April 12, 2024

Palworld’s Major Update Adds First Raid Boss, Improved Buildings, and Much More

Palworld developer Pocketpair has released the biggest update to the game yet, adding the first raid boss, called Bellanoir, alongside a long list of new content.

Palworld update v., available now on Steam and coming soon to Xbox, lets players summon Raid Boss Pals by using plates on the new Summoning Altar. Pocketpair warned that Raid Boss Pals summoned by plates are “very powerful” and cannot be captured. The developer recommended that players team up with their base friends to defeat these powerful enemies.

There’s even an ‘extreme’ version of the Raid Boss which Pocketpair described as ‘incredibly powerful and difficult to beat’. Pals eggs can drop after defeating Raid Boss Pals.

Elsewhere, a number of new items have been added to the game, including new Training Manual items that allow you to give experience points to Pals. New Recovery Meds items slowly restore your HP over time. And the new Homeward Thundercloud item will take you immediately to your nearest base.

There’s plenty more in the update (check out the patch notes below), including changes to the Pals, UI improvements, balance adjustments, bug fixes, and more cheat prevention measures. Changes to the bases are also included. For example, you can now force a friend to work and cancel his break by picking him up and throwing him at a facility.

Palworld update v. Steam and Xbox patch notes:

▼New content

・Implemented the first Raid Boss

⤷ You can summon Raid Boss Pals by using plates on the new Summoning Altar

⤷ Raid Boss Pals summoned by plates are very powerful and cannot be captured. Work together with your grassroots friends to defeat these powerful enemies.

⤷ Pals eggs can drop after defeating Raid Boss Pals.

⤷ The “extreme” version of the Raid Boss is incredibly powerful and difficult to defeat

・New ‘Training Manual’ items have been added. With these guides you can give experience points to Pals.

・New item “Old Technical Manual” has been added. This guide gives you old technology points and can be found randomly in dungeon chests.

・New recovery medicines have been added. Taking these medications will slowly restore your HP over time.

・New item “Homeward Thundercloud” has been added. When you use this item, you will be immediately taken to your nearest base.

・New item “Ability Glasses” has been added. When equipped, you can view Pal’s stats.

・New stat items have been added: “Power Fruit, Life Fruit, Naughty Fruit”. These items will boost Pal’s stats when used.

・Added a new passive ‘Mercy Hit’. Friends with this passive ability cannot reduce the enemy’s HP below 1 during their attack.

・New item “Ring of Mercy” has been added. While wearing this ring, you cannot reduce the enemy’s HP below 1 during an attack.

・New armor “Multiclimate Undershirt” has been added. Protect yourself from both the heat and the cold with just one lock!

・New building “Electric Egg Incubator” has been added. This incubator uses electricity to automatically adjust the temperature to the optimal temperature for each egg.

・The new building “Ore Mine Site” has been added. This mining site allows you to produce ores from the comfort of your base!


・Kelpsea can now produce Pal Fluids at the ranch

・Dumud can now produce high-quality Pal oil at the ranch

・You can now reduce the weight of metal ore while riding Surfent Terra

・The amount of ore dropped while riding Astegon has been increased

・You can now increase Pal’s rank to the maximum with a single synthesis using the Pal Essence Condenser.

(The condensation progress is now collected in the individual Pal)

・The negative Pal status is now resolved after spending some time in the Pal Box


・While aiming an orb, it will now display how many of the target friends have already been captured

・You can now view the partner skill cooldowns for all your friends on the main screen

・Gear and item stats are now visible on the Technology screen even if you haven’t unlocked them first

・The tutorial has been improved and renamed to ‘Journey’

・You can now show/hide the “Journey” in the game options

・The damage number display size can be changed in the game options.

