How to Romance Shane in Stardew Valley

BY MEG

Meg

Writer and Storywriter

PUBLISHED 1 YEAR AGO

Shane is a villager that may seem gruff and unfriendly, but he gets a lot of love in the Stardew Valley community.

How to Romance Shane in Stardew Valley

There are twelve marriageable candidates for you to choose from in Pelican Town. If you think marrying Shane takes the cake, this guide will help you win him over.

All about Shane

Birthday: 20th of Spring;

Address: Marnie’s Ranch, Cindersap Forest;

Relatives: Marnie and Jaz;

Occupation: Jojamart Employee;

Shane likes to hang out in the pub, and he always has a can of beer in his hand. At a glance, Shane might seem like he is the type who likes to party, but no, he honestly does not.

Shane is content with just standing in the pub’s corner and not trying to interact with everyone.

Once you slowly get to know him, you’ll find out that he has crippling depression and is severely alcoholic. Shane has a day job that he utterly hates but still unironically supports the corporation’s products he despises. 

Despite putting up a rough exterior, Shane is quite fond of chickens. He also likes to stuff his mouth with unhealthy food and fiddle around his house when he has nothing better.

He lives on a ranch with his Aunt Marnie and Jaz, his goddaughter.

Reasons why you should befriend Shane:

Shane may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there are benefits to building a relationship with him in this game.

  • Blue Chickens – If you become good friends with Shane, you will have a ¼ chance of owning a blue chicken. You may be able to purchase one from Marnie’s ranch or hatch a blue chicken in the incubator.
  • Recipe – You can get the recipe for Pepper Poppers.
  • His heart events – His character progression is inarguably one of the game’s most interesting and realistic ones. Many of his fans find him relatable because of this. His story details the effects of his depressive episodes and destructive habits, like how he steadily began to cope after being friends with the player.

First Encounters with Shane

When you are not watering your crops or clearing out all the debris on your farm, introducing yourself to the villagers around Pelican Town is mandatory during your first few days as a farmer.

If you come across a guy with short black hair and a ragged blue jacket, he will only give you a rude response.

Meeting an NPC for the first time will unlock their character profile on your Relationship tab. You can now see Shane’s birthday, favorite gifts, relationship status, etc. 

The more gifts you give to Shane, the more items you will discover in the Gift Log section of his character profile.

Gifting

Winning Shane’s affection using gifts is easy since most of his favorites can be bought in the Stardrop Saloon, where he frequently hangs about. 

Shane will also appreciate getting a gift from you on his birthday. You can offer him gifts twice a week. Whether he loves the gift or not, the friendship points you will get will be multiplied by eight.

Loves

Giving him his favorite things will earn you +80 friendship points.

Likes

If you give him one of these things, you will receive +45 friendship points.

Neutral

If you have no choice but to give Shane these gifts, +20 will be added to your friendship meter.

Dislikes

Giving him these will lower your friendship to -20 points.

Hates

If you offer him things that he hates, -40 points will be deducted from your friendship meter.

When in doubt, always check his profile in your Relationship tab before thinking of giving him a gift. Or you can also refer to the list that we have for you below.

LovesWhere/How to Obtain
All Universal Loves: Golden Pumpkin, Magic Rock Candy,  Pearl, Mines, Rabbit’s Foot  Spirit’s Eve Festival, The Desert Trader, Night Market Festival, Mines, Rabbit
BeerKeg (Wheat), The Stardrop Saloon
Hot PeppersFarming (Summer)
Pepper PoppersCooking, The Stardrop Saloon
PizzaCooking, The Stardrop Saloon
LikesWhere/How to Obtain
All Eggs (Except Void eggs)Chickens, Ducks
AmethystMines
AppleApple Tree (Fall)
AquamarineMines
BlackberryForaging (Fall)
BlueberryFarming (Summer)
CheeseCheese Press (Milk)
Chocolate CakeCooking
ClothLoom (Wool)
CoconutCalico Desert
CoffeeThe Stardrop Saloon, The Night Market, Keg (Coffee Beans)
CookiesCooking
CornFarming (Summer)
CranberryFarming (Fall)
Cranberry SauceCooking, The Stardrop Saloon
CrocusForaging (Winter)
DiamondMines, Fishing
Earth CrystalMines, Geodes
EggplantFarming (Fall)
EmeraldMines, Quarry, Geodes
Fried CalamariCooking
GrapeForaging (Summer), Farming (Fall)
Green BeanFarming (Spring)
JadeMines, Blue Slimes, The Dwarvish Sentry
Jelly Preserves Jar (Blackberry, Blueberry, Hot Pepper)
KaleFarming (Spring)
Mayonnaise (All)Mayonnaise Machine (Egg)
OmeletCooking
Pale AleKeg (Hops)
ParsnipFarming (Spring)
PotatoPotato (Spring)
SalmonberryForaging (Spring)
SashimiCooking
SpaghettiCooking, The Stardrop Saloon
Spice BerryForaging (Summer)
SunflowerFarming (Summer & Fall)
StrawberryFarming (Spring)
Sweet PeaForaging (Summer)
TomatoFarming (Summer)
TopazMines
Trout SoupCooking
TulipFarming (Spring)
Wild HoneyBee House
Wine Keg (Blackberry, Cranberry, Hot Pepper, Strawberry)
NeutralWhere/How to Obtain
All MilkCows, Goats
BreadCooking
ClamForaging (Any Season), Fishing, Crab Pot
CoralForaging (Any Season)
Duck FeatherDucks, Traveling Cart
Fried EggCooking 
HopsFarming (Summer)
Nautilus ShellForaging (Winter)
Rainbow ShellForaging (Summer)
RoeFish Pond
Squid InkForaging (Any Season), Fish Pond, Squid Kids
Sweet Gem BerryFarming (Fall)
Tea leavesTea Bushes
TrufflePigs
WheatFarming (Summer & Fall)
WoolSheep, Rabbits

