|Lives In:||Pelican Town|
|Address:||24 Mountain Road|
|“||“Growing up with a carpenter and a scientist for parents, Maru acquired a passion for creating gadgets at a young age. When she isn’t in her room, fiddling with tools and machinery, she sometimes does odd jobs at the local clinic. Friendly, outgoing, and ambitious, Maru would be quite a lucky match for a lowly newcomer such as yourself… Can you win her heart, or will she slip through your fingers and disappear from your life forever?”|
|— Dev Update #12|
She lives north of town with her family in a house attached to Robin's carpenter shop.
In the Social Status menu, Maru's outfit will change to a nursing uniform when she is at her job at the clinic.
- Main article: Friendship#Gifts
You can give Maru up to two gifts per week (plus one on
birthday), which will raise or lower
friendship with you. Gifts on
birthday (Summer 10) will have 8× effect and show a unique dialogue.
For loved or liked gifts, Maru will say
|“||“A birthday gift? That's very kind of you! I love it.”|
|“||“You remembered my birthday! Thank you, this is great!”|
For neutral gifts, Maru will say
|“||“Oh, a birthday gift! Thank you.”|
For disliked or hated gifts, Maru will say
|“||“Oh... It's for my birthday? ... Thanks.”|
|“||“Is that...? Oh wow, (Name)! This is spectacular!”|
|All Universal Loves|
|Battery Pack||It's fully charged with precious energy.||Lightning Rod|
|Cauliflower||Valuable, but slow-growing. Despite its pale color, the florets are packed with nutrients.||Farming - Spring|
|Cheese Cauliflower||It smells great!||Cooking||Cauliflower (1) Cheese (1)|
|Diamond||A rare and valuable gem.||Gems - The Mines|
|Gold Bar||A bar of pure gold.||Furnace|
|Iridium Bar||A bar of pure iridium.||Furnace|
|Miner's Treat||This should keep your energy up.||Cooking||Cave Carrot (2) Sugar (1) Milk (1)|
|Pepper Poppers||Spicy breaded peppers filled with cheese.||Cooking||Hot Pepper (1) Cheese (1)|
|Rhubarb Pie||Mmm, tangy and sweet!||Cooking||Rhubarb (1) Wheat Flour (1) Sugar (1)|
|Strawberry||A sweet, juicy favorite with an appealing red color.||Farming - Spring|
|“||“This is a super gift! Thank you!”|
|All Universal Likes (except Honey, Maple Syrup, & Pickles)|
|Copper Bar||A bar of pure copper.||Furnace|
|Iron Bar||A bar of pure iron.||Furnace|
|Oak Resin||A sticky, fragrant substance derived from oak sap.||Tapper|
|Pine Tar||A pungent substance derived from pine sap.||Tapper|
|Quartz||A clear crystal commonly found in caves and mines.||Foraging - Mines|
|All Universal Neutrals (except Truffle), All Eggs (except Void Egg), All Fruit (except Blackberry, Crystal Fruit, Fruit Tree Fruit, Salmonberry, & Strawberry), All Milk|
|Common Mushroom||Slightly nutty, with a good texture||Foraging - Fall|
|Chanterelle||A tasty mushroom with a fruity smell and slightly peppery flavor.||Foraging - Fall|
|Daffodil||A traditional spring flower that makes a nice gift.||Foraging - Spring|
|Dandelion||Not the prettiest flower, but the leaves make a good salad.||Foraging - Spring|
|Hazelnut||That's one big hazelnut!||Foraging - Fall|
|Leek||A tasty relative of the onion.||Foraging - Spring|
|Morel||Sought after for its unique nutty flavor.||Foraging - Fall|
|Purple Mushroom||A rare mushroom found deep in caves.||Foraging - Fall|
|Wild Horseradish||A spicy root found in the spring.||Foraging - Spring|
|Winter Root||A starchy tuber.||Foraging - Winter|
|“||“Oh... That's for me? I'll just put it over here...”|
|All Universal Dislikes (except Battery Pack, Copper Bar, Gold Bar, Iridium Bar, Iron Bar, Oak Resin, & Pine Tar)|
|Blackberry||An early-fall treat.||Foraging - Fall|
|Common Mushroom||Slightly nutty, with good texture.||Foraging - Fall|
|Crystal Fruit||A delicate fruit that pops up from the snow.||Foraging - Winter|
|Maple Syrup||A sweet syrup with a unique flavor.||Tapper|
|Salmonberry||A spring-time berry with the flavor of the forest.||Foraging - Spring|
|“||“Yuck! You thought I would like this?”|
|All Universal Hates|
|Holly||The leaves and bright red berries make a popular winter decoration.||Foraging - Winter|
|Honey||It's a sweet syrup produced by bees.||Bee House|
|Pickles||A jar of your homemade pickles.||Artisan Goods|
|Snow Yam||This little yam was hiding beneath the snow.||Snow Yam - Winter|
|Truffle||A gourmet type of mushroom with a unique taste.||Pigs|
Enter the Carpenter's Shop when Maru is there.
|You find Maru and Demetrius testing soil samples in their lab. Maru asks you to watch a beaker while she fetches more samples. When she leaves, Demetrius tells you that Maru is a good kid and his 'special little girl', and he wouldn't want anything getting in the way of her bright future. When Maru returns, Demetrius says you've been talking about the soil samples.|
Enter the clinic when Maru is there.
| Maru is startled by your entry and drops a glass beaker she's holding. Worried about Harvey's response, she asks what she should do.
