Disney Dreamlight Valley make money fast
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Figuring out how to earn money fast in Disney Dreamlight Valley is essential for upgrading your new home, literally and figuratively. House upgrades cost a significant amount of money, and the local shops don’t invest in themselves.

Unlike most life sims, though, Dreamlight Valley has several efficient ways to rake in the cash, whether you’re a valley veteran or a complete newbie.

How to Make Money Fast in Disney Dreamlight Valley

Don’t eat your veggies

Disney Dreamlight Valley make money fast
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Dreamlight Valley relentlessly throws carrot seeds at you in the first few hours as you clean up Night Thorns, and you should plant every one of them. Carrots sell for 44 Star Coins apiece, and given how quickly crops grow in the valley, this is an easy and consistent source of cash early in the game. Lettuce and wheat, your other early-game crops, aren’t really worth selling. Use them in recipes instead.

As you get access to more vegetables later in the game, focus on eggplants, pumpkins, and asparagus for cash crops. Most of the best recipes don’t use these veggies anyway, so you don’t have to worry about missing bigger profits.

Bring your friends

Disney Dreamlight Valley make money fast
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Once you reach Level 2 with any given character, you'll be asked to pick their specialty. Choose something you'll be doing a lot of, like Mining, Fishing, or Gardening, because this specialty will make the character help you out during that activity.

This means that they can "find" extra fish, crops, ores, and even gems, significantly increasing your harvests. The higher their friendship level, the more they'll find, and the more often their ability will trigger!

Just invite the characters to hang out with you before you start doing that activity, and they'll follow along. Note that you can't change a character's specialty after you've chosen it, so choose wisely!

Sell your shinies (if you must)

Another solid early-game method of money making is selling gems. Garnets, topaz, and the like sell for a few hundred coins apiece, and unless they show up as a friend’s preferred gift that day, there’s no reason to keep them in the game’s opening stages. If you get lucky and happen upon a rare version of the usual gems, they sell for even more.

However! Be aware that gems will be needed for later quests, so this is not necessarily the best way to make money. You're just going to be frustrated down the line when you don't have 50 Emeralds for Elsa's Emerald Swimming Pool (not a real quest).

Go fish

Disney Dreamlight Valley make money fast
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Fishing is another lucrative activity, especially if you land a rare catch. Cast your line in a spot with blue or gold bubbles, and you’re essentially guaranteed a rare or valuable catch. Bream and Catfish populate the ponds of Peaceful Meadow, and you can sell them for several hundred coins apiece. Fishing spots respawn frequently, so you’re never short of a place to cast your line.

Fish dishes sell for significantly less than the raw fish themselves. Until you get access to high-tier recipes, it’s only worth cooking fish if you need a stamina boost.

Invest in new areas

Make sure you're doing your daily Dreamlight tasks, and you'll have enough of the stuff to unlock new areas. These areas contain new fish, crops, and gems, which usually sell for more, so it's worth the investment!

In our opinion, the best area to unlock is Sunlit Plateau, which costs a bundle (7,000 Dreamlight!) but will eventually give you access to the Forgotten Lands, which is even better for making money, as well as access to Chilli Pepper, Cotton, Zucchini, and Soya seeds.

Steal plants

Disney Dreamlight Valley make money fast
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You can go into Furniture Mode in the overworld to move trees and houses around, but did you know you can also use it to steal the forageable plants in the various areas?

Lemon trees, blueberry bushes, and banana trees alike all look very nice in their respective biomes, but if you put them all in your own garden, you can net a tidy profit without having to trek to the four corners of the world.

Daily activities

Make sure to check each area that you have unlocked for the following, which respawn every day and can get you coins, seeds, or other items, which can be saved for future quests or sold:

  • Green, blue, and yellow chests
  • Night Thorns
  • Wild plants like garlic, vanilla, and mushrooms
  • Rock spots

Mash buttons

Disney Dreamlight Valley make money fast
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When a plant looks like this — either one you've planted, or a forageable tree or bush — it's time to mash the "Harvest" button. It's a timed event that lets you harvest as many of the item in question as you can within a few seconds, and it can really increase any given harvest!

Move things around to save time

Disney Dreamlight Valley make money fast
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If you really want to get into the nitty-gritty of money making, you can move your house and garden next to Goofy's Stall for quick selling, and you can put an oven outside Remy's Café so that you can buy ingredients as you need them. The Café has its own oven, of course, but the extra time it takes for Remy to animate makes it just a little bit more time-consuming to cook with him supervising.

You can also move the fast-travel wells close to Goofy's Stall in each area so that you can basically fast-travel to any shop you want!

Unlock Remy's Café first

When Merlin takes you to the Dream Castle, he'll ask you to pick which realm to visit. Pick Ratatouille if you want cash, because the other two won't help you much in that regard — but Remy's plotline will get you access to his Café, which has an ingredient shop inside.

Those ingredients, especially eggs and cheese, will help you to make Puffs — which are one of the most valuable recipes in the game.

Make a meal

Disney Dreamlight Valley make money fast
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Three-star recipes and higher tend to fetch a substantial price, though most of them don’t unlock until you get access to milk, eggs, and cheese, which happens when Remy sets up shop in the valley. Any of the puff appetizers – zucchini puffs, bell pepper puffs, and so on – sell well and require few ingredients, as do omelettes and souffles.

One of the best effort-to-profit recipe ratios in the game is Pumpkin Puffs (1400 coins), but the steps to unlock pumpkins are a bit arduous (see below for instructions).

High-level recipes, such as Pan-Fried Angler Fish and Lancetfish Paella require rarer ingredients, but sell for several thousand coins. If you have the means to make them, you absolutely should.

Find pumpkins

Disney Dreamlight Valley make money fast
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Pumpkins are the pumpkings of money-making in Dreamlight Valley. Here's how to unlock them:

  • Unlock the Sunlit Plateau (7,000 Dreamlight)
  • Unlock the Forgotten Lands within the Sunlit Plateau (15,000 Dreamlight)
  • Fix up Goofy's Stall (5,000 Star Coins)

You'll then immediately get access to Pumpkin Seeds, which cost 275 Star Coins each, but sell for 664 Star Coins. Grab a friend with the Gardening specialty to harvest even more, and then cook them into Pumpkin Puffs for an extra boost of profit!

If you're looking for more info about Disney Dreamlight Valley, check out our guides detailing How To Raise Friendship Fast, How To Upgrade Your House, How To Upgrade Tools, How To Earn Star Coins Fast, and How To Make The Ratatouille Recipe, as well as our general Tips And Hints guide.