New World Arcana is a Crafting Trade Skill in New World. Arcana is a Crafting skill focused on crafting Magical Weapons such as Staves. Additionally, Arcanists can craft Potions and Tinctures which are consumables that can provide a variety of effects such as health and mana restoration, buffs and removal of harmful effects such as Poison. Trade Skills are a variety of non-combat skills that the player can invest in and master. Trade Skills belonging to the Crafting category focus on creating a large variety of items ranging from Weapons and Consumables to ammunition and furniture.
Arcana is an expansive Crafting skill that covers a very large variety of items including magical weapons such as Fire Staves and Ice Gauntlets, Potions, Weapon Coatings and Tinctures. Arcanists can also perform Elemental Infusions, combining Elemental Essences into more powerful ones. Arcana uses resources and materials obtained from skills in the Gathering and Refining lines. A higher level in Arcana will allow players to create better, more powerful weapons and consumables, as well as improving the Gear Score range of craftable weapons.
New World Arcana is performed at an Arcane Repository which can be found in Settlements. Arcane Repositories have a Tier level which can be increased by taking on Town Projects. Note that each weapon has a tier level requirement in order to craft. This tier level corresponds to the Arcane Repository’s tier level. If your settlement’s Arcane Repository level does not meet the requirement, you will need to either raise it or find another settlement with a Arcane Repository of a higher tier. Crafting in the Arcana line requires the player to be of the appropriate Arcana level as well. Leveling up in Arcana is a straightforward process. Players simply need to continuously craft weapons and consumables raise their level in the skill. Collecting resources, however, is more involved and can prove more difficult.
Arcana Related Skills
New World Arcana is a skill that relies heavily on the following skills for resources and materials and as such, they are strongly recommended companion skills:
Arcanists have two major sources of elemental resources in Mining and Harvesting and both are essential for getting the most out of this trade skill.
Note that materials for any Crafting skill can be obtained from other players as well by trading, so players can still be successful in Arcana even if they invest in other skills, but this requires playing the game’s economy system.
Arcana Weapons Perks
While Crafting a weapon, it has a small chance of gaining one or more Perks or an Empty Gem Socket. While these outcomes are random, players can use the special resource Azoth during the crafting process to improve the chances of getting perks, a socket or both. Additionally, there are a number of special materials that can be gathered in the world that, when used during the crafting process, can dictate what Perk is added to the weapon. However, there are still no guarantees that a Perk or Gem Socket will indeed be added to the piece of equipment but the chance increases as the Crafting skill level increases.
Check the Perks page for a full list of possible weapon perks and the resources needed to imbue them onto crafted weapons.