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[[caption-width:300: An Adventure That Will Transform You]]
The third installment in the main RuneFactory series, this game was released by Natsume in North American on November 9th 2010. It also makes significant improvements to combat, stats, and farming systems, as well as expanding on the message board requests introduced in [[RuneFactory Rune Factory 2.]]

One night during a storm, a mysterious golden-fleeced wooly collapses in front of a young girl, [[InnocentFlowerGirl Shara's,]] house; and yet, against her grandfather's wishes, she takes in the wooly for the night. However, when morning comes around, the wooly transforms into a young man, [[HelloInsertNameHere Micah.]] With no memory of who he is or what he's supposed to be doing here, he escapes Shara's house, only to run into her - and a silent young woman named [[{{Kuudere}} Raven]] - again not long thereafter. At the pair's suggestion, Micah decides to stay at the local farm, which happens to be housed in an enchanted tree. From there on, the story's up to the player to discover.

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!From this game, we get examples of:

* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Your "Poison" skill goes up every time you get poisoned (or inflict poison on the enemy). Aside from the same stat-boosts most skills give, it makes it harder for you to get hit with poison. This also goes for sleeping, paralysis and sealing status effects.
** Shino apparently developed this as well, as she gladly accepts ''poisonous mushrooms'' as gifts.
* ActionMom: Shino, and Hazel to a certain degree.Also, your spouse.
* {{Adorkable}}: [[spoiler:Kuruna]] around chocolate and cake.
* AnInteriorDesignerIsYou: You can buy various decorations for your home from Evelyn. If you decide you don't want them, you get rid of them by [[DieChairDie whacking them with your weapon]], which turns them into wood.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Monica. She gets better later on, thankfully.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: Transform, Teleport, and Cure Seal all work while you are sealed, so you can still avoid getting [[strike:killed]] [[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist knocked out]] if things go sour and you get sealed.
** Poison also doesn't knock you completely out, so you can wait until you get some RP-recovering items (to cast a curing spell), an antidote herb or antidote, or until one of the two witches decide to work to take care of the poison. Just don't do something stupid like [[TooDumbToLive go exploring a dungeon...]]
* AntidoteEffect: HealingPotion type items made with alchemy restore set amounts of HP, with the best ones going up to 2000 hit points' worth. However, most food restores via percentage of your maximum HP/RP, and considering your ''base'' HP cap is [[spoiler: 65535]]...
* ApologeticAttacker: Raven and Shara routinely apologise to the monsters they're beating up. The former does it only in the Japanese version, though.
* ArtificialAtmosphericActions: Quite well-done for a DS game. Villagers will go about their usual daily business according to who they are; it's not uncommon to find Carmen or Carlos fishing, for example, Raven writing in her diary, Rusk and Collette serving in the restaurant, or Marian at her cauldron. Other more generic actions include going for walks in the safe areas of the dungeons, having conversations with other villagers [[VoiceGrunting (although you fill in the blanks) ]] and greeting you when you walk by.
* AttackAttackAttack: With some of the [[BonusBoss bonus bosses]], sometimes the best strategy is to defeat them before they can use their best attacks, which are nigh-impossible to dodge.
* AttackDrone: Most of the active seeds are essentially this, only they're ''plants''.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: The [[DemBones Skelefang]] takes no damage from attacks until you [[CognizantLimbs completely destroy its body]], exposing the core for a few moments while its body regenerates. (And making it perform its LimitBreak)
* AwesomeButImpractical: The boss abilities of the last few bosses you can [[MegaManning collect]] consume too much RP to be used often, although, to their credit, they can clear the screen of all non-boss enemies. And by the time you have enough RP to overcome useage issues, slow charge time becomes a bigger one (You're slowed to walking speed while charging, even while wearing Rocket Shoes, though you can still dash). Though the charge time issue can be mitigated with a Magic Ring (halves charge time).
* AwesomeButPractical: The longsword, axe and hammer weapons. Slower than the shortsword or dual blades (But faster than they've been in the previous games). Until you pair them up with a good skill seal. And unlike RF2, you can mix and match seal types with different weapons (at an additional RP cost). Pairing an axe or hammer with a multi-hit seal like Millionstrike and the Lucky Strike accessory[[hottip:*:massively raises critical hit rates]] gives you GameBreaker attack power.
* BadassAdorable: Micah is this both in wooly form and in human form.
* [[BeachEpisode Beach Event]]: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKy4sEek8k4 Happens every summer.]]
* BigBreastsBigDeal: Pia. Especially in her swimsuit. [[FanService It doesn't help that it's cut so low as to show off her...assets...]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: Carlos.
* BigEater: Sherman, Collette.
* {{Bishonen}}: Micah
* BladeOnAStick: Weapons like this fall under the category of spears in-game.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: Pia and Sakuya have one to attract customers.
* BonusBoss: Naturally, all the bosses in the BonusDungeon.
* BonusDungeon: The Sharance Maze under your home. As a bonus, [[RandomlyGeneratedLevels it changes every time you enter.]]
* BossArenaUrgency: If you don't defeat Death Wall fast enough, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbeldD4chqU it will eventually crush you.]]
* BottomlessBladder: Partially averted. While you don't ''have'' to do these things, there are skills that reward you for making your character live a healthy life: eating well, getting lots of exercise, sleeping early, so on and so forth.
* ButThouMust: You can't refuse Shara when she wants to show you around your new home. Or explain the bulletin board.
** One of Sofia's requests ends up with a decision where both options quite literally mean the same thing.
** Similarly, if you're going after Sakuya, you are going to get shaved for your golden wool, and no amount of arguing will deter her.
---> ['''Micah''']: "It's gonna be a cold night tonight..."
** If you accept Daria's mission to find the Golden Wooly, you're given two choices: [[GoLookAtTheDistraction Trying to make a random distraction]] or revealing your secret. The first one never works, no matter how many times you try.
* BraggingRightsReward: You can collect a number of trophies in the trophy room for completing certain achievements. Most are useless, but some serve as in-game options, such as to view the end credits again.
** Hard Mode: The monsters are tougher, but you get the same rewards for defeating them (same XP, same monster drops)
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Daria does this in one of her conversations. She will exclaim "My art is calling me!", prompting two choices. Choosing the second will make her say something along the lines of, "Please choose the first one, next time..."
** Daria actually seems quite fond of this, doing it on more than one occasion. Maybe that's what her hammer's actually for...
** And then there's one conversation, where she tells you her new name, which is so long that it goes off the edge of the text box. Micah's response? [[LampshadeHanging "It doesn't even fit..."]] Dang Daria, you're like a Fourth Wall Sledgehammer
** The wall is broken during the farming tutorial too - Shara runs up to the upper-left corner and jumps to indicate where your HP and RP gauges are, to which Micah responds with "I can't see them." Shara's response to that? "You can't see them when you're talking to people."
** Seriously, whenever someone [[HeKnowsAboutTimedHits tells you how to do something by pressing the buttons on your DS]], they're pretty much demolishing the wall.
* BrokenBird: [[spoiler: Raven, quite literally.]]
* CastFromHitPoints: Averted. While this was possible in the earlier games, trying to do anything without RP now makes you faint in short order, especially physical actions.
* CatchPhrase: Daria's RAINBOW!
* CharacterCustomization: Taken to obscene lengths. While the first two games had "fight monsters to gain EXP to raise stats," and skills weren't that important, what you do in this game will seriously impact how your character turns out. While skills only decreased RP consumption in the other games, in this one every skill is tied to at least one stat, and levelling has a limited ability to impact your stats. Oh, and did I mention there are an obscene number of skills, even one for walking and another that represents how well-fed you are? Add that to an enormous number of effects your equipment can have on you and your enemies, and you're set. Then there're your companions to consider...
* ChargedAttack: More important for staves than other weapons, since that's how you use the spells you've imbued into it by way of monster drops.
* ChefOfIron: Blaise, if you level him up enough.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Pia.
** And the case can be made for Daria, Sofia, Sherman, Evelyn... Honestly, it feels kind of like a cast full of CloudCuckooLand.
* CollisionDamage: Largely averted. Running into certain monsters that are obviously trying to stomp you still causes damage.
* {{Combos}}: Bosses have these as well now.
* ComMons: Most of the monsters you can tame early on fall into this trope.
* ContinuityNod: Talk to the travellers passing through town, and they'll make references to the earlier games.
** As a nod to the tradition of the first ''HarvestMoon'' game of peeking at girls' diaries to find out how they feel about you, Raven keeps a diary on her dresser [[spoiler: that has its contents change as you up her RelationshipValues]]. Attempting to read it while she's around makes her [[BerserkButton really, really mad.]] As a joke, Gaius has one too, but he never writes anything in it.
*** Karina also keeps a diary in her room, however due to her extreme laziness, she stops writing in it after the first paragraph.
*** Sherman has one, too, but you can't make any sense of the words in it.
** Yue from the previous game makes an appearance as well. And she's more useful than before since she sells pretty rare items like boss drops and changes her stock every day.
** Mei is there, too! She's the way you can change your name.
* CounterAttack: One of the skill seals does this.
* CriticalExistenceFailure: Your character starts to pant and look tired when low on HP/RP, but this is only cosmetic.
* CriticalHit: There are some skills which guarantee this, and various ways to up your chances of getting one. Different weapon types have different base critical chances, and magic can now score these as well. You can also critically heal.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Collette, Sofia, Monica, and Evelyn, if the official artwork has anything to say about it. Also, Pia sorta counts, too.
* CuteWitch: Marian.
* DatingSim: Although the ''HarvestMoon'' and ''RuneFactory'' games have always included elements of this, now [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unfRbJKvKcs you can take your love interests on actual dates.]]
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Compared to the previous games, which would net you a game over if you fainted in a dungeon, losing all your money seems a reasonable alternative.
* DeadpanSnarker: Micah. Then again, given that he's, arguably, one of the [[OnlySaneMan only sane individuals]] in the game, this is inevitable. And quite entertaining.
