Perks in New World are bonuses that can be applied to all of your player’s equipment, including weapons, armor, accessories, bags, etc. Perks have varying effects such as gaining an empowered buff on a monster kill, healing yourself based on the ability’s damage, knocking your opponents back further, and more.
Different types of perks can only be found or crafted into specific item types. For example, the perk Enchanted (general weapon perk) can only be found or crafted into weapons, whereas Keen Awareness (general ring perk) can only be found or crafted into rings:
General perks like the examples shown above have no affiliation to a specific weapon and will give general bonuses that enhance the stats or effects of many different pieces of equipment. Just like general perks, a weapon ability perk is a generated perk that can be found or applied to weapons and certain armor pieces that augment the power level of a weapon ability in a positive way.
Let’s take Enfeebling Poison shot as an example:
If you have this particular perk, the Bow weapon ability Poison Shot will not only have it’s base ability effects (impact and DoT) and it’s passive effects, but it will now also apply a weaken to the target for 4 seconds due to the ability perk. The amount of weaken applied to the target is based on the gear score of the equipment that has the perk applied to it. Enfeebling Poison Shot can only be applied to the bow, as well as armor pieces including chest, helmet, gloves, pants, and shoes.
Trying to find a weapon with the perk that you want in the open-world is extremely difficult because there are so many perks available in New World. Because of this difficulty, crafting will be the key to obtaining all of the perks that you desire. While crafting equipment, players can use specific crafting reagents found around Aeternum to guarantee that the perk of their choice is placed onto the equipment that they are creating. Below are two different crafting reagents that will apply a different pork to a crafted item. When used in crafting, the Orichalcum Hatchet Charm will apply the Refreshing Torrent weapon ability perk, while the Pristine Animal Claw will apply the Keenly Jagged general weapon perk.
Currently, each weapon has 6 ability perks available to players, one for each active ability. Below are all of the weapon ability perks currently available to each weapon.