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How Long Does It Take To Beat Stardew Valley?

"Stardew Valley" isn't your average game, especially considering it was made by only one person. The RPG is beloved by millions of players thanks to its emphasis on farming, friendship, and self-paced exploration. If you're thinking of jumping on the bandwagon, there are plenty of great reasons to do so. First, you'll need to know how to budget your time, because "Stardew Valley" takes a very long time to complete.

Though it's ironic given that "Stardew Valley" is clearly far cozier than the average esports game, September 2021 brought with it the first-ever Stardew Valley Cup. The Stardew Valley Cup included some lovely, memorable moments, as well as a $40,000 prize fund from the game's creator, ConcernedApe.

Believe it or not, that's not the only big news for "Stardew Valley." The game released its biggest update ever for all consoles in 2021, adding tons of new quests, places to explore, and a brand new multiplayer function. If that's not enough, gamers can even get "Stardew Valley" as a board game now.

That being said, prospective players might be curious to know how long it takes to complete "Stardew Valley." After all, a beloved cozy game must be a walk in the park, right? The answer might surprise those uninitiated to Pelican Town.

How long does it take to beat Stardew Valley?

You'll be busy for quite some time with "Stardew Valley." Keep in mind estimates vary depending on player experience, ability, and playstyle, so each playthrough could be different. Regardless, players will be in for the long haul working on perfecting their farm. Also worth noting, some estimates predate the latest game update, so take these as the floor and know that the ceiling is whatever you make it given the open-ended nature of the game.

According to crowdsourced data from HowLongToBeat, it takes about 52.5 hours to finish the main plot of "Stardew Valley," whereas full completion could take you closer to a whopping 147 hours. That's right; Players wanting to 100% "Stardew Valley" will need to play for over 6 days to do so. This lines up with the TrueAchievements full completion crowdsourced data that clocks in at 150-200 hours. Given the nature of the crowdsourced data, it is unclear if any estimates included the new expansion content.

There are different measures of completion in the game, though a full playthrough is expected to last a bare minimum of 80-100 hours, and that's not including the new expansion. The Gamer cites around 150-200 hours for a full completion, though it's not clear if this includes the expansion or not. No matter how you look at it, you're in for hours upon hours of cozy enjoyment. No matter which estimate your playtime falls closest to in the end, you're in for a good time in the long term.