Armor in New World are pieces of equipment worn by the player for defense and protective benefits. Armor is divided into several categories depending on the slot they are worn in and each armor piece has a varying set of stats and parameters such as Physical and Elemental Defense. Each Armor piece can also provide bonuses to a player's Core Attributes, contain one or more Perks as well as an Empty Gem Socket. Armor also changes the appearance of a player for cosmetic purposes. This page covers information on all Armor in New World.


New World Armor Overview

There is a wide variety of Armor available in New World. Armor can be obtained in a number of ways: Through Crafting, found as random loot in chests and containers, as random drops by Enemies and Bosses or as rewards for completing Quests.

Armor Features

While exploring and fighting creatures, you can find and acquire Armor that can be immediately used, provided you are at the appropriate level. Each Armor piece has a few features in common that determine how powerful the armor is: Gear Score, Perks and Gem Sockets.


Gear Score

An Item's Gear Score is an overall gauge of how powerful that item is. The higher the Gear Score, the better the protective capabilities of a piece of armor. An item's Gear Score can also influence the chance of the item dropping with Perks and/or Gem Sockets.

In the case of Crafted Armor, the Armor piece's Gear Score can be influenced during the creation process by the Crafter's skill level in Armoring. Each Armor piece has a base Gear Score depending on the tier of the item. There is also a minimum and maximum Gear Score range which gets higher the more skilled the crafter is. For example, a beginner Armorer will be able to craft Tier 2 Armor pieces with a Gear Score ranging from 200 to 210 while a more advanced Armorer can craft the same tier Armor pieces with Gear Scores of 250 and above, up to the maximum of 300 for this tier.


Armor pieces can drop with up to 3 Perks which are drawn from a pool of potential Perks. Similar kinds of items can function differently depending on the Perks they possess.

Perks also influence the Rarity (also known as Quality) of an item and this extends to Armor as well:

  • No Perks - Common Quality
  • 1 Perk - Uncommon Quality
  • 2 Perks - Rare Quality
  • 3 Perks - Epic Quality

In the case of Crafted Armor, each piece has a small chance of gaining one or more Perks during the crafting process. While these outcomes are random, players can use the special resource Azoth while crafting to improve the chances of getting Perks. Additionally, there are a large amount of special resources that can be gathered in the world that when used during the crafting process, can dictate what Perk is added to the piece of equipment. However, there are still no guarantees that a Perk will indeed be added to the piece of equipment but the chance increases as the Crafting skill level increases.

See the Perks page for a full list of potential Perks for Armor.

Gem Sockets

Occasionally, Armor pieces will drop with an Empty Gem Socket which can be used to affix the armor piece with a Gemstone. These Gemstones provide a bonus to one or more of the player's Core Attributes and can be socketed into equipment by anyone. However, Gemstones can only be cut by players skilled in the Stonecutting skill line. Socketed Gemstones cannot be removed but can be replaced with a new one in most cases.

Similar to Perks, Crafted Armor can also have a small chance of obtaining an Empty Gem Socket during the crafting process. This chance can be improved by raising the Crafter's skill level, as well as by using the special resource Azoth during the crafting process.


Armor Weight Class and Equip Load

Each Armor piece in New World belongs to one of three Weight Classes: Light, Medium and Heavy. Each piece of armor worn contributes towards your overall Equip Load which is a measure of your character's net weight and affects your mobility while evading. There are three states of Equip Load as well as an Encumbered State pertaining to the amount of items in your inventory:



While wearing Light Armor, your dodge is a quick roll that covers a lot of distance. Light Armor tends to be less protective.


While wearing Medium Armor, your dodge is a quick hop. This offers a good balance between protection and mobility.


While wearing Heavy Armor, your dodge is a slow sidestep. Heavy Armor limits your mobility but offers the best damage mitigation.

Encumbered State

You are carrying too much in your inventory. While Encumbered, it doesn't matter what your Equip Load is. You cannot sprint or dodge. You should remove some items from your bag.

Lighter Armor facilitates a more evasive play style and while protecting against elemental damage types, while heavier Armor have a tendency for more tanky playstyles, protecting against physical damage types. There is a wide variety of variance within a particular weight class. 

You can mix and match different armor pieces to get the most effective protection for the Equip Load state you want to stay in. Your Equip Load is determined by the total weight of all Armor worn, the individual pieces simply count towards this total. For example, mixing Light pieces for the Head, Chest and Hands slots with Heavy pieces for the Legs and Feet slots could potentially allow you to stay in the Light state and having a bonus to your elemental damage mitigation while still benefitting from the superior protective power of the heavy pieces. There are also Perks that can influence the weight of a piece of Equipment, potentially bringing even the heaviest pieces closer to the Light weight class.

Legendary Armor

The final tier of Item Rarity is the Legendary quality. Unlike regular Armor, Legendary Armor pieces are uniquely named and have their own set of curated Perks and fixed Gear Scores. Legendary Armor is often especially powerful compared to Armor of the same level. While Legendary Armor can prove difficult to acquire, they are not restricted to high-level content. There are plenty of Legendary items for players of any level to obtain but they often require the player to take on the toughest challenges such as Bosses and Expeditions among other activities. Some Legendary items can also be acquired by taking on special Legendary Quest chains.


All Armor in New World

Armor Sets in New World are a combination of Armor Pieces belonging to the same set. Armor Sets typically consist of pieces in the same tier, using similar materials, have the same Gear Score range and a similar prefix or suffix in the item's name. It is currently unknown if wearing several pieces in the same Set confers any benefits. This page covers information on all available Armor Sets in New World.


New World Armor Sets

Light Armor Sets

Light Armor offers the least Physical protection but provides some defense against Elemental Damage. Light Armor also adds the least to your Equip Load, allowing you to easily stay in the Light state where evading performs a quick roll that covers a lot of distance. 


Medium Armor Sets

Medium Armor offers a solid balance between Physical protection and mobility. A full set of Medium armor will keep you within the Normal Equip Load state, allowing you to perform quick hops to evade enemy attacks.


Heavy Armor Sets

Heavy Armor offers the largest bonus to Physical protection at the cost of mobility. Wearing too many Heavy Armor pieces can put you in the Heavy Equip Load state more easily. The Heavy state turns your evade into a slow sidestep that makes it difficult to dodge more agile enemies in combat.

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