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Rune Factory 4 Special: Complete Romance Guide

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  • The Bachelors And Bachelorettes
  • Dating
  • Marriage
  • Parenthood
  • Arthur's Town Events
  • Doug's Town Events
  • Dylas's Town Events
  • Kiel's Town Events
  • Leon's Town Events
  • Vishnal's Town Events
  • Amber's Town Events
  • Clorica's Town Events
  • Dolce's Town Events
  • Forte's Town Events
  • Margaret's Town Events
  • Xiao Pai's Town Events

In the grand tradition of farming simulators since the dawn of time, Rune Factory 4 allows your character to romance and marry the bachelor or bachelorette of their choosing. Needless to say, striking up a romance and getting married is not a simple process.

There's quite a lot of luck involved in charming the future spouse of your dreams, but there are certainly ways to minimize its influence. With the best gifts, dating techniques, and perhaps some cheeky save/reloading, you will undoubtedly be successful in love.

The Bachelors And Bachelorettes

There are 14 romanceable characters in Rune Factory 4, six men and six women. Four of these characters are not present in Selphia when you begin the game but will join the town during the first act when you beat certain bosses.

BachelorsBachelorettes
ArthurClorica
DougForte
KielMargaret
VishnalXiao Pai
Late Arrivals
DylasAmber
LeonDolce

You will know that a character is a potential romance candidate if a short anime-style sequence plays when you first talk to them.

NOTE: Unfortunately, there is no same-sex romance in the game. A male main character can only date and marry the bachelorette characters, and a female main character can only date and marry the bachelor characters.

Dating

Once a character has a high enough friendship level with the main character, you can attempt to date them. To do this, press the BTW button as you would if you were asking them to accompany you on an adventure. Choose the "I love you" and the "I really love you" options to attempt to start a relationship.

If they decline or think you are joking, you must wait until the next day to try again. This option has a higher chance of working with higher friendship levels, but can theoretically work as low as level four. It will always have a very low chance of working, so try to raise your friendship levels as high as possible.

There are some extra things to keep in mind when trying to start a relationship:

  • You cannot start a relationship with Leon or Dolce until you have started the game's second act (after the credits have rolled for the first time).
  • You cannot start a relationship with Doug until you have started the game's third act (after the credits have rolled for the second time).

Once you are in a relationship, it will be even more difficult to confess your love to other characters – but not impossible. You are also able to take your partner on dates now.

Asking your partner out on a date is done from the BTW menu. You will arrange to meet them at a specific time the next day and you can choose the location of the date. Some locations, such as the General Store, will reward you with items for choosing them.

Marriage

It will eventually be possible to marry your partner, but there are a few prerequisites before even attempting it:

  • You must have viewed a particular Town Event involving your partner.
    • The specific Town Events for each potential partner are listed at the bottom of this guide.
  • You must be at friendship level ten with your partner.
  • You must have been on at least three dates with your partner.
  • You must have a double bed. This can be purchased from the furniture shop, which must be unlocked with an order.
  • Depending on who you are dating, you must also have an engagement ring.

    • If you are playing the male character and are dating any bachelorette except Xiao Pai, you must have an Engagement Ring.
    • If you are dating Xiao Pai or are playing the female character, you will not need the Engagement Ring.
    • If you were proposed by Xiao Pai or any of the bachelors and turned them down, you can propose to them at a later date with the Engagement Ring.

    The Engagement Ring is an accessory that can be crafted at the Crafting Table. The recipe is as follows: one item of the Minerals category, one item of the Jewels category. The cheapest combination would be a chunk of Iron and an Amethyst. But do you really want to cheap out on your proposal?

    Once all the prerequisites are satisfied, a Town Event can randomly trigger where you will either be proposed to or be prompted to propose. You can decline at this point, but from here on out, you can propose to your partner at any time as long as you have an Engagement Ring.

    Once married, your spouse will move in, and any relationships you had with other single residents will immediately end.

    Parenthood

    Within one month of being married, your spouse will begin to talk about having a child. Soon after, either you or your wife will fall pregnant with a child.

    Speak with your spouse after this happens to determine the gender of the child. You can either choose the gender or let the game choose for you.

