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Stardew Valley Willy - heart events, likes, and dislikes

Who doesn't love Stardew Valley's Willy? Check out his likes and dislikes here

A shot of Stardew Valley Willy in front of the dock and his shop

Stardew Valley’s Willy is a wholesome fisherman, who also runs the town bait and fishing supplies shop. Having grown up travelling the Fern Islands, he has now settled to the south of Pelican Town near the beach, and can often be found fishing before and after work.

In this Stardew Valley Willy guide, we will tell you all about the friendly fisherman’s heart events and interests, so you, too, can earn his companionship. You are introduced to Willy through a letter he sends, inviting you to meet with him on the beach, where he will give you his old fishing rod. Unfortunately, you cannot marry this kindly gentleman, but you can befriend him and earn some useful recipes in the process.

If you find this guide useful and want to learn more about the other villagers, we have handy Stardew Valley Sebastian, Stardew Valley Gus, and Stardew Valley Leah guides. We also have detailed Stardew Valley fish and Stardew Valley co-op guides, to help you develop your skills and play with your pals.

What are Willy’s heart events?

Here’s all you need to know about each of Willy’s heart events.

Three hearts

When you reach three hearts with Willy, you will get a chowder recipe from him in the mail

Five hearts

When you reach five hearts with Willy, you will get a recipe for escargot from him in the mail.

Six hearts

Go to the beach between 06:00-17:10

Seven hearts

When you reach seven hearts with Willy, he will send you his fish stew recipe in the mail.

Nine hearts

When you get to nine hearts, you will get a final recipe in the mail from Willy – this one is for lobster bisque.

A shot of Stardew Valley Willy's shop

What are Willy’s loves?

These are Willy’s favourite items to receive.

  • Catfish
  • Diamond
  • Iridium bar
  • Mead
  • Octopus
  • Pumpkin
  • Sea cucumber
  • Sturgeon

What are Willy’s likes?

If you don’t have any of Willy’s loves handy, these are the next best gifts for him.

  • All universal likes (except for life elixir and all cooking, except for the fish dishes he is neutral towards and the fish dishes he likes)
  • Gold bar
  • Quartz
  • Lingcod
  • Tiger trout
  • Baked fish
  • Carp surprise
  • Chowder
  • Crab cakes
  • Crispy bass
  • Fish stew
  • Fish taco
  • Fried calamari
  • Fried eel
  • Lobster bisque
  • Salmon dinner
  • Seafoam pudding
  • Trout soup

What is Willy neutral about?

Willy doesn’t feel strongly either way about these items.

  • All universal neutrals
  • All eggs (except void egg)
  • All fish (except carp, catfish, lingcod, octopus, sea cucumber, snail, sturgeon, and tiger trout)
  • All fruit (except fruit tree and salmonberry)
  • All milk
  • Dish o’ the sea
  • Maki roll
  • Sashimi

A shot of the dock where Willy's shack is, as he gives a player a fishing pole

What are Willy’s dislikes?

Willy won’t like it if you give him any of these items as a gift.

  • All universal dislikes (except fish, gold bar, and iron bar)
  • All cooking (except bread and the dishes he likes, loves, and is neutral about)
  • Chanterelle
  • Common mushroom
  • Daffodil
  • Dandelion
  • Ginger
  • Hazelnut
  • Holly
  • Leek
  • Life elixir
  • Magma cap
  • Morel
  • Purple mushroom
  • Salmonberry
  • Snow yam
  • Wild horseradish
  • Winter root

What does Willy hate?

Don’t give these to Willy, unless you want to be in his bad books.

  • All universal hates

And there you have it – everything you need to know about Stardew Valley’s Willy. If you love Stardew Valley and are looking for a fresh Switch experience, you can check out our list of the biggest new Switch games coming in this year.