More Lovers, Three-Man Parties And Monster Mounts For Rune Factory 4

By Ishaan . May 28, 2012 . 1:30pm

Remember Rune Factory 4’s Leon? He’s another one of the bachelors in the game that’s originally a monster—a rather cool-looking one at that. Here’s what his monster form looks like:


Marvelous AQL haven’t given him a monster-name yet. He’s just called “Mysterious Monster”. Once you defeat him, he takes on his human form. Leon’s described as being a lighthearted but sensitive fellow that pays attention to other people’s needs. He also likes to tease people that are overly serious.


We also get a newly-revealed character who is not a marriage candidate—Ling Hua. She’s described as warm, gentle and affectionate. Ling Hua is blessed with good luck. Even if things take a turn for the worse, they usually end up working out in her case. It looks as though Ling Hua thinks Xiao Pai is cute. Xiao was revealed back in March. She’s the girl in red with Ling Hua, in the screenshot above.



Marvelous also confirm that you can team up with NPCs around town and take them into battle with you, for a three-man party. Another screenshot also confirms that you can do battle while on your mount (ie; the monsters you tame and ride into dungeons). However…


…this screenshot shows Nancy cutting out in the middle of battle and warping back to town, saying she has something that needs taking care of. Marvelous don’t provide any specifics as to whether there’s any way to make your party members stick it out with you. Note that Nancy isn’t a bachelorette—she’s married to Jones and they run the local clinic together.


Coming back to monsters, as in previous games, you can build a shack for raising them. Monsters like the Woolies will help you out with your farm work, while others can be used to obtain milk and eggs. You can find more monster and battle screens below:



Update: It appears as though Ling Hua isn’t a bachelorette and simply an NPC. We’ve updated the article to take this into account. Thanks for the heads up, LaLaLaSushi!


Update 2: I really wasn’t happy with the “Ling Fa” translation. It has now been changed to Ling Hua, which is likely more accurate.

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  • The character designs are adorable….
    I might consider this game if it comes to america.

  • LaLaLaSushi

    On the official website, Ling Fa is a villager, not a bachelorette… =(

    • You know what, you’re right. They don’t specify that she’s a bachelorette. Wow, that is a bummer. I’ve updated the post to reflect this, thanks!

  • Elemiel

    Ling Fa is Xiaopai’s mother. She isn’t a marriage candidate.

    • Edit: OK, so within the context of the description, she’s not really her mom. Just that she finds her adorable.

    • icecoffemix

      And once again, seems going to be one of the hottest girl on the game.

      Dammit Marvelous, can’t we just have a Harvest Milf game?

      •  Harvest milf?

        Count me in.

      • IsaacGravity

        The wound for not being able to get with Shino still burn even today…

        • Dylan Anantha

          Hazel and Shino….why?!

    • hongisfire

      Another Hot Mom again. Why every hot women always a Mom?

      • boundries_san

        So…. we can get MILF?

  • They are both cute… I don’t care which one is a monster!

  • Shadowman

    Please bring it to America then it will be a day one purchase. The animation looks awesome.

  • boundries_san

    …….. why when i read 3 man parties….. i thought of ……… group play suddenly lol.^^

  • komiko12

    I might get this sometime.

  • Nyandroid

    Anubis? Leon’s a canine!? T~T
    My heart weeps.

  • Ling Hua… why isn’t she’s one of the marriage candidate… T_T  This reminds me about RF3… Evelyn.

  • rawenergy

    First Marian from Grand Bazaar and now this? *sigh*
    Why can’t we ever have nice things.

  • CirnoLakes

    Do I get a panda mount?

    I’m getting a certain hankering for a… panda mount.

    • neetyneety

      If you’re the Touhou fan that I think you are, you’ll probably recognize this.

      • CirnoLakes

         Oh dear, Patchouli, what have you done?

        She gets enough punishment from Sakuya for sleeping on the job.

  • puchinri

    I’m becoming increasingly more attached to all of the characters in this game, and when games like HM and RF make/let me become attached to the NPCs outside of the marriage candidates, they’re not doing it right. They’re doing it beautifully.

    Cannot wait for this and Ayesha~. So many fun characters to look forward to. And some fun sounding battles too.

    • Tom_Phoenix

      Of course, the downside of this is that it makes you wish you could convince the NPCs that are in a relationship to leave their current partner and be yours instead. =P

      • puchinri

        Heh, well to be honest, I like most of their pairings too and think they’re cute couples. And I’m glad if I have NPCs I enjoy as much as the bachelor/ettes, but that I can just be friends with. But it would be fun if the game let you pretend that you want to whisk some of them away and make it cute between the couple and your character.

  • neetyneety

    Can’t marry Ling Hua…. I’m ok with this, I’m ok with this…. I still got Ambrosia… yes… I still have my monster girls… I’m ok….

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