Stardew Valley Dating Guide: Elliott

Out of the 12 dateable characters in Stardew Valley, Elliott might be the most difficult to win over. As a homebody, he may be difficult to find, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to capture his heart. In this Stardew Valley dating guide, we will go over how to strengthen your relationship with the local aspiring author of Pelican Town.

Stardew Valley Dating Guide: Elliott

Building up your farm might be the primary goal of Stardew Valley, but one of the best side quests to pursue is building your relationships with the townspeople. Players have the option to date the locals in the game and eventually advance their relationship to marriage. 

Every character has a unique background and the more you get to know them, the higher your heart rating with that character will be. There are 12 single characters and twice a week you can give them items to increase your heart rating faster. When you reach a certain heart rating with a character, it will unlock a special “heart event” that gives you more information about that character and gets you one step closer to marriage. 

Once you have decided who you want to pursue, it’s important to understand their schedule and their list of likes and dislikes. In this Stardew Valley Dating Guide, we will go over everything you need to know about dating Elliott.

Elliott lives alone in a small cabin on the beach. He’s a writer, so dialogue with Elliott will usually contain a lot of sophisticated words. On the Stardew Valley Developer Blog, Elliott is described as a “sentimental romantic with a tendency to go off onto flowery, poetic tangents.”

If you're having a hard time tracking down Elliott, try the library.

If you’re having a hard time tracking down Elliott, try the library.

Stardew Valley Dating Guide: Elliott’s Likes and Dislikes

Just about any item you can pick up can act as a gift for the locals, but each character has their own lists of items they love, like, feel neutral about, dislike and hate. Giving a character an item they love will grant you more points towards your heart rating, but giving a character an item they hate can subtract points, so it’s important to know the character’s feelings on particular items.

Loves

Elliott loves all the items listed under “Universal Loves”, but more personalized items that Elliott loves are crab cakes, duck feathers, lobsters, pomegranates, squid ink and Tom Kha Soup. When one of these items is given to Elliott, he will be prompted to say “This is a beautiful gift! Thank you!”

Likes

Elliott likes the majority of items listed under “Universal Likes” with the exception of Amaranth (which he hates) and Pizza (which he dislikes). He also likes the majority of available fruits in the game, with the exception of Pomegranate (which he loves) and Salmonberry (which he hates). More personalized items that Elliott likes are octopus and squid. When one of these items is given to Elliott, he will be prompted to say “This is for me? Marvelous!”

Neutral

Elliott feels neutral towards all the items listed under “Universal Neutrals” with the exception of duck feathers and squid ink (which he loves). He also feels neutral about all eggs with the exception of void eggs (which he dislikes), and all fish with the exception of carp (which he hates), lobster (which he loves), octopus and squid (which he likes), sea cucumbers (which he hates) and snails (which he hates). When one of these items is given to Elliott, he will be prompted to say “Oh, a present! Thank you!”

Dislikes

Elliott dislikes the majority of items listed under “Universal Dislikes” with the exception of fish (which for the most part he feels neutral about). More personalized items that Elliott dislikes are all forms of milk, chanterelles, common mushrooms, daffodils, dandelions, ginger, hazelnuts, holly, leeks, magma caps, morels, pizza, purple mushrooms, snow yams, wild horseradish and winter root. When one of these items is given to Elliott, he will be prompted to say “Hmm… I’m not a huge fan of this.”

Hates

Elliott hates all the items listed under “Universal Hates”, but more personalized items that Elliott hates are amaranth, quartz, salmonberries and sea cucumbers. When one of these items is given to Elliot, he will be prompted to say “This item gives me a terrible feeling. I’ll have to dispose of it.”

Gifting specific items will either increase or decrease your friendship points with that character, but on their birthday you can earn 8x more points and during the Feast of the Winter Star you can earn 5x more points. Elliot’s birthday is Fall 5 and gifting him an item he loves will vastly increase your heart rating with him and unlock a unique dialogue. 

Gifting items that Elliott loves will be key to advancing your relationship with him.

Gifting items that Elliott loves will be key to advancing your relationship with him.

