Friendship

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You can become friends with Pelican Town's villagers. As your friendships deepen, the villagers' dialogue lines become more friendly, cut-scenes called heart events occur, and the villagers send you gifts in the mail.

When talking to villagers, a circle will appear next to their portrait. Its color will depend on the number of hearts you have with the villager. Blue denotes 0 hearts, green for 2, yellow for 4, red for 6, purple for 8, and at 10-12 hearts a purple star will appear. Scrolling the mouse over the circle will display the number of hearts out of 10, if not married.

Friendship mechanics

Point system

Each villager has a friendship score represented by a ten-heart meter (for a normal villager) or twelve-heart meter (for your spouse):

Seven Hearts.png

Each heart is 250 friendship points. You can view your relationships on the social tab of the game menu.

You can increase friendship points by:

  • talking to villagers (+10 if the villager is in the middle of a special animation, like exercising or using a camera, otherwise +20; can only score once per day);
  • completing a delivery quest for them (+150);
  • giving them a gift they like (see Gifts);
  • making certain choices in their heart events.

You can lose friendship points by:

  • not talking to a villager (-2/day);
  • giving them a gift they dislike (see Gifts);
  • hitting them with the slingshot;
  • rummaging through a trash can when they're nearby (-25, except Linus who doesn't mind).

When a villager's heart meter is full, it will no longer decay over time even if you never talk to them. (If the NPC is romanceable but you haven't given them a bouquet, the heart meter is considered full at 8 hearts.) It may still decrease by other means (e.g. giving them a bad gift).

When a villager's heart meter is at least 2 hearts, you may enter their room.

Gifts

You can give each villager two gifts per week (one per day), as indicated by the checkboxes in the social tab. You can always give them a gift on their birthday, even if you've already given them two that week. After marrying a villager, you can give them one gift every day of the week.

Each villager has individual likes and dislikes, which affects how many friendship points are gained when you give them a gift. The friendship points are multiplied on their birthday (×8) and Secret Santa event (×5):

Gift Taste Normal Santa (×5) Birthday (×8)
Love +80 +400 +640
Like +45 +225 +360
Neutral +20 +100 +160
Dislike -20 -100 -160
Hate -40 -200 -320

If a gift is liked or loved, the points gained will be further affected by quality of the item:

Quality Multiplier
Normal +0%
Silver Quality.png Silver +10%
Gold Quality.png Gold +25%
Iridium Quality.png Iridium +50%

Heart Events

Gaining friendship with each villager will unlock unique events (see each villager's article for the requirements). It's possible to permanently miss some events, though most events can be viewed at your leisure or out of order.

Romance

Main article: Marriage

Some villagers can be romanced by the player (see marriage candidates). Once you've reached eight hearts with an eligible villager, you can give them a bouquet to unlock the ninth and tenth hearts. (You can give bouquets to multiple villagers with no repercussions before marriage. Doing so after marriage may lose friendship points with your spouse.) Once you've reached ten hearts with an eligible villager, you can give them a Mermaid's Pendant to propose.

After you've married a villager, they get an expanded twelve-heart friendship meter. Reaching the hidden thirteenth heart will net you a stardrop.

Festivals

Main article: Festivals

Three festivals can affect friendship points:

  • The Flower Dance increases friendship points with your dance partner.
  • The Luau increases or decreases friendship points with all villagers.
  • Your gift to your secret friend at the Feast of the Winter Star is worth 5x the normal amount of friendship points.

Universal Gifts

See also: List of All Gifts

Below are lists of items that are universally loved, liked, considered neutral, disliked, or hated. Note that there are some exceptions and that individual villager tastes override any universal tastes.
Preferences for Eggs, Milk, Fruit, and most Foraged Items vary by villager, and are generally not listed here.

Universal Loves

This is a list of items that every villager absolutely loves to receive as a gift. These items are guaranteed to give the most points (80) towards your relationship, but may be difficult to obtain.

When given a loved gift, villagers usually respond with a heart dialogue bubble. DialogueBubbleLove.png

Image Name Description Source
Prismatic Shard.png
Prismatic Shard A very rare and powerful substance with unknown origins. Mining
Rabbit's Foot.png
Rabbit's Foot Some say it's lucky. Rabbits

Universal Loves exceptions

Universal Likes

Though worth fewer friendship points than a loved gift, a liked gift increases friendship by 45 points, and is often much easier to obtain.

