Last Updated: September 16, 2022 Reading Time: 7 min

New World Great Sword Guide

Introduction

The Great Sword is the latest weapon to be added to New World’s arsenal. We’ll break down the Great Sword’s Mastery Tree, Recommended Weapon Pairings, Weapon Perks, and more in our New World Great Sword Guide.

General Information

The Great Sword is a two-handed weapon that scales equally from Dexterity (0.8) and Strength (0.8). It deals slash damage and has a 3 light attack chain that can be canceled with a charged heavy attack. Depending on when you cancel it, the heavy attack deals varying amounts of damage. Here are the Attack combos of the Great Sword:

  • Light Attack 1 & 2 deal 90% Slashing Weapon Damage
  • Light Attack 3 Deals 130% Slashing Weapon Damage
  • Heavy Attack 1 & 2 Deal 150% Slashing Damage
  • Heavy Attack 3 Deals 170% Slashing Damage

All of the Great Swords attacks are large AOE slashes except for Heavy Attack 1

One thing that makes the Great Sword stand out from other New World weapons is its Stance mechanic. Each Mastery Tree has its own stance that activates once you activate an Ability in its Mastery Tree. Below is the breakdown of each Mastery Tree and Stance of the Great Sword

Onslaught

The Onslaught Tree is focused on dealing damage and attack speed.

STANCE – Path of Onslaught – After using an ability in the onslaught Tree, enter the Onslaught stance for 10 seconds. You will gain the following perks while in the Onslaught stance

  • Damage Dealt increases by 15%
  • Damage Taken increased by 15%
  • Quick Charge: Heavy Attacks charge twice as fast but consume 10.0 Stamina each

NOTE – using an ability from the Onslaught Tree places you in the Onslaught stance.

Cross Cut

Cross Cut is a combo-like ability that is a series of 3 slash attacks. The Attacks progressively deal more and more damage. The Upgrades to Cross Cut give the ability grit and deal more damage with the last attack to enemies that have less than 50% health.

Relentless Rush

Relentless Rush is a whirlwind-like ability that passes through enemies dealing damage twice in a forward, spinning motion. The First Hit Deals 110% and the Second Hit deals 120%. The upgrades to Relentless Rush give you empowerment and reduces its cooldown by 50% if you land a killing blow with Relentless Rush. The Final Upgrade changes depending on which stance you’re in, and will either root your enemies (onslaught) or heal you for 15% damage done (Defiance).

Skyward Slash

Skyward Slash is an ability that slashes your great sword upwards, carrying you up in the air. The upgrades allows you to crash back down to earth, dealing more damage and add 20% disease to the attack.

Passives

Unrelenting Onslaught is the Key Passive in the Onslaught Mastery Tree. This might be one of the most potent key Passives in New World. Unrelenting Onslaught Reduces your Great Sword cooldowns by Hitting foes. Light attacks decrease your cooldowns by 2% and Charged Heavy attacks by 10%. It is a built-in Refreshing Move perk, which is one of the best weapon perks in the game

Defiance

The Defiance Tree is focused on Damage mitigation and blocking incoming damage.

STANCE – Path of Defiance – After using any ability in the Defiance tree, enter defiant stance for 10.0s. You will gain the following perks while in the Defiance stance:

  • Damage Taken Reduced: -15.0%
  • Outgoing Damage Reduced: -15.0%
  • Guard Point: Block incoming attacks while charging heavy attacks

NOTE – using an ability from the Onslaught Tree places you in the Onslaught stance.

Calamity Counter

Calamity Counter is a Parry attack that blocks incoming damage for a certain amount of time, then deals damage back to its attacks. The attack gains a more potent CC with each attack it blocks. If you block 1 or 2 attacks, the Counter will stagger enemies in the AOE. If you block 3 or more attacks, the Counter will knock enemies back.

Roaring Rupture

Roaring Rupture is an AOE attack in which you stab your Great Sword into the ground. This attack is taunt gem compatible. The upgrades to Roaring Rupture add a cleanse when the ability is activated and apply weaken to enemies. The final upgrade changes depending on what stance you are in and will either push back enemies (Defiance) or Pull enemies to you (Onslaught)

Steadfast Strike

Steadfast Strike Thrusts your Great Sword forward to impale your enemies and then pull them to you. This ability gains threat. The upgrades to Steadfast Strike heals you for 50% damage done and applies a bleed if you are in Defiance Stance. The Second upgrade allows Steadfast Strike to decrease the cooldown of all your other Great Sword abilities by 20%.

