You know, I never liked anything about Vega 5. But now I remember one of their rules was to always respect a living AI like a sentient being. I've never given that too much thought before, but they're right. Living AIs weres the most beautiful things our ancestors created in an age of corruption.

Ack is a living artificial intelligence, created with the sole purpose of serving the crew members of the Altair One space station as a chef. Ack has been a living AI for over 300 years but had remained in maintenance mode for 330 years, 2 months, and 17 days, until the space station crashed near Portia. Now he lives in Portia, working as a freelance cook at a grill in Peach Plaza.



Personal lifeEdit

He is a peaceful, friendly, and well-spoken character. As the player gets to know him more, he will open up about his lost love, Lara, and will start visiting the Workshop upon completion of the Mission: The Lonely Robot.

Ack has no biographical information available, even after reaching two full relationship stars. His biography only contains a set of question marks due to his enigmatic nature. He also has no birthday or weight registered.

Physical appearanceEdit

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Related charactersEdit

Ack has no family in Portia, but he has gotten to know some people in Portia, including Arlo, who helped in rescue and repair efforts after Ack's space station crashed in the Collapsed Wasteland, and Toby. He considers each of them a Buddy.

Ack's true love and crewmate aboard the Altair One was called Lara. She was killed in the crash of her space station, but Ack survived. Ack mourns her passing every day. The player eventually has the opportunity to build a Lara Model for Ack as a part of Mission: The Lonely Robot.


When befriending Ack, his relationship network with other NPCs will also be affected, resulting in the player receiving favor points from those NPCs as well. Note: Lara is not a part of Ack's relationship network.


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Developing a friendly relationship with Ack unlocks new dialogue that reveals more about Ack and gives the player access to special relationship perks.

Friend StarStarStarStarStar 2Star 2Star 2Star 2Star 2Star 2
10% off hire price
Good Friend StarStarStarStarStarStarStar 2Star 2Star 2Star 2
20% off hire price
Best Friend StarStarStarStarStarStarStarStarStar 2Star 2
25% off hire price

Although not listed in his profile, if The Lonely Robot is complete, when Ack reaches Buddy status (StarStar) with the player, he will offer to become their helper. Ack will offer his services during his morning visit to the Lara Model. The player must have a Lara Model in their yard to trigger this dialogue. If accepted, Ack will help with domestic work and resource gathering for a monthly fee.

Social acquire

Ack can gather resources around the workshop and place them in the delivery box next to the mailbox to the right of the gate to the workshop.

The following items can be acquired from Ack:

  • Wood from gathering tree branches
  • Stone from gathering rocks
  • Completed items from crafting stations
  • Harvested items from plants/trees/farm animals

Social interactionsEdit

Interactions: Social talk Social gift Social cook Social hire Social upgrade Social weather Social farming Social mission

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Social talk ChatEdit

Chat is a basic social interaction available at any relationship level. Chatting with Ack once a day can increase his relationship by 1 point, or 2 points with the Smooth Talk skill; subsequent chatting, on the same day, only results in the same conversation without any relationship gain.

Ack I'm learning more and more about the world from Petra...I cannot believe how much it's changed. I also haven't had any interfacing time since I've been's very different, I don't have any direction.
Ack Ohlala! My dear Lara, where did you go? If I can only see her one more time...
Ack There used to be so many AIs walking's kind of lonely to be the only one here now. What happened?

Social gift GiftEdit

Giving gifts to Ack affects the player's relationship with him.


  • Every giftable item, except for the items below, will have a Neutral effect when given to Ack.
  • Gifts given on festival days earn the player 2x relationship points, and will show a unique dialogue.
  • Values listed below are without The Giver skill, which gives an extra 1-2 points.
Social gift Gifting Items
Mount Very HappyLove: +18
Mount Very HappyLove: +15
Mount Very HappyLove: +10
Mount HappyLike: +8
Mount HappyLike: +7
Mount HappyLike: +5
Mount HappyLike: +4
Mount HappyLike: +3
Mount HappyLike: +2
Mount NeutralNeutral: +1
Gift iconEverything Else
Mount UnhappyDislike: -1
Mount UnhappyDislike: -2
Mount Very UnhappyHate: -5
Listed values are without The Giver skill, which gives an extra point.

Gift values displayed on this chart are for the PC release of My Time at Portia and may not apply to the console releases.

Social Cook CookEdit

While Ack is hired as the player's helper he will cook for the player. Ack initially can only cook dishes in his recipe list, but as the player discovers recipes of their own or upgrades him with recipe data chips, he can begin cooking those as well. Ack's data chip dishes are unique and cannot be cooked using any crafting station.

The player can access Ack's cooking menu by interacting with him and select the recipe and quantity they need. The cooked dish appears in the player's inventory. The player does not need to have the required ingredients in their inventory for Ack to cook.

