Some people ship Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth, others Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter. But there’s one dream couple we all agree on – Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley. The indie hit Dinkum now proves that fandom can sometimes become reality.
In this guide, we’ll tell you the most important Dinkum tips and tricks that will help you get started with the farming game.
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1) General Dinkum tips and tricks
Like its role models, money (dinks) plays an important role in Dinkum. And if you want money, you have to work. But first, we recommend you change the controls. Our character moves kind of funny in the default setting; quite different from similar games. To do this, go to the settings and open the Gameplay tab. Check “Invert Y-axis” and “Always move camera with the mouse.” There you go, much better!
Now it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty. The easiest way to earn money at the beginning is to fish and catch bugs. At the end of the day, you sell your loot to John in the store. Take the opportunity to buy new tools there. Then you’ll always have some in reserve. You can find more tips on how to earn money in Dinkum in our detailed article on the topic.
Fishing and gathering will increase your experience in these areas. After each level-up, you can purchase a new license. This in turn unlocks better materials and crafting recipes. Therefore, you should buy licenses as soon as possible.
Always keep an eye on your stamina in the outback and the wilderness. If it drops to zero, you’ll faint and lose your daily progress. You should avoid this at all costs. For this reason, cook fruit regularly around the campfire. Because eating cooked food always brings more stamina than raw ingredients.
2) Success in the fishing minigame
You can catch fish with a fishing rod, which you can buy at John’s. But first, you need a fishing license, which you get from Fletch.
Go to a river or the sea and look for fish. But stay away from crocodiles. Like in Animal Crossing, bait thrown out will attract animals nearby. The fish will nibble a few times before biting properly. If the bobber is completely underwater, the fish is biting.
Then quickly press the left mouse button to hook the fish. Then the reeling in begins. While the fish fights and water splashes up, just wait. Only reel in the line when the animal has calmed down. Otherwise, you run the risk of your line breaking and the fish escaping. Repeat this procedure until the fish is wriggling in your hands.
Alternatively, you can press the left mouse button in quick succession after the fish has bitten. Experienced players will pull many fish out of the water this way. However, the risk of line breaking is much higher.
3) Your fruit and vegetable garden in digital Australia
By planting your own fruits and vegetables, you’ll secure food resources. First, get a shovel from John and a license from Fletch. Then collect fruit to plant or buy seeds from Rayne.
Dig a hole with the shovel and then bury the fruit or seeds. Then switch to the watering can and water the little plant. After a few days, you can harvest the fruits of your labor. To prevent the trees and shrubs from drying out, you must water them regularly.
Note: Some fruits and vegetables are strongly dependent on the climate and grow only in certain soils.
Want more tips on farming? No problem, we have a post about farming, crafting, and animal husbandry in Dinkum for you!
4) Tools and their quality levels
You can make tools using your workbench or buy them from John. The quality of your tools depends on your level or license in the field. The higher your level, the better tools you can make and use.
5) 6 Dinkum tips and tricks for beginners & advanced players
Fletch gives you a lot of tasks, especially at the beginning of the game, which introduces you to the basic mechanics. At the same time, by completing her quests, you gradually build up the island. So, it’s worthwhile to lend a hand to the gregarious grandmother.
Use tools and get licenses
Later in the game, her quests take up a lot of time, so several days will pass before you can solve them. But that doesn’t have to stop you. In the meantime, work on your skills like mining and fishing. Earn money to buy new licenses.
Adventures await you in the mine
Unlocking the mine (mining level 10) is a special milestone. In the underground cave systems, you will encounter strong enemies but also find valuable treasures. To make good progress, you should always have several pickaxes and old keys in your pocket. With the latter, you can open locked doors of secret rooms. Old keys can be found on the beach with the metal detector.
To avoid fainting, you should always have food with you. As mentioned above, cooked food is better than raw food. Complex meals (consisting of several ingredients) also regenerate more health and endurance. Therefore, grow fruit trees and hunt animals like kangaroos to draw from a large supply.
Search the trash can in the village
There you won’t find deposit bottles, but sometimes useful and valuable items. If you’re lucky, there’s even a glider in the garbage can – and it’s worth over 100,000 dinks!
Sell items to John that you wear on your head
You may have noticed the scales by the door in John’s store. There you can place and sell all items that you can carry with both hands above your character’s head. These are, for example, eggs or beehives. You will be surprised how much John pays for such goods.
How can PLITCH help you get started?
Phew, time flies when playing Dinkum. A glance at the clock reveals that once again, too much time was spent playing the game. But that’s exactly why we love this illegitimate child of Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley. Dinkum strikes the perfect balance between relaxed building and challenging planning.
With our Dinkum tips and tricks, you too can get started with the hyped life simulation. But watch out: Dinkum is addictive! And if you enjoy the game as much as we do, but you don’t have much time, we’ll give you another tip.
PLITCH gives you a whopping 48 Dinkum cheats to customize the game to your liking. For example, you don’t have any food in your pocket and you’re sitting in the middle of the desert? No problem, because PLITCH provides you with the free “refill stamina” cheat (also known as the best diet in video game history).
With PLITCH, you also have access to cheats that refill your life, add dinks, and increase your permit points, among other things. This way you’ll play Dinkum just the way you like it.