The Cave

The entrance to the cave near the Greenhouse.

The Farm Cave is an underground location accessed through a passage near the northern edge of The Farm. Initially, it is just a small empty cave. After the player accumulates data-sort-value="25000">Gold.png25,000g in total earnings, Demetrius will visit the farm in the morning and inform the player that he would like to use the cave to set up research specimens. He'll give the player the option to choose between fruit bats (which leave fruit in the cave) or mushrooms. This choice is permanent and cannot be reversed.

Fruit bats

 
Interior of the Fruit Bat cave

Fruit bats leave various fruit in the Cave on the farm overnight. This is a great option for making Artisan Goods as it gives a slow but steady supply of fruit, particularly foraged berries, even out of their respective seasons. It also helps complete the   Artisan Bundle in the Pantry in the first year or two, before the player has enough money to buy all the necessary Fruit Trees.

Fruit Tree fruits make excellent gifts for villagers because they are universal likes, readily accessible early in the game, and do not require a kitchen. Gifting may be the best late-game use for fruit, other than making Artisan Goods, Shipping them, finishing the Bundles, or eating them for extra energy (even though they don't replenish very much health).

Every night, there is a chance of new fruit spawning. If the cave is empty, there is a 48% chance of no new fruit; 25% chance of 1 fruit; 13% chance of 2 fruit; 7% chance of 3 fruit; 7% chance of 4 or more fruit.[1] The average spawn rate is 1.06 fruit per night. There is no hard limit on the maximum number of fruit in one night, other than the available floor space (50 tiles).

Fruit spawned in the cave always remains there until the player collects it (the cave contents are never automatically reset, even at the end of the week or the end of the month). Uncollected fruit reduces the space available for new fruit to spawn. For example, ten uncollected fruit increases the chances of no new fruit from 48% to 54%. Placing equipment or craftable flooring in the cave also reduces the space available for fruit.

Fruit found in the cave can be of any quality (normal, silver, gold, or iridium). If the Botanist Profession is chosen, the fruit will be iridium quality. The Gatherer profession gives the player a chance of obtaining two fruit. Each fruit obtained from the cave gives the player 7 Foraging experience points.

Image Name Description Also Found Sell Price Energy / Health Used In Chance [1]
  Cherry It's popular, and ripens sooner than most other fruits. Cherry Tree (Spring) data-sort-value="80"
 
80g
 
 
100g
 
 
120g
 
 
160g
data-sort-value="15"
 
38
 
17
 
 
53
 
 
23
 
 
68
 
 
30
 
 
98
 
 
44
  Artisan Bundle  Wine  Jelly  Dried Fruit 3.6%
  Pomegranate Within the fruit are clusters of juicy seeds. Pomegranate Tree (Fall) data-sort-value="140"
 
140g
 
 
175g
 
 
210g
 
 
280g
data-sort-value="15"
 
38
 
17
 
 
53
 
 
23
 
 
68
 
 
30
 
 
98
 
 
44
  Artisan Bundle
  Enchanter's Bundle  Wine  Jelly  Dried Fruit

  Elliott (Loved gift)

3.6%
  Peach It's almost fuzzy to the touch. Peach Tree (Summer) data-sort-value="140"
 
140g
 
 
175g
 
 
210g
 
 
280g
data-sort-value="15"
 
38
 
17
 
 
53
 
 
23
 
 
68
 
 
30
 
 
98
 
 
44
  Artisan Bundle  Wine  Jelly  Dried Fruit

  Robin (Loved gift)

3.6%
  Apple A crisp fruit used for juice and cider. Apple Tree (Fall) data-sort-value="100"
 
100g
 
 
125g
 
 
150g
 
 
200g
data-sort-value="15"
 
38
 
17
 
 
53
 
 
23
 
 
68
 
 
30
 
 
98
 
 
44
  Artisan Bundle
  Fodder Bundle  Cranberry Candy  Wine  Jelly  Dried Fruit
2%
  Orange Juicy, tangy, and bursting with sweet summer aroma. Orange Tree (Summer) data-sort-value="100"
 
100g
 
 
125g
 
 
150g
 
 
200g
data-sort-value="15"
 
38
 
17
 
 
53
 
 
23
 
 
68
 
 
30
 
 
98
 
 
44
  Artisan Bundle  Wine  Jelly  Dried Fruit

  Gus (Loved gift)

3.6%
  Spice Berry It fills the air with a pungent aroma. Foraging (Summer)
Summer Seeds
data-sort-value="80"
 
80g
 
 
100g
 
 
120g
 
 
160g
data-sort-value="10"
 
25
 
11
 
 
35
 
 
15
 
 
45
 
 
20
 
 
65
 
 
29
  Summer Foraging Bundle  Summer Seeds  Wine  Jelly  Dried Fruit 20%
  Apricot A tender little fruit with a rock-hard pit. Apricot Tree (Spring) data-sort-value="50"
 
50g
 
 
62g
 
 
75g
 
 
100g
data-sort-value="15"
 
38
 
17
 
 
53
 
 
23
 
 
68
 
 
30
 
 
98
 
 
44
  Artisan Bundle  Fruit Salad  Wine  Jelly  Dried Fruit 3.6%
  Wild Plum Tart and juicy with a pungent aroma. Foraging (Fall)