Icon Ack's Recipes

Ack's recipes tab

Icon Ack My Favorites

Player recipes tab

Ack's recipesEdit

Social cookAck's recipes Ack's recipes
Recipe Data chip Effect Ingredients
Default Icon HP +6 per second
Lasts 20 seconds
Default Icon SP +1 per second
Lasts 35 seconds
Default Restores 50 Icon HP
Restores 8 Icon SP
Default Restores 7% Max Icon SP
Restores 20 Icon SP
Default Attack +10
Lasts 120 seconds
Default Attack +10
Lasts 20 seconds
No. 1 Cooking Recipe Data Chip
No. 1
Icon SP +1 per second
Lasts 15 seconds
No. 2 Cooking Recipe Data Chip
No. 2
Icon HP +1.5% per second
Lasts 15 seconds
No. 3 Cooking Recipe Data Chip
No. 3
Melee Critical Damage damage +30%
Lasts 180 seconds
Ginger (ingredient)Ginger
1 Ginger
No. 4 Cooking Recipe Data Chip
No. 4
Ranged Critical Damage +30%
Lasts 180 seconds
No. 5 Cooking Recipe Data Chip
No. 5
Max Icon HP increases by 1 permanently
No. 6 Cooking Recipe Data Chip
No. 6
Defense permanently increases by 1

Social hire Hiring as a helper Edit

Hire interaction

Ack can be hired as a Helper around the Workshop after fulfilling certain requirements.

First, The Lonely Robot must be completed. After the player has completed the mission and placed the Lara Model in their yard, Ack will visit her every day. Once the player reaches Buddy level with him, Ack will offer his help with the workshop and can now be hired for 1200Gols per month. The player can pay for up to one year of service at a time.

Once hired, Ack does not stay at the workshop all day, but will visit multiple times per day to tend to it. Ack's potential services include refueling machines and picking up finished products, feeding animals and picking up any drops, and harvesting, replanting, and fertilizing crops. He can only use resources put in a Helper's Storage Box, and will place all collected items in the delivery chest next to the player's mailbox. 

Ack will not perform certain functions, such as feeding fish, petting animals or mounts, or building things for the player.

Social upgrade Upgrading Ack Edit

Ack can be upgraded with various data chips while the chips are in the player's inventory. These allow him to perform more functions around the workshop as well as cook more recipes.

The option to upgrade Ack becomes available after the player reaches Buddy level with him and completes Mission: Chip Upgrades. The option to upgrade Ack is only available while he is hired as the player's helper.

Data chips can be purchased at the Research Center Exchange and found while digging in the Abandoned Ruins. The second upgrade to the Relic Detector will show the shape and name of the data chip.

Data Chip Ack's Function How to Obtain
Meteorological Data ChipMeteorological Data Chip
Meteorological Data Chip
Weather Forecast Research Center Exchange for 10

Data Disc

Production Data Chip 1Production Data Chip #1
Production Data Chip #1
Collect Products Research Center Exchange for 10

Data Disc

Husbandry Data Chip 1Husbandry Data Chip #1
Husbandry Data Chip #1
Farm Cleaning Research Center Exchange for 20

Data Disc

Agricultural Data Chip 1Agricultural Data Chip #1
Agricultural Data Chip #1
Harvest Crops Research Center Exchange for 20

Data Disc

Production Data Chip 2Production Data Chip #2
Production Data Chip #2
Refuel Research Center Exchange for 30

Data Disc

Husbandry Data Chip 2Husbandry Data Chip #2
Husbandry Data Chip #2
Feed Animals Mining in Abandoned Ruins
Agricultural Data Chip 2Agricultural Data Chip #2
Agricultural Data Chip #2
Apply Fertilizer Mining in Abandoned Ruins
Automated Planting Data ChipAutomated Planting Data Chip
Automated Planting Data Chip
Automated Planting Mining in Desert Abandoned Ruins

Social mission MissionsEdit

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Legend: Map Icon Mission NewMap Icon Side Quest New major • Map Icon Mission Place ItemMap Icon Side Quest Place Item minor • Social play friendship • Social date romance

  • Map Icon Mission New Main missions are listed in chronological order, based on the chronology list.
  • Map Icon Side Quest New Secondary missions are listed in alphabetical order.
  • Indented missions indicate succession of the previously listed mission. Further missions in its timeline are in chronological order.

Main missionsEdit

Map Icon Mission New Fixing Ack
Fix Ack's leg and head with items found around the Civil Corps' main room.
Map Icon Mission New The Lonely Robot
Ack misses his dear Lara very much, try building a replica of Lara based on Ack's drawing of her, this will ease his pain.
Map Icon Mission Place Item The Perfect Trap
The Mayor wants you to construct an AI Source model to lure the Locator Computer thief into a trap.
Map Icon Mission New Talk to All Source
Petra has trouble communicating with All Source, she ask you to bring Ack to the Research Center.

Secondary missionsEdit

Social play Chip Upgrades
Ask Petra about the data chips for Ack.
Social play Finding Happiness
Ack seems down, talk with the Mayor to see if you can do anything for him.
Social play Made Whole Again
Ack's temporary leg is no longer able to support him. Help him build a new leg.
Map Icon Side Quest New Place the Flowers
Ack is still locked up for the safety of the town, help him place some flowers on the grave of his deceased crewmates.


  • When Ack was introducing himself during Mission: The Crashed Station, Ack was glitching, causing him to say "ack". As a result, the townsfolk simply refer to him as "Mr. Ack". Ack's real name, if any, is unknown.
  • Ack lives in the Happy Apartments; his home station will need to be installed on the second floor, near the stairs.
  • Ack may sometimes stand idly outside the player's yard, seeming as if he is waiting for them. When approached, he will give them 1 Ocean's Fortune.


  • As of PC version 2.0.134712, some users may experience difficulty getting Ack to perform his intended functions, including refuel crafting stations, even if they have the requirements fulfilled (in the case of refueling, that means they already have the following: Production Data Chip 2 installed, refueling allowed in their helper console inside their house, and the necessary fuel stored in their Helper's Storage Box in a place Ack can reach).
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