Guide last updated: January 25st 2022 for Patch 1.3
The guide below is a complete New World Arcana Guide. In the guide you will find the following:
An Introduction to Arcana in New World (and some general tips)
The Different Types of Consumables and Their Effects
How and Where to Find Arcana Crafting Materials
Health and Mana Potion Ingredients Chart
How to Level Arcana
Items to Enhance Your Arcana
An Arcana Experience Table
Introduction to Arcana in New World
The arcana profession in New World allows players to craft magic weapons, potions, and tinctures. Magic Weapons can be crafted from Tier 1 up to tier 5, and you can craft different rarities of weapons from common to legendary by using the Arcana profession.
Various types of potions can be crafted using arcana that include health potions, mana potions, regeneration potions, focus potions, and encumbrance potions. Along with potions you can also craft weapon coatings, tinctures, wards, absorptions, and perform elemental Infusion which turns motes that you gather into stronger versions that are used in higher tier arcana crafting.
In order to get started with arcana you simply need to gather some raw materials, make your way over to an arcana station or campfire, and press the default key of “E” to begin crafting. Arcana at a campfire is limited to health potions, mana potions, blight tinctures, and corruption tinctures.
When planning out where to go to craft you should also be aware of the arcana station tier. You will be limited to crafting items to the tier of station you are using, so in order to craft tier V potions or weapons you will need to find a tier V arcana station.
Once you have gathered the necessary raw material and have found a suitable place to craft, simply find the item on the list you want to craft and select the blue CRAFT button, or use the slider to craft multiple of the same item if you wish.
Every time you craft an item at the arcana station you will be rewarded with arcana crafting experience. The item you craft will determine the amount of crafting experience you are rewarded. As you gain experience in the arcana profession, you will also gain arcana levels. As you gain levels in arcana you will unlock higher tier items that you can craft.
TIP: When first starting out make sure you pay attention to the drop down menus when crafting certain items. You will have the option to choose from various materials depending on the item you are crafting. Some items require specific ingredients and will not have the drop down menus available. When the drop down options are available make sure you are not utilizing your higher tier resources if you are simply trying to level up your arcana skill.
Selecting rarer materials does not grant you additional crafting XP. If you utilize higher tier materials when crafting weapons, you will adjust the gear score values up and have the possibility to craft a higher gear score item. Utilizing rarer materials for the consumables does not enhance your consumable. If you use higher tier ingredients you will have a chance to craft additional items, but the quality of the item will not change.
Worth noting here is that you can place your raw materials (works for all crafting not just arcana) in the storage in a settlement and still access those ingredients at the arcana station. You have to be in the same settlement that you have the items stored in, but you do not have to have them in your inventory.
A quick note about the UI. You may notice that while crafting consumables there is a message that says “No bonus can be added to this item.” That area is reserved for crafting items that have attributes and perks. For example, if you use an Arcana station to craft a weapon you will be able to apply special resources that will cause your crafted item to have a specific perk, and you can craft using Azoth which will increase the chances of your item having attributes and gem slots. Because the consumables you craft with arcana do not have attributes or perks, you do not have those options available when crafting those items.
Potions and their Effects
Health Potions - Use to instantly restore a portion of your health. The higher the tier the more health you gain on use. Using a health potion triggers a 30 second cooldown before you can consume another health potion.
Mana Potions - Use to instantly restore a portion of your mana. The higher the tier the more mana you gain on use. Using a mana potion triggers a 15 second cooldown before you can consume another mana potion.
Regeneration Potions - Use to restore both health and mana. Upon use you will restore X% of health every 1 second and X% of mana per 1 second for 10 seconds. The amount restored over 10 seconds is based on the tier of potion that is used. Using this potion triggers a 30 second cooldown before you can use another regeneration potion. You can use a health or mana potion after consuming a regeneration potion.
Focus Potions - Use to restore a % of mana every 1 second for 60 seconds. The amount regenerated ranges based on the tier of the potion.
Tier II - Restores .25%
Tier III - Restores .50%
Tier IV - Restores .75%
Tier V - Restores 1.00%
Encumbrance Potions - Use to increase your encumbrance limit by a specified amount for a short duration. Tier 3 increases the limit by 50 for 120 seconds, tier 4 by 75 for 150 seconds, and tier 5 by 100 for 180 seconds. You can not stack these potions.