* DemonicSpider: Arguably, the spirit family of monsters, which [[SpamAttack spam the screen with projectiles]] and can only be hurt while they attack.
* DetachedSleeves: Daria and Collette have these.
** As does Micah.
* {{Determinator}}: You ''cannot'' lose against [[spoiler:Aquaticus]]' ultimate attack. Even at 0 HP, you simply shrug off his attacks until you hit him. Sadly, this does not happen against the rematch, for obvious reasons.
* DieChairDie: You can chop up your furniture, signs, shipment boxes, save points, and even ''the orbs you acquire throughout the storyline''.Oh,and if you so much as sneeze on a treasure chest, [[OhCrap it and its contents are destroyed]].Pretty annoying if you have a weapon with a large range or have a dumb AI companion...
* DifficultySpike: The difference between the penultimate and final areas of the Sharance Maze.
* DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm: Pia.
* DualBoss: The Twin lions.
* DualWielding: Introduced in this game. Effectiveness does remain in question, though. While dual swords are the fastest weapon, using them means you get no benefit from a shield, whereas using even a two-handed weapon only halves the stats you gain from a shield.
* DubNameChange: There are quite a few, actually, but perhaps the most peculiar are Zeze's, Persia's, and Donchacos', who have become Zaid, Pia, and Sherman respectively. Other examples include Karin, who has become Karina, and Elisa, who has become Evelyn. Conversely, Rusk was left alone, despite his family's dessert naming trend being broken with Chocolat becoming Collette, and Gluten becoming Blaise.
** Monster Village has also undergone a drastic name change, now becoming Univir instead. Additionally, Sialens has become Sharance.
* DynamicDifficulty: The difficulty of the last area in the Sialens Maze scales with your level and stats.
* EdibleThemeNaming: All in the same family, we have Chocolat (French for chocolate), Rusk (a dry, hard biscut), and Gluten (a composite of two proteins found in grain, often used in breads and the like). Mais (which resembles "maize," or the term for corn in some countries, like Italy) can also count too. All of these were LostInTranslation except for Rusk; see DubNameChange above.
* EliteMook: The [[MookPromotion guardians]] at the end of every non-boss level of the Sialens Maze.
* [[spoiler: EngagementChallenge]]: [[spoiler: Akhnabet (Aquaticus from the US translations of the earlier games), Dragon God of Water, challenges you to a duel to prove your love for your fiancee.]]
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: The protagonist of the story, Micah (or [[HelloInsertNameHere whatever you name him]]) absolutely matches the trope. [[http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/game/ds/runefactory3/img/top/main.png Just look at him!]]
** Which carry on to his sons, who look rather {{Bishonen}}.
** If you give Carlos his favourite gift on his birthday, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4PwYZ3CHaQ he asks if he can kiss you.]]
** Gaius also hints at this when you give him something he likes.
* EvolvingAttack: Leveling your fighting skills increases the length of your weapon combo and can add associated effects.
* ExpressDelivery: It takes a matter of days from your wife discovering she's pregnant to the actual birth. [[spoiler: And this happens THREE times, a year apart each occurrence. Ouch.]]
* FantasticRacism: [[spoiler:The main plotline is about trying to bring humans and the [[HalfHumanHybrid Univir]] together. To the storyline's credit, the Univir are just as bad as the humans themselves.]]
* FanService: Almost all the villagers have their own swimsuits. [[spoiler: Even those who live in the desert.]] Seems Neverland and Marvelous didn't forget the ladies this time round. Carlos, anyone?
* FreakyIsCool: Some of the fanbase apparently like Sofia for her tendency to say the opposite of what she means.
* FoodAsBribe: [[spoiler: You have to use a fried/grilled char to lure out the twin manticores to fight. It happens to be their favourite food, so much so that they've been attacking the villagers to get at it.]]
* ForgetsToEat: Gaius sometimes spends ''days'' at the forge. It takes until he runs out of materials or get distracted by Raven for him to just pass out ''just so Raven can get him to sleep''. To a lesser extent, one of Daria's requests has you get her food because she's so hungry from working on her art that she can't get any herself.
* ForegoneVictory: [[spoiler: Aquiticus' last attack seems like a HopelessBossFight at first, [[ScriptedBattle until you realise you can't faint while you waddle up and smack him]]. If you rematch him, he can use this attack normally. [[CrazyPrepared Better have a water ring ready.]] ]]
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler:The entire plot of the game turns out to be an elaborate plot by the Dragon God Aquaticus to tear down the [[FantasticRacism racial barriers]] between Humans and Monsters.]]
* GameplayAllyImmortality: Villagers can faint, but leave the map you're on and they'll revive themselves with one HP. Healing them via magic also revives them. Sadly, this doesn't apply elsewhere--fainted monsters will be returned to your barn, and exhausted active seeds will revert to their seed form and have to be placed in your backpack overnight before they can be used again.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Even after [[spoiler:the Unity Festival, Kurana still refers to humans as the "vile hornless" in certain quests that were available from before the festival. Also, you can still "reveal" your Wooly form to some characters even after revealing it to the entire town.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Wowee. Despite the game's cute, innocent appearance, this particular Rune Factory's dub is filled with hilarious innuendo. Much of it comes from Persia and her fascination with squid.
--> ['''Pia''']: "[Micah] showed me his thing!"
* GiantMook: Giant mushrooms. And ducks. And woollies. And trolls.
* GiveMeYourInventoryItem: Most of the repeatable message board quests are this, along with TwentyBearAsses. Though to prove they're not so lazy, sometimes the villagers go out with you in search of what they want. And sometimes ''they'' want to give ''you'' their inventory items, so what goes around comes around.
* GlassCannon: Some of the villager companions can be this. They are not so much fragile (since the bosses hit you just about as hard) but their AI is so much dumber than the player (hopefully) that they just stand there and get hit. Thanks to an accessory called the "Sun Pendant", though, some villagers can do insane damage (the pendent doubles their damage). The most prominent example is probably Raven/Toona, who can either die in 5 seconds by rushing into bosses or solo just about any "oiled" boss (even those with decent fire-resist) in less than 5 seconds by continuously spamming her fireball wing attack (This is considering that villagers tend to be quite a bit lower in level than the bosses).
** It's been proven that Raven has abyssmal VIT and HP growth, but incredible STR and INT growth.
** Micah himself becomes one when using dual blades.
* GuestStarPartyMember: Almost every villager can be one, with a few exceptions.
* GuiltBasedGaming: The villagers will complain if you don't talk to them for a while, asking if you're busy, if you hate them, that you don't respect the elderly, etc, etc.
** Some people were guilted into marrying Raven, because [[spoiler: they were worried she would remain alone and miserable forever if you didn't.]]
*** Marry someone else and take a peek at Raven's diary. Even Micah feels it.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:You, Raven, Pia, and all the horned people in Univir Village.]]
* HealingSpring: As with the earlier games, the baths.
* HerdHittingAttack: Some spells and skill seals. The last move of your basic weapon combos tend to be this.
* HeyItsThatVoice
** In the Japanese version, Shara is [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Nia]] from TengenToppaGurrenLagann.
** In the Japanese version, Raven is [[{{Tsundere}} Kagami]] from {{Lucky Star}}.
* HotBlooded: Carlos can come across as this.
* HotShounenMom: Shinonome and Hazel.
* HoverBoard: The leaf slider active seed, used for getting across water. It also goes on land.
* HyperspaceMallet: Daria's default weapon.
* ICallHerVera: Zaid calls his cutlass "Mr. Slice."
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Pia and Collette's default weapons are a giant fish and lollipop respectively.
** There are joke weapons of every type, the giant fish is a greatsword and the lollipop is an axe. Gift them a different weapon of their chosen type and they will use it.
** Shara and Carmen use a watering can and fishing rod as well.
** Some of the player's options for weapons include a spoon, backscratchers, a carrot, a daikon radish, and a baseball bat. Not to mention the Twin Leeks.
* ImprobableAccessoryEffect: A lot of the accessories.
* IncestSubtext: Some of Carlos and Carmen's lines can get over the top.
* IndestructibleEdible: You can find food items in treasure chests, throw them on the ground, leave them there for days (even having a child afterwards), and they don't go bad. Fish found in treasure chests are still alive and skipping, as though freshly caught.
* InexplicableTreasureChests: Made worse by the fact that they randomly appear, and vanish without a trace if you leave the map they're on.
* InnocentFlowerGirl: Shara.
* InsecureLoveInterest: [[spoiler:Raven]] if you marry her.
* InUniverseGameClock
* InvulnerableAttack: The finishing move of the shortsword's combo.
** The finishing move of the dual sword as well and presumably of every other weapon type. It's a mixed blessing at best, though, since you are completely defenseless for around a second after the attack, which can often led to being one shotted by the hard mode bonus bosses.
* ItemCrafting: Greatly improved from the previous games. [[SocketedEquipment In addition, upgrading equipment with various items can improve stats, change elemental affinities and confer special abilities.]]
* JerkAssGod: Aquaticus. [[spoiler: Forces Micah to be the driving force of his GambitRoulette and Micah's reward for seeing it through is either to leave his past unremembered for good or to leave his new life behind for good.]] Jerk.
* JokeCharacter: Karina appears to be one of these at first, until you get her RelationshipValues high enough and finish some of her message board requests.
* KarlMarxHatesYourGuts: That levelizer you want to sell? [[GlobalCurrency 1,000G.]] They leveliser you want to ''buy''? 150,000G.
** Averted, when compared to previous games in the series; turning a profit on your crafting skills is laughably easy now. 1 of each iron and 2 of every other ore at forge skill 80 gives you an easy 45720G - more than any boss drop's value.
*** Even more than that, you can now use scrap ore to level any forged item. While it lowers attack and defense stats, it doesn't effect the gold value of the item upgraded. And since scrap ore carries a high difficulty for forging, it's a near-game breaking way to boost your forging and workshop skills quickly and cheaply (especially once you nab a Heart Pendant, which doubles all skill points gained.)
