Itching to learn how to make money in Palia? It isn't some P2E game with unique Sernuk non-fungible flip-flops or anything or anything of the sort. You won't be earning real money by growing virtual crops. But when it comes to powering its in-game economy, there's enough to have you wondering how to make gold fast in Palia in the most efficient way possible. And we're going to talk about that.
Between farming to sell the fruits of your labour and peddling the pelts you harvest from the fauna you'll find on your travels, there are numerous ways to earn your keep in this cosy farming simulator's persistent world. So if you're hoping to become some property magnate by the time it launches for good, you'd best get grinding.
How to make money in Palia
Hunt to live
Hunting is perhaps the next best choice when it comes to making money in Palia purely because of how straightforward it is.
We're not talking about running around with smoke bombs to catch tiny critters here. Rather, one of the best ways to make gold in Paila is by pulling out your bow and thinning the herd—Sernuk or Chapaa are both fair game.
Though smaller, Chapaa are easier to hunt if you're sneaky and strapped for cash, as a single arrow will take them down. Once you've acquired some more potent arrows without breaking the bank, you'll get higher potential returns by stalking Sernuk out in the wild instead.
Whichever creature you decide to take on, be sure to grab whatever they drop. By turning Serknuk Hide in Leather, for example, you'll maximize your earnings. Selling the hide and fur untreated is great at earlier stages in the game, but turning those raw materials into valuable products with as little additional effort as possible is how you start to rake in good money.
Sow self-watering crops
One of the unique aspects of Palia revolved around the basic principles of farming.
Novices can make a pretty penny by manually tending to their crops, logging in to sow, water, weed, harvest, and sell their produce before repeating the process. But by learning how crops interact with each other, you'll be able to create a self-sufficient vegetable garden that cuts out the care part entirely.
Because tomato and potato plants both include the Water Retention buff, these two species not only stay watered, but water any adjacent plants, too.
By sowing these crops into your allotments in specific arrangements with any other crops you're looking to sell, you can water them once and have them automatically water the rest of your crops automatically until they're all ready to be sold. That saves time. And time is money.
Spend money (yes, really)
That's right—you have to spend money to make money. At least in the latter stages of the game. Once you've got your crops watering themselves, freeing you up to take up hunting the town's wildlife, you'll want to look into expanding your operations. Just like how hides are worth more when worked into leather, your crops can fetch a higher price when processed. In some cases, they're worth more as seeds, too.
By setting up multiple looms, smelters, sawmills, and preserves jars, you'll be able to churn high-value items out at speed. Why have a single smelter take hours to convert a stack of stone when you can have multiple finish the job in minutes?
So long as you can strike a balance between how fast you can gather ingredients and how quickly you can convert them into finished products, you'll rack up gold faster than you can spend it.
By keeping all three of those ideas in mind, you'll have a much easier chance of striking it rich in Palia. Just remember to get those bag upgrades to make life easier. And for more tips, check out how to get the sushi recipe, how to complete the Open the Door quest, and how to solve the Ancient Battery riddle if you're not quite that far through the story.