You can also use the arcana profession to craft weapon coatings. There is a coating for each enemy type in the game which includes, beasts, lost, corrupted, ancients, and angry earth.
You can craft tier II to tier V weapon coatings. You can then apply the crafted coating to your currently drawn weapon you gain a % damage boost against whichever enemy type you crafted the coating for. The coating will last for a specified duration or will be removed upon equipping your weapon, whichever comes first. You can only apply one coating to one weapon at a time, and coatings can stack with weapon traits.
Tier II - 9% damage buff, lasts 25 minutes
Tier III - 11% damage buff, lasts 30 minutes
Tier IV - 13% damage buff, lasts 35 minutes
Tier V - 15% damage buff, lasts 40 minutes
Tinctures will remove certain afflictions and give you a resistance to that affliction for a specified duration. There are two different types of tinctures, Blight Tinctures and Corruption Tinctures.
Consuming a blight tincture will fully remove the blight affliction and you will gain a resistance to the blight affliction for 5 minutes.
Tier II - Increases blight absorption by 25%
Tier III - Increases blight absorption by 89%
Tier IV - Increases blight absorption by 95%
Tier V - Gain immunity to blight
Consuming a corruption tincture will fully remove the corruption affliction and you will gain a resistance to the corruption affliction for 5 minutes.
Tier II - Increases corruption absorption by 25%
Tier III - Increases corruption absorption by 89%
Tier IV - Increases corruption absorption by 95%
Tier V - Gain immunity to corruption
Tinctures can be crafted at both a camp and an arcana station of the appropriate tiers.
Tinctures can not be stacked. If you consume a blight potion and then immediately consume a corruption potion you will still remove the blight affliction, but the blight resistance will be overridden by the corruption resistance.
Ward potions are potions that when consumed will grant you increased damage absorption against one of the 5 enemy types: Ancients, Angry Earth, Beast, Corrupted, and Lost. They are only available from tier III to tier V. You will receive your increased damage absorption for a specified duration after receiving damage from that enemy type a certain amount of times.
Tier III - Increase damage absorption by 5% for 20 seconds after receiving damage 5 times.
Tier IV - Increase damage absorption by 10% for 20 seconds after receiving damage 10 times.
Tier V - Increase damage absorption by 15% for 20 seconds after receiving damage 15 times.
These can be very useful when running expeditions or farming a certain enemy type in the open world.
These potions have a 120 second shared cooldown.
Absorption potions are potions that when consumed will grant you increased damage absorption against one of the 5 elemental types: Arcane, Fire, Lightning, Nature, and Void. They are only available from tier III to tier V. You will receive increased absorption by a specified percentage for a specified duration. These potions can not stack. Only one can be active at a time. These potions have a 120 second shared cooldown.
Tier III - Increase absorption for 9% for 30 seconds
Tier IV - Increase absorption for 12% for 30 seconds
Tier V - Increase absorption for 15% for 30 seconds
Elemental infusion is the process of combining motes to make wisps, wisps to make essences, and essences to make Quintessence.
Motes can be harvested in the open world (all mote locations can be found by utilizing our interactive map) and are used in many arcana recipes. There are 7 types of motes: Air, Soul, Life, Fire, Death, Earth, and Water As you craft higher tier items you may need to use a wisp, essence, or quintessence in the recipe vs the harvested mote. In order to do that you’ll have to be at an arcana station to combine the mote into the higher tier ingredient.
The following shows what’s needed to craft each tier of elemental infusion:
Elemental Wisps (Tier III) - 5 Motes
Elemental Essences (Tier IV) - 4 Wisps
Elemental Quintessence (Tier V) - 3 Essence
How and Where to Find Arcana Raw Materials
The raw materials needed for arcana are obtained in many different ways. If you’re looking to craft consumables then the necessary ingredients can be obtained solely through harvesting, but mining can prove beneficial for gathering motes as well. If you are looking to craft weapons then you will need to level your mining, skinning, logging, and harvesting to obtain the necessary materials.
