Welcome to part TWO of the Weapon Master guides that I’m putting together for Amazon’s new MMO in New World. MGN was lucky enough to be invited to the closed beta for the game, and as such I’ve gotten some hands on experience with the weapon mastery system. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, essentially the more that you use a specific weapon type, the more points you can allocated to that weapon’s two skill trees. Part Two is the Musket!
You will not be able to select every single skill and passive, and have them active at the same time, and this is where the difference in characters lies, and where your choice as a player comes in. To that end, we’re going to go over every weapon’s skill tree, so that those who are excited for the game’s launch and would like to plan out their character ahead of time, well those players can do so. And if you’re just curious about a weapon type that you haven’t tried out a lot either, well you can get a sneak peak at the skills and passives that are aligned with that particular weapon.
Over the course of the series, we’ll be looking at every weapon type that is available, and how to accentuate them with your statistical decisions. So, if we haven’t covered your preferred weapon type yet, or you know what archetype you want your character to follow, but there isn’t a guide as of yet – fear not, I’m going to do them all!
Okay, so lets get started with the Musket weapon specifics. If you’re wondering what stat attributes you’ll need to focus on to make the most of your Musket wielding character, well they benefit most from Dexterity, but also your Intelligence stat will contribute to your weapon performance also, and it’s never a bad idea to grab a few pints in Constitution, encase something get’s close enough to you to inflict harm – you don’t want to be one-shot!
So, those are when your should focus your attribute points, but as far as play-style you have a few different options depending on your preferences and where you allocate your weapon mastery points.
I say you have a few different options because Muskets can be played dramatically different depending on what you want to do with your other weapon slot. If you’re a melee focusing character, and you wan’t to be ontop of enemies and have enemies ontop of you, well, Muskets make for a great additional weapon choice.
Why? Because you can use the range in your Musket to ‘Pull’ mobs to yourself, before swapping to your main weapon once the mobs that you have pulled around you have come close enough to be affected by your follow up AoE attacks. Shoot a bunch of different mobs to pull them, with your Musket, without need to invest in the weapon or its associated statistics, because that’s not where your focus or damage is coming from – it’s just there for the utility.
The other option is to utilize the trapping and sharpshooting benefits as your main damage dealing source. Set traps to stop mobs getting to close and inflicting damage on your squishy ranged self, and follow up with high-damage head shots. This method requires a bit more practice in terms of dodging, timing reloads and aiming, than the alternative in using Muskets simply to pull for your melee character, but it is some of the most satisfying and fun gameplay to be had in new world.
Like every weapon master, Musket is broken up into two trees are pretty functionally different, but unlike some other weapons, they well work in unison, so don’t feel like you’re gimping your character by investing in a little of both, rather than rushing through one tree to get to the later skills. The leftmost tree is referred to as ‘Sharpshooter’ and focused on, as the name suggest, taking single shots to the most damage as possible. The rightmost tree is referred to as ‘Trapper’, and again as the name suggest this tree focused on trapping foes, and just crowd control in general – very beneficial to keeping you alive whilst lining up shots.
We’re going to take a look at the active abilities of the Sharpshooter skill tree first, and then the augmentations that you can select along with those actives, then the passive abilities that you can pick up along the way, before swapping over to Trapper, and doing the same:
Active Skill 1: Power Shot
Overload musket with gun powder, causing the next shot to deal 150.0% weapon damage.
Cooldown: 15 seconds
Power Shot Augments:
When you hit with power shot, gain Empower, causing attacks to deal an additional 10.0% damage for 5.0 seconds.
10.0% additional damage to targets with full health.
Power Shot head-shots reduce Power Shot’s cooldown by 15.0%.
Active Skill 2: Powder Burn
Overload musket with gun powder, causing the next shot to deal 110.0% weapon damage and cause burn status effect for the next 9.0 seconds.
Cooldown: 15 Seconds
Powder Shot Augments:
Standard musket shots deal 12.0% additional damage when the target is on fire.
If Powder Burn lands a headshot, extend the burn duration to 13.0 seconds.
