Stardew Valley secret notes: How to Find them

If you thought that there are no secret treasures hidden in Stardew valley then you are wrong. As you can find several secret notes in the game that contain collectable items. Along with these collectible items, they might contain some rare or useful information about the Pelican town. 

The stardew valley secret notes might appear in the form of cryptic messages, treasure maps, and more. In total, there are 25 secret messages that you can discover in stardew valley. But you cannot find the stardew valley secret notes without the help of a magnifying glass.

That being said, in this article, we will discuss all the 25 secret notes and how to get the magnifying glass to find them. So, without any further delay let’s begin this article:

How to get the magnifying glass in stardew valley?

Stardew valley magnifying glass

As we mentioned earlier, without the magnifying glass you can find any information regarding the secret notes. To obtain the magnifying glass you need to take part in the “A Winter Mystery” quest. This quest will be triggered when a player enters the bus stop from the farm between 6 AM and 4 PM during the winter season. 

In the cutscene, you will notice a shadow monster that will be heading towards the town center. Keep following the footprints left by the creature that will ultimately lead you to a bush where the creature is hiding. Shake the bush and the creature will pop right out of it. It will introduce himself as Krobus and will hand over the magnifying glass to you before running away. With this magnifying glass, you can read all the secret notes in stardew valley.

Where to find stardew valley secret notes?

Stardew valley secret notes

Once you obtain the magnifying glass from Krobus, you are eligible to search for secret notes that are scattered all over the game. You need to perform certain actions that will trigger them to spawn near you. The secret notes can be found by digging up weeds, killing monsters in the mines, chopping down trees, fishing, breaking stone, digging up artefact spots, and from growing giant crops as well.

After obtaining these secret notes, you just pick it up which will send it to your inventory. Now, go to your bag and simply click on the note. This will allow you to get the collectible or the rare information that you came looking for. You can always read the note if you want as it will be stored in your inventory.

Also, the stardew valley secret notes are divided into two categories – (1-9) & (10-25) respectively. The first category of notes basically contains information about villagers’ likes and dislikes. In simple terms, you don’t need to perform any task to gain rewards. However, the second category of secret notes requires you to perform challenges that will ultimately lead you to your reward.

Now, let’s shed some light on all the 25 secret notes that can be obtained in stardew valley:

1. Abigail’s diary entry

As the name suggests, this secret note is a page from Abigail’s diary. The page will tell you about the things she likes such as chocolate cake and the smell of carved pumpkin. This will help you in knowing about Abigail’s favorite gifts.

2. Sam’s shopping list 

It will tell you about the holiday shopping lift of Sam. Thus it tells us about what gifts certain residents like. Here is the list of gifts that are mentioned on Sam’s list:

  • Sebastian: Frozen Tear, Sashimi
  • Penny: Emerald, Poppy
  • Vincent: Grape, Cranberry Candy
  • Mom: Crispy Bass, Pancakes
  • Dad: Risotto, Roasted Hazelnuts
  • Me: Cactus, Maple Bar, Pizza.

3. Leah’s perfect dinner

This note will tell you about what Leah likes. It contains a handwritten note by her describing what her favorite dinner is, it goes like “My idea of a perfect dinner would be salad, goat cheese, truffle, and wine. For dessert I’d need a poppyseed muffin. Yum! If someone gave me one of these things, I’d melt.”

4. Maru’s invention part list

This note will tell you about what Maru likes and what are the items that he still needs for his invention. The items are – Gold Bar, Iridium Bar, Battery Pack, and Diamond Strawberries.

5. Penny’s gift list

This will give you an idea about what residents like. Also, the note is in Penny’s handwriting, it says:

  • Mom: Parsnip, Glazed Yams, NO BEER!
  • Jas: Fairy Rose, Plum Pudding
  • Vincent: Pink Cake
  • Mr. Mullner: Leek, Fried Mushroom
  • Granny Mullner: Beet, Tulip

6. Stardrop special orders

It contains a list of items that Mayor Lewis, Marnie, Demetriusm, and Caroline like. In fact, it is a list of special orders from Stardrop Saloon. The order is:

  • Mayor Lewis: Autumn’s Bounty (Double order of high-fiber bread on the side)
  • Marnie: Pumpkin Pie (extra whipped cream)
  • Demetrius: Bean Hotpot (Make it spicy)
  • Caroline: Fish Taco (she wants triple the sauce! Better throw in a few extra napkins…)

7. Diary page

This note is a page from someone’s diary but we do not know who. The diary page will tell you about the gifts that Harvey, Elliott, and Shane like. It says Harvey likes coffee and pickle while Elliott likes crab cakes and pomegranates. Lastly, Shane likes beer, pizza, and pepper poppers.

8. A letter from Haley and Emily’s parents

It is a letter from the parents of Haley and Emily and it tells us about what the two girls like. The letter says, “To Haley and Emily. Hope you two are doing well! We’ve sent you your favorite gifts: Pink Cake and Sunflowers for Haley, Gemstones and Wool for Emily! – Love Mom and Dad.”

9. Alex’s training diet

Alex likes to stay fit and healthy. This note reveals what he consumes as his training diet. The note says, “Alex’s Strength Training Diet: Complete Breakfast, Salmon Dinner. (I’ve learned to love this food… I can feel the protein!)”

