How to Customize Your Dedicated Server Settings in Palworld

Anastasios Antoniadis

How to alter the settings of your Palworld dedicated server.

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Exploring the vast and vibrant world of Palworld with friends can significantly enhance your gaming experience. Setting up a dedicated server is an essential step for those looking to venture beyond the game’s default multiplayer limit. This guide will walk you through establishing your own server and editing its settings.

When Do You Need a Dedicated Palworld Server

Palworld servers are pivotal for players aiming to enjoy the game with more than four participants simultaneously. A dedicated server becomes necessary if you want to gather a larger group. However, the game’s built-in multiplayer functionality suffices for smaller gatherings of up to four, allowing for easy world creation and friend invites through an in-game code.

Remember that hosting a game without a dedicated server could strain your PC if it’s not up to spec, particularly as more players join your session. Additionally, characters in Palworld are currently bound to the worlds they are created in, limiting their mobility across different servers or worlds.

Setting Up a Dedicated Palworld Server

There are two main avenues for server setup: self-hosting using the Palworld Dedicated Server tool found in your Steam library or opting for a third-party hosting service. Each method has pros and cons, from the cost-free but continuously running PC requirement of self-hosting to the always-on convenience of a paid third-party service.

Hosting Your Own Palworld Server

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To host your own server, you’ll first need to access the Palworld Dedicated Server tool in your Steam library. This tool provides options for both private and community servers. Players will need your IP address and port number for a private server to join. For community servers, your server will be listed under the “Community Servers” tab for anyone to find and join.

How to Customize Your Dedicated Server

When hosting a dedicated server, you can tailor the game environment to your liking by editing the “steamapps/common/PalServer/Pal/Saved/Config/WindowsServer/PalWorldSettings.ini” file located in the server’s config directory. This file allows you to adjust various settings, such as day/night cycle lengths, experience gain rates, and Pal behavior modifiers.

Here’s a quick overview of some key settings you might adjust:

  • Difficulty: Appears to have no effect on dedicated servers.
  • DayTimeSpeedRate (1.0): Alters the duration of day cycles.
  • NightTimeSpeedRate (1.0): Alters the duration of night cycles.
  • ExpRate (1.0): Influences the experience points gained.
  • PalCaptureRate (1.0): Affects the probability of capturing Pals.
  • PalSpawnNumRate (1.0): Determines the spawn rate of Pals.
  • PalDamageRateAttack (1.0): Controls the attack damage output of Pals.
  • PalDamageRateDefense (1.0): Controls the defense against attacks for Pals.
  • PlayerDamageRateAttack (1.0): Controls the attack damage output of players.
  • PlayerDamageRateDefense (1.0): Controls the defense against attacks for players.
  • PlayerStomachDecreaseRate (1.0): Rate at which player hunger decreases.
  • PlayerStaminaDecreaseRate (1.0): Rate at which player stamina decreases.
  • PlayerAutoHPRegenRate (1.0): Speed of automatic HP regeneration for players.
  • PlayerAutoHPRegenRateInSleep (1.0): HP regeneration rate for sleeping players.
  • PalStomachDecreaseRate (1.0): Rate at which Pal hunger decreases.
  • PalStaminaDecreaseRate (1.0): Rate at which Pal stamina decreases.
  • PalAutoHPRegenRate (1.0): Speed of automatic HP regeneration for Pals.
  • PalAutoHPRegenRateInSleep (1.0): HP regeneration rate for sleeping Pals.
  • BuildObjectDamageRate (1.0): Damage rate to buildable objects.
  • BuildObjectDeteriorationDamageRate (1.0): Deterioration rate of buildable objects over time.
  • CollectionDropRate (1.0): Rate at which items drop from resource gathering.
  • CollectionObjectHpRate (1.0): Health points of collectible objects.
  • CollectionObjectRespawnSpeedRate (1.0): Respawn rate of collectible objects.
  • EnemyDropItemRate (1.0): Frequency at which enemies drop items.
  • DeathPenalty: Specifies what is lost upon death, with the option to set to none.
  • Aim Assist: Toggle for aim assist on gamepads (True) and keyboards (False).
  • DropItemMaxNum (3000): Maximum number of items that can be dropped at once.
  • BaseCampMaxNum (128): Maximum number of bases that can exist simultaneously.
  • BaseCampWorkerMaxNum (15): Maximum number of worker Pals per base.
  • DropItemAliveMaxHours (1.0): Duration before dropped items disappear.
  • Guild Management: Options to auto-reset guilds with no online players (False) and set the inactivity timer to 72 hours.
  • GuildPlayerMaxNum (20): Maximum number of players per guild.
  • PalEggDefaultHatchingTime (72.0 hours): Standard time for Pal eggs to hatch.
  • WorkSpeedRate (1.0): Efficiency rate of Pals at work.
  • CoopPlayerMaxNum (4): Maximum party size.
  • ServerPlayerMaxNum (32): Maximum number of players on the server.
  • ServerName: Default name for the server.
  • ServerDescription: A brief description of the server.
  • AdminPassword: Password for admin privileges.
  • ServerPassword: Password required for player access.
  • These settings offer extensive control over gameplay, allowing server administrators to tailor the Palworld experience to their preferences.

For detailed customization, refer to the template provided in the “DefaultPalWorldSettings.ini” file, which outlines all available settings and their default values.

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