Stardew Valley: Should You Pick Bats Or Mushrooms For The Cave

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Early in Stardew Valley Demetrius comes to your farm and offers to set up a research project in the cave located in the northern part of your farm. The two options presented are bats, which will occasionally leave fruit in the cave, or Mushrooms, which will occasionally spawn in the cave. Demetrius appears to make the offer once you have accumulated 25,000G. This choice is permanent, so you will want to pick the option that works best for you. Here are the benefits of each choice.

Bats

If you choose the Bats, fruit will occasionally spawn in the cave. This is an excellent choice if you want to complete the community bundles as early as possible, since you will need several different kinds of fruit for certain bundles. Otherwise, you will need to plant and grow several fruit trees before waiting for the right season for the tree to grow fruit. The fruit doesn’t spawn every day, since there is only a chance, which increases if there is already some fruit in there. The fruit never despawns, so you don’t have to check every day.

Fruit is useful in the late-game too, since fruit that grows on trees is universally liked, so it’s a great steady supply of gifts for villagers. It can also be used for wine as well, which can be nice if you don’t want to dedicate a large amount of space for fruit trees. If you want a steady supply of fruit without needing trees, choose the bats.

Mushrooms

If you choose Mushrooms, six mushroom boxes will be added to the cave. Every day the boxes will each have one of the five different types of mushrooms, although the chances are heavily weighted towards the Common Mushroom.

You should choose the Mushrooms if you really enjoy exploring the Mines or Skull Cavern. The reason is that the Life Elixir item, which unlocks at Combat level 2, can be crafted using one of each of the other four mushrooms; Red, Purple, Morel, and Chanterelle. Life Elixir heals you completely and there isn’t really another way to consistently find every type of mushrooms. Outside of crafting the Life Elixir, there isn’t really another reason to choose the mushrooms. You do get a free dehydrator with the mushroom cave, but you will unlock the ability to craft them eventually.