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Last Updated: April 04, 2023 Reading Time: 7 min

New World Life Staff Guide


The Life Staff is a weapon in New World that scales with focus. It is currently the only healing-centric weapon available in New World. For everything you need to know about the Life Staff in New World, continue reading our New World Life Staff Guide

General information

The Life Staff deals nature damage with light attacks dealing 100% nature damage and heavy attacks dealing 140% nature damage.

The Life Staff in New World uses mana when using both light and heavy attacks, and abilities. Light attacks cost 2 mana and Heavy attacks cost 5 mana. Mana does not regenerate while you are attacking, but there are ways to manage your mana, and there are mana potions that can be consumed to recover mana quickly.

Life Staff Mastery Trees

The two skill trees for the Life Staff are Healing and Protector.   

Healing Mastery Tree

The Healing tree is centered around healing players and gaining additional effects if the target is below 50% health. The abilities in this tree are a mixture of single target and AoE.

Divine Embrace

Divine Embrace is a single target heal that heals for a huge amount of your Life Staff’s damage with the cost per cast being reduced minorly with the first perk. The second and third perks allow this heal to bounce to one additional target if the person being healed is below 50% health allowing it to heal up to 3 people assuming they are all within 8 meters of each other. Additionally, this heal is very hard to non-target cast and is generally cast using the party targeting option. If you do desire to target a non-party member the size is about the same size as your character model; additionally, there is a short cast time making it possible for the intended target to move out of the cast.

Sacred Ground

The next ability in this tree is Sacred Ground. A targeted AoE that you place on the ground that will create a 3-meter radius healing ground that lasts for 12 seconds. Allies are healed for a small amount of the weapon damage every second, gaining a 25% stamina regen and bonus healing from all sources with the passives. You can free target cast this or cast it on a target ally. Free target casting is suggested if the party is on the move.  A great healing ability if your allies are paying attention to their surroundings.

Splash of Light

The last ability in this tree is Splash of Light. A self-targeting spell that heals you and your allies for a mediocre amount of your Life Staff’s weapon damage over a 100-meter radius gaining the ability to remove 1 debuff from the healed target and restoring 5% of your max mana, per target, if your target is below 50% health. There is a short, but quick cast time to use this spell.


The key passive in this tree is the Divine Blessing. This passive will heal targets by a decent amount more when the target is below 50% health. This key passive is the most common in the community Life Staff builds.

Protector Mastery Tree

The Protector skill tree and its passives are centered around basic healing and buffing allies. All of the abilities on this side of the tree interact with buffs in some form or another. Two of the abilities are skill shots requiring you to have a good aim in order to effectively use them.

Orb of Protection

Orb of Protection shoots out a projectile that grants Fortify for 20 seconds and heals a small amount of the weapon’s damage to friendly targets hit by the projectile. This will gain an additional healing buff to friendlies that are hit by the projectile causing Recover for 10 seconds and a splash of buffs to allies within 3m as well as the caster. If the projectile hits a hostile target it will deal a massive amount of weapon damage.

Lights Embrace

The second ability in this tree is Lights Embrace. Heals the target for a large amount of weapon damage; increased a reasonable amount for each buff on that target, gaining a 25 stamina increase for that target and 2% max mana returned to the caster for each buff on the target. 


The last ability in this tree is Beacon. Shoots out a projectile that attaches to its target and heals all allies in its radius for a small amount of weapon damage each second for 10s (increasing to 15s and its radius by 50%) and applies 20% haste for all party members in the AoE for 3s. If this projectile hits an enemy it deals a huge amount of weapon damage. 


The key passive in this tree is Magnify this passive will extend the duration of active life staff buffs on the target healed by Light’s Embrace by 2s

Healer (PvE/PvP)

The life staff is currently only used in healing builds. It is currently the only pure healing weapon in New World.

  • Rapier – The Rapier is currently the best weapon to pair with the Life Staff. This combo provides the healer with Elite level mobility and survivability to help keep you alive while you keep your allies alive.
  • Void Gauntlet – The Void Gauntlet primarily scales off of Intelligence and secondarily off of Focus, making this a decent pairing with the staff. The Void Gauntlet can provide you with healing, buffs, debuffs, and AoE damage. 
  • Ice Gauntlet – The Ice Gauntlet primarily scales off of Intelligence, making this an okay pairing with the Life Staff. The Ice Gauntlet can provide you with additional AoE, mana regeneration, and crowd control. Chances are you will not use it for additional damage as much as the other aspects.  

You can reference our builds section for specific Life Staff pairings and builds that other players in the community are using. 

How to Level the Life Staff in New World

In order to effectively level the Life Staff, you will want to group with others. Here is the order to spend your Mastery Points to heal in a group setting.

  • Divines Embrace
  • Sacred Ground
  • Orb of Protection
  • Absolved
  • Holy Ground
  • Anointed
  • Protectors Blessing
  • Shared Protection
  • Aegis
  • Blissful Touch
  • Desperate speed
  • Privilege
  • Shared Struggle
  • Rebound
  • Divine Blessing
  • Intensify
  • Bend Light
  • Protectors Strength
  • Protectors Touch

If you can’t find a group to level with, pick Absolved first and tag low-level mobs with your light or heavy attack to kill. Even though you will split XP, you can finish off the mobs with another weapon.

Life Staff Perks

Every Weapon Ability in New World has a corresponding Perk that can be found on armor and weapons. Most of the perks scale in power with the Gear Score of the item they are on. It’s important to note that you can only benefit from one instance of a weapon ability perk at a time. You can obtain the weapon perks randomly from drops or you can craft gear with the specific perk on it. You can enhance your chance at obtaining a specific perk by utilizing mods. Additionally, you can enhance your chance at obtaining your perk with the right stats by using the timeless shards.

The Ability perks for the Life Staff in New World are as follows:

Weapon Ability PerkDescriptionArmorWeaponCrafting Mods
Accelerating Light’s EmbraceAllies below full health gain Haste when hit with Light’s Embrace, increasing movement speed by X% 5 seconds18%30%Reinforced Starmetal Life Staff Charm
Mending ProtectionIncrease healing power by X% for 3 seconds if Orb of Protection heals an ally with less than 50% health.24%42%Reinforced Steel Life Staff Charm
Keen BeaconWhen Beacon heals a player they gain +X% critical chance for 6 seconds.6.1%10%Reinforced Orichalcum Life Staff Charm
Refreshing Divine EmbraceUsing Divine Embrace on a target below 50% health reduces the cooldown by X% and gain 1% of your max mana.41%69%Steel Life Staff Charm
Fortifying Sacred GroundAllies healed by Sacred Ground gain Fortify, increasing damage absorption by X% for 5 seconds.9.7%16%Starmetal Life Staff Charm
Purity of LightAllies with a debuff removed with Splash of Light are healed for X% your weapon damage.48%85%Orichalcum Life Staff Charm

The type of gem you will want to slot into your Life Staff is heavily dependent upon your build and what you’re trying to accomplish. Generally, you will want to go with Diamond. (You can check our quick reference guide for gems for a full list of gems and their effects, or just look below).  

Enemy types the Life Staff is strong/weak against

With a Life Staff the damage type you will be dealing is Nature! Our Damage Type vs Mob Types Quick Chart guide as a complete breakdown for every weapon, but for this one you will do the most damage against The Lost.

  • The Lost: Takes 30% MORE damage from nature attacks
  • Corrupted:  Takes 15% MORE damage from nature attacks

New World Life Staff Guide Conclusion

That Concludes our New World Life Staff Guide. For more on where to level your Life Staff, check out our Weapon Leveling Locations.

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