Dinkum Beginner’s Guide – Tips and Tricks


Dinkum is an Australian-flavored hybrid between Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley, in all the best ways. Landing on a relatively uninhabited island, players are thrust into the journey to turn this sun-scorched land into a paradise.

However, there’s not much direction on how to do it all – the world is the player’s oyster, but cracking it can be difficult. From earning certification points to knowing how to keep your energy topped up, this guide will help you get started in the world of Dinkum.

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How to level up fast in Dinkum

Progression in Dinkum is limited by license levels. These licenses must be purchased in order to purchase and use tools, and often also trade-specific recipes and locations, such as Deep Mines. Earning certification points initially seems like a daunting task, but it’s not.

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For the first few days, players will want to complete all possible daily objectives, found by pressing “J” and looking to the right side for your dailies. These will offer certification points. On the left side are the milestones, and after reaching a milestone, click on the marker in your journal to easily get 100 Cert points. During the first week, it is easy to unlock all the tools.

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Use your tools

Every time you successfully harvest something using a tool, be it a fish or a tree log, you gain experience in that area. Every ten experience levels, players can upgrade that specific skill tree license to use better gear. Whether it’s an improved tool or unlocking an entirely new underground area, players should always be looking to maximize the use of their gear each day to clear levels.

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It is recommended to first reach level 10 in mining, to speed up unlocking deep mines, but foraging (by chopping wood) can unlock the barrel to brew health and power potions. ‘endurance. Each tree offers various rewards that are sure to deepen the use (and materials gained) of the skill tree, so be sure to use every iota of energy.

Don’t faint

Much like Stardew Valley, there is a finite amount of energy for each day. This energy recharges quickly while eating and recharges slowly after eating while at rest. Early in the game, players are going to struggle with energy, especially if the hunt hasn’t been unlocked yet.

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Harvest fruit trees around the island and throw them on the campfire that Fletch asked you to build. Generally, cooked food returns more energy than raw food, even if it is a fruit. When the screen starts going blank, you might pass out – eat before you waste the day.

The Wisdom of Fletch

Fletch is the elderly grandmother-like woman that players will initially encounter. She offers a fairly straightforward path to getting your island paradise on track, and it would be wise to make sure you complete each task as quickly as possible to speed up your island progress.

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If you’re ever unsure what to do next, check your journal and select the “Tasks” tab to figure out what you’re working on. Future tasks can take several days, so don’t be too embarrassed by personal milestones and forget about advancing the town.

Slow and steady

Ultimately, Dinkum lends itself well to being played slowly. There’s no pressing need to hit three tiers every day, nor should players feel pressured to min/max every waking moment. There’s a wealth of fantastic stuff players can find, right from day one.

Don’t forget to stop and smell the Roo Poo.


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