Almost a year after its release in Japan, Rune Factory 5 finally arrives in the west, with its system of meetings with marriage candidates. It’s a staple of the series that returns revamped in this new entry. We’ve featured each of the bachelor and bachelorette characters below.
rune factory is finally back after years of waiting. The series of farming, crafting, action RPG, monster farming and dating sim has been resurrected with a brand new entry on Nintendo Switch.
Rune Factory 5 Marriage Candidates
This time in Rune factory 5, there are 6 male and 6 female characters that you can date and marry. They each have their own quirks and personalities and play a certain role in the story. Moreover, unlike in the past rune factory Games, rune factory lets you marry any character, regardless of your protagonist’s gender.
Who can you date and marry?
You can marry any of the bachelor and bachelor characters, regardless of which one you chose at the start between Ares and Alice. This is one of the main changes introduced in Rune Factory 5 compared to the previous 6 games in the series.
rune factory is now like its original series Story of Seasons (Bokujou Monogatari) which include same-sex marriage in most games since the Game Boy Advance era. This feature of same-sex marriage is one of the features that was still developing when Rune Factory 5 was first released in Japan in May 2021 and was added a few months later via an update. It has been present in the Western version since the beginning.
An easy way to recognize singles and singles from Rune Factory 5 is the fact that each of them has a special short anime cutscene the first time you meet them. If a character is featured with an anime cutscene, that means you can marry them. As I have already played a good part of Rune Factory 5 in Japanese, I have introduced each of the singles and bachelors below, with different details from those official siteand without diving into spoilers.
Whether you want to woo him or not, Martin is one of the characters you’ll interact with the most in Rune Factory 5. ‘Arts and crafts. -related activities. It is also Martin who explains how to forge items at the start of the game. Martin is the cool and direct type who always focuses on his work. He is Cecil’s older brother, although it seems they are estranged from each other, with Martin spending all his time trying to improve his blacksmithing skills.
rune factory has always had elves and other fantasy-themed races, and Murakumo is a werebeast, a species that notably played a big role in the history of Rune factory 3. As the owner of the inn and bathhouse, Murakumo is another character you’ll encounter quite often, as it’s important, especially in the early game, to use the bathhouse to restore your HP and RP. Murakumo has a very loud and carefree personality and is also Misasagi’s younger brother. This means that his daughter Hina is his niece.
Cecil is also one of the first bachelors you will meet and is Martin’s younger brother. He wants to become a detective to find out what happened to their parents and practically forces Terry to take him under his wing. Cecil is in my opinion one of the funniest characters in gaming, and his thing about treating everything as detective stuff is quite enjoyable to follow. Although some may find it repetitive and boring.
Ryker is apprenticed to Palmo Creacie de Sainte-Coquille, Rigbarth’s carpenter. As another shop NPC, he is also one of the characters you will interact with the most. Personally, Ryker immediately reminded me of Karen from Rune Factory 3 as they both seem incredibly lazy and unmotivated, and both have white hair. However, they are actually quite different characters and Ryker is not a male version of Karin.
Reinhard is a typical knight with a strong sense of honor and justice. He is also Beatrice’s bodyguard. He opens up and shares another side of himself with the protagonist after they meet. Reinhard is basically the coolest bachelor in the game.
It is important to note that Reinhard is initially not in the village and will only move to Rigbarth with Beatrice after a certain point, at the start of the main story. If you want to woo him, you need to focus on the main story to get to the point until they move to Rigbarth and trigger his spawn as soon as possible.
Lucas is a well-versed and incredibly respectful gentleman, as seen in the anime’s opening cutscene with his cool tilting gesture. Lucas is also quite interesting because he has amnesia, a trait usually reserved for the protagonists of the rune factory series, which slowly explore and rediscover their own origins. Saying anything would be spoilers, so you should play the game to find out the Luacs deal.
Much like Reinhard, Lucas will only appear in the game after reaching a later point in the main story. I know it’s hard with all the side activities you can do, but you should focus on advancing the main story first if you want to meet him as soon as possible.
That’s it for singles in Rune Factory 5, let’s not look at marriage candidates.
Priscilla is what one might call the “main heroine” in dating simulators, as in the bachelor who is either the poster of the game (like Shiori in Tokimeki Memorial) or has a large amount of screen time or relevance to the main story. Priscilla is the choice some fans would consider “canon” for the male protagonist Ares, like Mist in Rune Factory 1. She is one of the first characters you will encounter and is available from the start.
Priscila helps out at the Rigbarth outpost under Livia and is often found on the first floor of the building. He’s one of the characters you’ll interact with the most in the story. He’s the typical type of character who seems weak at first glance, but is actually driven by strong determination. Priscilla notably tries to overcome her trauma which prevents her from leaving the village.
Much like Priscilla, Lucy works at Rigbarth Outpost and is often found there. Priscilla and Lucy are childhood friends and among the very first characters you will meet. Lucy is one of my favorites because she’s one of the funniest characters in the game along with her whole family: her big sister Elsje and her little brother Julian. Their mother Simone, the town’s mayor and doctor, also has some truly hilarious moments.
Fuuka is a were-animal and one of the characters with the most cheerful personality in Rune Factory 5. You often find characters with voice gadgets in rune factoryas Sofia in Rune factory 3 which would say the opposite of his thoughts. Fuuka is one of those characters, as she doesn’t speak much human language. However, the meaning of his words and sounds are always specified in parentheses, making him a rather amusing character. Fuuka works at the restaurant in town with Elsje and is almost always there.
Beatrice is the aristocratic bachelor of Rune Factory 5 but is not haughty and has a gentle personality. Although she lacks common knowledge as someone who has always lived in high society. Beatrice is an incredibly important figure from a certain country who travels incognito with her bodyguard Reinhard. They will only appear in-game and move to Rigbarth after a certain main story event. It happens pretty soon, so don’t worry.
Scarlett is a half-elf and a member of SEED like the protagonist. She is an elite ranger who works above all else. Scarlett is one of the most interesting characters in the game because unlike almost everyone else, she distrusts the protagonist at first and even challenges them to some competition.
Scarlett will only appear in Rigbarth after a certain event in the main story, shortly after Beatrice and Reinhard’s introduction.
Ludmila is a unique character completely different from all the other singles in rune factory or even all story of the seasons series so far. She is a succubus who immediately falls in love with the protagonist and regularly cracks dirty jokes. That’s just one aspect of his personality though, and he’s a great character, as much as the rest of the cast.
Ludmila won’t join Rigbarth until a bit later in the main story, after Beatrice, and after Scarlett as well. Ludmila is one of the most popular characters among Japanese fans and for good reason. Return when Rune Factory 5 the characters were first revealed with the game’s Japanese promotion, when Ludmila was revealed on November 24, 2020, “Succubus” was trending all day on Japanese Twitter.
That’s all for the Rune Factory 5 marriage candidates. Who do you plan to go far with? Have you already chosen someone from the start and planned to stick to the plan, or will you decide after playing the game for a few hours? Let us know in the comments!