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Last Updated: July 17, 2023 Reading Time: 7 min

New World Engineering Guide


The Engineering Trade Skill in New World allows players to craft muskets, blunderbuss, bows, bullets, arrows, mining picks, harvesting sickles, logging axes, skinning knives, fishing poles, and a few quality-of-life items. In our New World Engineering Guide, we will walk you through everything you need to know about the Engineering Trade Skill.

Engineering in New World

To get started with Engineering you will need to gather resources to craft. Once the resources have been obtained you will be using the Workshop (Arrow/Musket icon on map) to craft anything Engineering. A tier 1 Camp Fire works for Flint Tools, but nothing else for Engineering. Walk up to the Workshop and press your default interact button, “E”, to open the crafting window.

It is important to note the tier of the Workshop you are using as it determines what tier items you can craft:

  • Camp Fire T1: Flint Tools
  • Workshop T2: 1-49 Recipes
  • Workshop T3: 50-99 Recipes
  • Workshop T4: 100-149 Recipes
  • Workshop T5: 150+ Recipes

When you are at the crafting station and have the resources, you will want to open the crafting menu and select what you want to craft. Once you’ve selected the item to craft, you can click the blue CRAFT button to craft the item. If you wish to craft more than one you can move the slider above it and select how many you wish to bulk craft. 

Most of the time when you craft an item at the Workshop you are awarded with Engineering experience. The amount of experience for crafting an item can be found under the blue CRAFT button in the crafting screen. An exception are the Flint tools as seen above. Engineering level cap is 200.

When crafting an item Tier 2 or higher, the first item in the craft must match the same tier as the item you are crafting. For example the Starmetal Mining Pick is a Tier 4 Mining Pick so it requires the Tier 4 Metal Ingot to craft it as the primary material (Starmetal Ingot, Blessed Crucible, or Azurite Chunk). The secondary materials are not restricted to the tier requirement so make sure you use your lesser tier items.

Leveling Engineering

Information in this section contains a recommended method to level your Engineering trade skill. You are in no way restricted to this method. It’s expected that you will diverge from it depending on material availability, refining proc chances, and market price values.

The proc chances for the refining process are not taken into consideration as it is not the only method of obtaining the materials to craft and the proc chance depends on level & resources used. Some players may want to spend gold to buy all/some of the materials from the trade stations.

If there is a need for tools then feel free to craft them over the suggestions in this guide. The primary objective with the leveling process is the fastest way to level up Engineering. 

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 Engineering! Just make sure that the item is around the same price as the recommended item in the Engineering 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.

Levels 1 – 50

You will need a total of 11,995 experience to reach level 50.

Gunpowder requires 8 items to craft. The materials are 5x Charcoal, 2x Flint, and 1x Saltpeter. It yields 96 engineering experience per item crafted. For leveling this tier, craft 125 Gunpowder for a total of 12,000 experience. 

Total required materials:

  • 625x Charcoal
  • 250x Flint
  • 125x Saltpeter

Raw materials:

  • 1,250x Green Wood -> Charcoal

The rationale for Gunpowder is charcoal is easy to obtain from cutting down trees and smelting it. Flint is easy to find on the beach/shore line. Saltpeter is easy to obtain at the starting area of Windsward in the Torrentdawn Cave (Show above). Saves a lot of money as well since the Flint/Saltpeter are raw materials saving you on the refining costs and the Gunpowder is the cheapest item to craft for this tier. 

Levels 51 – 100

You will need a total of 139,725 experience to reach level 100 from level 50.  

The recommended method for leveling this tier is to craft 173 Aged Wood Fishing Pole at 810 experience each for a total of 140,130 experience. It takes 13x Tier 3 Refined Wood, 3x Leathers, and 2x Cloths. 

Total required materials:

  • 2,249x Lumber
  • 519x Coarse Leather
  • 346x Linen

Raw materials:

  • 17,992x Green Wood
  • 8,996x Aged Wood
  • 2,249x Sandpaper
  • 2,076x Rawhide
  • 1,384x Fiber

The rationale for the Aged Wood Fishing Pole is lumber is easy to obtain from cutting down trees and refining it, the catch is the sandpaper which needs to be looted from containers; however you will need refining material no matter which path you take. The alternative would be to use Steel Ingots and flux, but the value of these are higher. The leathers are used in other crafts so they will have to be gathered one way or another. The fiber for linen would be the hardest thing to obtain, but isn’t hard to gather if you look for the bright pink flowers.

Level 100 – 150

You will need a total of 986,560 experience to reach level 150.

This is going to be very similar to the Tier 3 crafting. You will want to craft 231 Wyrdwood Fishing Pole for 4,275 experience each for a total of 987,525 experience. It takes 14x Tier 4 Refined Wood, 3x Leather, and 2x Cloth per craft.

Total required materials:

  • 3,234x Wyrdwood Planks
  • 693x Coarse Leather
  • 462x Linen

Level 150 – 200

You will need a total of 5,046,300 experience to reach level 200 from level 150.

This is going to be very similar to the Tier 3/4 crafting. You will want to craft 374 Ironwood Fishing Pole at 13,500 experience each for a total of 5,049,000 experience. It takes 15x Tier 5 Refined Wood, 3x Leather, and 2x Cloth per craft.

Total required materials:

  • 5,610x Ironwood Planks
  • 1,122x Coarse Leather
  • 748x Linen

Engineering Gear

To Craft use your Engineering to its full potential, you will need to obtain Engineering Gear.

Engineering ArmorHow to Obtain it
Engineer HatCaminus Gate Lord
Engineer ShirtMirepaw
Engineer GlovesLost Alchemist Krockes
Engineer PantsOverseer Levy
Engineer ShoesIsvari

You will also need an Earring with the Engineering mastery perk on it to complete the set. These are cheap to craft or buy from the Auction House.

How to Craft 600 Gear Score Items with Engineering

When crafting with Engineering, you will need to use cooldown materials such as asmodeum, runic leather, and pheonixweave. You will also need to obtain 3 Major Engineering trophies and have them active in your house, obtain all the Engineering gear above, and consume the appropriate crafting trade skill food.

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:

  • Engineering level 200
  • 5 pieces of Engineering Gear
  • Earring with Trade Skill Mastery Perk (cheap on Trading Post or craft your own)
  • Major Engineering Crafting Trophy +5 Min Gear Score for Engineering (Artifact)
  • Herb-Crusted Vegetables +15 Min/Max Gear Score for Engineering (Recipe)
  • House in a Settlement with the Engineer’s Patience +5 Min Gear Score for Engineering

Artisan Items

The Artisan line has a few select crafts for Engineers, Weaponsmiths, Armorers, Jewelcrafters, Arcanists and Chefs that allow them to craft an array of Bind on Pickup items to allow them to be more self sufficient and to have even more reasons to celebrate hitting 200 in a Trade Skill. Below are the items that can be crafted using the engineering profession:

  • Tools – Gear Score 600 and Bind on Pickup
    • Artisans Pick
    • Artisans Knife
    • Artisans Sickle
    • Artisans Axe
    • All of these tools feature their corresponding Discipline, Luck and Yield perks as well as Alacrity which grants a haste bonus for 3s after gathering a node

New World Engineering Guide Conclusion

That completes our New World Engineering Guide! For more on the weapon perks, you can craft on your Engineering Weapons, check out our Perk and Perk Pool Guide.

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