Quests

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Quests are set objectives that provide rewards when completed. They're kept track of in the quest journal, which can be brought up by clicking the exclamation point icon at the bottom of the date/time display in the upper right of the screen, or by using the hotkey F. Quests are listed in the journal by title, and each quest can be expanded to read the text and requirements for completion. Clicking the X at the top of the window will close it and there's a button under the journal window to cancel the selected quest.

There are two major types of quests, story quests and Help Wanted quests. Story quests are typically received in the mail, but a few are automatically accepted at the beginning of the game to help teach the player about the game. Story quests can be completed at any time after receiving them, there is no time limit or expiration date.

Help Wanted Quests

Example of a randomly generated Help Wanted quest

Every day the bulletin board outside Pierre's General Store may have a randomly generated Help Wanted quest that you can complete in exchange for money and sometimes increased friendship with the quest giver. When a new quest is available, the bulletin board will have a yellow exclamation point floating above it. Rewarded money depends on the number of items/monsters involved, the player's skills, and sometimes a bit of randomness. Once you have accepted a Help Wanted quest you will have 2 days to complete it, the current day and the next.

If a daytime festival occurs during the 2-day period, you may be unable to complete the quest on the festival day, since most shops and homes are "locked". See the Shop Schedules page for more information.

Achievements

There are 2 Achievements associating with completing Help Wanted Quests.

  • Gofer (Complete 10 'Help Wanted' requests)
  • A Big Help (Complete 40 'Help Wanted' requests)

Earning these achievements unlocks unique Hats at the Abandoned House in Cindersap Forest. In addition, the day after earning "Gofer", Mayor Lewis will send Gold.png500g in the mail. The day after earning "A Big Help", Mayor Lewis will send Gold.png2,500g in the mail.

Types

There are 4 types of Help Wanted quests that can be posted. There is no penalty for accepting a quest and then not completing it.

Gathering Clint will ask you collect copper, iron, or gold ores, usually 20-40, or coal for him to inspect, or Robin will ask you to gather wood or stone.

Note that it is not necessary to have the requested items in inventory to complete a gathering quest. Once the required number of items have been gathered (as indicated by the counter in the journal), simply talking to the villager who requested the items is sufficient to complete the quest.

Slay Monsters Requires access to The Mines.

Clint, Lewis, Demetrius, or the Wizard will ask you to slay a random number of a specific monster.

Once the required number of monsters have been slain (as indicated by the counter in the journal), talking to the villager who made the request will complete it.

Fishing Demetrius or Willy will ask you to catch from 1-5 of a specific fish from the current season, either to lower the population of that fish or to keep the art of fishing alive.

The reward is the base sell price of the fish × the number of fish requested, and you get to keep the fish.

Note that it is not necessary to have the requested fish in inventory to complete a fishing quest. Once the required number of fish have been caught (as indicated by the counter in the journal), talking to the villager who made the request will complete it.

Item Delivery This is the most common type of Help Wanted quest. Any adult villager that the player has met and can earn friendship with will ask for a random item for various reasons.

This item can be:

Villagers will reward the player with three times the item's normal value, which may make Item Delivery quests a more efficient method of earning money from lower value items than shipping them. The player also earns 150 Friendship points with the requesting villager for completing the quest.

To complete an Item Delivery quest, it is necessary to hand the item to the requestor. Simply having the item in inventory when talking to the requestor will not complete the quest. Note that completing an Item Delivery quest does not count as giving a gift.

Note: Jas, Vincent, Krobus, the Dwarf, and your spouse will never make Delivery requests. Sandy will make Delivery requests once you have access to The Desert.

Bug: The text of a Help Wanted quest may read "Buying 1 <item> at twice the market value!" This is a bug because the reward is always 3× the market value.

List of Story Quests

In addition to quests posted on the "Help Wanted" board, there are several Story Quests unlocked during gameplay. There is no penalty for accepting a Story Quest involving item delivery and then deleting it from your journal without completing it. Story Quests do not count towards the "Gofer" or "A Big Help" Achievements.

Note that the game adds 255 Friendship points for quests that say "1 Friendship heart", rather than exactly 250 points.