Active Skill 3: Shooter’s Stance
Enter a shooting aim stance to enhance shooting performance – shots deal 100.0% weapon damage. Mobility is reduced to zero and reload time is reduce by 75%. Mode will automatically exit after three shots taken.
Cooldown: 20 seconds
Shooter’s Stance Augments:
Shots fired before automatic exit increased to five.
If 3 consecutive shots hit the same target, reduce cooldown of all other Musket skills by 25.0%
Active Skill 1: Traps
Throw a trap that last for 20 seconds, and when triggered it causes an enemy to be rooted for 3.0 seconds.
Cooldown: 20 seconds
Traps apply Rend to the target – increasing their damage taken by 20.0% for 3.0 seconds.
Have two active traps.
Scent of Blood
Regenerate 100.0% of weapon damage done as health, when dealing damage to wrapped targets.
Active Skill 2: Stopping Power
Overload musket with gun powder, causing the next shot taken to do 120.0% weapon damage, staggering the target and knocking them back 3.0 meters.
Cooldown: 18 Seconds
Stopping Power Augments:
Targets hit with Stopping Power are exhausted, losing 10.0% stamina regeneration for 8.0 seconds.
Targets hit with Stopping Power are slowed by 10.0% for 8.0 seconds.
Active Skill 3: Sticky Bomb
A bomb that can be thrown over a short range, that will stick to anything it makes contact with.
After 3.0 seconds the sticky bomb will explode, dealing 175.0% weapon damage to targets within 3.0 meters of the explosion.
Cooldown: 20 Seconds
Sticky Bomb Augments:
Sticky Bomb grants the player 40.0 stamina, when it deals damage with an explosion.
Direct contract with the Sticky Bomb projectile causes the target to by slowed by 15.0% for 3.0 seconds.
Landing three headshots within 5.0 seconds of each other grants an instant reload.
Increase Musket damage by 5.0% if you have aimed down the sight for more than 3.0 seconds before shooting.
Accuracy penalty whilst firing from the hip is removed.
Removes damage fall off from standard musket shots, on targets more than 50.0 meters away.
Called Shot Resupply
Standard attack headshots reduce all musket skills cooldowns by 10.0%.
While aiming down the sight, all successful hits with your musket grant a 2.5% damage increase, stacking.
This ends when the player stops aiming down the sight, or 5.0 seconds passes without the player shooting.
Hit Your Mark
Increased headshot and critical hit damage to targets further away. The longer the distance, the more the bonus, up to a max of 15.0% at 100.0 meters away.
On successful headshot, grant empower, increasing musket shot’s damage by 10.0% for 5.0 seconds.
Adds an option to zoom 3x down the side, with all musket aimed shots. Player can zoom in and out with an assigned key. Headshot damage is also increased by 15.0%.
Increase the stamina damage from all standard shots dealt to enemies whilst they are blocking by 50.0 and deal 10.0% of armour penetration to targets that aren’t blocking.
After a gain, gain haste, increasing your movement speed for 3.0 seconds.
Attacking a target that is debuffed restores 5.0 of your stamina.
Hitting a target that is debuffed increases your damage by 5.0% for 5.0 seconds.
Dodging an attack reloads your musket.
Cooldown: 6 Seconds
Kick ’em When They’re Down
Deal an extra 10.0% damage to targets who are either: slowed, rooted or stunned.
Salt On The Wounds
Damage increased by 10.0% to damage with below 30.0% health.
Back It Up
Walking or strafing movement speed is increased by 10.0% when an enemies is within 8.0 meters.
Increase musket shot damage by 20.0% against targets affected by any trapper skill tree status effect.
That just about wraps things up for our overview of the Musket mastery for Amazon’s new MMO in New World, we hope that you’ve found the information useful in planning out your character, and we hope to see you online! If you have any suggestions or comments, we’d love to hear from you on the MGN.gg blog, our YouTube channel of course, the new MGN twitter @MGN_TV, and our Discord – links for all of which can be found within the description of the video overview.