Secret notes – How to unlock them
Secret notes were first introduced in the update of 1.3 on Stardew valley. They are collectible items that can be unlocked by completing the quest “A Winter Mystery”.
To trigger this quest you have to walk to the Bus Stop from The Farm during Winter between 6am and 4pm. The player will see a cutscene where a “shadowy figure” appears..then it gets startles and runs away. After seeing the cutscene, the quest “A Winter Mystery” will be added to the player’s journal.
The Shadowy figure’s footsteps lead to a bush next to the playground, left of the Community Center. If the player interacts with the bush, the Shadow Guy will pop out of it and apologise for stealing then give the player a Magnifying Glass and run away again.
The Magnifying Glass gives the player the ability to find Secret Notes while digging, chopping trees, mining, fishing, or killing monsters. it will be added to the wallet.
You can read a Secret Note selecting it and right-clicking. Then you will be shown the note and it will be also added to the player’s collection, The Secret Notes collection tab will be unlocked.
Some notes will have “Loved” gifts for certain characters, while some will have images depicting puzzle solutions. Reading notes that list gift preferences will add the gifts to the villager’s Gift Log on the Social tab of the player menu. And there is also a third type of Secret notes that are neither of these.
I have made a table showing which secret notes contains what type of secrets.
|Loved gifts||Puzzle solutions||Others|
|Secret Note #1||Secret Note #10||Secret Note #11|
|Secret Note #2||Secret Note #13||Secret Note #12|
|Secret Note #3||Secret Note #14||Secret Note #24|
|Secret Note #4||Secret Note #15|
|Secret Note #5||Secret Note #16|
|Secret Note #6||Secret Note #17|
|Secret Note #7||Secret Note #18|
|Secret Note #8||Secret Note #19|
|Secret Note #9||Secret Note #20|
|Secret Note #21|
|Secret Note #22|
|Secret Note #23|
|Secret Note #25|
Secret Note #1
It’s a page from Abigail’sDiary
‘Things I love: the smell of carved pumpkin, keeping an amethystunder my pillow, chocolate cake, the thrill of spicy eel, and the comfort of Mom’s blackberry cobbler (I like to eat!)’
Secret Note #2
It’s Sam’sholiday shopping list
|Sebastian||Frozen Tear, Sashimi|
|Vincent||Grape, Cranberry Candy|
|Mom (Jodi)||Crispy Bass, Pancakes|
|Dad (Kent)||Risotto, Roasted Hazelnuts|
|Me (Sam)||Cactus, Maple Bar, Pizza|
Secret Note #3
It’s written in Leah’shandwriting
My idea of a perfect dinner would be salad, goat cheese, truffle, and wine. For dessert I’d need a poppyseed muffin. Yum! If someone gave me one of those things, I’d melt.
Secret Note #4
It’s a note of Maru’s
Parts still needed for my greatest invention yet!
- Gold Bar
- Iridium Bar
- Battery Pack
Secret Note #5
‘I want to get everyone something they love!’
|Mom (Pam)||Parsnip, Glazed Yams, NO BEER|
|Jas||Fairy Rose, Plum Pudding|
|Vincent||Pink Cake, Grape|
|Mr. Mullner||Leek, Fried Mushroom|
|Granny Mullner||Beet, Tulip|
*NO BEER means pam loves Beer
Secret Note #6
Stardrop Saloon Special Orders
- Mayor Lewis: Autumn’s Bounty
(Double order of high-fiber bread on the side)
- Marnie: Pumpkin Pie
(extra whipped cream!)
- Demetrius: Bean Hotpot
(Make it spicy)
- Caroline: Fish Taco
(she wants triple the sauce! Better throw in a few extra napkins…)
Secret Note #7
It’s a page from someone’s diary…
There are only a few ‘older’ bachelors in town, and none of them are perfect!
Harveyis really anxious and weak, but I know he would make a loyal and devoted husband. He likes coffeeand pickles.
Elliottis a bit foppish and melodramatic, but he does have a nice chin. He likes crab cakes and pomegranates.
Shaneis messy and anti-social. But I think his gruff exterior is a defence mechanism, insulating his softness from the world. He likes Beer, Pizza, and Pepper Poppers.
Secret Note #8
To Haleyand Emily
Hope you two are doing well! We’ve sent you your favorite gifts: Pink Cake and Sunflowersfor Haley, Gemstonesand Woolfor Emily!
-Love Mom and Dad
Secret Note #9
Alex’sStrength Training Diet:
- Complete Breakfast
- Salmon Dinner
(I’ve learned to love this food… I can feel the protein!!)
Secret Note #10
‘Someone is waiting for you on level 100 in the skull cavern…’
This note Becomes available only after completing the “Qi’s Challenge” quest.
Reading Secret Note #10 adds the “Cryptic Note” quest to the journal. To fulfil the quest, reach level 100 of the Skull Cavern. Once there, a cutscene will play, during which Mr. Qi will either congratulate you for reaching level 100 using fewer than 11 Staircases or say you are “clever” but not “Honorable” for using 11 or more. In either case, he rewards you with an “Iridium Snake Milk”, which permanently increases your Health by 25.
