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* MartialArtsForMundanePurposes: Forte is a knight by trade, but all her skill with a sword also translates quite nicely to using a knife to slice up sashimi or a salad. [[OneNoteCook Just don't ask her to cook anything else]]. [[LethalChef Seriously, DON'T]].


* SpecialPersonNormalName: Leon, [[spoiler: who was originally a coffin monster named Sarcophagus]], with a very Egyptian design that makes him stand out among the villagers, next to Dylas. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] given that Leon could be from Lion and cats were seen as holy in Egypt.

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* SpecialPersonNormalName: Leon, [[spoiler: who was originally a coffin monster named Sarcophagus]], with a very Egyptian design that makes him stand out among the villagers, next to Dylas. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] given that Leon could be from Lion and cats were seen as holy in Egypt.



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* MistakenIdentity: Lest/Frey is not the nobleman/woman they were waiting for. Arthur was.

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* MistakenIdentity: Lest/Frey is not the nobleman/woman they were noble the town was waiting for. Arthur was. This is particularly hilarious as Frey, because ''Arthur is obviously a guy's name'', yet despite her explicitly pointing this out, nobody really believes that she might be the wrong person until the real Arthur finally shows.


''Rune Factory 4'' was released in Japan on July 19th, 2012 by [=MarvelousAQL=] while North American version was released by Creator/XSEEDGames on October 1st, 2013. [=ZenUnited=] later announced plans to release the game in Europe during Spring 2014, [[http://www.siliconera.com/2014/01/20/rune-factory-4-european-release-cancelled/ but now possibly due to Neverland Co. filing for bankruptcy,]] the game was cancelled for release in European countries. However, on October 3rd, 2014, Creator/XSEEDGames announced plans to release Rune Factory 4 in Europe and later released December 11th, 2014 on the Nintendo eShop.

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''Rune Factory 4'' was released in Japan on July 19th, 2012 by [=MarvelousAQL=] while North American version was released by Creator/XSEEDGames on October 1st, 2013. [=ZenUnited=] later announced plans to release the game in Europe during Spring 2014, [[http://www.siliconera.com/2014/01/20/rune-factory-4-european-release-cancelled/ but now possibly due to Neverland Co. filing for bankruptcy,]] the game was cancelled for release in European countries. However, on October 3rd, 2014, Creator/XSEEDGames announced plans to release Rune Factory 4 in Europe and later released December 11th, 2014 on the Nintendo eShop.
eShop. An UpdatedRerelease for the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch was confirmed during a Nintendo Direct on February 13, 2019, with a release for an unspecified date later that year.


* HopelessBossFight: The final boss of the second arc has the main character face off against [[spoiler:Ethelberd in Ventuswill's body]] with NighInvulnerability. Their HeroicResolve will have to hold out long enough for a HeroicSecondWind to kick in. However, it is possible, albeit difficult, to defeat [[spoiler:Ethelwill]] before then, which results in the [[spoiler:two un-fusing]] and Ethelberd remarking in horror that the main character is "stronger than a Native Dragon?!" and asking "how much rune power do you possess?!"


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* SeeminglyHopelessBossFight: The climax of the second arc pits you against [[spoiler:Ethelberd]]. The first phase is a normal fight, the second is hopeless after [[spoiler:he turns on his DeflectorShields]], the third is [[ForegoneVictory the opposite of hopeless]] as [[spoiler:Ventuswill is fighting by your side and will heal you if you run out of HP]], the fourth [[spoiler:after he merges with Ventuswill]] is ''technically'' an OpenEndedBossBattle but his stats are so absurdly high that you can pretty much only win on NewGamePlus, and the fifth and sixth phases are just {{damage sponge|Boss}}s that can't reasonably hope to overcome ''your'' inflated stats.

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* ControllableHelplessness: When [[spoiler:Ethelberd starts to Etherlink with Ventuswill]], while you have all your moves and such, the villain is currently invulnerable under DeflectorShields, meaning that there's nothing ''effective'' you can do except watch it happen.

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* LeakedExperience: Monsters in your barn gain 50% of your combat EXP. This is particularly useful for monsters that drop items in the barn every day, as that item's level depends on the monster's level.

