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A player filling some holes in Sunlit Plateau.

Digging is an activity involving the use the Shovel to dig holes, fill holes, and remove obstacles. Digging can be used to acquire a variety of materials primarily used to craft components and furniture, as well as Dream Shards and Night Shards.

Digging is essential in the preparation of land for Gardening.

There are no rotating Dreamlight Duties or Dreamlight Achievements associated with digging. There are 4 Memories consisting of 10 Memory Pieces each that can only be found by digging.

Digging and Filling

To begin Digging, the Shovel must first be equipped from the Tool Wheel. Once equipped, any viable plot of land may be dug up by using the Shovel. When a plot has been dug, a hole will be left behind. These holes can be Filled in turn by using the Shovel on them. Both Digging and Filling can be performed consecutively in a row by pressing and holding the action button.

Digging a hole has a chance of yielding crafting materials native to the biome, such as Clay in the Sunlit Plateau. There is also a chance of obtaining Dream Shards and Night Shards from Digging in any biome.

The holes created by digging can be used in Gardening.

Villager Companions

When reaching level 2 Friendship with a villager they can be assigned a role. Villagers who have been assigned the Digging Role will gain extra Friendship for every hole dug or filled. They also have a chance to drop extra crafting materials while they're following and anything is unearthed. Extra materials they produce will be dropped on the ground, and can be picked up by running over them.

Each level of friendship increases the rate which extra materials will drop. It's not only effective for leveling up Friendship with these characters, but extremely helpful for offering bonus materials when digging. Be sure to always bring a Companion along when digging!


Image Name Description Sell Price Locations
Clay This can be made into all sorts of objects. Star Coin icon.png 20

Glade of Trust.png Glade of Trust
Sunlit Plateau.png Sunlit Plateau
Forgotten Lands.png Forgotten Lands

Pebbles You need a lot of pebbles to make a mountain... Star Coin icon.png 10

Dazzle Beach.png Dazzle Beach
Forest of Valor.png Forest of Valor
Sunlit Plateau.png Sunlit Plateau
Forgotten Lands.png Forgotten Lands

Sand An important item for building sand castles. Star Coin icon.png 8

Dazzle Beach.png Dazzle Beach

Snowball Whatever you do, fight the urge to throw it. Star Coin icon.png 25

Frosted Heights.png Frosted Heights

Soil A clump of soil that's perfect for gardening. Star Coin icon.png 3

Plaza.png Plaza
Peaceful Meadow.png Peaceful Meadow
Forest of Valor.png Forest of Valor
Glade of Trust.png Glade of Trust
Sunlit Plateau.png Sunlit Plateau
Frosted Heights.png Frosted Heights
Forgotten Lands.png Forgotten Lands

Sparkling Mounds

Sparkling Mounds randomly spawn on viable patches of earth in every Biome. The follow items can be obtained from Sparklings Mounds.

Image Name Description
Dream Shard.png
Dream Shard A crystallized form of Dreamlight magic.
Night Shard.png
Night Shard The opposite of a Dream Shard. Be careful.