RIVAL HEART EVENTS FOR:
HARVEST MOON: FRIENDS OF MINERAL TOWN (GBA)


INTRODUCTION
------------
I did this FAQ mainly because I know a lot of people who complained 
that many of this rival heart events cannot trigger, and this stops 
the girls in the town getting married with the respective rivals.

Regarding the way the Heart Events between each girl and the 
respective rival (Ann-Cliff; Karen-Rick; Mary-Gray; Elli-Doctor; 
Popuri- Kay): 
None of these events can be triggered, if the heart color the girl 
has for the Hero (you), is above the color of the heart event between 
the girl and the rival. 

That means, that you cannot trigger a green heart event (for example) 
between, let's say, Ann and Cliff if Ann has a yellow, orange or red 
heart color for YOU. Or, you cannot trigger a blue heart event 
between a Girl and the Rival, if that girl has a green, yellow, etc., 
heart for YOU. 

This is true for ANY heart event between the girls and the rivals, 
and for ANY heart color event, despite all the claming that exist to 
date that the two things are not related. 

This information was checked in at least four different games, and 
for ALL Heart Events between the girls and the rivals. 
In one of the games, Popuri and Ann were at red heart for the hero, 
and Elli, Karen, and Mary at Orange heart at the end of the first 
year, and all four heart events between the girls and the hero were 
previously triggered. In the second year, NONE of the Green RIVAL 
heart events did not trigger! The rival events were attempted every 
week/day to the specific locations mentioned in most of the available 
FAQs, but at any point they could be triggered. Then, all the girls' 
heart colors for the hero were systematically lowered, so that their 
hearts went back to green for the hero. The VERY NEXT DATE when the 
RIVAL Green Heart events could have happened, they DID happen!!! 

2) Also, the events will not trigger even if the hero marries one of 
the girls and the other four lose their hearts completely, IF 
previously their heart color for the hero were above the respective 
heart color for the rival.
It is however possible to trigger these events if you lower the 
affection that the girls have for YOU. Unfortunately, you will have 
no indication about their heart levels, since the hearts disappear 
after the hero's marriage. 

The logic implication is that a girl will not marry a rival if she 
loves the hero more than she could have loved the rival at one 
specific point in the game time. 

Further, three or four different people who had problems triggering 
these events confirmed this information. Each time, the girl's heart 
color for the hero was above the color of the rival event that was 
not triggering. And each time, after these players lowered the hearts 
to the color of the required rival event, the event happened ON THE 
VERY NEXT OCCASION. 
 
(Note: The best way to lower a girl's heart color is during the 
summer at one of the beach festivals. Just fish garbage and litter. 
You can check the heart colors in one of the girls participating to 
the festival. 
Throwing ~ 40 pieces of garbage, the hearts go down one color. If the 
next days you confess the "I litter on the street", and "the town 
people don't like me" and the HG forgives you, you get back the 
villager's love, but NOT the girls' heart color.)

Overall, I will try to describe each heart event, and what are the 
requirements for these events to trigger.
In all these events I will call the Hero (main character) JACK, as he 
is known from other previous HM games


GENERAL INFORMATION
-------------------
Black and Blue heart events can happen at any point in the game. Most 
will happen during the first year, unless you are trying to avoid 
them on purpose.

Green Heart Events will not trigger before you enter year 2 in the 
game.

Orange heart Events will not trigger before year 4 in the game. 

The order these events happen, are always Black-> Blue-> Green -> 
Orange. You cannot trigger a Green Heart Event (for example) if you 
did not see both Black and Blue ones previously.

Any event can happen AFTER the mentioned time (later in the game), 
and AFTER you marry, yourself, IF (and only IF), the requirements for 
each of these events are met, including the affection level the girl 
has for Jack.
However, after you get married, the heart color of the girls for Jack 
disappears, so it is difficult to verify their affection level. 
In a few circumstances, you can see the girls' heart color even after 
you get married, but this is only possible (due to a glitch) for Ann 
and Elli
Ann: you need to speak to her before 7 am in her back room at the 
Inn. Talk to her several times, and her heart for Jack will become 
visible.
Elli: On Wednesdays, when she leaves the clinic to go to her grand-
mother's house, stop her on the road and talk to her several times.

