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Rune Factory 4 introduces dating system to Rune Factory series. The player can form a relationship with a marriage candidate.


When the player meets a marriage candidate for the first time, there will be short anime cut-scenes for their introduction; the same goes for their marriage event. This does not happen with Forte, as her intro plays when the player exits town for the first time.

Although it is possible for Lest or Frey to initiate relationship with a marriage candidate at 4 or 5 LP, the success rate of the confession actually being accepted will be higher if the LP is higher. The more candidates the player is currently dating, the less successful they will be when initiating a new relationship. If there is currently an event involving the target, they will always decline until the event's completion. Dolce and Leon cannot be courted until the end of first story arc, while Doug cannot be courted until after completing the second arc.

Upon dating, the player can take their partner to specific areas or may ask that person to make decision for them. Notably, having a date in Bado's Blacksmith or Illuminata's shop will yield items for the player. Additionally, there are holiday dates that the player or their partner may invite each other to such as the Firefly Festival. During dates, the player may also do something extra with their partner to increase their intimacy such as holding hands or hugging and may get extra LP if they escort their partner home.

If the player stands their date up, their partner will refuse to properly talk or accompany them in any capacity until after a few days. It is not possible to end a relationship except when the player marries someone, and they will automatically break up with any other candidate they are currently also dating and will cancel any date not with the spouse.


In order to marry someone, players must trigger at least two events: one sub-event in which the player gets to know more about their chosen marriage candidate, and a marriage event in which they will propose or be prompted to. As with all events, these will trigger randomly. However, the marriage event will not happen until the player is currently dating them, goes on at least three dates, has viewed the sub-event(s), and their sweetheart has 10 LP or more. For the bachelors and Xiao Pai, the sub-event will also include the marriage candidate involved trying to propose to the player. If the latter turns them down, they will still be able to propose later on.

Before proposing to a marriage candidate, the player must have both a double bed and an engagement ring, the latter of which can be crafted in the crafting table when are at Level 20 crafting skill (recipe must first be acquired). However, the ring is not needed during a reverse proposal. If there is another event involving the spouse or another on-going marriage event, it will not be possible to marry until the event's completion.

Once they are married, the spouse will move into the player's room and always wake up side-by-side if the latter sleeps at home. The first conversation of the day with spouse also shows them giving the player a food item before a hug.


  • If the player is dating, one of the locations that can be visited is Blossom's general store, where the player can purchase items for their partner. These items can subsequently be found in their partner's room and examined with extra dialogue from them. These items will also linger even if the player chooses to marry someone else. The dialogue between the player and their partner when examining the latter's bed will change if the player is dating that person and again if they are married.
  • If the player is already married before entering Leon Karnak to face the Heaven's Gate, they will get a special cutscene with their spouse before leaving for battle.
  • Attempting to confess to another marriage candidate after marriage causes them to report the player's activities, and speaking with own spouse afterwards causes them to provide a special dialogue indicating their jealousy.
  • Rune Factory 4 Special expanded the player's relationship by providing Another Episode and Newlywed Mode with their spouses.