In addition to the fish shown in the Fishing section below, the player can catch a Gourmand Statue.png Gourmand Statue, which initially appears as a present box when caught.

Mermaid

The mermaid and stones, all of which only appear on rainy days.

On rainy days a Mermaid will appear on the large rock by the shore. If the player places Flute Blocks and tunes them to play the Mermaid's song, she will reward them with 5 Golden Walnuts.

To play the Mermaid's song, place Flute Block on top or below each set of stones on the shore, then tune each block by the amount of stones. A large stone symbolizes 5, and a small stone symbolizes 1. After tuning all 5 blocks, simply run past each one left-to-right.

Stone Tuning Key 
Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4 Block 5
Mermaid stone 1.png
Mermaid stone 2.png
Mermaid stone 3.png
Mermaid stone 4.png
Mermaid stone 5.png
2 Clicks 11 Clicks 9 Clicks 5 Clicks 7 Clicks

Island East

This area is reached by walking East from the dock on Island South. It contains a jungle, and a hut where a boy named Leo lives with a talking parrot. This parrot will give you hints as to how many Golden Walnuts you have left to find in areas. Outside of the hut is a Banana Shrine.

Gem Birds

A hidden path to the East in the jungle leads to an area with a shrine and several pedestals. The entrance is one square south of the parrot express kiosk and all the way to the east. Each pedestal has an image carved in stone in front of it that corresponds to a section of the island. Interacting with the shrine shows the following message:

"When dark clouds cry, begin your quest
To seek the fabled gem-birds four
Each day, one north, south, east, or west
Arrange their gifts upon my door"

Each day that it's raining on the island, a gem-bird will appear in one cardinal direction of the island:

  • South: Just above and to the left of the docks
  • East: Middle of area, near the path
  • North: Right and up from Island Trader
  • West: Just right of the pond

Approaching the bird will cause it to fly away, leaving behind a gem that matches the bird color: aquamarine, topaz, amethyst, emerald, or ruby). (Note: The gems for each area are randomized per game.) The gem should be placed on the pedestal that matches the location where the bird was found. The arrangement of the pictures and pedestals corresponds to the traditional compass rose, with north at the top. When all 4 pedestals have been filled the shrine will activate and give the player 5 Golden Walnuts.

Note:

  • The weather on the island does not correspond to the weather in Stardew Valley. TV weather forecasts will show the daily forecast for Ginger Island also once the area has been unlocked.
  • A Rain Totem can be used while on the island in order to force the birds to appear.

Island North

This area includes everything reached by walking north from the docks on Island South.

Island Trader

Island Trader

Main article: Island Trader

The Island Trader becomes available after the player trades 10 Golden Walnuts with a parrot to unlock the stand. It is run by the Island Trader who is a blue-bird merchant. Similar to a few other merchants, it only barters in exchange for other items and has a rotating stock of island-themed items.

The Island Trader exclusively trades for Foraging items such as Pineapple Seeds, Banana Saplings, Mango Saplings, Taro Tubers, and Golden Coconuts. There are also exclusive Furniture items such as Tropical TV, Jungle Torch, Tropical Chair, Wild Double Bed, Tropical Bed, Tropical Double Bed, 'Volcano' Photo, and Oceanic Rug. The Trader also offers the Galaxy Soul item on the last day of the month for 10 Radioactive Bars. (Galaxy Souls are available after killing at least 50 monsters exclusive to Qi's Challenges)

The parrot will not show up until the player has unlocked the island farmhouse.

Dig Site

On the left side is a broken bridge which can be repaired by parrots in exchange for ten Golden Walnuts. Once repaired, it leads to an area similar to the Mountain Quarry. Rocks, Bone Nodes, Clay Nodes, and mahogany tree seeds have a chance of spawning every day.

To the right of the stairs north of the Dig Site is the Ginger Island Mushroom Cave. Initially, there is a boulder blocking the entrance, with someone behind it calling for help. Placing any bomb will remove the large boulder and free Professor Snail, thus also unlocking the Island Field Office. There is a chance of new mushrooms spawning every day in the cave. Unlike the farm's cave, mushrooms grow directly on the ground, so players can benefit from the botanist profession.

Island Field Office

Island Field Office

Main article: Island Field Office

On the North Side of the Island resides the Island Field Office Tent, where the player may donate fossils. Until Professor Snail is rescued from the nearby cave, the office remains empty with no interactable elements. After the rescue, you can donate fossils to him and answer the Island Survey on the wall in return for Golden Walnuts.

Volcano Dungeon

Main article: Volcano Dungeon

At the farthest north is a volcano dungeon with ten levels, eight of which are randomly generated similar to the Skull Cavern. The fifth level has a shop, and at the tenth and last level is the Forge, where tools and weapons can be upgraded using Cinder Shards.

In order to access the dungeon, a watering can is required to make a path through the lava. This path does not persist between days and must be remade to cross again. After the player reaches the Forge and unlocks the door needed to exit (left of the Forge, right of the starting area), a parrot will perch near the lava river offering to unlock a permanent bridge in exchange for 5 Golden Walnuts.

The lava river in the starting area can be followed to the left to find a hidden exit. The exit leads to the river north of the dig site, where the player can find 2 Golden Walnuts.

