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    New World's Best Weapons for PvP and PvE

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    A tier list of the best weapon types in New World

    What are the best weapons in New World? From the surprisingly powerful Hatchet to the brand new Void Gauntlet, there are many factors to consider when choosing your New World weapons. 



    A loadout you're comfortable with can be the difference between life and temporary (de)death on the island of Aeternum, where both the environment itself and other players pose a potentially deadly threat. 

    In this New World weapon tier list, we've ranked each weapon according to our experiences and included some additional details to help you choose the weapon that will work best for your playstyle.

    Best New World weapon tier list

    The best weapons in New World are:

    • Layer S: Machado, Personal of Life
    • Level A: Fire Staff, Greataxe, Sword and Shield, Void Gauntlet
    • Layer B: Ice Gauntlet, Spear, Warhammer
    • C-Tier: bow, musket, foil

    Generally speaking, weapon types in New World are similarly easy to find – you'll receive a sword and shield during the Prologue quest, but once the game opens you'll have to collect a varied arsenal in no time. Read on for details on each weapon and why we rate them as (or not as) as we do.



    Hatchet

    Weapon Masteries: Berserker and Toss

    Our time with the New World open and closed betas has taught us that the Ax is much better than it looks, or indeed has a right to be. 

    Despite lacking the finesse of other one-handed melee weapons, the Ax is an absolute crossbow of a damage dealer, which makes it a desirable PvP weapon, even if it is a little more nonchalant in PvE scenarios. Going down the Berserker Mastery route also adds the ability to heal your character while your main skill is active, which is obviously very desirable. 

    Paired with the Life Staff, Hatchet can quickly turn it into a one stop shop for damage and healing at high levels (which, by the way, is pretty much the only way to play solo in New World for any length of time).

    Life Staff

    Weapon Masteries: healer and protector

    The best magic weapon is, without a doubt, the Life Staff . This is the only weapon in New World that has the ability to heal teammates, and while it's much better to have a dedicated support character wield it, it also has offensive damage-dealing capabilities. 

    It might be the most practical magic weapon in the game, but it's not boring, and you don't want to get into any of the game's boss fights without a Life Staff somewhere in your party.


    Fire Staff 

    Weapon Masteries: Fire Mage and Pyromancer


    Of the most offensive magical weapons, the Fire Staff is the first choice for pure damage (and, at least in my opinion, beats this category in style points as well). 

    If you're planning on building your magic character along a classic Mage archetype rather than playing support, this might be your number one weapon choice, as it's more purely aggressive than the Life Rod.

    big ax

    Weapon Masteries: Mauler and Reaper

    Without a doubt (pun intended), the winner of this category is the big ax . The fastest of the two-handed melee weapons, it has the best potential for balancing speed and damage of any weapon in the game. 

    It's still not as easy to work with as a one-handed melee weapon, but with practice and some investment in the Mauler Mastery tree to increase attack range and AoE, it could end up being your go-to in a tough situation.

    Sword and shield

    Master of weapons: defender and master swordsman

    Sword and Shield are technically classified as a one-handed melee weapon, as, although they are always paired, you only wield the sword part with one hand. 

    While not as unexpectedly spectacular as Hatchet, this duo is classically tanky, allowing you to deal a decent amount of damage while shielding and without overcommitting to attack speed. 


    PvP opponents may know how to get around this, but any threat you encounter in PvE will have a hard time overcoming it when you're using this combo.


    Void Gauntlet

    Weapon Masteries: annihilation and decay

    Void Gauntlet was the first weapon added to New World as part of a post-launch content update. 

    In the same way that the Gauntlet of Ice is an ideal secondary weapon for the Staff of Fire, the Gauntlet of Void perfectly complements the Staff of Life, pairing the game's magic weapons in this way can lead to some very powerful builds. 

    The Void Gauntlet's balance between ranged and melee damage and healing capabilities makes it an ideal choice if you want to play a mage/support role.

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    ice gauntlet

    Weapon Masteries: Builder e Ice Tempest

    For all the Fire Staff's talent (no sorry), the Ice Gauntlet it's a solid secondary weapon as it has the unique ability to regenerate mana to support other magic primary weapons, or it can be a great defensive back-up if you're carrying a two-handed melee weapon as your main damage dealer.

