Strange Capsule: What it Does, Event It Unlocks – Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a game full of content for players to find. Some of this content is straightforward while other parts are far more secretive. One of the bigger secrets in the game is the Strange Capsule. This item prior to update 1.5 was considered one of the rarest events players could have occur on their farm. Now the item is slightly easier to get. There is a little bit more to the item then just its appearance on the farm with there being a rare event attached to it. To learn everything you need to know about the Strange Capsule see our guide below.

How to Get the Strange Capsule Event

The Strange Capsule is an event players can randomly get on their farm after year one of farming. There was typically only a 1% chance of this event occurring prior to 1.5, but ConcernedApe has now made it far more likely to happen now in-game. I personally have had it occur over a couple of save files since 1.5. This event is much like the Stone Owl.

To get the Strange Capsule to appear on your farm ensure you have an open tile for the item to spawn. Once this is done you just need to advance time until the event happens. You will know the event has occurred as you will hear a UFO sound while sleeping. The next day you will have the Strange Capsule on a tile on your farm.

Strange Capsule and Empty Capsule

Once the Strange Capsule is on your farm you can leave it in place or move it with your pick-axe. You will notice the capsule pulsates and there appears to be a creature inside it. If you do move the capsule you may wish to read its description which says:

  • “There’s something fleshy bobbing around in the fluid…”

To trigger the Easter Egg attached to the Strange Capsule you will want to place/leave it on your farm somewhere for 3+ days. After waiting the 3+ days the Strange Capsule with turn into the Empty Capsule. This transition allows you to trigger the event tied to this item. Like the Strange Capsule the Empty Capsule can be moved and has its own unique description:

  • “Part of the glass is shattered..”

That’s all you need to know about the Strange Capsule and Empty Capsule. Once the creature has escaped from the capsule you can do what you wish with the capsule that remains. Personally I would leave it on your farm as it is a weird addition to the game, but the choice is yours.

Glimpse a Dark Creature at Bus Stop or in Town

Image showing a screenshot fo the Dark Creature in Stardew Valley's Strange Capsule.

Once the creature inside the capsule has escaped you will then unlock a 1% chance of encountering it at either the Bus Stop or in Town during the evening hours. In my testing I’ve only encountered the dark creature at the Bus Stop (let me know if you encounter it in Town). This encounter happens at the front of the bus and the creature will move offscreen to the left. The event happens in a short sequence lasting only a few seconds. It is almost a blink and you can miss it type event so be aware of this when you are trying to see the encounter. I’ve attached a screenshot above so you can see the creature and the where it spawns.

That’s all you need to know about the random item spawn and the Easter Egg attached to it. This is just one of many Easter Eggs in Stardew Valley. The official game wiki is a good place to look if you are wanting to see all that have been found so far. Good luck hunting for the alien creature.

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