New World Trade Skills: how to upgrade your engineering and armoring skills, arcana and more.
How can you increase your Trade Skills in New World? Trade Skills are not combat skills in New World — just about every activity that your character is involved in that’s not linked to their weapons is linked to an ability in the trade. There are 17 of these skills all in all, broken down into three categories: Gathering, Refining, and crafting.
Each New World trade skill is upgraded from Level 200 to Level 200 so you’ll be upgrading fairly frequently, though the true rewards of levelling up (better-tier materials and craftables) generally kick in every 50 levels or so. Learn more on how to improve your level of skill in every practicable task New World has to offer.
NEW World Trade Skills leveling
To improve a trade Skill when you are in New World, you simply need to apply the skill for a period of time. In New World like everything else in life the rule is practice makes perfect and since there are no classes in the evening on Aeternum, you just need to put on your slouchy renaissance sleeves to start.
How to improve your Gathering abilities in New World
Gathering skills are the ones that allow you to go out into the natural world to investigate and make use of Aeternum’s wealth of resources. Unlike most Refining or Crafting skills, you don’t have to be in a settlement to improve your skill in Gathering, and there are no specific locations where you can ply your craft although you’ll still require some equipment.
Here’s how you can improve your skills in Gathering:
Fishing is to catch fish. Requires an Fishing Pole.
Harvesting: Collect the plants and herbs. It can be done with no equipment, however, higher-tier resources require the use of a sickle.
Logging: Chop trees. This requires a Logging Axe.
Mining: Mine rocks. It requires a pickaxe.
Tracking and Skinning: skin dead animals. It requires Skinning Knife.
How to improve your Refining abilities in New World
Skills that are refined are the middle ground between crafting and gathering, but that’s not a reason to ignore them. Raw materials are all well and excellent, but if need to make something expensive and durable, you’ll need to refine your ingredients before you start. Refining stations are located throughout the Settlements.
Here’s how to level up your refining skills:
The process of reworking rawhide or leathers (obtained by using the Tracking and Skinning skill) at a Tannery.
Smelting: Refine metals like iron (obtained using the Mining skill) into ingots in Smelters.
Stonecutting: Cut raw gems (obtained through the mining skill) into cut gems at a Stonecutting Table.
Weaving: Turn plant fibers such as hemp (obtained by harvesting) into fabric using a Loom.
Woodworking: Refine raw wood (obtained through the skill of Logging) in the Woodshop.
How to improve your craft skills in New World
Although every New World Trade Skill is essential to living on Aeternum It’s not a secret that the Crafting abilities are the heavy-hitters or at the very minimum, focus-setters. Crafting lets you use all of your treasured Gathered and/or Refined materials and turn them into useful items that enhance your experience on the island more enjoyable (or at the very least, less dangerous) in your own character.
Here’s how to level up your Crafting abilities:
Arcana Brew potions, tinctures, craft magical weapons and weapon coatings, and perform Infusions of Elementals at an Arcane Repository.
Armoring: Create armor in an Forge or Outfitting Station
Cooking: Make rations from a variety of ingredients such as meat, fish or turkey (obtained using the Harvesting or Fishing and Skinning abilities) at the Campfire and/or Kitchen. (This can be developed in a Settlement without a Settlement, unlike other Crafting techniques.)
Engineering: Make ammunition for ranged weapons in a Workshop, or melee weapons at a Forge.
Furniture: Design and build furniture, or storage chests to decorate your home in an Workshop.
Jewelcrafting: Craft jewellery using cut gems (obtained by using the stonecutting technique) at an outfitting Station.
Weaponsmithing: Craft melee weapons using a Forge.
How to level up your Trade Skills fast
You can view the current trade Skill levels by pressing “K” to display the screen for your character, then selecting “Trade Skills”. If you want to level the level of your trade Skills quickly, I’d recommend getting your Well Rested bonus, and working in high-level Territories that are in good standing.
Contrarily, if you are looking to speedily progress the levels to master an Trade Skill it’s generally recommended to concentrate on repeating the same low-level actions over and over , rather than pursuing a more prestigious option. For example, as pointed out by New World forum member Chickenmanbb creating seven Iron War Hammers can yield the same amount of Weaponsmithing as well as Engineering XP as crafting the Starmetal War Hammer. Due to the iron-based version’s much easier to obtain materials, it’s actually a much faster and cheaper method to achieve the same goal in the event that your goal is to build your skills instead of expanding your arsenal.
If you’re in search of advice on how to level up your character’s and weaponry, be sure to go through our guide on how to increase your level quickly within New World. If you’re in the market for an in-depth understanding of how character development works in the game, make sure to take a look at the New World best builds guide.
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