How to Get the Auto-Petter in Stardew Valley


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Learn how to get the auto petter in Stardew Valley!

How to Get the Auto-Petter in Stardew Valley

While playing Stardew Valley, you’ll discover all about Joja and how the player once worked for this faceless corporation. Even if the player could start anew on a quiet old farm, Joja Corp’s shadow still lingers whenever the villagers express their distaste for its unethical values and overpriced products. Would you be surprised if you discover that they also patented a product that lets you give synthetic love to animals?

The Auto-Petter is one of the latest items added in the 1.5 update. Unlike the more well-known new items like the Mini-Obelisk or the Ostrich Incubator, the Auto-Petter’s existence surprised some. The tool wasn’t widely recognized because it could only be purchased from Jojamart. Not many players preferred completing the JojaMart Warehouse over reviving the Community Center — but more later.

The Auto-Petter and its Function in Stardew Valley

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An Auto-Petter does what any convenient tool does best; it automatically pets your animals while you do your other daily tasks. However, even if you have one of these cold machines in your farm buildings, it won’t measure up to the warmth of a real rancher’s touch. The Auto-Petter only gives you half the friendship points compared to manually petting the animals individually.

Keeping your animals happy by constantly feeding and interacting with them will raise their hearts, thus increasing the quality of the products they provide daily.

How to Acquire an Auto-petter

If you would like to have one of these on your farm, an obvious way to get the item is by purchasing it from JojaMart, but there are also other means to acquire an Auto-Petter.

Funding the JojaMart Warehouse

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Morally, it isn’t easy to get an Auto-Petter. You will have to lose the Community Center and some minor bundle rewards in exchange for renovating it into the JojaMart Warehouse. If you did go through the JojaMart route, you can purchase an Auto-petter from the Joja Store for 50,000 gold each.

Treasure hunting in Skull Cavern

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The Skull Cavern has Treasure Chests that may sometimes contain an Auto-Petter. These Chests can only appear in Treasure Rooms, which you’ll only be able to get into if you have a high luck stat.

Completing one of Mr. Qi’s quests

There will be spoilers ahead for players who haven’t been on Ginger Island yet. On that island, you’ll find an area called Qi’s Walnut Room on the west side. Getting into that room requires you to have 100 Golden Walnuts.

You’ll find Mr. Qi facing his otherworldly-looking monitor in the Walnut Room. There’s a special order board on the left side of that monitor where you’ll get random requests from Mr. Qi every week. You may come across a quest called Dangers in the Deep, where you’ll be asked to go to the bottom of the Mines for seven days.

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If you can complete the quest, you’ll unlock the Shrine of Challenge on the 120th floor of the Mines. Activating the Shrine of Challenge will tweak the difficulty of the enemies in the Mines, making them more dangerous than usual.

These dangerous monsters have a chance of dropping Auto-Petters. Moreover, destroying barrels and crates while The Shrine of Challenge is toggled on will sometimes give you these items.

How to Use an Auto-Petter

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Please set up your Auto-Petter in your Barn or Coop and let the item work magic. You can remove it using an ax or a pickaxe if you no longer want it or would like to move it into another building.

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