If you’re looking for the best tank build in New World, then here’s how to build the ideal loadout using a sword and shield. The sword is currently the only weapon in New World that can be used with a shield – although the sword is fairly weak compared to other hefty New World weapons, it can be used to build a highly defensive tanky loadout for both PvE and PvP.
It’s important that you equip your sword with a carnelian gem – this provides a taunting perk for your weapon, used alongside the Shield Bash and Defiant Stance in the mastery defender tree. The build is made up of both defender and swordmaster abilities, and although the sword provides strength attributes, it’s best to scale up in both dexterity and constitution to withstand damage.
These tank builds are used to defend and mitigate damage so other party members can deal damage, so they’re best paired with DPS builds and a life staff healing build. Take note of the abilities that slow enemies, as the tank particularly excels in crowd control, and AoE damage can be used to maximise your efficiency. So here are the best New World tank builds using a sword and shield for both PvE and PvP.
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