New World: How to level up quickly and efficiently

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Here's How To Level Up Your New World Character As Fast As Possible

How can you level up quickly in New World? With many of the New World players having reached the heights of level 60 now, newbies and those who have decided to savor the journey are likely eager to catch up with them, especially if they enjoy getting into PvP combat. 

Fortunately, leveling up in New World doesn't have to be too arduous, as long as you know how to keep your XP gains flowing continuously.

Below, we'll walk you through the best sources of XP in New World, from main quests to urban quests; and we'll also look at little things you can do to increase the XP you earn over time. We will also explain how to improve your weapon skills as efficiently as possible.

New World's fastest leveling methods

Leveling up in any MMO is a long and daunting task that requires you to work for tens if not hundreds of hours to reach the level cap. Fortunately, in New World, there are a few tricks you can employ to speed up the leveling process.

Below are some of the fastest leveling methods in the world. N that we found to gain XP quickly:

Complete city missions as fast as possible

Town Missions XP gain has been nerfed since New World was in closed beta, but despite that, the abundance of these missions and their relative ease make them a powerful tool for quick leveling.

You can see the available Town Quests by looking at the Town Project Board for the city you are in, and you can activate up to 12 Town Quests at a time. Be sure to prioritize the missions with the highest XP reward. Some of these City Quests are incredibly simple and will net you a good amount of XP in no time.

Rest in a settlement to gain the XP bonus Well Rested

On the rare occasion when you have to stop playing New World for a while, make sure you park your character in a settlement before logging off. That way, when you return, you will automatically receive the resting XP status effect.

Take a look at your XP bar at the bottom of the screen. If you have the Well Rested effect active, there will be a gray part of the bar at the end of the filled part. Until this gray portion is filled, you'll earn extra XP for any task that gives you any kind of character XP. It's a small benefit, but it really increases over time.

Use the most efficient ways to travel from one place to another

The land of Aeturnum is quite large, and the quests can be quite spread out. To level up as quickly as possible, you want to minimize downtime and increase efficiency while traveling, and the best way to do that is by using New World's fast travel options. 

There are no mounts worth mentioning in New World and you can't increase your base movement speed, so fast travel is essential.

Complete the main missions as quickly as possible

Your biggest source of XP as a low-level player will be completing main quests as soon as you are able to do so. 

Of course, pay attention to the recommended level for each quest to ensure you don't bite off more than you can chew, but the main quests will net you a hefty amount of XP compared to almost any other source of XP available to you early on.

You can also play smart by completing side quests along the way on your journey to the next main quest destination.

Increase your position in multiple territories

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Different territories have different recommended levels, and the XP you earn in those territories scales with their difficulty. Below is a list of territories in New World and the recommended minimum levels:

  • 5 Level: Everfall, Firstlight, Monarch's Bluffs, Windsward
  • 25 Level: Brightwood, Cutlass Keys
  • 30 Level: Phoenician of the Weaver
  • 40 Level: Great Cleave, Restless Shore
  • 45 Level: Mourningdale
  • 50 Level: Ebonscale, Edengrove
  • 60 Level: Reekwater, Shattered Mountain

So, you should not only prioritize gaining XP in the highest level territory you can manage, but you should also prioritize increasing your position in that territory, because doing so will increase all the XP you earn in that territory, including City Quests, Side Quests, Faction Quests and more. 

If you need help surviving in higher level environments, it might be an idea to play New World with friends.

Get all the documents you find

If you see a piece of paper, book, parchment, or other document with a faint blue glow, be sure to interact with it. This will allow you to read the document right away or save it for later. 

Either way, that's a delicious piece of wisdom added to your Journal and a small XP boost to your work. The base XP rate for collecting a lore document is 40, but this increases by 10 for every 10 documents you collect and with no apparent upper limit, so these are worth keeping an eye on.

Hit enemies being fought by other players

A small but useful tip to know: while you're adventuring, if you see another player fighting an enemy, grab your weapon and hit that enemy once. Both will gain the maximum amount of XP (player XP and weapon XP) for the kill, so you shouldn't feel bad about doing this, because you're not depriving the other player of anything.

PvP missions are fantastic for weapon XP

PvP is the way to go if you want to increase your weapon mastery as quickly as possible. It's also a good way to level up your character in general, but it's particularly potent for giving you weapon XP. 

The amount you earn when you kill another player is based on how long that player has been alive, so the rewards are variable, but sometimes you can earn a huge amount of XP for winning a fight.

New World Leveling Rewards

As you level up your character in the New World, you will not only be able to upgrade your Core Attributes, but also unlock various permanent rewards at certain level caps. You can view these limits at any time by pressing “K” to open the character screen, selecting the Attributes tab, and clicking “View leveling rewards”.

Here are the New World leveling milestones and rewards:

  • 5 Level: 2nd weapon slot
  • 10 Level: 1st luggage compartment
  • 15 Level: 1st House and 3rd Fast Slot
  • 20 Level: ring slot
  • 25 Level: 4th fast position
  • 30 Level: 3rd compartment for weapon and 2nd compartment for bag
  • 35 Level: 2nd house
  • 40 Level: earring slot
  • 45 Level: 3st luggage compartment
  • 50 Level: invasions
  • 55 Level: 3nd house
  • 60 Level: Outpost Rush

In addition, you will also unlock certain quests at specific tiers, such as the Survivalist quests that you must complete to upgrade your New World camp.

That's all you need to know about how to level up your character and weapons as quickly as possible. 

If you're looking for more general advice on how to improve on Amazon's colossal and ambitious new MMO, check out our list of New World tips and tricks or check out our guide to the best New World character builds! 

Alternatively, if you're wondering how to level up your non-combat skills, check out our guide to leveling up all New World trade skills.

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