** Elemental rings, invinciroids, tuna sashimi. 'Nuff said.
* {{Kuudere}}: Raven. [[spoiler: Although she's faking the cold front as she's terrified of people learning her secret. Get her RelationshipValues high enough or talk to her in wooly form, and she'll behave more kindly toward you. If you do marry her, the cold side of her vanishes completely, although she still doesn't like to share her feelings and still often wants you to reaffirm your love for her.]]
* LampshadeHanging: Particularly, concerning how many characters can fit in a dialogue box:
--> ['''Daria''']: "Did you know, [Micah], the longer an artist's name is, the better they are?"
--> ['''Micah''']: "Is that true?"
--> ['''Daria''']: "That's why I'm changing my name. Announcing: [Daria] Gorgeous Turnip [[CatchPhrase Rainbow]] Nice Ambiti"
--> ['''Micah''']: "It doesn't even fit..."
** One of Pia's requests requires you to obtain a strong string and give it to her. The quest reward? The exact same strong string you just gave to her. This does not go without comment.
* LastChanceHitPoint: As with AcquiredPoisonImmunity, you can build up a resistance to being KO'ed or getting downed by OneHitKO blows. Can save your bacon when fighting the higher level BonusDungeon bosses.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: When Micah thinks that Karina and Hazel are a lot alike, the two of them both immediately yell at him that they aren't. Keep in mind Micah doesn't actually ''say'' this. Then again Hazel leans on the wall on multiple occasions and Karina has a second sentence (in a thought bubble) after every sentence or two.
* LethalChef: Sakuya. [[spoiler: One of her quests involves her utter failure at even boiling an egg.]]
** Then again, she [[spoiler:does ask for a large egg, which requires a higher cooking level than a small or medium egg, which she rejects.]]
* LevelGrinding: Largely averted, as levels have a reduced impact on your stats this time round. [[RareCandy You can raise your stats and skills by collecting rune spirits and rune orbs that appear when you harvest crops]]. However, you must have gained a skill through actually performing the associated action (eg. swinging a hoe for farming) to be able to raise it through rune orbs.
* LevelUpAtIntimacy5: Not directly, but the better your RelationshipValues with the villagers, the longer you can ask them to go adventuring with you.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Gaius and Raven's relationship is something between this and father/daughter.
* LimitedWardrobe: Largely averted. You can buy a large number of different outfits from Evelyn, and the other villagers change into their swimsuits when they go to the beach during summer. The minor characters, though, still suffer from this.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Almost every villager can be asked to go adventuring with you[[hottip:*:The exceptions are Wells, Sherman, Marjorie and Ondorous]], and almost every monster in the game can be tamed, save bosses, EliteMooks and [[GiantMook Giant Mooks]].
* LostForever: Averted. PlotCoupon items will appear by your bed if you manage to lose them one way or another. (Giving, dropping them in water). Supposedly special equipment that happen to be quest rewards can still be crafted yourself.
* LuckBasedMission: Catch the Most Squid Contest. Subverted in that the inn's pond has a higher-than-average squid population. [[GuideDangIt Although good luck figuring that out.]]
* MadScientist: Marian appears to be this when it comes to medicines, having no ethical qualms about using you and Collette as test subjects. Evelyn seems to be similarly obsessed with her fashion designing.
** Marian will give you "tea" in some of her requests that will turn you into her suddenly-effeminate willing servant. Things you'll then say will usually end with a star or a music note. Her madness goes up when you continue this quest and learn that she wants you to hold down villagers while she tests her newly-made medicine on them.
** There's also the time she tries to force-feed Micah an experimental potion to change his gender...
* ManEatingPlant: One of the active seeds grows into this sort of plant. Thankfully, it eats enemy monsters.
** There are many of these in harder areas of the Sol Terrano desert that ''do'' damage the player and any partner upon contact.
* MarathonLevel: The last area of the Sharance Maze, [[spoiler: with twenty levels and ten bosses.]]
* MarshmallowHell: Pia gives you one.And yet, afterwards ''you'''re the one who gets pictured as a pervert.
* MascotMook: The woolies.
* MayFlyDecemberRomance: If you marry [[spoiler:Kuruna, who is hundreds of years old.]]
* MeaningfulName: Sialens, the original Japanese name for the town in which the game takes place, is the Welsh word for "challenge."
* MercyInvincibility: Taken out for both you and your enemies. The only time you're invincible to enemy attacks as a result of being hit is when [[YouGetKnockedDownYouGetBackUpAgain you've been knocked down and are recovering]]. Makes SpamAttack particularly dangerous.
** The dual-sword, short sword, and wooly kung-fu are fast enough to make button smashing viable. Wooly throws do make you invincible during their animation but the recover time on some throws are so long that you are almost guaranteed to get hit if you are surrounded.
*** The spear makes you invincible during the combo, when you spin the spear to shortly after the attack finishes.
* MegaManning: Upgrading staves with monster drops can allow you to use monster abilities. This works even for bosses, although boss abilities tend to cost large amounts of RP.
* {{Megane}}: Ondorus.
* [[MegaNekko Meganekko]]: Kuruna, the Elder of Univir Village. Gets [[BerserkButton fiercely protective]] if you try to touch them, too.
* MermaidProblem: [[spoiler:Miss Pia]] gets around this by [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent only gaining her fish tail when she comes into contact with water.]]
* MoneyForNothing: Averted in this one. [[spoiler: Yue can sell levelisers, which are a massive money sink. [[AbsurdlyHighLevelCap Considering that the level cap for both you and every villager is 10,000...]] ]]
* MonsterAllies: A staple of the series, only this time you befriend them by [[TastesLikeFriendship bribing them with food.]]
* MonsterTown: Monster Village. [[spoiler: Attempting to enter while in human form gets you evicted in short order.]]
* MookMaker: The monster portals.
* NerfArm: Some weapons you can craft include backscratchers, vegetables and pitchforks. The game readily acknowledges this by having these weapons produce little turnips and a "pop" sound upon hitting an enemy, despite them being just as effective as other weapons.
* NiceHat: Carmen's hat. She gets fussy about it.
** Daria's hat is pretty spiffing, too.
* NonIdleRich: Evelyn is a clothier, while Sofia helps her father ship the local produce (including yours) out of town, and can be seen at the blacksmith's and general store.
* NoodleIncident: Just what exactly did happen when Blaise got drunk?
* NotAMorningPerson: Karina. Side effect of her also being TheSlacker.
* NotGoodWithPeople: Monica.
* OfficialCouple: Micah and Shara.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler:The Univir.]]
* OnlySaneMan: As a larger and larger percentage of the cast gets quirky with each game in the series, your character is probably going to end up being this.
** Karina is this as well. Unlike Micah she seems to enjoy watching everyone else's quirks, rather than wonder at them.
* OppositeDay: Sofia and her father pepper their speech with red text that means the opposite of what it says. It gets very confusing since they don't reverse ''everything'' they say, just enough to screw with your mind. For added confusion, Sofia is the only person who loves (really!) to eat [[LethalChef Failure Dishes]] and [[EpicFail Super Failure Dishes]].
* OurDwarvesAreDifferent: Gaius is supposedly a dwarf, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St-o2pXXb-E but he looks more like the traditonal western elf...]]. He fits the crafter archetype to a degree, but is incredibly laid-back and friendly.
** Then there's Zaid, a belligerent warrior dwarf -- looking similar to Gaius -- who complains that the "short, bearded man" bit is a racist stereotype.
* OurElvesAreDifferent: Daria is one.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Pia.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: ''No one'' has both of their parents. In fact, most of the characters have no parents, with no explanation. [[spoiler: Raven at least acknowledges the fact that she never had parents, and Micah gets a flashback involving his parents having one line of dialogue each, but that's it.]]
* PatchworkMap: When a half-frozen river is just a short walk away from a scorching desert, it certainly seems this way.
* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: You can access the island on the right side of Privera as soon as you can afford to buy the Lily Pad.The bosses that spawn there can be pretty tough, but not only they can be easily beat with some preparations, but their loot can be used to beef up equipment for at least a couple levels.
** Doubly so for the Bonus Dungeons - especially if you get lucky with the rare chests.
* PlayerParty: You can have up to one villager, one monster companion, and one active seed on your side at any one time.
** However, you can't have a monster and a villager with you at the same time; if you try to add a monster while you're with a villager, the villager will leave, and if you try to add a villager with a monster the villager will say that you already have a member in your party.
* PlayingWithSyringes: You've visited Marian? She'll be wanting to give you a shot. You pass by? She'll want to give you a shot. You leave the game while she's your companion and return? She'll want to give you a shot so you won't forget. You do other girl's requests while you're married to her? A shot is in order. Take note: that ridiculously large musical instrument in her hand IS HER SYRINGE.
** Although, looking like a musical instrument lessens the fear factor. She has, however, back-up syringes that are...actual syringes and ARE ridiculously large. They aren't calibrated, though, thank God.
** One of the official artworks has her on beach day with a float in the shape of a syringe.
* PointyEars: Raven, Kuruna, Daria, Ondorus, Zaid, and Gaius all have these.
* PoisonMushroom: Some food items such as wine, oil and failed dishes can decrease your HP/RP and cause status effects. Since you can throw food to monsters in this game, it's clear they were meant to be used as attack items.
** Also, there are literal mushrooms that will restore HP and RP, but may have side effects, including poisoning.
* PolarOppositeTwins: Collette and Rusk. Collette eats all the time and just about anything, but especially rice and vegetables. Rusk, on the other hand, is an incredibly picky eater, only liking certain sweets. The only thing they have in common is that they use the same hiding spot ([[spoiler: That tree in the plaza. Collette hides in it during one of Marian's requests, and Rusk hides in it during one of Collette's requests.]])
