Umbral Shards and The New Gear Score Upgrade System Explained

PLEASE NOTE: The information contained in the guide was obtained from the Public Test Realm and is subject to change. The public Test Realm went live on 01/06/2022, and this guide will be updated as changes are made and finalized once the patch hits live. 

In this guide you will find the following:
What are Umbral Shards in New World
How to obtain Umbral Shards
How to Use Umbral Shards
Number of Umbral Shards Needed Per Gear Score Upgrade
Number of Umbral Shards Rewarded for Dungeon Mutations
Number of Umbral Shards Rewarded for Gypsum Casts
Number of Umbral Shards Rewarded from 600 Gear Score Crafting

What are Umbral Shards in New World

Umbral Shards are a resource that enable you to take an item with a Gear Score of 600 up to a maximum Gear Score of 625, and Umbral Shards also allow you to bump your expertise for a specific gear slot from 600 to 625.  (In order to get from Gear Score 500 to 600 see our Expertise Guide).

Please take note that the item MUST be gear score 600 in order to be able to utilize an Umbral Shard on that item. You can NOT utilize an Umbral Shard to increase an item below 600 up to Gear Score 600.

How to Obtain Umbral Shards in New World

Umbral shards can be obtained in 3 different ways:

  • Completing Mutated Expeditions will reward you with Umbral Shards. The higher the difficulty level and the higher the Score Rank achieved the more shards you will earn. Completing mutated Expeditions is the most efficient way to earn Umbral Shards. 
  • Crafting an item with a gear score of 600 will reward you with Umbral Shards if you also have expertise of 600 or higher for that specific item slot. 
  • Opening a Gypsum cast will provide you with Umbral Shards if your expertise for that item slot is 600 or above. 


How to Use Umbral Shards in New World

In order to use an Umbral Shard you must first have a piece of equipment that is gear score 600 or above, and your Expertise for that item slot must also be 600 or above. If both of these requirements are met and you have the required number of Umbral Shards to complete the upgrade (more on that below) then you can right click on the item you wish to upgrade and select the “Upgrade” option. 

Once the upgrade is complete then the gear score on your item will be upgraded, and the Expertise for that particular item slot will be upgraded as well. 

For example, if you upgrade a legendary hatchet from gear score 600 to gear score 602 using Umbral Shards then that hatchet will become more powerful and will be a 602 gear score item. Along with the new item upgrade you also have 602 in that Expertise slot. 

So, if you unequip your 602 hatchet and equip a gear score 600 hatchet your Expertise still remains at 602. Please note that just because your Expertise is at 602 does not mean that a gear score 600 item would be automatically upgraded to 602. ONLY the hatchet you upgraded to 602 would be at that power level. 

It’s also important to note that upgrading ANY item with an Umbral Shard will bind that item to the player. So, you can not upgrade a Bind on Equip 600 legendary from a dungeon up to 603 and sell that item. Once you upgrade via Umbral it’s bound to you.


Number of Umbral Shards Needed Per Gear Score Upgrade

Each Gear Score / Expertise level upgrade from 600 up to 625 requires an increasing amount of Umbral Shards:

Gear Score | Number of Umbral Shards Needed
600-601    | 1
601-602    | 2
602-603    | 3
603-604    | 4
604-605    | 5
605-606    | 6
606-607    | 8
607-608    | 10
608-609    | 15
609-610    | 20
610-611    | 25
611-612    | 35
612-613    | 50
613-614    | 65
614-615    | 90
615-616    | 125
616-617    | 175
617-618    | 250
618-619    | 325
619-620    | 450
620-621    | 700
621-622    | 1000
622-623    | 1400
623-624    | 1900
624-625    | 2500

Number of Umbral Shards Rewarded for Dungeon Mutations

The Dungeon mutations are broken up into different levels with level 1 being the easiest and level 10 being the hardest. Within each level of the mutation you can either be rewarded Bronze, Silver, or Gold rewards based upon your performance in the dungeon. The below chart outlines how many shards you will receive based on the difficulty level of the mutation and your group's performance within. 

Difficulty Tier | Reward Tier | # of Umbral Shards Rewarded
1               | Bronze      | 27
1               | Silver      | 33
1               | Gold        | 40
2               | Bronze      | 40
2               | Silver      | 50
2               | Gold        | 60
3               | Bronze      | 53
3               | Silver      | 67
3               | Gold        | 80
4               | Bronze      | 80
4               | Silver      | 100
4               | Gold        | 120
5               | Bronze      | 133
5               | Silver      | 167
5               | Gold        | 200
6               | Bronze      | 533
6               | Silver      | 667
6               | Gold        | 800
7               | Bronze      | 1000
7               | Silver      | 1250
7               | Gold        | 1500
8               | Bronze      | 1333
8               | Silver      | 1667
8               | Gold        | 2000
9               | Bronze      | 2667
9               | Silver      | 3333
9               | Gold        | 4000
10              | Bronze      | 4000
10              | Silver      | 5000
10              | Gold        | 6000

Number of Umbral Shards Rewarded for Gypsum Casts

Once you have reached 600 expertise, Gypsum Casts will no longer reward you with expertise bumps. However, they will reward you with Umbral Shards.  The casts will reward you with Umbral Shards based on the expertise level of the item that you are opening. The following chart outlines how many Umbral Shards you are rewarded per cast based on your expertise score for that particular item:

Expertise Level | # of Umbral Shards Rewarded
600             | 3
601             | 3
602             | 3
603             | 4
604             | 4
605             | 5
606             | 6
607             | 8
608             | 9
609             | 11
610             | 13
611             | 16
612             | 19
613             | 22
614             | 27
615             | 32
616             | 39
617             | 47
618             | 56
619             | 67
620             | 80
621             | 96
622             | 116
623             | 139
624             | 167
625             | 200

Number of Umbral Shards Rewarded from 600 Gear Score Crafting

Upon crafting a 600 gear score item you will receive an expertise bump for that particular item slot up to 600 Expertise. Upon reaching 600 expertise for a particular item slot you will then begin receiving Umbral Shards each time you craft a gear score 600 item. The amount of Shards rewarded is based upon that slot's expertise level. The following chart outlines how many Umbral Shards you would be rewarded for crafting a gear score 600 item when that item slot is at a specific Expertise level:

Expertise Level | Shards Reward
600             | 1
601             | 1
602             | 2
603             | 3
604             | 4
605             | 5
606             | 6
607             | 7
608             | 8
609             | 9
610             | 10
611             | 11
612             | 12
613             | 13
614             | 14
615             | 15
616             | 16
617             | 17
618             | 20
619             | 25
620             | 30
621             | 35
622             | 50
623             | 60
624             | 70
625             | 85

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