Another point to check whether a rival heart event happened, and not 
one of the other events the respective characters are involved in, is 
the fact that after each heart event, the rival will change his lines 
(what he says about the respective girl), when you speak to him.

Also, it is important when you enter the location where the heart 
event happens, to be empty handed. CARRYING THE BASKET, YOUR DOG, OR 
ANY OTHER ITEM ABOVE YOUR HEAD, WILL STOP AN EVENT FROM TAKING PLACE 
99% OF THE TIME. (This is also true for any other event in the game)
---------------------------------------------------------

GENERAL STRATEGY
----------------
I would suggest, to chose the girl you want to marry, and increase 
her heart as much and as quickly as you can or want. 
If you rise her heart color to purple before the Rival Black event 
happens, then NONE of the Rival heart events for this girl will not 
happen, and she will NEVER get married with the respective rival
For the others, don't rise their heart colors above the color of the 
next available rival heart event. Do this ONLY AFTER you managed to 
trigger the event. 
Be aware, that for all of them, the heart colors go to purple very 
easy in certain circumstances:
-	Karen: will go to purple if you buy every day stuff from the 
shop, even if you do not talk to her, or give her presents.
-	Elli: same, if you buy medicine from the Clinic, or ask the 
Doctor for consultations
-	Popuri: same if you buy chickens from the Poultry farm
-	Ann: same, if you buy food from the Inn
-	Mary: same if you go read the books from the first floor of the 
library.

The fact is that you can find that a girl already has a purple heart 
for JACK, before the Black Rival heart Event happened, and therefore 
this event will become impossible to trigger, as well as all the 
following rival heart events. Unless you start spending time and 
energy to lower the girl heart level to black.

So don't play around increasing all the girls' hearts to high levels 
very quickly, if you want them to have a chance to get married. After 
all, you yourself cannot marry more than one in the game, and there's 
NO DIVORCE in HM FoMT game.
Once you marry one girl, you'll be married with her forever, even if 
you make her hate you!
Besides, if you doom all the other girls to celibate, you will miss a 
significant number of other events that can happen in the game only 
after the other girls are married to the respective rivals.

Also, be aware that the level of affection a girl has for you will 
remain almost the same after you marry another girl, even if you 
cannot see her heart anymore. So the rival heart events will still 
not trigger, unless you lower their affection as I described 
previously.


RIVAL HEART EVENTS
------------------

1)CLIFF
-------
Rival for Ann:

a) Black Heart Event: 
Ann has to have a black heart for JACK (anything above black will NOT 
trigger the event)
In the Inn – go to the second floor
Spring (first year) is better, Summer – ONLY FIRST WEEK, Autumn, 
Winter
Time: 6pm to 9 pm
Cliff is upstairs, alone in his room. Ann walks in, and says she's 
just there to talk. She asks him the reason why he moved to the 
village but Cliff will refuse to talk about it.. Ann apologizes for 
her question., but Cliff thanks her for trying to be nice with him.

b) Blue Heart Event
Ann has to be at black or maximum blue heart color for JACK. The 
event will not trigger if Ann has a green, yellow, orange or red 
heart for you.
Spring, or summer only. NOT in Autumn
Rainy day
At the Church
Time: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Any day except Saturday.
Carter is suggesting that Cliff go out and talk to the villagers, but 
Cliff says it's hard to talk to new people. Ann comes in to deliver 
Carter his lunch from the Inn. Then Carter asks Ann if she would be 
nice enough to introduce Cliff to some of the other residents of 
Mineral Town, and. Ann gladly agrees to this.

c) Green Heart Event
Ann has to be at black, blue or maximum green heart color for JACK. 
The event will not trigger if Ann has an yellow, orange or red heart 
for you.
Only in year 2 of the game and after
Saturdays only, between 10am and 1pm
Any season, and I think that weather does not matter, though I always 
triggered it when it was Sunny
At the Inn, as you enter
This event happens ONLY IF CLIFF REMAINED IN THE VILLAGE AFTER THE 
FIRST YESR (only if you invited him to the 1st year autumn event at 
the winery!)

