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 all heart meters 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);
  • additional points for a second liked or loved gift in a week (see Gifts);
  • making certain choices in their heart events.

You can lose friendship points by:

  • not talking to a villager (-2/day);
  • not talking to a marriage candidate to whom you have given a Bouquet (-10/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). They will speak to indicate that they have seen you.

You may enter a villager's bedroom when the relevant heart meter reads at least 2 hearts. This level improves access to the villager for talking and gifting.

You receive (or deduct) friendship points as normal on a festival day, based upon any contact with a villager that happens outside of the festival itself. However, talking to a villager during a festival yields no friendship points, although it may reveal interesting information. You may, however, talk with a villager once outside the festival, and talk again during the festival, if the festival schedule and place permit it. But if attending the festival means you have no possibility of talking to a villager, you will still lose two friendship points.

Each villager's heart meter is full at 10 hearts. When full, the meter does not decay over time, even if you never talk to the villager. It can still decrease by other means, such as giving an unsuitable gift or rummaging in trash. Friendship points can still increase, up to a maximum of 2749 (one point less than 11 hearts), when you do talk or give a liked or loved gift to a villager whose heart meter is full.

With marriage candidates, the meter pauses at 8 hearts. It will stay that way forever unless you give the candidate a bouquet to indicate your romantic interest. If you do so, that meter is unlocked again and operates as before until ten hearts is reached and it registers as full. It is possible to give a bouquet to any and all marriage candidates, and raise all their friendship levels to 10 hearts, without damage to your relationships with other romantic partners, so long as you have not yet proposed.

When you propose marriage, the heart meters of all other marriage candidates convert to the behavior of all other villagers, since none are marriage candidates any longer. In three days, when you then marry, your spouse's meter unlocks once again. The social tab displays a 12-heart meter, but the friendship level actually can rise as far as 13 hearts.

Gifts

You can give each villager one gift per day, up to two gifts per week, as indicated by the checkboxes in the social tab. For the purpose of gift-giving, the week begins on Sunday. If you give a villager two gifts in a week, that heart meter will rise an additional ten friendship points on Sunday morning when you get up.

You can always give a birthday gift to a villager, even if you've already given that character two other gifts that week. Glitch: If you do, one of the checkbox checks against their name will disappear. Even so, you cannot then give yet another gift that week.

You can give your spouse one gift every day of the week. You lose a heart if you fail to give your spouse a birthday gift.

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.

Bulletin Board Bundles

Main article: Bundles

Completing all Bulletin Board bundles improves the player's friendship rating with non-datable villagers by two hearts (500 points). Note that this applies only to non-datable villagers who you have met in person. Villagers who do not show on the "Social" tab of the player menu and villagers whose names appear as "???" will not receive 500 points.

Note that you do not have to understand Dwarvish for the Dwarf to receive 500 points. In contrast, you do have to understand Dwarvish for gifts to affect friendship with the Dwarf.

Universal 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 Prismatic Shard A very rare and powerful substance with unknown origins. Mining
Rabbit's Foot 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 Life Elixir Restores health to full. Crafting
Maple Syrup 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

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

Alex

Cooking: Complete Breakfast, Salmon Dinner

Caroline

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

Clint

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

Demetrius

Cooking: Bean Hotpot, Ice Cream, Rice Pudding

Dwarf

All Gems except Diamond

Elliott

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

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

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

Cooking: Fried Mushroom All Flowers (except Poppy)

Gus

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

Haley

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

Harvey

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

Jas

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

Jodi

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

Kent

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

Krobus

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

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

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

Linus

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

Marnie

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

Maru

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

Pam

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

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

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

Robin

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

Sam

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

Sandy

Flowers: Crocus, Sweet Pea

Sebastian

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

Shane

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

Vincent

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

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

Egg (1)

Bread Bread A crusty baguette. Cooking

Wheat Flour (1)

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

Crab Pots

Coral Coral A colony of tiny creatures that clump together to form beautiful structures. Foraging - The Beach
Nautilus Shell Nautilus Shell An ancient shell. Foraging - The Beach
Rainbow Shell 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 Cave Carrot A starchy snack found in caves. It helps miners work longer. Foraging
Driftwood Driftwood A piece of wood from the sea. Fishing
Wheat Flour Wheat Flour A common cooking ingredient made from crushed wheat seeds. Pierre's General Store, Mill
Oil Oil All purpose cooking oil. Pierre's General Store, Oil Maker
Void Egg Void Egg A jet-black egg with red flecks. It's warm to the touch. Animals
Vinegar Vinegar An aged fermented liquid used in many cooking recipes. Pierre's General Store
Rice Rice A basic grain often served under vegetables. Pierre's General Store
Oak Resin Oak Resin A sticky, fragrant substance derived from oak sap. Tapper
Pine Tar Pine Tar A pungent substance derived from pine sap. Tapper
Solar Essence Solar Essence The glowing face is warm to the touch Mining
Void Essence Void Essence It's quivering with dark energy Mining
Spring Onion Spring Onion These grow wild during the spring. Foraging
Field Snack Field Snack A quick snack to fuel the hungry forager. Crafting
Jack-O-Lantern Jack-O-Lantern A whimsical fall decoration. Crafting
Tea Set Tea Set Fine porcelain. Gift from Secret Gift Giver at Feast of the Winter Star

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