Stardew Valley

Lumberjack or tapper in Stardew Valley

You need to choose either lumberjack or tapper when you reach level 10 on your foraging (forester) skill. Which profession is better?

Lumberjack vs tapper

Your level 5 choice, forester :

  • Wood worth 50% more

Level 10 choices :

  • Lumberjack - trees have a chance to drop hardwood
  • Tapper - syrups worth 25% more

Which is better?

I have a bit of a hard time with the tapper profession. The problem is that it has no synergy at all with the level 5 forester choice; if you want to produce a lot of syrups for profit, you need to stop chopping your trees down and to install tappers on them.

On the other hand, lumberjack still allows to chop down a lot of trees and simply rewards you with more (better) wood. 75% of the normal trees that you cut down will drop a piece of hardwood, which is a key element for crafting equipment and buildings.

If you're going with the wood path earlier in the game, lumberjack is the next logical pick.

Better choice: lumberjack.

Level 10 choices