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          Harvest Moon  : A   W o n d e  r  f  u  l   L  i  f  e    F A Q
                         by Dustin Timblin, aka "hm007"
                      Version 1.1 (Last Updated 3/22/2004)
                Copyright 2004, Dustin Timblin, dtimblin007@comcast.net
    Table of Contents
    1) Version
    2) Introduction
    3) Controls
    4) Getting Started
      E:Wooing/Other Stuff
    5) Commonly Asked Questions
    Important Note:
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    and a violation of copyright.  Harvest Moon is a Trademarked Natsume Game.
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    1) Version 1.00 (3/22/2004)  Started FAQ, hope to finish quickly and provide
    quick help for newbies and people who are starting out.
    2) Version 1.10 (3/23/2004)  Added a few prices and adjusted some others.
    Hi, and welcome to my Getting Started FAQ.  This is not a comprehensive FAQ,
    nor will it ever be. It is simple to hopefully get a few hopeful farmers on
    their feet when starting off in this somewhat complex game.  I do not claim
    to know anything or everything on this game. Fill free to e-mail if you have
    additional questions or corrections. Hate e-mail is not needed. I will simply
    delete it.  If you'd like to find something, press CTRL+F. Without further ado
    Enjoy the FAQ!
    Control Stick: Move Character
    Control Pad: Scrolls through Menus
    L Button: Center Camera Behind Character; Changes page in Status Screen
    R Button: Whistles for Dog and Horse; Changes page in Status Screen
    Z Button: See View From Character's Perspective
    X Button: Toggle Quick-Item Inventory (Use C-Stick to Scroll)
    Y Button: Function Button; Train Dog; Pet Animal
    A Button: Function Button: Talk, Eat, Open, View, Show, Pet, Use, etc..
    B Button: Function Button, Cancel Function
    C Stick: Move Camera left or right
    Start/Select:  Access Status Menu/Pause Menu
    Getting Started
    A:  Farming
    Getting Started with Farming is kind of tough and not so profitable in the 
    beginning, however; once you get the hybrid plant and seed maker, it can be 
    VERY lucrative!
    To start farming, you will need a watering can, hoe, and seeds.  Go out to 
    Vesta's Farm (Located directly beside your farm. It has some greenhouses,
    Two Buildings, and some farm land.  There you can buy crop seeds, tree seeds
    and fertilizer.  Take your seeds back to your farmland.  If you plan on 
    planting crops, go to the farthest back area of land. It is the biggest.
    There, use the hoe on however many spaces of land you need.  Note that one 
    bag of seeds only covers one square.  When you have hoed, plant your seeds.
    They need to be watered twice daily, unless it is raining, in which case
    you don't have to water them at all ^_^.  
    If you are growing Trees, you can go to the less fertile areas.  It is 
    expensive to start out growing Trees, so I suggest not buying one till later
    in the first year.  Trees only give fruit in ONE season, however you can plant
    them whenever.  Once you get the seed machine, you can put the fruit in, and 
    get two seeds out, which gives you quite a nice profit.
    There are different types of quality in crops. You start out with B Quality.
    To Improve this quality, you must use Fertilizer. It can be bought at Vesta's
    Farm.  Crops are 4 Fertilizer Bags to improve one quality (B-A-S) and trees are
    30 Bags.  This can be expensive, so I suggest getting the seed machine first,
    so you can put in A or S quality crops or fruit and not have to worry about 
    doing it for every single time you grow something.  Note that you must use the 
    fertilizer before the crop is fully grown.  I suggest about 2 times a day.
    Seed Type            Pricing          Grows in:
    Tomato               30G              Spring-Fall
    Watermelon           60G              Spring-Summer
    Strawberry           30G              Fall-Spring
    Melon                50G              Summer-Fall  
    Turnip               20G              Summer-Winter
    Potato               40G              Winter-Spring
    Carrot               30G              Fall-Winter
    Sweet Potato         40G              Fall Only
    Peach                1120G	      Summer
    Orange               820G             Summer
    Grape                900G             Fall
    Banana		     1500G	      Summer			
    Apple                820G             Fall
    Fertilizer           120G             N/A
    Once your crops have grown and you want to sell them, you can take them 
    to Van's Shop (3rd and 8th) or you can set up your own shop. 
    Go to the area by the inn and little garden area, and you will see the option 
    to sell.  People will walk by your makeshift stand and hopefully buy 
    your produce!  
    B: Animals
    Animals are, in my opinion, one of the most profitable parts of Harvest Moon.
    In this game, you start out with one normal female cow who can produce milk.
    I will discuss the animals you get in the first year, however you can also
    get a cat, ducks, and a goat in later years.  You should make a point of taking
    good care of your animals by talking, holding, brushing or feeding them every
    day, or they could get sick or produce worse quality items.  Do not leave an 
    animal outside if it is raining because that could get them sick.
    Chickens can be bought for 900g. Start off by buying a male and a female.  
