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In Stardew Valley, raising your friendship level with the town can be a rewarding experience and give you further insight into the residents and their backgrounds. Also a requirement for dating or marriage, special events play at certain heart levels with characters.
Increasing your friendship with Maru can be achieved by helping to complete quests anytime she posts on the ""Help Wanted"" board. However, it is faster to improve your friendship with her through gifting some of her favorite objects in the game, and achieving certain levels of friendship with her will trigger some interesting cutscenes.
In terms of the best gifts to advance your friendship with Maru, they can be somewhat harder to obtain than other characters. Following in the footsteps of her dad, Demetrius, her loved gifts heavily revolve around science-based objects. The easiest to obtain is Gold Bars, made from ore found in mine levels 80+, or by growing cabbages or strawberries. If cooking is your preferred gift of choice, she enjoys a Cheese Cauliflower or some Pepper Poppers.
If you don"t fancy spending time in the mines or growing cabbages, there"s always the option to gift her a Battery Pack obtained from Lightning Rods, but this is heavily reliant on thunderstorms, so it could be time-consuming.
In the two heart event, you find Maru and Demetrius testing soil samples in their house. Maru exits for a moment to collect more samples, and Demetrius states that Maru is a good kid and doesn"t want anything getting in the way of her future.
The dialogue that follows does not affect your relationship with Maru but does on your friendship with Demetrius. Selecting the dialogue ""(Say Nothing)"" will earn you +10 friendship with Demetrius, then he and Maru return to work. However, selecting ""Actually, your dad was being weird."" will force him to apologize and lose you 100 friendship points with him.
Upon reaching four hearts with Maru, enter the Clinic when she"s working. You see her complain about her job then drop a glass when startled by your entry. Worried about Harvey"s reaction, you are presented with the following dialogue options.
Selecting ""Just scoop it off the floor"" will lose you 50 friendship points, and Maru is annoyed you trying to get her to lie. Choosing ""Tell Harvey it was my fault"" will lose you 20 points as Harvey knows it was Maru and is disappointed she lied to him.
The best option to select is ""Tell Harvey it was an accident."" Which earns you 50 points. Maru nervously admits the truth, but Harvey reassures her it was an accident and thanks her for her dedication and hard work.
Reaching six hearts with Maru will trigger an event when entering the mountain on a sunny day, between 9 pm and 11:40 pm. Maru is looking through her telescope and wants you to look through it and see the stars.
Selecting the dialogue ""A beautiful planet."" will increase your friendship by 30 points. However, selecting ""A cold, dark abyss."" will decrease it by 30 points as Maru is disappointed you don"t see the universe the same way she does.
Maru looks like she"s about to tell you something but changes her mind and continues talking further about the stars. The cutscene ends with your character happy about the beautiful night shared.
In the eight heart event, enter the Carpenter"s shop anytime Maru is there. She is excited to show you a new machine and asks you to put your hand on it for a demonstration. She flips a switch, and you get an electric shock. Maru quickly applies some burn cream and asks if you"re alright.
Selecting the dialogue ""It’s okay, it doesn’t even hurt"" will increase your friendship by 30 points as Maru is relieved she hasn"t hurt you further. But if you select ""You"d better be, this hurts like crazy!"" it obviously makes her feel bad, and you lose 50 points. Either way, Maru is disappointed she ruined the moment.
Entering the Carpenter"s Shop between 9 am and 4 pm with a 10 heart relationship will find Maru wanting to show you her finished big project. She activates a robot that is self-aware. Demetrius walks in and is frightened by the robot and encourages Maru to give it its freedom when the robot requests to explore space.
Saying you"re impressed with the robot will earn you 50 points as Maru appreciates your understanding. If you select ""you should have made that robot your slave"" you will lose 50 points unless you select the options ""just a piece of machinery"" or ""MariLDA deserves her freedom"" to cancel out the loss. If you select ""I would have put her to work on the farm,"" you will lose 50 points as Maru is extremely disappointed in you.
When Maru is your wife and you have a 14 heart relationship, two cutscenes will occur. Entering the Farmhouse between 6:10 am and 5 pm on any day but Sunday in any season but winter, Maru will greet you by telling you of a rare astronomical event happening tomorrow night she wants you to watch together.
The next day, by entering the Mountains between 10 pm and 1 am, you and Maru stand near a telescope reminiscing about your relationship. After seeing a comet, Maru encourages you to make a wish then asks you what the wish is. Selecting any of the dialogue options will not affect the relationship and is your last major cutscene with Maru.
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Anastasia Owens is a writer, game player, and animation student based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Currently attending Ulster University, she produces 3D game ready models and environments, using software such as Autodesk Maya and Unreal Engine. She has been gaming since she got her first Gamecube at 3 years old and has developed a particular interest in open-world gaming.