George Stardew Valley Guide (October 2021)

George Stardew Valley

In our George Stardew Valley article, we’ll tell you everything you need to warm the heart of this grumpy granddad!

Last Updated: October 2021

Stardew Valley has a colorful cast of characters, many of whom are quirky and lovable. Upon arriving in Pelican Town, your character’s met with cheery greetings and heartfelt welcomes. But not everyone is happy with your arrival. George, Alex’s elderly grandparent, doesn’t seem to care much. Not only that but he’s constantly grumpy and overall unpleasant. In fact, the very first thing he says to you is:

“Hmmph… It’s irritating to have to meet all these new people, huh? Name’s George, by the way. Now buzz off… Hmmph.”

So it’s no surprise that he’s one of the most underrated characters in the game. Yes, you read that right — underrated. Because despite the negative first impression, George is one of those characters that softens up over time. And as you progress through his friendship route, you’ll find that he starts acting more and more like a lovable grandpa. I highly recommend that you pursue his heart events, and our George Stardew Valley Guide should help you unlock them!!


George lives on 1 River Road with his wife, Evelyn, and his grandson, Alex. Because he can’t walk, he’s confined to a wheelchair and rarely leaves the house. Although on Saturdays, he goes to the small chapel in Pierre’s house to pray. And on the 23rd of every month, he and Evelyn go to Harvey’s clinic for a checkup. 

George might seem like a stereotypical grinch on the outside, but after playing through his friendship route, I’ve realized that there’s more to him than meets the eye. Although George is prone to grumbling and complaining, he shows a softer (and sadder) side of him during his heart events. But that’s for you to discover! For now, let’s go through all the ways you can improve your friendship.


Loved Gifts
  • All Universal Loves
    • Golden Pumpkin
    • Magic Rock Candy
    • Pearl
    • Prismatic Shard
    • Rabbit’s Foot
  • Fried Mushroom
  • Leek
Liked Gifts
  • Most Universal Likes
    • Artisan Goods (except Oil and Void Mayonnaise)
    • Cooked Meals (except Bread, Fried Egg, Seafoam Pudding, and Strange Bun)
    • Foraged Minerals (except Quartz)
    • Fruit (except Banana, Mango, and Salmonberry)
    • Gems
    • Life Elixir
    • Maple Syrup
    • Vegetables (except Hops, Tea Leaves, Wheat, Unmilled Rice)
  • Daffodil
Neutral Gifts
  • Most Universal Neutrals
    • Bread
    • Clam
    • Coral
    • Duck Feather
    • Fried Egg
    • Hops
    • Nautilus Shell
    • Rainbow Shell
    • Roe
    • Squid Ink
    • Sweet Gem Berry
    • Tea Leaves
    • Truffle
    • Wheat
    • Wool
  • Chanterelle
  • Common Mushroom
  • Egg (except Void Egg)
  • Foraged Fruit
  • Ginger
  • Hazelnut
  • Magma Cap
  • Milk (any size)
  • Morel
  • Purple Mushroom
  • Snow Yam
  • Winter Root
Disliked Gifts
  • Most Universal Dislikes
    • Artifacts
    • Bombs
    • Building Materials (except Clay)
    • Cave Carrot
    • Crafted Floors and Paths
    • Driftwood
    • Fences
    • Fertilizer
    • Field Snack
    • Fish (except Clam, Carp, and Snail)
    • Geode Minerals
    • Geodes
    • Jack-O-Lantern
    • Metal Ore and Bars (except Copper Ore, Iron Ore, Radioactive Bar, and Radioactive Ore)
    • Miscellaneous Mined Items
    • Oak Resin
    • Oil
    • Pine Tar
    • Qi Fruit
    • Rice
    • Seeds and Saplings
    • Solar Essence
    • Sprinklers
    • Tackle
    • Tea Set
    • Unmilled Rice
    • Vinegar
    • Void Egg
    • Void Essence
    • Wheat Flour
  • Flowers (except Poppy)
  • Salmonberry
  • Wild Horseradish
Hated Gifts
  • All Universal Hates
    • Bait
    • Fossils
    • Monster Loot (except Solar Essence and Void Essence)
    • Trash (except Driftwood)
    • Artifact Trove
    • Bug Steak
    • Carp
    • Copper Ore
    • Crab Pot
    • Dragon Tooth
    • Drum Block
    • Energy Tonic
    • Error Item
    • Explosive Ammo
    • Fairy Dust
    • Flute Block
    • Grass Starter
    • Green Algae
    • Golden Coconut
    • Hay
    • Iron Ore
    • Journal Scrap
    • Monster Musk
    • Muscle Remedy
    • Oil of Garlic
    • Poppy
    • Qi Seasoning
    • Radioactive Bar
    • Radioactive Ore
    • Rain Totem
    • Red Mushroom
    • Sap
    • Sea Urchin
    • Seafoam Pudding
    • Seaweed
    • Secret Note
    • Slime Egg (any color)
    • Snail
    • Strange Bun
    • Sugar
    • Torch
    • Treasure Chest
    • Void Mayonnaise
    • Warp Totem: Beach
    • Warp Totem: Desert
    • Warp Totem: Farm
    • Warp Totem: Island
    • Warp Totem: Mountains
    • White Algae
  • Clay
  • Dandelion
  • Holly
  • Quartz