(In Raid Boss battles, the damage numbers tend to overlap a lot and can be hard to see, so we recommend adjusting the size)


・Items left behind by players on a special server after death can now be retrieved by anyone after 24 hours have passed in real time

・Added a new ‘sleeping’ player emote (edited)


・You can now allow/deny certain work for basic friends on the monitoring stand

・Chest filters have been added. Select item types to allow or disallow in chests

・Crafting items are now transported from the crafting facilities. If you select ‘allow transport’ during creation, your friends will transport these items to chests when they are ready

・You can now edit your character’s appearance at any time using the ‘Antique Dresser’

・The rules for placing buildings and construction pieces have been relaxed

⤷ You can now connect stairs to the top

⤷ Roof pieces can now connect directly to foundations

⤷ Triangular walls can now be linked to stairs

・You can now force a friend to work and cancel their break by picking them up and throwing them at a facility

(Friends restore their SAN while taking a break, so be careful!)

・Fixed orders remain fixed even after bad events occur. Previously, some commands would change due to certain circumstances, but now they remain fixed unless the Pal is placed in the Pal Box

▼Balance adjustment

・Minimal heat and cold resistance has been added to several armors. No more having to take off your heat-resistant armor when it’s cold at night in the starting areas!

・Shorten the button pressing time in the egg incubator

・Change the pattern for Jormuntide Ignis to something more unique

・Added Legendary Blueprints for some firearms (leaving specific enemies)

・Corrected the selling price of diamonds

・In single player, it is no longer possible to select the initial spawn point for multiplayer

・The back of the starting area is blocked with rocks to prevent players from getting lost or stuck

・The increased attack power multiplier of partner skills that increase the player’s attack power while riding has been uniformly reduced from 2.0 to 1.2

・Eggs now have a small chance of producing Alpha Pals

・Flying and floating friends are now immune to fall damage

・Retail price adjustments

▼Bug fixes

・Fixed a bug where treasure chests would become empty when dying in a dungeon, etc

・Fixed an issue where the effect that increases the player’s attack power while driving would duplicate and stack under certain conditions

・Fixed an issue where players would not receive loot if they captured friends while mounted

・Adjusted the HP of the Legendary Friend and fixed an issue where the difference in HP between the captured Legendary Friend and the bred Legendary Friend was too large

・Fixed an issue where Pal would eat while driving.

・Fixed an issue where orbs thrown close to wild friends would not hit and would be lost


・Improved several Pal models and textures

・Added and adjusted a number of sound effects

・Many other minor bug fixes

▼Dedicated server

・Fixed an issue where sorting did not work in the server list

・Improved the server list to allow page transitions

・Dedicated servers now support various log outputs

・Implemented REST API

※ Please refer to the technical guide for more information


▼Cheat prevention

・Fixed a vulnerability that allowed Steam account spoofing

・Fixed seven other critical vulnerabilities



・One new song has been added to the soundtrack. If you have already purchased the soundtrack, update it and enjoy the new song!

※ Please note that it may take a few days for the soundtrack to be updated

While today’s update is the largest yet for Palworld, Pocketpair said it is planning “a bigger update with more content” for summer 2024. This will include never-before-seen landscapes and “exciting adventures on a new island home from many new friends.” Pocketpair also plans to add new buildings, weapons and tower bosses.

Palworld launched in January and became one of the biggest games in the world overnight. It not only set records on Steam, but also on Xbox Game Pass, where it is the biggest third-party game launch ever. To date, the $30 ‘Pokémon with guns’ game has attracted a whopping 25 million players, with 15 million copies sold on Steam and 10 million players on Xbox. Last month, Pocketpair boss Takuro Mizobe said the company could not handle the huge profits that Palworld generated.

While Palworld is one of the biggest game launches ever, it’s also one of the most controversial. Pocketpair said staff have received death threats amid Pokémon “scam” claims, which it has denied. Shortly after launch, Nintendo acted quickly to remove a notable Pokémon modThan The Pokemon Company released a statementsaying, “We intend to investigate and take appropriate action to address actions that infringe intellectual property rights relating to Pokémon.” IGN asked lawyers if Nintendo could successfully file a lawsuit.

If you play, make sure you take a look IGN’s interactive Palworld map.

Wesley is the UK news editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter at @wyp100. You can reach Wesley at wesley_yinpoole@ign.com or confidentially at wyp100@proton.me.

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