Stardew Valley Dating Guide: Elliott’s Schedule

Elliott is known to be a character that is tricky to track down but finding him is important when giving him gifts. It’s also important to note that each day you don’t converse with a character, your heart rating will slightly decrease, so knowing where Elliott is every day will help you have a consistent relationship with him. Every character’s schedule changes depending on the season and your relationship with them.

Spring

In the Spring, Elliott will usually leave his cabin at 12 p.m. to stand on the south side of the beach. At 1:30 p.m. he will head back inside his cabin, only to make another appearance at 3 p.m. when he goes to stand on the bridge north of the beach. At 6 p.m. he returns to his cabin and stays there for the rest of the day. 

If you have less than six hearts with Leah, on Fridays and Sundays Elliott will leave his cabin at 12 p.m. and stand on the dock next to Willy’s house. He will remain there until 5 p.m. and then head to The Stardrop Saloon. At 11:40 p.m. Elliott will head back to his cabin for the night.

If you have more than six hearts with Leah, on Thursdays and Fridays Elliott will leave his cabin at 11:30 a.m. and go to Pierre’s General Store. At 5:30 p.m. he will head back to his cabin and stay there for the rest of the day.

Summer

In the summer, Elliott will usually leave his cabin at 11:30 a.m. and go to the forest south of Leah’s Cottage. He will stay there until 6 p.m. and then return home for the rest of the day.

On Thursdays Elliott will leave his cabin at 11:30 a.m. and go to Pierre’s General Store. At 5:30 p.m. he will head back to his cabin and stay there for the rest of the day.

On Summer 9, Elliott will leave his cabin at 10:30 a.m. to go to the Clinic. At 1:30 p.m. he will move from the waiting room to the examination room inside the Clinic. At 4 p.m. he will leave the Clinic and return to his cabin for the rest of the day.

If you have less than six hearts with Leah, on Fridays and Sundays Elliott will leave his cabin at 12 p.m. and stand on the dock next to Willy’s house. He will remain there until 5 p.m. and then head to The Stardrop Saloon. At 11:40 p.m. Elliott will head back to his cabin for the night.

If you have more than six hearts with Leah, on Fridays and Sundays Elliott will follow his regular spring schedule and leave his cabin at 12 p.m. to stand on the south side of the beach. At 1:30 p.m. he will head back inside his cabin, only to make another appearance at 3 p.m. when he goes to stand on the bridge north of the beach. At 6 p.m. he returns to his cabin and stays there for the rest of the day. 

Fall

In the fall, Elliott will leave his cabin at 11:30 a.m. and head towards the Library. He will remain there until 5:30 p.m. and then head to his cabin, where he will remain for the rest of the day.

If you have less than six hearts with Leah, on Fridays and Saturdays Elliott will leave his cabin at 12 p.m. and stand on the dock next to Willy’s house. He will remain there until 5 p.m. and then head to The Stardrop Saloon. At 11:40 p.m. Elliott will head back to his cabin for the night.

If you have more than six hearts with Leah, on Thursdays and Fridays Elliott will leave his cabin at 11:30 a.m. and go to Pierre’s General Store. At 5:30 p.m. he will head back to his cabin and stay there for the rest of the day.

Winter

In the winter, Elliott will leave his cabin at 11:30 a.m. and head towards the Library. He will remain there until 5:30 p.m. and then head to his cabin, where he will remain for the rest of the day.

On Winter 17, Elliott will leave his cabin at 11:30 a.m. and head to the Museum. At 4:50 p.m. he will attend the Night Market and remain there until 1 a.m. before heading back to his cabin.

If you have less than six hearts with Leah, on Fridays and Saturdays Elliott will leave his cabin at 12 p.m. and stand on the dock next to Willy’s house. He will remain there until 5 p.m. and then head to The Stardrop Saloon. At 11:40 p.m. Elliott will head back to his cabin for the night.

If you have more than six hearts with Leah, on Thursdays and Fridays Elliott will leave his cabin at 11:30 a.m. and go to Pierre’s General Store. At 5:30 p.m. he will head back to his cabin and stay there for the rest of the day. 

