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The 7th Rune Factory game, and the first new entry for the Nintendo Switch note . It was announced in the February 2019 Nintendo Direct and launched in Japan on May 20, 2021, with a scheduled Chinese/Korean release September 2, 2021, and an international release on March 22, 2022. The game is the first in the series to be fully developed by Marvelous AQL after the series' initial developer, Neverland Co., filed for bankruptcy in November 2013.

After collapsing in the middle of a journey, the bewildered protagonist awakens to the sound of someone screaming for help. All around them rise the trees of an unfamiliar forest, and they realize they've forgotten everything but their own name. Another scream brings them to their senses. The protagonist rushes toward the voice and saves a young girl from a monster attack. Before their strength gives out, they manage to bring her back to a nearby town called Rigbarth. After learning the protagonist has amnesia, the grateful townsfolk invite them to work with a peacekeeping organization known as SEED until their memories return. And so Rigbarth's newest ranger starts their life in this idyllic town. As they strive to protect Rigbarth from threats great and small, the protagonist becomes embroiled in a conflict that could change the fate of the world itself...

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  • Adventure Guild: "Seed", an organization of peacekeeping rangers that the protagonist becomes a part of. It was originally formed by vigilantes trying to aid victims of the long-lasting conflict between the Norad Kingdom and the Sechs Empire.
  • Alternate Character Reading: 亜人, normally read as ajin and typically translated as demihuman, is specifically noted to be read as were-animal in regards to characters like Fuuka or Murakumo.
  • Ambiguous Situation: The time in-universe between Rune Factory 4 and 5 is left intentionally vague, however, dialogue from Doug and Margret imply that at least a few decades have passed.
  • And Your Reward Is Parenthood: As is tradition for the series. Like in Rune Factory 3, you can have up to three children with your spouse—the first child can be either male or female, but the second and third will always be male and female fraternal twins. Their personalities can be determined by Dialogue Tree options before they're born, or you can leave it up to chance. Like in 4, the children can also be potential party members.
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  • Ascended Glitch: Rune Factory 4 had certain party members who would heal the player by throwing items at them. However, it was possible to, with good timing and a little luck, dodge the thrown items and pick them up instead, some of which were rare end-game items that could then be used or sold at will. Rune Factory 5 not only included characters who heal the player this way, it made dodging the thrown items much easier to do, turning it from a tricky exploit into a secret early-game grinding technique to reward long-time fans.
  • Brainwashed: Happens to a lot of characters, including most of Rigbarth, during the story, with Laedia being a notable case.
  • Combination Attack: Link Attacks allow the player and a villager to perform a special move when the villager's Link Meter is full. Each weapon type has its own special move... sort of. The animations are all completely different, but they're all functionally identical — one big attack to one target.
  • Difficulty by Region: The Tag-Team Fishing minigame was made significantly more difficult in the English release compared to the Japanese version. The target area is about half the size, the bar moves twice as fast, and you get half as much progress for Perfects. It does, however, gradually become closer to the Japanese version as your skill level improves.
  • Distant Sequel: This game takes place several decades after the previous entry.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Fathomless Dread came from outside of the game's world. Livia even outright calls it by this trope.
  • Everyone Is Bi: The bachelorettes and bachelors are attracted to the protagonist regardless of gender, so the protagonist can choose between opposite or same-sex marriage.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: Due to being written in Unitynote  the Switch version has major performance issues, usually in the form of lag, and may crash randomly. There is an autosave feature, but a failure to manually save often can easily put players back a day, forcing players to make up lost progress. Patches have been implemented to address these issues, but some problems persist and more patches are on the way.
  • Gay Option: Unlike the previous games, this is the first game that features the option to marry a bachelor or bachelorette of the same gender. It was originally developed specifically for the international versions of the game, but was patched into the Japanese versions in a free update.
