For those of you not too familiar with New World, Amazon Game Studios’ massively-multiple online role-playing game (MMORPG), it takes place on the island Aeternum in the mid-1600s. As part of a growing expeditionary force arriving at Aeternum for its coveted Azoth, a fountain of youth-like material, you have the ability to learn unique skills to survive on the island.
The serene island is, after all, secretly inhabited by supernatural forces and a malevolent force known as The Corruption. With much of the world out to get you, New World gives you the ability to learn professions (also known as “skills”), which are designed to give you added boosts in certain skill areas.
There are seven crafting professions, five gathering professions, and five refining professions. With every profession, all you have to do to level is do what your profession says. It’s that simple. This overview will list the professions/skills, with a bit of information on what makes them useful. Let’s go:
Crafting professions focus on creating things to be used, whether with you or against your opponents. All of these professions use materials, with a crafting chance of gaining a random perk on an empty gem socket, although the chance can be increased with Azoth. Leveling up (which is possible through crafting items), grants you with more recipes or increased efficiency.
One of the essential professions, armoring lets players craft armor. These include pieces of armor for the head, chest, hands, legs, and feet, with the additional ability of being able to create Storage Bags. As you level up, you gain access to higher quality materials and armor pieces, working from Iron or Linen to Orichalcum or Heavy Fur.
With building armor specifically, you’ll likely need some materials to actually craft the armor. It’s generally recommended to check out another profession such as mining, leatherworking, smelting, or skinning while you level up armoring.
Arcana is a very varied profession, with the basic craft skill letting you create magic weapons known as Staves. As you level though, you can gain access to potion and tincture crafting. A higher-level Arcana lets you create more effective and powerful weapons and items, also growing the score of your crafted weapons.
As yet another crafting skill, Arcana requires quite a few resources and materials to craft your weapons and assorted consumables. That’s why it’s recommended to look into another profession such as harvesting, logging, mining, or smelting.
Likely the most self-explanatory of the crafting professions, cooking allows you to prepare food to regain health and mana. Additionally, as you level and the quality of your food increases, you can gain special effects such as buffs and bonuses. Strangely, cooks also gain the ability to create dyes used in coloring armor.
Cooking isn’t a very material intensive profession, although you’ll still need edible resources to work with. We recommend you grow your skills in harvesting and fishing to get sufficient food to cook.
For those looking to go it alone, engineering is great. The profession allows you to craft ranged weapons, such as bows and muskets, alongside their ammo types. As you level up, your weapons become more powerful and dangerous, with higher chances of imbuing them with perks. Additionally, you can gain the ability to craft more ammo with less resources.
As one of the most resource intensive professions, it’s recommended to take up virtually any of the gathering and refining professions. Some top ideas would include smelting, mining, woodworking, leatherworking, and logging.
Furnishing is the most useful tool to have for someone who plans to stay in a fort or settlement. This professions allows you to craft furniture and storage which can be used with housing. As you level up, you gain knowledge into how to craft other pieces of furniture with greater material efficiency.
Yet another resource intensive profession, we recommend you look into using any wood-related profession (woodworking, logging, harvesting), alongside ones like weaving and smelting.
A specialty class, Jewelcrafting is a unique but very important one. Becoming a jewelcrafter provides you access to the crafting of trinkets (amulets, rings, and earrings), alongside Gems which can be used for their bonuses. All items created by jewelcrafters focus on imbuing passive bonuses into items.
Jewelcrafting doesn’t use a very wide variety of resources, although the ones it does use, it uses heavily. That’s why it’s recommended to invest in smelting, mining, and stonecutting alongside this profession.
While engineering focuses on constructing ranged weapons, weaponsmiths focus on creating melee weapons. With the ability to create swords, rapiers, shields, hatches, and war hammers, weaponsmiths are an essential to anyone looking for more weapons. Through leveling, you’ll gain increased damage and power with your craft, in addition to unlocking additional recipes.
As a craft-heavy profession, we recommend you check out professions such as mining, skinning, smelting, and leatherworking.
Gathering professions focus on collecting materials and resources to be used or traded with, by other players. You’ll gain the ability to detect valuable resources as you level, with the added bonus of collecting more from the same base. These professions are much less detailed than crafting, as they’re exclusively collecting and gathering.
Fishing, the first gathering profession, lets you collect fish. This professions works well when used with crafting and refining professions, like with cooking. As you level up, you can discover and track large group hotspots, gather a wider range of, and detect, nearby fish. Fishing doesn’t have an associated refining profession, so it’s best to look into leveling up cooking.
Harvesting allows you to gather plants to be used in crafts and refining recipes. As you level this profession, you gain access to rarer and more-varied resources, and the ability to detect special plants around you. Once you’ve gathered enough plants, you may want to look into leveling your weaving skills.
Logging lets you gather wood, to be used for other recipes. With this profession, leveling lets you track and log larger trees with higher resources, collect more varied wood, and detect special resources around you. As you’re dealing with wood, it’s best to check out the woodworking profession to ensure you can utilize your supply of logs from beginning to end.
Mining grants you access to ores and oil, which are important in crafts involving gems and the like. Leveling mining lets you gather higher-level ores and materials, again with the ability to detect any rare resources within the area. This profession is generally used alongside stonecutting or smelting.
Tracking & Skinning
Tracking and skinning is likely the most useful gathering professions, as it lets you collect hides and track animals. Hides are great for crafting, while being able to hunt an animal has its own obvious benefits. As you level, you can track rarer and larger animals, building your tracking arsenal along the way. As you’ll deal with hides and animals, the best refining professions would include leatherworking and weaving.
Refining professions take the materials from gathering professions and makes them higher quality (i.e., into crafting materials). Without refineries, you can’t actually use most of the materials provided by a gatherer. As you level your refining skills, you can become more efficient with resources, letting you create more with less (in addition, you have the chance to receive an extra bonus with refining).
All leveling up requires is for you to work with your profession’s material, as it’ll naturally increase your level and experience.
This refining profession converts animal hides into leather, which is used for weapons and armor. Leatherworking occurs at a tannery in settlements, and as you refine more hides, you’ll become more efficient at converting the resource.
Smelting converts ore into ingots, which are perfect for weapons, armor, and ammunition. Some higher-level trinkets and such are also crafted from ingots. As you increase your skill, you can turn higher-level ores at a smelter within a settlement.
As a stonecutter, you can refine both raw gemstones into cut gemstones, and stones into stone bricks. Gemstones are used in trinkets, while stone bricks are used for building, oftentimes within a town project. Stonecutting happens at a stonecutting table, which is oftentimes close to the town.
Weaving lets you combine cloth fibers to create cloth. Cloth is used in quite a wide variety of crafts, such as assorted armors and bags, which increase your carrying capacity and hold additional perks. Although most people associate cloth with armor, the ability to create bags, and the like, means you’ll find quite a lot of use. As you level up, you’ll gain access to higher-quality cloths which require higher-level looms.
The last profession, woodworking, lets you turn raw wood into processed wood. This is the most important refining profession to many, as it lets you craft weapons, furniture, and complete projects. Woodworking happens at a woodshop within a settlement, which may need to be higher level for you to deal with higher-level woods.
How Can I Level and Master Professions Faster?
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