Disney Dreamlight Valley – Tips & Tricks

Avatar Design Tool & Importing

The ADT (Avatar Design Tool) is essentially the game’s demo showing off the character creator. It is only available on PC devices (Steam, Epic, Windows Store), but you can use the import code anywhere using the Import option on the Avatar Create screen. The Import Code only lasts for 24 hours. Buying Dreamlight Valley on Steam also overwrites the Demo so make sure you get the code first before buying the game or consider the other two options instead.

Advantages for using the ADT first:

  • You get to pick an outfit for your character from the start with hundreds of options (though, not everything). You get the “starter” outfit (White shirt, blue jeans, sneakers) either way, but this lets you have an outfit you may like more or even your own custom outfit from the beginning (though, you do have the tool right away so you can always make one after starting too)
  • You get a Bonus Jersey as a gift. This is the only way to get the item currently.

Obviously, if you don’t care about those things or want to earn everything solely through Scrooge’s shop, then it’s fine to skip out on it, but just wanted to mention it!


Critter Notes

Animals can only be fed once a day whether you give them something they like or not. If you mess up, you can’t try again until you see them again!

Favorite Food Observations thus far

  • Squirrel – Peanuts
    • Non-Favorites they will also eat: Fruit
  • Rabbits – Carrot
    • Non-Favorites they will also eat: Vegetables
  • Turtle – Seaweed
    • Non-Favorites they will also eat: Shellfish (what the game calls Seafood)
  • Raccoon – Blueberries
    • Non-Favorites they will also eat: Berries
  • Crocodiles – Lobster
    • Non-Favorites they will also eat: Herring, Squid
  • Foxes – White Sturgeon
    • Non-Favorites they will also eat: Salmon
  • Sunbirds: May be flowers that match the colors?
    • Golden Sunbird – Orange Houseleek
    • Emerald Sunbird – Green Passion Lily, Green Rising Penstemon
    • Orchid Sunbird – According to Support, the Favorite is currently bugged– They are working on it, but anything fed to it will only be a Like right now.
    • Red Sunbird – Red Bromeliad
    • Turquoise Sunbird – Pink Houseleek
    • Non-Favorites they will also all eat: Berries, any flowers
  • Raven –

*Insertitemhere* is pretty rare. Why should I feed them a favorite over a non-favorite?

Obviously, feeding a non-favorite means slower progress befriending, but that’s not really an end-all be-all here for the reason why. The main reason to feed Favorites over non-favorites is that the rewards for feeding favorites are only Dream Shards and Motif Bags— this is the BEST way to farm both of those and you get 1 or 2 Shards OR A Motif Bag per Favorite Food and it’s just worth it to do– the faster experience growth is just a bonus.

Edit as of September 15th: With the most recent patch, Dream Shards are part of the rotation pool for liked gifts as well. I don’t know if it’ll be as common as Favorite (where it seems to be more or less 50-50) or if maybe you consistently get more as a Favorite, but something to keep in mind!

How to Approach

  • Squirrel – Just approach them
  • Rabbits – Chase them three times, then approach
  • Turtle – Stand next to them until they stick their head back out of the shell
  • Raccoon – Chase until they stop, then play Red Light, Green light. When they are fully standing up, stay still. When they crouch down, approach. Repeat until you get close enough to interact with them.
  • Crocodiles – Same as Raccoon, but they’ll just lift their head up and look side to side before crouching down.
  • Foxes – Same as Rabbits
  • Sunbirds: Approach when they’re staying in place
  • Raven –

Weekly Schedule

Squirrels are in the Plaza, Rabbits in the Peaceful Meadow, Sea Turtles are in Dazzle Beach, Crocodiles are in Glade of Trust, Raccoons are in Forest of Valor, Foxes are in Frosted Heights, Sunbirds are in Sunlit Plateau, Ravens are currently MIA

Ravens are currently unavailable, but every other Animal has 4 colors that will show up 4 times a day– three times for all day and one day where they will only show up for 12 hours. The last color (or for Crocodiles, last two) are only available for 6 hours for one single Day. Below, you can find all the specific times.