  • Item Caddy: Throwing detrimental food items like Failed Dishes and Object Xs at monsters is one way to fight them (and can be quite powerful against bosses), and the game includes items such as the Throwing Ring to support this playstyle. Elsje and Simone also fight like this—Elsje throws powerful food at you to heal you (and it's possible to farm rare food off her in an Ascended Glitch), while Simone throws poisons like Object X at monsters to harm them.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: It can bring back Lucas' memory, though this might only be a quality of the lightning of a particular location.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: At one point in the story, the villain uses a weapon that, among other things, causes almost everyone in the game to forget things, such as the names of other people.
    • The protagonist and Lucas also start the game with amnesia, but still recall their names, basic knowledge of the world, and, in the case of Lucas, knowledge of gems and ores.
  • Little Bit Beastly: This entry introduces a new race of people called were-animals, who have canine-like traits.
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  • No Pronunciation Guide: This is the official reason given for spelling Fuuka's name with two U's, and not spelling it "Fuka" or "Fuqua"—to make it more obvious it's not pronounced in a more vulgar manner.
  • Notice This: Items on the ground will occasionally sparkle brightly to make sure you know they're there. If you're wearing the Foresight Crest, this will include hidden items.
  • Not the Intended Use:
    • Talking to characters has an unintended benefit early on in the game. Your RP slowly recovers over real time while standing still, and talking with someone pauses in game time. Livia, who is always downstairs from your room, can be used as a free RP refill while crafting if you don't mind waiting a couple real minutes and only costs you the few minutes of game time for moving between her and the crafting tables. The effectiveness of this wears off the higher your RP is, as the wait will be much longer, but by that point making food in large amounts to keep your RP up should be simple.
    • Object X is prone to this. Normally, it's a Poison Mushroom you get by failing at mixing medicine, which rather nastily inflicts all the negative status effects in the game on the drinker. Which should make it trash... except for the fact that it can also be given to monsters to cripple them. This is intentional, but what makes it more unusual it also counts toward the gift threshold for taming them, and can be mass-produced quite easily, which makes it surprisingly useful as a general monster-taming tool. And since Object X can be made from almost anything, it tends to push this trope onto other items as well.
  • Old Save Bonus: Players who have a save file from Rune Factory 4 Special can have Doug and Margaret visit Rigbarth. Both have quests on the request board to unlock costumes based on Lest and Fray.
  • One-Steve Limit:
    • XSEED Games (the translators) chose to localize Rigbarth's resident dwarf's name (originally Dogu /ドグ) as Darroch, because another Doug (of Rune Factory 4 and whose original name is Dagu / ダグ) is visiting the town.
    • Also happened with two new characters, Luukasu / ルーカス (a mysterious gentleman who has lost his memories) and Ryuka / リュカ (the apprentice of the resident architect, Palmo Creacie de Sainte-Coquille). As told on https://www.xseedgames.com/2021/06/15/rune-factory-5-localization-blog-1/
      XSEED Games: Ryuka can be rendered several different ways in English, including Laika, Luca, and — you guessed it — Lucas. (Fun fact: the Japanese name of Lucas from the EarthBound series is Ryuka.) Since Ryuka has more possible translations than Luukasu, we chose to localize it with an R to distinguish him from Lucas, hence the name “Ryker.”
  • Playing Possum: Cerberus, the first boss of the Belpha Ruins, will pretend to be dead when low on HP.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Fathomless Dread was sealed away long ago. It gets un-sealed at the end of the main storyline.
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  • Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: Downplayed; while the first child the player can have with their love interest will be either male or female, the second and third child will always be a pair of twins who are a boy and a girl.
  • Warm-Up Boss: The Nine-Tailed Fox is the first boss you'll face in the story. Even though it moves around the arena quickly, it always takes a few seconds to charge up its attacks, giving you plenty of time to dodge and counter.


 
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After filling their Link Meter, an axe- or hammer-wielding villager such as Beatrice can team up with Alice or Ares to wallop an enemy far into the distance.

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