Ann, and Cliff are there as well as Doug (Ann's father). Doug will 
ask Cliff if he considered staying at the Inn forever, i.e. that he 
agree not to leave the Mineral Town, ever. Ann will support her 
father with this offer. Cliff will be surprised and embarrassed, but 
will sort of agree to stay.

d) Orange Heart Event
Ann has to be at black, blue, green, yellow, or maximum orange heart 
color for JACK. The event will not trigger if Ann has a red heart for 
you.
You have to be in year 4 of the game or later
In the cellar of the winery shop, where Cliff spends some of his time 
Any season, and I think that weather does not matter, though I always 
triggered it when it was Sunny
Time: between 10am and 1pm
Any day of the week, except for Saturdays.
This event happens ONLY IF CLIFF REMAINED IN THE VILLAGE AFTER THE 
FIRST YESR (only if you invited him to the 1st year autumn event at 
the winery!)

Ann comes to deliver Cliff's lunch. Duke walks in and makes some 
comments on how the two of them look well together, then ask Cliff 
when he's going to propose to Ann. Ann is very embarrassed and walks 
away.
---------------------------------------------------------------------


2) DOCTOR
---------
Rival for Elli:

a) Black Heart Event: 
Elli has to have a black heart for JACK (anything above black will 
NOT trigger the event)
At the clinic
Any day, except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays
In the first year and after
The weather is not important
Time: Between 9 am and 7 pm.

The Doctor and Elli talk, and Elli complains that she feels a bit 
tiered. The Doctor seems concerned, but more about being left without 
a nurse, rather than for Elli herself, and Elli becomes upset about 
his insensitivity.

b) Blue Heart Event
Elli has to be at black or maximum blue heart color for JACK. The 
event will not trigger if Elli has a green, yellow, orange or red 
heart for you.
First year and after
Ellen's house
Weather does not seem to be important
Time: Mondays only, between 9am and 7pm.

Elli and the Doctor have come to see Ellen who is not feeling very 
well. The Doctor thinks that she just has a cold, but Ellen complains 
about pains in her legs, so the Doctor starts feeling guilty about 
not being able to help her more.

c) Green Heart Event
Elli has to be at black, blue or maximum green heart color for JACK. 
The event will not trigger if Elli has an yellow, orange or red heart 
for you.
Only in year 2 of the game and after
At the Clinic
Thursday between 9am and 7pm
Any season, and I think that weather does not matter, though I always 
triggered it when it was Sunny

Elli, and The Doctor are there. He is coughing, and Elli seems quite 
worried about him. The Doctor says that he's fine, and that he just 
caught a cold. 
Elli asks that he doesn't overdo his work, or else she'll get mad at 
him, but the Doctor laughs and says that she would make a good wife 
someday.

d) Orange Heart Event
Elli has to be at black, blue, green, yellow, or maximum orange heart 
color for JACK. The event will not trigger if Elli has a red heart 
for you.
You have to be in year 4 of the game or later
At the beach, on a sunny day
Time: Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, only
Any season, though I never managed to trigger it in Winter

Er… things become really romantic between Elli and the Doctor…
---------------------------------------------------------

3) RICK
--------
Rival for Karen:

a) Black Heart Event: 
Karen has to have a black heart for JACK (anything above black will 
NOT trigger the event)
At the hot spring (harvest Goddess pond)
In the first year and after
The weather MUST be sunny
Time: Wednesday to Saturday, 11:00am to 6:00pm.
To trigger this event you have to enter the Hot Spring (HG pond) 
screen FROM THE SPRING MINE. Entering the screen from the road will 
not trigger this event.
You have to be empty handed. Carrying the basket (or any other item) 
above your hand, will NOT trigger this event.