    In Rune Factory 4, gestation takes 20 days. Once this time has elapsed your child will be born, and after a few scenes, the game will skip ahead a few years to allow the child to grow up and become a fully-fledged NPC with their own dialogue, likes and dislikes, and even stats. That's right, you can take your child out to dangerous dungeons like any other NPC in the game!

    Once you have a child, if you take them to the Sechs Territory, you can obtain a White Stone on the westernmost screen of the area that is shaped a bit like a gun.

    Town Events Guide

    One of the prerequisites to marriage is viewing a Town Event that focuses on your chosen partner specifically. These happen randomly once their own prerequisites are met and can be viewed over multiple days. Getting a specific Town Event to spawn is a matter of luck, so you may want to try reloading on a day without an upcoming birthday or festival to get one to spawn.

    Each potential spouse also has their own marriage-specific Town Event with steps to follow.

    Only one Town Event can be active at any time, so complete any that appear as soon as possible.

    Arthur's Town Events

    To marry Arthur, you will need to have completed two Town Events:

    • Don't Forget Your Physical
      • When this event is active, speak to Jones, Porcoline, and Margaret in that order. Bring Margaret to speak with Porcoline and then examine the table in Arthur's office.
      • Speak to Jones again and then head to the screen east of the entrance to Yokmir Forest.
      • After the scene outside town, report back to Jones and then speak to him again on the following day.
    • Eyeglass Mania
      • Speak to Arthur and accept his request. Examine all of the items in Arthur's office and then check all the objects upstairs in Arthur's room when prompted.
      • Speak to Arthur once every object has been examined.
      • Once you have completed these, you will need to wait for the Transient Vision Town Event to begin.

        • Head to Arthur's office with Vishnal and talk to him. Agree to meet with him.
        • On the following day, head outside and watch the scene. Speak with the Traveler, Vishnal, and Arthur. Afterwards, speak to Forte in Arthur's office.
        • Leave town and head to Arthur's icon on the minimap.
        • After a few days, you will be prompted to follow Arthur to Volkanon's room. After this, go to Arthur's office.
        • Now, speak to Volkanon, Kiel, Porcoline, Bado, and Arthur. Head home and watch the scene.
        • On the following day, go back to where you found Arthur outside town for the marriage event.

        Doug's Town Events

        To marry Doug, you will need to have completed two Town Events:

        • Doug's Secret
          • Speak to Doug and Blossom at the General Store and then wait until 7:00. Follow Doug until you reach a scene and then speak to Margaret.
          • Do the same on the following day and the day after. On the third day, speak to Blossom after the event at the restaurant.
        • Shiny Memories
          • After an event with a bird, examine the right-hand side of the building.
          • On the following day, speak to Blossom.
          • On the following day, speak to Xiao Pai.
          • On the following day, go to the General Store for an event. Do the same with the restaurant on the next day. On the next day after that, watch an event at Arthur's office.
          • Go to the General Store and then follow Doug to the castle for a scene.
          • On the next day, leave your house and go speak to Blossom.
          • Once you have completed these, the A Very Special Ring event can trigger.

            • Once the event is active, talk to Doug.
            • On the following day, talk to Doug and agree to the date.
            • On the third day, go on the date with Doug to the lake.
            • On the fourth day, you need to speak with all of the other bachelors in their bedrooms before talking to Doug once more.
            • On the fifth day you will need to follow Doug to Bado's shop and then talk to him.
            • On the next day, you can talk to Amber, Dolce, and Clorica in front of your house.
            • On the seventh day, talk to all of the bachelorettes.
            • There will be a scene with the bachelorettes on the eighth day – speak to Doug afterward.
            • On the penultimate day you need to talk to Clorica, Dole, and Margaret outside Bado's. Talk to the bachelorettes again, then Doug, and then wait until nighttime before heading to your room.
            • Talk to Doug on the next day for the marriage event.

            Dylas's Town Events

            There is only one Town Event needed to marry Dylas:

            • Smile Practice
              • Speak to Dylas once this event is triggered.
              • Go to the restaurant and talk to Dylas in his room – choose the option to tell him not to give up. Speak to all the residents in town and then return to Dylas.
              • Talk to Porcoline after this.

              Once this has been completed, you unlock the For Clumsy You event.

