Palworld's Nitewing is a Neutral Pal boasting an appearance reminiscent of Staraptor from the Pokemon franchise, characterized by its dark color and imposing size that makes it hard to overlook. Serving as one of the early-game Pals, Nitewing proves to be a formidable catch for players willing to take on the challenge. Much like Dinossom, Nitewing carries a lower probability rate when summoned using regular Pal Spheres and presents a higher combat difficulty compared to its smaller counterparts.
From the outset, Nitewing establishes itself as an excellent Pal for base defense against potential raids, demonstrating the ability to swiftly eliminate entire swarms with just a few powerful blows. While equipped with a Level 2 Gathering skill, it does come with a substantial drawback—it consumes a significant amount of food, registering at a substantial 7 out of 10. Nevertheless, Nitewing stands out as one of the superior early-game beasts in Palworld, capable of remaining a valuable asset in a player's lineup for an extended period, thanks to its practical Partner Skill.
Where to Encounter Nitewing
As indicated on the map, Nitewing can be found in nearly every area of the early-game map, though their presence is somewhat scarce, appearing only once or twice in a specific location. Fortunately, their massive size and airborne status make them easily identifiable.
Nitewing can be spotted as early as the second area beyond the game's main entrance, following the region where the first Dinossom is encountered. Always airborne, getting Nitewing's attention requires either a bow and arrow or a Pal Sphere attempt. Either method triggers its descent to the ground, initiating the subsequent battle.
To efficiently spawn Nitewing, players can repeatedly fast travel between the Plateau of Beginnings and the Grassy Behemoth Hills until the creature makes an appearance. In this bustling location, players may encounter various other Pals, adding an additional layer of challenge to the battle. Nitewing typically appears at levels 9 to 11, posing a formidable challenge early on, but one that becomes more manageable for players at level 12 and beyond.
Nitewing's Utility in Work
What Makes Nitewing Valuable?
While Nitewing possesses a Level 2 Gathering skill, it is not the Pal to keep stationed at the base. Instead, players can unlock the Nitewing Saddle at Player Level 15 for two Technology Points, enabling them to utilize Nitewing to their advantage. This allows players to mount Nitewing using the Travel Companion partner skill, utilizing its ability to traverse the Palworld landscape. Keep in mind that this skill consumes the player's stamina when in flight, requiring caution during aerial exploration.
Although Nitewing is not the sole Palworld Pal with flying mounts, its early availability makes it an ideal choice for swift land exploration and unlocking Fast Travel posts. Players should consider investing additional character trait points in stamina to fully leverage its flight capabilities, as waiting until the later stages of the game may result in Nitewing being outclassed by more powerful flying Pals.
Nitewing's Combat Prowess
Is Nitewing a Formidable Combatant?
In short, yes, Nitewing is a potent force in combat. Beyond being a challenging adversary to capture, it swiftly transforms into a robust defender against raids and a reliable addition to any team. Its effectiveness extends beyond its Work Suitability, with notable attack combinations:
- Tornado Attack: Unleashing a two-hit combo, Nitewing hurls a tornado at its foes, followed by a rapid dash. The initial stun ensures the subsequent head-bashing finale deals with any challengers.
- Air Cannon: A basic attack launching a burst of air at the enemy, with a quick recharge time.
- Wind Cutter: Another basic attack, sending a sharp gust of wind at the enemy, also recharging quickly.
Nitewing's ability to fly during combat positions it as an excellent choice for defense against raids. Deploying it preemptively and attacking incoming raiding Pals with arrows capitalizes on Nitewing's combat prowess, simplifying the elimination of waves and avoiding the need for extensive post-battle reconstruction.