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How to rename your pet in Stardew Valley 1.6

A pet is forever, but their name isn't.

With the release of Stardew Valley 1.6 comes many more exciting options for pets. Turtles, cats, and dogs can now be your companions in the game. However, once you have named them, the name is stuck unless you play on PC. With this trick, you can rename your pet in Stardew Valley 1.6 with ease.

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Renaming your Pet in Stardew Valley

To rename your pet in Stardew Valley, you will have to head into the files of the game on your PC. This sounds a little daunting, but it is actually very simple if you follow these steps.

How to change your pets name in Stardew Valley 1.6
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  1. Open your Start Menu and search for %appdata%.
  2. Open this folder and open the Stardew Valley folder it should simply be called StardewValley.
  3. Inside this folder, locate the next folder named Saves.
  4. In this, you will find a folder named after your farm. Just to be safe, copy this folder and paste it to your desktop as a backup in case something goes wrong.
  5. In your farm folder, locate the file named after your farm and open it. It will be a huge mess of words and code. Don’t panic. You don’t need to read it.
  6. Press CTRL+F and type in the name of your pet.
  7. This will bring up a string of text that looks like this <NPC xsi:type =”Cat”><name>petname</name>
  8. Simply replace the part with your pet’s name with whatever you would like to change it to. For example, if you are looking for your Stardew Valley 1.6 Turtle or Dog, simply replace the pet type with either of those and change their name.
  9. Once you have changed the pet’s name in the Stardew Valley 1.6 code, save and exit. When you boot the game back up they will be renamed.
How to change your pets name in Stardew Valley 1.6
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If it all goes wrong

If you somehow mess up your save file using this method, simply take the backup you dropped on your desktop and replace the file in the save folder. This will restore your old Stardew Valley save file, and you can go through the steps to change your pet’s name again.

You can change the name of your pets as many times as you like in Stardew Valley using this trick. With the latest 1.6 update, it is more important than ever to ensure all your little furry friends have unique names as your home slowly fills with dogs, turtles, and cats.


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Leo is a Freelance Writer for PC Invasion. He has a degree in English Literature and Film Studies and more hours buried into videogames than he cares to admit. He has worked extensively in the Videogame and Travel writing industry but, as they say, get a job doing something you love and you'll never work a day in your life. He uses his writing as a means to support indefinite global travel with the current five year plan seeing him through Latin America.