* PowerUpFood: The main purpose of cooking. While HP/RP restoration via HyperactiveMetabolism is nice, the stat buffs that come along with it are the kicker, not to mention eating once a day ups your "well-fed" skill, which in turn permanently increases a number of your stats.
* PowerupMount: You can now ride a large variety of monsters, all with their own attacks. Humanoid monsters like orcs and goblins may do the same.
* PregnantBadass: You can take your pregnant wife adventuring with you, and she still kicks as much ass.
* RainbowSpeak: A godsend for the players who don't speak Japanese, as key items and requests are highlighted in blue. Sofia's opposite-meaning words are highlighted in red, too.
* RandomlyDrops: Still around, although much, much better than the last two games.
* RareCandy: Various alchemy products serve this purpose, as well as strike:runeys rune spirits and rune orbs. This is also how you learn new item crafting abilities: eating recipe bread.
* RecurringBossTemplate: While most of the bonus bosses recycled from earlier games still have all their signature moves, they're a lot tougher this time around.
* ReducedManaCost: The handknit scarf has this ability, but it doesn't work all the time.
* RequiredPartyMember: Some message board requests involve this.
* [[spoiler: RunawayFiance]]: [[spoiler: Your chosen wife becomes this for a while just before the end of the game.]]
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: When you first enter Sol Terrano Desert, there's a little sequence with a sign kindly informing you that it's called Sol Terrano ''Dessert''. [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Unfortunately, it was dry and sandy tasting]].
* RunDontWalk: Ever since the first game in the series. Why would you ''need'' to walk?
** There is one request involving catching birds where you have to walk, as running to a bird makes them fly away.
*** Also, precision during farming. Wouldn't want to accidentally cut down or hammer in the wrong expensive crops...
* ScratchDamage
* ShoutOut: The twin leeks weapon is a direct reference to {{Vocaloid}}'s Hatsune Miku.
** Evelyn also makes a vague reference to Raguna and Kyle (protagonists of the first two installments) in the English version of the game: "Yeah, and I guess amnesiacs are a dime a dozen around these parts. You're not the first!"
** Whenever Rusk comments on his dislike of vegetables, Micah responds with a random fact that gives Rusk second thoughts. When Rusk says he hates eggplants for being soft, Micah claims that there are [[KidIcarus wizards made of eggplants in far-off kingdoms.]]
** After completing Gaius' first quest to get the hammer and having him fall asleep, attempting to talk to him will yield the line [[CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory "Iron, iron, everywhere, and not a drop to drink."]]
** Every so often when spoken to, Sherman will sing a short ditty along the lines of [[OliverTwist "Food, ODIOUS food, CLAMMY sausage and custard!"]]
** During a conversation with Collette, she talks about a popular play from the city when she was a kid, about a disembodied head that [[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude recruited five teenagers "with attitudes"]] to fight monsters with [[ImprobableWeaponUser oils and spices]]. The theme song of this show? "[[PowerRangers Go, go Radish Rangers]]!"
** The [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3okza853q1rt2h44o1_400.jpg Safety Lance]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In the original Japanese, Mais has been variously Anglicized as Maisu, Mice, and, well, ''Mais''. Sia is occasionally referred to as Shia, Toona is occasionally referred to as Touna, and Cururufa is occasionally referred to as Klurufa, Kururufa, or Clurufa. Then there's Gadzhi, who is at times referred to as Gaji. Finally, there's Elisa, who is often referred to as Eliza.
* SpoiledSweet: Sofia, Evelyn.
* SprintShoes: The rocket wings, which double your speed.
* StationaryBoss: [[WhenTreesAttack Terror Tree]], until it TurnsRed.
* SuperMode: One of the dual swords skill seals makes your basic attacks much, much faster.
* SweetTooth: Kuruna. [[spoiler: Many of her requests [[FetchQuest involve you getting sweets for her]], as they're hard to find in the desert. Also Chocolate is her favorite.]]
* TakeYourTime: [[spoiler: Fiancee missing? Last seen near that strange island with the ancient unopenable door? Doesn't matter, she's not going anywhere, is she?]]
* TalkToEveryone: Your very first message board request is for you to introduce yourself to everyone in town and then ship one item.
** You're told to do this [[spoiler:with Kuruna in the Unity Festival,]] although it doesn't matter if you do or not and you don't get anything for it.
* ThatCameOutWrong: After Pia learns about your little secret, she tries to keep it a secret by refering to your transformed state as your "thing." So when she blurts out that your "thing was cute" around her mother figure after being asked asking how your date went, Shino not so subtly begins to threaten you while Pia remains oblivious.
* TheBlacksmith: Gaius
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: Swing around your sword inside the house will [[DieChairDie destroy the furniture you've purchased]] upon impact. Also your crops can be cut down as well.
** Drinking wine makes you fall asleep. You can then feed the wine to enemies and [[ForMassiveDamage hit them while they're asleep.]]
* [[spoiler:ThePhoenix]]: [[spoiler: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHCi99BcWfw Raven's last quest reveals that she is one]].]]
* ThereAreNoTents: Due to massive underusage in the earlier two games, the camping skill was taken out, along with sleeping bags.
* TheWikiRule: [[http://therunefactory.wikia.com/wiki/Rune_Factory_Wiki Here]]
* ThePowerOfFriendship: In order for the Sharance Tree to bloom, humans and monsters must stop their FantasticRacism and become friends.
* TheQuietOne: Raven.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: Dragon Cave.
* TheYoshi: Compared to the first games, pretty much any monster bigger than yourself can be ridden on.From a goofy Buffamoo, to the HumongousMecha Little Golem, to the fire-breathing Claw Dragon.
* ThrivingGhostTown: Justified in Sharance; plenty of [[YouAllLookFamiliar faceless NPCs]] pass through and can be seen patronising the shops in town, and Hazel presumably sells your shipped items to other places through the DSC family. Played straight with Univir Village, though.
** Ondorus mentions that traveling merchants do stop by Univir Village, although you never see them.
*** However, there is a merchant that sells you Cooking Bread that occasionally shows up in the desert. Although he doesn't ever pass the entrance...
* {{Tomboy}}: Carmen.
* ToughRoom: Pia and Sakuya's BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine is quite a bit funnier than you and Shino make it out to be
* TrademarkFavouriteFood: Most of the villagers have one; giving them food they like while they're in your party often buffs their stats beyond what it says on the label, or ignores negative effects the food would ordinarily have.
* TransformationTrinket: Your transformation belt. [[spoiler: Although you have it at the beginning of the game, your character doesn't remember how to use it until you beat Tanuki.]]
* TurnsRed: Or, more correctly, turns black.
* UniversalPoison: Apparently, poisonous mushrooms and rainbow trout sashimi are equally poisonous.
* UnpredictableResults: Eating a wild mushroom can restore up to all of your HP/RP, cause status effects, or damage you. Thankfully, there are none that are instantly fatal.
* UselessUsefulSpell: [[ContractualBossImmunity Most status afflictions such as sleep, paralyse, and the like don't work on bosses]], and by the time you've managed to inflict them on normal enemies they're mostly dead already.
** Although it must be said that some, like lifestealing, can be useful.
** And that while bosses are mostly immune to negative food effects, it is still possible to lower their elemental resistances through food buffs.
* UnusualEars: Pia has rather peculiar fin and external gill-like extensions in place of where "normal" ears might otherwise be. This is likely due to her being [[spoiler: a mermaid]], however.
* VisibleSilence: You get a ''lot'' of this from Raven.
* VoiceGrunting: Unfortunately, this appears to be the case. The number of incomplete responses and mismatched VA is staggering, possibly because the game was so large the cartidge was strapped for space.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: [[http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/game/ds/runefactory3/system/img/transform/mokomoko.jpg This.]]
* {{WAFF}}: Some dates can cause this.
* WalletOfHolding: Your money cap is 9,999,999 G. It's been upped to 99,999,999G in the US release.
* WarpWhistle: Teleport, by now a staple of the series. Still can't be used in the Sharance Maze or certain scripted sequences, though.
* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: Fainting, even when all your party members are fine, sends you back to the hospital sans your cash.
* WelcomeToCorneria: Averted.
* WhatTheHellPlayer: After you marry, you can still do requests for the other bachelorettes. However, after a while your wife will complain that you've been "spending a lot of time with someone else."
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Micah's Wooley form can pick up enemies who he's just smacked and perform a number of body slams on them. Who knew Woolies were so into wrestling?
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Colorful Hair]]: There's [[CuteWitch Marian]] (light blue), [[CloudCuckooLander Pia]] (pink), [[NonIdleRich Sofia]] (light purple), [[{{Tomboy}} Carmen]] (green), [[TheQuietOne Raven]] (red), [[SpoiledSweet Evelyn]] (purple), [[HotBlooded Carlos]] (green), and, finally, [[BigEater Sherman]] (dark green). [[NotAMorningPerson Karina]] (silvery-grey) might arguably count as well, all things taken into consideration.

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[[caption-width:300: An Adventure That Will Transform You]]
The third installment in the main RuneFactory series, this game was released by Natsume in North American on November 9th 2010. It also makes significant improvements to combat, stats, and farming systems, as well as expanding on the message board requests introduced in [[RuneFactory Rune Factory 2.]]

One night during a storm, a mysterious golden-fleeced wooly collapses in front of a young girl, [[InnocentFlowerGirl Shara's,]] house; and yet, against her grandfather's wishes, she takes in the wooly for the night. However, when morning comes around, the wooly transforms into a young man, [[HelloInsertNameHere Micah.]] With no memory of who he is or what he's supposed to be doing here, he escapes Shara's house, only to run into her - and a silent young woman named [[{{Kuudere}} Raven]] - again not long thereafter. At the pair's suggestion, Micah decides to stay at the local farm, which happens to be housed in an enchanted tree. From there on, the story's up to the player to discover.

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!From this game, we get examples of:

* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Your "Poison" skill goes up every time you get poisoned (or inflict poison on the enemy). Aside from the same stat-boosts most skills give, it makes it harder for you to get hit with poison. This also goes for sleeping, paralysis and sealing status effects.
