Stardew Valley Miner or Geologist: Which Profession Is Better?

Stardew Valley Miner or Geologist: Which Profession Is Better?

Stardew Valley is a game that depends on you making the right decisions based on how your game style will be in the long run. The mine is one of the most crucial locations in the game for a lot of reasons, one of which is mainly for its raw materials and gems, but at level 5 you might be wondering what professional path you should take between the two options, Miner and Geologist. Although both these Professions are situational and each has its unique level of importance, which would I say is the best?

The Miner Profession is better because it provides you with sufficient resources that will carry you even in the late game. Unlike the Geologist profession which does secure your early game funds/growth, but that also means in the late game all these excess funds/gifts will be useless.

At times players tend to misunderstand the general concepts involved in Stardew Valley, which in turn leads to them making the wrong choices in their decision making. On paper, the Geologist profession does look good and yes it secures a lot for the player in the early game, but is the player’s gameplay reliant on the early game alone? If it isn’t then taking the Geologist profession seems like a mistake.

One can argue that taking the Geologist profession isn’t all that bad even in the late game, because after making all that money you can later change your profession with the statue in the sewers. But such a decision seems like a waste because the player will still end up wasting even more time mining for useful ores when they could have done that from the start. Luckily that’s why I am here to lead you on the right path, I’ll be telling you all there is to know about these two professions and some extra strategies to take if necessary, so relax and read on.

Miner Profession

Stardew Valley Miner or Geologist: Which Profession Is Better?

At level 5 of mining, if you choose the Miner Profession, you will gain a +1 ore vein (i.e Ore Deposit) whenever you’re mining, which means more ores for less work. You’ll find this useful early on in the game when resources and raw materials are scarce and don’t forget that you’ll need these resources for crafting and in some cases selling for money. So basically It is all relative to when you’ve reached that level 5 threshold in the mining skill of your gameplay.

Take your time and work in the mines to level up your Miner Profession skill tree then once you reach level 10, you will get the chance to pick an area of specialization which will further enhance your Miner path in the long run. At level 10, you can choose between the following Miner specialization which is a Blacksmith or Prospector.

If you pick the Blacksmith specialization, the value of your bars is increased by half its original worth. So if your bars originally cost 400 gold when you sell them, the blacksmith specialization increases the price tag by +200, which means it will cost 600 gold when next you sell it. This solves any money problem you may have that is if you are more focused on selling bar-based products compared to other mining resources.

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However, if you are well advanced in your Stardew Valley gameplay and you don’t really have a problem making or getting money from your other skills then this specialization might not be the best. Rather it will be wiser for you to go with the Prospector specialization when you reach level 10 of mining.

If you do choose the Prospector over the Blacksmith, then you have a better chance at doubling the amount of coal you mine which makes them easy to stack up. Don’t forget that coal is a very useful resource in the game, so stacking up the amount of coal you have can be rewarding when you have to craft items, especially in the late game. In Stardew Valley, Slime Egg-Press and the Warrior Ring are two of the most coal-dependent items in the game, they both require a cost of 25 coal before you can build them.

If I were to decide between the Blacksmith and Prospector, I would personally go for the Blacksmith because the cost of selling my metal bars far outweighs the value of coal. But this is of course a situational decision because I will regret the decision in the late game when money won’t be a problem for me anymore. So generally, the Blacksmith specialization is a good early game skill to have if you want to make money fast, but for the late game, Prospector is the best choice since you can never have too much coal because of how important the resource is.

Advantages

Stardew Valley Miner or Geologist: Which Profession Is Better?

You gain more ores for less work.

The Blacksmith specialization has a good early game perk for stacking up cash fast.

The Prospector helps you mine coal at a faster rate which speeds up your upgrades or crafting process.

Disadvantages

Each specialization is too situational over time one can be more important than the other.

You could end up wasting gold to change specialization after a while.

It is very RNG-based and you need to be lucky to get the good stuff.

Geologist Profession

The next option you’ll get at level 5 of your mining profession is Geology. If you become a geologist in Stardew Valley, you will get a chance to receive double gems from a single rock, so that’s two for the price of one, amazing right? Taking this profession means you are more focused on making profits because gems usually sell for more gold than any other resource, and this kind of perk is critical in the early game.

Similar to all other professions in the game, when you do reach level 10 as a Geologist, you will once again be faced with another dilemma between which area of specialization you should go into. At level 10, you will be offered the choice between specializing as an Excavator or a Gemologist.

Choosing an Excavator helps increase your chances of uncovering more Geodes as your reward by plus two. These Geodes can contain some nice resources or other minerals which can be sold for good money. But you still have to unlock its mastery at the local Blacksmith for a small fee of 25 gold before getting its full potential. You can instead make your own Geode crushing machine in your house for 50 stones, 1 Diamond, and 2 Gold Bars, but you also need to have the crafting recipe beforehand.

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If instead, you choose to become a Gemologist at level 10 of your Geologist skill tree, just bear in mind that your main focus will be Gem based just as the name implies. Much similar to the Blacksmith profession with metal bars, with the Gemologist perk, all your gems become worth 30% more than their original worth. This Specialisation is the best route to take if you want your entire gameplay to be based on making profits because gems do sell for a lot of money.

Given the choice between the two areas of specialization, I would recommend that you go for the Gemologist route in the Geologist branch because you stand to make more money. Although the Geodes from the Excavator route are useful, they are only useful until you collect all the minerals or resources from them. At this point, the Geodes just become a low-priced collectible (I.e they become useless), but Gems will always sell for a good price and they also make great gifts for NPCs.

Advantages

Stardew Valley Miner or Geologist: Which Profession Is Better?

Both specializations are focused on making profits making the choice not so difficult.

Players stand to make more money when they take the Geologist path mostly because of the Gemologist specialization.

Disadvantages

It becomes a less useful profession in the late game.

Taking the Gemologist path means you might end up not gathering other useful resources like coal.

Which of these Professions Miner or Geologist is the Best?

Comparing both the Miner and Geologist profession, you will notice a lot of useful statistics in both of them which compliments each one very well.

Miner ProfessionGeologist Profession
Miner (level 5) – ore veins yield +1 ore.Geologist (level 5) – gems have a chance to spawn in pairs.
Blacksmith (level 10) – metal bars are worth 50% more.Excavator (level 10) – geode find doubled.
Prospector (level 10) – coal find doubled.Gemologist (level 10) – gems are worth 30% more.

The decision comes down to how you want your gameplay to be in the long run, it is Resources versus Money. The money is important for the early game upgrades on your farm but going into the later stages of the game, all your money problems will gradually be resolved and money becomes less important while resources become the most useful thing in the game. So which of the two professions is the best?

If the player is more resource-oriented, then choosing the Miner Profession is the best choice because you stand to make more resources both for the early and late game. At level 10 choose the Prospector specialization and you will have all the useful coals for the late game.

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For a player whose main focus is making money, then the Geologist Profession is the best choice. The player makes more money in the early stages by selling raw materials and minerals. Just choose the Gemologist specialization and all your money problems become a thing of the past.

  • Hrvoje Milakovic is co-owner of Fiction Horizon and a big cinephile. Apart from that, he likes to read comics, play games and collect action figures. He has been featured on LifeWire, Yahoo and IMDb, to name a few.