Note: Avoid giving Shane these if you do not wish to lower your friendship with him.

DislikesHates
SeaweedQuartz
ChanterellePickles
GingerAll Universal Hates
Leek
Hazelnut
Common Mushroom
Holly
Snow Yam
Purple Mushroom
Morel
Winter Root
Magma Cap
Daffodil
Wild Horseradish
Dandelion
All Universal Dislikes

Shane’s Schedule

Compared to the other eligible villagers, it is easy to memorize Shane’s schedule. He follows a strict daily routine, probably because of his withdrawn demeanor. He does not seem to loiter anywhere besides Gus’ pub or Pierre’s shop. His daily routine will also not get affected even if it rains. 

Warning: Spoilers ahead if you have not completed the Community Center bundles yet. Shane’s schedule will not change unless you have decided to revive the Community Center instead of funding the Jojamart Warehouse. Jojamart will eventually close down if you choose the former, and Shane will become unemployed.

Before the restoration of the Community Center:

MONDAY TO FRIDAY

TimeLocation
7:10 AM to 9:30 AMOn his way to Jojamart
9:30 AM to 5:30 PMInside Jojamart (You can’t interact with him during this time)
5:30 PM to 6:30 PMOn his way to The Stardrop Saloon
6:30 PM to 11:00 PMAt the Stardrop Saloon
11:00 PM to 12:30 AMHeads home
12:30 AMInside Marnie’s Ranch

SATURDAY

TimeLocation
9:00 AM to 12:00 PMInside Marnie’s Kitchen
12:00 PM to 1:30 PMOn his way to Pierre’s General Store
1:30 PM to 5:00 PMAt Pierre’s General Store
5:00 PM to 5:30 PMOn his way to the Stardrop Saloon
5:30 PM to 11:00 PMAt the Stardrop Saloon
11:00 PM to 12:30 AMHeads home
12:30 AMInside Marnie’s Ranch

SUNDAY (Spring, Fall, and Winter)

TimeLocation
6:00 AM to 2:00 AMInside Marnie’s Ranch

SUNDAY (Summer)

TimeLocation
6:00 AM to 9:00 AMInside his room
9:00 AM to 11:00 AMIn Marnie’s kitchen
11:00 AM to 3:00 PMInside his room
3:00 PM to 6:00 PMIn Marnie’s shop
6:00 PM to 7:30 PMOn his way to the Stardrop Saloon
7:30 PM to 12:00 AMAt Stardrop Saloon
12:00 AM to 1:30 PMHeads home
1:30 PMInside Marnie’s Ranch

Note: On rainy weekends, Shane goes to work at Jojamart. On Winter 18, he leaves Marnie’s Ranch at 3:00 PM, goes to the Night Market, and stays there until 11 PM.

After the restoration of the Community Center:

MONDAY TO FRIDAY

TimeLocation
6:00 AM to 9:00 AMInside his room
9:00 AM to 11:00 AMIn Marnie’s Kitchen
11:00 AM to 12:00 PMInside his room
12:00 PM to 2:00 PMBy the fireplace at Marnie’s Ranch
2:00 PM to 3:30 PMOn his way to The Stardrop Saloon
3:30 PM to 11:00 PMAt the Stardrop Saloon
11:00 PM to 12:30 AMHeads home to Marnie’s Ranch
12:30 AMInside Marnie’s Ranch

SATURDAY

TimeLocation
6:00 AM to 9:00 AMInside his room
9:00 AM to 12:00 PMIn Marnie’s Kitchen
12:00 PM to 1:30 PMOn his way to Pierre’s General Store
1:30 PM to 5:00 PMAt Pierre’s General Store
5:00 PM to 5:30 PMOn his way to the Stardrop Saloon
5:30 PM to 11:00 PMAt the Stardrop Saloon
11:00 PM to 12:30 PMHeads home to Marnie’s Ranch
12:30 PMInside Marnie’s Ranch

Note: His Sunday schedule is the same as before Jojamart closes for good. On Winter 18, he leaves Marnie’s Ranch at 3:00 PM, goes to the Night Market, and stays there until 11 PM.

Interactions with Shane

As your friendship progresses, you can witness cutscenes revolving around Shane. Some of these scenarios can be heavy and depressing, so be warned.