Obtaining most of the ingredients needed to craft the magical weapons is straight forward. You will mine the appropriate ore, gather the appropriate wood or skin animals for leather, and gather the appropriate mote (more on motes below). You will then need to refine the ore, wood, and leather accordingly.
Some of the weapons require you to obtain specific materials. For example the Whisper From the Frozen Vale ice gauntlet requires Whisperwood, a tier III rare ingredient. Whisperwood is obtained by chopping down trees. It’s a rare drop that will depend on the tier of tree you are chopping down and your luck roll bonus. This same pattern applies to most of the rare ingredients needed to craft the weapons, including mining and skinning as well. You simply chop down a tree, mine a node, or skin an animal and you have a chance to obtain the rarer materials.
However, there are instances in which you will need to obtain an item like a Jade Collar. Jade Collars are needed to craft the Dynasty Shipyard Replica magic weapons. The Jade collars can be obtained from drops from certain mobs and can be found in elite chests. You can check our database for the specific drop locations for an item like this.
The materials needed to craft consumables consist of water, oil, and reagents.
Water can be obtained in every settlement at a well, or you can go to a freshwater source like a river or a pond and press the default key of “E” and gather as much water as you can hold.
Oil is harvested from seeping stones. You must have at least 20 mining skill to harvest the seeping stone and obtain the oil. You can locate all of the seeping stone spawns by checking our interactive map, filtering by ore, and selecting seeping stone.
The reagents needed are broken up into 7 different categories:
In order to obtain a specific reagent you will need to harvest essences that are found in Aeternum. You can harvest essences in 2 different ways, harvesting and mining. Bear in mind that you will need 30 harvesting to harvest most essences and 50 mining to harvest the essences that come from stones.
You can locate all the essences by utilizing our interactive map. Harvesting these essences is where you will obtain motes as well. Motes are utilized in almost every arcana recipe so make sure you are gathering these essences as you travel through Aeternum.
An example of the essences needed would be crafting a Tier III Focus potion. This potion is going to need 1 tier 3 water reagent, any tier spirit reagent, and water.
In order to obtain the necessary ingredients you would need to go harvest a water essence and obtain a rivercress leaf or water motes. The water motes would have to be transformed into tier 2 water wisp via elemental infusion that was discussed earlier in the guide. You could also harvest freezing lodestone that would be obtained by mining a springstone. Any one of these would be considered a tier 3 water reagent and could be used in this recipe.
You would also need to obtain a spirit reagent of any tier. (Please note: If you choose to use a high tier reagent here it will give you an increased chance to craft additional items. It is recommended that the higher tier reagents be saved for the higher tier potions) In order to obtain a spirit reagent simply harvest a spirit essence to get the necessary ingredient.
You then just need water and you would be able to craft the focus potion.
You can also obtain arcana crafting materials by looting alchemy crates and stockpiles.
The information contained here about leveling arcana is assuming that you will gather all your resources yourself, and that you are focusing solely on leveling up your arcana to max level. However, you do have the option of purchasing the resources from the trading post in order to speed up your arcana leveling in New World.
In order to efficiently level arcana you’re going to want to stick with health and mana potions. The weapons and other consumables will provide more experience per item crafted, but the amount of time spent to obtain the raw materials outweighs that of health and mana potions by quite a bit. Also bear in mind that both of these potions will be in high demand so you will always have the option to sell them to make additional coin as you level your arcana.
The reasoning behind crafting both health and mana vs focusing on one or the other is the speed at which you can gather the necessary materials. You will be able to have a wider range of materials that will be viable to help you level, and the spirit reagents that are necessary overlap between both potions in the later levels.
The materials needed to craft weapons can also be used to help you level up other crafting professions. However, if you are not interested in leveling up those professions or simply want to help rush to max arcana then feel free to utilize crafting weapons to help you level up as well as they can help speed up the process of leveling by quite a bit. For this particular guide we are going to focus on utilizing potions to level.
