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Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town beginner’s guide, tips, and tricks

What should you do once you arrive on your new farm?

A cow stands next to its new baby in front of a cheering farmer Image: Marvelous/Xseed Games
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town is the latest farming simulator to be released and just like all the ones that came before it, it’s easy to get lost in the endless list of things to do.

In Pioneers of Olive Town, you’re a farmer coming to work at your grandpa’s long-abandoned farm. There’s a lot of work to be done: planting crops, clearing the land, fixing up coops and barns, taking care of animals, forging relationships with the towns people … it can get overwhelming.

To help new farmers navigate the delightful Olive Town, we’ve put together a list of our best tips to help you get your footing.

Play on seedling mode to relax, normal mode for a challenge

For those looking for a more chill experience, playing on seedling mode might be best. Seedling mode offers cheaper seeds and higher sell prices for a generally easier and more relaxed game. You won’t have to worry too much about min-maxing crops or grinding hard for a fleshed-out farm.

Make a plan and take it one step at a time

As your progress, you’ll get tasks that require you to make a certain amount of lumber, ingots, or other materials. Sometimes you’ll get multiple of these tasks at once. Prioritize which ones you want to work on, and do it one step at a time. If you find yourself being torn between multiple tasks, they’ll take longer to finish.

If you want to raise animals right away, you’ll need to focus on expanding your farm. If you’re more focused on crops and making money, you’ll need to clear away land, so you can have some space for produce to grow.

Plant as many crops as you can handle, not as many as you can afford

A farmer stands on a small plot of land with seeds in the soil and sprinklers scattered about Image: Marvelous/Xseed Games via Polygon

Early on in Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town, you won’t have access to sprinklers or an upgraded watering can, so don’t go hog wild on crops, as you’ll have to use your stamina to water them every day. Once you get things rolling and grab some sprinklers, you can go all in, but you definitely should use some of your stamina for things like mining and logging, too.

Keep your maker machines going

Before you can use them, most raw materials need to be transformed using a specific type of maker. The machines that process wood, ore, bricks, and other materials should pretty much be running at all times, so you can get as many processed goods as possible. Progression for your farm requires rebuilding areas with lumber and ingots, so you’ll want lots on hand.

Talk to everyone you pass

Talking to people levels up your communication skill, and it increases the number of hearts you have with them. Most townspeople don’t have much to say at first, giving you one or two dialogue boxes before they scamper off. Might as well talk to them as you run errands in town to improve those relationships, especially if you want to get married.

Check town hall often for free stuff

A menu screen showing the town requests for several different items, with three of them having a special green banner on them Image: Marvelous/Xseed Games via Polygon

The town hall has a bulletin board with requests from Olive Town residents. Complete those, and you’ll earn money. The mayor of Olive Town will also let you know when there are tasks on the board that will help you expand your town, so you should prioritize those when you see them.

In addition to this, there’s a reward box in the office that fills with goodies as you unlock various titles in Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town. They vary from crop seeds to processing machines, so pick up your rewards frequently.

Remember to pause the game

This might sound like an obvious bit of advice, but the day in the game does keep going if you don’t have the game paused. If you need to use the bathroom or make a snack, remember to open up a menu, or you might come back to a wasted day.

Sell at least one of everything you get

Not only are some crop seeds locked behind foraging and selling them, but materials like ore and coal will be available to purchase in the shop after you sell them once. This helps avoid putting you in a tight spot where you can be a few materials short from your next upgrade.