Dynamic weather in video games is one of the most beautiful aspects of atmosphere. Especially if the snow and rain look nice, you want to stop playing and watch the game with your coffee in hand. Stardew Valley is one of these games. Aside from all seasons looking great, it allows us to control the rain unlike many games. That’s why we prepared this How to Make It Rain in Stardew Valley guide.
We will explain in detail how to use the Rain Totem. But if you don’t know exactly why you’ll need it, we’ll have to talk about it first. Promising much more than a farm simulation, Stardew Valley has deeper gameplay mechanics than you might think. Rain Totem is just one of them.
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How to Use a Rain Totem
As you can imagine, rain in Stardew Valley has many effects other than visuals. Many of these effects are also directly related to gameplay. Maybe you need rain to complete a specific task, maybe not to bother with irrigation, or maybe to get the important items you need. Whatever your reason is, you can follow the steps below to use the Rain Totem.
If you want to use Rain Totem but are unsure of its effects, read the following items thoroughly. These items are the general rules of the game and do not change except for special mods or cheat codes:
The effect of the totem is valid only in the region where it is used. So if you used it on Ginger Island, the weather in the Valley would not change the next day.
You cannot make it rain on Festival Days, even if you use the Rain Totem. This rule also applies to the first day of each season.
Rain Totem does not cause a storm the next day.
If you want to use the Rain Totem outside the above restrictions, all you have to do is right-click the totem by hovering over your inventory. You can also display it as a décor item in your home. There are two ways to get Rain Totem in Stardew Valley. First one is finding in the Skull Cave. If you wander around long enough, you will surely come across a few. The second and main method is craft the totem from scratch.
How to Get a Rain Totem
Crafting the Rain Totem won’t be that easy, as what you want to do is change the weather. You will need lots of foraging experience and lots of materials for this. To obtain the Rain Totem recipe, your Foraging skill must be level 9. This is a pretty high level. To do this, we can say that the best methods are to cut a lot of trees, collect wood and collect all the items scattered on the map.
How to Craft a Rain Totem
If you manage to obtain the recipe, you will need to find three unique ingredients to craft the totem: 1 Hardwood, 1 Truffle Oil, and 5 Pine Tar.
Hardwood (x1): One of the finest trees in Stardew Valley, is difficult to obtain, but not impossible. You can cut this tree type with a Copper Axe. If you’ve upgraded your axe, go straight to the Secret Woods and cut large logs. If you don’t want to deal with it, you can try your luck by breaking the barrels while visiting the mines. If you need more info about Hardwood, you can find our guide here.
Truffle Oil (x1): There are quite a few things you need to do to collect this material. First you need to upgrade your barn to the last level. You need 550 Wood, 300 Stone and 25,000 Gold to upgrade from Big Barn to Deluxe Barn. Although the price is very high, you will be able to earn this money quickly by selling Truffle Oil. After you upgrade the barn to the final level, you should wait for your pigs to spend time outside. Because you will only need a special kind of mushroom that they find while grazing. If your pigs are meeting enough mushrooms, you can proceed to the last step. The last thing you need to do to get Truffle Oil is the Oil Maker tool. Raise your Farming skill to level 8 to get the recipe for this tool. Then build with 50 Slime, 20 Hardwood and 1 Gold Bar.
Pine Tar (x5): The last item you will need to craft the totem will be Pine Tar. As the name suggests, you can collect it from mature Pine Trees, which you can often find on the map. You can use normal or advanced Tapper for this.