Quest Name Quest Text Provided By Requirements Rewards
Introductions It would be a nice gesture to introduce yourself around town. Some people might be anxious to meet the new farmer. Introductory quest 28 people greeted 100 Friendship points (2/5 of a heart) with every known NPC
How to Win Friends Giving gifts is a great way to build friendships. Learn each person's individual tastes and you'll be popular in no time. Complete "Introductions" Give anyone a gift. Gold.png100g
Getting Started If you want to become a farmer, you have to start with the basics. Use your hoe to till the soil, then use a seed packet on the tilled soil to sow a crop. Water every day until the crop is ready for harvest. Package in room at start Cultivate and harvest a parsnip Gold.png100g
To The Beach Someone named Willy invited you to visit the beach south of town. He says he has something to give you. Mail, Spring 2 Visit the beach south of town before 5:00pm. Bamboo Pole
Raising Animals Robin, the local carpenter, lives north of town. In exchange for raw materials and money, she'll construct new buildings on your farm. You'll need her to build a coop or barn so that you can raise animals. Complete "Getting Started" Build a Coop.
Note that this quest does not require you to purchase animals.
Gold.png100g
Advancement As you gain experience you'll discover new crafting recipes to increase profit and make life easier. A Scarecrow, for example, will prevent crows from snacking on your precious crops. Complete "Getting Started" Reach Farming level 1 and craft a Scarecrow. Gold.png100g
Explore The Mine There's an old mine shaft in the mountains north of town. There could be valuable minerals inside, but Marlon hinted that it might be dangerous. Enter The Mines. Reach level 5 in The Mines.
Deeper In The Mine It seems that the mine elevator is still functional. It will allow you to quickly return to any elevator doors you've discovered. A deeper expedition might be in order. Reach level 5 in The Mines. Reach level 40 in The Mines.
To The Bottom? So far, there's no sign of the bottom. How low does it go? Reach level 40 in The Mines. Reach the bottom of The Mines.
Archaeology Gunther asked if you'd consider donating any new artifacts or minerals you find to the museum. He says he'll compensate you by way of occasional rare goods. Enter the Museum with a mineral or artifact in inventory Donate an item to the Museum. Gold.png250g
Rat Problem There's something odd going on in the Community Center... Investigate the Community Center Trigger the initial Community Center cutscene by entering Pelican Town from the Bus Stop between 8am and 1pm on a sunny day (Spring 5+) Enter the Community Center and examine the Golden Scroll in the Crafts Room. The following morning, a letter from the Wizard arrives in the mail, triggering the "Meet the Wizard" quest.
Meet the Wizard You received a letter from the local wizard. He claims to have information regarding the old community center. The morning after you examine the first golden scroll in the Community Center, you receive a letter from the Wizard saying he has information for you. Enter the wizard's tower. The Wizard gives you a potion that allows you to read the language of the Junimos.
Forging Ahead If you're going to keep mining you should build a furnace. Morning after colleting a Copper Ore, Clint visits and gives you the Furnace blueprints Craft a Furnace
Smelting Now that you've built a furnace, you can smelt some metal. According to Clint's instructions, if you place 5 copper ore and 1 piece of coal in the furnace, it should produce a copper bar. Complete "Forging Ahead" Use your furnace to smelt a copper bar.
Initiation If you can slay 10 slimes, you'll have earned your place in the Adventurer's Guild. Mailbox, morning after reaching level 5 in The Mines 10 Slimes slain in The Mines (Slimes slain in the Secret Woods do not count towards this quest)

NOTE: In some cases, the quest will become bugged and read "slimes" but the actual monster that must be killed to satisfy the quest is a different monster (most commonly a Rock Crab, but may be another monster). One theory for explaining this bug is that the first monster killed becomes the monster that must actually be killed to satisfy the quest.