Critter TypeSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
SquirrelsWhite (12AM-6AM)

Black (12AM-12PM)

Red (12AM-12PM)

Classic (12PM-12AM)

Gray (12PM-12AM)
Classic (All Day)

Red (All Day)
Black (All Day)

Gray (All Day)
Gray (All Day)

Red (All Day)
Black (All Day)

Classic (All Day)
Black (All Day)

Red (All Day)
Classic (All Day)

Gray (All Day)
RabbitsBlack (12AM-12PM)

White (12AM-12PM)

Brown (12PM-12AM)

Classic (12PM-12AM)
Black (All Day)

Classic (All Day)
Brown (All Day)

White (All Day)
Black (All Day)

Brown (All Day)
Classic (All Day)

White (All Day)

Calico (8AM-2PM)
Black (All Day)

White (All Day)
Brown (All Day)

Classic (All Day)
Sea TurtlesBrown (12AM-12PM)

Purple (12AM-12PM)

Classic (12PM-12AM)

White (12PM-12AM)
Brown (All Day)

Classic (All Day)

Black Sea Turtle (10AM-4PM)
Purple (All Day)

White (All Day)
Brown (All Day)

White (All Day)
Classic (All Day)

Purple (All Day)
Brown (All Day)

Purple (All Day)
White (All Day)

Classic (All Day)
CrocodilesBlue (12AM-12PM)

Golden (12AM-12PM)

Classic (12PM-12AM)

Red (12PM-12AM)

White (6PM-12AM)
Blue (All Day)

Classic (All Day)
Golden (All Day)

Red (All Day)
Blue (All Day)

Red (All Day)
Classic (All Day)

Golden (All Day)
Blue (All Day)

Golden (All Day)
Classic (All Day)

Red (All Day)

Pink (6AM-12PM)
RaccoonsRed (12AM-12PM)

White (12AM-12PM)

Black (12PM-12AM)

Classic (12PM-12AM)
Classic (All Day)

Red (All Day)
Black (All Day)

White (All Day)
Black (All Day)

Blue (4PM-10PM)

Red (All Day)
Classic (All Day)

White (All Day)
Red (All Day)

White (All Day)
Black (All Day)

Classic (All Day)
SunbirdsGolden (12AM-12PM)

Turquoise (12AM-12PM)

Emerald (12PM-12AM)

Red (12PM-12AM)
Red (All Day)

Turquoise (All Day)
Emerald (All Day)

Golden (All Day)
Emerald (All Day)

Turquoise (All Day)
Golden (All Day)

Red (All Day)
Golden (All Day)

Turquoise (All Day)

Orchid (9AM-3PM)
Emerald (All Day)

Red (All Day)
FoxesBlue (12AM-12PM)

Classic (12AM-12PM)

Black (12PM-12AM)

White (12PM-12AM)
Classic (All Day)

White (All Day)
Black (All Day)

Blue (All Day)
Black (All Day)

Classic (All Day)
Blue (All Day)

White (All Day)
Blue (All Day)

Classic (All Day)
Black (All Day)

White (All Day)

Red (2AM-8AM)
Ravens

Which are the 1 day only colors?
Sunday – White Squirrel (12AM-6AM), White Crocodile (6PM-12AM)
Monday – Black Sea Turtle (10AM-4PM)
Wednesday – Blue Raccoon (4PM-10PM)
Thursday – Calico Rabbit (8AM-2PM)
Friday – Orchid Sunbird (9AM-3PM)
Saturday – Red Fox (2AM-8AM), Pink Crocodile (6AM-12PM)

Are there any Critters you can get that are not in the Critter Collection?
Yes! There’s currently 5– Pua, the IncrediSquirrel, Choco Crocodile, Celestial Sea Turtle, and Regal Fox.
Pua is from Moana’s Friendship Questline.
Choco Crocodile was a gift to anyone who started playing Week 1. It is currently no longer available, unfortunately.
IncrediSquirrel is available through the first Star Path: Pixar Fest
Celestial Sea Turtle and Regal Fox are from the Founders Packs– you get the Sea Turtle from the Deluxe Edition or you can get both the Fox and Sea Turtle if you buy the Ultimate Edition.


