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Last Updated: August 04, 2022 Reading Time: 8 min

New World Musket Guide

Introduction

The Musket is an accuracy-based, single target, ranged hit-scan weapon in New World.  It scales from the dexterity stat primarily at 0.9X and has a secondary stat of Intellect (0.6x). The Musket is New Worlds’ only Hit scan weapon. For more about the Musket continue reading our New World Musket Guide.

General Information

Every musket ability, along with all light and heavy attacks will consume Tier 2+ ammo on use. The musket can be used without having ammo equipped to your ammunition slot. However, having no ammo will not provide you with any additional damage bonuses. You can obtain ammo for your bow by looting them enemies and boxes, craft them yourself, or purchasing them from the faction vendor or trading post. There are different tiers of ammo with each tier increasing the damage dealt.

For a complete list of changes for the Musket, you can check out our Musket change log.

Musket Mastery Trees

The musket mastery tree is broken down into two skill trees, Sharpshooter and Trapper

Sharpshooter

The active abilities in the Sharpshooter Tree are based on dealing damage.  Moving Through the tree will transform the musket into the hardest-hitting weapon in the game. 

Powder Burn

The first ability is Powder Burn deals 110% Weapon damage and applies a Burn DOT that deals 20% weapon damage every second for 9 seconds. When using the ability, it charges your next shot. When upgraded, Powder Burn applies a debuff that causes the target to take 12% more damage from the musket’s basic attacks and extends the duration of the Burn if Powder Burn is a headshot.

Power Shot

The second ability is Power Shot.  Power Shot overloads your musket to deal 150% Weapon damage with your next shot.  When upgraded, Power Shot will give you a 10% Empower buff, deal 10% more damage to a target with full health, and reduce its own cooldown if you land a headshot.   

Shooter’s Stance

The final ability is Shooter’s Stance.  This locks the player in place and limits the player’s rotation angle to 180 degrees.  The Musket then deals 100% weapon damage and reload time is reduced by 75%. The basic version of Shooter Stance only allows the player to shoot three times but it can be upgraded to 5 with Shoot More.  The final upgrade to Shooter’s Stance decreases the cooldown of all musket abilities by 25% if three of the shots hit the same target.  

Passives

The majority of the passives in the Sharpshooter Tree revolve around the player dealing damage while aiming down sites and headshots.  Heightened Precision grants a stackable 2.5% damage increase if the player lands a successful hit while aiming down sight.  This can stack up to 6X and ends when the player stops aiming down sites or if more than 5 seconds passes by.  Hit Your Mark increases headshot and critical damage the further you are away from your target for up to 15% increased damage up to 100 meters away.  Called Shot increases Musket damage by 15% if the player has been aiming down sight for at least 3 seconds.  Critical Reload rewards consistent accuracy by giving the player an instant reload if they hit 3 consecutive headshots.  

Key Passive

The Key Passive in the Sharpshooter Tree is Sniper.  Sniper adds a 3x zoom to your musket that is adjustable with your mouse wheel.  On top of that, it grants an extra 15% damage to all headshots.  

Trapper

The Trapper Skill Tree is centered around crowd control and manipulating the movement speed of both the musket user and its target.  

Stopping Power

Stopping Power is a powerful shot that deals 120% weapon damage, staggers the target, and knocks the target back 3 meters. Can be hip-fired or while aiming down sights. When upgraded, Stopping Power also applies exhaust (reducing the target’s stamina regen by 10% for 8 seconds) and slows to the target.

Traps

The second ability in this tree is Traps; it allows you to put down a “trap” that lasts 20 seconds and (if triggered) immobilizes the target for 3 seconds.  As you progress down Traps upgrade path, you will gain the ability to put down two traps at a time, grant traps the power to apply rend to the targets that trigger them, and allow the musket user to leach 100% weapon damage of damage done to targets in Traps as a heal.   

Sticky Bomb

The final ability is Sticky Bomb.  Sticky Bomb is a projectile that can be thrown and stuck onto anything it makes contact with.  Detonation of the Sticky Bomb will occur in 3 seconds and deal 210% weapon damage in a 3 meter AOE.  Sticky Bomb will also apply a slow and regenerate 40 stamina when it deals damage to a player when upgraded.

Passives

The Key Passive for the Trapper Tree is Lethal Combo.  This passive Increases damage to targets affected by the Trapper Tree status effects.  Due to the nerf to SniperLethal Combo will be your key passive of choice in most situations. 

