Three Lamball Pals leaping in Palworld
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How to Assign Pals to Tasks in Palworld

Assigning tasks to your Pals in Palworld makes the survival aspect of the game much more enjoyable. Here's how.

Palworld is somewhat unique among monster-collecting games. You can assign tasks to your Pals. The game isn’t clear on how to do it, though, so here’s the easy way to assign a task to any Pal in your base in Palworld.

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How do I Assign Pals Tasks in Palworld?

Carrying a Pal to an assigned task in Palworld
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As you upgrade your base in Palworld, you can add more and more Pals to its workforce. By default, they wander the base and do any task based on their Work Suitability. To figure out what a particular Pal’s Work suitability is, go to your Pal Box, hover over any Pal avatar, and press View Details. Tasks they can take appear in the bottom right of the screen.

You’ll also see the Work type each building requires when you hover your cursor over it when you’re nearby. A campfire requires a Kindling Pal, a Workbench requires a Handiwork Pal, and so on.

To assign a task to a Pal that has the proper Work Suitability, approach them and, provided it’s possible, press the Lift button prompt. Your character raises the Pal over their head, letting you carry them toward whatever building they need to work.

A Lamball wandering a Ranch building in Palworld
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As long as there’s a job that needs doing at that building, you can press the same key that lets you Lift them to throw them at the building — a Workbench, for instance — to assign them to it. Once assigned, they stick to that job regardless of whether it is an active task or not. They take breaks for food, sleep, and Sanity recovery. However, unless you give them something to do, they stand in front of their stations, waiting to be told what to do.

Highlighting the Work Suitability stat in Palworld
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How to Activate and Use Automatic Work Mode

If you don’t want to micromanage your Pals and your base too much, put your Pals on Automatic Work Mode by picking them up and throwing them into any open space in your base. They lose any assignment you’ve given them and do any and all tasks within their Work Suitability as they decide. It’s not the most efficient use of a Pal’s time or skills, but in smaller, earlier-game bases, it’s also not a huge deal.

The Best Pals for Early Tasks in Palworld

Early on in your Palworld adventure, you don’t have too many options for working Pals. But even if you build your base in the best place, you still have a solid selection of entry-level workers. I’ve listed my favorite Pals by their Work Suitability here.

  • Kindling: Foxsparks
  • Gardening: Gumoss
  • Watering/Cooling: Pengullet
  • Handiwork/Farming: Lamball
  • Lumbering: Eikthyrdeer
  • Mining: Depresso or Tombat if you can get one

The farther you progress in Palworld, the more Pals you get with better abilities in both battle and in more general tasks. Be sure to always update your base with the new additions as you get them, and remember you can always simply put a bunch of low-level Pals on the grunt work. You monster.

And that’s everything you need to know about assigning tasks to your Pals in Palworld. For more on the game, check out our guides hub.

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John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.