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Affection is a gameplay element in Harvest Moon: Back to Nature.

Affection measures the friendship level with villagers and marriage candidates. Raising affection levels are required for certain events, to obtain recipes and to marry any potential female marriage candidates. Harvest Sprites also have affection levels, but they differ from regular villagers. There is also a separate affection level for animals on your farm. Because animals cannot be given gifts, there are actions that the player can take to increase the affection of animals.[1] 

Villagers

All regular villagers (and your child) start out with a base of 50 affection points and can have a maximum of 255 affection points.[2] If you've spoken to a character or given them a gift, their affection will raise by one point the following day.[3] Some villagers will change their dialogue at around 200 affection or so (when they consider the player a close friend).

Affection Modifiers
Action Affection
Talk to Villager +1
Gift giving See sections below


First Gift Given

This table outlines how affection is modified when the player gives a character the first gift in a day.[4]

Type of Gift Unwrapped Wrapped (Birthday)
Unwrapped
(Birthday)
Wrapped
Loved +9 +11 +45 +47
Liked +3 +5 +15 +17
Neutral +1 +3 +5 +7
Disliked -3 -1 -15 -13
Hated -9 -7 -45 -43


Multiple Gifts

This table outlines how affection is modified when the player gives a character multiple gifts in a day.[5]

Type of Gift Unwrapped Wrapped (Birthday)
Unwrapped
(Birthday)
Wrapped
Loved +3 +2 +15 +40
Liked +1 0 +5 0
Neutral 0 -1 0 -5
Disliked -3 -4 -15 -20
Hated -9 -10 -45 -50


Bachelorettes

Bachelorettes have an affection level that ranges from 0 to 65,535.[6] Their affection level is indicated by a colored Heart displayed in the bottom right corner of their dialogue window.

Heart Colors
Heart Color Affection
Red Heart (Affection) Red 60,000 - 65,535
Orange Heart (Affection) Orange 50,000 - 59,999
Yellow Heart (Affection) Yellow 40,000 - 49,999
Green Heart (Affection) Green 30,000 - 39,999
Blue Heart (Affection) Blue 20,000 - 29,999
Purple Heart (Affection) Purple 5,000 - 19,999
Black Heart (Affection) Black 0 - 4,999


Affection Modifiers
Action Affection
Talk to Bachelorette +200
Gift giving See sections below


First Gift Given

This table outlines how affection is modified when the player gives a bachelorette the first gift in a day.[7]
Perfume will raise any bachelorette's affection by +1000.

Type of Gift Unwrapped Wrapped (Birthday)
Unwrapped
(Birthday)
Wrapped
Loved +500 +500 +500 +2500
Liked +300 +300 +300 +1500
Neutral +100 +100 +100 +500
Disliked -500 -500 -500 -2500
Hated -800 -800 -800 -4000


Multiple Gifts

This table outlines how affection is modified when the player gives a bachelorette multiple gifts in a day.[8]
Perfume will raise any bachelorette's affection by +1000.

Type of Gift Unwrapped Wrapped (Birthday)
Unwrapped
(Birthday)
Wrapped
Loved +300 +300 +300 +1500
Liked +100 +100 +100 +500
Neutral 0 0 0 0
Disliked -500 -500 -500 -2500
Hated -800 -800 -800 -4000


Animals

Dog

Activity Affection
Picked up +2
Whistle and response +2
Ignored for a whole day -1
Left outside in bad weather -5
Attacked with a tool -10


Chicken

Activity Affection
Feeding +10
Attacked with a tool -10
Barked at by wild dog -10
Not fed for the day -20
Left outside in bad weather -120


Cow

Activity Affection
Talked to +3 
Eat grass outside +2
Fed inside barn +1
Attacked with a tool -9
Left outside with no grass to eat -9
Not fed in barn -9
Barked at by wild dog -10
Left outside in bad weather -120


Sheep

Activity Affection
Talked to +3
Eat grass outside +2
Fed inside barn +1
Attacked with a tool -1
Barked at by wild dog -1
Left outside with no grass to eat -9
Not fed in barn -10
Left outside in bad weather -120

Harvest Sprites

The Harvest Sprites have different types of affection levels. They have a hidden affection level that increases every 25 affection points.[9] Each time that you ask them to work for you, they lose 2 affection points.[10] The gift values described in the tables above for villagers apply to the Harvest Sprites' affection as well. 

Additionally, the Sprites have a hidden skill level for work. Each sprite starts out with no skill at each job that you can hire them for. Each time you hire them for work, their skill level will increase by one. This skill level maxes out at 255.

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References

  1. Animals harvestmoonbacktonatureguide.com
  2. Harvest Moon: Back to Nature Characters harvestmoonbacktonatureguide.com
  3. Harvest Moon: Back to Nature Characters harvestmoonbacktonatureguide.com
  4. Harvest Moon: Back to Nature Characters harvestmoonbacktonatureguide.com
  5. Harvest Moon: Back to Nature Characters harvestmoonbacktonatureguide.com
  6. Harvest Moon: Back to Nature Gift Giving harvestmoonbacktonatureguide.com
  7. Harvest Moon: Back to Nature Gift Giving harvestmoonbacktonatureguide.com
  8. Harvest Moon: Back to Nature Gift Giving harvestmoonbacktonatureguide.com
  9. Harvest Moon: Back to Nature Characters harvestmoonbacktonatureguide.com
  10. Harvest Moon: Back to Nature Characters harvestmoonbacktonatureguide.com
  11. Harvest Moon: Back to Nature Characters harvestmoonbacktonatureguide.com
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