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by Lirishae

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FAQ/Walkthrough by Lirishae

Updated: 08/25/16

Gameplay Basics

Seasons and Weather

At the start of the game, Winter reigns supreme in your lost and lonely valley. Even though it may technically be Spring, Summer, or Fall, it is still functionally Winter until you progress with the main plot to restore that season to the valley. This means you will only get Winter mutations during that season, and only plants that prefer Winter will produce Great quality crops. However, out-of-season crops will still grow normally even when planted in the wrong season, and you will be doing this often for quests and mutations.

Even though any crop can grow in any season, all of your crops will still die when the season changes. The only exception to this rule is when you progress from one cursed season to another one (e.g. Summer arrives before you restore Spring). Your crops will stay alive because "Spring" and "Summer" are both actually Winter, so the season technically did not change. To restore the seasons to the valley, prioritize doing quests marked with an exclamation point. These are crucial to advancing the plot and bringing the other three seasons back.

When you wake up in the morning, you'll be able to see the day's weather by noting the icon in the upper left corner of the bottom screen. The next day's weather will be set at midnight, and there isn't a TV or weather report for you to check what the next day's weather will be. If you save before midnight, you can reload your game if you don't like the next day's weather and sleep again in hopes of fairer weather next time. There are a finite number of "bad" weather days per season, so if you exhaust all of them early on, you will have nothing but sunny days for the rest of the month. This tends to create a cycle of two weeks bad weather followed by two weeks of sunny days. There are seven different possible weather conditions:

  • Sunny: On sunny days, crops and the ground will lose moisture faster, especially in Summer. It's the most common weather you'll see and helpful when you want to dry up swampy soil.
  • Cloudy: Cloudy days are dimmer and cause much slower moisture loss than sunny days. This is beneficial since it gives you a longer time frame before you'll need to water crops, but it also helps the ground retain moisture, making it harder to dry out wet soil.
  • Rainy: Depending on how quickly you restore the seasons, it may be quite some time before you see this weather. Rainy days occur in the real, restored Spring, Summer, or Fall, and will water your crops for you as well as increase the amount of moisture in every tile. It can make grassy tiles swampy or dry tiles patchy.
  • Snowy: Snow days will function the same as rainy weather, watering crops and increasing the moisture level in every tile. Snow occurs during Winter and during any cursed season before you restore the proper crystal.
  • Foggy: Besides giving you a migraine, foggy weather will damage your crops the same way storms do. The only silver lining here is that fog keeps your crops from drying out the same way a cloudy day will. Foggy days will only occur in Spring and Fall after you have restored all three missing seasons to the valley.
  • Thunderstorm: Thunderstorms will water your crops but also cause damage to them, necessitating that you restore their health using Rowan or fertilizer. Sam and other villagers won't visit on stormy days either unless it is a festival day. Like fog, thunderstorms will not occur until you restore all the seasons.
  • Blizzard: The Winter equivalent of a thunderstorm, blizzards behave exactly the same way. You won't see any blizzards during any cursed season or Winter until you restore all three missing seasons to the valley.