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New World is a new MMO from Amazon. Set in the 17th century, the game is a bit of an old-school MMO. There are loads of social aspects, including PvP and PvE, as well as a full-on crafting system.

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This is a complete guide and walkthrough to New World. We cover everything from general tips for leveling, completing quests, factions, and PvP, as well as in-depth build guides for supports, tanks, and much, much more. We also keep up to date with the latest patch news, maintenance time, and general news in the community.

New World Patch News - Patch 1.1 Highlights

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Patch 1.1 is the first huge update to New World, and the patch notes are nothing short of impressive. Here are some of the highlights from the lengthy post.

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General Changes:

  • Brand new weapon: The Void Gauntlet. We already have a build guide ready to go here.
  • You get a 10 percent movement boost on roads. This is potentially a massive timesaver.
  • 10 percent luck and 30 percent gathering boost while flagged for PvP. Finally, an incentive to flag.
  • Brand new enemy types - this should help diversify the starting leveling process and generally add to the world.
  • More PvP quest variety. You can capture a fort, recover items from a war camp, etc.
  • You can now change faction every 60 days rather than every 120.
  • The faction shop now sells a perk that lets you place the Resilient perk on any armor piece.
  • All trading posts are linked between settlements. No more transporting all your goods from one side of the map to another.
  • More experience is needed to complete various crafting levels, but high-level crafted goods now provide more XP. No more farming cheap potions, armor, and weapons to level up.
  • One of our favorites: the "Upcoming War" tab will now close completely on the map and won't pop up again.

Weapon and Balance changes:

  • Better healing for light and medium gear. Will this change the meta from heavy armor? Not sure.
  • Nerfs to the Fire Staff and Ice Gauntlet. They're pretty heavy, so check out the patch notes for details.
  • Big buffs to the spear. Could be a gamechanger, this one. This was a fun and useful weapon anyway.
  • No nerfs for the Great Axe. Yeah. You read that right.
  • Life Staff is nerfed completely.
  • Throwing Tree buffed for the Hatchet.
  • Bow gets a nerf for its regular attacks but its AoE is improved.
  • Sword gets a small buff to its aggressive Leaping strike.
  • Rapier gets some buffs to Riposte and Tondo.
  • Musket gets a damage buff.

Note: One of the big things missing from this patch is anything about gems. Look like our gems are still bugged.

Overall, this is a huge patch and one that should really get fans of the game excited for future support. You can read the full (length) patch notes here.

Other recent news:

Everything You Need To Know About The New World PTR (Private Test Server)

The community has been asking for some sort of testing platform before updates are dropped into the live server, and the developers have delivered. New World's Private Test Server essentially acts as a window for players to test new items, changes, and tweaks, to fully report back to the devs before real-server problems occur.

  • The brand new Void Gauntlet weapon will be tested on the PTR.
  • A variety of new mob types and mission types are designed to make the start of the game feel more varied. This won't impact late-game players in its current state.
  • A brand new Legendary Weapon Quest for the Void Gauntlet.
  • Better PVP faction missions with more unique tasks, like destroying objects, holding on to control points and more.
  • The Trading Post will now be linked between all settlements in an attempt to bring some life to dead towns.

You can read more details about the PTR here. The PTR is set to go live today, Wednesday 10 November.

Known Bug Issues

Here are a couple of known issues with New World at the time of writing:

  • If you experience the "Steam Must Be Running To Play This Game" error with New World, try these: reinstall the Steam client, update to the latest version, verify New World's file integrity (Go to Library > New World > Properties > Local Files > Verify Integrity Of Game Files) or run the game as an administrator.
  • Respawn rates of some mobs are still causing problems. Either too many mobs, or too few. This is particularly prevalent in Reekwater.
  • Several gems are bugged in the game, including the Amber gem.
  • There are multiple gold duping exploits available in the game. Some players have reportedly been banned for taking advantage of the exploit.
  • Multiple other perks and abilities are also bugged. The list isn't known, exactly, but the game needs serious tweaks.

We will continue to update this known bug list when/if they are changed, or there are more added.

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Getting Started In New World

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New World is a huge MMO. There are factions, PvP, Expeditions (the game’s version of Dungeons), and much more. It can be a bit daunting to get started, so here are some of our beginner guides.

General Tips

Leveling Tips

Factions Tips

Housing And Storage Tips

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Best Builds In New World

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New World has a classless leveling system. You earn skill points, called Masteries, while you use your weapon. Each weapon has two separate mastery trees that promote different styles of play.

There are several different types of weapons, like the Musket, Bow, and Ice Gauntlet. Each has a unique playstyle, and many of the weapons have synergies between them. Here are our in-depth build guides for each weapon.

Class Builds

Although New World's weapon and leveling system are not tied to a specific class, there are still your typical MMO playstyles, like Tanks and Healers, that are incredibly important for PvP and PvE content.

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Resource Gathering And Crafting

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New World's crafting system is complex, but not too difficult to get to grips with thanks to the game's clean UI.

First, you have to gather resources, then refine them, and finally, you can craft various items, like weapons, armor, and potions. Here is our crafting guide and various popular resource locations.

Crafting And Trade Skill Leveling Guide

Resource Locations and Guides

Aged Wood Sheep Iron Petalcaps Hemp
Oil Starmetal Platinum Fae Iron Petrified Wood
Briar Branches Fish Oil Gold Life Motes Wyrdwood
Lodestone Ore Saltpeter Corrupted Silver Salt
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PVP Guide

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These guides cover most of the PVP activities in New World, including Outpost Rush, faction warfare, and one-on-one flagged PVP duels.

Expedition Guides

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As of the closed beta, there are six total Expeditions in New World, with more expected to be added on (or shortly after) release. These are five-player instanced Dungeons with unique enemy types, bosses, and loot.

Things you'll need to get started with Expeditions in New World:

Individual Expedition guides:

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Frequently Asked Questions

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New World is an anticipated title. We'll address some of the most common questions about the game below.

Do You Need A Subscription To Play New World?

No, you don't need a subscription to play New World. You just need to make a single one-time purchase to own the game and play it.

Is New World On Xbox or PlayStation?

New World is currently not available on Xbox or PlayStation.

Is New World a survival game?

Technically no, although the game boasts an extremely robust crafting system that does share similarities with large, open-world survival games. New World is an MMORPG with a focus on PvP. You don't need to eat, sleep, or drink to survive.

Is New World an open-world game?

Yes. The world of Aeternum, the setting for New World, is huge. It's currently only explorable on foot or via fast traveling.

Are there classes in New World?

New World has no classes. It has a classless leveling system where weapon mastery and attributes are earned by using a weapon, such as the Fire Staff or Hatchet. You can still build your own classes (like a Healer, or a PvP build) but these are not restricted. You can spec and re-spec by using some of the in-game currency.

Does New World have mounts?

No, there are currently no Mounts in New World. The developers have addressed this issue and have claimed that Mounts are not likely to arrive in the game anytime soon, but they are looking into player's concerns that traveling around the map takes too long.

Are there microtransactions in New World?

Yes, there are microtransactions in New World, although the store is completely cosmetic. At least, for now. There were rumors that there would be paid boosts to the game, but the developers have addressed these problems by saying that the microtransactions will only be cosmetic. Only time will tell how true this is.

News And Coverage

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New World is a highly anticipated launch, set to go live at the end of September 2021. Following a few delays but a very successful closed beta period, it's expected to be one of the biggest launches of the year on Steam.

Here's some of the biggest news so far:

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