Various Tool/Item/Feature Upgrades/Unlocks

Upgrades are essentially gotten through various quests. It’s one of the main reasons to work on Friendship Quests in addition to regular tasks.

WALL-E vs Moana vs Remy – Which first?

More or less, each character unlocks something kind of important as you level them up. Depending on what you’re looking to do or want to focus on may have some input on your choice here. I think each has their advantages. And honestly, it’s entirely possible to unlock all three the first day anyway.

  • WALL-E – WALL-E is actually a side character in many quests and helps out in various ways, including in Merlin’s friendship quests to upgrade your watering can. His main addition to the valley is when his friendship is high enough, you’ll have a quest to fix up a garden where he’ll plant crops for you to harvest once a day. He can plant crops from any biome, even if you haven’t unlocked them yet.
  • Moana – Besides the fact that you can’t get Maui until she’s in your valley, through her friendship quest, you’ll eventually find a boat you can fix up. Fixing it up will allow you to get various fish from her multiple times a day. She can catch fish from any biome, even if you haven’t unlocked them yet. Due to a bug with Sunlit Plateau’s fishing spots right now, this is also the only way to get a Walleye when her boat is upgraded to a higher level.
  • Remy – Unlocks his restaurant which includes letting you server characters their requested meals which gives a huge friendship boost and unlocks ingredients you can only get from buying them at his restaurant. Plus, you can cook with Remy.

Finally, a list of general unlocks from everyone:

  • Merlin’s questline needs to be finished in order to make your Watering Can work on the various Mushrooms you’ll see around. You’ll first only be able to get rid of small patches of mushrooms (after the initial quest to test it out) and in his final quest, you’ll be able to remove the big patches as well.
  • Anna’s questline needs to be finished in order to remove the mushroom stumps with your Shovel. Unlike most upgrades though, hers is pretty early on.
  • The Pickaxe actually has upgrades from different characters. To remove the big coral (big green things on the beach), you need to work on Maui’s questline, while for the Ice Chunks (both small and big– like Merlin’s, it’ll take different quests), you need to work on Elsa’s.
  • Kristoff’s friendship quests not only let you get Donald Duck, but allow him to open a stall, similar to Goofy’s, where he sells “basic” materials such as Stone and Softwood. At the end, he adds additional materials like sand.
  • Remy’s friendship quests allow him to add Peanuts and Slush Ice to his purchasable items at his restaurant. Not to mention the whole Restaurant unlocking in the first place (see above for more information)
  • Moana unlocks a Fishing Boat that will bring in various fish from every biome. Her questline also gets Pua as a Critter you can equip to follow you and new constellations in the sky.
  • WALL-E unlocks the ability to fix up the garden for him to plant various crops (from all biomes) for you to harvest once a day.
  • Ursula’s friendship questline needs to be completed in order to unlock Eric.
  • Eric’s questline allows Ariel to switch from her Mermaid form to Human form (and vice versa if she wants to). It also lets him unlock a Blueprint station in his house where you can buy new crafting recipes.
  • Mickey’s questline is required to get Minnie.
  • Goofy’s questline unlocks a Raft which, when fixed up, is how you can find and get Ariel.

What about Biomes? Is there an order I should unlock them in?

I would say an easy way to do it is either by going in cost order or by what your quests require. If you look in your quest list under Quests not unlocked yet, it will tell you what you need to unlock them. If you still want to know what you can unlock from each Biome, I’ve made a quick list below.

Some notes: Every Biome has their own fish, gems, and crops/forageables you can find. Some do overlap. There’s also their Orb. I will not be mentioning these as you can find the details through your Collection Menu and it’s something that can change a bit across every biome.

