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Upgrading Your Backpack | Stardew Valley

It could be argued that your Backpack is the most critical item in Stardew Valley. It’s a game that not only expects the player to do a great deal of farming, including all of the animal and crop eccentricities that accompany it, but also indulge in a great deal of exploration. Such things inevitably lead to one thing: Loot. And having a lot of this necessitates the subject of our article today; the upgrading and management of your Backpack!

How To Upgrade Your Backpack

Backpack Upgrade, Stardew Valley

To upgrade your Backpack you will need to visit Pierre’s shop. Here, to the right of him on the counter, you’ll be able to interact with a Backpack and bring up the option for upgrading. Unfortunately, this kind of thing doesn’t come from free, after all Stardew Valley is a game about taking your time and smelling the roses. The following upgrades are available, along with the price you will have to pay in order to unlock them:

Large Pack

  • Cost: 2,000g
  • Slots: 24
  • Available from the start of the game.

Deluxe Pack

  • Cost: 10,000g
  • Slots: 36
  • Becomes available after unlocking the Large Pack.


Inventory Management Tips

Inventory, Stardew Valley

The process of upgrading your backpack isn’t exactly cheap, at least not for a player near the start of the game, so you’ll have to make do with less slots for a while. 2,000 and 10,000 isn’t exactly easy to come by when your wallet is as empty as your farm.

  • As shown in our picture above, make sure to use chests wherever possible. Consider putting items relevant to the building that the chest is located near or inside, that way you have everything you need when you arrive!
  • When you’re heading out to complete a specific task, leave the rest of your tools at home. If you’re foraging, then you’ll likely only need a Hoe, or a Fishing Rod for Fishing. If you’re going on a big trek then by all means take what you need, but specific tasks only require certain objects. Again, the chests will help here.
  • Bear in mind that you can sell certain items to certain vendors. A great example of this is selling fish to Willy, meaning that you can fish very close to him and keep levelling your skill, and offload your catches to him. You may want to keep some of course, but this way you can level quickly without worrying about running out of space.
  • Taking only what you need is critical when you visit the Mines. Bring a weapon and a pick of course, but outside of this you only really need food with which to survive. All of the rest of your space should be available for ores and loot that you gather during your dungeon dive!

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