New World Weapons Tier List – PVP and PVE

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Not sure what to equip? Our New World weapons tier list is here to help you. In this guide, we’ve ranked every single weapon in New World from the heights of S tier to the depths of D tier. That way, you can skip the worst in favour of the best. What’s more, we’ve split it between PVP and PVE, and keep it updated alongside new weapon introductions and balance changes. So you can bookmark this page and check back often to keep an eye on the meta.

New World is one of the biggest MMORPGs of the past few years. It features a wide open world to explore as an adventurer, with a classless system allowing you to change up your play-style on the fly. With a wide variety of large-scale PVP and PVE warfare on offer, there’s plenty of fun here for those that like to play with others.

You can learn more about the game on the official site. If you’re looking for something new to play, we recommend checking out our Traha Global classes list, Traha Global tier list, and Traha Global codes guide.

New World Weapons Tier List

Now, we’ll go through our actual tier list, including an explanation of the tiers and some FAQs.

Tiers Explained

Before we move onto the tier list though, we thought we’d quickly explain what our tiers mean:

  • S Tier: These are the best characters currently available in the game, and you should definitely aim to add them to your party. They should also be the first choice to level up and gain access to equipment.
  • A Tier: These characters are perfect for filling gaps in a party – particularly when you haven’t unlocked enough S tiers, or there aren’t enough S tiers to fill a party in the first place. You should investigate these characters and see which one will counter your party’s weakness.
  • B Tier: Characters in this tier can really help during the early phases of the game, when you haven’t unlocked many characters, but they fade later on. Definitely use them when you lack S and A characters, but swap them out as much as possible.
  • C Tier: The only real difference between C and D tier is that C tier characters can occasionally have niche uses. They may be great at a particular game mode, or be exceptionally powerful early on. A late-game party shouldn’t have any though.
  • D Tier: We don’t recommend using these characters under any circumstance, unless you absolutely have to because you have nothing else. They underperform at all stages of the game, and in all game modes.

New World PVP Weapons Tier List

This is our weapons tier list for PVP modes.

S Tier

The best weapons in the game.

  • Ice Gauntlet
  • Rapier
  • Greatsword (New!)

A Tier

Great weapons in their own right that may require a bit of mastery.

  • Life Staff
  • Sword and Shield

B Tier

These weapons require mastery to get the most out of, and even then may fall short of the best.

  • Fire Staff
  • Spear

C Tier

These weapons can fulfil niche roles, but are ultimately better off avoiding.

  • Blunderbuss
  • Bow
  • Great Axe
  • Void Gauntlets

D Tier

Skip these weapons completely.

  • Hatchet
  • Musket
  • Warhammer

New World PVE Weapons Tier List

This is our weapons tier list for PVE modes.

S Tier

The best weapons in the game.

  • Life Staff
  • Rapier
  • Greatsword (New!)

A Tier

Great weapons in their own right that may require a bit of mastery.

  • Fire Staff
  • Bow

B Tier

These weapons require mastery to get the most out of, and even then may fall short of the best.

  • Spear
  • Sword and Shield

C Tier

These weapons can fulfil niche roles, but are ultimately better off avoiding.

  • Musket
  • Void Gauntlets
  • Warhammer

D Tier

Skip these weapons completely.

  • Blunderbuss
  • Great Axe
  • Hatchet
  • Ice Gauntlet

New World Weapons Tier List FAQ

Now, we’ll answer a bunch of FAQs around New World or tier lists in general

What Is A Tier List?

A tier list is a list of weapons or characters that you can unlock in a game – particularly a gacha game – ordered from best to worst. We rank from S tier to D tier, with S being best and D being worst.

The purpose of a tier list is to help you, the player, determine who the best characters or weapons to unlock are, so you can save time or money. Once you know who the best weapons are, you can choose the best and ignore the others.

How Did We Pick Our New World Weapons Tier List?

We used a combination of the following factors when deciding on our New World weapons tier list:

  • Personal experience
  • Community feedback
  • General consensus from other tier lists

However, it’s worth noting that tier lists are subjective by nature. This is based on our experience with the game, but yours may vary. So, we recommend that you take this with a pinch of salt and play New World for yourself.

Why Did We Split Our New World Weapons Tier List Into PVP and PVE?

We split our New World weapons tier list into PVP and PVE as these two modes have completely different styles of play. As such, certain weapons perform great in one mode, and are absolutely dire in another.

Splitting our tier list up in this way allows you to choose the best weapons based on game mode. Having said that, you can’t go wrong with the Rapier or Life Staff…

How Often Do We Update Our New World Tier List?

We update this tier list regularly to ensure that it always follows the latest meta. Typically, you can expect an update around the following happenings:

  • A new weapon releases
  • Balance changes

There may be a small delay between the above two events as we’ll return to the game to check out the new character for ourselves, or to see how the balance patches have affected things.

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