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Last Updated: October 10, 2023 Reading Time: 9 min

New World Arcana Guide

Introduction

In New World, the Arcana profession is used to make magical weapons, potions, and more! In our New World Arcana guide we break down what the profession is, what things you can craft, and how to level it.

Arcana in New World

The arcana profession in New World allows players to craft magic weapons, potions, and tinctures. Magic Weapons can be crafted from Tier 1 up to tier 5. You can craft different rarities of weapons from common to legendary by using the Arcana profession. 

Various types of potions can be crafted using arcana. These items include health potions, mana potions, regeneration potions, focus potions, and encumbrance potions. Along with potions, you can also craft weapon coatings, tinctures, wards, and absorptions. You can also perform elemental Infusion which turns motes into stronger versions of that mote.   

In order to get started with arcana you simply need to gather some raw materials. Then, make your way over to an arcana station or campfire to begin crafting. Arcana at a campfire is limited to health potions, mana potions, blight tinctures, and corruption tinctures.

How to Level Arcana

Below is a breakdown of the most efficient way to level Arcana 50 levels at a time. Before we get started, let’s look at some other things to consider as you level.

First Craft Bonus

You get a “First Craft” double XP bonus for each unique item you craft. Be sure to utilize this when possible as you level your Arcana! Just make sure that the item is around the same price as the recommended item in the Arcana Leveling Guide down below.

Using Scraps to Level

You can utilize scraps from a perfect salvage to quickly level any applicable trade skill. This is a great way to obtain a boost to your trade skill experience. To learn all about perfect salvages and how to use scraps you can check out our Perfect Salvage Guide.

XP gain/Potion Tier Crafted

  • Level 0 – 50 Common Blight Tinctures
  • Level 50-100 Strong Blight Tinctures and Strong Beast Coatings
  • Level 100-150 Starmetal Life Staff
  • Level 150-200 Starmetal Life Staff
  • Level 200-250 Orichalcum Life Staff

Level 0 – 50

From 0 to 50 we’ll be crafting Common Blight Tincures! These are low cost and you can use them throughout your adventures in Aeternum. Here’s the Materials you’ll need to collect/buy

Level 50-100

Next, We’ll be crafting Strong Blight Tinctures til level 57 then switching to Strong Beast Coatings at around level 60. Below are what you need for each recipe

Strong Blight Tinctures

Strong Beast Coating

Level 100-150

Now, we move on to crafting Starmetal Life Staffs. These are easy to make and salvage into something valuable, Wyrdwood Planks. Below is the Material list you’ll need to get to Arcana Level 150

Level 150-200

From Level 150 to 200, we will move to Orichalcum Life Staffs. Below is the materials you need.

Level 200-250

From Level 200-250, We’ll continue to craft Orichalcum Life Staffs to hit max level. Here is the following list of Materials you’ll need to craft 427 Life Staff

Once you craft the Life Staffs you can Salvage them for Ironwood Planks to make a large chunk of your gold back.

Arcana Gear

To Craft Max-level Arcana Weapons in New World, you must first obtain the Arcana gear. The Concocter’s Gear can be looted from the appropriate boss OR be purchased from the auction house. Below is a list of each piece of crafting gear and where you can find it in the open world:

Arcana ArmorHow to Obtain it
Syndicates Specs (+5)Syndicate Faction Vendor
Concocter’s HatBaines
Concocter’s CoatPrince Goroto
Concocter’s GlovesEntropy
Concocter’s PantsThe Siren’s Dog
Concocter’s ShoesCael

You can also craft them from a pattern located in Tier III Arcana Aptitude box. You will also need an Earring with the Arcana Mastery perk on it to complete the set.

How to Craft 700 Gear Score Items with Arcana

When crafting max-level items, you will need to use the Prismatic Tier V items such as Prismatic Ingots. Also. You will need to obtain 3 major Arcana trophies of the applicable crafting trade skill and have them active in your house, obtain all the Arcana gear above, and consume the appropriate crafting trade skill food. Most items no longer require a certain Tier of Arcana Station to craft, though some still do. You can, however, obtain an Azoth discount depending on the tier of the Arcana Station you craft at.

  • Tier 3 = 20% discount.
  • Tier 4 = 30% discount.
  • Tier 5 = 45% discount.

Finally, you’ll need to own a home in a settlement that has the appropriate crafting town buff active. Below is a summary of everything you will need to craft a 600 Gear Score item:

  • Arcana level 250
  • 5 pieces of Concocter’s Gear (see above)
    • Can use Syndicate specs.
  • Earring with the Arcana Mastery Perk (cheap on Trading Post or craft your own)
  • 3 Major Arcana Crafting Trophy +5 Min Gear Score for Arcana (Artifact)
  • Sweet Wild Berry Infusion +15 Min/Max Gear Score for Arcana (Recipe)
  • House in a Settlement with the Arcanist Wisdom buff: +5 Min Gear Score for Arcana

Arcana Potions and their Effects

Health Potions – Use to instantly restore a portion of your health. The higher the tier the more health you gain on use. Using a health potion triggers a 30-second cool down before you can consume another health potion. 

