How to level up all skills in Stardew Valley

Here's how to level up all skills in Stardew Valley.

In Stardew Valley, you will have to level up your skills at some point during your playthrough to gain access to other parts of the game, such as getting new recipes or unlock a new profession. 

How to level up every skill in Stardew Valley

In total, there are five skills in Stardew Valley; to level up all of them, you will need to earn experience points, and how you do this will depend on each skill in the game. 

That said, keep reading, and we will explain how to level all skills in the game, along with what you stand to gain from doing so. If you are looking for a specific skill, we got a table of contents below; use it to jump to the skill you want. 

How to level up mining skill in Stardew Valley 

To level up your mining skill in Stardew Valley, you will need to do as the name suggests, by mining; more specifically, you will need to break rocks with a pickaxe. Each time you break an ore mound or rock, you get a small amount of experience that will slowly level up your mining skill; We recommend going into the mines and mining ore veins, as these will give you the most XP.

How to level up mining skill in Stardew Valley 

Along with this, every level you gain will give you one proficiency pickaxe; the cost of energy will also decrease with the more levels you gain in mining. You can also earn a decent amount of Mining XP from visiting and doing all of the above inside skull cavern. Leveling up the mining will also unlock the following below. 

Level One Mining
  •  Cherry Bomb Recipe.
Level Two Mining
  • Staircase Recipe.
Level Three Mining
  • Miner's Treat Recipe.
Level Four Mining
  • Glow Stone Ring Recipe.
  • Transmute Fe Recipe.

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Level Five Mining

 When you reach level five, you will get the choice of picking the professions listed below.

  • Geologist Profession.
  • Miner Profession.
Level Six Mining
  • Bomb Recipe.
Level Seven Mining
  • Transmute Au Recipe.
Level Eight Mining
  • Mega Bomb Recipe
Level Nine Mining
  • Crystalarium Recipe.
Level Ten Mining

 When you reach level ten, you will get the choice of picking the professions listed below.

  • Excavator Profession.
  • Blacksmith Profession.
  • Gemologist Profession.
  • Prospector Profession.

How to level up the fishing skill in Stardew Valley 

To level up fishing in Stardew Valley, you will need to do a few things; all of them involve some form of fishing. To start, you will need to complete the fishing mini-game and catch fish using a crab pot successfully. The types of fish you catch will also factor in the mix, with rarer ones giving a bit more XP. 

How to level up the fishing skill in Stardew Valley 

Along with this, catching fish with both a rod and crab pot will net you experience to raising your fishing skill. Every time you level the skill, you will also increase your proficiency with a fishing pole; as well, the energy cost of using a fishing rod will decrease, and rare fish will become easier to catch.

You will also need to level up fishing to unlock the following below.

Level One Fishing
  • 1+ casting distance
Level Two Fishing
  • Bait Recipe: Wily's Fish Shop will start to sell it as well.
  • Fiberglass rod: Upon reaching level two, the rod will be unlocked and sold at Willy's Fish Shop.
Level Three Fishing
  • Crabpot Recipe: you can also buy it at Willy's shop when you reach level three.
  • Dish o' The Sea Recipe
Level Four Fishing
  • Recycling Machine Recipe
  • 1+ casting distance
Level Five Fishing

You get the choice of these two professions when you reach level five.

  • Fisher Profession
  • Trapper Profession
Level Six Fishing
  • Spinner Recipe: Wily's Fish Shop will start to sell it as well at this level.
  • Trap Bobber Recipe: you can also buy it at Willy's shop when you reach level six.
Level Seven Fishing
  • Treasure Hunter Recipe: Willy's fish shop will start to carry this item when you reach level seven. 
  • Cork Bobber Recipe:  Willy's fish shop will also start to carry this item when you reach level seven.
Level Eight Fishing
  • Dressed Spinner Recipe:  Willy's fish shop will start to carry this item when you reach level eight.
  • Barbed Hook Recipe: Along with the dressed spinner, barbed hooks will unlock in the fish shop.
  • Worm Bin Recipe
  • 1+ casting distance
Level Nine Fishing
  • Magnet: Willy's fish shop will start to carry this item when you reach level eight.
  • Seafoam Pudding Recipe
Level Ten Fishing

You get the choice of these four professions when you reach level ten.

  • Luremaster Profession
  • Marner Profession
  • Angler Profession
  • Pirate Profession

How to level up the foraging skill in Stardew Valley

To level up your foraging skill in Stardew Valley, you will need to do one of two actions; harvest items on your farm or in the valley and chop trees down. Harvesting items on your farm will grant XP based on the value of the item you find. 