Special Occasions

No matter the season, if it rains Elliott will stay in his cabin all day. If married to Elliott, he can usually be found on your farm, but on Mondays he will leave your farmhouse at 8:30 a.m. to go to the beach. At 5 p.m. he will return to the farmhouse.

Knowing where Elliott is will help increase your heart rating.

Knowing where Elliott is will help increase your heart rating.

Stardew Valley Dating Guide: Elliot’s Heart Events

If you are consistently conversing with Elliott and giving him gifts, your heart rating will increase. After a certain number of hearts are reached with Elliott, it will trigger special heart events that help connect with him on a more personal level.

First Heart Event

Once two hearts have been reached with Elliott, enter his cabin when he is home and a cutscene will occur. Elliott will greet you and tell you he came to Pelican Town because no one in his hometown believed he could become a writer. He will then ask what kind of novels you like, and you are given the option to say either “Mystery”, “Romance”, or “Sci-Fi.” All options will grant you 30 friendship points.

Second Heart Event

Once four hearts have been reached with Elliott, enter the Stardrop Saloon between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. and a cutscene will occur. Elliott will walk into the Saloon and say it’s a pleasant surprise to see you. He orders you a drink (which will heal up to 50 energy and 22 health), and you insist on proposing a toast. You are given the option to make a toast to Pelican Town (which will grant you 25 friendship points), a toast to friendship (which will grant you 50 friendship points), a toast to your good health (which will make you lose 10 friendship points), or a toast to Elliott’s doom (which will make you lose 50 friendship points). 

Third Heart Events

Once six hearts have been reached with Elliott, enter his cabin when he is home and a cutscene will occur. He will be playing the piano and once he finishes, you are given the option to say either “That was wonderful” or “How long have you been playing?”, both options have no effect on friendship. Elliott expresses how he’s been having trouble finishing his novel and jokes about becoming a farmer. You are given the option to say either “It’s just as hard to be a farmer, you know” or “Come live on the farm, I could use the extra help”, both options have no effect on friendship. 

Fourth Hearts Event

Once eight hearts have been reached with Elliott, he will send you a letter inviting you to a reading of his finished novel at the library. Once you enter the library, Elliott will read a different story depending on what you said for the first heart event. After he finishes reading, he admits to dedicating the novel to you.

Fifth Heart Event

Once you have reached ten hearts with Elliott, go to the beach between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on a day when it is not raining to trigger a cutscene. You find that Elliott has fixed the rowboat and asks you to join him on a “maiden voyage.” If you accept, Elliott gushes how he couldn’t have completed his novel without you and kisses you, granting you 50 friendship points. If you reject, Elliott apologizes and the cut scene ends.

Three days after you prose to Elliot, you will have a wedding.

Three days after you prose to Elliot, you will have a wedding.

Stardew Valley Dating Guide: Marrying Elliott

Once you have reached ten hearts with Elliott, he is now eligible for marriage. To become engaged, you must gift Elliott a Mermaid’s Pendant which can be bought from the Old Mariner. The Old Mariner will be by the tidal pools on the beach and will sell you the pendant for 5,000g. He will not sell you the pendant until your farmhouse has been upgraded at least once. Present the Mermaid’s Pendant to Elliott, and you are officially engaged. 

Three days letter, you will have your wedding and officially become husband and wife/husband. After marriage, your friendship level with Elliott can now reach 14 hearts, but your friendship level can also decrease by 20 points a day if you don’t converse with him. Elliott will then move into the farmhouse, he will get his own personalized space within your house and sometimes he will help out around the farm.

After reaching 14 hearts with Elliott, exit the farmhouse between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. to trigger a cutscene. Elliott will tell you about his book tour, and proceed to send you letters every day until he comes back.

Marrying any of the potential candidates comes with the same benefits, but different storylines, so it’s fun to learn more about all the locals in Stardew Valley. Elliott in particular will decorate your room with a personal library. Keep this in mind when choosing to pursue Elliott as your match. 

To learn how to charm Alex, the jock of Pelican Town, check out the Stardew Valley Dating Guide for Alex.

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