** Shino apparently developed this as well, as she gladly accepts ''poisonous mushrooms'' as gifts.
* ActionMom: Shino, and Hazel to a certain degree.Also, your spouse.
* {{Adorkable}}: [[spoiler:Kuruna]] around chocolate and cake.
* AnInteriorDesignerIsYou: You can buy various decorations for your home from Evelyn. If you decide you don't want them, you get rid of them by [[DieChairDie whacking them with your weapon]], which turns them into wood.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Monica. She gets better later on, thankfully.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: Transform, Teleport, and Cure Seal all work while you are sealed, so you can still avoid getting [[strike:killed]] [[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist knocked out]] if things go sour and you get sealed.
** Poison also doesn't knock you completely out, so you can wait until you get some RP-recovering items (to cast a curing spell), an antidote herb or antidote, or until one of the two witches decide to work to take care of the poison. Just don't do something stupid like [[TooDumbToLive go exploring a dungeon...]]
* AntidoteEffect: HealingPotion type items made with alchemy restore set amounts of HP, with the best ones going up to 2000 hit points' worth. However, most food restores via percentage of your maximum HP/RP, and considering your ''base'' HP cap is [[spoiler: 65535]]...
* ApologeticAttacker: Raven and Shara routinely apologise to the monsters they're beating up. The former does it only in the Japanese version, though.
* ArtificialAtmosphericActions: Quite well-done for a DS game. Villagers will go about their usual daily business according to who they are; it's not uncommon to find Carmen or Carlos fishing, for example, Raven writing in her diary, Rusk and Collette serving in the restaurant, or Marian at her cauldron. Other more generic actions include going for walks in the safe areas of the dungeons, having conversations with other villagers [[VoiceGrunting (although you fill in the blanks) ]] and greeting you when you walk by.
* AttackAttackAttack: With some of the [[BonusBoss bonus bosses]], sometimes the best strategy is to defeat them before they can use their best attacks, which are nigh-impossible to dodge.
* AttackDrone: Most of the active seeds are essentially this, only they're ''plants''.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: The [[DemBones Skelefang]] takes no damage from attacks until you [[CognizantLimbs completely destroy its body]], exposing the core for a few moments while its body regenerates. (And making it perform its LimitBreak)
* AwesomeButImpractical: The boss abilities of the last few bosses you can [[MegaManning collect]] consume too much RP to be used often, although, to their credit, they can clear the screen of all non-boss enemies. And by the time you have enough RP to overcome useage issues, slow charge time becomes a bigger one (You're slowed to walking speed while charging, even while wearing Rocket Shoes, though you can still dash). Though the charge time issue can be mitigated with a Magic Ring (halves charge time).
* AwesomeButPractical: The longsword, axe and hammer weapons. Slower than the shortsword or dual blades (But faster than they've been in the previous games). Until you pair them up with a good skill seal. And unlike RF2, you can mix and match seal types with different weapons (at an additional RP cost). Pairing an axe or hammer with a multi-hit seal like Millionstrike and the Lucky Strike accessory[[hottip:*:massively raises critical hit rates]] gives you GameBreaker attack power.
* BadassAdorable: Micah is this both in wooly form and in human form.
* [[BeachEpisode Beach Event]]: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKy4sEek8k4 Happens every summer.]]
* BigBreastsBigDeal: Pia. Especially in her swimsuit. [[FanService It doesn't help that it's cut so low as to show off her...assets...]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: Carlos.
* BigEater: Sherman, Collette.
* {{Bishonen}}: Micah
* BladeOnAStick: Weapons like this fall under the category of spears in-game.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: Pia and Sakuya have one to attract customers.
* BonusBoss: Naturally, all the bosses in the BonusDungeon.
* BonusDungeon: The Sharance Maze under your home. As a bonus, [[RandomlyGeneratedLevels it changes every time you enter.]]
* BossArenaUrgency: If you don't defeat Death Wall fast enough, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbeldD4chqU it will eventually crush you.]]
* BottomlessBladder: Partially averted. While you don't ''have'' to do these things, there are skills that reward you for making your character live a healthy life: eating well, getting lots of exercise, sleeping early, so on and so forth.
* ButThouMust: You can't refuse Shara when she wants to show you around your new home. Or explain the bulletin board.
** One of Sofia's requests ends up with a decision where both options quite literally mean the same thing.
** Similarly, if you're going after Sakuya, you are going to get shaved for your golden wool, and no amount of arguing will deter her.
---> ['''Micah''']: "It's gonna be a cold night tonight..."
** If you accept Daria's mission to find the Golden Wooly, you're given two choices: [[GoLookAtTheDistraction Trying to make a random distraction]] or revealing your secret. The first one never works, no matter how many times you try.
* BraggingRightsReward: You can collect a number of trophies in the trophy room for completing certain achievements. Most are useless, but some serve as in-game options, such as to view the end credits again.
** Hard Mode: The monsters are tougher, but you get the same rewards for defeating them (same XP, same monster drops)
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Daria does this in one of her conversations. She will exclaim "My art is calling me!", prompting two choices. Choosing the second will make her say something along the lines of, "Please choose the first one, next time..."
** Daria actually seems quite fond of this, doing it on more than one occasion. Maybe that's what her hammer's actually for...
** And then there's one conversation, where she tells you her new name, which is so long that it goes off the edge of the text box. Micah's response? [[LampshadeHanging "It doesn't even fit..."]] Dang Daria, you're like a Fourth Wall Sledgehammer
** The wall is broken during the farming tutorial too - Shara runs up to the upper-left corner and jumps to indicate where your HP and RP gauges are, to which Micah responds with "I can't see them." Shara's response to that? "You can't see them when you're talking to people."
** Seriously, whenever someone [[HeKnowsAboutTimedHits tells you how to do something by pressing the buttons on your DS]], they're pretty much demolishing the wall.
* BrokenBird: [[spoiler: Raven, quite literally.]]
* CastFromHitPoints: Averted. While this was possible in the earlier games, trying to do anything without RP now makes you faint in short order, especially physical actions.
* CatchPhrase: Daria's RAINBOW!
* CharacterCustomization: Taken to obscene lengths. While the first two games had "fight monsters to gain EXP to raise stats," and skills weren't that important, what you do in this game will seriously impact how your character turns out. While skills only decreased RP consumption in the other games, in this one every skill is tied to at least one stat, and levelling has a limited ability to impact your stats. Oh, and did I mention there are an obscene number of skills, even one for walking and another that represents how well-fed you are? Add that to an enormous number of effects your equipment can have on you and your enemies, and you're set. Then there're your companions to consider...
* ChargedAttack: More important for staves than other weapons, since that's how you use the spells you've imbued into it by way of monster drops.
* ChefOfIron: Blaise, if you level him up enough.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Pia.
** And the case can be made for Daria, Sofia, Sherman, Evelyn... Honestly, it feels kind of like a cast full of CloudCuckooLand.
* CollisionDamage: Largely averted. Running into certain monsters that are obviously trying to stomp you still causes damage.
* {{Combos}}: Bosses have these as well now.
* ComMons: Most of the monsters you can tame early on fall into this trope.
* ContinuityNod: Talk to the travellers passing through town, and they'll make references to the earlier games.
** As a nod to the tradition of the first ''HarvestMoon'' game of peeking at girls' diaries to find out how they feel about you, Raven keeps a diary on her dresser [[spoiler: that has its contents change as you up her RelationshipValues]]. Attempting to read it while she's around makes her [[BerserkButton really, really mad.]] As a joke, Gaius has one too, but he never writes anything in it.
*** Karina also keeps a diary in her room, however due to her extreme laziness, she stops writing in it after the first paragraph.
*** Sherman has one, too, but you can't make any sense of the words in it.
** Yue from the previous game makes an appearance as well. And she's more useful than before since she sells pretty rare items like boss drops and changes her stock every day.
** Mei is there, too! She's the way you can change your name.
* CounterAttack: One of the skill seals does this.
* CriticalExistenceFailure: Your character starts to pant and look tired when low on HP/RP, but this is only cosmetic.
* CriticalHit: There are some skills which guarantee this, and various ways to up your chances of getting one. Different weapon types have different base critical chances, and magic can now score these as well. You can also critically heal.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Collette, Sofia, Monica, and Evelyn, if the official artwork has anything to say about it. Also, Pia sorta counts, too.
* CuteWitch: Marian.
* DatingSim: Although the ''HarvestMoon'' and ''RuneFactory'' games have always included elements of this, now [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unfRbJKvKcs you can take your love interests on actual dates.]]
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Compared to the previous games, which would net you a game over if you fainted in a dungeon, losing all your money seems a reasonable alternative.
* DeadpanSnarker: Micah. Then again, given that he's, arguably, one of the [[OnlySaneMan only sane individuals]] in the game, this is inevitable. And quite entertaining.
* DemonicSpider: Arguably, the spirit family of monsters, which [[SpamAttack spam the screen with projectiles]] and can only be hurt while they attack.
* DetachedSleeves: Daria and Collette have these.
** As does Micah.
* {{Determinator}}: You ''cannot'' lose against [[spoiler:Aquaticus]]' ultimate attack. Even at 0 HP, you simply shrug off his attacks until you hit him. Sadly, this does not happen against the rematch, for obvious reasons.
* DieChairDie: You can chop up your furniture, signs, shipment boxes, save points, and even ''the orbs you acquire throughout the storyline''.Oh,and if you so much as sneeze on a treasure chest, [[OhCrap it and its contents are destroyed]].Pretty annoying if you have a weapon with a large range or have a dumb AI companion...
* DifficultySpike: The difference between the penultimate and final areas of the Sharance Maze.
* DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm: Pia.
* DualBoss: The Twin lions.
* DualWielding: Introduced in this game. Effectiveness does remain in question, though. While dual swords are the fastest weapon, using them means you get no benefit from a shield, whereas using even a two-handed weapon only halves the stats you gain from a shield.