How to level up the foraging skill in Stardew Valley

Chopping trees down is the same amount no matter what; chopping small logs on the farm gives you no XP, so don't bother relying on them for XP. Along with this, grabbing items inside the mine like picking mushrooms, will also add to your XP bar. Further, the more levels you gain in foraging, will both lower the energy cost of using axes and increase your proficiency with axes. 

You will also need to level up foraging to unlock the following below.

Level One Foraging
  • Field Snack Recipe
  • Wild Seeds SP Recipe
  • Trees will start to drop seeds
Level Two Foraging
  • Survival Burger Recipe
Level Three Foraging
Level Four Foraging
  • +1 Wild Berry harvesting 
  • Charcoal Kiln Recipe
  • Wild Seeds Su Recipe
Level Five Foraging

You get the choice of these two professions when you reach level five.

  • Gatherer Profession
  • Forester Profession
Level Six Foraging
  • Warp Totem Beach Recipe
  • Lighting Road Recipe
  • Wild Seeds Fa Recipe
Level Seven Foraging
  • Tree Fertilizer Recipe
  • Warp Totem Mountains Recipe
  • Wild Seeds WI Recipe
Level Eight Foraging
  • +1 Wild Berry harvesting 
  • Warp Totem Farm Recipe
Level Nine Foraging
  • Rain Totem Recipe
Level Ten Foraging

You get the choice of these four professions when you reach level ten.

  • Tracker
  • Botanist
  • Tapper
  • Lumberjack

How to level up the combat skill in Stardew Valley

To level up the combat skill in Stardew Valley, you will need to fight monsters; you can find monsters in the following locations listed below.

  • Skull cavern
  • The Mine
  • Wilderness Farm
  • The Sewers              

How to level up the combat skill in Stardew Valley

In short, fight monsters and slay them; over time, you will gain XP and start to level your combat skill. We recommend getting a better weapon by upgrading it to speed this process up. Along with this, the more levels you get, you will start to unlock the following. 

Level One Combat
  • Sturdy Ring Recipe
Level Two Combat
  • Life Elixir Recipe
Level Three Combat
  • Roots Platter Recipe
Level Four Combat
  • Warrior Ring Recipe
Level Five Combat

You get the choice of these two professions when you reach level five.

  • Scout Profession
  • Fighter Profession
Level Six Combat
  • Oil Of Garlic Recipe
  • Slime Egg Press Recipe
Level Seven Combat
  • Ring Of Yoba Recipe
Level Eight Combat
  • Explosive Ammo Recipe
  • Slime Incubator Recipe
Level Nine Combat
Level Ten Combat

You get the choice of these four professions when you reach level ten.

  • Desperado Profession
  • Defender Profession
  • Brute Profession
  • Acrobat Profession

Related: How to make refined quartz in Stardew Valley

How to level up the farming skill in Stardew Valley

In short, to level up the farming skill in Stardew Valley, you must do the following actions listed below.

  • Harvest crops (both vegetables and fruit count)
  • Pet Animals
  • Shear and milk animals

How to level up the farming skill in Stardew Valley

Doing the actions listed above, will over time, add experience to leveling your farming skill; these actions will also raise your proficiency with your hoe and water can tools. Along with this, the more levels you get in farming will unlock the items listed below. 

Level One Farming
  • Basic Fertilizer Recipe
  • Scarecrow Recipe
Level Two Farming
  • Sprinkler Recipe
  • Mayonnaise Machine Recipe
  • Stone Fence Recipe
Level Three Farming
  • Farmer's Lunch Recipe
  • Speed Go Recipe
  • Bee House Recipe
Level Four Farming
  • Iron Fence Recipe
  • Basic Retaining Soil Recipe
  • Preserves Jar Recipe
Level Five Farming

Reaching level five in farming will give you the choice of picking one of the two professions listed below. 

  • Tiller Profession
  • Rancher Profession
Level Six Farming
  • Quality Sprinkler Recipe
  • Hardwood Fence Recipe
  • Cheese Press Recipe
Level Seven Farming
Level Eight Farming
  • Deluxe Speed Go Recipe
  • Keg Recipe
  • Oil Maker Recipe
Level Nine Farming
  • Quality Fertilizer 
  • Iridium Sprinkler
  • Seed Maker
Level Ten Farming

Reaching level five in farming will give you the choice of picking one of the two professions listed below. 

  • Agriculturist
  • Artisan
  • Shepherd
  • Coopmaster

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