Roe in Stardew the Valley refers to eggs that fish produce in Fish Ponds. They can be used for a few different things in the game, including to make Caviar, which sells for a high price! In fact, almost all fish in Stardew Valley that can be put in a fish tank can produce Roe.
However, it’s not all straightforward here, especially if you don’t know which types can produce the eggs or not. Don’t worry, though, because the rules are fairly simple. If you want to know how to farm this material, keep reading our guide as we explain everything you need to know!
How to Get Roe
To get Roe in Stardew Valley, you need to produce a fish population from inside a Fish Pond. The Fish Pond itself is a type of farm building you can purchase from Robin at the Carpenter’s Shop. It takes only a couple of days to be constructed, and it occupies an area of 5×5 squares. Stone, Seaweed, and Green Algae are required for building a pond for your fish.
Here is what you need for the Fish Pond:
- Stone (x200)
- Green Algae (x5)
- Seaweed (x5)
What To Do With Roe
Once constructed, you can put in a fish and start producing Roe. Drop your fish inside so they can start producing the desirable eggs that you want. Keep in mind that each individual fish comes with its set of population quests that will ultimately increase their number within a pond. The capacity for this is 10, which can provide additional opportunities to get more fish eggs for your efforts.
However, you can’t just throw any sort of fish into a pond to start producing eggs. This includes the Legendary Fish, Qi’s Extended Family of unique fish, the Clam, Green Algae, Seaweed, and White Algae. Some of these are required for either a Bundle or an achievement, though they don’t necessarily count as fish in Stardew Valley.
The Preserves Jar is built with Wood (x50), Stone (x40), and Coal (x8) after attaining Farming Level 4. Once you obtain the recipe, you can additionally craft Pickles and Jelly to intake some extra gold. Although both are inedible for the player, utilizing different fruits and vegetables can result in better Roe prices to consider when it comes to bartering.
How to Make Caviar and Aged Roe
For practical uses, you can place the eggs into a Preserves Jar to create a higher-value Artisan Good. If you’re going to get into the Caviar market, you might want to use Sturgeons in the Fish Pond instead of other fish. You can find them in the Mountain Lake, near the entrance of the Mines. The fish will be there throughout all Summer and Winter.
Caviar is a great gift to almost all characters, except for Jas, Sebastian, and Vincent. Curiously, the exact same goes for Aged Roe. Let’s also consider standard fish eggs here as well; no one in Pelican Town either loves or hates it — it’s a neutral liking that everyone shares. It’s best to experiment with the eggs rather than give it an NPC with a mediocre response.
Sturgeon Roe is the only variety that’s considered more valuable, and that’s because Sturgeon kind can be used to make Caviar. The Aged variety is worth twice as much as the normal one, but Sturgeon is worth so much more. You can sell Caviar for 500g. If you’re a practicing Artisan, its value is increased to 700g.
If you’re hungry for more Caviar, pay a visit to the Traveling Merchant to see if they’re selling the product for 1,500-2,500g. Otherwise, you’ll need to work with Sturgeon Roe and Preserves Jars if you’re looking to get some for you and the villagers of Stardew Valley.