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* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: Lest/Frey won't approach Heaven's Gate with monsters or villagers in their party, because they only have one MacGuffin that will them get out of the Forest of Beginnings afterward, and if something were to happen, the other party member(s) might be trapped there forever.

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* FakeOutFadeOut: After beating Sarcophagus and [[spoiler:sacrificing their chance to return home to ensure Leon's safety]], Lest/Frey will sit down and the credits will roll... for about five seconds, at which point [[spoiler:Venti shows up to chew them out and bring them back]]. ''Then'' the credits will roll for real.

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* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Mediseal, the spell that cures sealing, can be cast even while sealed. Well, it wouldn't exactly be useful otherwise!


* LethalJokeItem: Not exactly an actual "Joke," but if you take Lethal Chef Vishnal and Forte's post-marriage dishes each day and then realize you can ''toss'' those dishes at enemies...
** [[CuttingTheKnot Or, you know,]] [[CordonBleughChef try to make sashimi out of scrap metal yourself...]]
** Once you get a Chemist License and the workstation to make your own medicines, you can try to [[ElementsDoNotWorkThatWay distill a fish]] or any other item to purposefully fail, resulting in the chemical equivalent of Failed Dishes, the Object X. You can take it as a blow against your budding career as a successful apothecary, or you can accept that you just discovered how to concoct a powerful, debilitating, and very cheap poison that can make anything [[ContractualBossImmunity short of bosses]] a cakewalk, even on Hard difficulties.
*** You can also brew a few doses for your own consumption before [[TraumaInn going to bed]]. It takes a while, but it's a guaranteed way to build your own resistances against ''every'' StatusAilment the enemies can throw at you.
** Mealy Apples. They are rare drops from a hidden enemy that only appears during a Tornado on a specific location. Does even worse things to you than what a Failed Dish would if you try to eat them. If used for upgrading your equipment, it actually ''reverses'' the effects of the previously used material. But if said previous material was a vial of the above-mentioned Object X...!

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* LethalJokeItem: Not exactly an actual "Joke," but LethalJokeItem:
** Trying to cook ingredients that don't add up to a recipe results in a Failed Dish or a Disastrous Dish, which are the opposite of your normal PowerUpFood. This turns out surprisingly useful
if you take Lethal Chef Vishnal ''throw it at the enemy'' instead of trying to eat it yourself -- LethalChef Forte already knows this and Forte's post-marriage dishes each day will do it if you bring her into combat.
** Object X, the failed chemistry result, [[ManaBurn depletes all your RP]]
and then realize inflicts every StandardStatusEffect at once. In addition to the idea of tossing it at the enemy, you can ''toss'' those dishes at enemies...
** [[CuttingTheKnot Or, you know,]] [[CordonBleughChef try to make sashimi out of scrap metal yourself...]]
** Once you get a Chemist License and the workstation to make your own medicines, you can try to [[ElementsDoNotWorkThatWay distill a fish]] or any other item to purposefully fail, resulting in the chemical equivalent of Failed Dishes, the Object X. You can
[[AcquiredPoisonImmunity take it as a blow against your budding career as a successful apothecary, or you can accept that you just discovered how to concoct a powerful, debilitating, and very cheap poison that can make anything [[ContractualBossImmunity short of bosses]] a cakewalk, even on Hard difficulties.
*** You can also brew a few doses for your own consumption
dose every night before [[TraumaInn going bed to bed]]. It takes a while, but it's a guaranteed way to build grind your own resistances against ''every'' StatusAilment the enemies can throw at you.
resistances]].
** Mealy Apples. They are rare drops from a hidden enemy that only appears during a Tornado on a specific location. Does even worse things to you than what a Failed Dish would if you try to eat them. If used for upgrading your equipment, it actually ''reverses'' the effects of the previously used material. But if said previous material was a vial of By the above-mentioned way, did you know that upgrading equipment with Object X...!X provides a massive stat reduction? Consider the implications of that for a moment.



* LuckBasedMission: The final plot event after the player finishes the main storyline is triggered at random.

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The final plot event after the player finishes the main storyline is triggered at random.random. The only thing you can do about it is clear out any other random plot events that pop up as fast as possible.