10. Skull Cavern

This is the first note that will unlock a quest for you to complete. The note says, “Someone is waiting for you on level 100 in the Skull Cavern…”

Once you reach the 100 level Skull Cavern, you will be greeted by Master QI. If you complete the quest provided by him, he will give you snake milk. By consuming this snake milk, your health is permanently increased by 25.

11. An old photograph 

This note is simply an old picture of Marnie and Jaas.

12. Garbage tips

If you want to discover new items in the bins of Pelican town then these garbage diving tips by Linus will help you. The note says, “I’ve found some good things by looking in the garbage cans, on lucky days. Sometimes you’ll find the ‘dish of the day’ behind the saloon…usually fresh! For dessert, I’ll check the Mullners’ can for cookies. For treasures, check the cans by the blacksmith and museum.”

13. Junimo plush location

This note will give you another quest, On completion of the quest you will receive a hidden junimo plush toy. The note says, “12 o’clock noon SHARP. Last day of the season. Check the bush above the playground.”

14. Stone Junimo location

This note will provide you a quest to look for stone junimo garden art that is hidden somewhere in the community center. To find it, you need to go towards the right side of the center and keep clicking around until a text pops. The note exactly says, “I hid something behind the community center.”

15. Mermaid show puzzle solution

The next note says, “Mermaid Show: 1-5-4-2-3.” This number refers to the Mermaid Show puzzle that takes place at the Night Market. Once the show ends, you have to select the shells in the order that the note said. If you are successful in doing that, you will receive a pearl from the Mermaid as a gift.

16. Treasure map 1

As the name suggests this note will lead you to the location of a buried treasure. The treasure chest is hidden behind the hot springs, past the train track and to the left of the map next to a stone which is in the corner. If you dig this spot, you will find the treasure chest and you will receive 5,000g as a reward.

17. Treasure map 2

This is the second note which will lead you to a treasure. The note has instructions for you to follow. You need to go to the river near the community center and go to the very top on the right side of the river bank. Once you reach there, you will notice a big boulder that’s where you need to dig. You will find a Strange Doll artifact that can be donated to the museum.

18. Treasure map 3

This is the last note that will lead you to a buried treasure. This one is located in the Calico desert. After reaching the desert, go to the bench in the lower east corner and dig around the left side of that place. You will receive multiple Strange Doll artifacts that can be donated to the museum.

19. Follow the directions 1

Now this note is particularly tricky because it will show you a bunch of directional arrows that will lead you to the reward. The directions are – Left – Up – Right – Up – Right – Down – Left – Down – Left – Down – Done. This quest starts at Sam’s house and will end at Mayor Lewis’ house where you will find the Solid Gold Lewis Statue.

20. Follow the directions 2

Another note which is quite tricky as this one has even more directional hints then the previous one, The directions are – Right – Down – Right – Up – Right – Up – Right – Down -Left – Up – Left – Up – Right – Up – Left – Up – Left – Done. These directions start from the town square in the middle of the brick circle. In the end, you  will reach the truck beside Joja Mart. This is where the driver will ask you for a Lucky Rabbit’s foot, in exchange he will give you a social charm that helps in increasing the base luck.

21. A not so secret meeting

This note will also lead you to the location of a treasure. It will give you a click that says 12:30 AM, a moon, and an arrow pointing at a bush. Follow the instructions and shake the bush, this will give you your treasure. But as a cherry on the top Marnie and Mayor will rush out of the bush, hiding their romance.

22. Mister Qi Quest

This note has a message for you from Qi, it says, “Greetings, [farmer name]… Have you found my ‘secret’ in the dark tunnel? I look forward to meeting you! – Qi.” It is a quest that begins at the bus stop from there head west to the tunnel. In about halfway into the tunnel, you will find a box that can fit a battery box. Do that and your quest will begin.

23. A maple syrup request

To complete this quest, all you need to do is go to the secret woods in between 6AM-7PM and carry maple syrup with you. As the note says, “If yoo can reed dis..come to seecrit wuds. Pleez bring may-pal serrup.” / “If you can read this… come to secret woods. Please bring maple syrup.” When you reach there a friendly bear will meet you and will give you Bear’s Knowledge.

24. M. Jasper’s book page

This note has particularly a lot more information than the other notes that we have seen. It says, “It’s a page from M. Jasper’s book: …the creatures, known by some as ‘Forest Spirits’ or ‘Junimos’, are said to appear in abandoned buildings after they’ve “gone to seed”. As a general rule… when humans leave, and nature begins to reclaim her territory, the Junimos will undoubtedly appear. Folk wisdom holds that the Junimos display some kind of resonant affinity with gemstones that are placed inside their little huts… Of course, all these claims come from dubious, unverified sources…As far as I know, even the mere existence of these creatures has never been proven.”

Once you have this information you can now find a gem in the junimo hut. This gem will change the colors of the junimos that harvest any crop on the farm.

25. Abigail’s note

This is the last stardew valley secret note that you can find in the game. The note says, “I ‘borrowed’ a necklace from Mom, but lost it somewhere near the bathhouse…She’s going to freak out is she notices it’s missing.” Your reward is 100 friendship points with Abigail but to gain them, you will need to find the lost necklace outside the spa during summer or fall and return it to her.


That wraps up our article on the stardew valley secret notes. If you are looking to find them in-game then have a look at this article. We are sure it will aid you in completing the quests faster and without any issues. 

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