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New World Ultimate Beginner Guide

Everything you need to know to prepare yourself for the New World preview event in one, large guide. The perfect starting place for new players.

New World Dev Diary 5 released and SteelBook Edition Announcment

New World released it's 5th Dev Diary today, covering the different paths to character progression players can expect to find in New World. 

We also received our first official look at the Steelbook Edition of New World via the New World twitter account that features a Collector's Map of Aeternum!

For More News and New World content, Don't forget to check out this weeks Episode of New World to Go - Available for Download on all podcasting Platforms!  This weeks Episode Covers IGN New World PVP Siege Coverage as well as the Crafting Progression System.

Also make sure to check out our new guide about Equipment & Consumables in New World!

New World Siege Gameplay from IGN Summer of Gaming

New World was part of the IGN Summer of Gaming event today and was featured in length with a video showing siege gameplay and an interview with the devs.

There is also an interview with David Verfaillie and Mike Wilette where they talk about war in New World. It also contains more gameplay footage of siege PvP New World.

New World Beta July 23

Today during the PCGaming Show, AGS released a new trailer and announced the date for New World's Closed Beta: July 23rd.

Make sure to sign up on the official website if you want to have a chance to be invited to the beta, or pre-order the game for guaranteed access!

Crafting in New World

After we just got the character progression blog yesterday, AGS released another blog post today to give us a preview of the crafting system.

Crafted Consumables and Resource Efficiency

Crafting skills that create consumables, such as Arcana and Cooking, gain additional resource efficiency. For example, as a beginner Arcanist, crafting Healing Tinctures crafts them at a 1:1 ratio, while an advanced Arcanist has a chance to produce extra Healing Tinctures. This might seem small initially, but when you start crafting in bulk you can see yields greater than 30% in efficiency.

Crafted Equipment and Gear Score

The better you become in crafting equipment, the better the equipment will be. As you progress a crafting skill that creates equipment with a scaling gear score (such as weapons or armor), the overall potential gear score outcome begins to expand. For instance, as a beginner Weaponsmith, your Iron Swords will be relatively narrow in their outcomes, with a span of 200-210 in gear score. As your Weaponsmithing skill increases, this range will also increase and eventually, the minimum gear score of the crafted items will begin to raise as well.

Higher skilled Weaponsmiths will be able to craft lower tier weapons that are actually more powerful than a higher tier weapon made by a lower skilled Smith. Once you begin unlocking Steel or higher tier weapons, you will start again at the same low-end range (300-310, 400-410 etc.). As your skills continue to grow, it will rise similarly to the previous weapon tier before it. Eventually, you will be able to craft lower tier weapons, that will rival higher tier ones of less skilled Weaponsmiths. For example: a skilled Weaponsmith can craft an Iron Sword that is slightly more powerful than base Steel Sword, which can be a big help when it comes to gearing your lower-level friends and allies.

Crafted Equipment, Gemslots, and Perks

Anytime you craft a piece of equipment, it has a small chance of gaining one or more perks during the crafting process. Occasionally, you may even get an item with a socket for a gemstone. These outcomes are random, but during the crafting process, there are steps you can take to gain some control over the outcome.

Resource Maximization and Gem Slots

You can increase your chances of getting an item with a gem socket by increasing the amount of that item’s primary resource used in the craft. For instance, if you want a Steel Sword to have a high chance of resulting in a gem slot, you would choose to use more steel when you crafted it. There are no guaranteed results here, but you can take the chance from low to high with enough resources.

Azoth and Crafting Modifiers

The number and level of perks that an item has a chance to craft with is governed by Azoth. You can choose to use Azoth while crafting to enhance your chances of getting an item with additional perks on it.

You can also choose to add special modifiers to your craft. Crafting modifiers enable you to apply a specific type of perk to an item. For example, while exploring you might come across a powerful, magical flower called a Dragonglory. Dragonglories are a rich source of Fire Essences, which are a critical crafting ingredient that are used by Arcanists in potions and in the creation of Fire Staves. When you harvest a Dragonglory, you have a small chance to successfully harvest a Dragonglory Stem, which can be used to craft weapons with the “Ignited” perk, which causes the weapon to do additional fire damage with each strike.

While you cannot control the total outcome of the item, you can guarantee that the one perk you want on the item is there. There is a wide variety of crafting modifiers; they are generally rare and come from a broad range of sources. Everything from trees and boulders to specific types of creatures have a small chance to drop a crafting modifier. Combine the maximum amount of Azoth with a crafting modifier to attempt the most powerful outcome when crafting.


In New World, we want your house to feel like a home. This means being able to decorate and furnish your house. Furnishing works a little bit differently than the other crafting skills. It is important to us to maximize the variety of furniture items that can be crafted, but we don’t want there to be a huge barrier for players who just want to decorate their house. As a result, decoratives can be crafted from a low Furnishing level. In addition, Furnishers can also craft a selection of trophies and storage for houses. House trophies grant passive bonuses for things like combat and crafting, and are explained in depth in our article about Housing. Each house can have a number of storage chests. Adding a Storage Chest to your house increases you storage volume for that house’s Settlement. Recipes for trophies and storage unlock as your progress your furnishing skill. We’re excited to see all the ways you will decorate your home.

Crafted Items Versus Dropped Items

Highly skilled crafters can create items that are just as powerful as the items found in Aeternum. Battles will not be won based on whether an item was crafted or dropped from a powerful creature, they’ll be won based on the skill of the players involved and the thought they have put into their respective Attribute and Mastery builds.

There are many roles to play in New World. Whether you are exploring remote and dangerous places to gather resources, or mastering the forge to produce incredible weapons that change the course of a war, you can leave your mark on Aeternum.

*Some designs may change based on tester feedback. Screenshots are from alpha and subject to change.