How Does PvP in New World Work?



Hey guys! Amazon Games’ new MMO New World features both PvE (player vs enemy) and PvP (player vs player) content. This is pretty common in MMOs, but the way PvP works in New World is a little bit different. In this article, I’m going to walk through how to do PvP in New World and all the important info you need to now. 


In New World, PvP can be toggled on and off at any sanctuary. To gain access to PvP, you’ll have to join one of the game’s 3 factions, which becomes available early on in the game’s main questline. Once PvP is activated, you’ll have a few different options for how to engage in PvP in New World. 


I’m going to go over all of that in this guide, but first, let’s look at how to activate PvP in New World


How do I turn on PvP in New World?


Once you have access to PvP in New World, toggling it on and off is as simple as pressing a button. By default, pressing U will toggle PvP on and off. Once you turn on PvP, you’ll be able to attack any player from a different faction who also has PvP turned on. Be careful! When you have PvP on, you’re also vulnerable to attack from other PvPers. 


You’ll need to have PvP toggled on to participate in PvP missions for your chosen faction. These missions task you to do various things like gather intel on other factions or deliver messages to other territories. Make sure you do not turn off PvP before finishing these missions, or you’ll automatically fail them. 


So, as you can see, factions are an essential part of PvP in New World. But what are the factions? And how do you join them?

How do I join a faction for PvP in New World?

There are three separate factions you can join for PvP in New World. These three factions are the Syndicate, the Marauders, and the Covenant. You’ll be able to join a faction at level 10, after completing some of the introductory quests. 


It’s worth noting that there’s no major gameplay difference between any given faction. Instead, factions in New World have 2 minor effects on gameplay:


  • They affect which faction-specific gear you can get (e.g., you can only get Covenant gear if you’re a part of the Covenant)
  • You can only join a company (New World’s version of guilds) that’s in your associated faction


Besides this, the differences between factions are largely cosmetic, with each having its own story and colors. Amazon Games describes the Marauders as “a ruthless military force bent on establishing a free nation where anyone with the strength to do so can prosper and profit.” The Syndicate, meanwhile, is a “secretive organization of boundless guile and intellect in search of forbidden knowledge to usher in a new age of enlightenment,” and the Covenant are “a fanatical order that has charged itself with cleansing the land of heretics and defilers so that its true holy nature can flourish and justice can be restored.”


I recommend you choose factions mostly based on which ones you like and which factions your friends are a part of. Because these factions also fight for control of territory, you may just want to join the most powerful faction in your server. Also worth noting is that you can change your faction once every 120 days. 


Once you’ve chosen a faction and toggled on PvP in New World, there’s a few different ways you can engage in PvP


What are the different kinds of PvP in New World?


The most basic way to engage in PvP in New World is to simply toggle it on and run out into the world looking for other players that have PvP toggled on. Then, you can attack them freely. However, there are many more ways to do PvP in New World. 


I already mentioned one kind of PvP activity in New World, PvP faction missions. These will send you to various areas to do various tasks, where you’ll also find members of enemy factions trying to do the same. While fighting other players isn’t usually the main goal of these quests, you’ll often get into a couple fights with other players when doing them. 


Doing these factions will gain influence for your faction and reduce it for other factions. Factions also fight to control different pieces of territory on the map, which grants that faction bonuses. As a part of this battle for territory, there are several special game modes. 


One such mode is Outpost Rush, which is a PvPvE experience. In this mode, two teams of 20 players fight to maintain control of three ouptosts on the map while fighting each other and enemies as well as gathering resources to fortify their defenses. 


The largest mode for PvP in New World is War. In this PvP mode, two massive teams of 50 players will fight for control of forts, with one team defending and one team attacking. The defenders want to hold their fort and keep it defended, while attackers want to bring down their defenses and capture the fort. 


Succeeding in war will allow your faction to take control of new territory, which confers many benefits. These benefits can include bonuses to experience gain, decreased fast travel costs, and more. 


Now you know how PvP in New World works!


That’s all the basics for PvP in New World. Whether you want to engage in War, take on faction missions, or just head out and start some trouble, you now have all the tools you need to take advantage of PvP in New World. Got any PvP tips and tricks? Let me know in the comments! 

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