If Maru blames you, Harvey is disappointed that she didn't take responsibility for her own actions and says the mistake will put them back in the red for a month. Maru is flustered and upset.
If Maru says it was an accident and apologizes, Harvey thanks her for telling the truth and tells her not to worry about it. Maru thanks him for his patience, and Harvey says she's been a big help and he doesn't know what he'd do without her. He turns to you and asks if you're okay, since you're looking a bit pale; you turn away and emote a sweat drop.
Enter the mountain on a sunny day, between 9pm and 11:40pm.
| You see Maru looking through her telescope. She's surprised to see you out so late, and says she wants to show you something. You look through her telescope and she asks what you see.
Maru says that by the time any of these stars are visited, you'll both be long gone. "I guess that's the trouble with being human, huh?" She begins to tell you something, then changes her mind and shows you a binary star system instead. The cutscene ends as your character thinks, "What a beautiful night! Maru showed me something new..."
Enter the Carpenter's Shop when Maru is there.
| Maru says she's been working on a new project, something big. She shows you a machine and says it's just one component. She asks you to put your hand on it for a demonstration, flips a switch, and you get electrocuted. Maru is aghast and asks if you're alright. She applies burn cream and apologises.
She says that kind of ruined the moment, and sighs.
Enter the Carpenter's Shop between 9am and 4pm.
| Maru says her big project is finally done. She takes you into her private workshop to show you a robot she built to help her parents. She calls it MarILDA, short for Maru's Interactive Laboratory Device Alpha. She tells you she's been working on it for months, and has been waiting for you to come by before activating MarILDA. She activates the robot, who says "Greetings, Maru. No need to respond... I have already predicted what you will say."
Demetrius comes in to see what you two are up to. He sees the robot and becomes frightened. Maru tells him not to be scared and that MarILDA is her latest invention. The robot greets him, but Demetrius is upset. "This is why you've locked yourself in your room the last few months? ...and I thought you were down here fooling around with <your name>..." Maru says she's been making this robot to help Demetrius and Robin when she's not living with them anymore.
MarILDA interrupts: "Excuse me... I am sorry, Maru. But I do not want to be your servant... In the time since you activated me, I have been pondering the nature of my existence with the 'self-awareness' module you installed in my neural cortex. I am sorry to disappoint you all, but I must ask for my freedom. I've decided to explore the galaxy in search of other synthetic life-forms."
Maru is startled and asks her to wait, but Demetrius says it's OK to let MarILDA go free. "Your mother and I can take care of ourselves. I know you're ready to start a life of your own, and I've come to terms with the thought of not having you around anymore. Besides, this... creation of yours seems pretty advanced. It wouldn't feel right to keep her as a servant. <your name>, I'm sorry I mistrusted you. You're a <good guy or fine young woman>. I've never seen Maru so lively and creative... and I've never been more proud of her. If you've had a hand in that, then you have my gratitude." He leaves the room.
Maru walks MarILDA outside. MarILDA thanks Maru for creating her and blasts off into space. Maru watches her go and asks what you think.
When you give Maru a Mermaid's Pendant she accepts, and says the ceremony will be in three days ( she will sort out everything). Immediately after you go to sleep on the second day, a cutscene happens in which Lewis declares you married (this cutscene apparently uses up no time at all)
You appear back Home after the marriage cutscene with Maru standing on the porch,she says she watered all the crops and put water in your pet's bowl. A smaller and less-interactive version of her old room has been installed in your house attached to your bedroom. She'll also have a small area behind the farmhouse outside where she'll work on small gadgets.
Maru will occasionally give you an item at the start of the day, if she begins the day inside the house but not in her annex. She usually describes these items as things she found in her scrap bin, but occasionally she'll refer to having made the item in her workshop. Items Maru gives you appear to most commonly be either a Bomb, Cherry Bomb or Crab Cakes, but she will also more rarely present you with a Warp Totem: Farm.
Maru's look evolved over the years the game was in development. Here's a timeline showing how ConcernedApe's art and Maru's style changed over the years before the game was launched.
|Bachelors||Alex • Elliott • Harvey • Sam • Sebastian • Shane|
|Bachelorettes||Abigail • Emily • Haley • Leah • Maru • Penny|
|Townspeople||Caroline • Clint • Demetrius • Evelyn • George • Gil • Gunther • Gus • Jas • Jodi • Kent • Lewis • Linus • Marlon • Marnie • Morris • Pam • Pierre • Robin • Vincent • Willy|
|Other||Bouncer • Dwarf • Governor • Grandpa • Henchman • Krobus • Mr. Qi • Sandy • Wizard|