Rick and Karen are talking about how close they use to be…

b) Blue Heart Event
Karen has to be at black or maximum blue heart color for JACK. The 
event will not trigger if Karen has a green, yellow, orange or red 
heart for you.
First year and after
Outside Gotz's house (in the field behind the house)
Weather needs to be sunny
Time: Mondays and Sundays from 11:00am to 6:00pm.
The event will NOT trigger in Spring
To trigger this event you need to either enter the screen from the 
path on the right (from the Poultry Farm, and Cow's Farm), OR to exit 
Gotz's House. The event will not trigger if you enter the screen from 
the left path (from your farm or Hot Spring

Karen and Rick are talking about how they use to fight each other as 
children, and Rick remembers that Karen always used to beat him, as 
she was stronger. Karen says she really does not remember anything 
like this, and leaves quite upset.

c) Green Heart Event
Karen has to be at black, blue or maximum green heart color for JACK. 
The event will not trigger if Karen has an yellow, orange or red 
heart for you.
Only in year 2 of the game and after
At the hot spring (harvest Goddess pond)
To trigger this event you have to enter the Hot Spring (HG pond) 
screen FROM THE SPRING MINE. Entering the screen from the road will 
not trigger this event. 
Sunny days only
Time: Wednesdays and Fridays only from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Possibly NOT in Winter

Karen, and Rick are arguing about an event that just happened. Karen 
was attacked by an wild dog, and Rick got hurt fighting to protect 
her. Karen is upset that Rick took the risk, and that she is quite 
able to defend herself.

d) Orange Heart Event
Karen has to be at black, blue, green, yellow, or maximum orange 
heart color for JACK. The event will not trigger if Karen has a red 
heart for you.
You have to be in year 4 of the game or later
At the Poultry Farm, on a sunny day, only
Popuri HAS TO BE MARRIED (either with Kai, or with you)
Time: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
I only managed to trigger it in Summer and Autumn, though someone 
said he triggered it in Spring (5th year)

Again, things become really romantic between Karen and Rick… (Will 
they keep on arguing, these two?)
---------------------------------------------------------

4) GRAY
-------
Rival for Mary:

a) Black Heart Event: 
Mary has to have a black heart for JACK (anything above black will 
NOT trigger the event)
At Saibara's blacksmith shop
In the first year and after
The weather MUST be sunny
Time: Mondays only, 10 am. to 1 pm.
The season does not seem to be important

Mary comes to upgrade one of her tool, but while there, Gray hurts 
himself and starts bleeding. Of course, Mary will take very good care 
of him, and offer him a bandage.

b) Blue Heart Event
Mary has to be at black or maximum blue heart color for JACK. The 
event will not trigger if Mary has a green, yellow, orange or red 
heart for you.
First year and after
At the Library
Weather or season do not seem important
Time: Any day except Mondays, from 1.00 pm. to 4.00 pm.

Mary and Gray are talking in the library, and Mary says that not many 
people like to read like Gray does. Then Mary asks Gray if he would 
like to read the novel that she's been writing and (of course) he 
says he would love to.

c) Green Heart Event
Mary has to be at black, blue or maximum green heart color for JACK. 
The event will not trigger if Mary has an yellow, orange or red heart 
for you.
Only in year 2 of the game and after
At the summit of Mother's Hill 
Sunny days only
Time: Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, only between 7am and 10am
Possibly NOT in Winter

Gray is telling Mary that the novel that wrote is really great. He 
says that she'll get better with practice, but he himself will never 
be able to be like her. Mary is puzzled, and Gray explains that he is 
trying to write too, but that he is not good at it. Mary seems vary 
happy and encourages him to keep trying.

d) Orange Heart Event
Mary has to be at black, blue, green, yellow, or maximum orange heart 
color for JACK. The event will not trigger if Mary has a red heart 
for you.
You have to be in year 4 of the game or later
At the Library
Weather or season do not seem important
Time: Fridays and Saturdays, from 1.00 pm. to 4.00 pm.

