When it comes to obtaining new gear, New World relies more on its player-driven economy and less on world and boss drops. Crafting Recipes play a central role in both making your own equipment and consumables but also selling them to others for shiny pieces of gold. Here is how you unlock them.
New World gives you access to all of its different types of gathering and crafting from early on. You obtain your first skinning knife as part of the main quest and can quickly build the other required tools at the same campfire. Proper crafting opens up once your each the first town, which isn't much further down the road. But once you open up any station, you'll notice that you only have access to a limited number of Crafting Recipes.
The process of unlocking New World's Crafting Recipes is very straightforward, at least from what we've noticed so far. All you need to do is level up your preferred Trade Skill. This is done by essentially crafting whatever you can at the appropriate station. On the bottom right side of the crafting station UI, you can see how much experience you get from each recipe.
As you craft more and more, your level increases which, in turn, opens up the way to new Crafting Recipes. Gathering Trade Skills work in a similar fashion: you have to gather lower-level materials to reach the threshold where higher-level materials become available. This means sharpening your axe on quite a few Young Trees before you can cut down Mature Trees.
Naturally, the higher your skill, the more powerful the gear and the more useful the consumables you can craft. Each station shows you a list of available Crafting Recipes. Just keep in mind that some New World's crafting stations let you craft items belonging to Multiple Trade skills.
The Forge, for example, lets you level up Armorsmithing, Weaponsmithing, but also Engineering, so make sure you carefully study which items you need beforehand.
Aside from this, it's really all about perseverance. Focusing on one or a few Trade Skills lets you progress through levels faster, but there's really no limitation in this sense. You can unlock stuff as you see fit, as long as you have the proper materials.
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