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Birthday Winter.png Winter 3
Lives In The Mountain
Address Tent
Marriage No
Loved Gifts Blueberry Tart.png Blueberry TartCactus Fruit.png Cactus FruitCoconut.png CoconutDish O' The Sea.png Dish O' The SeaThe Alleyway Buffet.png The Alleyway BuffetYam.png Yam
“You can learn to survive in the wild. I have. I think we all have a hidden urge to return to nature. It's just a little scary to make the leap.”
— Linus

Linus is a villager who lives in a small tent west of the Mines, on the Mountains north of Pelican Town.


Rotten Plant.png  Warning: Spoilers  Rotten Plant 2.png

This page or section contains unmarked spoilers from update 1.6 of Stardew Valley. Players may want to avoid or be cautious toward reading this article/section.

Linus never visits the Beach Resort on Ginger Island.

Shown below are Linus' schedules prioritized highest to lowest within each season. For example, if it is raining, that schedule overrides all others below it.

Spring 16 (Bus Service Restored)
9:50 am Takes the bus to Calico Desert to attend the Desert Festival
10:20 am Stands by a trash can behind the Calico Egg merchant
1:40 am Heads back to the bus
Green Rain
6:00 am Stands at the cliff south of his tent
12:00 pm Moves to the cliff west of his tent
5:00 pm Stands by the campfire
10:00 pm Goes inside his tent to sleep
6:00 am Inside his tent
9:30 am Exits tent, stands behind bush west of his tent
10:10 am Returns to his tent
3:00 pm Exits tent, stands under tree west of his tent
7:00 pm Returns to his tent
11:30 pm Goes to bed
Winter 15
6:00 am Inside his tent
11:00 am Exits tent, stands west of campfire in front of his tent
4:00 pm Walks to beach to attend Night Market
11:30 pm Returns to his tent for the night
6:00 am Inside his tent
6:30 am Exits tent, stands behind bush west of his tent
7:00 am Walks to west of campfire in front of his tent
9:30 am Walks to west side of lake
2:00 pm Walks to west of campfire in front of his tent
7:00 pm Returns to his tent
11:00 pm Goes to bed
6:00 am Inside his tent
6:30 am Walks to cliff overlooking lake, east of his tent
9:40 am Walks to south of fence, west of lake
1:00 pm Walks further south, west of lake
4:00 pm Walks to west of campfire in front of his tent
8:00 pm Walks behind bush west of his tent
8:20 pm Returns to his tent for the night
6:00 am Inside his tent
7:00 am Exits tent, stands behind bush west of his tent
7:40 am Walks to west of campfire in front of his tent
9:00 am Walks to Spa, stands at east side of building
2:00 pm Walks to west side of lake
6:00 pm Returns to his tent for the night
6:00 am Inside his tent
11:00 am Exits tent, stands west of campfire in front of his tent
2:00 pm Walks to Spa, stands inside entrance
6:00 pm Returns to his tent for the night


Linus generally considers himself an outcast of the town who feels unwelcome and misunderstood, but wishes to be accepted. He does not trust strangers or seem to socialize with many villagers. He tells the Player of incidents in which his tent was vandalized or destroyed. During festivals, he is usually alone and away from the main festivities.

Linus and the Wizard stand next to each other at the Spirit's Eve festival.

Robin mentions that she does not mind Linus living behind their house as long as he does not bother them.

In Winter, Penny asks the player if they know Linus and expresses sympathy for him because "everyone ignores him". Emily expresses sympathy for Linus on Tuesdays in Summer, saying, "I wish everyone could learn to be accepting of others."

During Leo's six heart event, Linus, Willy, and the Player succeed in inviting Leo to live on the mainland, where he becomes neighbors with Linus. Linus and Leo bond over their love of nature, with Linus teaching him everything he knows and Leo occasionally referring to him as "Uncle Linus". They stand together at the Feast of the Winter Star.


Main article: Friendship
See also: List of All Gifts

You can give Linus up to two gifts per week (plus one on his birthday), which will raise or lower his friendship with you. Gifts on his birthday (Winter.png 3 Winter) will have 8× effect and show a unique dialogue.
For loved or liked gifts, Linus will say

“A birthday gift? That's very kind of you! I love it.”
“You remembered my birthday! Thank you. This is great!”

For neutral gifts, Linus will say

“Oh, a birthday gift! Thank you.”

For disliked or hated gifts, Linus will say

“Oh... It's for my birthday? ... Thanks.”


“This is wonderful! You've really made my day special.”

The Alleyway Buffet

“I don't usually read books... But this one is right up my 'alley'... Thank you!”

