To get Cliff to stay in Mineral Town, you’ll need to get him a job at the Adge Winery via an event on Autumn 14th of your first year. But before he can get the Winery job, you’ll need to have already met Cliff from his introductory event at Mineral Church.
These two events are both part of a few fundamental heart events that dictate whether Cliff will stay in Mineral Town as a permanent resident.
If you fail to trigger or complete these events, Cliff will leave town on Winter 29th in Year 1.
This guide will walk you through all the events you need to complete so that Cliff can stay in Mineral Town.
Note: If you’re here because Cliff has already left in your save file, there is another event that you can trigger in Year 2 to get him to return. We’ll cover that event at the end of this guide.
Event #1: Cliff’s Introduction
This event is unlocked right at the start of the game, when you first arrive in Mineral Town.
Enter Mineral Church on a Tuesday or Thursday, any time between 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Carter will welcome you and ask you to talk to Cliff for a while. There are two dialogue options that you can choose from.
|Option #1: Pull yourself together, man! (-2000 LP)
|If you choose this option, Cliff will ask you to stop talking to him.
|Option #2: Take your time. (+3000 LP)
|If you choose this option, Cliff will start to open up and ask you to become friends.
You’ll want to pick Option #2 for the best result here.
Event #2: Job Offer
On Autumn 14th of Year 1, Duke will visit your farm in the morning when you exit the house.
Note that this event can only occur in Year 1, and will not be triggered if you haven’t seen Cliff’s introduction event yet. So make sure you see Cliff’s initial event sometime before mid-Autumn.
When Duke shows up on your farm he will ask you to help out at Adge Winery the following day (Autumn 15th) for the Autumn harvest.
You can either say yes or no to this first question. Agreeing to help will add +10 FP with Duke, and declining the offer will result in -10 FP.
Regardless of your response to the first question, Duke will then ask if you know anyone who might be looking for extra work. He won’t wait for your answer – so it’s up to you at this point if you want to invite Cliff.
After this cutscene with Duke on Autumn 14th, visit Cliff at Mineral Church and offer him the job at Adge Winery if you want him to stay in Mineral Town.
Failing to ask Cliff this question will result in him leaving the village next season on Winter 29th.
Event #3: Autumn Winery Harvest
On Autumn 15th, if you promised to help Duke with the harvest, enter Adge Winery between 10:00 AM and 12:59 PM.
This will prompt the cutscene with Cliff where you work on the vineyard together.
After the harvest is over, Duke will pay you 1,000 G and offer Cliff a permanent position at the Winery.
On the other hand, if you told Duke the previous day that you couldn’t help out, Cliff will still go to Adge Winery and secure the job (assuming you invited him to do the work).
How To Get Cliff to Come Back in Year 2
Just in case you couldn’t get things to work and Cliff still leaves on Winter 29th, it’s still possible to bring him back. This event is unlocked after Spring 29th of Year 2, which is 31 days after Cliff leaves Mineral Town.
On the 29th day of any season in Year 2, exit your farm using the northern path between 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. It must be sunny or rainy for this event to trigger.
As you pass by Adge Winery, you’ll spot Cliff trying to hide from you. As you approach him, he confesses that he’s decided to come back to Mineral Town.
Duke will then arrive and offer Cliff the same job at the Winery.
After this event, Cliff will settle down in Mineral Town for good.