New World crafting guide: What you can make with each trade skill

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Looking for a New World crafting guide to help you get started? Amazon's new MMO features a fairly in-depth system for tinkering with resources. There are tonnes of different workstations, but also so-called trade skills that you can level, helping you to make better stuff and work your way up to becoming a mastercraftsperson.

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You'll also need better workstations and tools if you hope to gather the necessary resources, and most of all, you'll need to know where to look to get them. While this isn't an in-depth New World (opens in new tab) crafting guide, it will give you an idea of what to focus on, depending on what you're looking to craft, along with some information about how to find resources, along with what trade skills you can get.

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New World crafting: How to get started 

You can start crafting as soon as you finish the tutorial, and will find a crafting station near the first quest giver your meet. You'll use various workstations to craft with, and these are introduced during the main story. As you'd expect, levelling up the various trade skills will unlock better items to craft and potentially increase your yield, but you'll also need better crafting stations too. 

Crafting stations are upgraded as players complete quests via the Town Projects board, but only if the company or guild that governs the settlement has it as an objective. You can see what's been set by looking at the goals on the project board—see the screenshot below.

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Gathering trade skills

You can gather basic materials from the start, such as flint and green wood, but you'll need specific tools to gather better materials. You get your first flint axe and mining pick from quests when you reach the first settlement, then you're sent on a quest to gather various resources.

You can check out where to find most resources via the handily titled Resource Locations section in the left-hand column when you open the world map. This resource map will be particularly useful once you're doing more advanced crafting.

The gathering skills are:

  • Tracking and Skinning: Meat and animal hide.
  • Logging: Young tree, aged wood, etc.
  • Mining: Stone, Iron, saltpeter, oil, and other precious metals and gems.
  • Harvesting: Herbs, hemp, and other plant life.
  • Fishing: Fish.

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Refining trade skills

The refining trade skills let you work the raw materials you've gathered, so you can smelt iron ore into iron ingots, for example. 

The refining trade skills are:

  • Leatherworking: Leather and tannin.
  • Woodworking: Timber, lumber, planks, sandpaper.
  • Stonecutting: Stone blocks and bricks, cut gems.
  • Smelting: Ingots and flux.
  • Weaving: Linen, sateen, silk.

Crafting trade skills

There are many crafting trade skills. It's helpful to know what you can produce with each, so you can concentrate on levelling the ones you need first. It's also worth noting that each of these trade skills can craft Repair Kits. 

  • Weaponsmithing: Melee weapons (not spears) and shields.
  • Armoring: Armor (all weights).
  • Engineering: Spears, ranged weapons, arrows, bullets, gathering tools.
  • Jewelcrafting: Jewelry and gems.
  • Arcana: Staffs, gauntlets, potions and tinctures.
  • Cooking: Rations, meals, fishing bait.
  • Furnishing: Furniture for player housing, including trophies.
Sarah James
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Sarah started as a freelance writer in 2018, writing for PCGamesN, TechRadar, GamingBible, Red Bull Gaming and more. In 2021, she was offered a full-time position on the PC Gamer team where she takes every possible opportunity to talk about World of Warcraft and Elden Ring. When not writing guides, most of her spare time is spent in Azeroth—though she's quite partial to JRPGs too. One of her fondest hopes is to one day play through the ending of Final Fantasy X without breaking down into a sobbing heap. She probably has more wolves in Valheim than you.