Stardrop Tea

“This means a lot to me, (Name). I'll save it for a quiet day in the tent. Thank you!”
Image Name Description Source Ingredients
Linus Happy.png
Blueberry Tart.png
Blueberry Tart It's subtle and refreshing. Cooking Blueberry.png Blueberry (1)Wheat Flour.png Wheat Flour (1)Sugar.png Sugar (1)Egg.png Egg (1)
Cactus Fruit.png
Cactus Fruit The sweet fruit of the prickly pear cactus. Foraging - The Desert
Coconut A seed of the coconut palm. It has many culinary uses. Foraging - The Desert
Dish O' The Sea.png
Dish O' The Sea This'll keep you warm in the cold sea air. Cooking Sardine.png Sardine (2)Hashbrowns.png Hashbrowns (1)
The Alleyway Buffet.png
The Alleyway Buffet You have a greater chance to find items in the trash. Books
Yam A starchy tuber with a lot of culinary versatility. Farming - Fall


“This is a great gift. Thank you!”

Most edible Foraging items

“That's a good find! I'm always happy when eating wild food. Thank you.”
Image Name Description Source
Linus Happy.png
Chanterelle A tasty mushroom with a fruity smell and slightly peppery flavor. Foraging - Fall
Common Mushroom.png
Common Mushroom Slightly nutty, with good texture. Foraging - Fall
Daffodil A traditional spring flower that makes a nice gift. Foraging - Spring
Dandelion Not the prettiest flower, but the leaves make a good salad. Foraging - Spring
Ginger This sharp, spicy root is said to increase vitality. Foraging - Ginger Island
Hazelnut That's one big hazelnut! Foraging - Fall
Holly The leaves and bright red berries make a popular winter decoration. Foraging - Winter
Leek A tasty relative of the onion. Foraging - Spring
Magma Cap.png
Magma Cap A very rare mushroom that lives next to pools of lava. Foraging - Volcano Dungeon
Morel Sought after for its unique nutty flavor. Foraging - Spring
Purple Mushroom.png
Purple Mushroom A rare mushroom found deep in caves. Foraging - The Mines
Snow Yam.png
Snow Yam This little yam was hiding beneath the snow. Foraging - Winter
Spring Onion.png
Spring Onion These grow wild during the spring. Foraging - Spring
Wild Horseradish.png
Wild Horseradish A spicy root found in the spring. Foraging - Spring
Winter Root.png
Winter Root A starchy tuber. Foraging - Winter

*Note that Dinosaur Eggs are considered Artifacts and not Eggs for gifting purposes.


“A gift? How nice.”

Wild Bait

“Let me see... it looks perfect. You're a good student, (Name).”
Image Name Description Source
Wild Bait.png
Wild Bait A unique recipe from Linus that gives you a chance to catch two fish at once. Crafting


“Hmm... This doesn't really do much for me.”

Treasure Chest

“No, thank you. I have no desire for money... In fact, I think it's cursed.”
Image Name Description Source
Linus Concerned.png
Treasure Chest.png
Treasure Chest* Wow, it's loaded with treasure! This is sure to fetch a good price. Fishing, Artifact Trove, SquidFest, Secret Note #16, Fish Pond

*If the player attempts to gift Linus a Treasure Chest, he will give it back to them.


“Why would you give this to me? Do you think I like junk just because I live in a tent? That's terrible.”
Image Name Description Source
Linus Concerned.png

Movies & Concessions

Main article: Movie Theater
'It Howls In The Rain'.png It Howls In The Rain

'Journey Of The Prairie King The Motion Picture'.png Journey Of The Prairie King: The Motion Picture

'Mysterium'.png Mysterium

'Natural Wonders Exploring Our Vibrant World'.png Natural Wonders: Exploring Our Vibrant World

'The Brave Little Sapling'.png The Brave Little Sapling

'The Miracle At Coldstar Ranch'.png The Miracle At Coldstar Ranch

'The Zuzu City Express'.png The Zuzu City Express

'Wumbus'.png Wumbus

Love ConcessionLove.png
Salmon Burger.png Salmon Burger
Stardrop Sorbet.png Stardrop Sorbet
Dislike ConcessionDislike.png
Black Licorice.png Black Licorice
Joja Cola (large).png Joja Cola
JojaCorn.png JojaCorn
Like ConcessionLike.png
Everything else

Heart Events


At any friendship level greater than zero friendship points, you may receive a gift in the mail from Linus. The chance of receiving a gift in the mail increases as your friendship with Linus increases.

Item Description
Catfish.png CatfishLargemouth Bass.png Largemouth BassMaki Roll.png Maki RollFried Calamari.png Fried CalamariSashimi.png Sashimi Hello, friend.