Gray says that his grandfather is going to give him a test on his 
blacksmith skills. If he passes the test there's something he wants 
to ask Mary. However, he will not tell Mary what is until after he 
passes his test. Now, GUESS WHAT…
---------------------------------------------------------

5) KAI
-------
Rival for Popuri:

All Rival Heart events for Kai and Popuri happen in Summer 
(obviously, it's the only time that he's around) and except for the 
Orange Heart event, they are at the Beach
THE WEATHER ALWAYS MUST BE SUNNY. But again, it very, very rarely 
rains in Summer, anyway.

a) Black Heart Event: 
Popuri has to have a black heart for JACK (anything above black will 
NOT trigger the event)
In the first year and after
The weather MUST be sunny
Time: Sundays only, from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

Popuri talks about how wonderful Kai cooking is, and asks him to cook 
something for Lilla, in the hope that this will help her get better. 
Kai happily accepts.

b) Blue Heart Event
Popuri has to be at black or maximum blue heart color for JACK. The 
event will not trigger if Popuri has a green, yellow, orange or red 
heart for you.
First year and after
Weather must be sunny
Time: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, from 9:00am to 7:00pm

It's basically same as the black one, but this time Popuri thanks Kai 
for the delicious meal he cooked for her mom. However, the romantic 
meeting is interrupted by Rick, and the two guys start fighting 
because of Popuri.

c) Green Heart Event
Popuri has to be at black, blue or maximum green heart color for 
JACK. The event will not trigger if Popuri has an yellow, orange or 
red heart for you.
Only in year 2 of the game and after
The weather MUST be sunny
Time: Sundays only, from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

Another romantic meeting between Popuri and Kai, but this time Popuri 
tells Kai that she thought about leaving Mineral Town, and making a 
new life in a big town, like Kai's. And Kai, what is he thinking? 
Well, of course he's happy, the bast… er….

d) Orange Heart Event
Popuri has to be at black, blue, green, yellow, or maximum orange 
heart color for JACK. The event will not trigger if Popuri has a red 
heart for you.
You have to be in year 4 of the game or later
At the Poultry Farm (inside the farm
The weather MUST be sunny
Time: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, from 9:00am to 7:00pm

Basically, Popuri announces her family that she decided to leave 
Mineral Town. Rick is mad about it, but Lilla agrees, only if Kai is 
the one who will "take Popuri away". Which of course means…MARRIAGE! 
It's unclear who is mostly surprised and annoyed with this option: 
Rick or Kai….

Once Popuri marries Kai, SHE WILL LEAVE MINERAL TOWN WITH KAI, at the 
end of the Summer. She will just be around during Summers, when she 
comes to visit her family with her beloved husband.

-----------------------------------------------------------------
After you trigger the last event (Orange heart event) for each of the 
Rivals, the Girl will marry him after 7 days. 
You will NOT be invited to the wedding, unless you are very good 
friend with the respective rival, so don't necessarily expect an 
invitation letter.

However, you will still be able to attend the marriage, if you go to 
the Church between 9.00 am and 10.00 pm.
You can speak to the people there, including the bride and the Groom.
The Rival will just give you a crappy reason why he didn't invite 
you, but overall it's fun (including huge spelling mistakes!)
Carter will even invite you to celebrate with them all night, but be 
aware!!!!: IF you accept at this point you will just weak up next 
morning at your farm, so make sure you finish all your tasks before 
that. However, you can decline the invitation, finish your stuff, 
then go back to "celebrate"….

-------------------------------------------------------------------
CREDITS

I would like to thank people from the HM: FoMT forum 
(http://www.fogu.com), especially Samurai Goroh, Red Moon, Cherubae, 
and Eab1990, who checked the information in this guide in their 
games.

I would also like to thank Pat and John who helped me in verifying in 
over 10 games the dynamic and requirements of the Rival heart Events.

Thank you also to GameFAQs, with whom I stayed for more than four 
year, for all the opportunities and help thy give to video game 
players like myself.