How to link data (unlock Margaret & Doug)

Players can link their save data from Rune Factory 4 to Rune Factory 5, which will unlock returning marriage candidates Margaret and Doug.

Margaret and Doug are two characters from the previous game that players can unlock in Rune Factory 5 by linking data from Rune Factory 4. For this to happen, players must own both Rune Factory 4 and 5 on their Nintendo Switch. As Rune Factory 5 having only recently gotten a port to the PC via Steam, it’s unclear if unlocking Margaret and Doug is possible on anything other than the Switch.

Margaret and Doug were marriageable characters in Rune Factory 4but are not eligible in Rune Factory 5. However, due to their popularity, they have become unlockable characters when players link their save data from RF4 in their game RF5. Once unlocked, Margaret and Doug function like any other normal villager NPCs; players can increase friendship level with them, give them gifts and greet them daily.

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To unlock Margaret and Doug, players simply need to play on a Nintendo Account that has a Rune Factory 4 save file. When they start a new game in Rune Factory 5they will meet Margaret and Doug at the Blue Moon Inn.

Link Data and Unlock Margaret and Doug in Rune Factory 5


Once players have both games on their Switch account, there will be Rune Factory 4 special data attached to the players’ account. Open the game and press start, and players will be notified that Margaret and Doug will start spawning in Rigbarth. They will stay at the Blue Moon Inn and not walk around town. However, players can interact with them like any other villager. Margaret and Doug can also post requests on the Request Board, so players can earn rewards and unlock special items:


  • Margaret’s request: Margaret will ask players to “take care of the Orcs.” This quest requires players to kill two Orcs outside of town; it will be easy to find them on the way to the Whispering Woods. To fulfill this request, players will earn Frey’s Outfit, an alternate outfit for the main character of Rune Factory 5 based on the protagonist Frey from Rune Factory 4.
  • Doug’s request: Doug will ask players to defeat “those bullies.” This quest is similar to Margaret’s; players will need to defeat two Orcs. Once done, players will earn the Lest outfit through Rune Factory 4.

These bonus outfits are gender specific, so if players control Ares, they can only wear the Lest outfit. If the players are Alice, they can only wear Frey’s outfit. Once players unlock both outfits, Margaret and Doug will also give players a wardrobe to store the outfits, so don’t build one early in the game and waste wood resources when players can get them one for free from this returning duo.


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