    Spear

    Weapon Masteries: Impaler and Zoner

    Spear has the misfortune of being runner-up in a strong category. It does decent damage and has a truly enviable ability to stun enemies with a hard hit, but unfortunately that doesn't tend to fool the real people you'll be playing PvP against very often.

    it was too much

    Weapon Masteries: Crowd Crusher e Juggernaut

    War Hammer It's not quite in the same league as the Great Axe, but as part of the right build, it can be extremely formidable. Due to its very slow attack speed, you can't rely on the War Hammer alone, but pairing it with a good defensive secondary weapon like the Ice Gauntlet can offset its drawbacks, allowing you to take advantage of its high damage potential.

    bow

    Weapon Masteries: Hunter e Skirmisher

    Not all weapons in the New World are created equal, and to be brutally honest, ranged weapons tend to be the least useful category overall. For our money though, the arc is the best choice, mainly for PvE and exploration purposes. 

    Plus, with patience and an investment of upgrade points, the Skirmisher Mastery tree allows you to add AoE effects to your arrow shots, making it a much less complicated and more satisfying weapon to use.

    Musket

    Weapon Masteries: Sharpshooter e Trapper

    Slow reload times and the need for good aim to deal consistent damage means that the musket in particular is secondary to a good melee weapon in almost all situations. 

    On the other hand, no weapon in the New World is without its uses. If you and your allies are launching into one of New World's full-scale PvP battles, the musket It's a good secondary weapon choice thanks to its comparatively large damage dealt per shot, but it's important to wield a primary weapon to attack the crowd, under control. (Trust us: don't worry about the secondary melee attack from the musket itself.)

    rapier

    Weapon Masteries: blood and grace

    rapier it's undeniably very fast and does some decent damage, but the fact that it's nearly impossible to deal with multiple enemies at once using this weapon limits its usefulness, particularly in PvP. It's very good one-on-one, giving you plenty of defensive options while waiting for the perfect opportunity to counter, but unfortunately those abilities don't extend to crowd control.

    New World Weapons: How to choose your weapons

    There are no character classes in New World, so there are no limitations on the weapons your character can equip. 

    Instead, we advise you to experiment with all the weapons you can to get a feel for which ones you like best, and then incorporate your preferred playstyle into building your character, chasing the mastery de Arma of your favorites. Each weapon has two paths for you to master, with a skill tree for each.

    In New World, you can carry and equip two weapons at the same time. Even though it's tempting to just take your two favorites with you, it's a better idea to choose two weapons that complement each other rather than sticking to one category.

    Different weapons are more useful in different situations. In a PvP battle, you'll want to be able to move quickly, which means you should prefer lighter weapons without compromising on damage. In PvE you can sacrifice some of that speed for the potential to deal damage from the tankier.

    Choosing Weapons for PvP and PvE

    When choosing PvP weapons, it's important to strike a balance between the potential to damage enemies and the risk of a weapon slowing you down. 

    Weapons with a slow sweep attack or a single shot can be powerful in the right hands, but unless you have a strong group with dedicated support roles behind you, you really want to have a weapon that allows you to immediately defend against -attacks. 

    The Great Ax and the Ax are almost universally accepted as the best choices here, although I also like the offensive/defensive mix offered by the Sword and Shield. 

    You also can't overestimate how useful a Life Staff will be in PvP situations, as it combines decent damage-dealing potential with the ability to heal both the wielder and party members.

    Realistically, it's a lot easier to pack for a PvE expedition than a PvP battle in New World, because of course the AI ​​won't be as savvy as other players when it comes to the meta. 

    I like to see PvE as a good opportunity to practice with the weapons I want to get really good at, but even so, there are some weapons that work better in PvE than others. Magic weapons aren't as powerfully useful against wild boars as other players, for example, and are hardly worth draining your mana. 

    Meanwhile, a well-placed ranged shot can take a decent chunk out of an AI enemy's health, which is more likely than a human opponent to give you some breathing room to recharge before totally destroying you in return. However, regardless of the situation, '

    weapon rarity

    One final factor to consider when choosing your weapons is the rarity . Despite the opinions we have presented in this list, there is no weapon type in New World that is objectively rarer or better than any of the others. However, there are five color-coded rarity levels that can be applied to any weapon, and no matter which one you prefer, you'll want to take the best you can with you:

    • Common: grey background. No slots or sockets. These are the only weapons that can be equipped by players at Level 1, with higher rarities becoming equippable as you level up.
    • Unusual: green background. 1 perk slot.
    • Rare: blue background. 2 Perk slots + Gem Socket.
    • Epic: purple background. 3 Perk slots + Gem Socket.
    • Legendary: Golden background. 3 Perk slots + Gem Socket. These weapons have unique names (although they are of a type with more common weapons, for example the Soulforged Blight is the Legendary War Hammer); and, unlike other New World weapons, can only be obtained by completing certain quests.
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