Mana Potions – Use to instantly restore a portion of your mana. The higher the tier the more mana you gain on use. Using a mana potion triggers a 15-second cool down before you can consume another mana potion. 

Regeneration Potions – Use to restore both health and mana. Upon use, you will restore X% of health every 1 second and X% of mana per 1 second for 10 seconds. Using this potion triggers a 30-second cooldown before you can use another regeneration potion. You can use a health or mana potion after consuming a regeneration potion. 

Regeneration Serums – Regeneration Serums combine the effects of all three potions and more! Regeneration Serums restore 400 Health +1% of your max health, Stamina, and 2 Mana per second for 20 seconds.

Focus Potions – Use to restore a % of mana every 1 second for 60 seconds. The amount regenerated ranges based on the tier of the potion.

  • Tier II – Restores .25% 
  • Tier III – Restores .50% 
  • Tier IV – Restores .75%
  • Tier V – Restores 1.00%

Encumbrance Potions – Use to increase your encumbrance limit by a specified amount for a short duration. Tier 3 increases the limit by 50 for 120 seconds. Tier 4 increases the limit you can carry by 75 for 150 seconds. Finally, tier 5 by 100 for 180 seconds. You can not stack these potions. 

Weapon Coatings

You can also use the arcana profession to craft weapon coatings. There is a coating for each enemy type in the game which includes, beasts, lost, corrupted, ancients, and angry earth. 

You can craft tier II to tier V weapon coatings. You can apply the crafted coating to your currently drawn weapon. After doing so, you gain a % damage boost against whichever enemy type you crafted the coating for. You can only apply one coating to one weapon at a time, and coatings can stack with weapon traits. 

Weapon Coating Duration per Tier

  • Tier II – 9% damage buff, lasts 25 minutes
  • Tier III – 11% damage buff, lasts 30 minutes
  • Tier IV – 13% damage buff, lasts 35 minutes 
  • Tier V – 15% damage buff, lasts 40 minutes

Tinctures

Tinctures will remove certain afflictions and give you resistance to that affliction for a specified duration. There are two different types of tinctures, Blight Tinctures, and Corruption Tinctures

Consuming a blight or corruption tincture will fully remove the blight/corruption affliction. You will also gain resistance to that affliction for 5 minutes. 

  • Tier II – Increases blight/corruption absorption by 25%
  • Tier III – Increases blight/corruption absorption by 89%
  • Tier IV – Increases blight/corruption absorption by 95%
  • Tier V – Increases blight/corruption absorption by 97.5%

Ward Potions

Ward potions are potions that when consumed will grant you increased damage absorption against one of the 5 enemy types: Ancients, Angry Earth, Beast, Corrupted, and Lost. They are only available from tier III to tier V.  You will receive your increased damage absorption for a specified duration after receiving damage from that enemy type a certain amount of times. 

  • Tier III – Increase damage absorption by 5% for 30 seconds after receiving damage 5 times. 
  • Tier IV – Increase damage absorption by 10% for 30 seconds after receiving damage 10 times. 
  • Tier V – Increase damage absorption by 15% for 30 seconds after receiving damage 15 times. 

These can be very useful when running expeditions or farming a certain enemy type in the open world. 

These potions have a 120-second shared cooldown. 

Absorption Potions

Absorption potions are potions that when consumed will grant you increased damage absorption against one of the 5 elemental types: Arcane, Fire, Lightning, Nature, and Void. They are only available from tier III to tier V.  You will receive increased absorption by a specified percentage for a specified duration. These potions can not stack. Only one can be active at a time. These potions have a 120-second shared cooldown. 

  • Tier III – Increase absorption for 9% for 30 seconds
  • Tier IV – Increase absorption for 12% for 30 seconds
  • Tier V – Increase absorption for 15% for 30 seconds

Elemental Infusion

Elemental infusion is the process of combining motes to make wisps, wisps to make essences, and essences to make Quintessence. 

Motes can be harvested in the open world. All mote locations can be found by utilizing our interactive map. There are 7 types of motes: Air, Soul, Life, Fire, Death, Earth, and Water As you craft higher tier items you may need to use a wisp, essence, or quintessence in the recipe vs the harvested mote. In order to do that you’ll have to be at an arcana station to combine the mote into the higher-tier ingredient. The following chart shows what’s needed to make each TIer.

  • Elemental Wisps (Tier III) – 5 Motes
  • Elemental Essences (Tier IV) – 4 Wisps
  • Elemental Quintessence (Tier V) – 3 Essence

New World Arcana Guide Conclusion

That completes our New World Arcana Guide. For more on what you can craft with Arcana, check out our New World Consumables Guide

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