New World: Best Musket Build

New World brings a lot of weapons to the table that work and level up very differently, and determine which kind of approach your character will have in combat, whether is PVP or PvE. Today we’re gonna talk about the Musket, a ranged firearm that will keep you at a safe distance from your enemies, while you unleash hell on them.

New World character wielding a Musket
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Musket - Mastery Tree

For the Musket you don’t have to follow a specific Mastery Tree, instead, you can rely on the skills Power Shot, Shooter's Stance, and Traps, and build the rest of passive skills upon that. Both Power Shot and Shooter's Stance provide the attack power you need for this build, and while these skills (and the Musket in general) can leave you somewhat defenseless, Traps is a skill that helps you to get foes immobile while you attack.

Musket - Attributes and Stat Focus

The Musket is a ranged weapon that scales with Dexterity and Intelligence. While Dexterity is your main priority to invest points in, you also must keep in mind what kind of weapon you want to use as an alternative. It’s highly recommended to pair the Musket with weapons like the Rapier, which scales with both Intelligence and Dexterity, or the Fire Staff on a minor scale, for a more offensive approach on the magic side. Last but not least, don’t forget to invest at least a bit in Constitution so you’re not that weak in combat, and you should be fine.

In synthesis, your focus should be:

  • Dexterity
  • Intelligence (only if paired with magic weapons)
  • Constitution (at least 50 points)
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Musket Mastery Menu
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Musket - Recommended Gear

For a Musket setup, it’s recommendable to use Medium or Light Armor if you want to use a magic weapon as a secondary, like the Ice Gauntlet. Since you will be focusing on a ranged approach to combat, you should be fine enough with Medium armor to not be that weak if you want to use a melee weapon as a secondary. Otherwise, if you wanna go full glass cannon or employ a magic weapon as an alternative, then the Light Armor will provide the boost in damage and dodging that you need so you can obliterate your foes before they get to you.

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Musket - Gems and Perks

In terms of Gems and Perks, you can always go for the ones that suit you better, but if you're looking for advice, our recommendations cover some damage absorption gems that can provide bonuses on damage, and perks that go along with the focused skills on this build.

Recommended Gems

  • Diamond - Deals more damage while at full health, and also provides Elemental and Physical Damage Absorption.
  • Emerald - Deals more damage while the enemy is at less than 30% health, and also provides Elemental and Physical Damage Absorption.
  • Opal - Deals more damage while your stamina bar is not full, and also provides Elemental Damage Absorption.
  • Amber - A portion of your damage is converted to nature damage, and also provides Elemental Damage Absorption.
  • Amethyst - A portion of your damage is converted to void damage, and also provides Elemental Damage Absorption.
  • Aquamarine - A portion of your damage is converted to ice damage, and also provides Elemental Damage Absorption.
  • Ruby - A portion of your damage is converted to fire damage, and also provides Elemental Damage Absorption.
  • Saphire - A portion of your damage is converted to arcane damage, and also provides Elemental Damage Absorption.
  • Topaz - A portion of your damage is converted to lightning damage, and also provides Elemental Damage Absorption.
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Recommended Perks

  • Accelerating Traps - Increase movement speed by 5-19% for 3 seconds after deploying a trap. (Does not stack.)
  • Empowering Shooter's Stance - Hitting a target while in Shooter's Stance grants Empower, increasing damage by 4-22% for 3 seconds.
  • Refreshing Power Shot - Power Shot kills reduce this ability's cooldown by 3-18%.
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And that's it, now you know everything you need to fish in New World! While you're here, you can also check our useful guides on every Animal, Mineral, and Fungi Locations!