How to Change the Death Penalty on Your Palworld Server?

Changing the death penalty on your Palworld server allows you to customize the survival experience for players. Palworld’s default setting can be altered to adjust the severity of penalties when a player dies. This knowledge base article outlines the steps to modify the death penalty settings for server administrators.

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Accessing PalGameSettings.ini

The PalGameSettings.ini file contains the configurations for your Palworld server, including the death penalty settings. This file is usually located in the server’s installation directory. Make sure you have administrative access to the server files before proceeding.

It’s located in the following directory:


Also read: How to Edit Palworld Server Settings / Config.ini?

Modifying Death Penalty Settings

To modify the death penalty, follow these steps:

  1. Open the PalGameSettings.ini file with a text editor.
  2. Locate the line that reads: DeathPenalty=All
  3. Change the value according to your preference:
  • DeathPenalty=0 for no death penalty.
  • DeathPenalty=1 if you want players to drop items only.
  • DeathPenalty=2 for players to drop both items and equipped gear.

Please note, values other than 0, 1, or 2 may not work as intended.

Also read: How to Change the Difficulty of Your Palworld Server?

Death Penalty Options

The following table illustrates the death penalty settings:

NonePlayers do not lose anything upon death.
ItemsPlayers drop inventory items, not equipped.
Items and Equipped GearPlayers drop inventory items and equipped gear.
AllPlayers drop all items, gear, and pals.

Saving Changes

After making the desired changes, save the PalGameSettings.ini file and ensure the server reloads the configuration. This action typically requires a server restart.


Adjusting the death penalty setting can significantly impact gameplay on your Palworld server. By following this knowledge base, server administrators can fine-tune their server to offer the desired level of challenge for players, enhancing their adventure experience in the world of Palworld.

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