The mountain lake has been kind to me lately. I'd like to share my good fortune with you.


Zero Hearts

Zero Hearts.png

After you have 50 Friendship points with Linus, enter the town between 8pm - 12am on a day that's not raining. (This event cannot trigger before Spring 7, Year 1)

George will ask you to scare off some raccoons who are stealing from his trash cans. Instead, you discover Linus, who is extremely embarrassed, but explains that if he didn't eat the food, it would go to waste. You then get the option to tell him what you think about his actions. Note that none of the choices will affect friendship with Linus.

After you leave, he proceeds to try to steal from the Saloon's trash can, where he is caught by Gus, who gives him a basket of zucchini fritters saying that he doesn't want any villager to go hungry.

Three Hearts

Three Hearts.png

After reaching 3 hearts with Linus he will send you a recipe in the mail.

Image Recipe Description
Sashimi (Name),

how are you doing? I've enclosed some instructions on how to make one of my favorite fish recipes.


Four Hearts

Four Hearts.png

Enter the mountain area near his tent between 8pm - 12am on a day that's not raining.

Linus will invite you over to his camp site. He will apologize for not trusting you when you first met, and thanks you for being a good friend. He invites you into his tent, where he shows you how to craft Wild Bait for use in fishing.

Seven Hearts

Seven Hearts.png

After reaching seven hearts with Linus, he will send you a recipe in the mail.

Image Recipe Description
Fish Taco.png
Fish Taco (Name),

how are you doing? I've enclosed some instructions on how to make one of my favorite fish recipes.


Eight Hearts

Eight Hearts.png

Exit Robin's house on a day that's not raining between 9am and 5pm.

Robin, Linus, and the player appear in front of Robin's house. Robin offers to make Linus lunch, but he refuses, saying "I've had great luck foraging today." Robin turns toward the player and asks if they have something to say.
  • I'm just pleased that Linus is doing well... (+250 friendship with Linus.)
    Linus thanks the player and adds that he was worried the player would ask him to move on to the Farm. He says that he appreciates the player's respect for his chosen way of life.
  • I'd like to invite Linus to live on the farm with me... (No effect on friendship.)
    Robin becomes excited and offers to build "a real cozy house" for Linus. Linus refuses, saying that he appreciates the kindness, but he lives the way he does by choice. He prefers to live alone, in harmony with nature. He adds that he values his friendship with the player.

The cutscene ends as Linus runs off to pick berries.



First Meeting

“A stranger?... Hello. Don't mind me. I just live out here alone.”


“The crisp air of the wilderness is all I care to know. I live out here by choice.”
“...Have you come to ridicule me? I'm just minding my own business.”
“I don't know you well enough to trust you. Sorry.”
“...Hmm? Do you want something from me?”
“Please don't destroy my tent. It's happened before.”
“I'm happy by myself, you know. I don't need new friends.”
“I have to be wary of strangers. Most people don't like a 'wild man'.”
“Someone was throwing rocks at my tent last night... I just had to wait it out.”
“I don't like to stay in one place for too long. There's just too much to experience in the world.”
“It would be nice if the townspeople could accept me for who I am. I like living out here in the open air. That's what they don't understand.”
“You can learn to survive in the wild. I have. I think we all have a hidden urge to return to nature. It's just a little scary to make the leap.”
“The people here seem nice, but they avoid me. People are afraid of the unknown.”
“You can learn a lot from trees. Spend time with them and they might tell you their secrets. Go in peace, young one.”
“I have everything I need to survive, and more. Nature plays a wonderful tune if you can only learn to listen. I also spend a lot of time reading. One of the reasons I stopped in the valley was for the great library.”

After passing out in the Mines

“...I found you unconscious in the mines. You're lucky I happened to pass by! Be a little more careful next time, okay?”

Rainy Day

“A warm rain is a pleasant way to get clean.”

6+ Hearts

“I spend a lot of time thinking. If you can fully understand the reasons behind your thoughts, you'll have reached a new level of being.”


“I saw a heron wading gracefully through the morning mist. Such are the treasures of a quiet life.”
“It's so easy to get caught up in the noise of modern life. Your best years will pass you by in a formless blur. That's why you've got to learn to slow down.”
“This is an easier time of year for me. I don't have to worry about staying warm. Plus, the fruits of the wild are growing everywhere.”
“During all these years I've discovered a few secrets about life. You'll have to find out for yourself.”
“How have you been, my young friend?”
“I have my own reasons for living alone like this. Some things are best left unsaid... I should do some foraging.”
“Whenever you catch a fish, take a moment to thank it for its sacrifice. Even if you don't believe in the spirit of the fish, it's a good mental exercise. We need to be aware of our effect on the environment”
“You can find rainbow trout in streams right now.”