* DubNameChange: There are quite a few, actually, but perhaps the most peculiar are Zeze's, Persia's, and Donchacos', who have become Zaid, Pia, and Sherman respectively. Other examples include Karin, who has become Karina, and Elisa, who has become Evelyn. Conversely, Rusk was left alone, despite his family's dessert naming trend being broken with Chocolat becoming Collette, and Gluten becoming Blaise.
** Monster Village has also undergone a drastic name change, now becoming Univir instead. Additionally, Sialens has become Sharance.
* DynamicDifficulty: The difficulty of the last area in the Sialens Maze scales with your level and stats.
* EdibleThemeNaming: All in the same family, we have Chocolat (French for chocolate), Rusk (a dry, hard biscut), and Gluten (a composite of two proteins found in grain, often used in breads and the like). Mais (which resembles "maize," or the term for corn in some countries, like Italy) can also count too. All of these were LostInTranslation except for Rusk; see DubNameChange above.
* EliteMook: The [[MookPromotion guardians]] at the end of every non-boss level of the Sialens Maze.
* [[spoiler: EngagementChallenge]]: [[spoiler: Akhnabet (Aquaticus from the US translations of the earlier games), Dragon God of Water, challenges you to a duel to prove your love for your fiancee.]]
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: The protagonist of the story, Micah (or [[HelloInsertNameHere whatever you name him]]) absolutely matches the trope. [[http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/game/ds/runefactory3/img/top/main.png Just look at him!]]
** Which carry on to his sons, who look rather {{Bishonen}}.
** If you give Carlos his favourite gift on his birthday, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4PwYZ3CHaQ he asks if he can kiss you.]]
** Gaius also hints at this when you give him something he likes.
* EvolvingAttack: Leveling your fighting skills increases the length of your weapon combo and can add associated effects.
* ExpressDelivery: It takes a matter of days from your wife discovering she's pregnant to the actual birth. [[spoiler: And this happens THREE times, a year apart each occurrence. Ouch.]]
* FantasticRacism: [[spoiler:The main plotline is about trying to bring humans and the [[HalfHumanHybrid Univir]] together. To the storyline's credit, the Univir are just as bad as the humans themselves.]]
* FanService: Almost all the villagers have their own swimsuits. [[spoiler: Even those who live in the desert.]] Seems Neverland and Marvelous didn't forget the ladies this time round. Carlos, anyone?
* FreakyIsCool: Some of the fanbase apparently like Sofia for her tendency to say the opposite of what she means.
* FoodAsBribe: [[spoiler: You have to use a fried/grilled char to lure out the twin manticores to fight. It happens to be their favourite food, so much so that they've been attacking the villagers to get at it.]]
* ForgetsToEat: Gaius sometimes spends ''days'' at the forge. It takes until he runs out of materials or get distracted by Raven for him to just pass out ''just so Raven can get him to sleep''. To a lesser extent, one of Daria's requests has you get her food because she's so hungry from working on her art that she can't get any herself.
* ForegoneVictory: [[spoiler: Aquiticus' last attack seems like a HopelessBossFight at first, [[ScriptedBattle until you realise you can't faint while you waddle up and smack him]]. If you rematch him, he can use this attack normally. [[CrazyPrepared Better have a water ring ready.]] ]]
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler:The entire plot of the game turns out to be an elaborate plot by the Dragon God Aquaticus to tear down the [[FantasticRacism racial barriers]] between Humans and Monsters.]]
* GameplayAllyImmortality: Villagers can faint, but leave the map you're on and they'll revive themselves with one HP. Healing them via magic also revives them. Sadly, this doesn't apply elsewhere--fainted monsters will be returned to your barn, and exhausted active seeds will revert to their seed form and have to be placed in your backpack overnight before they can be used again.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Even after [[spoiler:the Unity Festival, Kurana still refers to humans as the "vile hornless" in certain quests that were available from before the festival. Also, you can still "reveal" your Wooly form to some characters even after revealing it to the entire town.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Wowee. Despite the game's cute, innocent appearance, this particular Rune Factory's dub is filled with hilarious innuendo. Much of it comes from Persia and her fascination with squid.
--> ['''Pia''']: "[Micah] showed me his thing!"
* GiantMook: Giant mushrooms. And ducks. And woollies. And trolls.
* GiveMeYourInventoryItem: Most of the repeatable message board quests are this, along with TwentyBearAsses. Though to prove they're not so lazy, sometimes the villagers go out with you in search of what they want. And sometimes ''they'' want to give ''you'' their inventory items, so what goes around comes around.
* GlassCannon: Some of the villager companions can be this. They are not so much fragile (since the bosses hit you just about as hard) but their AI is so much dumber than the player (hopefully) that they just stand there and get hit. Thanks to an accessory called the "Sun Pendant", though, some villagers can do insane damage (the pendent doubles their damage). The most prominent example is probably Raven/Toona, who can either die in 5 seconds by rushing into bosses or solo just about any "oiled" boss (even those with decent fire-resist) in less than 5 seconds by continuously spamming her fireball wing attack (This is considering that villagers tend to be quite a bit lower in level than the bosses).
** It's been proven that Raven has abyssmal VIT and HP growth, but incredible STR and INT growth.
** Micah himself becomes one when using dual blades.
* GuestStarPartyMember: Almost every villager can be one, with a few exceptions.
* GuiltBasedGaming: The villagers will complain if you don't talk to them for a while, asking if you're busy, if you hate them, that you don't respect the elderly, etc, etc.
** Some people were guilted into marrying Raven, because [[spoiler: they were worried she would remain alone and miserable forever if you didn't.]]
*** Marry someone else and take a peek at Raven's diary. Even Micah feels it.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:You, Raven, Pia, and all the horned people in Univir Village.]]
* HealingSpring: As with the earlier games, the baths.
* HerdHittingAttack: Some spells and skill seals. The last move of your basic weapon combos tend to be this.
* HeyItsThatVoice
** In the Japanese version, Shara is [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Nia]] from TengenToppaGurrenLagann.
** In the Japanese version, Raven is [[{{Tsundere}} Kagami]] from {{Lucky Star}}.
* HotBlooded: Carlos can come across as this.
* HotShounenMom: Shinonome and Hazel.
* HoverBoard: The leaf slider active seed, used for getting across water. It also goes on land.
* HyperspaceMallet: Daria's default weapon.
* ICallHerVera: Zaid calls his cutlass "Mr. Slice."
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Pia and Collette's default weapons are a giant fish and lollipop respectively.
** There are joke weapons of every type, the giant fish is a greatsword and the lollipop is an axe. Gift them a different weapon of their chosen type and they will use it.
** Shara and Carmen use a watering can and fishing rod as well.
** Some of the player's options for weapons include a spoon, backscratchers, a carrot, a daikon radish, and a baseball bat. Not to mention the Twin Leeks.
* ImprobableAccessoryEffect: A lot of the accessories.
* IncestSubtext: Some of Carlos and Carmen's lines can get over the top.
* IndestructibleEdible: You can find food items in treasure chests, throw them on the ground, leave them there for days (even having a child afterwards), and they don't go bad. Fish found in treasure chests are still alive and skipping, as though freshly caught.
* InexplicableTreasureChests: Made worse by the fact that they randomly appear, and vanish without a trace if you leave the map they're on.
* InnocentFlowerGirl: Shara.
* InsecureLoveInterest: [[spoiler:Raven]] if you marry her.
* InUniverseGameClock
* InvulnerableAttack: The finishing move of the shortsword's combo.
** The finishing move of the dual sword as well and presumably of every other weapon type. It's a mixed blessing at best, though, since you are completely defenseless for around a second after the attack, which can often led to being one shotted by the hard mode bonus bosses.
* ItemCrafting: Greatly improved from the previous games. [[SocketedEquipment In addition, upgrading equipment with various items can improve stats, change elemental affinities and confer special abilities.]]
* JerkAssGod: Aquaticus. [[spoiler: Forces Micah to be the driving force of his GambitRoulette and Micah's reward for seeing it through is either to leave his past unremembered for good or to leave his new life behind for good.]] Jerk.
* JokeCharacter: Karina appears to be one of these at first, until you get her RelationshipValues high enough and finish some of her message board requests.
* KarlMarxHatesYourGuts: That levelizer you want to sell? [[GlobalCurrency 1,000G.]] They leveliser you want to ''buy''? 150,000G.
** Averted, when compared to previous games in the series; turning a profit on your crafting skills is laughably easy now. 1 of each iron and 2 of every other ore at forge skill 80 gives you an easy 45720G - more than any boss drop's value.
*** Even more than that, you can now use scrap ore to level any forged item. While it lowers attack and defense stats, it doesn't effect the gold value of the item upgraded. And since scrap ore carries a high difficulty for forging, it's a near-game breaking way to boost your forging and workshop skills quickly and cheaply (especially once you nab a Heart Pendant, which doubles all skill points gained.)
** Elemental rings, invinciroids, tuna sashimi. 'Nuff said.
* {{Kuudere}}: Raven. [[spoiler: Although she's faking the cold front as she's terrified of people learning her secret. Get her RelationshipValues high enough or talk to her in wooly form, and she'll behave more kindly toward you. If you do marry her, the cold side of her vanishes completely, although she still doesn't like to share her feelings and still often wants you to reaffirm your love for her.]]
* LampshadeHanging: Particularly, concerning how many characters can fit in a dialogue box:
--> ['''Daria''']: "Did you know, [Micah], the longer an artist's name is, the better they are?"
--> ['''Micah''']: "Is that true?"
--> ['''Daria''']: "That's why I'm changing my name. Announcing: [Daria] Gorgeous Turnip [[CatchPhrase Rainbow]] Nice Ambiti"
--> ['''Micah''']: "It doesn't even fit..."
** One of Pia's requests requires you to obtain a strong string and give it to her. The quest reward? The exact same strong string you just gave to her. This does not go without comment.
