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New World Heartgem Rune Guide

Introduction

A Heartgem Rune is essentially an ultimate ability in New World. Once you have obtained the item you can equip it much like a weapon. Open your inventory and drag it to the appropriate slot. Once you have it equipped you can then utilize it like an ability. There are several different types of Heartgem Runes in the game, and each have unique abilities.

You can earn your first heartgem rune, the minor heartrun of cannon blast, by completing the quest “Secrets of the Heartgem.” This quest can be obtained from Anna Rozsa who is located at the Palace of Nekhbet, and will introduce you to the heartgem runes and how they work. This is a side quest that will become available only after you have progressed past the “Past Prologue” quest for the main story in the zone.

All Heartgem Runes and Their Use

There is only 1 rune type for the Minor and Major rune categories. However, there are a total of 15 Runes in their legendary form. There are 5 different types of runes and 3 categories for each rune. The categories simply change the perks associated with each Rune.

Grasping Vines Heartgem Rune

The Grasping Vines Rune vines around you that deal 100% rune damage and root enemies within a 4m radius for 3s. The 3 different categories and their associated perks are below:

Heartgem RunePerk #1Perk #2
Cunning Grasping Vines RuneEnfeebling Vines: Inflicts weaken on successful hits, reducing the target’s damage by 20% for 8sLeeching Vines: Heal for 20% of your damage done to rooted targets
Stalwart Grasping Vines RuneResilient Vines: Gain Fortify on activation, increasing damage absorption by 20% but reducing outgoing damage by 20% for 5s Enfeebling Vines: Inflicts Weaken on successful hits, reducing the target’s damage by 20% for 8s
Brutal Grasping Vines RuneRending Vines: Inflicts Rend on successful hits, reducing the target’s damage absorption by 20% for 5s but also reducing your stamina regeneration by 50% for 5sEnfeebling Vines: Inflicts Weaken on successful hits, reducing the target’s damage by 20% for 8s

Stone Form Heartgem Rune

The Stone Form Rune allows you to harden yourself with layers of stone, cleansing all crowd control debuffs and granting immunity to both stagger and crowd control debuffs for 5s. The 3 different categories and their associated perks are below:

Heartgem RunePerk #1Perk #2
Cunning Stone Form RuneHardened Form: Gain an additional 10% damage absorption for 5s per hit taken (+30% max)Fortifying Form: Damage absorption is increased by 10% while active
Stalwart Stone Form RuneFortifying Form: Damage absorption is increased by 10% while activeMending Form: Heal for 75% rune damage per second while active but outgoing damage is reduced by 20%
Brutal Stone Form RuneFortifying Form: Damage absorption is increased by 10% while activeUnstable Form: Stone form explodes when it expires or when you press the Heartgem Ability input again, dealing 200% rune damage within a 3m radius but its duration is reduced by 2s

Heretic’s Fall Heartgem Rune

The Heretic’s Fall Rune allows you to fly up into the air then plummet back down to the ground, staggering and dealing 100% rune damage within a 3m radius. Press the Heartgem Ability or Basic Attack input while hovering to trigger the fall immediately. The 3 different categories and their associated perks are below:

Heartgem RunePerk #1Perk #2
Cunning Heretic’s Fall RuneCrippling Fall: Inflicts slow on successful hits, reducing target movement speed by 30% for 4sLeeching Fall: Heal for 100% of the damage done
Stalwart Heretic’s Fall RuneLeeching Fall: Heal for 100% of the damage doneFortifying Fall: Gain Fortify on successful hits (3 hits max), increasing damage absorption by 10% but reducing outgoing damage by 10% for 5s per hit
Brutal Heretic’s Fall RuneEmpowered Fall: Successful hits deal 150% run damage but no longer staggerLeeching Fall: Heal for 100% of the damage done

Cannon Blast Heartgem Rune

The Cannon Blast Rune summons a cannon and fire a powerful, long-range shot that deals 100% Rune Damage. The 3 different categories and their associated perks are below:

Heartgem RunePerk #1Perk #2
Cunning Cannon Blast RunePenetrating Blast: Cannon ball passes through enemies and cannot be blockedBurning Blast: Inflicts Burn on successful hits, dealing 10% rune damage per second for 5s
Stalwart Cannon Blast RuneBurning Blast: Inflicts Burn on successful hits, dealing 10% rune damage per second for 5sConcussive Blast: Cannon Ball knocks enemies down but only deals 30% rune damage
Brutal Cannon Blast RuneExplosive Blast: Cannon ball explodes on impact, dealing damage within a 3m radius but damage is reduced by 20%Burning Blast: Inflicts Burn on successful hits, dealing 10% rune damage per second for 5s

Detonate Heartgem Rune

The Detonate Rune allows you to charge yourself with explosive energy for 3s and then detonate, dealing 100% rune damage within a 5m radius. The 3 different categories and their associated perks are below:

Heartgem RunePerk #1Perk #2
Cunning Detonate RuneAccelerating Charge: Movement speed is increased by 30% while chargingEmpowering Charge: Outgoing damage is increased by 15% while charging but explosion damage is reduced by 20%
Stalwart Detonate RuneAccelerating Charge: Movement speed is increased by 30% while chargingLeeching Explosion: Heal for 50% of the damage done but explosion damage is reduced by 30%
Brutal Detonate RuneEscalating Explosion: Explosion damage is increased by 30% but you take 15% more damage while chargingAccelerating Charge: Movement speed is increased by 30% while charging

How to Obtain Them

In order to obtain the runes you must first obtain a minor version of the rune. The minor versions of the runes can be obtained from expeditions or can be crafted with the use of expedition materia.

Minor Heartrunes

Rune NameDropped ByCrafted With
Minor Heartrune of Cannon BlastBarnacles and Black Powder – Admiral Blackpowder 8,000 Barnacles Materia
Minor Heartrune of Dark AscentTempest’s Heart – Isabella8,000 Tempest Materia
Minor Heartrune of Grasping VinesGarden of Genesis – Alluvium Marl, The Caretaker8,000 Genesis Materia
Minor Heartrune of DetonateEnnead Expedition – Heru8,000 Ennead Materia
Minor Heartrune of StoneformLazarus Instrumentality – Chardis8,000 Lazarus Materia

Major Heartrunes

Once you have obtained the minor heartrune you can then upgrade it to the major version of the item. The minor version of the item is considered a crafting artifact. This means you must have it in your inventory in order to see the option to craft the major version. This is performed via the stonecutting profession and requires the following materials:

Rune NameMaterial 1Material 2Material 3Material 4Material 5Material 6
Major Heartrune of Cannon BlastMinor Heartrune of Cannon Blast (Artifact)5x Runestone5x Gypsum Orb5000x Umbral Shards5x Corrupted Lodestone3x Sulfur
Major Heartrune of Dark AscentMinor Heartrune of Dark Ascent (Artifact)5x Runestone5x Gypsum Orb5000x Umbral Shards5x Corrupted Lodestone3x Sulfur
Major Heartrune of Grasping VinesMinor Heartrune of Grasping Vines (Artifact)5x Runestone5x Gypsum Orb5000x Umbral Shards5x Corrupted Lodestone3x Sulfur
Major Heartrune of DetonateMinor Heartrune of Detonate (Artifact)5x Runestone5x Gypsum Orb5000x Umbral Shards5x Corrupted Lodestone3x Sulfur
Major Heartrune of StoneformMinor Heartrune of Stoneform (Artifact)5x Runestone5x Gypsum Orb5000x Umbral Shards5x Corrupted Lodestone3x Sulfur

Legendary Heartrunes

Once you have obtained the major version of the rune you can then craft the legendary versions of the runes. There are 3 different versions of the legendary runes. This means you will need to obtain 3x minor, 3x major of each type in order to craft them all.

