Palworld: How to Breed Pals

The miracle of life

The best pal tamers in Palworld understand that you can’t nurture every pal you catch into a useful worker or combat companion. One of the most difficult choices pal tamers must make is deciding which of their pals to invest time and resources to improve. Fortunately, you don’t always have to choose between two pals with exceptional Passive Skills. Instead, combine their strength into a new pal through the power of love (and selective breeding).

This guide will explain how to breed pals in Palworld, build and use the Breeding Farm, and explain Selective Breeding.

How to breed pals

Two pals working at a breeding farm

Here is a brief summary of how to breed pals without going into too much detail:

  1. Build a Breeding Farm inside your base.
  2. Assign one female and one male pal to the breeding farm.
  3. Put one or more cakes inside the breeding farm chest.
  4. Wait for an egg to appear at the center of the farm.
  5. Incubate and hatch the egg.

How to build the Breeding Farm

Viewing the Breeding Farm inside the tech tree

Before you can start breeding your own pals, you’ll need a specialized facility where they can…get to know each other. Specifically, you’ll need to unlock and build a Breeding Farm.

After players reach level 19, players can spend Technology Points to unlock the blueprint for the breeding farm from the tech tree. Once you’ve unlocked the blueprint, you can construct the breeding farm from:

This facility is quite large, so ensure you have a flat, open space to place it.

How to use the Breeding Farm

Carrying a pal to the Breeding Farm

In order to use the breeding farm, you’ll need a male pal and a female pal. You can see if a pal is male or female by the icon next to their name in their status bar or info screen.

Pick up and carry the two pals to the breeding farm and toss them inside to assign them to it. The farm’s status indicator at its center will notify you if there are any issues preventing breeding, such as missing pals or a lack of cake.

That’s right, pals will not breed without cake (they’re romantic like that.) Cakes take the longest of any food to produce, and you will need a Cooking Pot (unlockable at level 17) or Electric Kitchen to make them. You’ll also need a Mill for processing Wheat into Flour, Red Berries, Milk, Eggs, and Honey. When you have your cake, take it to the breeding farm chest near its entrance and place it inside. One cake will be consumed each time the pals in the farm produce an egg.

Once everything is in place, the two pals inside will begin to fill the workload meter at center of the farm. This meter can be filled when no cake is present in the chest, but an egg will not be produced until a cake is supplied.

Selective breeding

Breeding two high-spec pals together

Breeding pals is useful for more than just producing more of the same species. Every pal has its own unique Passive Skills, including physical attributes and personality quirks that alter their performance in numerous fields. Players can choose to breed two pals with different passive skills in an attempt to hatch a new pal bearing the passive traits of both parents. This is the central idea behind selective breeding.

Players should understand, however, that genetics is far from an exact science. Generally speaking, the resulting pal hatched from two parents is most likely to inherit its parents’ passive skills. However, it is also possible that the resulting pal will only have one parent’s passive skills, gain passive skills that neither parent has, or have entirely different passives from both parents.

This allows the possibility for a baby pal that has even better skills than its parents, but also allows for a much worse result. That being said, this means players can also selectively breed a negative trait out of their pal stock by breeding a result with only the positive passive skills of the two parents.

Tips and tricks for breeding pals

This was for science...I swear
  • The speed that pals produce an egg corresponds to their combined work speed. You can increase the speed that eggs are produced by increasing their individual work speed or changing work parameters.
  • It is possible to breed two pals of different species. The produced egg will always be the same result though it will be a largely different species than the parents. Pals produced this way are still most likely to retain their parents’ passive skills.
  • The Lucky passive skill can be passed on through breeding.
  • Players can increase the likelihood of pal eggs retaining a specific passive skill by breeding two parents that both have that skill.
  • Players can increase the likelihood of pals gaining new passive skills by breeding two pals with fewer or no passive skills.
  • Remember that any pal can only have 4 passive skills total.
  • Since breeding and hatching takes time, we recommend producing multiple eggs from the same partners when selectively breeding, as it is often unlikely (though possible) that you will get your desired result on the first go.
  • Unwanted pals created through breeding can be used to fill the essence for the Condenser.
  • Pals hatched after breeding count towards the first ten of a kind captured and apply the associated XP bonus.
  • Cakes placed into the breeding farm chest will not decay, allowing them to be stored there indefinitely.

Better, faster, stronger

Several eggs left at a breeding farm

Pocketpair has certainly given us a lot to think about when it comes to how pals reproduce. Do they crossbreed in the wild? Is this how new pal species appear? Where do they get the cake required for the process outside captivity? 

While the science behind breeding pals might be a bit unclear, the benefits to your survival, production, traversal, and combat capabilities that can come from breeding are quite obvious. Unless you have my luck, then you’re better off trying to dig through a mountain with a plastic spoon.

Looking for some more pointers to help you get going in Palworld? Check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started.

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