In Stardew Valley, you get to experience being in a community where you could do good deeds to improve people’s lives. But there are instances where you have to go the extra mile to improve the living conditions of some of the game’s beloved NPCs.
One of those instances is having the option to build a house for Pam. Another example is when you decide to befriend Leo from Ginger Island and build a new home for him in Stardew Valley.
You should know major story spoilers are ahead for players who have not reached this part of the game yet.
Leo is a new character included in the Stardew Valley 1.5 update. Leo is a shy boy who unfortunately lost his parents in a shipwreck when he was little. He somehow ended up on Ginger Island, where parrots raised him. He is one of the few NPCs you will meet on Ginger Island.
In the first couple of minutes of setting foot on the island, you can find Leo. Before you can locate Leo’s house, you have to walk to the upper right side of the docks and pass through a jungle full of weeds and some Fiddlehead Ferns. Keep walking until you see stairs leading to his house.
As you enter his house for the first time, you will see Leo standing on top of a ladder and his parrot on a perch. This parrot is very significant in your first encounter with Leo. The reason is that he will not acknowledge you until you give the parrot a Golden Walnut. To converse with Leo further, you must offer 10 Golden Walnuts to the parrot on the southern part of the island. Doing so will remove the humongous turtle that blocks the entrance to the Island Farm.
Before building the boy a proper house in Pelican Town, you need to raise his friendship level to six hearts. It can be made possible by chatting with him regularly and giving him two gifts every week.
Leo usually passes the time roaming around the northern and southern parts of the island. If you want to know where Leo frequently goes, here is a table of Leo’s weekday and weekend schedules:
MONDAY TO SATURDAY SCHEDULE (Except Tuesdays)
|6:00 AM to 10:30 AM||Leo stays inside his house.|
|10:30 AM to 12:00 PM||He stands at the entrance of his house.|
|12:00 PM to 1:00 PM||He walks towards the docks.|
|1:00 PM to 3:00 PM||Leo stays near the parrot perch on the upper left side of the docks.|
|3:00 PM to 5:00 PM||He walks towards Island North.|
|5:00 PM to 8:00 PM||Leo stands near the entrance to the Volcano Dungeon.|
|8:00 PM to 11:00 PM||He heads home and goes to bed.|
|6:00 AM to 10:30 AM||Leo hangs out inside his house.|
|10:30 AM to 11:40 AM||He heads towards Island South.|
|11:40 AM to 1:30 PM||He stands near the beach on the southeast part of the docks.|
|1:30 PM to 2:00 PM||He walks back to the jungle.|
|2:00 PM to 5:00 PM||Leo stands beside the entrance of the jungle.|
|5:00 PM to 5:50 PM||He goes to the northern part of the island.|
|5:50 PM to 8:00 PM||Leo stays on Island North near the Island Trader.|
|8:00 PM to 9:30 PM||He returns home and goes to bed.|
|6:00 AM to 9:30 AM||He stays inside his Treehouse.|
|9:30 AM to 10:00 AM||He walks to the hidden east side of the jungle.|
|10:00 AM to 2:00 PM||Leo stands next to the large statue.|
|2:00 PM to 5:00 PM||He walks to the entrance of his house and stays there.|
|5:00 PM to 9:00 PM||Leo goes back inside his house.|
|9:00 PM||He goes to bed.|
|6:00 AM to 11:00 AM||Leo hangs out in his house.|
|11:00 AM to 2:00 PM||He walks outside his house and stays near the entrance.|
|2:00 PM to 9:00 PM||He goes back inside his treehouse and dawdles around the place.|
|9:00 PM||Leo goes to bed.|
Making Leo Happy
Leo has been living on Ginger Island since he was very young. As a result, the only gifts that will make him happy are the things that grow or are found on the island.
Listed below are all Leo’s favorite and well-liked gifts. We have also included where and how you can get these items.
LOVE (Plus 80 friendship points)
|ITEMS||WHERE/HOW TO OBTAIN|
|Mango||Picked from Mango Trees|
|Poi||Cooked in the Kitchen or the Cookout Kit|
|Ostrich Egg||Gathered from Ostriches|
|Duck Feather||Gathered from Ducks|
LIKE (Plus 45 friendship points)
|ITEMS||WHERE/HOW TO OBTAIN|
|Spice Berry||Grown on the Farm or Foraged in Summer|
|Mango Sticky Rice||Cooked in the Kitchen or the Cookout Kit|
|Sea Urchin||Foraged year-round at the Beach|
|Quartz||Foraged in the Mines and the Skull Cavern|
|Rainbow Shell||Foraged in Summer at the Beach|
|Nautilus Shell||Foraged in Winter at the Beach|
|Dragon Tooth||Dropped by Lava Lurks or picked from a Dragon’s skeletal remains|
|All Universal Likes (Except Beer, Coffee, Mead, Pale Ale, Pina Colada, Wine, and cooked items other than Bread, Fried Egg, and Triple Shot Expresso)|
NEUTRAL (Plus 20 friendship points)
|ITEMS||WHERE/HOW TO OBTAIN|
|Coffee||Processed from Kegs or Bought from the Stardrop Saloon|
|All Universal Neutrals (except his loved items and Hops)|
|All Fruit (except his favorite fruits and Salmonberry)|
|All Eggs (except Ostrich Eggs and Void Eggs)|
|All Fish (except Carp and Snail)|
The rest of the items that were not mentioned above are his most disliked and hated gifts. Avoid giving him those items if you do not want to lose 20 to 40 points of your friendship. Furthermore, Leo’s birthday falls on the 26th of Summer. Giving him gifts that he prefers on that day will earn you up to 640 friendship points.
Leo’s Brand New Home
After reaching six hearts of friendship with Leo, he can finally become an official resident of Stardew Valley, but you will have to trigger his heart event first.
To encounter his six heart event, you can head to the docks of Ginger Island around 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM when it is not raining. His six heart cutscene will show Linus and Willy getting off the boat to meet Leo. Linus will try to convince Leo to leave Ginger Island and come with him to live in Stardew Valley. The little boy will be unsure at first, but upon hearing that other children are living on the mainland, he will become excited at the thought of living there.
Willy will then ask you if you think this is a good idea. Regardless of what dialogue you choose, Leo will still decide by himself. He will agree to get off Ginger Island and settle in Stardew Valley with Linus. Later on, you will see another scene where the parrots he considers his family build a new treehouse for Leo right beside Linus’ tent.
Apart from witnessing that heartwarming event, you can also get recipes from being friends with Leo. He will send you the recipe for Poi once you attain three friendship hearts with him. You also receive the recipe for Mango Sticky Rice after raising his friendship hearts to seven.