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    New World Beginner's Guide: Tips and Tricks to Survive and Thrive in the New World

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    Carlos Laforet Coll

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    Use these New World tips and tricks to learn the game quickly

    Looking for tips and tricks to survive in the New World? The giant MMORPG from Amazon conquered Steam during the closed and open beta periods in July and September, respectively. Now the full release has been released and with it has come a huge increase in questions asked by new players about what they should be doing, how to gather, how to craft, how to fight, and more.

    We understand. It's an MMO. It can be oppressive. But follow the tips and tricks below to get started in New World and you'll find a solid foundation from which to begin your character's journey through the mystical, dangerous and fascinating land of Aeturnum.

    Stay in the starting area while learning the basics

    You'll begin your New World journey at one of several low-level starting locations: you'll either be in Everfall, Firstlight, Monarch's Bluffs, or Windsward. Here, you'll learn some of the fundamentals of the game and send you some starter quests to help you get familiar with fighting, collecting, crafting, and upgrading your character's Core Attributes.

    I recommend staying in this starting territory for a while before moving elsewhere, because despite the dangers, it's still a relatively safe space where you can learn new skills like fishing or setting up camp. 

    There are also likely to be several spots near where you start the game where you can gather early game resources such as turkeys or fibers from hemp plants.

    Understand equipment and inventory weight

    Like many other RPGs, New World imposes a weight limit on your equipment and items in your inventory. 

    This weight limit for the number of items you can hold can be increased, but that means you will likely need to sell unwanted items or store them in your Storage Shed (an in-world building that you can access from any settlement)

    Another important thing to understand is that there are also weight restrictions imposed on the armor you are wearing, and you can see this illustrated by the vertical bar next to your armor slots in your inventory. 

    The game adds up the total weight of your character's armor and shield, then designates your overall gear as Light, Medium, or Heavy. Depending on the load level of the equipment, you will get different benefits and disadvantages in combat:

    • Light: Dodge roll, +20% damage bonus
    • Medium: side dodge, +10% damage bonus, +10% crowd control
    • Heavy: slow dodge, +20% crowd control, +15% block
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    Try all kinds of weapons as fast as possible

    There are no classes in New World, so you're not limited to specific weapon types. There are a total of 11 types of weapons in the New World: Sword, Rapier, Axe, Spear, Greataxe, Warhammer, Bow, Musket, Vital Staff, Fire Staff, and Ice Gauntlet.

    Each weapon has different combat styles, strengths and weaknesses, and uses specific base attributes such as Dexterity or Intelligence. Since you're not confined to any one in particular, I strongly recommend that you get one of each weapon type as early as possible so you can try them all out and see which style you like best. 

    The sooner you do this, the sooner you can start upgrading the right attributes and also improve your mastery of the weapon, unlocking skills and perks related to that specific combat style.

    How to Fast Travel Through Aeturnum

    New World takes place on Aeturnum, a giant and fantastic island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It's a place full of quests, dangers and opportunities, but unfortunately they're all well spread out, and you'll spend a lot of time traveling from place to place as well. 

    There are no mounts in Aeturnum, so I recommend that you learn how to use Azoth and take advantage of New World's fast travel options as soon as possible.

    Not only will using fast travel cut down on the slightly more tedious parts of playing Amazon's MMO, it's also a great way to level up quickly in New World, because you're maximizing efficiency by spending as much time as possible completing quests and earning XP, and with as little time as possible to do anything else.

    Learn how factions and territories work

    Aeturnum is divided into several different areas known as Territories, and the various Territories are home to the three Factions of the New World: the Covenant, Marauders, and Syndicate.

    You can only choose to become part of a particular faction, so you'll have to choose carefully between them because they will influence which side you fight for when you start diving into the PvP side of the New World endgame, which spins around conquering enemy Territories in massive PvP battles. 

    Therefore, you may want to communicate with your friends about the Faction that everyone would like to join. Read more about playing alongside allies with our guide to playing with friends in New World.

    The other thing to know about Territories is that some are naturally more dangerous and full of higher level enemies than others. You can see on the in-game map which areas are likely too much for your character by checking the recommended level for that area. 

    Some sections of the map even suggest reaching (or at least approaching) the New World level cap before trying to survive there, so always make sure you're ready before wandering into a new Territory.

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