I’ve been thinking alot about base efficiency and worker pal passives lately to become more efficient.
Tips to Manage Base and Pals
SAN can be negated through food. Red Berries provide 0 SAN / 15 Nutrition, Baked Berries provide 1 SAN / 21 Nutrition. Hot Spring, Fluffy Beds etc. add to SAN recovery aswell.
Pal workers do work until at 50 % satiety, then they become hungry and go to eat untill back above 50 % satiety. If you just provide them with Red Berries or Baked Berries, it won’t be long, before they are back at the Feed Box. Using good food might negate the advantage of the Swift skill passive, depending on your base layout* (more on this later).
Currently from what I can tell, Salad (Lettuce / Tomato) is the best worker food. It improves worker speed and provides 11 SAN / 84 Nutrition. If you have yet to unlock Lettuce/Tomatoes the second option with best “bang for buck” would be Jam-filled Bun (Red Berries and Flour). Marinated Mushrooms (Red Berries and Mushroom) provide 7 SAN / 60 Nutrition, but I have not found an automated or efficient way of farming mushrooms. In this regard the skill passive “Diet Lover” is actually a negatively affecting skill passive.
Using a balance of Hot spring avalibility, Fluffy Pal Beds and good food, along with no negative work related skill passives to SAN will let you use the Monitoring Stand to different degrees. I have yet to do further testing on this matter. I did find that using the Monitoring Stand also increases breeding speed.
Note: If you have chests at several locations close to your farms/ores/plantations your pals will spend less time running and more time picking up items. Having just one chest in a base is very inefficient. If your farming base is ore-based, and you want everything close to your Palbox to transport to another base, you can build a Refining forge next to it, start a job and then cancel it – that way you will have all the ore in your inventory, ready to teleport.
I found Dark Pals to be more efficient base pals, as they also work during night. I use Blazehowl Noct for Kindling lvl 3, Helzephyr for lvl 3. Transport, Astegon for level 4 Mining etc.
Digtoise is actually worse than some lvl 2 Miners, when used as a base pal. It mines on par with, or in most cases worse than lvl 2 Miners. It has VERY high food consumption (almost 3 – 4 times other pals).
However, having Digtoise in your party and using it’s Pal Gear actively with Digtoise out while in a minig base is very efficient. On top of the insane damage to ores you can some times hit several ores at once if they are closely spawned and you throw Digtoise out between the two or three nodes.
If you notice that one base pal is hungry then it’s probably stuck somewhere. Looking for it in your base can be chaotic if you have many pals. An easy fix is to go to your Palbox, open an empty page, rightclick the worker pal to place it in the Palbox, then rightclick it again to move it back as a base pal.
This will reset it’s position to the Palbox, effective unstucking it and it will run to get food and continue to do jobs. This also works with Incapacitated pals, if you have a Fluffy Pal Bed: Instead of waiting 10 minutes for an incapacitated Pal to recover, place it in the Palbox and immediately return it to your worker pal section. It will spawn it at the Palbox and another Pal will move it to the Fluffy Pal Bed within a minute and restore the incapacitated Pal.