6+ Hearts

“... summer. The warm sun heats up the cans for me. Then at night I've got a warm meal to look forward to.”

Green Rain Year 1

“All these strange trees will be gone tomorrow... it's one of the mysteries of nature.”

Year 2+

“I've already gathered enough moss for the entire year. How about you?”

Green rain finished (next day)

“How did the moss harvest go? Hehe... My bed is a lot softer now.”


“I've explored deep into the caves. They hold some hidden secrets. Just be cautious if you go in there.”
“I don't like to stay in one place for too long.”
“Some joker sprayed paint all over my home during the night... It took hours to scrub it off this morning.”
“I need to start gathering lumber for the winter. Do you have enough lumber to keep your house warm?”
“I don't have many responsiblities, so I spend my time thinking. You have to understand your thoughts before you can control them.”

6+ Hearts

“There's nothing quite like a feast of wild mushrooms in the fall.”


“It can get really cold if you live in a tent.”
“Sleeping on the ground is good for my back. It's best to look at the positive side of things.”
“Thanks for not shunning me, [Player]. It takes a lot of wisdom to override your base instincts. I'm a human like everyone else. I just have a different lifestyle.”
“I'm sure you understand why I'm cautious of strangers. But let's put that in the past, okay? You and I are friends now, I think.”
“Winter is tough, but you can still fish and forage to get by. If you have any animals you should keep them inside.”
“The trees go to sleep during the winter. It makes it a bit lonely out here. But I wouldn't deny them their beauty sleep.”
“Thanks for stopping by. I was actually feeling a little lonely this morning. So, have you discovered anything interesting in the mines?”

Egg Festival

Odd-numbered year

“No one really talks to me... I just come for the deviled eggs.”

Even-numbered year

“I'll just slip in a little later and have some food. I'm eyeing that scrumptious looking pie!”

Flower Dance

“Oh, hello there. It's nice of you to talk to me. Spring is almost over... what a shame.”

The Luau

“A slow, continuous rotation is key to achieving the perfect roast.”

Dance of the Moonlight Jellies

“I'll just sneak up when the jellies arrive... I don't want to bother anyone.”

Stardew Valley Fair

“These animals never judge people by their looks. The same can't be said for humans.”

Spirit's Eve
Although you cannot reach Linus to see the dialogue in-game, he has dialogue scripted in underlying data files.

“Good show, old friend.”

Festival of Ice

“Igloo-building's an art I picked up from the tundra dwellers who live beyond the frozen sea. That was many years ago. An Igloo makes a nice home, but it's easier to just stay in my tent year-round.”

Night Market

“These people are travelers, like me... I feel a connection. But I'm okay just staying here to listen and watch.”

Feast of the Winter Star

“I'd join in... but I don't think I'm welcome.”

Day after the glimmering boulder is removed

“My old friend, the glimmering boulder, has moved on. It may not seem like an important event, but to me its a big change. I'm happy for the old rock to see more of the world, though.”



  • If the player speaks to Linus, he occasionally mentions he has ventured deep into the Mines.
  • The campfire in front of Linus' tent can be toggled on or off by the player. This seems to have no impact on the game, such as special dialogues or an effect on friendship. Linus does not re-light or put out the fire.
  • Linus is one of the villagers who may find the player if they pass out at 2:00am.
  • If he catches the player rummaging in a Garbage Can, Linus' friendship with the player increases by 5 points, unlike when the player is caught by other villagers, whose friendship decreases by 25 points.
    • Prior to v1.6, this was only possible on Winter 15 while Linus was on his way to or from the Night Market, as those were the only times he was close enough to a garbage can for this interaction to occur.
    • It is also possible on Spring 16, when he stands by a trash can at the Desert Festival.
  • If Linus sends the player a Catfish as a gift in the mail, he will say the mountain lake has been kind to him. However, Catfish cannot be caught in the mountain lake.
  • While Linus and the Wizard are unreachable by the player at the Spirit's Eve festival, they both have dialogue in the game's data files. In Linus', he calls the Wizard an "old friend."
  • If the Treasure Chest is gifted to Linus, he will not accept the gift and will give it back to the player.



  • 1.3.27: Added eight-heart event.
  • 1.4: Fixed bug where all recipes would be sent at three friendship hearts.
  • 1.5: Added two new bathing portraits.
  • 1.6: Linus is now neutral towards Carp and Wild Bait. Added custom gift reactions. Added winter portraits.