Rune Factory 4 introduces dating system to Rune Factory series. The main characters can enter a relationship with marriageable candidates. Up to six relationships are permitted at once, but will be broken off after marriage since the other eligible candidates will revert to being friends after the player gets married.
When you try to initiate this relationship with a marriageable candidate at 7 or 8 Love Points, he or she may mistake it for a joke. The higher their LP, the less likely this is to happen, and the more boyfriends/girlfriends players have, the more likely this is to happen. LP will increase much slower from 7 points up if you are not dating a person. When you have multiple boyfriends/ girlfriends, it's best to try to confess at 10 LP.
In order to marry someone, players must trigger at least two events: At least one sub-event in which the player gets to know more about them, and a marriage event in which they will propose or be prompted to. As with all events, these will trigger at random. However, the marriage event will not be able to be triggered until the player is currently dating them, have gone on a minimum of three dates, have seen the sub-event, and have their LP at 10 or more. For the bachelors (and Xiao Pai), the sub-event will also include the marriage candidate involved trying to propose to the main character. If you turn them down, you will still be able to propose to them later on.
- If you want to propose to someone, you must have both a double bed and an engagement ring (Can be crafted at level 20 crafting skill in the crafting table, recipe must first be acquired though). In order for a reverse proposal to occur, you don't need a ring. (In other words, Frey only needs the ring if she turns a proposal down before going to propose herself, but Lest has to obtain it for anyone other than Xiao Pai.)
- When you meet a new bachelor/bachelorette, there will be short anime cutscenes for their introduction. Each marriage candidate will also have a cutscene in their marriage event. When you are married, you cannot divorce them, and you will now share the same house.
- For most bachelors and bachelorettes, you are able to raise their love points and marry them at any point during the game. But for a few you have to have people unlocked. For Margaret, Dylas must be unlocked, for Leon you have to finish the first arc to unlock him, and for Doug, you have to complete the second arc as his LP will be stuck at 3 until you defeat the Sechs empire.