Secret Note #11
It is an old photo of marnie and jas, No puzzle in this.
Secret Note #12
Linusshares a tip
“I’ve found some good things by looking in the garbage cans, on lucky days.
Sometimes you’ll find the ‘dish of the day’ behind the saloon… usually fresh!
For dessert, I’ll check the Mullners’ can for cookies.
For treasures, check the cans by the blacksmith and museum”
Secret Note #13
1. o’ clock noon SHARP. Last day of the season. Check the bush above the playground.
At 12:00 PM on day 28 of any season interact with the bush located above the playground to obtain a Junimo Plush.
Secret Note #14
I hid something behind the community center.
Behind the Community Center, hidden by the roof, against the wooden fence to the right there is a Stone Junimo statue which can be obtained with a pickaxe or a hoe.
Secret Note #15
Mermaid Show: 1-5-4-2-3
During the Night Market, enter the boat at the far right to start the Mermaid Show. After the show, click on the shells in the order indicated (numbered left-to-right) to earn a Pearl. Only one Pearl may be earned per character.
Secret Note #16
Dig right of the large boulder north of the Railroad tracks to get a Treasure Chest.
Secret Note #17
Follow the river up north near JojaMart and dig the farthest north tile as in the note to get a Strange Doll (green).
Secret Note #18
Go to the Calico Desert and dig to the South West of the bench on the South East area of the map to
get a Strange Doll (yellow).
Secret Note #19
This is a depiction of 1 Willow Lane with a series of arrows. Starting at the green square depicted, which is directly in front of the door to the house, follow each arrow until your character cannot move anymore. First, walk left until you hit a permanent obstacle. Then walk up until you hit an obstacle, and so on.
The path will lead you around the house, through town, and ultimately to a secret Solid Gold Lewis statue hidden behind Mayor Lewis’ house. To find the statue and take it into the player’s inventory, simply stand on the destination tile and right-click on the ground.
The Solid Gold Lewis statue can be placed anywhere in Pelican Town. If the statue is not destroyed by a villager walking through it, the next day it will be replaced with a Rotten Plant, and the player will receive an unsigned letter in the mail containing 750Gold:
Secret Note #20
Starting in the center of the eye in town square, follow the directional arrows until your character hits a permanent obstacle. This path will bring you around town, up across the bridge to JojaMart, and ultimately to a truck parked beside JojaMart. Interacting with the truck will allow you to speak to a truck driver who requests a Rabbit’s Foot. You can trade it for a Special Charm that permanently increases daily luck. It will be placed in the wallet
Secret Note #21
At exactly 12:40 at night, interact with the large bush to the north west of the bridge out of Pelican Town to The Beach. Marnie and Lewis jump out of the bush. 😏
Secret Note #22
Greetings, <Your name>…
Have you found my ‘secret’ in the dark tunnel?
I look forward to meeting you!
Go to the Bus Stop with a Battery Pack, and go west from the bus into The Tunnel. Place the Battery Pack into the box on the wall in the center of the Tunnel to start The Mysterious Qi quest.
*Note that finding Secret Note #22 is not required to start the Mysterious Qi quest. You can just go to the tunnel and do it
Secret Note #23
“If yoo can reed dis… come to seecrit wuds. Pleez bring may-pal serrup.”
Reading Secret Note #23 adds the “Strange Note” quest to the journal. To fulfill the quest, go to the Secret Woods between 6am and 7pm with Maple Syrup in inventory to trigger a cutscene in which a Bear shares his special knowledge of berries. This permanently increases the sell price of Blackberries and Salmonberries by 3x.
After viewing the cutscene, a bear’s paw icon labeled “Bear’s Knowledge” will appear in the player’s Wallet.
Secret Note #24
It’s a page from M. Jasper’s book:
…the creatures, known by some as “Forest Spirits” or “Junimos”, are said to appear in abandoned buildings after they’ve “gone to seed”.
As a general rule…when humans leave, and nature begins to reclaim her territory, the Junimos will undoubtedly appear.
Folk wisdom holds that the Junimos display some kind of resonant affinity with gemstones that are placed inside their little huts…
Of course, all these claims come from dubious, unverified sources…As far as I know, even the mere existence of these creatures has never been proven!
Placing a mineral or a gem in a Junimo Hut will alter the colour of Junimos that harvest crops. The Junimos will generally match the colour of the mineral, including the changing prismatic colour if a Prismatic Shard is used.
The game uses the same code to colour Junimos as it does to dye clothing at the Sewing Machine.
Secret Note #25
Its Abigail’s note
“I borrowed a necklace from Mom, but lost it somewhere near the bath house.. She’s going to freak out if she notices it’s missing”
Fish in the water outside the Spa during spring, summer, or fall to find an Ornate Necklace. While carrying the necklace, talk to Caroline for 50 Friendship points with her or to Abigail for 100 Friendship points with her.
I’ll update the guide if any new secret notes come up,
Do point out if i made any mistakes🙌.
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