New World Weapons Guide: Best Spear Builds for PvP and PvE

New World Weapons Guide: Best Spear Builds for PvP and PvE

The spear is a versatile melee weapon in Amazon’s MMORPG New World. It provides both short-range control and long-range thurst attacks to its wielder, making it a fine weapon choice for both PvP and PvE scenarios. It offers special ranged and speed abilities under its two skill trees: Zoner and Impaler.

A spear primarily scales with Dexterity and partially with Strength, so it is better to have a secondary weapon in your build which also scales with the same attributes.

“Spear-Hatchet,” and “Spear-Bow” are the best spear builds in the New World. These builds provide an arsenal of close, mid and long-range attacks for the maximum output in PvE or PvP scenarios.

How to craft a Spear in New World?

Before deciding on a secondary weapon, you first need to craft a majestic spear to accompany you on your adventures. 

I. To Craft a Spear in New World

Step 1: Gather the required primary and secondary materials for the desired spear.

Step 2: Press M to bring out the map and locate the “Forge” in a settlement.

Step 3: Approach the Forge and Press E to start crafting.

Step 4: Select the spear from the panel on the left for crafting.

Step 5: Add Azoth and Special Resources to increase the chance of gaining a perk on your spear. (optional)

Step 6: Use the Slider on the right side of your screen to select the quantity of the item you wish to craft.

Step 7: Click the “Craft” option in the bottom right of your screen to craft the spear.

New World Weapons Guide: Best Spear Builds for PvP and PvE
Craft a Spear in New World

If you “Can’t Craft” the spear, check what requirements are not met for the craft mentioned just above the “Can’t Craft” option in the bottom right. 

Spears can only be crafted at a forge, and crafting items at a forge increases your Engineering trade skill, allowing you to craft even better weapons.

Best Gem for Spear Build in New World

Malachite, Emerald, and Opal are the most suitable gemstones for Spear in New World. 

  • Malachite- Improves your damage against enemies impacted by Crowd control. 
  • Emerald- Increases damage against opponents with low health.
  • Opal- Increases damage when you have a low stamina bar.

The spear will scale better with these gems, especially Malachite, as it is a weapon with some light crowd control attacks. If your spear has an empty gem socket, don’t forget to attach one of these gems onto it.

Spear-Hatchet Build in New World

New World Weapons Guide: Best Spear Builds for PvP and PvE
Hatchet in New World

The Hatchet is arguably the best melee weapon in New World and can be paired well with the spear to create a perfect build. Hatchet offers several buffs to the player, including regeneration which is always a bonus. You can also use the Hatchet for ranged attacks making this build insanely versatile.

The crowd control of these weapons is suitable for PvE battles, while the long reach of the spear can be helpful in PvP. Having the regeneration ability of Hatchet always helps in all scenarios. 

Allocate most of your attribute points to Strength and Dexterity almost equally as both the weapons scale with these attributes, but prioritize Strength. Keep your armor light or medium.

I. Primary Weapon: Spear 

New World Weapons Guide: Best Spear Builds for PvP and PvE
Primary Weapon Spear Build

i. Active Skills

SkillsDescription
Javeline (Zoner)Throw your spear, dealing 125% weapon damage and staggering on hit.
Sweep (Zoner)Sweep the target’s legs, dealing 75% weapon damage and knocking them down.
Vault Kick (Impaler)Use your spear to vault forward and kick your target, dealing 75% weapon damage. Applies Stun for 1.5 seconds. 

ii. Passive Skills

SkillsDescription
Merciless Strength (Zoner)+25% Damage against knocked down enemies.
Strong Conditioning (Zoner)+30% Stamina regen when your stamina is below 50%.
Invigorating Crits (Zoner)Restore 20 points of stamina after landing Critical hits
Aggressive Maneuvers(Impaler)The first successful hit with an ability within 2 seconds of dodging reduces all spear cooldowns by 20%.
Unerring Precision (Impaler) +20% damage against targets with active GRIT.

II. Secondary Weapon: Hatchet

A hatchet can be crafted at a forge, following the same steps as mentioned above for the spear. It has two skill trees: Berserker and Throwing.

