PSA: This Stardew Valley Mod Makes Combat A Million Times Better

Turn to Your Enemies fixes Stardew Valley combat with tweaks to how you point and click.

Some of the best Stardew Valley mods are often for tiny tweaks you may have never thought of, and the Turn to Your Enemies add-on is no different. No more swinging at the wall while dying to mobs of Lava Bats, thank god.

The Turn to Your Enemies gameplay mod comes from Krutonium over on Nexus Mods, and it’s one of those downloaded-on-a-whim tweaks I didn’t know I needed (and now I can’t live without). The change alters how your adorable little farmer beats up on slimes, bats, skeletons, and the like by forcing the player character to run towards the direction you click while using a weapon. So, instead of just slashing around where you’ve stopped, players run up to, face, and smack enemies after clicking on them. It’s pretty damn nice.

The best Stardew Valley mods make little changes, and this recent one uploaded to Nexus Mods improves the combat in a way you didn't know you needed.

It’s a change that makes things better in a way you may not usually think of. While Stardew Valley firmly holds a spot as one of my all-time favorites, its combat isn’t one of the farming sim’s selling points. If anything, I’m more averse to scouring through the mines just because of the frustration that ensues from the usual swing-and-miss encounters. You can easily hit the floor not from a lack of preparation but from wonky controls. Before the mod, your character won’t even walk toward the target; they just… hit the air.

If you’re looking for a Stardew Valley combat mod with more bells and whistles, a few users on Nexus Mods pointed out the Combat Controls overhaul from DJ-Stln, too. It’s not a significant overhaul, but it offers a few additional changes, including a neat blocking mechanic, that add a little more to the experience. Either way, one of Stardew Valley‘s biggest pain points gets a fix. Perhaps I’ll finally finish up my artifact farming.

For those new to Stardew Valley mods, it’s not difficult to get started. You’ll need to start with a mod loader like SMAPI, which includes easy instructions for first-timers. Next, make sure to download Turn to Your Enemies — or whatever other add-ons you’re considering — and drop it in t0 your mods folders. That address should look something like “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Stardew Valley\Mods” for folks on Windows and Steam. Make sure to keep your mod folder and SMAP loader nice and tidy by giving all of your add-ons their own subfolder.

ConcernedApe’s beloved farming sim is over six-years-old now, but its age doesn’t show given its dedicated modding community and sales. In May, creator Eric Barone revealed Stardew Valley hit another milestone with over 20 million copies sold. It’s kind of a wild point to hit for an indie, and Barone even noted it’s selling better than ever. However, if you find yourself burned on the usual farming grind, the game has at least rekindled a lot of love for the genre. We’ve got a list of some of the best games like Stardew Valley you can check out right now. Hopefully, it’s enough to hold you over until Barone’s Haunted Chocolatier makes its debut.