Passives

Undying Defiance is the Key Passive of the Defiance Mastery Tree. It allows you to Heal for 5% of all damage dealt by your Great Sword. This is the lesser of the two Mastery Perks and is very close to the Leeching Perk available on Rings

The Rest of the Passives are built around Blocking, Mitigation, and buffs.

The Great Sword excels at dealing AOE damage and can be used on your back bar weapon while tanking.

At this time, the Great Sword seems to pair best with either the Great Axe or the Warhammer. We will be testing this soon on the PTR and add more recommendations soon!

How to Level the Great Sword in New World

When leveling the Great Sword, you will utilize the Elite AOE damage that it can provide. To level the great Sword it is recommended to use an attribute split of 300 STR/200 DEX if possible to deal the maximum amount of damage while also gaining access to the 300 STR perk (Grit on light and heavy attacks). Finding a Great Sword with Refreshing Move will also help you level the experience go faster.

Below are how you should spend your mastery points as you level up the Great Sword

  • Crosscut (Level 2)
  • Relentless Rush (3)
  • Perfect Vigilance (4)
  • Roaring Rupture (5)
  • Keen Posture (6)

At level 7, you have all 3 of your AOE abilities and a way to guarantee a critical Strike on Rupture. First, Group up a large group of mobs and use crosscut to pass through to deal some AOE damage. This will set up Keen Posture for you’re Roaring Rupture. Rupture will crit dealing massive damage. Cast Relentless Rush to put you back into the Path of Onslaught and light attack to get another guaranteed crit. Follow the light attack with a charged heavy. Here is the Attack Pattern in sequence:

Group Mobs > Cross Cut >Roaring Rupture >Relentless Rush>Light Attack/Charged Heavy Combo.

At level 8 you will take

  • Aggressive Shift (7)

This will keep your combo going and guarantee your Crit on your next Cross Cut.

The rest of your mastery points will be spent to enhance this combo.

  • Unstoppable Cuts (8)
  • Cross Execution (9)
  • Relentless Power (10)
  • Relentless Refresh (11)
  • Step and Strike (12)
  • Crush the Weak (13)
  • Unrelenting Onslaught (14)
  • Unflinching Blade (15)
  • Purifying Roar (16)
  • Adaptive Rupture (17)
  • Intimidating Roar (18)
  • Giant Slayer (19)

Great Sword Perks

The Ability perks for the Great Sword in New World are as follows:

Weapon Ability PerkDescriptionArmorWeaponCrafting Mods
Relentless FreedomActivating Relentless Rush removes roots and slows. It also increases critical hit chance by X%24%38%Starmetal Greatsword Charm
Leeching CrosscutThe final strike of Crosscut heals you for X% of the damage dealt. (Limit 1 trigger per ability use.)78%115%Steel Greatsword Charm
Skyward NullificationHitting a foe with Skyward Slash removes one of their buffs. The remaining buffs have their duration reduced by X%. (Only affects non-consumable buffs.)20%29%Orichalcum Greatsword Charm
Energizing CounterWhen Calamity Counter is activated, immediately gain X stamina3957Reinforced Steel Greatsword Charm
Steadfast PurificationEach attack of Steadfast Strike reduces debuff durations on you by X%. (Max 1 reduction per attack.)20%29%Reinforced Orichalcum Greatsword Charm
Slowing RuptureFoes struck with Roaring Rupture are slowed by X% for 5s.29%43%Reinforced Starmetal Greatsword Charm

The type of gem you will want to slot into your Great Sword is heavily dependent upon your build and what you’re trying to accomplish. It’s also going to vary based on PvP vs PvE activities (You can check our quick reference guide for gems for a full list of gems and their effects).  

A few good overall recommendations for Great Sword would include:

  • Opal: +X% damage while your stamina is not full
  • Diamond: X% damage and outgoing healing while at full health
  • Carnelian: Taunts are active. You generate +X% more threat.

Enemy types the Great Sword is strong/weak against

The Great Sword deals Slashing Damage. The only Mob Type with0

a weakness to Slashing Damage is Angry Earth (20% increased damage). With the Brimstone Sands update, Mob types no longer have resistances.

New World Great Sword Guide Conclusion

That concludes our New World Great Sword Guide. To start making your own Great Sword build, check out our Build Calculator.

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