How To Marry Maru In Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley has many eligible bachelors and bachelorettes that you can choose to marry. Out of all the marriage candidates, Maru is definitely the smartest. In this guide, we’ll show you how you can land Pelican Town’s resident robotics expert.


Who is Maru?

Maru is a smart quiet girl who lives north of Pelican Town near the mountains. She lives with her parents, Robin and Demetrius, and her half-brother Sebastian. What sets her apart from the other candidates is her bubbly attitude and her passion for science. She’s often found doing experiments with her dad and she dreams of one day building a robot.

If you’ve been to the Clinic, you’ll see her working there as a part-time nurse with Harvey on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Overall, if you’re looking to marry someone who has both beauty and brains, you’ll go for Maru. 


Maru doesn’t have a full time job but she does go to work regularly at the clinic. Her schedule is pretty easy to follow with some minor differences here and there. She doesn’t do many activities when she isn’t at home so you can easily keep track of where she is. She’s good friends with Penny so you can often find them hanging out together if she isn’t in her usual spots.


Monday and Sunday 

  • 9:00 AM: Inside her bedroom
  • 10:20 AM: Tinkering at the Lab
  • 1:30 PM: Heading to the bench south of the Stardrop Saloon
  • 3:20 PM: Sitting on the bench south of the Saloon
  • 6:30 PM: Heads home
  • 8:30 PM: Inside her bedroom
  • 11:00 PM: Goes to bed

Tuesday and Thursday

  • 8:00 AM: Leaves home and heads to work at the Clinic
  • 9:20 AM: Working at the Clinic as a Nurse
  • 4:45 PM: Leaves the Clinic and heads home
  • 6:30 PM: Spends time at home in their kitchen
  • 10:20 PM: Inside her bedroom
  • 12:00 AM: Goes to bed

Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday

  • 9:00 AM: Inside her bedroom
  • 10:20 AM: Inside the Lab
  • 2:00 PM: Heads to the bench east of the Community Center
  • 3:00 PM: Sitting on bench east of the Community Center
  • 6:00 PM: Heads home
  • 7:00 PM: Inside her bedroom
  • 10:00 PM: Goes to bed


Monday and Sunday

  • 9:00 AM: Inside her bedroom
  • 10:20 AM: Inside the Lab
  • 1:30 PM: Leaving the house to go sit on a bench in front of the Stardrop Saloon
  • 3:20 PM: Sitting on a bench in front of the Saloon
  • 6:30 PM: Heading home
  • 8:10 PM: Arrives home
  • 11:00 PM: Goes to bed

Tuesday and Thursday

  • 7:50 AM: Leaves home to work at the Clinic
  • 9:40 AM: Working at the Clinic as a Nurse
  • 4:45 PM: Heads home
  • 6:40 PM: Spends time at home in their kitchen
  • 10:00 PM: Goes to her room
  • 12:00 AM: Goes to bed

Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday

  • 9:00 AM: Inside her bedroom
  • 10:20 AM: Inside the Lab
  • 2:00 PM: Leaves home to go stand by the lake, east of their house
  • 2:40 PM: Standing by lake, east of their house
  • 7:00 PM: Heads home
  • 7:30 PM: Outside house, looking through telescope
  • 12:00 AM: Heads inside and goes to bed

Fall and Winter

Maru’s schedule during the Fall and Winter seasons are pretty much the same. The only distinction is that she now goes to work at 9:40 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Winter 16, she leaves her house at 3:40 PM to attend the Night Market and goes home at 11:30 PM


When it’s raining, Maru’s schedule is the same for all seasons.

  • 9:00 AM: Inside her bedroom
  • 12:30 PM: Leaves her room to hang out in the “store” part of their house, AKA the Carpenter’s Shop
  • 2:30 PM: Goes to the lab
  • 4:30 PM: Returns to her bedroom
  • 11:00 PM: Goes to bed


You can win everyone’s affections in Stardew Valley by handing out gifts. Maru isn’t any different. She’s a gentle soul so pleasing her won’t be that hard. Admittedly, some of the items she loves are pretty hard to acquire early on, but in the later stages of the game these are all very commonplace. At the very least, you’ll have a steady supply of her loved and liked items.

Loves (+80 Friendship Points)

  • Battery Pack
  • Cauliflower
  • Diamond
  • Gold Bar
  • Iridium Bar
  • Radioactive Bar
  • Some Cooked items (Cheese Cauliflower, Miner’s Treat, Pepper Poppers, and Rhubarb Pie)
  • Strawberry
  • All Universal Loves (Prismatic Shard, Golden Pumpkin, etc.)

