Stardew Valley Break Up Guide: How to Navigate Relationship Endings

Stardew Valley, the indie farming simulation RPG, offers more than just crops and livestock. It has an intricate relationship system that includes dating, marriage, and yes, even divorce. But can you break up with someone you’re dating and choose a different romantic partner? Let’s delve into this rabbit hole and explore the options available.

Dating in Stardew Valley

In Stardew Valley, you can date multiple characters before tying the knot. The pre-marital dating scenario involves giving bouquets to the characters you’re interested in, which enables you to raise their heart levels even further.

A player giving a bouquet to an eligible villager in Stardew Valley
Giving bouquets to eligible villagers unlocks the 10-heart friendship limit and allows for dating in Stardew Valley

Things to Know Before Dating:

  1. Freedom to Date: There are no strict limitations. Feel free to date multiple NPCs simultaneously.
  2. Heart Levels: Giving bouquets allows you to increase heart levels above 8 hearts.
  3. No Negative Impact: Dating multiple people doesn’t affect your heart levels with them.

Breaking Up Before Marriage

Breaking up when you’re still dating someone is relatively straightforward. A Wilted Bouquet can be used for this purpose, and it’s made by placing a bouquet in a furnace with a coal.

Breaking Up: Step by Step

  1. Craft a Wilted Bouquet: Place a bouquet and a coal in the furnace.
  2. Give it to Your Partner: Their heart levels will drop, effectively ending the relationship.

A wilted bouquet in Stardew Valley
To break up with a villager in Stardew Valley, players can give them a wilted bouquet
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After the Breakup

After breaking up, your ex-partner’s hearts will drop to a certain level, but you can raise them again by giving gifts. However, their dialogue might return to the pre-relationship level.

A villager's friendship level reduced to 5 hearts in Stardew Valley
Breaking up with a villager in Stardew Valley reduces their friendship level to 5 hearts

Post-Breakup Scenarios:

  1. Return to Friends: The characters will return to being friends with a lowered heart level.
  2. No Permanent Grudges: Heart levels can be raised again by gifting liked or loved items.
  3. Dialogue Changes: The dialogue will return to a standard set.

Marriage and Divorce

Marriage and divorce are more complicated. You can divorce by filing at the Mayor’s Manor, and even erase your ex-spouse’s memory at the Witch’s Hut for a fee.

The divorce book in Mayor Lewis' house in Stardew Valley
Players can file for divorce in Stardew Valley by paying 50,000 gold and clicking on the book in Mayor Lewis’ house

Remarrying the Same Person

Yes, you can remarry the same person by erasing their memory at the Witch’s Hut.

The exterior of the Witch's Hut building in Stardew Valley
The Witch’s Hut is located in the Witch’s Swamp, just above the strange sign near the train station.

Marrying Multiple People

Technically, you’re only married to one person, but the game keeps a flag for all characters you’ve dated, even after marriage.


In Stardew Valley, relationships are as complex or as simple as you make them. You can date multiple characters, break up, marry, and even divorce. The game offers a broad canvas to experiment on, allowing you to navigate the complexities of virtual relationships with ease.


Q: Can you date someone again after a breakup?

A: Yes, you can date them again by raising their heart levels.

Q: What happens if you marry one person while dating others?

A: They will continue to have high heart levels and flirty dialogue, but their status will change to ‘single’.

Q: How can you divorce?

A: Visit Mayor’s Manor and file for divorce. Then, erase memories at the Witch’s Hut to remarry.

So, whether you’re a serial dater or looking for the one, Stardew Valley has you covered. Happy farming and dating!

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