Image Name Description Source
Life Elixir.png
Life Elixir Restores health to full. Crafting
Maple Syrup.png
Maple Syrup A sweet syrup with a unique flavor. Tapper

Universal Likes exceptions

Below is an Expandable table of all Universal Likes exceptions, listed by Villager. (See also: List of All Gifts)

Villager Loves Dislikes Hates

Abigail Icon.png Abigail

Gems: Amethyst
Cooking: Blackberry Cobbler, Chocolate Cake, Spicy Eel
Vegetables: Pumpkin
All Vegetables except Pumpkin

Alex Icon.png Alex

Cooking: Complete Breakfast, Salmon Dinner

Caroline Icon.png Caroline

Cooking: Fish Taco
Flowers: Summer Spangle
Artisan Goods: Duck Mayonnaise, Mayonnaise
Vegetables: Amaranth

Clint Icon.png Clint

All Gems except Diamond
Cooking: Algae Soup, Fiddlehead Risotto
All Flowers (except Poppy)

Demetrius Icon.png Demetrius

Cooking: Bean Hotpot, Ice Cream, Rice Pudding

Dwarf Icon.png Dwarf

All Gems except Diamond

Elliott Icon.png Elliott

Cooking: Crab Cakes, Tom Kha Soup
Fruit Tree Fruit: Pomegranate
Cooking: Pizza Vegetables: Amaranth

Emily Icon.png Emily

Artisan Goods: Cloth
Cooking: Survival Burger
All Gems except Diamond
Cooking: Fried Eel, Ice Cream, Rice Pudding, Spicy Eel Cooking: Fish Taco, Maki Roll, Salmon Dinner, Sashimi

Evelyn Icon.png Evelyn

Cooking: Chocolate Cake, Stuffing
Flowers: Fairy Rose, Tulip
Gems: Diamond
Vegetables: Beet
Cooking: Fried Eel, Maki Roll, Sashimi, Spicy Eel, Trout Soup
Vegetables: Garlic

George Icon.png George

Cooking: Fried Mushroom All Flowers (except Poppy)

Gus Icon.png Gus

Cooking: Escargot, Fish Taco
Fruit Tree Fruit: Orange
Gems: Diamond
Cooking: Coleslaw

Haley Icon.png Haley

Cooking: Fruit Salad, Pink Cake
Flowers: Sunflower
All Vegetables (except Hops & Wheat)

Harvey Icon.png Harvey

Artisan Goods: Coffee, Pickles, Truffle Oil, Wine
Cooking: Super Meal
Artisan Goods: Cheese, Goat Cheese

Jas Icon.png Jas

Cooking: Pink Cake, Plum Pudding
Flowers: Fairy Rose
All Vegetables (except Hops & Wheat) All Artisan Goods (except Mead & Oil)

Jodi Icon.png Jodi

Cooking: Chocolate Cake, Crispy Bass, Eggplant Parmesan, Fried Eel, Pancakes, Rhubarb Pie, Vegetable Medley
Gems: Diamond
Vegetables: Garlic

Kent Icon.png Kent

Cooking: Fiddlehead Risotto, Roasted Hazelnuts Cooking: Algae Soup, Sashimi, Tortilla

Krobus Icon.png Krobus

Gems: Diamond
Vegetables: Pumpkin
All Cooking except Bread, Fried Egg, & Strange Bun
Misc: Life Elixir

Leah Icon.png Leah

Artisan Goods: Goat Cheese, Wine
Cooking: Poppyseed Muffin, Salad, Stir Fry, Vegetable Medley
All Foraged Minerals except Earth Crystal
All Gems except Diamond & Prismatic Shard
Cooking: Carp Surprise, Cookie, Ice Cream, Pink Cake, Rice Pudding, Survival Burger, Tortilla
Cooking: Hashbrowns, Pancakes, Pizza

Lewis Icon.png Lewis

Cooking: Autumn's Bounty, Glazed Yams, Vegetable Medley

Linus Icon.png Linus

Cooking: Blueberry Tart, Dish o' The Sea
Vegetables: Yam
All Foraged Minerals
All Gems except Diamond & Prismatic Shard

