In Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, you can have up to 5 pets living on your farm at one time. These pets can be bought from Van’s shop in Rose Plaza, which opens every 15th day of the season.
Pets are the perfect furry companion to life in Mineral Town, and you can even enter them into the Fetch Fest Festival every year on Summer 1st to win prizes.
In this guide we’ll show you how to unlock Van’s pet shop and take care of your new pets!
When Does Van Sell Pets?
Van is the moustached traveling merchant that visits Mineral Town every Wednesday to sell his goods. He arrives in the village as a reward after you offer a total of 30 liked gifts to the Harvest Goddess.
On Wednesdays he will open up his regular shop in his room on the second floor of Dudley’s Inn.
But on every 15th day of each season, Van will be at his stall in Rose Plaza from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. This is where he sells pets, and the pets he sells can vary depending on the season.
Note: If it is raining or snowing on the 15th of any given month, Van will not appear at his stall. In that case you have to wait for the next season to buy a pet.
How To Get a Pet
Van will offer a total of 10 pets for sale across 4 different types, and you can only have one of each type.
Once you buy a pet, it’s also permanent – you can’t sell them or get rid of them, and they won’t die even if they’re neglected.
But Van has requirements before you can buy a new pet:
Each pet that you already have on your farm must have at least 8 friendship hearts, including the horse.
If you don’t have the required friendship level with all of your pets before you try to buy a new one, Van will refuse to sell you anything. You can check your current friendship status by visiting the Pet Relationships menu.
List of All Pets
|American Shorthair||Spring (Cats)||20,000 G|
|Penguin||Summer (Penguins)||30,000 G|
|Mineral Dog||Autumn (Dogs)||10,000 G|
|Black Shibu||20,000 G|
|Capybara||Winter (Capybaras)||30,000 G|
|Pet Treats||All seasons||1,000 G|
You can only buy one pet at a time, and it’s impossible to get pets that are off-season. Van will also stop selling you pets after you have a total of 5 on the farm.
Pet Care Guide
After your new pet arrives on the farm, it will become fully grown after 60 days.
You don’t need to feed them or give them water. They’ll just exist and live independently on the farm, and you can interact with them as much as you want.
To earn friendship points with your pet, you can do any of the following once a day to get +1 FP:
- Talking/interacting with them
- Whistling to call them
- Feed them Pet Treats (can be bought from Van for 1,000 G each)
How the Ball & Frisbee Work
Playing with the Ball or Frisbee is also a great way to boost your relationship with all of your pets.
The Ball can be used at any age and can just be used as a toy to play on the farm.
The Frisbee, requires your pet to be fully grown. And you can only play with the Frisbee by interacting with the sign on Mineral Beach.