Two hearts event

TimeLocationScene
8:00 PM to 12:00 AMCindersap ForestShane shares a beer with the player while opening up about his depression.

Four hearts event

TimeLocationScene
AnytimeMarnie’s RanchMarnie asks Shane about his plans for the future. Shane says, “I won’t be around long enough to need a plan.”

Six hearts event

TimeLocationScene
9:00 AM to 8:00 PMCindersap Forest (While raining)The player finds Shane at the edge of the cliffs, downright inebriated. He asks you, “Tell me, why I shouldn’t roll off this cliff right now?”

You can respond with: “Because you have so much to live for!” (0 friendship point). “Jas needs you. You’re like a father to her.” (0 friendship point). “It would be a sin.” (0 friendship point). “The decision is your own. Just know that I’m here for you.” (0 friendship points)

He then asks the player if he can be taken to the hospital. Shane pays a visit to the player’s farm the next day and apologizes for the trouble he caused.

You may respond with: “I’m glad I was there to help.” (+10 friendship points), “You needed a serious wake-up call.” (-10 friendship points), or “I’m just happy you’re still here.” (+10 friendship points)

Seven hearts event (Part 1)

TimeLocationScene
When Shane is at homeMarnie’s RanchShane tells the player that he has been happier than usual, implying that he is cutting back on his drinking habits. He then gives Jas a present which she loves.

Seven hearts event (Part 2) (Will be triggered after you earn at least two hearts for Emily and Clint)

TimeLocationScene
10:00 AM to 4:00 PMPelican Town (Sunny Day)The player watches Shane filming an advertisement scene starring Emily and Clint.

Eight hearts event

TimeLocationScene
When Shane is at homeMarnie’s RanchShane looks happy holding his favorite chicken, “Charlie.” He hints about his dreams for the future involving breeding chickens and selling eggs.

Ten hearts event (Will be triggered after you give him a flower bouquet)

TimeLocationScene
6:30 PMOutside your houseShane invites the player to go to the Zuzu City Stadium, where they share a moment there together.

Fourteen hearts event (Will be triggered after you marry Shane)

TimeLocationScene
-8:00 AM to 5:00 PM-Anytime for the next two daysPelican TownMarnie and the player suspect Shane of having an alcohol relapse, so the player spends the next few days trying to catch Shane in the act.

Movie preferences

You can invite Shane to go out on a movie date whenever he is free. The Movie Theatre can only be unlocked after you have completed all the Community Center bundle and the Jojamart bundle.

LovesLikesDislikes
It Howls In The RainJourney Of The Prairie King: The Motion PictureThe Brave Little Sapling
WumbusMysteriumThe Miracle At Coldstar Ranch
Natural Wonders: Exploring Our Vibrant WorldThe Zuzu City Express

If you buy Shane snacks at the concessions counter, he will love one of these: Hummus Snack Pack, Joja Cola, Jojacorn, Nachos, Personal Pizza, Stardrop Sherbet.

Meanwhile, he dislikes snacking on these: Apple Slices, Black Licorice, Cappuccino Mousse Cake, Kale Smoothie, Panzanella Salad, and Truffle Popcorn.

Do’s and Don’ts

Some of these additional tips may be useful in warming up Shane’s heart. These tips can also be applied when befriending or romancing any NPCs. 

Friendship decay or decreasing of friendship exists in this game. Decaying can happen if you do not talk to the villagers for a while after establishing a good relationship with them.

Do:

  • Give Shane two of his favorite gifts once a week.
  • Talk to Shane at least once a day. 
  • Do not forget to interact with him at festivals. You’ll get bonus friendship points if you ask Shane to be your partner in the Flower Dance festival.
  • Complete his delivery requests.
  • Take him to the movies. You will get bonus points for treating him to some snacks.
  • Give him a birthday present.
  • Choose the right dialogues in his heart events.
  • (If you married him) Kiss Shane every day.

Do not:

  • Ignore Shane. To prevent friendship decay, interact with him every day and give him gifts even if you have already maxed out your friendship.
  • Give him the things he hates and dislikes.
  • Rummage in the trash can whenever Shane is around. (Linus does not seem to mind this, though)
  • Hit him with a slingshot.
  • (If you married him) Give presents to other bachelors or bachelorettes, except when it is their birthday.

Shane as a spouse

Shane will move into your house and set up his chicken coop behind your farm. He will help you around the farm, like watering your crops, feeding your chickens, and fixing broken fences.

Shane will sometimes give you a beer, large egg, void egg, pale ale, or pepper poppers on rainy days. He may also offer you an omelet, pepper poppers, or a pizza when he stays all day on the farm.

Marrying Shane does not automatically heal him out of his depression. He still makes a mess in his room, mopes around the farmhouse all day, and occasionally falls back into the same routine he has had for so many years — hanging out in Gus’ pub (despite just drinking Joja Cola.) Some of his fans like to point out that Shane’s most realistic feature is that he will not change his personality overnight after marriage, but he still tries to hang in there, thanks to the player.

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