Because we are going to be using health and mana potions to level, the leveling process will be split up into 5 different categories:
Level 0-1 Weak health / mana potion (6 xp per potion)
Level 1-50 Common health / mana potion (24 xp per potion)
Level 50-100 Strong health / mana potion (126 xp per potion)
Level 100-150 Powerful health / mana potion (588 xp per potion)
Level 150-200 Infused health / mana potion (1684 xp per potion)
A couple things to keep in mind prior to starting your journey down leveling your arcana are the taxes in the settlement that you are going to be doing most of your arcana in, and the tier of the arcane repository in your particular settlement. If you’re in a settlement with high crafting tax you may want to move to a different town before leveling in order to save some of your hard earned coin. Also, if your settlement doesn’t have the necessary tier arcane repository for your crafting needs you’ll have to move to a different settlement prior to leveling.
You can avoid the tax altogether if you can manage to level up your camp as you go. You can craft all the necessary potions from your camp and will not need an arcane repository. However, to get a tier V camp you must be at character level 55.
Having those in mind will save you some headache, especially if you’re going to be harvesting the ingredients near the settlement that you’re going to be leveling your arcana in. This will prevent you from having to transfer your ingredients to another town to craft, although at times during the later levels this may be unavoidable.
Also bear in mind the materials that will be needed for each tier of health / mana potion crafted (medicinal reagents are health potions and magical are for mana potions. Earth is health and Air is mana):
Tier 1 Potions
Medicinal / Magical Reagents
Tier 2 Potions
Medicinal / Magical Reagents
Tier 3 Potions:
Medicinal / Magical Reagents
Earth / Air Reagent
Tier 4 Potions:
Medicinal / Magical Reagent
Earth / Air Reagent
Tier 5 Potions:
Medicinal / Magical Reagent
Earth / Air Reagent
As you can see above the crafting for these potions follow a clear pattern. It’s important to keep in mind this information as you gather so you can be prepared with proper materials at the later stages of crafting. The Medicinal, Magical, Earth, Air, and Spirit reagents can be of any tier. So you can go gather the lower tier of those reagents and use them all the way through tier 5 crafting. Also important to note is the water. You will need water for every stage of crafting so make sure you gather water often and in large quantities.
To reach level 1 in arcana you will need to gain 100 arcana experience. In order to reach that you will need to craft 12 weak health or mana potions or a combination of both and 12 weak alkahest. 1 potion will yield 6 crafting xp.
6xp X 12 potions = 72 arcana experience
3xp X 12 alkahests = 36 arcana experience
Total experience = 108 arcana experience
You need to find a water source and gather 12 water and 24 hyssop for the weak alkahests and either 17 briar buds or 17 bulrush cobs for the potions.
Hyssop derives from gathering herbs, briar buds come from briars, and bulrush cobs come from bulrush. You can find all the herb locations by utilizing our interactive map, and can find bulrush and briars are very common near bodies of water. These materials are very common and will be very easy to find.
Make sure you are harvesting everything you can in the beginning. You will need to get your harvesting up to level 30 for the later levels of arcana so that you can begin to gather the essences as your primary source of materials. There is also no level requirement to harvest fungus so you can get some materials needed prior to hitting level 30 in harvesting.
Level 1 - 50
In order to reach level 50 in arcana you will need a total of 13,242 additional arcana experience (13,350 - 108 experience already earned). So you will need to craft a total of 301 potions and alahests to achieve this.
24xp X 301 potions = 7,224 arcana experience
20xp X 301 alkahests = 6,020 arcana experience
Total experience = 13,244 arcana experience
You will need to gather 1,204 Hyssop and 301 water for the alkahests and for the potions you need a total of 301 medicinal/magical regents for the potions.
Gathering the necessary materials is fairly easy as most of them can be obtained from fungus. You can utilize our interactive map and filter by fungus and start gathering. Glowing Mushroom cap can drop from any fungus gathered so you can gather whatever fungus you would like and still obtain the necessary materials.
However, Windsward or Brightwood are both optimal choices to gather your fungus because Windsward has an abundance of Fronded Petalcaps which drop Petalcaps that can be used as an earth reagent in health potions for your leveling, and Brightwood has an abundance of Slimy Twistcaps that drop Twistcap Spirals that can be used as air reagents in your mana potions for your leveling.
Do not be concerned with over gathering fungus because many of the items you gather can be utilized in later stages of leveling. See the above materials chart for the specific items needed for each tier.
Once you have the necessary materials you’re going to need to find either a Tier 2 arcana station or a Tier 2 camp and craft the necessary amount of potions to reach level 50.
