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Stardew Valley Path Types and How To Get

Stardew Valley Path Types and How To Get

Stardew Valley farmers have ample choices when it comes to decoration for their farms, including functional additions in the form of paths. Many players use paths to organize their farms and provide aesthetic value.

Here’s what you need to know about the paths in Stardew Valley.

What Are Stardew Valley Paths Used For?

In Stardew Valley, paths are mostly used to decorate the player’s farm, but they also have practical applications. They make traveling faster and easier; each path allows the player to move slightly faster than they would when walking on regular ground. They may also prevent grass or trees from growing in the spaces where they are placed, which can be useful when trying to optimize their gameplay.

Where Can You Place Paths in Stardew Valley?

You can place Stardew Valley paths on any open, tillable tile on the farm or on the Ginger Island farm, where they will offer a speed bonus. While it’s possible to lay paths in Pelican Town, on the beach, and in other areas, they don’t offer any practical benefit.

What Is the Difference Between a Path and Flooring in Stardew Valley?

For decorative elements in Stardew Valley, you have two “paving” options: flooring and paths. Both paths and flooring will give the player a speed-boosting effect, so practically, they are identical. That being said, flooring is slightly more resistant to weeds and vines.

The difference is mainly aesthetic: flooring covers the entirety of a given tile for a uniform look, while paths only cover some of the space for a more rustic, outdoorsy look.

The Five Stardew Valley Paths

The Stardew player character standing beside the five paths in Stardew Valley, set out in straight rows of five. Left to right: wood, cobblestone, gravel, stepping stone, and crystal.
The five paths during the rain. Image by the author.

There are five kinds of Stardew Valley paths to choose from; wood, cobblestone, gravel, stepping stone, and crystal. Many of the paths take on different appearances based on the season in-game.

Wood

How to getstarter
Cost1 Wood per tile
Soundwalking on wood

Wood paths are simple 1-tile decorative items that you can place around your farm for aesthetics and for the practical boost of adding a .1 bonus to your speed when walking on them.

They are part of the starting recipes and have a unique appearance in the Winter when their tone changes from warm to cool brown.

Cobblestone

How to getstarter
Cost1 Stone per tile
Soundwalking on stone

Cobblestone paths are another starting recipe path that also boosts the player’s speed by .1. They, too, have a unique winter appearance, also gaining a cooler overtone of greys and browns.

Gravel

How to getstarter
Cost1 Stone per tile
Soundwalking on sand/loose stones

Gravel paths are the last of the starter paths and can provide a direct 0.1 boost to the player’s speed. Their unique Winter appearance is a white-blue rather than the usual brown, meaning they change their aesthetic the most to match the seasons, which may appeal to some players.

Stepping Stone

How to getBuy from Robin for 100g
Cost1 Stone per tile
Soundwalking on stone

The Stepping Stone path can be purchased from Robin for 100g anytime that her store is open. They provide the standard 0.1 boosts to player speed, protection from grass and trees, and change to cooler tones in the Winter.

Crystal

How to getBuy from Robin for 100g
Cost1 Refined Quartz per 5 tiles
Soundwalking on stone

Crystal paths are the most expensive kind of decorative pathing at 200g for the recipe from Robin and a cost of 1 Refined Quartz per 5 Crystal Paths per creation. This is down from 1000g prior to the 1.4 update. They provide the same bonuses that the other paths do in terms of speed (0.1) and protection of space.

Their Winter appearance is a variety of blues, greens, and purples, which differs greatly from its usual greys, oranges, and yellows, making them another great choice for players who like drastic aesthetic changes.

Read more: Best and Cutest Farm Names in Stardew Valley

Do paths decay in Stardew Valley?

Paths do not deteriorate over time in Stardew Valley, but they can be destroyed by certain in-game events. Lighting can destroy paths, as can the Meteor event. Weeds and creeping vines can also destroy paths, so they will often need to be mended and replaced at the beginning of each new season.

To prevent paths from being destroyed by weeds and vines, you can invest in the Gold Clock, which costs 10,000,000 gold.

Can you give paths as gifts in Stardew Valley?

While it’s possible to give all five different kinds of paths as gifts to the various villagers in Stardew Valley, they are all universally disliked. It’s not recommended to try and use them as gifts unless you are deliberately attempting to lower your relationship score.

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