Keeping your Palworld Pals well-fed is just as important as feeding your character; otherwise, your companions will starve and eventually stop working. However, when you first start the game, you might be confused about the feeding mechanics. Luckily, Palworld features multiple methods to feed Pals, and in the following guide, I’ll share three of them with you.
How To Feed Pals in Palworld
To feed Pals in Palworld, obviously, you need some companions and food. Therefore, first, I suggest checking our guide on capturing Pals in Palworld because there are some tricks you should be aware of. Remember that to catch your first Pal, you need a Pal Sphere crafted using Wood, Stone, and Paldium Fragments.
After you capture the Pal, you’ll want to look for some Food. The interesting aspect here is that the Pals in Palworld eat almost anything, so don’t worry about a specific type of food. Early in the game, the most common type of food is Berries. Berries can be obtained by exploring the world and interacting with the Berry bushes. Once you have several Berries in your inventory, it’s time to give them to your Pal.
Feeding the Pals accompanying you is pretty straightforward, but what happens to those working at your Base? Let’s go over three scenarios and see what you must do.
Feeding Party Pals
Assuming the Pal you have captured is in your party, feeding him follows the same logic as you would feed your character.
All you must do is follow these steps:
- Open your inventory by pressing the Menu button.
- Select the consumable you wish to feed (in this case, Berries).
- Press Y on your Xbox controller.
- Finally, select the companion you want to feed from the list on your screen and press A.
Make sure that before you feed your Pal, you check his hunger level, which is displayed beneath his health bar. When the bar is empty, your Pal is starving.
Feeding Base Pals Independently
If you have already established your Palworld Base and released some of the captured Pals to help you expand it, you’ll have to keep an eye on how they are doing. Besides building some Straw Pal Beds for them, they also need food. Again, early in the game, you can feed Pals independently:
- Look for the starving Pal roaming in your Base.
- Get close to the critter and press the Right Thumbstick on your Xbox controller.
- Pick the Feed option from the wheel that appears on your screen.
- Choose the item you wish to use to feed your Pal.
Automating the Pals Feeding Process
As you can see, the two scenarios above are used when you have only a few Pals. But as your Base grows, you’ll start capturing many Pals who will work for you. This means that feeding them independently requires time. Luckily, you can automate the process by building a specific structure named Feed Box.
The Palworld Feeding Box or Feed Box is, in fact, a deposit where your Pals will gather food and use it whenever they get hungry. This structure is unlocked when your Base reaches level 3 and costs only 20 Wood. It is a basic structure you can unlock early in the game by spending 2 Technology Points. The Technology Points are earned by leveling up your character.
After you build the Feed Box, however, you need to know how it works. Again, there are two scenarios you’ll need to consider.
Manually Placing Food Inside the Palworld Feed Box
The first scenario requires you to manually deposit the food inside the Feeding Box. Even though you’ll still waste a bit of time, it is pretty useful because you don’t need to look for the starving Pals. To do this, approach the Feed Box and press X on Xbox to open it.
Select an ingredient from your inventory by pressing A (also on Xbox), and then navigate to the right side window and place it in an empty cell. Alternatively, you can press Y, and all selected items will be moved to the Feed Box.
Automatically Storing Food Inside the Feeding Box
As said, the Feed Box in Palworld is more than just a serving plate for food. It is a deposit that can be successfully used to store various types of food. The process of storing food can be automated, meaning that some Pals will carry food produced by other structures directly to the Feed Box.
For example, after you build the Berry Plantation, you’ll start growing Berries. Or if you build a Ranch your Chikipi will start producing Eggs. These items can be carried to the Feed Box by Pals who have the Transporting Skill.
If you check your Paldeck, you’ll see that Lamball, Cattiva, Fuack, and Sparkit are just some of the Pals that can carry items around the Base. So make sure that at least one of your active Pals has this ability.
Eventually, you’ll notice that the cute critters will carry their food to the Feed Box, and if they get hungry, they will return to it to eat.
Tips & Tricks for Feeding Pals in Palworld
Now that you know how feeding works in Palworld, here are several tips you should also consider when playing the game:
- The food stored in your Feed Box by your Pals can also be used to feed your character. Make sure you visit the Feed Box often and retrieve some of the items stored in it.
- You can cook the food and place it in the Feedbox for your Pals. You’ll waste time doing it, but it will help you get XP.
- Make sure you check the Feed Box constantly and repair it if needed using the Repair Kit.
- As your Base grows, it is recommended to have more than one Feed Box.
- If feeding Pals is something you don’t like doing, you can tweak the game while playing alone. To do this, check the Change World Settings in the menu after you select the World. Next, go to Custom Settings and lower the Pal Hunger Depletion Rate to 0,1 (pictured below). By changing this setting, your Pals will rarely starve.
Now that you know how to feed your cute Pals if you want to learn more tips and ticks, consider checking our Palworld Wiki page.