Animal Friendship

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Just like with the villagers, your animals have a friendship towards you. You can see your animal friendship levels by going inside one of the barns and selecting the book in the lower-left corner. This book will tell you the number of hearts each animal has (maximum of 10), its age, health, and pregnancy status. The animal stats ledger does not display your friendship levels with the wild animals that live in the mountain areas.

The only animal that doesn't have friendship is the horse. Because you can rent a new horse from Kana or Grady at any time, friendship with the horse is impossible to do.

The maximum amount of friendship you can have with each animal is 10 hearts or 1000 FP. Each heart listed under the animal's name inside the animal book represents 99 points: zero hearts is between 0 and 99 FP, 1 heart is 100 to 199, 2 hearts is 200 to 299, and so on. The more friendship you have with your livestock and chickens, the higher the star rank of their produced goods will be. With your dogs and cats, a higher friendship means they can herd more animals in and out of the barns.

The friendship points with your animals will increase or decrease depending on your interactions with them. Ideally, you do not want to decrease your friendship points with the animals! Every day, make sure to take care of your animals to increase their friendship. Sheep seem to increase their friendship the fastest and chickens are the hardest to increase FP with.

Actions that increase friendship points will work once per day. The only exception is when the animals are outside on sunny or snowy days, where the weather will increase their FP for every 2 hours they are outside.

Positive Friendship Points
ActionChickenSilkie
Chicken
CowJersey
Cow
SheepSuffolk
Sheep
Alpaca
Talk to the animal+1 FP for all types of animals
Collect an animal product+1 FP+1 FP+1 FP+1 FP+4 FP+2 FP+2 FP
Brush an animalCan't brush chickens+2 FP+2 FP+4 FP+3 FP+2 FP
Use the BellCan't bell chickens+1 FP for cows, sheep, and alpaca
Feed a Treat or Nutra Treat+1 FP for all types of animals
Feed a Grain or Vegetable Treat+2 FP for all types of animals
Hire Jessica for animal pregnancy+20 FP for each type of animalNo pregnancy
Animal is on Bluebell Farm+3 FP for all types of animals
Outside pasture time
Every 2 hours
+2 FP+1 FP+4 FP+3 FP+2 FP+1 FP+2 FP
Win an animal festival+30 FP for all types of animals
Second place in an animal festival+20 FP for all types of animals
Third place is an animal festival+10 FP for all types of animals
Negative Friendship Points
ActionChickenSilkie
Chicken
CowJersey
Cow
SheepSuffolk
Sheep
Alpaca
Ignore for 2 days-3 FP-5 FP-3 FP-5 FP-3 FP-5 FP-5 FP
Hit with a tool-5 FP-10 FP-5 FP-10 FP-10 FP-20 FP-20 FP
Rainy outside pasture time
Every 2 hours
-5 FP-5 FP-3 FP-10 FP-5 FP-5 FP-5 FP
Stormy outside pasture time
Every 2 hours
(No affect)-5 FP-20 FP-10 FP-10 FP-10 FP
No food all day-5 FP-10 FP-3 FP-5 FP-3 FP-5 FP-5 FP
Leave outside overnight-10 FP-20 FP-20 FP-40 FP-10 FP-20 FP-10 FP
Animal death due to sickness
(Affects all living animals)
-20 FP-30 FP-20 FP-30 FP-20 FP-30 FP-20 FP

3DS Animal Petting Mini Game

In the 3DS version of the game, a petting mini game using the lower touch screen of the 3DS console will help increase friendship even faster than in the DS version. The prompt to trigger the mini game may appear after you talk to the animal for the day; a hand icon will appear above the animal's head if it can be rubbed. When you see the gloved hand icon appear, press the A button while standing next to the animal to start the mini game. The gloved hand icon won't appear if the animal is sick or if it is dirty and needs a brushing. The icon will also disappear if you don't press A fast enough to start the mini game, as it only appears once per day per animal.

The bottom touch screen will display the amount of time you have to pet the animal (10 seconds), a rub progress bar, the silhouette of the animal to rub on, and the current heart level of the animal. When prompted to start the mini game, rub your finger or stylus across the animal's silhouette to increase the rub progress bar. The more friendship hearts the animal has, the easier it seems to completely fill in the rub progress bar.

After 10 seconds is up, the animal will react to your efforts on the top screen of the 3DS. You might see nothing (really low rub bar progress), music notes, hearts, or hearts plus sparkles. The sparkle reaction happens when you fill at least 90% of the rub bar and can reward you with +10 FP and -10 Stress. Anything less than 90% will award you with less FP and stress recovery.

Earning a bonus of +10 FP per day per animal is a great benefit in the 3DS version!


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