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

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.


Time Location



Developing a friendly relationship with Ack unlocks new dialogue that reveals more about Ack and gives you 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 HeartHeartHeartHeartHeartHeartHeartHeartHeart 2Heart 2
25% off hire price

Although not listed in his profile, if The Lonely Robot is complete, when Ack reaches Buddy status (HeartHeart) 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 mission

Click on the icon to go to the respective section.

Social talk ChatEdit

First meeting
  • Social talk
  • Social talk 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.
  • Social talk Ohlala! My dear Lara, where did you go? If I can only see her one more time...
  • Social talk 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 your relationship.


  • 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
Love      +18
Military EngineMilitary Engine
Precision PartsPrecision Parts
Love      +15
Industrial EngineIndustrial Engine
Silicon ChipsetSilicon Chipset
Advanced EngineAdvanced Engine
Decocting PotDecocting Pot
Love        +10
Copper CoilCopper Coil
Iron PanIron Pan
Like        +8
Like        +7
Small Silicon ChipSmall Silicon Chip
Like        +5
Aluminum WiresAluminum Wires
Like        +4
Simple CircuitsSimple Circuits
Copper WireCopper Wire
Like        +3
Old PartsOld Parts
Cooking PotCooking Pot
Asteria (Bouquet)Asteria (Bouquet)
Power StonePower Stone
Like        +2
Dislike        -1
Wasted FoodWasted Food
Dislike        -2
Hate        -5
Animal FecesAnimal Feces
Copper OreCopper Ore
Tin OreTin Ore
Iron OreIron Ore
Lead OreLead Ore
Magnesium OreMagnesium Ore
Manganese OreManganese Ore
Aluminum OreAluminum Ore
Titanium OreTitanium Ore
Version 1.0.129395 Listed values are without The Giver skill, which gives an extra 1-2 points.

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
Seafood NoodlesSeafood Noodles

Seafood Noodles
Default Icon HP +6 per second
Lasts 20 seconds



Special Salmon Fried RiceSpecial Salmon Fried Rice

Special Salmon Fried Rice
Default Icon SP +1 per second
Lasts 35 seconds
Emperor Golden SalmonEmperor Golden Salmon

Emperor Golden Salmon


Meat and Mushrooms StewMeat and Mushrooms Stew

Meat and Mushrooms Stew
Default Restores 50 Icon HP
Restores 8 Icon SP
Red MushroomRed Mushroom

Red Mushroom


Spicy Fish SoupSpicy Fish Soup

Spicy Fish Soup
Default Restores 7% Max Icon SP
Restores 20 Icon SP
Emperor Banner FishEmperor Banner Fish

Emperor Banner Fish
Chili PepperChili Pepper

Chili Pepper

Spaghetti with Hot SauceSpaghetti with Hot Sauce

Spaghetti with Hot Sauce
Default Attack +10
Lasts 120 seconds
Chili PepperChili Pepper

Chili Pepper


Classic Spaghetti with Meat SauceClassic Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Classic Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Default Attack +10
Lasts 20 seconds


Bamboo PapayaBamboo Papaya

Bamboo Papaya
Smoked HamSmoked Ham

Smoked Ham
No. 1 Cooking Recipe Data ChipNo. 1 Cooking Recipe Data Chip

No. 1
Icon SP +1 per second
Lasts 15 seconds



Rock SaltRock Salt

Rock Salt
Fried Rice with RadishFried Rice with Radish

Fried Rice with Radish
No. 2 Cooking Recipe Data ChipNo. 2 Cooking Recipe Data Chip

No. 2
Icon HP +1.5% per second
Lasts 15 seconds
Layered CarrotLayered Carrot

Layered Carrot

Shaggy ManeShaggy Mane

Shaggy Mane

Roasted TurkeyRoasted Turkey

Roasted Turkey
No. 3 Cooking Recipe Data ChipNo. 3 Cooking Recipe Data Chip

No. 3
Melee critical damage +30%
Lasts 180 seconds



Ginger (Ingredient)Ginger

1 Ginger
Steak with Coconut JuiceSteak with Coconut Juice

Steak with Coconut Juice
No. 4 Cooking Recipe Data ChipNo. 4 Cooking Recipe Data Chip

No. 4
Ranged Critical Damage +30%
Lasts 180 seconds


Pine ConePine Cone

Pine Cone
Chili PepperChili Pepper

Chili Pepper
King Salmon FilletKing Salmon Fillet

King Salmon Fillet
No. 5 Cooking Recipe Data ChipNo. 5 Cooking Recipe Data Chip

No. 5
Max Icon HP increases by 1 permanently
Golden Salmon KingGolden Salmon King

Golden Salmon King



Secret Fish King SoupSecret Fish King Soup

Secret Fish King Soup
No. 6 Cooking Recipe Data ChipNo. 6 Cooking Recipe Data Chip

No. 6
Defense permanently increases by 1
Bubblefish KingBubblefish King

Bubblefish King
Royal HoneyRoyal Honey

Royal Honey
Purple ResinPurple Resin

Purple Resin


Hiring as a Helper Edit

Hire interaction

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

First, the Mission: The Lonely Robot must be completed. After the player has 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.

He 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 chest next to the mailbox. 

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

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 DiscData Disc
Production Data Chip 1Production Data Chip #1

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

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

Agricultural Data Chip #1
Harvest Crops Research Center Exchange for 20
Data DiscData Disc
Production Data Chip 2Production Data Chip #2

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


Fixing Ack
Fix Ack's leg and head with items found around the Civil Corps' main room.
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.
This mission triggers after the player completes Fixing Ack.
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.
This mission triggers after the player completes Place the Flowers.
Mission: Chip Upgrades
Ask Petra about the data chips for Ack.
This mission triggers after the player completes The Lonely Robot and is Buddy with Ack.
Made Whole Again
Ack's temporary leg is no longer able to support him. Help him build a new leg.
Finding Happiness
Ack seems down, talk with the Mayor to see if you can do anything for him.


  • 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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