In the world of Stardew Valley, there are many unique resources, and one of them is Clay. Clay is relatively common, and you’ll need it for a variety of projects. However, you may wonder how quickly you can find this material.
There are multiple sources of Clay, and some are more reliable than others. We’ll list them all out so you can take advantage of them, depending on the season. Make sure to keep on reading to learn about the details and strategize your resources appropriately.
What Is Clay in Stardew Valley?
Clay is a common resource and material in the game. You need it for crafting specific items or building a Silo. It’s easy to gather; however, you also need plenty of it for the crafting recipes.
The crafting recipes that call for Clay are:
- Quality Retaining Soil
- Garden Pot
- Brick Floor
- Fiber Seeds
- Deluxe Retaining Soil
- Bone Mill
While these recipes only require three at most, you’ll likely need to craft them many times. As for the Silo, you need 10 Clay each.
Getting Clay in Stardew Valley
There are five ways to get Clay in Stardew Valley, ranging from digging in the dirt around you or as a gift. Keep on reading to find out which are the best ones to rely on for consistent Clay resources.
- Digging up the dirt
If you have a hoe, you can pick some patches of ground to till. It can be farmland or other environments, as long as you’re not using the patch for crops. Doing so can yield some clay, though it’s still not the best method.
- Digging at the beach
The beach tends to give you more Clay if you till the sand with a hoe. Clay isn’t necessarily guaranteed if you dig at the beach, but you likely won’t plant crops there, so there’s more ground to cover.
- Digging at spots with worms or twigs
These spots don’t boast incredible Clay drop rates, but they yield two or three Clay at once. Digging these spots is much better than the previous two, though finding them can take some time.
- Mining Geodes
Levels 1 to 39 of the mines are the best sources of standard Geodes. Gather them and head to Clint, the blacksmith. His shop is on the east side of town and opens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Once you visit him, you can spend 25 gold to crack each Geode open. Each Geode has a chance of containing Clay. However, there are also many other rewards within, and some of them can be valuable.
Make sure you have enough money to open the Geodes, as you might burn through your cash quickly this way. Out of all the five ways to get Clay, this is the best one.
- Get Clay as a gift
During the Feast of the Winter Star, Jas and Vincent can give you some Clay. This feast is celebrated on Winter 25 and lasts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in town. Getting Clay this way only works if the feast is approaching, as you can always mine and dig it up yourself.
Due to the yearly nature of the feast, we don’t recommend actively using this method. It’s better to rely on mining Geodes, as they’re much more consistent.
I Need Some Good Soil
The best use of Clay is to craft the many items in the game. In particular, you’ll find yourself making Deluxe Retaining Soil and Silos often. Mining Clay isn’t simply about gathering resources, though. If you’re lucky, you might also get some minerals and gems too.
How much Clay do you have in your inventory right now? How do you prefer to get Clay? Let us know in the comments section below.