Swords are a type of Weapons in New World. Weapons are pieces of equipment used to deal damage to enemies in battle. Weapons provide many different options and approaches to combat, allowing the player to deal damage in different ways. Swords are melee weapons used in close combat, and are the only ones that can be paired with a Shield.


All Weapon Types in New World:


New World Swords Overview

Swords & Shields are unique in that they are both individual pieces of equipment. While the Sword can be used on its own, there is currently no dual-wielding ability in the game, and depriving oneself of the defensive capabilities the Shield offers is an inefficient use of the weapon pair. Thus, the Sword & Shield are paired together and share a Weapon Mastery tree. Offensively, the Sword offers quick and powerful melee strikes complemented by the solid tanking capabilities offered by the Shield. Some disadvantages of using a Sword & Shield are the lack of reach and long cooldowns.

The Sword's damage scales off of the player's Strength and Dexterity Attributes. Investing in these attributes will improve the player's effectiveness with all Sword weapons.

The Sword & Shield Mastery is made up of the Swordmaster and Defender trees.


Sword & Shield Mastery


Swordmaster Tree Abilities

Active Abilities

  • Reverse Stab - A stab attack that deals 175% weapon damage. Cooldown: 20 seconds.
    • Unstoppable Stab - Reverse Stab now has Grit, preventing you from being staggered.
    • Tactician - On successful hit with Reverse Stab, all sword cooldowns are reduced by 25%.
  • Whirling Blade - Deal 145% weapon damage to all foes within 2 meters. Cooldown: 15 seconds.
    • Opportunity - Whirling Blade causes 20% rend for 5 seconds (Rend reduces target's armor).
    • Tactical Strike - Whirling Blade reduces cooldown on the ability by 10% for each enemy hit.
  • Leaping Strike - Leap 4 meters and deal 125% weapon damage. Cooldown: 25 seconds.
    • Final Strike - If you hit a foe below 30% health, deal 50% more damage.
    • Cowardly Punishment - If Leaping Strike hits a target in the back: cause slow for 6 seconds. (Slow reduces target's movement speed).

Passive Abilities

  • Precision - Swords critical strike chance increased by 10%.
  • Mobility - Move 33% faster while blocking.
  • Opportunist - Deal 20% more damage to slowed foes.
  • Confidence - While health is full, deal 15% more damage.
  • Empowered Stab - Successful Heavy attack grants you 30% Empower for 5 seconds (Empower increases damage).
  • Freeing Justice - Successfully hitting with a heavy attack causes you to lose all debuffs.
  • Counter Attack - When you block an attack gain 10% increased damage for 20 seconds.
  • Critical Precision -  On critical, gain 20% haste for 5 seconds (Haste increases movement speed).
  • Achilles Heel - The final attack in your light attack chain causes a 20% Slow for 2 seconds (Slow reduces movement speed).
  • Leadership - While holding a sword all group members damage is increased by 10%.

Defender Tree Abilities

Active Abilities

  • Shield Bash - Deals 50% weapon damage and stuns foes in front of you for 2 seconds. Taunt Gem Compatible: If you have a Carnelian gem equipped in your sword, this ability causes a 6 second taunt to all enemies hit (Taunt causes monster to focus only on you). Cooldown: 25 seconds.
  • Shield Rush - Rush forward 5 meters knocking back foes and dealing 125% weapon damage. Cooldown: 20 seconds.
    • Improved Rush - On successful hit all enemies within 5 meters are inflicted with Weaken for 4 seconds (Weaken reduces damage by 10%).
    • Intimidating Rush - On successful hit all enemies within 5 meters are Slowed by 30% for 4 seconds (Slow reduces movement speed).
  • Final Stand - For 8 seconds, all damage taken is reduced by 30%. Taunt Gem Compatible: If you have a Carnelian gem equipped in your sword, this ability causes a 6-second taunt to all enemies hit (Taunt causes enemies to focus only on you) Cooldown: 45 seconds.
    • Final Count Down - If your health is above 50%, damage reduction is increased by 20%.
    • Restoration - Gain 15% of your max health when Final Stand ends.

Passive Abilities

  • Sturdy Shield - Shields provide 15% more armor.
  • Elemental Resistance - Reduce damage from all magical types by 10%.
  • One With The Shield - When you block with a shield, all shield cooldowns are reduced by 1%.
  • Final Blow - The 3rd attack in your light attack combo deals 30% more damage and generates more threat.
  • Sturdy Grip - Stamina damage is reduced by 25% when blocking a melee attack with a shield.
  • Defensive Training - When you block an attack gain 10% Fortify for 5 seconds.
  • Fortitude - While holding a Sword current and max health are increased by 10%.
  • Recuperation - All incoming healing and regeneration increased by 10%.
  • High Grip - Stamina damage is reduced by 25% when blocking a ranged attack with a shield.
  • Defensive Formation - While blocking reduce damage to all other allies within 2 meters by 30%.


All Swords & Shields in New World

Swords & Shields 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. The following tables lists all available Swords & Shields in New World, as well as their sources:


Weapon Name Base Damage Special Effects Tier Source
Iron Straight Sword 125 - 145 - T2 Crafted: Weaponsmithing
Steel Straight Sword 145 - 168 - T3 Crafted: Weaponsmithing
Starmetal Straight Sword 168 - 195 - T4 Crafted: Weaponsmithing
Orichalcum Straight Sword 195 - 226 - T5 Crafted: Weaponsmithing
Sample - - T2 Random Drop: Enemy / Boss / Expedition
Sample - - T3 Quest Reward: Quest name
Sample - - T4 Random Loot: Location name



Weapon Name Base Damage Special Effects Tier Source
Iron Round Shield 109 - 127 - T2 Crafted: Weaponsmithing
Steel Round Shield 127 - 147 - T3 Crafted: Weaponsmithing
Starmetal Round Shield 147 - 171 - T4 Crafted: Weaponsmithing
Orichalcum Round Shield 171 - 198 - T5 Crafted: Weaponsmithing
Steel Kite Shield 132 - 153 - T3 Crafted: Weaponsmithing
Starmetal Kite Shield 153 - 178 - T4 Crafted: Weaponsmithing
Orichalcum Kite Shield 178 - 206 - T5 Crafted: Weaponsmithing
Starmetal Buckler 160 - 185 - T4 Crafted: Weaponsmithing
Orichalcum Tower Shield 193 - 223 - T5 Crafted: Weaponsmithing
Sample - - T2 Random Drop: Enemy / Boss / Expedition
Sample - - T3 Quest Reward: Quest name
Sample - - T4 Random Loot: Location name

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