Welcome to our New World Spear Guide! For more on Spear’s Mastery Tree, Recommended Roles and more continue reading.
The spear is a Two-handed weapon that deals thrust damage. Its damage scales off Dexterity primarily and has a secondary stat of strength. The skill trees of the spear have a strong selection of both Crowd control and debuff abilities. The spear also boasts the longest range of all melee weapons, giving some advantage in close-range combat.
For a complete list of changes for the Spear, you can check out our Spear change log.
The Spears Mastery Tree is broken down into two skill trees, the Zoner and the Impaler
The active abilities in the Zoner tree all have built-in CC and are centered around range and zone control.
Cyclone is an AOE ability that deals 130% weapon damage, knocks back targets in the area, and applies a 3-second slow. Once Cyclone is fully upgraded, it gains grit and the ability to regain 25 stamina for each target hit. This pairs well with the key passive in the tree, Reserved Strength
The second passive ability is Javelin, a ranged projectile ability that staggers your target and deals 125% weapon damage. When upgraded, Javelin also knocks down your target and can reduce its own cooldown by 50% if you land a headshot. The final upgrade to Javelin increases the damage dealt by 2.5% by every Meter the projectile travels, up to 100%.
Sweep is an AOE ability that knocks down all targets in the area and deals 75% weapon damage. When upgraded, Sweep gains grit and a combo finisher called Coup de Grace that deals an extra 125% if activated.
Reserved Strength is the Key passive in the Zoner Tree. This grants you 25% increased damage if your stamina is full. This passive goes against the Spears’s strengths in stamina regen and dodging to increase damage. Reserved Strength is typically not recommended for these reasons.
The rest of the passives in the Zoner Tree are centered around stamina preservation and improving your heavy attack.
The active abilities in the Impaler Tree are centered around applying DOTs and debuffs to your target.
Perforate deals three quick attacks at 80% weapon damage and applies rend decreasing your targets ability to mitigate damage by 5% for 10 seconds. The first upgrade to Perforate is Rupturing Strikes which increases the rend debuff applied to your enemy by 10% for each strike of perforate landed as long as the target is above 50% health. The final staggers your target if you land all three hits.
The next ability is Skewer allows you to rush forward dealing 125% weapon damage and applies a bleed that deals 20% weapon damage every one second for 10 seconds. When upgraded, Skewer deals 20% increased damage against targets with full health and grants empower on critical hits increasing damage by 20% for 10 seconds. The bleed time also increases to 15 seconds from 10.
The final ability is Vault kick which will “vault” you forward, dealing 75% of weapon damage and applying a stun for 1.5 seconds. When upgraded, Vault Kick can reduce the cooldown of your other spear abilities by 30% and grant you empower, increasing your damage by 20% for five seconds as long as you land Vault Kick on an enemy below 50%. It is also worth noting that Vault Kick is a taunt gem-compatible skill.
The key passive in the Impaler Tree is Exploit Weakness which increases your damage by 10% per each debuff on an enemy up to 30%. In group play, there will be no problem keeping Exploit Weakness at most stacks since most weapons have at least one debuff that they can apply to a target within their standard rotation.
The Spear scales off of Dexterity, so pairing the Spear with another weapon that scales off Dexterity is recommended.
You can reference our builds section for specific Spear pairings and builds that other players in the community are using.
As with all weapons, AoE is your friend when it comes to getting those quick levels. Here is the following order to apply Mastery Points while leveling the Spear
This Opens up a combo that you can continually do. It is important to group up enemies with the spear as most of its attacks are cone AOE attacks. Here is the combo for AOE farming
Group Mobs>Dodge>Sweep>light attack X 2 >Dodge>Skewer>light attack x 2 >dodge>Perforate
This Should allow you to down several mobs very quickly and continually use the combo because of Aggressive Maneuvers. From there you can fill in your Mastery points to increase your damage.
Every Weapon Ability in New World has a corresponding Perk that can be found on armor and weapons. Most of the perks scale in power with the Gear Score of the item they are on. It’s important to note that you can only benefit from one instance of a weapon ability perk at a time. You can obtain the weapon perks randomly from drops or you can craft gear with the specific perk on it. You can enhance your chance at obtaining a specific perk by utilizing mods. Additionally, you can enhance your chance at obtaining your perk with the right stats by using the timeless shards
|Weapon Ability Perk||Description||Armor||Weapon||Crafting Mods|
|Bleeding Sweep||Sweep’s Coup De Grace now applies Bleed for X% of weapon damage for 8 seconds||9.6%||17%||Steel Spear Charm|
|Sundering Javelin||Javelin inflicts Rend, reducing target’s damage absorption by X% for 10 seconds||19%||25%||Starmetal Spear Charm|
|Leeching Cyclone||Every hit of Cyclone heals you for X% of weapon damage||32%||53%||Orichalcum Spear Charm|
|Fortifying Perforate||Gain a stack of Fortify, increasing damage absorption by X% for 6 seconds per successful Perforate hit||9.6%||17%||Reinforced Steel Spear Charm|
|Enfeebling Skewer||Skewer hits apply Weaken, reducing target’s damage by X% for 8 seconds||24%||44%||Reinforced Starmetal Spear Charm|
|Keen Vault Kick||Vault Kick increases random Crit Chance by X% for 5 seconds.||19%||36%||Reinforced Orichalcum Spear Charm|
The Opal is a universally recommended choice due to the uptime of the damage increase you’ll receive.
Aside from Opal, the gem you will want to slot into your Spear is heavily dependent on your enemy in PVE. For Example, if your in lazarus ing (You can check our quick reference guide for gems for a full list of gems and their effects).
With a Spear the damage type you will be dealing is Thrust. Our Damage Type vs Mob Types Quick Chart guide as a complete breakdown for every weapon. Corrupted and Beasts will be the monsters most affected by this and is ideal to use against them. Angry Earth and The Lost are resistant to Thrust.
That Concludes our New World Spear Guide. For more on where to level your Spear, check out our Weapon Leveling Locations.