How to Ask the Harvest Sprites for Help in Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
How to Ask the Harvest Sprites for Help in Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town

The Harvest Sprites are elf-like creatures that live in a hut behind the church. If you become friends with them, you can ask them to work at your farm. Increasing their affection also allows you to play with them, which will increase their skills.

Raising the Harvest Sprite’s Affection

Gifting flour to one of the Harvest Sprites | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Gifting flour to one of the Harvest Sprites

You can give gifts to each of the Harvest Sprites to increase their affection. The cheapest ones you can give them are flour and bread from the Supermarket. You can wrap your gift in wrapping paper at the supermarket to increase its effects.

Each Harvest Sprite can have a maximum of 10 hearts. Before you can play with them or ask them for help at your farm, you need to raise a Harvest Sprite’s affection to at least 3 hearts. You can check their affection levels through the “Harvest Sprites” window inside the “Earnings” tab.

Skill Levels

View of the “Harvest Sprites” window, showing their affection and skill levels | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
View of the “Harvest Sprites” window, showing their affection and skill levels

Each of the Harvest Sprites has an individual level of watering, harvesting, and animal husbandry. You can check their skills below their affection levels in the “Harvest Sprites” window. You can increase these levels by playing games with them.

Asking For Help

The sprites arrive at the farm to work | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
The sprites arrive at the farm to work

If you need help at the farm, you can go to the tiny hut behind the church and ask the Harvest Sprites for help. It is open from 9:00 am on most days, except during festivals.

Talk to any of the Harvest Sprites and select “Can you help me?” If their affection is high enough, they will accept, and ask you what needs to be done. You can then select how many days the Harvest Sprite will work for you; the minimum is 1 day, and the maximum is 1 week.

Note: You can only assign one task on each of the sprites, but you can ask multiple sprites to do the same task.

Caring for Animals

Asking a sprite to look after the animals for a week | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Asking a sprite to look after the animals for a week

The Harvest Sprites can take care of your animals for you. They will feed them, milk the cows, and trim your sheep’s wool. They will also collect any animal produce and ship it directly to the shipping bin.

The only thing they can’t do is talk to the animals, so you still need to talk to your cows and sheep to increase their affection.

Harvesting Crops

Asking a sprite to harvest crops for a week | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Asking a sprite to harvest crops for a week

The Harvest Sprites will harvest any crop on your farm and ship it directly to the shipping bin. They can walk through crops, which means they can harvest the crop in the middle of a full square formation. 

They also help a lot when you have tons of crops to harvest, especially when they have a high harvesting skill level.

Watering Crops

Asking a sprite to water the fields for a week | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Asking a sprite to water the fields for a week

When you ask a Harvest Sprite to water crops for you, they will water every square on your farm that has a growing crop on it. They will also walk through your crops while watering them and they can reach the middle crop in a full square formation.

Note: When it rains and you don’t need to water your crops, the Harvest Sprites will still go to your farm and just wander around.

Playing with the Sprites

You can ask the Harvest Sprites to play with you once they have at least 3 hearts. Playing with them will increase their skill levels, which will make them work faster on a particular task. You can only play with each Harvest Sprite once a day.

Animals

Help the Harvest Sprite take care of the animals in the minigame | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Help the Harvest Sprite take care of the animals in the minigame

You need to put chicken feed on the feed boxes when the chickens flap their wings. Watch the chickens and the feed boxes carefully, and only put chicken feed when needed. A sprite will get better at taking care of animals if you succeed in this game.

Watering

View of the watering minigame | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
View of the watering minigame

To win this game, you need to memorize the location and order of the watered squares. To water a square, stand on it and press the A button. A sprite’s watering skills will increase if you successfully completed the game.

Harvesting

View of the harvesting minigame | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
View of the harvesting minigame

To win this game, you must harvest the number of turnips without overworking the sprite. You can rapidly tap the A button until the sprite’s face goes red, then slow down the pace until he goes back to normal. Repeat this until the sprite harvests the turnip.

Successfully completing the harvesting minigame will increase a sprite’s crop harvesting skills.