|August 19, 2021
New World Online returns to the roots of the classic MMORPG genre and the importance of all three major character roles (DPS, Tank, and Healer) is back to glory. With the implementation of Expeditions and Dungeons, where players have to form a team of fighters to deal with the most challenging enemies, you and your friends are surely going to need a solid Tank to soak up damage and allow you to defeat the toughest Bosses. The following setup is presumably the best PVE setup for a primary tank character. Not only, you can expect to take down tons of damage without going down, but you will also control the entire battlefield with various CC abilities and debuff enemies, offering the best team utility out there.
Our recommended setup revolves around using Sword and Shield as your primary weapon - which is a natural choice for a Tank character in New World. And while the game offers some flexibility when it comes to choosing your secondary Weapon (well, it might be technically possible to tank without the shield too, but that's yet to be determined when the full game is released, and we get to test it) but we are strongly recommending using War Hammer. War Hammer is the best Crowd Control weapon that you can use with its' Crowd Crusher tree (yes, the similarity is not coincidental). At the same time, War Hammer is decent for leveling, and with small tweaks, it is also one of the best weapons for PvP.
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|Massive Health pool and physical damage mitigation||Mediocre DPS for solo play|
|Amazing crowd control and team utility||Slower than average leveling|
|Viable for both leveling and PvP|
|Easy to find parties for Expeditions and Dungeons|
|STRENGTH||5 (+0) No points are needed in Strength even though it's the primary attribute for both weapons used in this build. You are not looking to boost your damage, at least until you get all the benefits from the Constitution attribute|
|DEXTERITY||5 (+0) No points added here|
|INTELLIGENCE||5 (+0) No points added here|
|FOCUS||5 (+0) No points added here|
|CONSTITUTION||195 (+0) All points should go into Constitution. It increases your armor, physical damage reduction, and health, which are all core stats for every tank. You should aim to get 300 Points here in total to get all the bonuses, then you can allocate some in Strength|
|[PRIMARY] SWORD AND SHIELD|
Sword and Shield is the primary weapon of choice for nearly all the tank characters. After all, it's the weapon setup that with its' Defender tree offers the highest damage mitigation and defensive utility. If you are looking to become the primary tank in Dungeons, Expeditions, you have no other option here. You are mainly going to utilize active skills and passives from the Defender tree to reduce incoming damage and generate the highest possible threat (if you are not familiar with the tank role, the threat is what determines who is the monsters' primary target, so if you don't generate enough threat, monsters will attack your DPS and/or healers, and the party will eventually collapse). Picking up skills from the Swordmaster tree is optional, and they will be mainly used during leveling/solo play. Leadership is amazing but it would require you to sacrifice quite a bit of your defenses to get to it, but that's potentially also an option.
|[SECONDARY] WAR HAMMER|
War Hammer is the secondary weapon used in this build which is primarily focused on Crowd Control. You are going to distribute points mainly in the Crowd Crusher tree, where, Juggernaut is more DPS oriented - making it a better option for leveling up your character, but less useful in Dungeons and Expeditions.
In terms of Items, you are primarily going to focus on getting the highest possible physical armor rating on all pieces of equipment. Your Health scales with your physical armor thanks to the bonuses from the Constitution attribute, so it's best to simply benefit from it. You should also aim in getting 300 total points in Constitution to gain all the bonuses from it, after all, it's the attribute that increases the maximum amount of damage you can take.
We are obviously going to update this section when the full game is released, and we have more time to get familiar with all the Perks, Gems, and specific attributes of higher rarity equipment. Any changes to this guide will be described on top of the page in Build notes.
This is our premiere New World Online build and we would be grateful if you leave your feedback about it (the form, content, and pretty much anything else you would want to see done differently). We are going to continuously add new builds and update existing content for New World, and we are expecting to have a full team of players constantly testing out new builds and Items for you. Make sure to check back for more up-to-date articles and guides for New World Online at Odealo.com