  • Peaceful Meadow – The one area that doesn’t require Dreamlight to unlock– you should open it up as soon as you get the pickaxe, but this is where you can find Goofy and get the Royal Fishing Rod. You can find Rabbits here. This is also where the Gardening area for WALL-E is.
  • Dazzle Beach – Usually the next you’ll unlock. Sea Turtles are here and it’s where you need to place any houses that require being placed on the water. Unlocking it also lets you get access to the raft to get to Ariel, Moana’s boat for fishing, and Ursula.
  • Glade of Trust – Where Crocodiles are. You can also meet Mother Gothel here.
  • Forest of Valor – Where Kristoff is and how you unlock Donald. Kristoff’s house also doubles as Anna’s. You can also find Raccoons here. Plus, the ice cave Elsa will use as her own house.
  • Sunlit Plateau – Likely where Scar will be. Also where you find Sunbirds.
  • Frosted Heights – Where you can find Foxes.
  • Forgotten Lands – At the moment, the only real plus right now for this area is to get to the back area of Sunlit Plateau and for certain quests.

Recipe Notes

Despite many Recipes saying you can use any ingredient of that type, it’s not always true. For one, if that item makes something else (for example, 1 Lettuce will make Lettuce or 1 Potato will make Puree), they will not make something like… Crudites or Grilled Vegetables. Crudites in general can only be made with certain vegetables while others will make Grilled Vegetables or a specific soup. As Soup is specified, I’ve just listed below the ones that will make the two simple Vegetable dishes that can come up, despite calling for general ingredients.

Crudites – Bell Pepper, Carrot, Cucumber, Mushroom, Zucchini
Grilled Vegetables – Asparagus, Chili Pepper, Corn, Eggplant, Onion, Pumpkin, Spinach

You can check out this video where I make every Recipe.

Walleye is currently glitched and can only be gotten through Moana’s Boat once unlocked.
Fugu can only be caught in gold bubbles when it rains.

Remy’s Realm (An Important Night at the Restaurant)

Remy requires you to make various dishes for a busy night at the restaurant. All ingredients on his shelves can be used for free, but only in his Kitchen. You cannot take them outside of the Realm, but you can use this opportunity to learn more recipes– just keep in mind they won’t count towards Dreamlight tasks.

Recipes for everything you need (or have the option) to make:

  • Grilled Fish – Any Fish (Rainbow Trout)
  • Fruit Salad – Any Fruit
  • Hearty Salad – Lettuce, any 2 Vegetables
  • Bell Pepper Puffs – Bell Pepper, Eggs, Cheese
  • Veggie Casserole – Any 2 Vegetables, Cheese, Any Spice
  • Margherita Pizza – Any Spice, Tomato, Cheese, Wheat
  • Banana Pie – Banana, Wheat, Butter
  • Apple Pie – Apple, Wheat, Butter
  • Ranch Salad – Lettuce, Bell Pepper, Corn, Tomato, Onion
  • Ratatouille – Tomato, Eggplant, Zucchini, Onion, Any Spice
All Recipes you can make using ingredients from Remy's Kitchen
  • Apple Pie – Apple, Wheat, Butter
  • Banana Pie – Banana, Wheat, Butter
  • Basil Omelet – Basil, Egg, Cheese, Milk
  • Bell Pepper Puffs – Bell Pepper, Eggs, Cheese
  • Cheese Platter – Cheese
  • Crackers – Any Grain (Wheat)
  • Crudites – Any Vegetable (Cucumber)
  • Eggplant Puffs – Eggplant, Egg, Cheese
  • Fish Pie – Any Fish, Wheat, Butter
  • Fish Sandwiches – Any Fish, Wheat
  • Fish Soup – Any Fish, Any Vegetable, Milk
  • Fish Steak – Any Fish, Tomato, Basil
  • Fruit Salad – Any Fruit
  • Gazpacho – Cucumber, Tomato, Onion, Any Spice
  • Greek Pizza – Any Spice, Wheat, Cheese, Tomato, Onion
  • Green Salad – Any Vegetable, Lettuce
  • Grilled Fish – Any Fish
  • Grilled Fish Entree – Any Fish, Any Vegetable
  • Grilled Vegetables – Any Vegetable
  • Grilled Veggie Platter – Any 3 Vegetables
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs – Egg
  • Hearty Salad – Lettuce, any 2 Vegetables
  • Hors d’Oeuvres – Any Spice
  • Jam Waffles – Any Fruit, Wheat, Eggs, Milk
  • Margherita Pizza – Any Spice, Tomato, Cheese, Wheat
  • Mediterranean Salad – Cucumber, Tomato, Onion, Lettuce, Any Spice
  • Omelet – Egg, Cheese, Milk
  • Onion Puffs Onion – Egg, Cheese
  • Pasta – Wheat, Tomato
  • Pizza – Tomato, Cheese, Wheat
  • Porridge – Milk, Wheat
  • Porridge with Fruits – Milk, Wheat, Any Fruit
  • Ranch Salad – Lettuce, Bell Pepper, Corn, Tomato, Onion
  • Ratatouille – Tomato, Eggplant, Zucchini, Onion, Any Spice
  • Salad – Lettuce
  • Scrambled Egg – Egg, Cheese
  • Seared Rainbow Trout – Rainbow Trout, Tomato, Onion
  • Shake – Any Dairy or Oil
  • Souffle – Cheese, Egg, Milk, Butter
  • Tasty Salad – Lettuce, Cucumber, Any Vegetable, Any Spice
  • Tasty Veggies – Any Vegetable, Any Spice
  • Tomato Soup – Tomato
  • Vegetable Soup – Any 2 Vegetables
  • Vegetarian Pizza – Any 2 Vegetables, Tomato, Cheese, Wheat
  • Veggie Casserole – Any 2 Vegetables, Cheese, Any Spice
  • Veggie Pasta – Tomato, Wheat, Any Vegetable
  • Veggie Pie – Any Vegetable, Butter, Wheat
  • Zucchini Puffs – Zucchini, Egg, Cheese