* LastChanceHitPoint: As with AcquiredPoisonImmunity, you can build up a resistance to being KO'ed or getting downed by OneHitKO blows. Can save your bacon when fighting the higher level BonusDungeon bosses.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: When Micah thinks that Karina and Hazel are a lot alike, the two of them both immediately yell at him that they aren't. Keep in mind Micah doesn't actually ''say'' this. Then again Hazel leans on the wall on multiple occasions and Karina has a second sentence (in a thought bubble) after every sentence or two.
* LethalChef: Sakuya. [[spoiler: One of her quests involves her utter failure at even boiling an egg.]]
** Then again, she [[spoiler:does ask for a large egg, which requires a higher cooking level than a small or medium egg, which she rejects.]]
* LevelGrinding: Largely averted, as levels have a reduced impact on your stats this time round. [[RareCandy You can raise your stats and skills by collecting rune spirits and rune orbs that appear when you harvest crops]]. However, you must have gained a skill through actually performing the associated action (eg. swinging a hoe for farming) to be able to raise it through rune orbs.
* LevelUpAtIntimacy5: Not directly, but the better your RelationshipValues with the villagers, the longer you can ask them to go adventuring with you.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Gaius and Raven's relationship is something between this and father/daughter.
* LimitedWardrobe: Largely averted. You can buy a large number of different outfits from Evelyn, and the other villagers change into their swimsuits when they go to the beach during summer. The minor characters, though, still suffer from this.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Almost every villager can be asked to go adventuring with you[[hottip:*:The exceptions are Wells, Sherman, Marjorie and Ondorous]], and almost every monster in the game can be tamed, save bosses, EliteMooks and [[GiantMook Giant Mooks]].
* LostForever: Averted. PlotCoupon items will appear by your bed if you manage to lose them one way or another. (Giving, dropping them in water). Supposedly special equipment that happen to be quest rewards can still be crafted yourself.
* LuckBasedMission: Catch the Most Squid Contest. Subverted in that the inn's pond has a higher-than-average squid population. [[GuideDangIt Although good luck figuring that out.]]
* MadScientist: Marian appears to be this when it comes to medicines, having no ethical qualms about using you and Collette as test subjects. Evelyn seems to be similarly obsessed with her fashion designing.
** Marian will give you "tea" in some of her requests that will turn you into her suddenly-effeminate willing servant. Things you'll then say will usually end with a star or a music note. Her madness goes up when you continue this quest and learn that she wants you to hold down villagers while she tests her newly-made medicine on them.
** There's also the time she tries to force-feed Micah an experimental potion to change his gender...
* ManEatingPlant: One of the active seeds grows into this sort of plant. Thankfully, it eats enemy monsters.
** There are many of these in harder areas of the Sol Terrano desert that ''do'' damage the player and any partner upon contact.
* MarathonLevel: The last area of the Sharance Maze, [[spoiler: with twenty levels and ten bosses.]]
* MarshmallowHell: Pia gives you one.And yet, afterwards ''you'''re the one who gets pictured as a pervert.
* MascotMook: The woolies.
* MayFlyDecemberRomance: If you marry [[spoiler:Kuruna, who is hundreds of years old.]]
* MeaningfulName: Sialens, the original Japanese name for the town in which the game takes place, is the Welsh word for "challenge."
* MercyInvincibility: Taken out for both you and your enemies. The only time you're invincible to enemy attacks as a result of being hit is when [[YouGetKnockedDownYouGetBackUpAgain you've been knocked down and are recovering]]. Makes SpamAttack particularly dangerous.
** The dual-sword, short sword, and wooly kung-fu are fast enough to make button smashing viable. Wooly throws do make you invincible during their animation but the recover time on some throws are so long that you are almost guaranteed to get hit if you are surrounded.
*** The spear makes you invincible during the combo, when you spin the spear to shortly after the attack finishes.
* MegaManning: Upgrading staves with monster drops can allow you to use monster abilities. This works even for bosses, although boss abilities tend to cost large amounts of RP.
* {{Megane}}: Ondorus.
* [[MegaNekko Meganekko]]: Kuruna, the Elder of Univir Village. Gets [[BerserkButton fiercely protective]] if you try to touch them, too.
* MermaidProblem: [[spoiler:Miss Pia]] gets around this by [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent only gaining her fish tail when she comes into contact with water.]]
* MoneyForNothing: Averted in this one. [[spoiler: Yue can sell levelisers, which are a massive money sink. [[AbsurdlyHighLevelCap Considering that the level cap for both you and every villager is 10,000...]] ]]
* MonsterAllies: A staple of the series, only this time you befriend them by [[TastesLikeFriendship bribing them with food.]]
* MonsterTown: Monster Village. [[spoiler: Attempting to enter while in human form gets you evicted in short order.]]
* MookMaker: The monster portals.
* NerfArm: Some weapons you can craft include backscratchers, vegetables and pitchforks. The game readily acknowledges this by having these weapons produce little turnips and a "pop" sound upon hitting an enemy, despite them being just as effective as other weapons.
* NiceHat: Carmen's hat. She gets fussy about it.
** Daria's hat is pretty spiffing, too.
* NonIdleRich: Evelyn is a clothier, while Sofia helps her father ship the local produce (including yours) out of town, and can be seen at the blacksmith's and general store.
* NoodleIncident: Just what exactly did happen when Blaise got drunk?
* NotAMorningPerson: Karina. Side effect of her also being TheSlacker.
* NotGoodWithPeople: Monica.
* OfficialCouple: Micah and Shara.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler:The Univir.]]
* OnlySaneMan: As a larger and larger percentage of the cast gets quirky with each game in the series, your character is probably going to end up being this.
** Karina is this as well. Unlike Micah she seems to enjoy watching everyone else's quirks, rather than wonder at them.
* OppositeDay: Sofia and her father pepper their speech with red text that means the opposite of what it says. It gets very confusing since they don't reverse ''everything'' they say, just enough to screw with your mind. For added confusion, Sofia is the only person who loves (really!) to eat [[LethalChef Failure Dishes]] and [[EpicFail Super Failure Dishes]].
* OurDwarvesAreDifferent: Gaius is supposedly a dwarf, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St-o2pXXb-E but he looks more like the traditonal western elf...]]. He fits the crafter archetype to a degree, but is incredibly laid-back and friendly.
** Then there's Zaid, a belligerent warrior dwarf -- looking similar to Gaius -- who complains that the "short, bearded man" bit is a racist stereotype.
* OurElvesAreDifferent: Daria is one.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Pia.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: ''No one'' has both of their parents. In fact, most of the characters have no parents, with no explanation. [[spoiler: Raven at least acknowledges the fact that she never had parents, and Micah gets a flashback involving his parents having one line of dialogue each, but that's it.]]
* PatchworkMap: When a half-frozen river is just a short walk away from a scorching desert, it certainly seems this way.
* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: You can access the island on the right side of Privera as soon as you can afford to buy the Lily Pad.The bosses that spawn there can be pretty tough, but not only they can be easily beat with some preparations, but their loot can be used to beef up equipment for at least a couple levels.
** Doubly so for the Bonus Dungeons - especially if you get lucky with the rare chests.
* PlayerParty: You can have up to one villager, one monster companion, and one active seed on your side at any one time.
** However, you can't have a monster and a villager with you at the same time; if you try to add a monster while you're with a villager, the villager will leave, and if you try to add a villager with a monster the villager will say that you already have a member in your party.
* PlayingWithSyringes: You've visited Marian? She'll be wanting to give you a shot. You pass by? She'll want to give you a shot. You leave the game while she's your companion and return? She'll want to give you a shot so you won't forget. You do other girl's requests while you're married to her? A shot is in order. Take note: that ridiculously large musical instrument in her hand IS HER SYRINGE.
** Although, looking like a musical instrument lessens the fear factor. She has, however, back-up syringes that are...actual syringes and ARE ridiculously large. They aren't calibrated, though, thank God.
** One of the official artworks has her on beach day with a float in the shape of a syringe.
* PointyEars: Raven, Kuruna, Daria, Ondorus, Zaid, and Gaius all have these.
* PoisonMushroom: Some food items such as wine, oil and failed dishes can decrease your HP/RP and cause status effects. Since you can throw food to monsters in this game, it's clear they were meant to be used as attack items.
** Also, there are literal mushrooms that will restore HP and RP, but may have side effects, including poisoning.
* PolarOppositeTwins: Collette and Rusk. Collette eats all the time and just about anything, but especially rice and vegetables. Rusk, on the other hand, is an incredibly picky eater, only liking certain sweets. The only thing they have in common is that they use the same hiding spot ([[spoiler: That tree in the plaza. Collette hides in it during one of Marian's requests, and Rusk hides in it during one of Collette's requests.]])
* PowerUpFood: The main purpose of cooking. While HP/RP restoration via HyperactiveMetabolism is nice, the stat buffs that come along with it are the kicker, not to mention eating once a day ups your "well-fed" skill, which in turn permanently increases a number of your stats.
* PowerupMount: You can now ride a large variety of monsters, all with their own attacks. Humanoid monsters like orcs and goblins may do the same.
* PregnantBadass: You can take your pregnant wife adventuring with you, and she still kicks as much ass.
* RainbowSpeak: A godsend for the players who don't speak Japanese, as key items and requests are highlighted in blue. Sofia's opposite-meaning words are highlighted in red, too.
* RandomlyDrops: Still around, although much, much better than the last two games.
* RareCandy: Various alchemy products serve this purpose, as well as strike:runeys rune spirits and rune orbs. This is also how you learn new item crafting abilities: eating recipe bread.
* RecurringBossTemplate: While most of the bonus bosses recycled from earlier games still have all their signature moves, they're a lot tougher this time around.
* ReducedManaCost: The handknit scarf has this ability, but it doesn't work all the time.
* RequiredPartyMember: Some message board requests involve this.
