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Stardew Valley: How to Light All 4 Candles

Stardew Valley allows players to control a farm and take care of livestock. Here’s how to Light All 4 Candles for Grandpa’s Evaluation.

Stardew Valley is a life simulation game where players take over a farm after their grandfather passes away. This guide will help players light all 4 candles on the grandfather’s shrine. Stardew Valley removes our main protagonist outside of his city lifestyle to a quiet and somber little farm town. Here, players take care of running the farm from raising drops, taking care of livestock, and customizing their own property. Outside of just taking care of a farm, players can explore caves and take on monsters for materials. In the town, the player can meet new characters with which they can form bonds with. If the bond is strong enough, the player can get married. The player has three in-game years to formulate and perfect their farm before being evaluated. Stardew Valley wears its inspirations on its sleeve, pulling from games like Animal Crossing, Minecraft, and Harvest Moon. This guide will help players light all 4 candles from the player’s deceased grandfather.


The grandfather is the primary reason our playable character arrives to take over Stardew Valley. He sends the player a letter gifting him a farmhouse, the main reason the player decides to make the move. A shrine is left behind by the community to memorialize him. Players can find Grandpa’s Shrine to the northwest corner of The Farm. At the beginning of the third year, Grandpa will return from the dead to evaluate how far his farm has come ever since being taken control of by the player character. On Grandpa’s shrine are four candles. Each one lights up based on specific criteria. This guide will show players how to light all 4 of the candles.

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Lighting these four candles will also reward players with items and a statue. Players will get 2-8 Iridium Ores per day if they successfully light all four candles. Players can also interact with the Shrine to get a Statue of Perfection. Players can evaluate their progress by visiting Grandpa’s ghost in Stardew Valley at any time after the first day of the third year. However, players will have to cough up one Diamond to assess the situation each time.

How To Light All 4 Candles in Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Grandpas Ghost

The number of candles lighting up depends on what the player did within their first two years before Grandpa returned to evaluate them. There’s a point system that determines how many candles light up, with a grand total of 21 points to collect. The player only needs to get 12 points in order to light all 4 candles. Here’s how to get points in Stardew Valley

Getting Points Through Earnings in Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley House Farm

Reaching certain financial goals will provide the player with a point. Here’s how much money the player needs to earn in order to get a point

  • 50,000g: 1 point
  • 100,000g: 1 point
  • 200,000g: 1 point
  • 300,000g: 1 point
  • 500,000g: 1 point
  • 1,000,000g: 1 point

This leaves the player with a grand total of 7 earned points just through money.

Getting Points Through Level in Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Farm

There are two ways to get points through leveling up in Stardew Valley.

  • Have 30 Levels in Skills: 1 point
  • Have 50 Levels in Skills: 1 point

Only two points can be found through leveling up, but this leaves the player at 9 points currently.

Getting Points Through Achievements in Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Museum

Here’s how to get points through certain achievements in the game.

Three points can be collected through achievements, leaving the player at 12 points. The player now has enough points in order to light up all 4 candles. Although, there are more methods to achieve points in the game.

Getting Points Through Friendship in Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Marrige

Building bonds with the NPC characters is another method of gaining points. Here’s how.

  • Married with at least two house upgrades: 1 point
  • A friendship with eight hearts with five villagers: 1 point
  • A friendship with eight hearts with ten villagers: 1 point
  • A friendship with your pet of at least four hearts: 1 point

For the house upgrade, it’s better to choose the nursery and the kitchen in order to get the evaluation point. Adding another house upgrade does not change anything. This leaves the player with a total of 16 points.

Other Methods of Getting Points in Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Community Center

These are methods that don’t stick to any of the above categories, but also give points to the player for completing them.

  • Complete the Community Center: 1 point
  • Complete the Community Center Completion Ceremony: 2 points
  • Obtain the Skill Key: 1 point
  • Obtain the Rusty Key: 1 point

Among completing these tasks, the player now had every point available in Stardew Valley. Once again, the player only needs 12 of the total 21 points in order to light up all four candles. When the player has enough points, go to the shrine to be evaluated. All four candles will be lit and the player will be rewarded with the Statue of Perfection. The Statue of Perfection rewards the player with 2-8 Iridium Ore per day. This ore can be smelted into bars and used for various crafting purposes. It’s important to mention that doing any of this with the purpose of lighting the candles before the start of Year 3 will do absolutely nothing. Just play through the game organically and the player should be able to receive at least 12 of the required points.

Players can also check how many points they have by going to the menu and browsing Stardew Valley‘s achievement section. Players can complete many milestones just by playing the story, mining, and farming. Most players will gain 30 skill points by simply playing the game. When players feel they have all the required achievements and points, they can evaluate their progress by placing a Diamond on the Shrine. Placing the diamond will summon Grandpa’s ghost, and he will tell players their progress. Players can do this at any time they want as there is no time limit to lighting all four candles after the third year. 

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Stardew Valley is available now on PC, iOS, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android, and Tesla Arcade.

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