Marnie Icon.png Marnie

Cooking: Farmer's Lunch, Pink Cake, Pumpkin Pie
Gems: Diamond

Maru Icon.png Maru

Cooking: Cheese Cauliflower, Miner's Treat, Pepper Poppers, Rhubarb Pie
Gems: Diamond
Vegetables: Cauliflower
Misc: Maple Syrup Artisan Goods: Honey, Pickles

Pam Icon.png Pam

Artisan Goods: Beer, Mead, Pale Ale
Cooking: Glazed Yams, Parsnip Soup
Vegetables: Parsnip

Penny Icon.png Penny

Cooking: Poppyseed Muffin, Red Plate, Roots Platter, Tom Kha Soup
Gems: Diamond, Emerald
Cooking: Algae Soup, Pale Broth Artisan Goods: Beer, Mead, Pale Ale, Wine

Pierre Icon.png Pierre

Cooking: Fried Calamari All Foraged Minerals
All Gems except Diamond & Prismatic Shard
Cooking: Parsnip Soup, Tortilla
Vegetables: Corn

Robin Icon.png Robin

Artisan Goods: Goat Cheese
Cooking: Spaghetti
Fruit Tree Fruit: Peach

Sam Icon.png Sam

Cooking: Maple Bar, Pizza All Vegetables (except Hops & Wheat) Artisan Goods: Duck Mayonnaise, Mayonnaise, Pickles

Sandy Icon.png Sandy

Flowers: Crocus, Sweet Pea

Sebastian Icon.png Sebastian

Cooking: Pumpkin Soup, Sashimi All Flowers (except Poppy) All Artisan Goods (except Coffee, Mead, & Oil)
Cooking: Complete Breakfast, Farmer's Lunch, Omelet

Shane Icon.png Shane

Artisan Goods: Beer
Cooking: Pepper Poppers, Pizza
Artisan Goods: Pickles

Vincent Icon.png Vincent

Cooking: Cranberry Candy, Pink Cake All Vegetables (except Hops & Wheat) All Artisan Goods (except Mead & Oil)

Willy Icon.png Willy

Artisan Goods: Mead
Gems: Diamond
Vegetables: Pumpkin
All Cooking except for the following dishes he likes: Baked Fish, Carp Surprise, Chowder, Crab Cakes, Crispy Bass, Fish Stew, Fish Taco, Fried Calamari, Fried Eel, Lobster Bisque, Salmon Dinner, & Trout Soup
Misc: Life Elixir

Universal Neutrals

This is a list of items that will elicit a neutral response from the villagers, and give 20 points toward friendship. There are some exceptions.

Image Name Description Source Ingredients
Duck Feather.png
Duck Feather It's so colorful. Animals
Wool.png
Wool Soft, fluffy wool. Animals
Truffle.png
Truffle A gourmet type of mushroom with a unique taste. Animals
Sweet Gem Berry.png
Sweet Gem Berry It's the sweetest thing you have ever smelled. Farming
Fried Egg.png
Fried Egg Sunny-side up. Cooking

Egg.png Egg (1)

Bread.png
Bread A crusty baguette. Cooking

Wheat Flour.png Wheat Flour (1)

Wheat.png
Wheat One of the most widely cultivated grains. Makes a great flour for breads and cakes. Farming
Hops.png
Hops A bitter, tangy flower used to flavor beer. Farming
Clam.png
Clam Someone lived here once. Foraging - The Beach

Crab Pots

Coral.png
Coral A colony of tiny creatures that clump together to form beautiful structures. Foraging - The Beach
Nautilus Shell.png
Nautilus Shell An ancient shell. Foraging - The Beach
Rainbow Shell.png
Rainbow Shell It's a very beautiful shell. Foraging - The Beach

Universal Neutrals exceptions

Universal Dislikes

This is a list of items that will decrease friendship by 20 points when given as gifts.