    This will allow the female to lay fertilized eggs.  She will lay about one a
    day.There are three types. 
    Egg- 40G
    Fertilized Egg-50G
    Golden Egg-300G
    You can put a fertilized egg on the incubator and it will eventually hatch into
    a baby chick.  If it is a male, I suggest waiting till it is an adult, and then
    selling it because having more than one male is pointless.  You also need to
    occasionally buy Bird Feed for 150G.  You must spread it in the square box
    in the middle of the chicken coop. When it is empty, you must buy more.  You 
    do not need to feed the chickens if there is feed in the box.  You can put the
    eggs in the dairy shipping bin.
    You get a horse the First Summer from Takakura.  You should brush it every day
    and it allows you to ride it around town, saving much time.  I do not know the 
    exact requirements for getting the horse, but I was not at the farm when I got
    my horse so It's not that.
    Sheep cost 1500G and give wool about once a season.  Keep your sheep happy and
    it will have better quality wool.  You need shears to shave the sheep.
    I saved the best for last.  Cows are annoying to take care of but turn in 
    immense profit.  Your starting cow will produce milk for you for about a year.
    You should brush your cow every day, and if it is inside, you must feed it
    twice daily from the fodder box.  To get fodder, simply use the sickle to cut
    down grass in your field.  To Milk your cow (Females only, obviously) go up
    near its utters and press "A" (it will appear as "Milk").  You can then drink
    or sell the milk by putting it in the Dairy Shipping Bin.
    If you buy a female cow from the ledger:
    You must wait approx. 30 days for it to grow up. Then you can either buy a 
    miracle potion for 2500G and up, depending on the style of cow, or Buy a bull.
    You have to wait for the bull to grow up also, but he can do unlimited 
    "seedings."  Eventually, when both are adults, the female will be pregnant.
    After she has her baby, she will produce "Mother's Milk" for a few days. Give
    this to the child twice daily.  Eventually she will revert back to regular milk
    and you can sell that again for about a year, till she will need to be 
    impregnated again.
    Type Of Cow:             Male          Female        Miracle Potion
    Normal                   3000G         4000G         2500G
    Brown                    4000G         5000G         3500G
    Marble                   4000G         5000G         3500G
    Star                     6000G         7000G         5500G
    Milk Sale Prices:        B             A             S
    Normal                   75G           115G          150G
    Brown                    115G          175G          225G
    Marble                   115G          175G          225G
    Star                     270G          405G          540G
    You can later on in the game buy a Food Processing Building  in which you can
    turn your milk into butter and cheese to sell at greater pricing! This addition
    will cost you 30,000G. It is up to you whether it is worth it!
    Butter			 B             A             S
    Normal                   225G          225G	     300G
    Brown                    225G          300G          300G
    Marble                   225G          225G          300G
    Star                     300G          300G          300G
    Cheese Prices Later!
    C: Fishing
    First thing you need to do is buy a Fishing Rod from Van for 500G. I've 
    heard the second fishing rod can be obtained by befriending a man called
    Grant who comes in Chapter 2.
    When you have your rod, there are two good places to fish.  You can either go
    down to the mouth of the river, or up by the waterfall.  I prefer the 
    mouth because there is a chance you could catch a sharshark, worth a ton
    of money.  Cast your rod into the water and watch.  Eventually, you will start
    to see a little bob.  This can happen from 1-6 times. Do NOT press A at this
    time.  Eventually, the bobber will go under water, making a splash.  Wait
    ONE MOMENT.  I like to say "One One Thous-" and then Press A.  This will hook
    the fish and then it automatically reels it in.  Once you have fish, you can
    sell them to Van for profit.
    Colombo - 20g
    Snelt - 30g
    Rainbob - 80g
    Huchep - 90g
    Sharshark- 600g
    Big Colombo - 40g
    Big Snelt - 60g
    Big Rainbob - 150g
    Big Huchep - 170g
    Big Sharshark - 1200g
    One thing you can do to increase pricing of less profitable fish is to unlock
    the "Hors D' Ouvres" option in the kitchen.  The fastest way to do that is to
    plant 25 turnips, wait till they grow fully, and use them to make the recipe
    "Light Pickles"  All you need is one turnip to make it.  When you unlock
    it, you can make a dish called "Sashimi" with just one fish! This will increase
    the profit to 150g per. That is ALOT of money.
    D:  Foraging
    A Decent way to get money is to forage Nature's Bounty.  Walk around town and 
    you will see little things you can pick up and sell to Van or use to give gifts
    to people.  Different things grow in different seasons.  Prices will be added
    Toy Flower-10g
    Goddess Drop Flower-15g
    Royal Fern
    Mist Moon Flower
    Happy Lamp Flower
    Gemsoil Flower
    Trickblue Flower
    Amorous Flower
    Upseed Flower
    Special Items:
    These items can be mixed with seeds to produce new powers or features.
