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Palworld guide, tips and tricks, and how to beat

Palworld has entered early access, and we've got a hub for every Palworld guide you'll ever need, including tips, tricks, and bosses.

Palworld release date: Two Pal trainers sit ride their trusty Pals into battle, one of whom is carrying an enormous machine gun.

Need a list of Palworld guides to help you get started? The monster-taming genre might have been popularized on Nintendo handhelds and retro home consoles, but it’s enjoyed growing popularity on PC in recent years thanks to the likes of Temtem, Coromon, and Cassette Beasts. Palworld is the latest addition to this beloved niche, and it might be the strangest one yet.

Palworld is, in short, Pokemon with guns. Sure, you can be the very best, like no one ever was – but in this iteration of the creature collector, you can enforce that title with an assault rifle. If that sounds bizarre, wait until you see the assembly lines. If you’re ready to get stuck into an RPG that embraces surrealism and satire with all the staple hallmarks of quintessential Pokemon PC games, then be sure to bookmark our comprehensive Palworld guide.

Palworld guide: a player and their Rushoar are about to fight an Alpha Chillet.

Palworld beginner’s guide

The most important Palworld tips and tricks are:

  • Catch everything you see at the beginning of the game.
  • Your base location isn’t that important, but try to place it somewhere with lots of flat land.
  • Remember both type advantages and disadvantages, as they’re vital to combat.
  • Look at Pals’ work suitability before deploying them.
  • You can also pick a Pal up and throw them at a facility to get them to allocate a Pal’s job.
  • Different Pals appear at night, so bring a torch and be careful while catching them.
  • You can find Eggs of varying sizes out in the world that you can hatch in Egg Incubators.
  • Study the in-game survival guide, as it has a lot of tips of its own to share.
  • Level up your base quickly so you get access to new facilities.

Palworld guide: a player planting berries with his Pengullet and a green monkey Pal.

How to start in Palworld

When you land in Palworld, you’ll immediately enter the beginner’s area or tutorial section. This low-level entry point will drop you among weaker, more common Pals and give you a short tutorial to send you on your way. It’s important to gather materials at this stage, and you can find stone, wood, and Paldium Fragments littered on the ground.

You’ll soon craft a workbench, and this will be your most important tool to begin with. Make sure to place it in a wide-open area instead of being tempted to put it at the top of the mountain, as you’ll want easy access to it when you’re traveling. You won’t need to place it near the fast travel point, as although that might make sense initially, you’ll soon craft a Pal Base, which also functions as a fast travel spot. We’d recommend venturing to an area with plentiful trees, rocks, mineral deposits, and water to increase the chances of your resources respawning often.

The tutorial will hold your hand through the early portion of the game until you reach base level 7, where it will suggest going to defeat Rayne’s Tower boss. We’d strongly recommend waiting until you have found some higher-level Pals and increasing your own EXP until you reach at least level 13 with a ground element Pal before heading off to tackle this boss. By this point, you’ll have a good idea of how the game works, as well as the Pal typing, fighting, and other mechanics, to give you a good chance at beating the boss in the tower.

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All Palworld guides

Here is a hub of all of our Palworld guides for anything you may need:

General guides

Pal guides

Location and resource guides

Base guides

Palworld mounts: A Mammorest charges forward, its Pal Tamer sitting astride its back and taking aim with a rifle.

Palworld platforms

Palworld was released into early access on Friday, January 19, 2024, and will be available on PC via Steam, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. Developer Pocketpair confirmed the early access date in the official announcement trailer.

Pocketpair has promised several additions to the open-world game during its early access period, including new monsters, locations, and dungeons. The studio championed community feedback in its early access announcement, stating that it’s the best way to fine-tune Palworld’s balancing and ensure it’s “the best it can be.”

While Palworld is on Steam, it’s also out on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles. Be sure to check out our dedicated guide to Palworld on Game Pass for all the latest news concerning the Xbox console exclusive coming to the subscription-driven platform.

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New Palworld Pals

At the IGN x ID@Xbox Digital Showcase, Pocketpair announced that there would be new Pals coming to the game in Summer 2024, alongside a potential new Japanese-inspired biome. The monsters revealed include a frog in a karate Gi, a mystic fox-like sage, a bipedal bird with a headdress, and long-necked dinosaurs with mushroom hats and tails.

Now that you’re all set for your adventures in Palworld, be sure to check out the latest Palworld system requirements. We’ve also got some of the best indie games to keep you off the beaten path for a little while longer. Alternatively, take the top free PC games for a spin.