Rune NameMaterial 1Material 2Material 3Material 4Material 5Material 6
Greater Heartrune of StoneformMajor Heartrune of Stoneform (Aritfact)10x Wooden Coin10x Gypsum Orb5x Runestone50x Vial of Suspended Azoth10x Sulfur
Stalwart Heartrune of StoneformMajor Heartrune of Stoneform (Aritfact)10x Wooden Coin10x Gypsum Orb5x Runestone5x Writ of Adventure10x Sulfur
Brutal Heartrune of StoneformMajor Heartrune of Stoneform (Aritfact)10x Wooden Coin10x Gypsum Orb5x Runestone5x Corrupted Lodestone10x Sulfur
Cunning Heartrune of DetonateMajor Heartrune of Detonate (Aritfact)10x Wooden Coin10x Gypsum Orb20x Pristine Sapphire50x Vial of Suspended Azoth10x Sulfur
Stalwart Heartrune of DetonateMajor Heartrune of Detonate (Aritfact)10x Wooden Coin10x Gypsum Orb20x Pristine Sapphire5x Writ of Adventure10x Sulfur
Brutal Heartrune of DetonateMajor Heartrune of Detonate (Aritfact)10x Wooden Coin10x Gypsum Orb20x Pristine Sapphire5x Corrupted Lodestone10x Sulfur
Cunning Heartrune of Grasping VinesMajor Heartrune of Grasping Vines (Aritfact)10x Wooden Coin10x Gypsum Orb1,000 Thorny Vines50x Vial of Suspended Azoth10x Sulfur
Stalwart Heartrune of Grasping VinesMajor Heartrune of Grasping Vines (Aritfact)10x Wooden Coin10x Gypsum Orb1,000 Thorny Vines5x Writ of Adventure10x Sulfur
Brutal Heartrune of Grasping VinesMajor Heartrune of Grasping Vines (Aritfact)10x Wooden Coin10x Gypsum Orb1,000 Thorny Vines5x Corrupted Lodestone10x Sulfur
Cunning Heartrune of Dark AscentMajor Heartrune of Dark Ascent (Aritfact)10x Wooden Coin10x Gypsum Orb1,000 Feathers50x Vial of Suspended Azoth10x Sulfur
Stalwart Heartrune of Dark AscentMajor Heartrune of Dark Ascent (Aritfact)10x Wooden Coin10x Gypsum Orb1,000 Feathers5x Writ of Adventure10x Sulfur
Brutal Heartrune of Dark AscentMajor Heartrune of Dark Ascent (Aritfact)10x Wooden Coin10x Gypsum Orb1,000 Feathers5x Corrupted Lodestone10x Sulfur
Cunning Heartrune of Cannon BlastMajor Heartrune of Cannon Blast (Aritfact)10x Wooden Coin10x Gypsum Orb1,000 Saltpeter50x Vial of Suspended Azoth10x Sulfur
Stalwart Heartrune of Cannon BlastMajor Heartrune of Cannon Blast (Aritfact)10x Wooden Coin10x Gypsum Orb1,000 Saltpeter5x Writ of Adventure10x Sulfur
Brutal Heartrune of Cannon BlastMajor Heartrune of Cannon Blast (Aritfact)10x Wooden Coin10x Gypsum Orb1,000 Saltpeter5x Corrupted Lodestone10x Sulfur

Total Materials Needed for All Heartrunes

The below information lists out the total materials you will need in order to craft all the available heartrunes. This is assuming you have acquired the minor heartrunes. The material totals include the total amount to craft the 3 major and 15 legendary runes.

MaterialQuantity
Runestone90
Gypsum Orb225
Umbral Shards75,000
Corrupted Lodestone100
Sulfur195
Wooden Coin150
Writ of Adventure25
Vial of Suspended Azoth250
Pristine Sapphire60
Thorny Vines3,000
Feathers3,000
Saltpeter3,000

How to Use Them

Once you have obtained a rune you will see it in your inventory under the inventory category, “Runes.” From there you simply need to equip your desired rune into the slot beneath your weapons. You can switch your rune out just as you would any other piece of equipment in New World.

Heartgem Runes New World

Once you slot the rune you will see the icon at the bottom of your screen that will depict which rune you have slotted.

Using abilities, light attacks, and heavy attacks will begin to fill up your “ultimate” meter. Taking damage does not fill up the meter. Once the meter is full you can then activate the rune by pressing the default key of “G”. After activation the meter will deplete. There is no timer cooldown, but you must fill the meter back up in order to use the ultimate ability again.

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