Maru - Stardew Valley Guide - IGN (2024)


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A lover of science and experimentation with a particular passion for robotics, the brilliant Maru is a resident of Pelican Town. She's also one of the six bachelorettes you can marry in Stardew Valley. This guide will help you befriend - and possibly romance - this adorable braniac!

  • Maru Basics
  • Maru Schedule
  • Maru Quests
  • Maru Gift Guide
  • Maru Movie Theater
  • Maru Heart Events
  • Maru Marriage

Maru Basics

Maru lives with her mom Robin, father Demetrius and half-brother Sebastian at 24 Mountain Road, better known as the Carpenter's Shop.he works at Harvey's Clinic as a nurse and is friends with Harvey and Penny. Maru's birthday is Summer 10.


Maru Schedule

Maru's schedule has a fair amount of variation, as she works at Harvey's Clinic part-time and is free other days. Her work shifts are Tuesday and Thursday from 9:20AM to 5PM, although she will stay home if it is raining.

On the days she does not work, Maru spends the morning in her lab and hangs out in various parts of the Valley in the afternoon. In Spring, she sits on the bench near the Saloon on Mondays and Sundays and the bench near the Community Center on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. In Summer, she stands by the lake instead of visiting the Community Center. She may also stay up until midnight looking through her telescope outside her house on some days.

In Fall, Maru returns to the Community Center bench on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. In Winter, if the Community Center is restored, she will go inside and spend time in the Crafts Room.

Maru attends all festivals. Because she works at Harvey's Clinic, she does not have a check-up date. Once the Ginger Island Resort is open, she can visit it on days that she is not working.

Maru Quests

Maru is not involved in any Story Quests or plot-related Quests. She is one of the characters who can ask for items on the Help Wanted board outside of Pierre's General Store.

Maru Gift Guide

As a fan of technology, Maru loves items that she can use in her tinkering. On the other hand, she's not a fan of many foraged items and absolutely hates any kind of Honey and Pickles.


To increase your relationship with Maru, these are the best items to give her. Most of them are items that will help with her inventions, although she also enjoys receiving her favorite food, Cauliflower, and related dishes.


Gifts that Maru Loves
  • All Universal Loves
  • Battery Pack
  • Cauliflower
  • Cheese Cauliflower
  • Diamond
  • Gold Bar
  • Iridium Bar
  • Miner's Treat
  • Pepper Poppers
  • Radioactive Bar
  • Rhubarb Pie
  • Strawberry

"Is that...? Oh wow, ___! This is spectacular!"


Maru likes the following items. Giving her anything else will result in a potentially negative response, lowering your friendship.

Gifts that Maru Likes
  • All Universal Likes except Honey, Maple Syrup, and Pickles
  • Chanterelle
  • Copper Bar
  • Iron Bar
  • Oak Resin
  • Pine Tar
  • Quartz
  • Radioactive Ore

"This is a super gift! Thank you!"


Maru is neutral toward the following items.

Gifts that Maru Is Neutral Towards
  • All Universal Neutrals except Truffle
  • All Eggs except Void Egg
  • All Fruit except Blackberry, Crystal Fruit, Fruit Tree Fruit, Salmonberry, and Strawberry
  • All Milk
  • Daffodil
  • Dandelion
  • Ginger
  • Hazelnut
  • Leek
  • Magma Cap
  • Morel
  • Purple Mushroom
  • Wild Horseradish
  • Winter Root



These are items that Maru doesn't like and won't react favourably to.

Gifts that Maru Dislikes
  • All Universal Dislikes except Battery Pack, Copper Bar, Gold Bar, Iridium Bar, Oak Resin, and Pine Tar
  • Blackberry
  • Common Mushroom
  • Crystal Fruit
  • Maple Syrup
  • Salmonberry

"Oh... That's for me? I'll just put it over here..."


Giving any of these items to Maru will result in an upset reaction.


Gifts that Maru Hates
  • All Universal Hates except Radioactive Bar and Radioactive Ore
  • Holly
  • Honey
  • Pickles
  • Snow Yam
  • Truffle

"Yuck! You thought I would like this?"

Maru Movie Theater

As a science enthusiast, Maru "naturally" Loves Natural Wonders. More surprisingly, she also Loves Wumbus. She does not Hate any movies.

Her Loved Concessions are Star Cookie and Stardrop Sorbet.

Maru Heart Events

There are several Heart Events with Maru that you can trigger based on your Friendship Level with her. Like all of the other characters who can be married, Maru has an optional 10-Heart Event if she is your girlfriend and a 14-Heart Event if she is your wife.

Enter the Carpenter's Shop when Maru is there. Demetrius will confront you about growing closer with Maru. While you cannot gain or lose any Friendship with Maru during this event, choosing to Say nothing will earn you 10 Friendship Points with Demetrius.

Enter Harvey's Clinic while Maru is working. Maru is startled to see you and drops a beaker. Say "Tell Harvey it was an accident" to gain 50 Friendship with Maru, and Harvey will be understanding and forgive her.

Enter the Mountain on a sunny day between 9PM and 11:40PM. Maru will be looking through her telescope and invite you to join her. When she asks what you see, say "A beautiful planet" to gain 30 Friendship Points with Maru.


Enter the Carpenter's Shop while Maru is there. She will show you a device and accidentally shock you. Choose "It's okay, it doesn't even hurt" to gain 30 Friendship Points with Maru.

Maru's 10-Heart event is available ONLY if you have given her a Bouquet and asked her to date you. It is not required to reach Perfection unless you choose her as your love interest.

Enter the Carpenter's Shop between 9AM and 4PM while Maru is there. Maru shows off her big project, MarILDA. MarILDA asks for her freedom, and the two of you set her free. Say "I'm so impressed with your inventions" to earn 50 Friendship Points with Maru.

After marrying Maru, enter the Farmhouse between 6AM and 5PM on a day that is not a Sunday. Note that this event cannot trigger in Winter. Maru will invite you to view an astronomical event with her the next day.

On the next non-rainy day, enter the Mountain between 10PM and 1AM. You and Maru will watch a comet together. You can make a wish on the comet; your response will not have any effect on Friendship.

Maru Marriage

You can marry Maru by giving her a Mermaid's Pendant after reaching 10 Hearts. After marriage, Maru will move into the farmhouse. Her private room is a lab, and she will work on a gadget in the nook behind the house.

After marriage, Maru continues to work at the clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and visits her family at the Carpenter's Shop on Mondays. She stays home all other days.

On rainy days, Maru may give you an item she has crafted. The options are Bomb, Gate, Quality Fertilizer, Refined Quartz, or Warp Totem: Farm. She can also cook on rainy days, but only dessert dishes. The options are Blueberry Tart, Chocolate Cake, Cookies, or Rice Pudding. Finally, on any day that Maru does not work, she may gift you an item from her "scrap pile." The options are Bomb, Cherry Bomb, Crab Cakes, or Fried Mushroom. Maru does not give you a New Year's gift.


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