Likes (+45 Friendship Points)

  • Copper Bars
  • Iron Bars
  • Quartz
  • Radioactive Ore
  • Oak Resin
  • Pine Tar
  • All Universal Likes (except Honey, Maple Syrup, & Pickles)

Neutral (+20 Friendship Points)

  • Some Foraged items (Chanterelle, Daffodil, Dandelion, Ginger, Hazelnut, Leek, Magma Cap, Morel, Purple Mushroom, Wild Horseradish, and Winter Root)
  • All Universal Neutrals (except Truffle)
  • All Eggs (except Void Egg)
  • All Fruit (except Blackberry, Crystal Fruit, Fruit Tree Fruit, Salmonberry, & Strawberry)
  • All Milk

Dislikes (-20 Friendship Points)

  • All Universal Dislikes (except Battery Pack, Copper Bar, Gold Bar, Iridium Bar, Iron Bar, Oak Resin, & Pine Tar)
  • Blackberry
  • Common Mushroom
  • Crystal Fruit
  • Maple Syrup
  • Salmonberry

Hates (-40 Friendship Points)

  • All Universal Hates (Bait, Fossils, Monster Loot, Trash, etc.)
  • Holly
  • Honey
  • Pickles
  • Snow Yam
  • Truffle

Most of the items that Maru loves take a bit of work to get. She loves certain kinds of bars which as we all know are essential to crafting certain tools or equipment. Being someone who is super into robotics, we can only assume that she’s using these items to make her very own robot. The easiest to get would be Cabbage since you can just grow it whenever it is in season. Battery Packs are also pretty easy to farm, as long as you follow our guide on how to get this item here. Maru celebrates her birthday on Summer 10 so make sure you have something nice for her.

Heart Events

Whenever you reach a certain number of hearts with a villager, you can trigger little cutscenes called Heart Events. You’ll be faced with a choice and depending on your answer, you’ll get more or less Friendship Points. Since Maru is the kind of girl who knows what she wants in a partner, it’s easy to mess up your choices. Let’s take a closer look at each Heart Event.

Two Hearts

Enter the Carpenter’s Shop when Maru is there. You’ll find Maru and Demetrius testing soil samples in their lab. When Maru leaves, Demetrius tells you she is her special little girl and wouldn’t want anything to get in the way of her bright future. When Maru returns, Demetrius says that you were talking about soil samples.

  • (Say nothing) (+10 friendship points with Demetrius.) Demetrius and Maru go back to work.
  • “Actually, your dad was being weird.” (-100 friendship points with Demetrius.) Maru asks Demetrius what you’re talking about. Demetrius tells the truth and apologizes for his behavior.

Four Hearts

Enter the Clinic when Maru is there. Maru is startled by your entry and drops a glass beaker she’s holding. Worried about Harvey’s response, she asks what she should do.

  • “Just scoop it off the floor. He won’t know the difference.” (-50 friendship points)
  • “Tell Harvey it was my fault.” (-20 friendship points)
  • “Tell Harvey it was an accident.” (+50 friendship points)

Six Hearts

Enter the mountain on a sunny day, between 9:00 PM and 11:40 PM. You see Maru looking through her telescope. She’s surprised to see you out so late, and says she wants to show you something. You look through her telescope and she asks what you see.

  • “A beautiful planet.” (+30 friendship points)
  • “A cold, dark abyss.” (-30 friendship points) 

Eight Hearts

Enter the Carpenter’s Shop when Maru is there. Maru says she’s been working on a new project and when she shows it to you, it malfunctions and shocks you. Maru apologizes and asks you if you are alright.

  • “It’s okay, it doesn’t even hurt.” (+30 friendship points)
  • “You’d better be. This hurts like crazy!” (-50 friendship points)

Ten Hearts

Enter the Carpenter’s Shop between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Maru will show you her finished project called MarILDA, short for Maru’s Interactive Laboratory Device Alpha. MarILDA will eventually go into space and Maru will ask you what you think about it.

  • “I’m so impressed with your inventions.” (+50 friendship points)
  • “I’m disappointed… you should have made that robot your slave.” (-50 friendship points) 
  • “So is your Dad okay with ‘us’ now?” (No effect on friendship)
  • (Just stare at Maru and say nothing) (No effect on friendship) 

If you choose to be disappointed, you can further explain to Maru and depending on your answer, can also increase or decrease your friendship points.

  • “MarILDA’s just a piece of machinery designed to act human.” (+50 friendship points)
  • “I was just kidding. MarILDA deserves her freedom.” (+50 friendship points)
  • “I would’ve put her to work on the farm.” (-50 friendship points)

Getting Married

We should note that you need to give your desired partner a Bouquet before you can reach Ten Hearts. This can be bought from Pierre’s General Store for 200g anytime you reach Eight Hearts with a marriage candidate. As soon as you’ve maxed out the hearts, you can now purchase a Mermaid Pendant to officially ask your desired partner to marry you. This is available for purchase from the Old Mariner located at the beach beyond the bridge. He’ll only be there before 7:00 PM and will only appear during rainy days. You’ll also need to upgrade your Farmhouse at least once so that you can marry someone.

Once married, Maru will move into your Farmhouse. She’ll also set up a small workshop behind the farmhouse where she’ll work on her gadgets. The best thing about being married to Maru is that she’ll constantly give you useful gifts like a Warp Totem: Farm, Quality Fertilizer, Refined Quartz, a Gate, or a Bomb. 

Fun Facts

  1. Maru’s portrait displays her with glasses, however there are no visible glasses on her sprite.
  2. Maru has three portraits that do not have a nurse uniform equivalent. If her dialogue would normally call for one of these portraits, she will default to the surprised portrait.
  3. Don’t feel the sparks with Maru anymore? You can check out our guide on how you can divorce your partner right here

So there you have it! That’s everything you need to know on how to marry Harvey in Stardew Valley. Be sure to check back with us often for more guides on your favorite video games. Have fun!