In order to reach level 100 you will need a total of 144,898 additional arcana crafting experience (158,250 - 13,352 experience already earned). This means you will need to craft a total of 863 potions and alkahests to reach level 100.
126xp X 863 potions = 108,738 arcana experience
42xp X 863 alkahests = 36,246 arcana experience
Total experience = 144,984 arcana experience
You will need to gather a total of 5,178 hyssop and 863 water for the alkahests while needing 863 medicinal/magical reagents and 863 earth/air reagents for the mana/health potions.
You can gain some of the ingredients via fishing for your reagents, but we are going to stick with harvesting as fishing will only slow the process. Just keep in mind that if you have fished prior to leveling arcana some of your materials you have obtained could be used here. You can reference the above materials chart for the specific items needed.
Due to the materials needed, some of the best places to harvest would be Windsward, Everfall, and Monarch’s Bluff. All 3 of these territories have an abundance of the essences you will need to obtain both your medicinal and magical reagents, as well as your earth and air reagents. You can also continue gathering fungus!
If you took the tip in the previous leveling section regarding the type of fungus to gather you should already have quite a lot of the earth and air reagents already gathered at this point.
Once you have the necessary materials you’re going to need to find either a Tier 3 arcana station or a Tier 3 camp and craft the necessary amount of potions to reach level 100.
In order to reach level 150 you will need a total of 959,089 additional arcana crafting experience (1,117,425 - 158,336 experience already earned). This means you will need to craft a total of 1,379 potions and alkahests to reach level 150.
588xp X 1,379 potions = 810,852 arcana experience
108xp X 1,379 alkahests = 148,932 arcana experience
Total experience = 959,784 arcana experience
You will need to gather a total of 11,032 hyssop and 1379 water for the alkahests while needing 1,379 medicinal/magical reagents, 1,379 earth/air reagents, and 1,379 spirit reagents for the potions.
It’s going to take some time to gather all of these as this is the point it starts to really slow down. You should be able to use the gathering route you’ve already been using previously to gather all the materials for this tier. It is just going to take a little bit longer as the total required items are more than the previous tier.
Once you have acquired the materials you’ll need to find a tier IV camp or a tier IV arcana station and craft the required number of potions to reach level 150.
In order to reach level 200 you will need a total of 4,573,905 additional arcana crafting experience (5,692,025 - 1,118,120 experience already earned). This means you will need to craft a total of 2,423 potions and alkahests to reach level 200.
1648xp X 2,423 potions = 3,993,104 arcana experience
240xp X 2,423 alkahests = 581,520 arcana experience
Total experience = 4,574,624 arcana experience
You will need to gather a total of 24,230 hyssop, 2,423 water, and 2,423 azoth water for the alkahests while needing 2,423 medicinal/magical reagents, 2,423 earth/air reagents, and 2,423 spirit reagents for the potions.
The best way to obtain the necessary azoth water is from Azoth Springs. Reekwater is littered with Azoth Springs, so it is going to be your best bet for obtaining the necessary needed to craft your tier 5 potions. Azoth Water is used in any tier 5 consumable craft due to the infused alkahest.
Bear in mind that Reekwater is an end game zone. If you reach this point in your crafting journey and are not leveled enough to go into the zone you may have to recruit help from a friend or buy the resources from the market. Azoth Springs can be found in some of the lower level zones but in much less density so it would take quite some time to gather all the necessary materials.
The remaining ingredients are ones you’ve already been gathering up to this point, so fall back on those routes to gather what is needed for your crafts.
Once you have acquired the materials you’ll need to find a tier V camp or a tier V arcana station and craft the required number of potions to reach level 200.
Items to Enhance Your Arcana
There are certain items in New World that will help you gain bonuses while using the arcana profession. Arcana bonuses and luck will give you a % chance to gain additional items while crafting, and the arcana expertise perk will give you a minimum and maximum increase to your gear score of crafted items.
There are 2 different armor sets in New World that come equipped with the arcana expertise perk. These sets are the arcanist set and the concoctor set.
The sets can be looted from elite ancient chests and you can see more information about it in our database.
You will also want to utilize arcana trophies in your house while crafting. These trophies (depending on the tier) can greatly increase your minimum gear score of crafted arcana items.