In Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, your relationships are based on your interactions with villagers, nature sprites, livestock, and pets. There are actually two hidden measurements to rank your relationship with the villagers, one for normal townies while the other measurement is used for the bachelor/bachelorette. They are known as Friendship Points (FP) and Love Points (LP). To see your current relationship status, open the main menu by using the X Button on your Nintendo Switch controller, and then tab over to the Relationships Menu using the shoulder buttons. You can see your relationship with the villagers, nature sprites, livestock on your farm, and your pets.
What Are Friendship Points?
Friendship Points (FP) relates to how friendly you are with the villagers. Every villager who isn’t a bachelor/bachelorette will have a friendship relationship with you, and your current friendship with a villager is documented by the number of filled-in music note icons next to their portrait in the Villager Relationship menu.
What Are Love Points?
One of the many objectives in Friends of Mineral Town is marriage, and Love Points (LP) correlates to how the marriage candidates perceive you in terms of romance. This is noted by heart markers below the music notes on the Villager Relationship menu, and when you talk to a bachelor/bachelorette, they will have a heart next to their character display picture.
The Friends of Mineral Town remake has same-sex marriage now, so all marriage candidates have LP, though some candidates have invisible hearts meant to add to the challenge of wooing them. The hidden marriage candidates are the Harvest Goddess, Huang, Chef Gourmet, and Kappa. Any farm animals and pets also have relationship points and use the Love Points indicator, with their heart markers displayed in the Livestock Relationship or Pet Relationship menu.
Marriage Candidates and LP
To raise the affection of the marriage candidates, you must give them gifts, and they especially love gifts that are given on their birthday. If you give a villager a gift that they dislike, they will lose relationship points with you, so be careful when choosing your gifts. Participating in romantic or random events can decrease your relationship if you choose a poor response during the event, but it’s easy enough to recover by giving good gifts. Littering isn’t possible in Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, so the only real way to lose points is by neglecting to speak to villagers on a semi-regular basis.
Love Points for potential husbands/wives evolves from Gray Heart > Purple Heart > Blue Heart > Green Heart > Yellow Heart > Orange Heart > Red Heart.
For more information on livestock affection, I have a handy-dandy guide here.
Visual Chart FP + LP
|Favorites||+800 LP, +9 FP||+4000 LP, +45 FP|
|Loved||+500 LP, +9 FP||+2500 LP, +45 FP|
|Liked||+300 LP, +3 FP||+1500 LP, +15 FP|
|Neutral||+100 LP, +1 FP||+500 LP, +5 FP|
|Disliked||-500 LP, -3 FP||-500 LP, -3 FP|
|Hated||-800 LP, -9 FP||-4000 LP, -45 FP|
credit for this wonderful chart: Fogu.com
Easy Ways to Raise FP and LP
You can add wrapping paper to a gift at any time by visiting Jeff’s shop and standing in front of the wrapping paper with the gift in hand. Also, by gift-wrapping a villager’s birthday gift at Jeff’s Supermarket, you can boost the LP and FP you receive by 25%. The gift wrap will cost 100 G. Another way to increase your relationships is by participating in town festivals that take place in Rose Plaza and Mineral Beach—simply talk to the villager at the festival, and you will gain a few friendship points. If you happen to take first place in the festival, you will gain additional friendship points with the villagers present. The festivals are marked on the calendar in your home and they are also announced on the News channel on your TV. Mayor Thomas and other villagers may remind you of the festival too.
Why Does It Matter?
Befriending villagers in Friends of Mineral Town will greatly benefit you in many different ways, and now that some recipes are locked behind the cookbook, you’ll need to make several friends to learn them all. Plus, if a villager likes you, you will experience random events with the villagers, and (sometimes) receive special gifts from them.
Giving a gift to a villager will help to increase your relationship with them, even moreso on the villager’s birthday. Once you’ve introduced yourself to a villager, their birthday date will appear on your calendar next to the bed in your home.
You can only give one gift on a villager’s birthday, so make it count. If you aren’t sure if the villager likes the gift you want to give, save your game before giving the item so you can reload your save game and recover in case the gift doesn’t go over well (they’ll definitely let you know it). Remember that only marriage candidates have a favorite level of gift, meaning regular villagers might require a little more effort, even if you know their most-liked gifts.
Image Credits: Story of Seasons