* [[spoiler: RunawayFiance]]: [[spoiler: Your chosen wife becomes this for a while just before the end of the game.]]
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: When you first enter Sol Terrano Desert, there's a little sequence with a sign kindly informing you that it's called Sol Terrano ''Dessert''. [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Unfortunately, it was dry and sandy tasting]].
* RunDontWalk: Ever since the first game in the series. Why would you ''need'' to walk?
** There is one request involving catching birds where you have to walk, as running to a bird makes them fly away.
*** Also, precision during farming. Wouldn't want to accidentally cut down or hammer in the wrong expensive crops...
* ScratchDamage
* ShoutOut: The twin leeks weapon is a direct reference to {{Vocaloid}}'s Hatsune Miku.
** Evelyn also makes a vague reference to Raguna and Kyle (protagonists of the first two installments) in the English version of the game: "Yeah, and I guess amnesiacs are a dime a dozen around these parts. You're not the first!"
** Whenever Rusk comments on his dislike of vegetables, Micah responds with a random fact that gives Rusk second thoughts. When Rusk says he hates eggplants for being soft, Micah claims that there are [[KidIcarus wizards made of eggplants in far-off kingdoms.]]
** After completing Gaius' first quest to get the hammer and having him fall asleep, attempting to talk to him will yield the line [[CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory "Iron, iron, everywhere, and not a drop to drink."]]
** Every so often when spoken to, Sherman will sing a short ditty along the lines of [[OliverTwist "Food, ODIOUS food, CLAMMY sausage and custard!"]]
** During a conversation with Collette, she talks about a popular play from the city when she was a kid, about a disembodied head that [[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude recruited five teenagers "with attitudes"]] to fight monsters with [[ImprobableWeaponUser oils and spices]]. The theme song of this show? "[[PowerRangers Go, go Radish Rangers]]!"
** The [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3okza853q1rt2h44o1_400.jpg Safety Lance]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In the original Japanese, Mais has been variously Anglicized as Maisu, Mice, and, well, ''Mais''. Sia is occasionally referred to as Shia, Toona is occasionally referred to as Touna, and Cururufa is occasionally referred to as Klurufa, Kururufa, or Clurufa. Then there's Gadzhi, who is at times referred to as Gaji. Finally, there's Elisa, who is often referred to as Eliza.
* SpoiledSweet: Sofia, Evelyn.
* SprintShoes: The rocket wings, which double your speed.
* StationaryBoss: [[WhenTreesAttack Terror Tree]], until it TurnsRed.
* SuperMode: One of the dual swords skill seals makes your basic attacks much, much faster.
* SweetTooth: Kuruna. [[spoiler: Many of her requests [[FetchQuest involve you getting sweets for her]], as they're hard to find in the desert. Also Chocolate is her favorite.]]
* TakeYourTime: [[spoiler: Fiancee missing? Last seen near that strange island with the ancient unopenable door? Doesn't matter, she's not going anywhere, is she?]]
* TalkToEveryone: Your very first message board request is for you to introduce yourself to everyone in town and then ship one item.
** You're told to do this [[spoiler:with Kuruna in the Unity Festival,]] although it doesn't matter if you do or not and you don't get anything for it.
* ThatCameOutWrong: After Pia learns about your little secret, she tries to keep it a secret by refering to your transformed state as your "thing." So when she blurts out that your "thing was cute" around her mother figure after being asked asking how your date went, Shino not so subtly begins to threaten you while Pia remains oblivious.
* TheBlacksmith: Gaius
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: Swing around your sword inside the house will [[DieChairDie destroy the furniture you've purchased]] upon impact. Also your crops can be cut down as well.
** Drinking wine makes you fall asleep. You can then feed the wine to enemies and [[ForMassiveDamage hit them while they're asleep.]]
* [[spoiler:ThePhoenix]]: [[spoiler: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHCi99BcWfw Raven's last quest reveals that she is one]].]]
* ThereAreNoTents: Due to massive underusage in the earlier two games, the camping skill was taken out, along with sleeping bags.
* TheWikiRule: [[http://therunefactory.wikia.com/wiki/Rune_Factory_Wiki Here]]
* ThePowerOfFriendship: In order for the Sharance Tree to bloom, humans and monsters must stop their FantasticRacism and become friends.
* TheQuietOne: Raven.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: Dragon Cave.
* TheYoshi: Compared to the first games, pretty much any monster bigger than yourself can be ridden on.From a goofy Buffamoo, to the HumongousMecha Little Golem, to the fire-breathing Claw Dragon.
* ThrivingGhostTown: Justified in Sharance; plenty of [[YouAllLookFamiliar faceless NPCs]] pass through and can be seen patronising the shops in town, and Hazel presumably sells your shipped items to other places through the DSC family. Played straight with Univir Village, though.
** Ondorus mentions that traveling merchants do stop by Univir Village, although you never see them.
*** However, there is a merchant that sells you Cooking Bread that occasionally shows up in the desert. Although he doesn't ever pass the entrance...
* {{Tomboy}}: Carmen.
* ToughRoom: Pia and Sakuya's BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine is quite a bit funnier than you and Shino make it out to be
* TrademarkFavouriteFood: Most of the villagers have one; giving them food they like while they're in your party often buffs their stats beyond what it says on the label, or ignores negative effects the food would ordinarily have.
* TransformationTrinket: Your transformation belt. [[spoiler: Although you have it at the beginning of the game, your character doesn't remember how to use it until you beat Tanuki.]]
* TurnsRed: Or, more correctly, turns black.
* UniversalPoison: Apparently, poisonous mushrooms and rainbow trout sashimi are equally poisonous.
* UnpredictableResults: Eating a wild mushroom can restore up to all of your HP/RP, cause status effects, or damage you. Thankfully, there are none that are instantly fatal.
* UselessUsefulSpell: [[ContractualBossImmunity Most status afflictions such as sleep, paralyse, and the like don't work on bosses]], and by the time you've managed to inflict them on normal enemies they're mostly dead already.
** Although it must be said that some, like lifestealing, can be useful.
** And that while bosses are mostly immune to negative food effects, it is still possible to lower their elemental resistances through food buffs.
* UnusualEars: Pia has rather peculiar fin and external gill-like extensions in place of where "normal" ears might otherwise be. This is likely due to her being [[spoiler: a mermaid]], however.
* VisibleSilence: You get a ''lot'' of this from Raven.
* VoiceGrunting: Unfortunately, this appears to be the case. The number of incomplete responses and mismatched VA is staggering, possibly because the game was so large the cartidge was strapped for space.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: [[http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/game/ds/runefactory3/system/img/transform/mokomoko.jpg This.]]
* {{WAFF}}: Some dates can cause this.
* WalletOfHolding: Your money cap is 9,999,999 G. It's been upped to 99,999,999G in the US release.
* WarpWhistle: Teleport, by now a staple of the series. Still can't be used in the Sharance Maze or certain scripted sequences, though.
* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: Fainting, even when all your party members are fine, sends you back to the hospital sans your cash.
* WelcomeToCorneria: Averted.
* WhatTheHellPlayer: After you marry, you can still do requests for the other bachelorettes. However, after a while your wife will complain that you've been "spending a lot of time with someone else."
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Micah's Wooley form can pick up enemies who he's just smacked and perform a number of body slams on them. Who knew Woolies were so into wrestling?
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Colorful Hair]]: There's [[CuteWitch Marian]] (light blue), [[CloudCuckooLander Pia]] (pink), [[NonIdleRich Sofia]] (light purple), [[{{Tomboy}} Carmen]] (green), [[TheQuietOne Raven]] (red), [[SpoiledSweet Evelyn]] (purple), [[HotBlooded Carlos]] (green), and, finally, [[BigEater Sherman]] (dark green). [[NotAMorningPerson Karina]] (silvery-grey) might arguably count as well, all things taken into consideration.

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** The [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3okza853q1rt2h44o1_400.jpg Safety Lance]]
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** After completing Gaius' first quest to get the hammer and having him fall asleep, attempting to talk to him will yield the line [[CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory "Iron, iron, everywhere, and not a drop to drink."]]
** Every so often when spoken to, Sherman will sing a short ditty along the lines of [[OliverTwist "Food, ODIOUS food, CLAMMY sausage and custard!"]]
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* AnInteriorDesignerIsYou: You can buy various decorations for your home from the Evelyn. If you decide you don't want them, you get rid of them by [[DieChairDie whacking them with your weapon]], which turns them into wood.

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* AnInteriorDesignerIsYou: You can buy various decorations for your home from the Evelyn. If you decide you don't want them, you get rid of them by [[DieChairDie whacking them with your weapon]], which turns them into wood.
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* JerkAssGod: Aquaticus. [[spoiler: Forces Micah to be the driving force of his GambitRoulette and Micah's reward for seeing it through is either to leave his past unremembered for good or to leave his new life behind for good.]] Jerk.
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* IncestSubtext: Some of Carlos and Carmen's lines can get over the top.
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* {{Bishonen}}/CuteShotaroBoy: {{Bishonen}}: Micah
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* DroneJam: Averted. You can push by [=NPCs=] and even most small monsters by running against them.
* DualBoss: The Twin strike:Manticores lions.

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* DroneJam: Averted. You can push by [=NPCs=] and even most small monsters by running against them.
* DualBoss: The Twin strike:Manticores lions.
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* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheWikiRule The Wiki Rule]] [[http://therunefactory.wikia.com/wiki/Rune_Factory_Wiki Here]]
* ThePowerofFriendship: In order for the Sharance Tree to bloom, humans and monsters must stop their FantasticRacism and become friends.

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* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheWikiRule The Wiki Rule]] TheWikiRule: [[http://therunefactory.wikia.com/wiki/Rune_Factory_Wiki Here]]
* ThePowerofFriendship: ThePowerOfFriendship: In order for the Sharance Tree to bloom, humans and monsters must stop their FantasticRacism and become friends.
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* {{Pettanko}}: Collette.
** Karina and Marian as well.
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