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Rapier/Musket PvE Build New World

Rapier/Musket PvE Build New World

Build Written By: Dottz Gaming – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Purpose: PvE

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Setup
    1. Gear
    2. Attributes
    3. Skill Tree
    4. Consumables & Heartgem
  3. Rotation & Tips
  4. Contact Info
  5. Update Log


Welcome to DottzGaming.com’s Rapier Musket New World PvE Build! This build is intended for general overland PvE and expeditions!

The Rapier & Musket combine very well together, offering a ton of survivability, damage over time and solid range. Musket builds have less mobility when compared to using a bow, but has a bit of a higher damage ceiling. With that being said, that extra damage is reliant on being able to land your headshots with the musket. While it will take some practice, you unlock a lot of extra damage when you can reliably hit them! Both weapons provide supplementary damage over time skills, giving a solid amount of DoT pressure to the build!

Keep in mind that builds are very personal. This is what worked for ME. If you don’t like something about it, change it to fit your playstyle.



Gear Loadout
Gear Slot Name/Stats Weight Perk Gem Acquisition
Head Brigand Medium Refreshing & Ward Diamond Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Chest Brigand Heavy Refreshing & Ward Diamond Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Gloves Brigand Medium Refreshing & Ward Diamond Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Legs Brigand Light Refreshing & Ward Malachite Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Boots Brigand Heavy Refreshing & Ward Malachite Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Shield N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ring Ranger Jewelry Keen Awareness Malachite Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Amulet Sentry Jewelry Health Malachite Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Earring Sentry Jewelry Refreshing Toast Diamond Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Weapon 1 Warden Rapier Keenly Jagged Emerald Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Weapon 2 Warden Musket Keen Emerald Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor

NOTE: Ward refers to any of the defensive wards for mob types, such as “Corrupted Ward.” More details can be found below under “Perks.”

Gear Explanation

  • Equipment Load (Medium): Medium armor, in my opinion, is the best equipment load for the build. This gives us the best of all worlds, giving us a decent amount of armor, a solid dodge (which we get 3 of), a 10% damage and healing boost as well as a 10% duration increase to our crowd control skills.
  • Name/Set: We run a combination of set types in order to help us hit the maximum dexterity perk (300) without too much overflow, since the scaling dramatically drops after that point. When no extra dexterity is needed, health is prioritized to help boost our defensive capabilities. You can mix and match the sets as you want, as long as your dexterity is as close to 300 as it can be with everything else in constitution.
  • Perks: For jewelry, Health tends to be the best Amulet Perk to help pad your max HP. Refreshing Toast is used for our Earring Perk, to allow us to use our potions much more frequently, thus increasing our HP/MP sustain by a ton. Finally, we go with Keen Awareness on our ring for more crit chance. We choose our defensive ward perk based on the PvE instance we are doing (mob type we will be fighting), and Refreshing for some cooldown reduction! In terms of skill perks, we want whatever skill perks we can get to enhance the capabilities of our build. Secondary perks to consider would be freedom, vigor, invigorated, elemental aversion, and physical aversion. Weapon wise, you want the bane perk for the mob type you’re fighting. The other weapon perks are up to personal choice!
  • Gems: For this setup, we went for a mixture of Malachite and Diamond gems in the armor. This will give us boosts physical damage reduction and elemental damage absorption, giving us a good spread of damage reduction for the game’s varied enemy types. Emerald gems are used in both weapons to help us execute enemies quickly!


All points into Dexterity.

Skill Tree

NOTE: Click here to view the skill tree calculator.

Consumables & Heartgem

  • Heartgem
    • Brutal Heartrune of Detonate
  • Consumables
    • Health Potion
    • Regeneration Potion
    • Dexterity / Constitution Food
    • Flex – the choice is up to you!

Rotation & Tips

  • On your Musket bar, lay down traps in front of you so that as opponents get close they’ll be CC’d. You then want to use Powder Burn and take your first shot, applying burning to your opponent. From there, enter Shooter’s Stance, and start taking rapid shots at your opponent. When using the Musket, remember that aiming for headshots is extremely important, since many of our passives rely on it.
  • Once you get close to your opponent, open up Tondo to get your Rapier’s bleed up. From there, start using Evade followed by light attacks to lower its cooldown. Hit them with a Fleche followed by an Interruption attack once you’re behind them for the automatic critical. Then, just keep using Evade and Light Attacks until Tondo or Fleche is back up and use them on cooldown
  • As you start taking damage, use your regeneration potion. This will help keep your health topped off.
  • When you take a big burst of damage, use your health potion to help recover!
  • If you are in a desperate need for health and your potions are on cooldown, get some distance from your opponent and eat food. As long as you dont take damage, your health will quickly regenerate. Once your health gets to a respectable amount or a potion comes off of cooldown, feel free to re-enter the fight!


If you have any questions about the build, join our discord server and ask @Dottz about the build!

Update Log

10/21/2021 – Build created
1/1/2022- build perks added
9/19/2022- armor updated
5/8/2023 – heartgem added