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How to Get Coal in Stardew Valley

How to Get Coal in Stardew Valley

In Stardew Valley, coal is a useful resource with many uses. While coal isn’t scarce in Stardew Valley, it’s definitely not an easy resource to come by. Luckily for you, we’ll show you the best strategies for getting coal in Stardew Valley. So read on to learn more, and before you know it, you’ll have a truckload of coal.

What is Coal Used For in Stardew Valley?

Coal is one of the most essential resources in Stardew Valley. It can be obtained in various ways, and it can be used for crafting, smelting, and as a quest item. Some of the items that require coal include a Bee House, Preserves Jar, Bomb, Brazier, Scarecrow, Seed Maker, and more.

All Methods of Getting Coal in Stardew Valley

There are several ways to get coal in Stardew Valley. Some methods are straightforward but will yield less coal; others are more challenging but reward you with significantly more coal. Think about which methods of getting coal you’d like to use, and try to combine several for the best results.

Hitting or Destroying Rocks

Clearing your backyard of rocks is one of the most satisfying things to do in Stardew Valley. You have the chance to find coal when you mine rocks, but there are ways to improve your chances. If you tune in to the Fortune Teller TV channel and see “Daily Luck”, that day is ideal for coal mining.

Furthermore, a Prospector is a profession that allows you to increase your odds of finding coal. To select Prospector as your profession, you must first reach level 10 in mining. Then, you would need to pay 10 000 gold to the Statue of Uncertainty found in the Sewers, left of Krobus.

Rocks on the farm.

Looting Mine Carts and Bags

If you find yourself deep in mines and Skull Cavern, you’ll probably come across bags or minecarts that contain coal. While this approach shouldn’t definitely be your preferred one, you can still get a decent amount of coal while you’re passing by. Keep in mind that coal bags or carts are finite, so this is not a never-ending source of coal.

Mine carts and bags found in mine.

Charcoal Kiln

Once you reach the fourth level in foraging, you’ll get the recipe for building a Charcoal Kiln. It requires 20 wood and 2 copper bars. Once you make it, you’ll be able to turn 10 pieces of wood into one piece of coal. This process will last for 30 in-game minutes, which is a rather slow way to get coal in Stardew Valley. Still, it’s the perfect way to get rid of all those extra wood pieces you won’t need.

Charcoal Kiln.

Picking Up the Train Drops

Pay attention to the pop-ups on your screen that notify you of events taking place in Stardew Valley. If you get a message notifying you that a train is passing through, leave your current task and head to the train tracks north of the mountains.

When you get there, you’ll be able to pick up some coal that fell off the train as it passed, although you won’t need to wait for the train in order to collect it.

Train passing through Stardew Valley.

Destroying Geodes

There are several types of geodes in Stardew Valley, each of which you can bring to Clint for opening. Each geode has a different chance of dropping coal, among other items. Contrary to popular belief, the regular geodes found in Stardew Valley actually have the highest chance of dropping coal, while the rarer geodes have lower chances.

Clint the Blacksmith.


When you get a treasure chest from fishing, it’s possible that you’ll find coal inside of it. It’s entirely random, so there’s no way to know for sure whether coal will appear in the chest or not.

Fishing is another way to get it.

Crab Pots

Not many Stardew Valley players know that they can use Crab Pots to get coal. To do this, place a Crab Pot on your farm or near water in Pelican Town. Then gather the trash from the Crab Pot and put it into a recycling machine. You’ll have a 30% chance of getting coal!

Crab Pots.


Pay attention to the sparkling water of rivers, lakes, and ponds – you can use a Copper Pan to gather resources from it. These resources may sometimes include coal.

Panning in Stardew Valley.

Monster Drops

Nearly all Stardew Valley monsters in the mines have a chance of dropping coal, but some of them are more likely to do so than others. For instance, Dust Sprites have a 50% chance of dropping coal, and you can even increase these odds by wearing the burglar’s ring. Furthermore, slimes have a 10% chance of dropping the coal, and other monsters you may find in the mines will also drop coal periodically.

You can get coal in Stardew Valley from monsters.

Buying Coal in Stardew Valley

If you’re already loaded with gold, it’s possible to purchase coal from Clint, the Blacksmith, or the Travelling Merchant. Just be aware that buying coal in Stardew Valley is expensive, so only use this approach if you don’t know what to do with all that extra gold.

Clint, the Blacksmith of Stardew Valley can also sell you coal.

Less-Known Methods to Get Coal in Stardew Valley

There are also other sources of coal in Stardew Valley, such as a fruit tree struck by lightning or an artifact spot found in the mountain, backwoods, or a farm. But these methods aren’t quite effective as those previously mentioned.

How To Get Infinite Coal in Stardew Valley?

Remember when we said that Dust Sprites have a 50% chance of dropping coal? That’s good news for you because you can use this to your advantage and get an endless amount of coal effortlessly.

First, you must reach floor 65 in the mines. Once there, equip a Monster Musk to increase the number of monsters spawning on the floor. On top of that, you will want to equip a Slime Charmer Ring so that you do not receive damage from slimes or get an adverse effect from them.

Then, all it’s left is to kill as many slimes as possible, and after you clear the floors – rinse and repeat.

Coal is one of many starting resources you will need when building your farm. And the more you play the wider range of needed materials will be:

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Based in Novi Sad, Serbia, Marko Kulundzic is a guides writer at Gamezo. Other than being a huge fan of video games, he also enjoys art, music, skateboarding, and spending time in nature.