I am sure that most of us know what we are talking about when you see the word sprinkler but guys this is not just a sprinkle; we are talking about Stardew Valley sprinkler. Well, the sprinklers in Stardew Valley often function the same way as the ordinary sprinklers you know but in a different way. If I might ask, is there anyone who doesn’t know how a sprinkler works? I no one I guess, but if I ask is there anyone who doesn’t know how a sprinkler works? Now, this is where the problem comes in and we shall look into it later in the article.
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So what really is a Stardew sprinkler? This is simply farming equipment that is unlocked at farming level 2. It is an item that is crafted using the copper bar and iron bar as the ingredients. This only gives you a regular sprinkler that waters only four tiles of your farm every morning. This regular Stardew sprinkler does not water diagonally when we said it only waters four tiles that simply meant above, below and to the both sides. As you proceed to the higher levels in the game, you will be able to acquire the other types of sprinklers. At level six you will get quality sprinkler that waters the 8 surrounding tiles and at level nine you will get the iridium sprinkler which waters 24 surrounding tiles. These sprinklers are usually part of the key things you will need to have a successful farming experience.
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Types of sprinklers
In stardew valley, we have three types of sprinklers and the first one is the regular or basic sprinkler. The regular sprinkler as we have seen can be unlocked at farming level two just as stated above. Crafted from iron and copper bars, it only waters four surrounding tiles in your farm. Most players usually don’t bother with this basic stardew sprinkler. They would often water their crops manually until they are capable of making a surplus of quality and have bought enough iridium.
There is also the quality sprinkler which is a crafted item and has a sprinkler range of 8 tiles. Each morning in a 3×3 area, your plants will be automatically watered. The main ingredients for this item are, iron bar, gold bar, and a refined quartz. The quality sprinkler is unlocked at farming level six. This sprinkler is can also be acquired by the players as a reward for completing the summer crops bundle in the pantry.
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The last sprinkler is the Iridium sprinkler. This is the most valuable and also the most beneficial sprinkler in stardew valley. It is a crafted item that has a sprinkler range of 24 tiles in your farm each morning. It has a sprinkler radius covers an area of 5×5 and the main ingredients used for this is a gold bar, an Iridium bar and a battery pack. This sprinkler is unlocked at farming level 9. You should also know that one Iridium sprinkler can also be bought from Krobus for 10,000g every Friday.
Are the sprinklers in Stardew Valley really worth it?
When the new players start to play this game, it reaches a point where they get confused or they just want to explore some other different option just to make their experience much better and also to get the most out of the game. When this happens, a couple of questions usually come with it so they will often pause for a while and try to find out which option will best suit their quest. For instance, when it comes to farming in stardew valley, one might ask if it is viable to set up sprinklers all over the field or if the better option is to use upgraded watering can. Perhaps one might also need to know if the sprinklers need to be connected to a water supply or not.
Well, one thing for sure is that the sprinklers in Stardew Valley are usually automatic; they are just placed and go. They will just water your plants automatically each morning without connecting them to any water supply. When it comes to which one is better, you will have to choose for yourself. Other players usually suggest the use of sprinklers over watering can saying that one has to use a lot of energy when watering your crops manually. Other players also seemed to be having mixed reactions on this matter citing that the basic or the regular sprinkler is usually not worth the resources it takes to craft them. Tier two and tier three sprinklers are much useful as they increase the sprinkler radius thus covering more ground or farm area.
Tier 3 Stardew sprinklers are much better than the watering can since they can cover a 5×5 area of your farm, watering your crops every morning thus saving you a lot of time and stamina. They can also be used to set up a very large field of crops that you will only need to check up on them when they are ready to be harvested.
On the other side, for you to get the Iridium sprinklers, it will cost you a lot of resources which are also not easy to find mostly the iridium bar or a lot of gold, usually 10,000 for one sprinkler. Even with the gold, you can only get one sprinkler per week and only on a specific day. All these also happen only when you have unlocked the area that will most probably give you access to the shop. From this, you can also see the need of upgrading your watering can to at least gold. You can do that until you get a greenhouse that is full of iridium sprinklers and some multi-harvest crops.
From the discussion above it is safe to say that sprinklers seem to be a better option compared to the cans with an exception of the basic or regular sprinklers. So it is best advised that you stop focusing so much on the basic Stardew sprinklers in the beginning of the game as there are much more important things to do than to worry about sprinklers. You can continue to use the watering can until you have the enough required materials to get the more advanced sprinklers.