|August 24, 2021
Expeditions are a core part of New World's PvE experience. Just like dungeons in other MMORPGs, they require you to have a group that consists of a Tank, a Healer, and a few Damage Dealers. This guide is aimed at players playing as the latter as it features one of the best New World builds for raw damage output. Our "Frostfire Wizard" build combines Fire Staff and Ice Gauntlet to create an ultimate DPS machine that will excel in Expeditions and do very well in all other types of PvE content (it's not tailored to do well in PvP, however).
Our recommended setup revolves around using powerful spells that not only deal damage upfront but also leave behind deadly damage over time effects. To make the most out of it, you are going to focus on keeping as many DoT effects active on your targets for as long as you possibly can. To do just that, you will scorch your targets with Fireballs, Incinerates, and a Flame Thrower, only to then chill them with Ice Spikes and Ice Storm, while your Ice Pylon peppers them with ice projectiles.
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|Very High Critical Strike Chance||Some Spells and Passives force you to stay put, lowering your overall mobility if you want to keep up the damage|
|Powerful AoE and DoT effects||Very low defenses - this is a glass cannon build by all intents and purposes|
|STRENGTH||5 (+0) No points added here|
|DEXTERITY||5 (+0) No points added here|
|INTELLIGENCE||195 (+0) This is the primary stat for both of your weapons - you should invest all of your points into it. Doing so will maximize your damage output and have a side-effect of making you better at harvesting. You should aim to get 5 Intelligence bonuses, which means 250 points in total.|
|FOCUS||5 (+0) No points added here|
|CONSTITUTION||5(+0) While adding points into the Constitution will make you more resilient, extra health, armor, and damage reduction are not really needed for Expeditions (if you have a competent team, that is). Thus, you should avoid adding points here.|
|[PRIMARY] FIRE STAFF|
In terms of raw damage output, Fire Staff is the best weapon in the game. It has access to a combination of long-range and close-range attacks that burn its victims to a crisp. With it, you will be able to deal excellent single-target and AoE damage which will make you very versatile during Expeditions. This power comes at a cost, however, as Fire Staff is going to burn through your mana reserves rather quickly if you don't pay attention. For this build, we've chosen Fireball, Incinerate, and Flame Thrower out of the Fire Staff's arsenal.
|[SECONDARY] ICE GAUNTLET|
This weapon works wonders when combined with the Fire Staff, despite being its polar opposite (or maybe because of that?). For one, they both scale with Intelligence so you can use them to their full potential without spreading your stats thin. Moreover, Ice Gauntlet offers a range of mana-regenerating effects that are essential if you want to use your Fire Staff to its fullest. Also, all of the chosen Ice Gauntlet's spells combine very well with Fire Staff's toolkit.
First and foremost, you should try to get 250 total Intelligence points. After you do that, you'll have two options: push it all the way to 300 or get 50 Constitution. If you choose the first option, you'll become an ultimate glass cannon. If you choose the second, you'll lose on damage but will gain some much-needed staying power. As for Armor Weight, you should only use Light Armor to benefit from the 20% increased damage.
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 the initial version of our New World Fire Staff/Ice Gauntlet DPS build. We tried to include all the important information on how to set up a character to run it, while also trying to keep the guide as compact as possible. If we've missed something of importance, please let us know!
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