Stardew Valley Mermaid Puzzle on Ginger Island: Solve With Ease

Nowadays, Stardew Valley is one of the most popular life-sim game. It offers many tasks and activities to keep the interest of players alive in the game. The developers have a few added unique and interesting puzzles after the recent update to increase new players’ interest. Among all of those puzzles, Stardew Valley Mermaid Puzzle on Ginger Island is the hardest after the update.

It is considered hard because to solve, you’ll need to travel to specific locations during certain weather to collect clues that are connected with other seasonal events. However, being a hard riddle, it is also an extremely rewarding puzzle. Upon completing it, you’ll receive five golden walnuts.

How to Complete Stardew Valley Mermaid Puzzle on Ginger Island?

This task aims to listen to the song that mermaid sing in winters and decode the lyrics to earn pearls as a reward. Sounds easy? It may sound easy, but it isn’t, as you must remain on the beach at the right time, frequent visits etc. Continue reading to know how to solve it without losing a single chance to earn pearls.

Before planning to start it, make sure that you already have five Flute Blocks that you can take to Pirate Cove on a rainy day. If you can’t wait for a rainy day, you can always use a Rain Totem to guarantee that the next day will bring showers.

To make it easy for you, the key to decipher the puzzle is hidden in Journal Scrap #9.

How to Find Journal Scrap #9 for Stardew Valley Mermaid Puzzle on Ginger Island?

Journal Scrap #9 is an all-new collectable item added to the game after a 1.5 version update. Basically, these scrapes are logs left behind by the sailors shipwrecked on the ginger island several years ago. Any player can use these logs as a hint to solve many puzzles available on the ginger island, including Stardew Valley Mermaid Puzzle.

You can locate the Journal Scraps by performing random tasks such as smashing the rocks, fishing, killing monsters, cutting down trees or weeds, and even digging up the artefacts spots.

Throughout the island, you can find these scrap logs in order, from #1 to #11. The clue for the mermaid puzzle is inside Journal Scrap #9. Hence you’ll need to make enough efforts to find it.

Journal Scrap #9 reads:

Twas a rain-drenched day, and upon a lonely rock a beautiful maiden saw I. 

Tales I’d heard of sea-born maidens singing siren’s songs,

Yet nary a note could she muster…

The next morning I spied an arrangement of stones upon the foamy bank…

Aye…stones as big as pennies and stones as big as nickels were they…

If but this harried sea dog a tune could howl, perhaps to Blackgull’s treasure would she lead…

Before proceeding towards the second step, you need to unlock the Pirate’s Cove on the island, where you can make the mysterious mermaid appear.

Stardew Valley Mermaid Puzzle on Ginger Island: Solve With Ease

To unlock the Pirate’s Cove, you must pay twenty golden walnuts to a parrot sitting beside the ruins shattered on the beach. After receiving the walnuts, the parrot and its friends will repair the resort. Later Stardew Valley NPC’s such as Sam, Abigail, Leah, Emily, etc., can visit anytime to relax.

Once they finish the renovation, you can visit the Pirate’s Cove. Players can find the path east of the boat docks at the southernmost part of the beach. Usually, it looks like a barren stretch of beach with a star-shaped rock pattern in the middle.

Stardew Valley Mermaid Puzzle

For collecting other walnuts, you need to fishing in the small star-shaped pond. Meanwhile, a few walnuts can be found by digging in the sand near the palm trees. There is a cave on the east of the cove, and you can catch a rare stingray near this. Furthermore, pirates sometimes hang out closeby to the cave. Thus you can play a game of dart with them to get some extra golden walnuts as a reward.

How to Solve the Ginger Island Mermaid Puzzle on Ginger Island

After collecting Journal Scrap #9, put all the five “Flute Block” item on the ground. The rock on the shore will help you by showing the number of clicks required to fine-tune every Flute Block to the right note.

Players can always acquire the Flute Block recipe by achieving the six hearts of friendship with Robin the carpenter. Once you complete the six hearts event, she will send you the recipe by mail.

The recipe for crafting a Flute Block is:

  • 10 Wood
  • 2 Copper Ore
  • 20 Fiber
Stardew Valley Mermaid Puzzle on Ginger Island: Solve With Ease

Following all setup, bring all the Flute Blocks to the Pirate’s Cove on a rainy day.

Quick Note:- Before going to the island, we advise you to check Ginger island’s weather via the Weather Channel on the TV in your farmhouse. Because the island will always have different weather compared to the other areas of the valley.

Stardew Valley Mermaid Puzzle

Now place all the Flute Block next to each pile of rock, and hit each block’s correct number to adjust its pitch. The piles of rocks will show the right pitch of every Flute Block. Small rocks mean one hit (“pennies”). On the other hand, large rocks mean five hits (“nickels”).

  • Hit the left-most block one time.
  • Stike the next block eleven times.
  • Strike the middle block nine times.
  • Beat the next block five times.
  • Hit the right-most block seven times.

Monitor the mermaid to know whether you are doing it right or not because, with every correct track, she’ll begin to dance.

Stardew Valley Mermaid Puzzle

Furthermore, during the Night Market event in Winter, you can hear a mermaid sing if you manage to match the song’s pitches.

After pitching all the five Flute Blocks, strike all of them again from left to right. This will cause them to play their notes and sing the Mermaid’s song. If you again do it in the correct order, the mermaid will smile, wave, and throw out five Golden Walnuts to the player.


This is all you need to solve the Stardew Valley Mermaid Puzzle on Ginger Island. Although, mermaid will still continue to emerge on the island yet you can’t interact with her anymore. However, in future update we expect that players will again be able to discover her song. Thus other farmers of the valley can hear her beautiful voice on Ginger island.


Jacqueline Mitchell
Jacqueline Mitchell
Jacqueline is Entertainment Reporter at OSN.

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