              • Talk to Dylas and then follow him to Bado's shop. Talk to him again here.
              • Do this again for three days. On the fourth day of the event, talk to everyone you can in town.
              • On the next day, meet Dylas in front of your room. Do this again on the following day for the marriage scene.

              Kiel's Town Events

              Kiel has two Town Event requirements before the marriage event can trigger:

              • The Knight's Steed
                • Speak to Forte.
                • On the next two days, go to the airship landing for two events. Then, head to Bado's shop for another event.
                • After this, there will be an event in the town square and a final event triggered by leaving town to the south.
              • A Part-Time Job
                • Speak to Kiel inside his home. After this, view a scene at the hot springs with Kiel and Xiao Pai – speak to them both afterward.
                • Do this again on the next day. Follow Kiel after speaking to him, there will be two events to view with him.
                • The next event takes place in the town square. After this, speak to Kiel outside the hot springs.
                • Head inside the inn for yet another event, and exit for the final one.
                • Kiel's marriage event is called The Red Knight.

                  • On the first day, talk to Kiel and Forte.
                  • On the second day, talk to Forte, Xiao Pai, Lin Fa, Porcoline, and Margaret.
                  • On the third day, talk to Kiel and Bado before heading to the airship for a scene. Once that is over, talk to Jones, Nancy, Forte, Volkanon, and Clorica. Then take the airship to Obsidian Mansion for a scene.
                  • On the fourth day, talk to Kiel and view the event with him at Bado's.
                  • On the fifth day, you'll need to talk to Kiel, Forte, Arthur, and Bado.
                  • On the next day you'll see a scene if you go to Bado's. After this, talk to Kiel and join him at the castle. Then, talk to Forte and Nancy before viewing a scene in front of Kiel's house.
                  • Follow Kiel and talk to him when he stops. Finally, talk to Arthur.
                  • On the final day, talk to Kiel at the clinic and then talk to Bado at his shop. Go back to the clinic and talk to Kiel and Forte.
                  • Head to the airship as a final step.

                  Leon's Town Events

                  Leon has only one event as a prerequisite to marriage.

                  • A Day in Leon's Life
                    • Hear rumors about Leon from Vishnal and Clorica. After this, head to Vishnal's room to see an event.
                    • Head back to Vishnal's room on the next day for an event.
                    • On the following four days, head to the airship, housing area, town square, and the airship again for four separate events.
                    • Go to Arthur's office for an event and then return to the airship landing for the final event with Leon and Kiel.

                    Once this has been done, you can view the A Letter From The Past event.

                    • Speak to Kiel in the town square and ask about Leon. Then, talk to Forte, Arthur, Xiao Pai, and Lin Fa.
                    • Head to Leon Karnak for a scene and then another scene in your room.
                    • On the next day, speak to Leon, Arthur, and Kiel. In Kiel's house, check his desk for a memo.
                    • Speak to Leon after this.
                    • On the following day, speak to Xiao Pai, Leon, and Kiel.
                    • Head to the save point on Autumn Road and go south until you reach an event. Speak to Leon and Kiel after the event.
                    • On the next day, speak to Xiao Pai at the inn again. Once this is complete, head to Dragon Lake and then speak to Leon.
                    • The final event will take place at Leon Karnak.

                    Vishnal's Town Events

                    The only prerequisite to marry Vishnal is a single town event:

                    • Don't Fall for it, Vishnal!
                      • Speak to Vishnal to start the event.
                      • On the following day, speak to Vishnal and Bado.
                      • Speak to Vishnal for the next four days and then break the statue on the fifth day.
                      • On the next day, complete the event by heading to the castle's west wing.

                      Once complete, the Your Answer event may be triggered.

                      • Agree to go on a date with Vishnal.
                      • Go on the date with Vishnal, heading to the west side of town.
                      • On the following day, speak to Vishnal twice in his bedroom. Make him join your party.
                      • On the next day, speak to Vishnal twice in his bedroom again.