    Just combine the seed with the flower.
    Happy Lamp Flower-  Allows crop to grow in all seasons
    Gemsoil Flower-  Allows crop to grow on any kind of soil 
    Upseed Flower-  Upgrades crop to "S" quality.
    E:  Marriage/Other Stuff
    One of the main goals that you as a farmer in the first year need to meet is 
    getting a wife.  There are three very eligible bachelorettes for you.
    At the beginning of summer, the Harvest Sprites will give you a Blue Feather
    with which you can propose to your hopeful bride.  To get her to accept, she
    must have 4 red hearts in her diary.  You can raise her heart level by
    giving her gifts she likes.
    Lives: Vesta's Farm
    Schedule:  She is either in her house at Vesta's Farm, outside at Vesta's Farm,
    going to the spring or going to the Mansion.
    Likes: Flowers, Vegetables, Eggs
    Dislikes: Fossils
    Diary: Under her Bed.
    Lives: Blue Bar
    Schedule:  She either works at the bar, in which case she won't accept gifts, 
    or is in the adjoining room, in which case you can give her gifts.  On days off
    she usually just walks around town randomly.
    Likes: Flowers (ALOT), Moon Ores, Sweet Food
    Dislikes: Fossils, Fish
    Diary: In Pot in the corner of the bar
    Lives:  The Inn
    Schedule: She has a very hectice schedule.  She usually either is sleeping, 
    or hangs out at the mansion, bar, or Vesta's Farm. If you can't find her there,
    try roaming around the village. You'll find her eventually.
    Likes: Fossils, Home Cooking
    Dislikes:  Flowers, Ores
    Diary: At Room in Inn, by window
    Once you propose, and she accepts, you must wait till the end of the first year
    to get married.
    You can go to a dig site near the waterfall.  Carter the archaelogist must
    be in there.  If he is, approach him and talk.  He will give you a shovel.  Go
    over to the squares and start digging. You can find several things and sell
    them or give them to people for friendship. 
    Old Coin-10g
    Moon Ore-40G
    Weird Statue-40G
    If you find a thing with writing on it, Carter will take that from you.
    Good Friends to Have:
    If you have friendships with people, they will sometimes give you stuff.
    Just experiment to see what people like.  These are the people that have given
    me stuff.
    Ruby:  Ruby Spice
    Tim:  Changed Hoe
    Gustafa:  Strange Sickle
    Vesta:  Strange Hoe
    Hardy:  Changed Sickle
    Romana:  Strange Watering Can
    Wally: Shears
    Daryl: Seed Maker (!)
    Commonly Asked Questions
    Please, Please, PLEASE look here or in my FAQ before asking newbie questions.
    It will clear up board jumble immensely. Thanks!
    Q: What is the "Guu~" thing for?
    A: It means you are hungry!  You need to feed your character every so often.
    This can be crops, milk, wild forage, pretty much anything that has an "Eat"
    option to it. I'd suggest not eating your failed cooking though. : )
    Q: Why do I wake up so early?
    A: In this game, you only sleep for six hours. So if you go to bed at 9 PM, you
    will wake up at 3 am. I suggest either going to bed really early (6 pm ish) 
    or just going to bed about 11 or 12. 
    Q: Gimme quick money making tips
    A: Sell Fodder to Van.  It goes for 10G each, and is EASY to get.  You can get
    probably 500G-1000G depending on how much you want to cut down.
    Q: More Money Tips
    A: Sell Fish, Wild Forage, Mining, etc.. Sell anything and everything!
    Q: How many memory blocks?
    A: Fourty-Seven
    Q: What's a good site for A Wonderful Life?
    A: www.hmotaku.net is an excellent site!
    Q: I proposed but we aren't getting married!
    A: Wait till the end of the first year, pal.
    Q: How do I get all my animals inside or outside at one time?
    A: There is a red button you can press that will move them either in or out, 
    depending on the location of the button (near doors)
    Q: Where do I buy fertilizer?
    A: Vesta's Farm. There are more than one row of options to buy stuff, so be 
    sure to press right!
    Q: How do I make money with the seed maker?
    A: Plant a tree, grow and fertilizer it (see FAQ)  When it is the season, take 
    the fruit and put it in the seed maker.  When it is finished, you can sell the
    seeds for mucho profit or plant more trees, and get even greater profit!
    Q: My cow stopped giving milk!
    A: It has been Fourty Days, your cow must be impregnated again (see FAQ)
    Q: How do I get Ducks?
    A: You must buy a pond in the first year.  Sometimes during the summer of the
    second year, your wife will wake you up, if you have less than 6 chickens and
    tell you that ducks have come to the pond.  Eventually your chickens will start
    laying duck eggs that you can sell!
    Thanks to CJAYC, Gamefaqs, Raikogen90various members of the Harvest Moon Board.
    If you would like to ask questions, or correct me email at 
    dtimblin007@comcast.net  Thanks for reading!