Misc. Quests and Resource Gathering

What to do with the Black Shard you find in the Forgotten Lands?
It’s used in Ursula’s Friendship Questline.

Where do I bury the Night/Evening Shard for Mother Gothel and how long does it take to grow?
Forgotten Lands. It takes 24 hours. It needs to be watered multiple times.

What do I do with the Conspicuous Book I found in the secret room in the Castle during Mickey’s Level 10 Quest?
Interact with the Bookshelf and place it to unlock a hidden room in the secret room!

My quest’s objective isn’t updating!
Try having the task set as the focused/tracked task (Or even the character following you so they don’t wander off to bed). A lot of the issues can be fixed with that. Other times, a reboot or changing zones can help.

What’s the best way to get Seaweed?
Fish where there aren’t any bubbles. You don’t have to throw your rod in bubbles to fish.

What’s the best way to get Soil and/or Clay?
Soil: Dig holes in Peaceful Meadow
Clay: Dig holes in Glade of Trust or Sunlit Plateau


Star Path Overview & Recommendations

The Star Path has set tasks where you can only see 3 or 6 at a time depending on if you unlock premium or not. I’d recommend unlocking Premium right away if you want Premium items, but if not, try your best with just three tasks at a time. They are set in their requirements (not random like Dreamlight Duties) so you need to get through all of them to finish the Star Path.

Is it better to do the 2,500 or 4,100?

It depends on two factors– how badly you want certain items (If you really want some ASAP, it may feel more worth it to get 100 right away) and if you’ve finished the Star Path or not. You do not need to do the 4,100 right away so if you’re undecided, I’d recommend doing the 2,500 only for now. The reason for this is that the first 100 Event Currency you buy will ALWAYS be discounted to 1,600 instead of 2,000. If you plan to buy any, do not buy less than that 100 for the best deal.

That said, when you completely claim every item in the Star Path, a final tier unlocks where you can trade in 10 Event Currency for 175 Moonstones. If you buy the 1,600 when you’re done (or had at any point and thus, have some left over), you will make a profit of 15 Moonstones for every 10, earning an extra 150 which can be useful to keep for future Star Paths. This is the only definite reason I’d recommend the extra 1,600, but only after you finish.