  • The Zuzu City Express


  • Natural Wonders: Exploring Our Vibrant World
  • The Brave Little Sapling
  • The Miracle At Coldstar Ranch
  • Wumbus


  • It Howls In The Rain
  • Journey Of The Prairie King: The Motion Picture
  • Mysterium


  • Black Licorice
  • Stardrop Sorbet


  • Fries
  • Nachos
  • Personal Pizza
  • Popcorn
  • Salmon Burger
  • Salted Peanuts
  • Sour Slimes
  • Truffle Popcorn


  • Apple Slices
  • Cappuccino Mousse Cake 
  • Chocolate Popcorn 
  • Cotton Candy 
  • Hummus Snack Pack
  • Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Jasmine Tea
  • Jawbreaker
  • Joja Cola
  • JojaCorn
  • Kale Smoothie
  • Panzanella Salad
  • Rock Candy
  • Star Cookie


Zero Hearts

Location: Farmhouse
Time: Anytime
Requirements: None.

George will send you 35 Stone in the mail.

Three Hearts

Location: Farmhouse
Time: Anytime
Requirements: None.

George will send you a recipe for Fried Eel in the mail.

Six Hearts

Location: 1 River Road (George’s house)
Time: Anytime
Requirements: George is present.

(Spoiler warning!) When the player enters the house, they’ll see George trying to get something from the bookshelf. George can’t reach the item, so the player grabs it for him. After thanking the player, George tells them why he’s in a wheelchair.

When he was younger, George worked as a miner. And 30 years ago, he got into an accident while handling dynamite. The doctors told him that he’d never be able to walk again, so he started living his life in a wheelchair.

After telling his story, George thanks the player again for being nice to him, stating that it’s easy to forget that people care about you when you get old.

Seven Hearts

Location: Farmhouse
Time: Anytime
Requirements: None.

George will send you a recipe for Spicy Eel in the mail.


Admittedly, George doesn’t have as many heart events as other characters, especially when compared to his grandson, Alex. (Side note: We’ve also got an Alex Stardew Valley Guide. *wink wink*) But that doesn’t make him any less interesting. His sixth heart event explains why he holds so much frustration, while also showing the kinder, more appreciative side of him. Plus, his daily dialogue lines change depending on how many hearts you have with him. He goes from that grumpy welcome greeting to heartwarming lines, like:

“You know, I really have been a grumpy old man to everyone. But now I feel like I’m softening up like an old ripe fruit. Hehe! Take care, [son/hun].” 

I swear, I smile every time he starts acting like a nice old granddad. So, if you want to try out George’s friendship route, head over to the Stardew Valley official website. You can download the game from there and read up on other character details. Good luck!

About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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