Oh Professor Snail, what a mess you got yourself into. The first players have to get him out of a cave, then they have to complete his entire collection of fossils for him. A field researcher, huh? Stardew Valley received a huge 1.5 update, bringing a whole new area with it: Ginger Island. This new paradise also has its own quests, such as the aforementioned professor’s quest for fossils to complete his study of the flora and fauna of the islands. Fossils should be taken to his tent – the island’s field office.
By donating these, players will receive rewards, such as Golden Nuts and Saplings. Once the collection is complete, players receive a recipe from Professor Snail: the Ostrich Incubator. This will, amazingly, incubate ostrich eggs. They can be found on adult ostriches and in chests inside the volcano. Cared for!
The Great Animal Fossil
The largest fossil the cast must complete for Professor Snail’s collection is the ‘Big Animal’ fossil. It is not specified which animal it is, but it has six parts: a skull, a spine, ribs, a tail and legs. These coins are found separately on Ginger Island. Note that parts do not have to be found or donated in any specific order.
- fossilized skull – Obtaining the Fossilized Skull for the Great Animal involves golden coconuts. These can be obtained randomly next to coconuts from trees around the island – the trade shack has these as well, costing ten normal coconuts for one golden. The most annoying thing is that you can’t open them on Ginger Island and you have to take them to Clint. One of them will contain a fossilized skull.
- Fossilized spine – Next comes a fossilized spine. This piece will be in a Artifact location, specifically on the south island beach. South Beach is where the boat will first arrive at Ginger Island, by the way. Use the hoe to dig up any artifact points that appear in this area, and soon the spine will be found.
- Fossilized ribs – The Fossilized Shores will also be found in Artifact Spots, but this time it’s in a different place: the Dig site area. Only this specific area will contain the ribs, so keep checking the site for those pesky worms.
- Fossilized Tail – This piece of the bone puzzle can be a bit tricky, as it involves the river and copper saucepan. In order to use a Pan item, players must complete the Fish Tank pack at the Pelican Town Community Center. This can be tricky to do, but once unlocked players can see “scenic spots” in the river, where the tool can be used. Go back to Ginger Island and sweep all the sparkling spots in the river, and the Fossilized Tail will make itself known.
- Fossilized leg – This fossil is also found in the Excavation site, but requires a different method. Make sure your pickaxe is in your pockets, then head to town to smash some rocks at the site. The fossil will most likely be to be in a rock that has a spiral on it, and bones protruding from the top. There is, however, a small spawn rate for each type of rock.
The snake fossil
The next fossil in the display is the least intimidating snake fossil. This only has three different sections, instead of six: a skull and two pieces of snake vertebrae. All of these sections are on the west side of the island. The western part of Ginger Island must be unlocked by the player, which costs ten Golden Walnuts.
- snake skull – The first part of the snake fossil is in the water on the west side of the island. Whether in the ocean, river or ponds. Those bubbling spots in water – Fishing spots – are more likely to net you the fossil faster, so head to those first.
- Snake vertebrae – Players need two of these fossils to complete the Serpent. They are both found in Artifact Spots on the west side of the island – they won’t spawn anywhere else. Keep the hoe equipped and go dig up some worms!
The frog fossil
This next fossil takes a little less prep work. It has only one piece: a mummified frog. It also has a very different method of discovery than the other fossils Professor Snail needs.
To obtain a mummified frog, players must cut the weeds on Ginger Island – just like those growing on your farm. More specifically in the Eastern forest areas. Even more specifically, the wooded area the bottom of Leo’s hut will be the best place to collect the piece of fossil. Keep hacking those weeds with a sword or scythe tool, and the frog will come out.
The bat fossil
Last, but not least, the fossil Professor Snail needs is the Bat Fossil. Like the frog, this one is made of a single piece, this time a mummified bat. Finding this piece takes the player to a place unlike any other: the volcano.
Go to the volcano dungeon and start break open rocks. The mummified bat can be found at any floor inside the volcano – but there is a higher sink rate the higher the floor.
Stardew Valley is now available for PC, Mobile, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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