The Trapper Tree has a wide array of powerful passives that work well with any build.  Salt in the Wounds increases damage by 10% against targets under 30% health.  Weakened Defense increases stamina damage by 50% against enemies using shields and deals 10% armor-piercing damage to targets that aren’t blocking with a shield. Energy Burst restores 5 stamina when attacking targets with an active debuff.  Kick’em While There Down deals 10% increased damage against targets with a crowd control status effect (Slow, Root, Stun). Tactical Reload automatically reloads the musket after the player dodges.  This can only occur once every 2 seconds.  Since the reload speed of the musket is one of the limiting factors of its DPS, players should look to use this passive whenever possible.  

The musket is a ranged DPS weapon that specializes in single target damage. The Musket has Top Tier potential for PVP due to it being a hit scan weapon. The musket is currently not recommended in PVE.

The Musket scales off of Dexterity, so pairing the Musket with another weapon that scales off Dexterity is recommended.  

  • Rapier – The rapier scales primarily off of Dexterity and secondarily off of Intelligence, making this a good pairing with the Musket because both weapons will benefit from pushing your attributes points into the Dexterity attribute. The rapier does very high single target damage, can provide you with some mobility while using the Musket, can provide some defensive options, and could apply a bleed for some additional damage over time if you chose to go that route.
  • Spear – The spear scales primarily off of Dexterity and secondarily off of Strength, making this an ok pairing with the Musket as well. The spear can provide you with quite a lot of crowd control options that can help you deal with foes that get too close, and can also provide you with some additional damage over time as well.

You can reference our builds section for specific Life Staff pairings and builds that other players in the community are using. 

How to Level the Musket in New World

The Musket is one of the more challenging weapons to level as it lacks AOE burst Damage. For this reason, the best way to level the musket is usually with a group OR use lower level mobs that you can kill quickly with basic attacks or group together and Sticky Bomb. Here is the recommended skill progression as you level the Musket.

  • Traps
  • Empowering Weakness
  • Sticky Bomb
  • Tactical Reload
  • Critical Reload
  • Empowering Headshot
  • Shooter’s Stance
  • Shoot More
  • Marksman
  • Trapped Damage
  • Scent of Blood
  • Double Trap
  • Kick’em WhenThere Down
  • Unflinching Walk
  • Sticky Slow
  • Lethal Combo
  • Ballistic Advantage
  • Salt in the Wound
  • Called Shot Resupply
  • Hit Your Mark

Musket Perks

Every Weapon Ability in New World has a corresponding Perk that can be found on armor and weapons. Most of the perks scale in power with the Gear Score of the item they are on. It’s important to note that you can only benefit from one instance of a weapon ability perk at a time. You can obtain the weapon perks randomly from drops or you can craft gear with the specific perk on it. You can enhance your chance at obtaining a specific perk by utilizing mods. Additionally, you can enhance your chance at obtaining your perk with the right stats by using the timeless shards.

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

Weapon Ability PerkDescriptionArmorWeaponCrafting Mods
Crippling Powder BurnTargets hit with Powder Burn are slowed by X% for 5 seconds24%42%Steel Musket Charm
Refreshing Power ShotPower Shot kills reduce this ability’s cooldown by X%54%98%Starmetal Musket Charm
Empowering Shooter’s StanceHitting a target while in Shooter’s Stance grants Empower, increasing damage by X% for 3 seconds23%41%Orichalcum Musket Charm
Repulsing Stopping PowerStopping Power knockback distance is increased by X%97%151%Reinforced Steel Musket Charm
Accelerating TrapsIncrease movement speed by X% for 5 seconds after deploying a trap. (Does not stack.)19%33%Reinforced Starmetal Musket Charm
Mending Sticky BombsEvery hit of Sticky Bomb heals you for X% of damage done21%31%Reinforced Orichalcum Musket Charm

A few good overall recommendations for Musket would include:

  • Diamond – the diamond provides a damage buff when at full health. This plays well in to the “sniper” playstyle of the musket
  • Opal – gives you a damage boost if your stamina is not full. This lends itself well to dex builds that get increased damage after dodging.
  • Emerald: +X% damage against targets with less than 30% health

The Opal is a universally recommended choice due to the uptime of the damage increase you’ll receive.

Enemy types the Musket is strong/weak against

With a Musket the damage type you will be dealing is Thrust! Our Damage Type vs Mob Types Quick Chart guide as a complete breakdown for every weapon. Corrupted and Beasts will be the monsters most affected by this and is ideal to use against them. Angry Earth and The Lost are resistant to Thrust. 

  • Corrupted : Takes 20% MORE damage from Thrust attacks
  • Beast : Takes 20% MORE damage from Thrust attacks
  • Angry Earth:  Takes 15% LESS damage from Thrust attacks
  • The Lost:  Takes 15% LESS damage from Thrust attacks

New World Musket Guide

That completes our New World Musket Guide. For more on where to level your Musket, check out our Weapon Leveling Locations.

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