Garden Paws has been one of our favorite simulation games played this year as you can see from our review here. You can already purchase this adorable game on Steam here or wait for the Nintendo Switch release this December. Garden Paws continues to receive huge monthly updates by developer Bitten Toast Games such as: taming many animals, making new furniture sets, farming expansions, etc. Moreover, there are currently 500 quests which deliver hours upon hours of gameplay alone. Even one particular Potato Family member has reached over 100 hours…
After enjoying everything that the game has to offer so far and seeing how there are many of you that have or will play this game, we’ve decided to make a list of things we wish we knew before starting. As most of you already know, most farming games require you to stockpile certain crops or foraged items in order to advance the game or to complete quests. Garden Paws is less stressful in those regards as you cannot miss out on anything big and out-of-season items are purchasable. However, there are a few rare drops of items you might not want to sell and things that we hope will make your life easier with our guide below. It is also as spoiler-free as we could manage.
Garden Paws List of To-Dos Early Game
- There are extra little islands all around Florens that are hard to reach, even with your glider. Make bridges by using ramps and wooden foundations to get to them. You can actually place anything anywhere by using the Item Shifter.
- On some of those islands there are beehives. Harvest the honey often for your chance to get the rare “honeycomb” drop as you’ll need at least 5 if you want your own apiary.
- While you’re there, every island has their own unique rare flowers. You’ll specifically want to grab every color of dandelion you see as those are the only flowers you can paint with. A villager will also ask you for some dye.
- Poop is something you’ll need to save up a lot of for questing and crafting at the beginning. There are beetles you can tame in a certain cavern that will gather all of your poop for you! Once you reach 100 poop, you unlock the Legendary Feed which you need to tame Legendary animals.
- Look to the skies near Mooney’s every day to see if there’s a rainbow. That means the unicorn is out there somewhere on one of the islands for that in-game day. Make sure to bring your Legendary Feed and a horse stable in your inventory. You’ll want to start doing this early on as the chances of it happening are as low as 1%.
- Mine for geodes often in all caverns because silver is a rare drop and you will need a lot of it for important quests and crafting.
- Make yourself a Stone Furnace so you can turn those silver ores into bars and sand into glass. Just make sure you also put coal in there to get the fires burning.
- The top two fastest ways to make money is by creating bouquets at the Flower Station and cooking dishes (anything with strawberries) with your Cooking Station and Oven. You need to unlock these by doing quests but you can start saving flowers in packs of 5 and plant fiber now. There are also insects inside of plant fibers that you need to turn into bait to go fishing.
- As for hording anything else, you don’t really need large quantities of other items except for your farm animals’ daily drops. Milk, eggs, and wheat requests will come up often to expand certain shops or buildings. Wool is needed to tame ferrets and Delicate Fur is needed to make some furniture. Ferrets will pick up all of your farm animals’ drops such as: wool, furs, feathers, and eggs. Meaning, they are quite the life-saver! You’ll need a specific habitat from the Blueprint Vendor before you can tame them or other forest animals first.
- Flowers, animal by-products, paintings, gems, ores, etc can be donated at the Museum. Once you have completed an entire display case, you actually get an amazing reward. Sometimes even a reward you can’t get by any other means. A couple of them even progress some quests so make sure to save one of each item needed.
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Extra fun tip: press F11 on your keyboard to freeze time to take lovely screenshots or to view anything from above or at a distance. We’ll continue to keep you posted as more updates become available! The developers are working hard on creating an entire dungeon with enemies, bosses, and loot releasing this month!
Thanks to everyone on their Discord channel that have given us the inspiration to write this article. They are quite the fun community where we discuss and answer questions about Garden Paws. Feel free to also drop us a comment below if there’s anything you’d like to ask!