                      Amber's Town Events

                      Amber only has one prerequisite town event:

                      • Introducing Amber Watson
                        • View an event at the airship landing with Amber, Kiel, and Arthur. Then, view another event at the blacksmith with Amber and Bado.
                        • On the following day, go to the Flower Shop to see an event with Amber and Illuminata.
                        • Find Illuminata inside the Yokmir Forest dungeon – recruit her into your party and then defeat the monsters threatening Amber on the next screen.

                        Amber's marriage event is called Gratitude.

                        • Speak to Amber and Kiel at the General Store.
                        • On the following day, speak to Amber and Kiel on Melody Street.
                        • On the following day, speak to Forte, Kiel, and Amber in the town square. After this, speak with Amber after 19:00 in your room.
                        • On the next day, wait until 19:00 again and speak to Amber in her bedroom.
                        • On the next day, speak to Amber twice – the second time in your room.
                        • On the following day, speak to Amber again.
                        • On the next day, talk to Amber in the Flower Shop to recruit her. Speak to Illuminata with Amber.
                        • Then, go to Yokmir Forest and head north until Amber leaves you. Go back to town and speak to Kiel.
                        • Return to the screen where Amber left and speak to her. Follow her north and speak to her again.
                        • Defeat Ambrosia.

                        Clorica's Town Events

                        Clorica has one prerequisite town event before marriage is an option:

                        • Get It Together!
                          • Once the event has started, speak to Clorica in the town square in the afternoon.
                          • On the next day speak to Doug, Amber, and Clorica in the town square. Follow them to Forte's house for an event.
                          • Do this again on the next day, but this time viewing an event at Arthur's office.
                          • On the third day, the event will be at Margaret's house.
                          • On the fourth day, the event will be at Dolce's house.
                          • The day after this event, speak to Clorica in the town square.

                          Once you have done this, the Ephemeral Wish event may trigger.

                          • Speak with Clorica until she mentions acquiring an accessory.
                          • On the next three days, view the events at Bado's, the General Store, and finally the observatory.
                          • On the fourth day, head to the airship landing for another event. Pick the diner option and head there.
                          • On the following day, speak to Clorica and Vishnal in their rooms. Then speak to all of the residents and return to Vishnal who should be near the town entrance.
                          • There will be a battle against Ants here.
                          • On the next day, view an event at the Flower Shop and then speak to Illuminata. Pick any choice.
                          • Speak to Clorica and then give her the Engagement Ring if you want to marry her right there and then.

                          Dolce's Town Events

                          There is only one event for Dolce's marriage flag to trigger:

                          • The Running Sign
                            • View the graffiti next to the doors to the hot springs, General Store, and Flower Shop.
                            • View the scene outside the Flower Shop.
                            • Speak to Dolce near the airship.
                            • Follow Docle around town, speaking to her whenever she stops walking.
                            • Speak with Forte after the event near Dragon Lake.

                            Dolce's marriage event may now trigger and it is called Language of Flowers.

                            • Speak to Kiel in the town square.
                            • On the next day, speak with Dolce at Dragon Lake.
                            • Speak with Dolce again on the next day and head to Leon Karnak for an event.
                            • On the next day, view the event at the clinic.
                            • Speak to Dolce on the next day, and then view an event at the clinic on the following day after that.
                            • On the next day, speak to Nancy and then go find Dolce to bring her back to the clinic. Here, speak to both Dolce and Pico.
                            • On the following day, speak to Dolce in her bedroom. Go to Leon Karnak for the last scene.

                            Forte's Town Events

                            Forte only has one event to view before her marriage event can trigger, and it's the same as one of Kiel's:

                            • The Knight's Steed
                              • Speak to Forte.
                              • On the next two days, go to the airship landing for two events. Then, head to Bado's shop for another event.
                              • After this, there will be an event in the town square and a final event triggered by leaving town to the south.

                              After this, you may trigger Where The Heart Is.