Fall Seeds

data-sort-value="80"
 
80g
 
 
100g
 
 
120g
 
 
160g
data-sort-value="10"
 
25
 
11
 
 
35
 
 
15
 
 
45
 
 
20
 
 
65
 
 
29
  Fall Foraging Bundle  Fall Seeds  Plum Pudding  Wine  Jelly  Dried Fruit 20%
  Blackberry An early-fall treat. Foraging (Fall)

Fall Seeds

data-sort-value="20"
 
20g
 
 
25g
 
 
30g
 
 
40g
data-sort-value="10"
 
25
 
11
 
 
35
 
 
15
 
 
45
 
 
20
 
 
65
 
 
29
  Fall Foraging Bundle  Fall Seeds  Blackberry Cobbler  Wine  Jelly  Dried Fruit 20%
  Salmonberry A spring-time berry with the flavor of the forest. Foraging (Spring) data-sort-value="5"
 
5g
 
 
6g
 
 
7g
 
 
10g
data-sort-value="10"
 
25
 
11
 
 
35
 
 
15
 
 
45
 
 
20
 
 
65
 
 
29
  Wine  Jelly  Dried Fruit 20%

Mushrooms

 
Mushrooms in the cave.

Six boxes will be added to the cave where certain types of mushrooms will randomly grow. Five different types will appear, including all four that are required to craft the Life Elixir. Even though Common Mushrooms, Morels, and Chanterelles are the ones that most commonly appear, this is still the best way to craft the elixir as often as possible. This makes the Mushroom option a great one for those who love to go into The Mines, especially since most mushrooms can be hard to find otherwise. This is also a good choice for players that have grown, or plan to grow, fruit trees and do not need the extra fruit provided by the fruit bats. After the Seed Maker recipe is unlocked, the Common Mushrooms can also be processed into Fall Seeds, and then crafted into Tea Saplings to either plant or sell.

Cave mushroom boxes produce every second day.[2] Mushrooms grown in the cave are always of normal quality, even if the Botanist Profession is chosen. Each mushroom collected awards the player with 5 Foraging experience points.

The mushroom cave comes with a free Dehydrator.

Image Name Description Also Found Sell Price Energy / Health Used In Chance [3]
  Common Mushroom Slightly nutty, with good texture. data-sort-value="40"
 
40g
 
 
50g
 
 
60g
 
 
80g
data-sort-value="15"
 
38
 
17
 
 
53
 
 
23
 
 
68
 
 
30
 
 
98
 
 
44
  Fall Foraging Bundle  Fried Mushroom  Tom Kha Soup  Stir Fry  Fall Seeds  Dried Mushrooms  Pickles 69.8%
  Red Mushroom A spotted mushroom sometimes found in caves. data-sort-value="75"
 
75g
 
 
93g
 
 
112g
 
 
150g
data-sort-value="-20"
 
−50
 
0
 
 
−70
 
 
0
 
 
−90
 
 
0
 
 
−130
 
 
0
  Dye Bundle
  Exotic Foraging Bundle  Life Elixir  Dried Mushrooms  Pickles
12.3%
  Purple Mushroom A rare mushroom found deep in caves. data-sort-value="250"
 
250g
 
 
312g
 
 
375g
 
 
500g
data-sort-value="50"
 
125
 
56
 
 
175
 
 
78
 
 
225
 
 
101
 
 
325
 
 
146
  Exotic Foraging Bundle
  Field Research Bundle  Life Elixir  Dried Mushrooms  Pickles

  Wizard (Loved gift)

2.5%
  Chanterelle A tasty mushroom with a fruity smell and slightly peppery flavor. Secret Woods (Fall) data-sort-value="160"
 
160g
 
 
200g
 
 
240g
 
 
320g
data-sort-value="30"
 
75
 
33
 
 
105
 
 
47
 
 
135
 
 
60
 
 
195
 
 
87
  Life Elixir  Dried Mushrooms  Pickles 7.3%
  Morel Sought after for its unique nutty flavor. Secret Woods (Spring) data-sort-value="150"
 
150g
 
 
187g
 
 
225g
 
 
300g
data-sort-value="8"
 
20
 
9
 
 
28
 
 
12
 
 
36
 
 
16
 
 
52
 
 
23
  Exotic Foraging Bundle  Fried Mushroom  Life Elixir  Dried Mushrooms  Pickles 8.1%

Notes

  • One of the stats on the Farm Computer is whether items are ready to be collected in the farm cave.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fruit spawning is controlled in the game code by FarmCave::DayUpdate. The code loops repeatedly, with a 34% chance of the loop terminating on each iteration. Otherwise, the spawn location is randomly selected from one of 90 tiles. Fruit only spawns if the selected tile is a valid location. 40 of the tiles are never valid (in the cave walls); existing fruit, equipment, or flooring in the cave will also make tiles invalid.
  2. Mushroom processing times are controlled by the game code in Object::DayUpdate case 128.
  3. See Object::DayUpdate in the game code.

History

  • 1.5: Fixed bug where mushroom box processing time was dependent on time of day when the player went to sleep.
  • 1.6: Fixed unintended behavior where mushroom boxes were harvestable every day. Now are harvestable every other day. The mushroom cave now comes with a free dehydrator. Mushrooms now give 5 foraging experience each.