Early Game Weapon Choices, Tips, Crafting, and Professions
The launch of New World tomorrow, and we’re more than ready to accompany its launch with a decisive bang rather than sitting aside and watching it happen. We will also do somersaults if necessary, but we need to dig deeper into the basic mechanics and features of the game. Therefore, we will probably stray from the news section a bit and spend some time giving you guides, tips and tricks about the game.
Having roughly 300 hours of playtime in the last closed beta session, we could tinker with some of the weapons, visit almost any territory found in Aeternum, and fight against some of the more difficult NPCs who complete every dungeon or expedition. Each of them offers a distinct difficulty related to the level of the player, and generally, the main quests and objectives will take you into such unexplored areas.
Beginner’s Guide to the New World
Okay, so most of you are probably going to want to know where to start in the game and what would be the best choice of weapons to move forward without having significant difficulty defeating your opponents. There are little tips you can forget about, and they are pretty essential in your progress. But let’s go over some of the basics first before we get to weapons.
Food, Health Potions, Camps
First of all, let’s not forget about food consumption. Different rations grant different buffs such as health / mana regeneration. There are some dishes that offer additional perks for main stats, yes, but each of them requires other ingredients that usually take a fair bit of play to put together. However, the easiest or easiest to obtain usually require skinning and quartering some animals. After collecting a few, visit a town and meet at a catering table. This way you will continue to regenerate your health, which makes quests in New World easier.
Health potions would also help you regenerate your HP during combat, but they are difficult to obtain in the early game. They can be both looted and crafted at the Arcane table, but their rarity at the start of the game is what makes food very viable.
Important: Always skin your prey after defeating it, as this will help increase your skinning profession and will also grant you character XP. XP earned is based on the animal’s level. The higher the level, the more experience you gain.
Camps are very useful if you are doing PvP or if you are just going to tackle a tough battle and are afraid of your death. They serve as a spawn point, which means you wouldn’t need to spawn in an encampment and go back. Usually they save a lot of time and effort because trust me you will die eventually.
Every profession in the New World is enhanced by doing something associated with it. Whether it’s harvesting herbs or crafting, skinning animals, logging or chopping down trees, do it whenever you can so you can progress with your professions and character simultaneously. . Not to mention that some of these materials will be needed for your Town Hall quests, which grant solid XP.
I want to stop here on the trades because you will learn them naturally throughout your playing time. The learning curve is quite long and it is good to take it slow sometimes. Remember to do what we said above, i.e. always skin your prey, pluck herbs, or mine any ore you find in your path. It helps in the long run.
Picking and manufacturing
If you didn’t know, crafting has a huge role in New World. As you improve your crafting skills, you will be able to unlock different recipes. Whether it’s weapons, food, potions, or whatever, you’ll only be able to beautify and expand your crafting tables with progression.
A good way to improve the life of your gatherer is to craft yourself some iron crafting tools that will speed up the process of harvesting, chopping, mining, skinning, etc. They will increase your picking speed by about 30% or more, depending on the quality. There are also better quality ones. They are good to have and they will stay in your inventory for the remainder of the trip. The only thing you need to take care of is their durability, and they can be repaired after being damaged.
After the iron ones, you should craft yourself some steel crafting tools which will speed up the process by 120%. This will increase your collection time and allow you to progress much faster than before. This will grant you a massive increase in collection speed and allow you to locate and go through quests much faster instead of wasting your time collecting materials.
As you improve your Gathering skills, some Gathering Nodes will begin to appear on your map, making it easier for you to locate them. For example, counting would allow you to see the locations of wildlife, while collecting and mining would allow you to see different nodes around the map. To be more efficient, you will also need to increase your transport limit by equipping additional bags which can be obtained from crafting, counters, or quests. Up to three of these can be installed, so my advice is to save your gold and not waste it on BoE hardware.
Choice of weapons at the start of the game when playing solo
Now it’s time for my favorite. Make no mistake, there are some weapons that have proven to be effective if you’re playing solo, and they all have different pros and cons. If you’re in a party, we’ll assume you all have different roles: a tank, mDPS, rDPS, and healer. This way things will be much easier and you will just walk through all the areas. But playing alone is a little different.
Getting there is no easy task. To get to a point where a weapon is vital in combat, you need to improve your weapon proficiency, with points awarded based on the weapon’s XP gained after defeating an enemy. Each weapon has a mastery cap of 20.
I’ll speak for myself, I love the Fire Mage style of play, but I won’t be playing it early in the game as I’ll probably level up on my own. Therefore, I have to choose a better build to progress faster. Therefore, I would most likely use my strength / build. Hatchet + Big ax, which gives additional mobility and regeneration of health. How to come? Well the Berserk the ability heals you, and its passive trait makes you immune to certain heavy attacks that don’t stun your character. This will allow you to force your way through the crowds by brute force. It also gives faster travel speed which is quite vital for traveling around the world.
On the other side, the big ax has good crowd control ability and a Load possibility of allowing you to cover long distances. As you know, there is no swimming in the New World, so crossing rivers using the Charge ability is very efficient and fast.
Since fast movement is very limited in the game and requires a special resource to do so, I suggest you stick with the version above. Azoth, on the other hand, is a resource obtained by completing various tasks in Aeternum. Therefore, the Hatchet and Great Ax build makes you very agile and on the move and will help you a lot if you are low on Gold and Azoth.
Doing group invasions is usually good free XP and Azoth. Azoth’s cap is 1000, and you can access it in a matter of hours while leveling up your character for free.
So far that’s all I have to share, but I’ll be keeping an eye on the guide and updating it once the game officially releases.
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