                              • Speak to Forte, and then speak to Vishnal twice. After this, speak to Clorica and then Forte once more.
                              • On the next day, speak to Forte and view a scene in her room. Speak to Kiel after this, and then view an event on the path that leads towards the Obsidian Mansion on Selphia Plains.
                              • Speak to Forte after the event and then defeat the following monsters: a High Orc, an Orc Archer, and a Buffamoo.
                              • Go to Selphia's gate entrance once you have defeated these monsters and then speak with Forte, then Bado.
                              • On the following day, speak to Kiel and Forte. Wait another day and speak to Forte again before speaking to Kiel and Vishnal.
                              • On the following day, head to Forte's house for an event. Speak to Forte afterward and meet her near the Obsidian Mansion for an event. Defeat the monsters from the earlier step once more and speak to Forte again.
                              • Head to the clinic for an event and then speak to Kiel. After this, speak to Forte at her house and then at Dragon Lake.
                              • Speak to Bado and select the second choice before speaking to both Forte and Kiel.
                              • Go back to the place you met Forte near the Obsidian Mansion and examine the object in the center of the screen.
                              • On the following day, watch the event at Selphia gate and speak to Forte.

                              Margaret's Town Events

                              Margaret has a whopping four events that must be completed before her marriage event can be triggered.

                              • A Favor Repaid
                                • Speak to Porcoline and Margaret before returning to Porcoline. Take Porcoline on a date and then watch the event at the entrance to Yokmir Forest.
                                • On the next day, speak to Margaret before returning to the entrance of Yokmir Forest.
                              • A Porco and an Elf
                                • Witness Porcoline speaking with a stranger at the entrance to the town square.
                                • Speak to Illuminata.
                                • A Performance Without An Audience
                                  • Speak to Dolce to trigger the event and then speak to Margaret. Recruit her into your party.
                                  • Go to the boss room in the Obsidian Mansion for an event. After this, head to the entrance of the dungeon (use the teleporter to get there quickly) and then make your way through the dungeon normally until you see an event.
                                  • Examine the spot that the ghost in the previous event was looking at to obtain some sheet music. Continue through the mansion for another event with a ghost.
                                  • On the following day, speak to Margaret and view the event in Yokmir Forest.
                                  • Thoughts Lost in the Lake
                                    • When this event has triggered, speak with Margaret and head to Dragon Lake.
                                    • Pick up the litter.
                                    • Once these have all been witnessed, you can trigger Being Here.

                                      • Speak to your neighbors until you hear about a Siren.
                                      • Recruit Margaret into your party and head to Keeno Lake for an event.
                                      • On the following day, go to Margaret's house for an event and then speak to Porcoline.
                                      • Leave town for an event and then head to Mushroom Lake for another event.
                                      • Speak to all of the residents again, and then Kiel for a final time.
                                      • Head to Margaret's house for another event, and then go to Keeno Lake for the marriage event.

                                      Xiao Pai's Town Events

                                      To marry Xiao Pai you will need to have witnessed two events:

                                      • Oh No It's Contagious
                                        • View the event in the hot springs involving Lin Fa and Xiao Pai.
                                        • On the following day, go to the General Store for an event.
                                        • On the following day, talk to the residents around town before heading to the hot springs for the final event.
                                      • A Copper's Windfall
                                        • Speak to Kiel until he talks about Ants being found outside town. Go and defeat them and then speak to the traveler there.
                                        • Go to the town square and watch the event there, before heading to Bado's for another event.
                                        • Speak to Forte before returning to Bado's for yet another event.
                                        • Go to the hot springs for an event and then exit town again to defeat more Ants.
                                        • Speak to Lin Fa at the hot springs and then talk to the Traveler in the town square. He will have no portrait but his nameplate will identify him as Yang Fan.
                                        • With these done, you can now complete Never Gonna Give Up!

                                          • Speak to Xiao Pai and Kiel before heading to the hot springs for an event. Speak to Xiao Pai again. Then, view the event at the restaurant.
                                          • On the next day, head to the hot springs for an event.
                                          • Head to the mushroom area to the south of Selphia Plains and go east to the bridge for an event. Go back to the hot springs for the day's final event.
                                          • On the following day, go to the hot springs and then wait another day before speaking to Xiao Pai. Speak to Blossom right after.
                                          • On the following day, speak to Xiao Pai again and view an event at the restaurant.
                                          • Speak to Xiao Pai near the airship landing and then speak to Yang Fan who can be found on the second floor of the inn. Speak to Xiao Pai afterward.
                                          • On the next day, speak to Yang Fan again and then return to the bridge from the previous steps.
                                          • Once you have seen that event, speak to Xiao Pai in the hot springs for her proposal scene.

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