Island West

This area includes everything reached by walking west from the docks on Island South. The entrance to this area is initially blocked by a sleeping turtle, which can be wakened by giving a nearby parrot 10 Golden Walnuts. This parrot will only appear after the first parrot in Leo's house has received its own Golden Walnut.

The area is divided in two by a river. The Farm, Gourmand Frog, Parrot Express, and Shipwreck are to the right, with the Pond, Birdie's Hut, Green Whack-A-Mole, Qi's Walnut Room, Tiger Slime Grove, and Colored Crystals Puzzle to the left.

Island West contains 878 plantable tiles.

The Farm

There is a large area where crops can be planted. Initially it is covered in logs, stones, and weeds just like the Stardew Valley farm is when the player first arrives. Sprinklers can be placed here and fruit trees can be planted. Crows won't spawn on this farm either, so Scarecrows aren't necessary. Just like with the Greenhouse, crops from any season can be grown on the Ginger Island farm regardless of the season.

There is a farmhouse that the parrots will build in exchange for 20 Golden Walnuts. It's a 4 room house with a kitchen and one Tropical Bed per farmer on the save file. It also comes with a shipping bin. Once the house has been created, the parrots will build a mailbox for an additional 5 Golden Walnuts and a Farm Obelisk for 20 Golden Walnuts.

Gourmand Frog

After the parrots repair the Island Farmhouse, a cave appears in the upper right-hand corner of the island farm. In it is the Gourmand Frog who will reminisce about days when specific crops were growing on the farm and asks you to grow them. Once they're grown, you can return to him and he will award you with Golden Walnuts.

Solution 
This is a farming task.
You have to plant Melon, Wheat and Garlic crops (1 of each) in your Island's farm, and make them grow to the harvest state (do not harvest), and then talk to the Gourmand Frog again.
He will award 5 Golden Walnuts for each type of crop. He won't take the crop.
Birdie's Shack

Birdie's Shack

On the west side of the beach there is a shack which is where Birdie lives. Upon meeting her she will give the player the quest "The Pirate's Wife". After the quest is complete, she no longer has any quests, but will speak with you.

Green Whack-A-Mole

Green Whack-a-Mole

There is a green Duggy moving from hole to hole, which can be "whacked" with the watering can for 1 Golden Walnut. The player can also cover three of the holes with placed objects, and hit the mole with an axe or pickaxe.

Shipwreck

On the southeast part of the beach, below the farm area, there is a shipwreck which the player can enter to collect a Golden Walnut. It is unclear if this shipwreck is related to Leo, Birdie, or the pirates in the Pirate's Cove.

Tiger Slime Grove

North of the pond is a small grove. Mahogany trees will grow there, and several Tiger Slimes will spawn.

Colored Crystals Puzzle

Colored Crystals Puzzle

This puzzle is found in a cave northeast of the Tiger Slime Grove.

Upon entering the cave, click on the lion to initiate a game of Simon Says. The game gets faster every round, having 5 rounds in total. Winning the game yields three Golden Walnuts. If any round is failed, the game will restart at round 1. After multiple failed attempts, the game will slow down.

Qi's Walnut Room

Main article: Qi's Walnut Room

A room accessible by getting a total of 100 Golden Walnuts. Inside is a Perfection Tracker, a Special Order Board, and a Vending Machine that sells items in exchange for Qi Gems.

The Beach

On the southwest side of the beach there are tide pools where Sea Urchins and Coral can spawn. The southeast features mussel rocks which can be mined for Mussels (and 5 hidden Golden Walnuts).

Transportation

Parrot Express

There is a transportation system on the island that can be unlocked by paying the parrots. As more areas of the island are unlocked, they are automatically added to the list of destinations. The locations with parrot travel are: Volcano, Farm, Dig Site, Jungle, and Docks.

When you select a location, an animation is shown of the player walking into a small structure that two parrots then lift with vines. The player then appears in the selected location with no animation.

Fishing

Island North

Time
 All 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Blue Discus.png Blue Discus
Midnight Carp.png Midnight Carp
Tilapia.png Tilapia

Island South & Southeast

Time
 All 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Flounder.png Flounder
Lionfish.png Lionfish
Pufferfish.png Pufferfish Sunny day only
Super Cucumber.png Super Cucumber
Tuna.png Tuna

Pirate Cove

Time
 All 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Flounder.png Flounder
Pufferfish.png Pufferfish Sunny day only
Stingray.png Stingray
Super Cucumber.png Super Cucumber
Tuna.png Tuna

Island West

Note that there are two types of water in Ginger Island West: freshwater and ocean. The southern-most plank bridge in the river is the divider between the two. The ocean is to the west and south; the pond and river north of the southern-most plank bridge are freshwater.

Time
 All 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Flounder.png Flounder Ocean
Lionfish.png Lionfish Ocean
Octopus.png Octopus Ocean
Pufferfish.png Pufferfish Ocean Sunny day only
Super Cucumber.png Super Cucumber Ocean
Tuna.png Tuna Ocean
Blue Discus.png Blue Discus Freshwater
Midnight Carp.png Midnight Carp Freshwater
Tilapia.png Tilapia Freshwater

Gallery

Trivia

  • Colored Gems in the cave puzzle are reminiscent of Singing Stones, a piece of furniture obtained by donating 21 minerals to the museum.
  • There's a pair of pirates fighting in Pirate Cove that are a reference to the Mario Bros.

History

  • 1.5: Ginger Island is introduced.