Get to enter the Adventurer's Guild
Robin's Lost Axe Robin lost her favorite axe. The last time she remembers using it, she was cutting wood south of Marnie's ranch. Mail, Spring 11
Robin's Axe
Find Robin's lost axe. Can be found near the Sewer Pipe in Cindersap Forest.
Gold.png250g, 1 Friendship heart
Jodi's Request Jodi needs a fresh cauliflower for a recipe she's making. She's asking you to bring her one. Mail, Spring 19 Bring Jodi a Cauliflower Gold.png350g, 1 Friendship heart
Mayor's "Shorts" Mayor Lewis has lost his purple "shorts". He's asking you to find and return them...Discreetly. Mail, Summer 3 Find and return Mayor Lewis' purple shorts. Can be found in Marnie's house (her room) Gold.png750g, 1 Friendship heart
Blackberry Basket It's blackberry season, but Linus can't find his basket! He's asking you to help him find it. He has no idea where it is. Mail, Fall 8
Linus's basket
It's in the Backwoods near the entrance to the tunnel, which is to the left of the bus stop.
1 Friendship heart
Marnie's Request Marnie needs a Cave Carrot to teach her goats to talk She visits the farm house after you are at 3 Friendship hearts with her Bring Marnie 1 Cave Carrot 100 Friendship points
Pam Is Thirsty Pam is hankerin' for a pale ale. Regular old beer won't do. You can brew one yourself if you have hops and a keg. Mail, Summer 14 Bring Pam a pale ale Gold.png350g, 1 Friendship heart
A Dark Reagent The wizard wants you to descend into the mines and fetch him a Void Essence. He needs it for some kind of dark magic. Mail, Winter 12 Bring the Wizard a Void Essence Gold.png1,000g, 1 Friendship heart
Cow's Delight Marnie wants to give her cows a special treat. She's asking for a single bunch of amaranth. Mail, Fall 3 Bring Marnie one bunch of Amaranth. Gold.png500g, 1 Friendship heart
The Skull Key You found a strange looking key in the bottom of the mines. Reach the bottom level of The Mines. Discover the purpose of the Skull Key. Access to the desert mine
Crop Research Demetrius needs a fresh melon for his research. Mail, Summer 20 Bring Demetrius a melon Gold.png550g, 1 Friendship heart
Knee Therapy George needs a hot pepper to soothe his aching knee Mail, Summer 25 Bring George a hot pepper Gold.png200g, 1 Friendship heart
Robin's Request Robin needs 10 pieces of Hardwood Mail, Winter 21 Bring Robin 10 Hardwood Gold.png500g, 1 Friendship heart
Qi's Challenge You've been challenged to reach level 25 in the skull cavern. You've been promised a substantial reward if you're successful. Received by mail the day after entering the Skull Cavern. Reach level 25 in the Skull Cavern. Gold.png10,000g, delivered by mail the next day
The Mysterious Qi Within a secret lock-box, you found a note with peculiar instructions. It's signed by a 'Mr. Qi'. Put a Battery Pack in the lock-box in the tunnel next to the bus stop. Leave a Rainbow Shell in the box at the train platform.
You found another note written by 'Mr. Qi'. The request is even more unusual this time. Complete "The Mysterious Qi" first quest Place 10 beets inside Mayor Lewis' fridge.
You've found yet another strange note within the Mayor's fridge. This time, the instructions are more cryptic. Complete "The Mysterious Qi" second quest "Give the sand dragon his final meal." (Put a Solar Essence in the sand dragon's mouth)
You found another note in the sand dragon's eye. It seems Mr. Qi's strange scavenger hunt has come to an end. Complete "The Mysterious Qi" third quest Inspect the lumber pile beside your house. Club Card, which gives you access to the Casino in Oasis.
Carving Pumpkins Caroline wants to carve a pumpkin with her daughter. She asked you to bring her one from the farm. Mail, Fall 19 Bring Caroline a pumpkin. Gold.png500g, 1 Friendship heart
A Winter Mystery You encountered a suspicious looking figure by the bus stop. When it saw you, it fled toward town. Could there be a clue to its whereabouts? Mail, after triggering the cutscene by entering the Bus Stop from the Farm during Winter between 6am and 4pm Interact with the bush to the right of the playground in Pelican Town Magnifying Glass
Strange Note You found a note, barely legible, asking you to bring "may-pal serrup" to the "seecrit wuds". Mail, after reading Secret Note #23 Enter the Secret Woods between 6am and 7pm with Maple Syrup in inventory to trigger a cutscene. Bear's Knowledge
Cryptic Note You found a note that reads, "Someone is waiting for you on level 100 in the Skull Cavern" Reading Secret Note #10 Reach level 100 of the Skull Cavern Mr. Qi awards you with "iridium snake milk", which permanently increases Health by 25 points.
Fresh Fruit Emily wants a taste of spring. She's asking for a fresh apricot. Mail, Spring 6, Year 2 Bring Emily an Apricot. Gold.png600g, 1 Friendship heart
Aquatic Research Demetrius is studying the toxin levels of the local pufferfish. He'd like you to bring him one. Mail, Summer 6, Year 2 Bring Demetrius a Pufferfish. Gold.png750g, 1 Friendship heart
Note that the mail request states the reward will be Gold.png1,000g, but fulfulling the quest rewards the player with only Gold.png750g.
A Soldier's Star Kent wants to give his wife a starfruit for their anniversary. Mail, Summer 15, Year 2 Bring Kent a starfruit. Gold.png500g, 1 Friendship heart
Mayor's Need Mayor Lewis wants truffle oil. He won't explain what it's for. Maybe it's none of your business. Mail, Summer 21, Year 2 Bring Lewis a bottle of Truffle Oil. Gold.png750g, 1 Friendship heart
Wanted: Lobster Gus put out a notice requesting a fresh lobster. Mail, Fall 6, Year 2 Bring Gus a Lobster. Gold.png500g, 1 Friendship heart
Pam Needs Juice Pam's TV remote is dead. She's having a tough time going back and forth between the couch and the TV dial. Mail, Fall 19, Year 2 Bring Pam a Battery Pack. Gold.png400g, 1 Friendship heart
Fish Casserole Jodi swung by the farm to ask you to dinner at 7:00 PM. Her only request was that you bring a Largemouth Bass for her fish casserole. Event - Jodi at 4 Hearts; Exit the Farmhouse between 6am and 9:30am on a Monday to trigger the event Enter Jodi's house with a Largemouth Bass at 7:00 PM on a day of your choice (not a festival day). Event Scene
Catch a Squid Willy is challenging you to catch a squid. He says you can fish them from the ocean on winter nights. Mail, Winter 2 Bring Willy a Squid. Gold.png800g, 1 Friendship heart
Fish Stew Gus wants to make fish stew, but he needs an albacore. Mail, Winter 26 Bring Gus an Albacore. Gold.png400g, 1 Friendship heart
Pierre's Notice Pierre will pay "top coin" to whoever brings him a plate of sashimi. Apparently he's really craving the stuff. Mail, Spring 21, Year 2 Bring Pierre some Sashimi. Gold.png1,000g, 1 Friendship heart
Clint's Attempt Clint wants you to give Emily an amethyst. He wants you to tell her it's from him. Mail, Winter 6 Bring Emily an Amethyst. 1 Friendship heart with Clint
A Favor For Clint Clint got a new hammer and he wants to test it out on a variety of metals. Mail, Winter 17 Bring Clint an Iron Bar. Gold.png500g, 1 Friendship heart
Staff of Power The Wizard is creating a staff of phenomenal power. Who knows what it's for. He needs an iridium bar to finish it. Mail, Winter 5, Year 2 Bring Wizard an Iridium Bar. Gold.png5,000g, 1 Friendship heart
Granny's Gift Evelyn wants to surprise her husband with a gift. Mail, Spring 15, Year 2 Bring Evelyn a Leek. Gold.png500g, 1 Friendship heart
Exotic Spirits Gus wants to make a Coco-no-no, but he's missing the main ingredient. Mail, Winter 19, Year 2 Bring Gus a Coconut. Gold.png600g, 1 Friendship heart
Catch a Lingcod Willy is challenging you to catch a Lingcod. Mail, Winter 13, Year 2 Bring Willy a Lingcod. (Does not have to be caught after accepting the quest, unlike "Help Wanted" quests.) Gold.png550g, 1 Friendship heart
Dark Talisman The Wizard asked me to retrieve the magic ink from his ex-wife's house... but to gain access I'll need a dark talisman. Enter the sewer and ask Krobus about the dark talisman. Railroad cutscene (after completing Community Center or Joja Warehouse tasks) Speak to Krobus and then venture through to the Mutant Bug Lair to retrieve the talisman. Return to the cave at the Railroad with it once it's collected. Access to Witch's Swamp
Goblin Problem There's a goblin blocking the path to the Witch's hut. There must be some way to get him to move... Perhaps I should seek out more information on Goblins. Through the cave by the Railroad after completing the Dark Talisman quest. Speak to the Henchman outside the Witch's hut and give him Void Mayonnaise as a gift. Take the Magic Ink from the Witch's Hut and give it to the Wizard. Wizard buildings available. Dark shrines now accessible in Witch's Hut.

