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Overview of Gathering in New World

Updated as of last patch on 11/18/2021


The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of Gathering in New World. This guide is directed towards new players and explains the gathering trade skill in New World. For a more in depth look into the trade skills of New World you can check the crafting and gathering sections of the website. 


Every gathering profession in New World requires the use of use of tools. There are several tools used for different purposes.
Fishing Pole - Used to fish
Logging Axe – Used for logging
Pickaxe – Used to mine ore
Sickle – Used to harvest plants
Skinning Knife – Used to skin animals

You can obtain tools in New World in one of 3 ways. First, you can craft basic tier one tools at your camp. You can craft higher tier tools at the forge in a settlement using the Engineering crafting skill, and you can purchase tools at the trading stations in settlements.

Once you have the tools you want to use you then need to right click it in your inventory and select “Active Tool.” You can have 1 of each tool active at any given time so there is no need to swap tools. For example, when you're out in the wilderness logging and you see an ore node you would like to mine as well you can just walk up to a tree or an ore node and press the default key of "E" to begin harvesting the node or resource as long as you have both an axe and a pickaxe as active tools.

Tools can be crafted with Perks which include a durability increase and a gathering yield increase. Durability increases the durability of the tool and reduces the time required between repairs. Yield increases the amount of the primary resource you gain, for example, wood or iron.

Tiers of gathering tools follow the same 5 tier progression as other gear in the game.

Tier 1 Flint
Tier 2 Iron
Tier 3 Steel
Tier 4 Starmetal
Tier 5 Orichalcum

Having better tools equipped increases the speed of your gathering. You can check the tools gathering speed by hovering over the item and viewing the detailed information about that particular item. When purchasing a tool of a specific tier or crafting a tool of a specific tier make sure you check the gathering speed before purchasing or before salvaging the tools.

The tier of tools also determines which resources you can gather. The higher tier tools, and higher level your gathering the higher tier resources you can gather.

The tier of the item can be easily identified by the roman numeral on the icon of the item when you enter your inventory.

Where and How to Find Resources

You can find resources in New World by checking our interactive New World Map.

Also, when you open your map in-game, default key “M” you can then click on “Resource Locations” on the left side of the map. This will not give you specific locations of resources but will provide you with a general guide as to where to find a certain resource.

Once you reach a certain level in a particular gathering skill you will be able to track resources. This means that you can see the resource icon on your compass if you’re close enough to the resource so you can easily find the resource to gather.

Gathering Skills

Gathering in New World is made up of 5 different skills


As you use each skill above you gain experience and progress the skill’s level. The more you use it the higher your level becomes. Higher levels of gathering increases the percentage change for Special Resources when gathering, and increases the speed of gathering.

In order to view your level in each trade skill press the default key of “K” in order to bring up your skill trees. You can then click on a trade skill in order to view the details of that particular skill, including your gathering speed bonus, which resources can be harvested and tracked at what level, the tool required, and what each node looks like.

Note that progression with gathering skills is capped at 200. There are certain level points at which you can gather certain items. For example, Orichalcum, the highest node of ore cannot be mined until you hit 175 mining and cannot be tracked until you hit 200 mining.

Tracking a resource means that the node will be visible on your compass at the top of your screen.

1. Fishing

Fishing rods in New World can be crafted using the engineering trade skill. 

  • There are 11 unique perk types available for fishing rods.
  • Your ability to find hotspots increases with your Fishing Skill

Once you have crafted or purchased a fishing rod you can then fish by equipping the rod and finding a nearby body of water. You can fish in either fresh or salt water. Once you found some water walk up to it and press F3 to pull out your fishing rod and then left click to cast your rod to begin the fishing mini game. Where you fish and what type of bait you use will determine what type of fish you catch. The fish you catch can be cooked. 

Hotspots allow you to catch better quality fish and range from broad hotspots up to secret hotspots. Your ability to discover and track those hotspots is relative to your skill in fishing. As your fishing increases you will hit level milestones that unlock new discoverable hotspots.

2. Logging

Young Trees - Gatherable at 0 and never available to track
Mature Trees - Gatherable at 50 and never available to track
Wyrdwood - Gatherable at 100 and tracked at 125
Ironwood - Gatherable at 175 and tracked at 200

Logging is one of the easiest gathering skill to level. There are only four node types, and normal trees are always near you so it’s easy to constantly harvest wood and level the skill.

3. Mining

Mining is used to mine not only ore, but stone, oil, gems, and alchemy stones. Gems are a random drop while mining and are used to slot into gear.

Stones (Used for Stonecutting):
Regular Stone – Harvestable at mining level 0. Very easy to find. Located in every zone. Plentiful resource.
Lodestone – Harvestable at mining level 105. Tracked at mining level 155.

Metals (Used for Armor and Weapons):
Iron - Gatherable at 0 and tracked at 25
Silver - Gatherable at 10 and tracked at 35
Oil - Gatherable at 20 and tracked at 45
Gold - Gatherable at 45 and tracked at 70
Alchemy Stones - Gatherable at 50 and tracked at 75
Starmetal - Gatherable at 100 and tracked at 125
Lodestone - Gatherable at 105 and tracked at 155
Platinum - Gatherable at 110 and tracked at 135
Orichalcum - Gatherable at 175 and tracked at 200

Alchemy stones can be found scattered around the map. They do follow a pattern. For example, you will find more earth nodes around earth mobs, and water around water. These can be found in all zones.

4.  Harvesting

Harvesting is used to gather plant nodes in New World. There are 7 types of harvestable plants: Farm Plants, Hemp, Fungi, Magical Creatures, Magical Plants, Silkweed, and Wirefiber.

Farm Plants - Gatherable at 0 and tracked at 20
Hemp - Gatherable at 0 and tracked at 25
Fungi - Gatherable at 0 and not tracked
Magical Creatures - Gatherable at 0 and  tracked at 175
Magical Plants - Gatherable at 30 and tracked at 45
Silkweed - Gatherable at 100 and tracked at 125
Wirefiber - Gatherable at 175 and tracked at 200

Fungi are harvested and used to create dyes. The color of fungi you find are separated by zone. Fungi is plentiful and easy to find in each zone.

Hemp & Herb:
Can be found in forest and grassland biomes. Plentiful near Windsward. Typically where you find Hemp you’ll find Herb close by and vise versa. Tracked at harvesting level 100.

Farm Plants:
Crops can be found in farms around the map. Each farm has a different type of crop. You can check this map (link to map) to find specific farm plants. Tracked at harvesting level 50.

Magical Plants / Creatures:
These nodes follow the same logic as mining nodes. You will find water plants near water, earth plants / creatures near earthy forest areas, etc.

5. Skinning

Once you kill an animal you can then skin that animal with a skinning knife to obtain raw hide and raw meat. You can also obtain feathers and eggs from turkeys. The ability to skin certain levels of animals is tied to your tracking and skinning level. 

For example, if your skill level in skinning is 0-10 you can skin creatures that are level 1-10 and if your skill level in skinning is level 100-103 then you can skin animals level 25 and below. 

Tiers of leather are defined by the level of the animal harvested. For example, 35+ is tier 4 and 50 plus would be tier 5 hide.

Leveling Gathering

In order to effectively and efficiently level a gathering skill you would need to spam farm the lowest resource tiers with the best tools you can find and can use at your level. Low resource tiers are the easiest to find and the fastest to gather. You can find every resource in Aeternum by using our Interactive Map.  Make sure to purchase bigger bags as you level so you can carry more weight before having to return to town to refine or sell the materials.

About the Author:
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