* MythologyGag: The game instructions mention that the Sechs Empire was temporarily known as Zzyzx, and that historians believe the temporary name change to be due to an illness within the Empire's ranks, or a practical joke. This is what the empire was called in ''VideoGame/RuneFactoryFrontier'', the other game localized by Creator/XSEEDGames. It's been referred to as (and generally preferred as) Sechs in every other game.
** The lack of a "canon" love interest in the game proper may count as this: in every other game, the ImpliedLoveInterest was usually the one who gave you your house. It was usually heavily hinted that they were doing this [[LoveAtFirstSight because they were interested in you from the very beginning]], and if you married them it was treated as you repaying their generosity. The only people in this game who can really be credited with giving you your house are Ventuswill, who [[TheNotLoveInterest isn't an option]], and Arthur, who lets you stay in what was meant to be his room because he wants you to lead so he has as much time as possible each day to finish a personal mission.

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* MythologyGag: MythologyGag:
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The game instructions mention that the Sechs Empire was temporarily known as Zzyzx, and that historians believe the temporary name change to be due to an illness within the Empire's ranks, or a practical joke. This is what the empire was called in ''VideoGame/RuneFactoryFrontier'', the other game localized by Creator/XSEEDGames. It's been referred to as (and generally preferred as) Sechs in every other game.
** The lack of a "canon" love interest in the game proper may count as this: in every other game, the ImpliedLoveInterest was usually the one who gave you your house. It was usually heavily hinted that they were doing this [[LoveAtFirstSight because they were interested in you from the very beginning]], and if you married them it was treated as you repaying their generosity. The only people in this game who can really be credited with giving you your house are Ventuswill, who [[TheNotLoveInterest isn't an option]], and Arthur, who lets is letting you stay in what was meant to be would have been his room home because he wants it's part and parcel of you to lead so he has as much time as possible each day to finish a personal mission.taking on what would have been his job.


* NonstandardGameOver: [[spoiler:The Return spell doesn't work in the Forest of Beginnings. As such, if the player loses all of their HP in the Leon [=Karnak/Forest=] of Beginnings dungeon at the end of Act 1, they'll be trapped forever, and the game will simply take you back to the title screen.]]

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* NonstandardGameOver: [[spoiler:The Normally, you can't get a GameOver ''at all''... but [[spoiler:the Return spell doesn't work in the Forest of Beginnings. As such, if the player loses all of their HP in the Leon [=Karnak/Forest=] [=Leon Karnak/Forest of Beginnings Beginnings=] dungeon at the end of Act 1, they'll be trapped forever, and the game will simply take you back to the title screen.]]


* OfficialCouple: Finally averted. From what can be seen, this games does not appear to favor any one particular bachelor or bachelorette. That said, unlike its predecessors, the player can play the game without being pressured to choose a certain love interest.
** Despite the game's lack of any inclination towards one pairing or another, the official Nintendo Dream comic chooses to set up Lest with Dolce and Frey with Dylas (as well as providing more hints towards [[VideoGame/RuneFactoryFrontier Raguna and Iris]]).
** The Manga adaptation, on the other hand firmly establishes Margaret as Lest's love interest.
** And ''another'' comic used to advertise Rune Factory 4 has Frey and Kiel marry.

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* OfficialCouple: Finally averted. From what can be seen, this Averted. While you've always been able to pick whichever marriage candidate you like, the previous three games does not appear to favor any made it ''really obvious'' which one particular bachelor or bachelorette. That said, unlike its predecessors, the player can play the game without being pressured to choose a certain love interest.
** Despite the game's lack of any inclination towards
was canon. Not here, though -- every marriageable NPC is treated pretty much equally. While various adaptations have picked one pairing couple or another, the they all ended up choosing differently. [[note]]The official Nintendo Dream comic chooses to set up Lest with Dolce and Frey with Dylas (as well as providing more hints towards [[VideoGame/RuneFactoryFrontier Raguna and Iris]]).
** The
Iris]]), the Manga adaptation, on the other hand adaptation firmly establishes Margaret as Lest's love interest.
** And ''another''
interest, and one advertisement comic used to advertise Rune Factory 4 has Frey and Kiel marry.[[/note]]

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* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: It [[DownplayedTrope never quite reaches the level]] of ''immunity'', but suffering any of the game's StandardStatusEffects levels up a corresponding resistance skill. [[ViolationOfCommonSense Drinking a dose of Object X every day before bed]] is a good way to grind everything at once.

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