Image Name Description Source
Cave Carrot.png
Cave Carrot A starchy snack found in caves. It helps miners work longer. Foraging
Driftwood.png
Driftwood A piece of wood from the sea. Fishing
Wheat Flour.png
Wheat Flour A common cooking ingredient made from crushed wheat seeds. Pierre's General Store, Mill
Oil.png
Oil All purpose cooking oil. Pierre's General Store, Oil Maker
Void Egg.png
Void Egg A jet-black egg with red flecks. It's warm to the touch. Animals
Vinegar.png
Vinegar An aged fermented liquid used in many cooking recipes. Pierre's General Store
Rice.png
Rice A basic grain often served under vegetables. Pierre's General Store
Oak Resin.png
Oak Resin A sticky, fragrant substance derived from oak sap. Tapper
Pine Tar.png
Pine Tar A pungent substance derived from pine sap. Tapper
Solar Essence.png
Solar Essence The glowing face is warm to the touch Mining
Void Essence.png
Void Essence It's quivering with dark energy Mining
Spring Onion.png
Spring Onion These grow wild during the spring. Foraging
Field Snack.png
Field Snack A quick snack to fuel the hungry forager. Crafting
Jack-O-Lantern.png
Jack-O-Lantern A whimsical fall decoration. Crafting
Tea Set.png
Tea Set Fine porcelain. Gift from Secret Gift Giver at Feast of the Winter Star
Stardew Hero Trophy.png
Stardew Hero Trophy The most prestigious award a Stardew Valley resident could receive! Community Center

Universal Dislikes exceptions

Universal Hates

This is a list of items that will decrease friendship by 40 points when given as gifts.

When given a hated gift, villagers usually respond with a hate dialogue bubble. DialogueBubbleHate.png

Image Name Description Source
Sap.png
Sap A fluid obtained from trees. Foraging
Carp.png
Carp A common pond fish. Fishing
Seaweed.png
Seaweed It can be used in cooking. Fishing
Green Algae.png
Green Algae It's really slimy. Fishing
White Algae.png
White Algae It's super slimy. Fishing
Grass Starter.png
Grass Starter Place this on your Farm to start a new patch of grass. Pierre's General Store
Hay.png
Hay Dried grass used as animal food. Foraging, Marnie's
Poppy.png
Poppy In addition to its colorful flower, the Poppy has culinary and medicinal uses. Farming
Copper Ore.png
Copper Ore A common ore that can be smelted into bars. Mining
Iron Ore.png
Iron Ore A fairly common ore that can be smelted into bars. Mining
Sea Urchin.png
Sea Urchin A slow-moving, spiny creature that some consider a delicacy. Foraging
Red Mushroom.png
Red Mushroom A spotted mushroom sometimes found in caves. Foraging
Snail.png
Snail A wide-ranging mollusk that lives in a spiral shell. Fishing
Oil of Garlic.png
Oil of Garlic Drink this and weaker monsters will avoid you. Crafting
Strange Bun.png
Strange Bun What's inside? Cooking
Void Mayonnaise.png
Void Mayonnaise A thick, black paste that smells like burnt hair. Mayonnaise Machine
Sugar.png
Sugar Adds sweetness to pastries and candies. Too much can be unhealthy. Mill, Pierre's General Store, and JojaMart
Treasure Chest.png
Treasure Chest Wow, it's loaded with treasure! This is sure to fetch a good price. Fishing
Energy Tonic.png
Energy Tonic Restores a lot of energy.. Harvey's Clinic
Muscle Remedy.png
Muscle Remedy When you've pushed your body too hard, drink this to remove Exhaustion. Harvey's Clinic
Golden Pumpkin.png
Golden Pumpkin It's valuable but has no other purpose. Spirit's Eve Festival
Green Slime Egg.png
Slime Eggs of all colors Can be hatched in a slime incubator. Slimes, Slime Egg-Press
Crab Pot.png
Crab Pot Used with bait to capture crabs and other sea creatures Crafting, Fish Shop

Universal Hates exceptions

Achievements

There are 6 Achievements related to Friendship:

  • A New Friend (Reach a 5-heart friend level with someone)
  • Best Friends (Reach a 10-heart friend level with someone)
  • The Beloved Farmer (Reach a 10-heart friend level with 8 people)
  • Cliques (Reach a 5-heart friend level with 4 people)
  • Networking (Reach a 5-heart friend level with 10 people)
  • Popular (Reach a 5-heart friend level with 20 people)