1. With Early Game Crops, Less is More
Most people’s first instinct when they open the game is to min-max immediately, especially with crops. Remember that at the start of the game you have limited stamina.
Even if you cover your entire farming space with crops, you won’t be able to water or harvest them all before you pass out from exhaustion.
Try planting a smaller area of crops in the first few seasons, and leave the rest of the field open to grow Wild Grass.
If you focus on raising animals in the meantime then you’ll have plenty of fodder to harvest and you can even let them outside to automatically feed them.
2. Utilize the Hot Spring Recharge
The Hot Spring is one of the most conveniently placed areas of the game to restore stamina and fatigue while you’re running errands. It’s right in front of the Spring Mine and located a few in-game minutes’ walk from your farm itself, making it perfect for a quick refresh.
By standing still inside the spring, you earn +1 STA every second. Although you could technically get unlimited stamina this way, keep in mind that you still need to go to sleep because pulling all-nighters can quickly drain your fatigue meter.
As a bonus, try throwing in a chicken egg to boil it and get a Hot Spring Egg.
3. Get Stuff by Watching TV
Some players ignore the TV entirely, assuming that it’s mostly useless since you can just learn by just playing directly.
However, the television in your farmhouse is the most underrated tool in the game.
Many recipes can only be learned from the Tasty Time TV Show on the Entertainment Channel.
4. Upgrade Your House ASAP
The great thing about Friends of Mineral Town is that you can get your house fully upgraded pretty early on in the game.
The resources needed are relatively cheap, since you just need wood and stone to commission the upgrade from Gotts’ workshop.
Most importantly, the first house upgrade unlocks the kitchen.
With the kitchen, you can start cooking food to bring along for gifts, stamina restoration, and even selling for profit.
5. Start Hoarding Resources Early
A small downside to the game is that raw materials like lumber and stone aren’t readily available or “renewable”, since there’s a limited amount of stumps and boulders that you can cut down.
The majority of the resources come from the debris on your farm at the start of the game – and once that’s gone, it can be challenging to find more.
Every time you harvest a piece of lumber or stone, store it in your farmhouse cabinet instead of throwing it away or selling it. You’ll need it for the vast amount of building and house upgrades you have in your future.
6. Use the Gift Wrapping Service for Faster LP
Gift-giving is always in season when you’re in Mineral Town.
The villagers love to receive gifts, especially on their birthdays. It’s especially important to rack up Love or Friendship Points with everyone in town because this unlocks certain perks like new recipes, collectible gifts, and special cutscenes!
To speed up the process, you can ask Jeff to wrap your gifts at the General Store for 100 G per gift.
This wrapping service gives you a hefty FP/LP bonus of 25%, which can count a long way towards making friends with someone.
7. Get Kappa’s Power Berry Early
During Spring when you have a surplus of cucumbers, set aside a few to offer to Kappa.
This elusive lake creature only acknowledges offerings of fresh cucumber, and once he receives 10, he’ll gift you a Blue Power Berry.
This is different from the normal red Power Berries, which increase your maximum stamina.
Because the Blue Power Berry permanently cuts the amount of fatigue you earn by half, making it an invaluable item if you’re fond of staying up late and working yourself to exhaustion in the mines.
8. Plant Trees Early
One of the best things you can do in the early game is to buy Fruit Trees from Gotts.
They cost only 1,000 G to plant and come fully grown.
You can harvest their fruits right away as long as they’re in season, and produce at least one fruit every day. Sometimes there’s a chance of harvesting Honey every few days if you’re lucky.
You can use the fruits as universally accepted gifts, or sell them for quick cash.
9. Befriend the Nature Sprites To Hire Them
In the spirit of capitalism, you can hire workers to do your chores on the farm while you go off to do better things.
The Nature Sprites are adorable friends that live in the forest and become available for hire once their friendship levels are high enough.
Save any forage, honey, fruits, or crops to gift to the Nature Sprites and soon enough they’ll be more than willing to help you out.
10. Use Save Scumming
In true GBA gaming fashion, save scumming is still possible in this iteration of Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town.
It’s the easiest way to manipulate the game to get the best possible outcome for you.
If you don’t like relying on RNG and pure chance to play the game, save scumming can save you a lot of time and energy.
You can save the game at any point in time and reload the exact same frame later on, allowing you to go back and redo whatever you need if things don’t go your way.
To perform a save scum, just save the file and perform the intended action. If you don’t get what you want or want to try again, just open the save menu and reload the previous file.
Here’s all the things you can use save scumming for: