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This article is about Carter, a character from Harvest Moon DS. You may be looking for Carter as he appears in A Wonderful Life. This is not to be confused with Carter, a priest in the Harvest Moon series.

Carter (カーイン Kāin) is a character in Harvest Moon: DS and Harvest Moon DS: Cute. He is one of the eligible bachelors available to court in Cute.

Carter is an archaeologist who is passionate for his work. He and Flora work tirelessly day and night at the dig site, looking for new things to excavate. Carter and Flora live together in a small tent near the dig site, but spend nearly all of their days digging. Carter may seem serious about his work, but he never turns down a helping hand, and even lets you keep what you dig up!

Carter spends the majority of his time at the dig site. In the early morning and late nights, he can be found inside his tent. During the day and evening, he will be inside the dig site. He visits the Blue Bar on his day off to enjoy a drink. 

It's easiest to get to Carter's heart through his stomach. Carter will mention that Flora's cooking is terrible (although he would never tell her so), and so he appreciates a good home cooked meal. If you marry Carter, he will continue to work at the dig site and take Tuesdays off. 


Monday to Saturday (All Weather)
6am - 7am Inside Tent
7am - 8:10am Standing outside Tent
8:10am - 6pm Inside Dig Site
6pm - 6am Inside Tent
Sunday (All Weather)
6am - 7am Inside Tent
7am - 7:50am Standing Outside
7:50am - 8:10am Walking to Dig Site
8:10am - 5:10pm Inside Dig Site
5:10pm - 7:20pm Walking to Bar
7:20pm - 10pm Inside Blue Bar
10pm - 12am Walking Home
12am - 6am Inside Tent
Wednesday to Monday (All Weather)
*Schedule applies when married to Carter ONLY
6am - 8am Inside Farmhouse
8am - 10am Walking to Dig Site
10am - 6pm Inside Dig Site
6:10pm - 8:10pm Walking Home
8:10pm - 6am Inside Farmhouse
Tuesdays (All Weather)
*Schedule applies when married to Carter ONLY
All Day Inside Farmhouse


Gift Preferences
Special Candied Potatoes
Loved Lithograph, Stir Fry, Candied Potato, Cheese Fondue, Buckwheat Noodles, Tempura Buckwheat Noodles, Vegetable Juice, Vegetable Latte, Cheese Steamed Bun, Matsutake Rice, Sashimi
Liked Matsutake, Eggplant, Cheese, Wool, Yarn, Spring Sun, Summer Sun, Fall Sun, Winter Sun, Wine, Riceballs, Grilled Fish, Pot Stickers, Wild Grape Wine, Fish Stew, Dumplings, Pizza, Cheesecake, Steamed Dumplings, Salad, Bamboo Rice, Sushi
Disliked Strawberry, All Grass, Necklace, Broach, Bracelet, Earrings, Dress, Skin Lotion, Facial Pack, Sunblock, Perfume, Curry Bread, Curry Noodles, Bodigizer, Turbojolt, Bodigizer XL, Turbojolt XL, Curry Bun, Elli Leaves
Hated Toadstool, Shiitake, Pirate Treasure, Fish Fossil, Fish Bones, Empty Can, Boot, Weed, Branch, Stone, Gold Lumber, Fodder, Bird Feed, Curry Rice, All Curry, Baked Yam, Mushroom Rice
Ultimate Curry

Heart Events

Black Heart Event

Walk into the dig site between 8AM and 5PM on any day besides Tuesday to see this event. The first mine must be unlocked.[2]

Walk into the excavation site and you'll meet up with Carter. Carter comments that there are various accessories to be found while digging, and that he'll give you one as a present if he finds anything. He says that the necklace around his neck was found at the mine. If you compliment the necklace, Carter will be happy that you appreciate its value. He offers to allow you to help at the mine.

Purple Heart Event

Walk towards the dig site from Vesta's farm area between 10AM and 4PM on a sunny day for this event. Carter must have a purple heart or more, and the black heart event must have been previously triggered.[3]

Carter asks if you've come to visit the dig site. He explains that he energizes by standing out in the sun, and that the sun gives him energy. He asks if you enjoy basking in the sun as much as he does.

If you agree with him, Carter is glad that you feel the same way. He feels recharged now, so he heads back to the dig site.

Blue Heart Event

Walk inside the dig site on any day that's not Tuesday between 11AM and 2PM for this event. Carter must have a blue heart or more and the previous two heart events must be already triggered.[4]

Walk into the dig site, and Flora and Carta will greet you. Flora asks Carter if curry rice would be good for lunch. When Carter objects, Flora informs him that she's already in the middle of making it! He lies to Flora and tells her that he had plans to eat with you today! If you follow along with Carter's plan, he is thankful that he doesn't have to eat Flora's horrible cooking. 

You will eat with Carter at the Inn. Carter apologizes to Ruby for unexpectedly showing up, but she doesn't mind. Carter feels bad about lying to Flora, and asks if you'd become his assistant instead! You deny the request.

Yellow Heart Event

Carter's last event takes place inside of his tent between 6:20PM and 10PM on a sunny day. It cannot be triggered on a Monday or Tuesday. Every other heart event must have been previously triggered and Carter must have a yellow heart or more.[5]

Walk into Carter's tent to speak to him. Carter will ask if your work is done, and will ask if you'd like to have a drink with him. If you agree, the two of you will head to the bar.

Griffin mixes some drinks as the two of you sit down. Carter is drinking fast as a celebration for finishing work for the day. Griffin warns him to slow down, but Carter is in a good mood. After a while, Carter feels like he's had too much. He asks if you'd like to leave, and you and Carter will go to the beach. 

Carter says that the night air is the best. As he talks about the sea, Carter once again asks if you'd work with him at the excavation site. He feels as if having you around would make his work even better. When he's tired at work, Carter feels as if you'd help give him strength to go on. He laughs at his honesty, and you walk Carter home. 

Rival Events

Black Heart Event

This event can be seen at the dig site between 9AM and 11AM on any day except for Tuesday.[6]

Flora asks Carter if he would like her to make Curry Rice for dinner. Carter (hating curry) objects to the idea, but is glad that Flora asked first. Flora asks if Carter is angry with her, but Carter doesn't know how to respond. He doesn't have the heart to tell Flora that her cooking is not very good.

Blue Heart Event

This event can be seen at the dig site between 9AM and 11AM on any day except for Tuesday.[7]

Flora asks the professor if his ancestors are resting at this excavation site. Carter insists that his ancestor wrote in a diary that specifically details them being buried at this very site. Carter's father also trusted in the diary, although he never had success in his findings. Carter hopes that Flora can trust in him and his diary, and Flora wishes Carter luck.

Green Heart Event

This event can be seen at the dig site between 1PM and 3PM on any day except for Tuesday.[8]

Flora discovers something in the ground as she was digging. She brings the discovery to Carter who exclaims that it's a clue! Carter excitedly tells Flora that she is a goddess of fortune which makes Flora both embarrassed and happy.

Orange Heart Event

This event can be seen at the dig site between 3PM and 5PM on any day except for Tuesday.[9]

Flora has found another item while digging, and immediately brings it to Carter. Upon examination, Carter explains that it's an item used in an ancient royal wedding. Taking it as a sign from his ancestors, he asks Flora to marry him.

Flora is surprised and says she'll need to think for a minute. Carter only smiles and says that he hopes for a good answer.


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