New World Weapons Guide: Best Spear Builds for PvP and PvE
Secondary Weapon Hatchet Build

i. Active Skills

SkillsDescription
Berserk (Berserker)For 12 seconds, deal 20% increased damage.
Social Distancing (Throwing)Throw an axe before dodging backward, dealing 130% weapon damage. Hit targets are slowed by 15% for 3 seconds.
Infected Throw (Throwing)Throw an axe that deals 150% weapon damage, inflicts Disease, and Weaken the target for 5 seconds. The Disease reduces healing efficiency by 30%. Weaken reduces the target’s damage by 10%.

ii. Passive Skills

SkillsDescription
Refreshing Throws (Throwing)Thrown Hatchets against targets with an active debuff reduce all cooldowns by 5.0%.
Adrenaline Rush (Throwing)Dodging within 2 seconds of triggering an ability consumes 25% less stamina.
Persistent Hindrance (Throwing)Successful throwing axe hits extends all hatchet debuff durations by 30.0%.
Boot and Rally (Throwing)Light Attacks and Aimed Throws regenerate 10.0 stamina when hitting targets with an active debuff.

Spear-Bow Build in New World

New World Weapons Guide: Best Spear Builds for PvP and PvE
Spear-Bow Build in New World

Spear-Bow build is one of the most optimal builds for both PvP and PvE. You can quickly reduce the distance with your enemies, do high DPS, and have some CC for PvE battles using the spear. On the other hand, you can use the bow to deal severe damage to your enemies from afar and deal increased DPS with skills like Poisonous Shot.

Allocate 195 to Dexterity because both Bow and Spear scales with Dexterity, and keep your armor medium. 

I. Primary Weapon: Spear

New World Weapons Guide: Best Spear Builds for PvP and PvE
Primary Weapon Spear Build

i. Active Skills

SkillsDescription
Javeline (Zoner)Throw your spear, dealing 125% weapon damage and staggering on hit.
Sweep (Zoner)Sweep the target’s legs, dealing 75% weapon damage and knocking them down.
Perforate (Impaler)Stab the target three times, dealing 70% weapon damage with each hit. Enemies have 5% reduced damage absorption when hit by Perforate.

ii. Passive Skills

SkillsDescription
Defensive Stance (Zoner)Gain Fortify after successful heavy attacks, increasing damage absorption by 15% for 2 seconds.
Strong Conditioning (Zoner)+30% Stamina regen when your stamina is below 50%.
Reserved Strength (Zoner)+25% damage while stamina is full.
Aggressive Maneuvers(Impaler)The first successful hit with an ability within 2 seconds of dodging reduces all spear cooldowns by 20%.
Unerring Precision (Impaler) +20% damage against targets with active GRIT.

II. Secondary Weapon: Bow

A bow has two skill trees: Skirmisher and Hunter. It can be crafted at a Workshop crafting station following the similar method mentioned above for spear.

New World Weapons Guide: Best Spear Builds for PvP and PvE
Secondary Weapon Bow Build

i. Active Skills

SkillsDescription
Rapid Shot (Hunter) Shoot 3 consecutive arrows. The first two deal 100% weapon damage each. The last shot causes a knockback and deals 125% weapon damage.
Penetrating Shot (Hunter)Shoot an arrow dealing 150% weapon damage that passes through targets and continues for 100 meters. 
Poison Shot (Skirmisher)Shoot a poison arrow that on a hit or land creates a cloud of poison 3m wide that lasts 6 seconds. Foes entering the cloud are poisoned, dealing 10% weapon damage per second for 20 seconds.

ii. Passive Skills

SkillsDescription
Arrow Range (Hunter)Increased arrow distance before the start of gravity by 100%.
Surprise Attack (Hunter)If you haven’t damaged a foe in the last 10s: Deal 20% extra damage.
Hawkeye (Hunter)When you land a headshot, heal yourself for 10% of the damage done.
Concussion (Hunter)When you land a headshot you deal 20% more damage and a 50% chance to get your arrow back.
Closing In (Skirmisher)Hitting a foe below 50% health: reduces bow ability recharge by 5%.
Dodge and Weave (Skirmisher)Gain 10% Haste for 2s after you dodge. 
Best Healer/Life Staff Builds for PvP and PvE Combats – New World

About New World

New World is an upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) by Amazon Games set to be released on August 31, 2021. The game was previously scheduled to release in May 2020 but was delayed to its current date.

Set in the mid-1600s, players colonize a fictional land known as Aeternum Island, modeled after North and South Americas in the Atlantic Ocean. The game will be using a buy-to-play business model, meaning there will be no monthly subscription fee.