How to Get the Magnifying Glass and Secret Notes – Stardew Valley
With Stardew Valley 1.3 upon us (on PC), it is time once again to pour over new secrets which have been added to the game. One secret which is new is the addition of the Magnifying Glass and Secret Notes. Below I will show you how to get the Magnifying Glass and Secret Notes in Stardew Valley.
What is the Magnifying Glass?
The Magnifying Glass is a new item in Stardew Valley which is given to you that allows you to collect and read Secret Notes. The item’s description is as follows:
You received the Magnifying Glass! You now have the ability to find ‘Secret Notes’. These notes reveal rare and useful information, and can be reviewed in your collections tab.”
Now that we know what the Magnifying Glass is, we need to know how to get it.
How to Get the Magnifying Glass?
The Magnifying Glass is given to you by “Shadow Guy” during the Winter season. The first time you leave your farm heading east into town, you will see Shadow Guy run away. Follow Shadow Guy’s footprints (they lead to the bush beside the playground) and interact with the bush they lead to. This will trigger a short cutscene with Shadow Man where he will give you the Magnifying Glass, stating, “Eeeeep! You caught me! I’m sorry! Take it! Take it! It looked so valuable, I couldn’t help myself…” With the Magnifying Glass in your Wallet, you can begin to collect Secret Notes.
Where to Get Secret Notes?
As the game mentions, Secret Notes reveal rare and useful information when read. These notes can be gathered in a plethora of ways including:
- Killing monsters.
- Digging up worms.
- Mining rocks.
- Cutting down weeds.
In total there are 23 Secret Notes to collect. Not all notes lead to anything. Some notes are simply stating what items to give characters, while other notes set you on scavenger hunts of sorts. I’ve thrown together a listing of all Secret Notes here.