Exploits

Gathering quests can be completed using fewer than the required item, and/or by using items already in inventory before accepting the quest. Note that these exploits do not work for Fishing quests.

  • Cheat #1: If you place the items in a chest and remove them one-by-one (by right-clicking), they will count towards the quest. Even one item can be placed in a chest and removed repeatedly to satisfy the quest requirements.
  • Cheat #2: Separate part of a stack of the required item in inventory by right clicking on it, leaving at least one in each stack. Then select one stack, and click outside the inventory window (not on the trashcan) to drop one of the stacks on the ground. It will be immediately taken back into inventory, and then be counted towards the quest. Repeat this process until the journal indicates that the required number of items have been gathered.

Trivia

  • There is an unimplemented quest reward in Data/Mail.xnb indicating Mayor Lewis would send you Gold.png10,000g, apparently after completing 100 Help Wanted quests.
  • If you decide to purchase Joja Cola instead of Fishing for it, the cost for one can is 75g, exactly the same as the reward the NPC will give you. Therefore, it will net you 0 gold, although it might still be beneficial to do it for friendship points.
  • The number of fish requested for a Fishing Quest is normally from 1 to 4. However, the exact number depends partially on the player's fishing level, which can be buffed to as high as 13. If a fishing quest is generated while the player's fishing level is greater than 10, as many as 5 fish may be requested.

History

  • 1.3: Added 3 quests related to Secret Notes: A Winter Mystery, Strange Note, and Cryptic Note.