- Covenant – Religious fanatics that worship the spark.
- Marauders – Marauders believe strength and warfare s what it takes to survive on Aerternum.
- Syndicate – Believe in the truth and dress up like plague doctors.
No matter what MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) you play, there is normally an important decision to make. Whether playing an Alliance or Horde character in WoW, joining the Daggerfall Covenant in Elder Scrolls Online, or becoming a Stormlord in Final Fantasy XIV. Joining a faction is always one of the most important parts of any MMO’s character identity. New World is no different, with three distract factions to chose from. Here is what you need to know about the New World factions.
New World Factions – The Three Factions
Once you complete the tutorial to New World, you’ll eventually make your way to the nearest friendly settlement. As part of the main quest chain within the settlement, you’ll encounter the New World’s three factions: The Covenant, Marauders, and Syndicate.
New World Covenant
The Covenant is the religious inquisition, with its followers dedicated to the Spark. It is basically a faction full of Catholics since the game is based on the European Age of Exploration. You can tell them apart from the other factions due to more zealous attire, church-related buildings, and their distinctive orange color scheme.
New World Marauders
If you’re more into strength conquest and martial attitudes, then the Marauders are your faction. These muscular maniacs believe that Aeternum is a land worth fighting for, and only those strong enough will claim it. You can distinguish them from the other factions through their green color scheme and strong visual connection to the Spanish Conquistadors.
New World Syndicate
Lastly, we have the Syndicate, a band of mystics and scholars. The Syndicate is dedicated to pursuing truth and knowledge, dressed up in plague doctor or monkish attire. Their preferred colour scheme is purple.
What do New World factions do?
The factions in New world are quite an important choice to make. They largely affect the social and PvP aspects of the game. You cannot join a Marauders guild if you are part of the Covenant, for example.
Moreso, the core of New World’s end game is all about map conquest. If an opposing faction already owns a zone, then a guild can prepare an invasion with coordinated 50v50 combat deciding the territory’s fate. If they are successful at conquering the enemy’s fort, they will claim the zone for themselves. Capturing a zone creates faction pride, granting faction wide buffs for players belonging to that faction.
Also, if you like playing the game in hard mode, you can turn on PvP in the open world. This allows you to fight other players flagged for PvP. You can only fight players on the other faction in the open world. You’ll also need to turn PvP on if you plan on completing PvP missions for your faction, which is how you get to contest zones owned by other factions.
On a final note, zones owned by fellow faction members can aid the development of that settlement. Every major settlement in every zone has a town board, with quest adding development to the zone. This means the governor, aka the guild leader in control of the settlement, can upgrade the settlement, focusing on upgrading defences and Trade Skill stations for its residents to enjoy.
New World Faction Gear
Factions also offer players equipment, but the items are largely the same. The only major difference is the cosmetic look of the gear from faction vendors. You need to complete missions for your faction to get faction tokens to purchase themed gear. It is also one of the best ways to get decent gear at the level 15 and 30 marks. The gear should carry you through the levelling process, but they will not be the best gear in the game by any stretch of the imagination Looting gear at end game expeditions and crafting are the best source of gear.
The good thing about New World Faction Gear is that it can be transmoged through the appearance filter in your character screen. You will be able to represent your New World faction with pride via collecting gear. If you want to get some of your New World faction’s gear, then you’ll need to do quests for your faction.
New World Faction Quests
New World Factions have quests that you can do to level up. They are also important for getting currency with your faction to get faction gear. You can take up to three faction quests at any given time, however, if you take PvP quests, you will need to enable PvP before you leave the settlement. It is also worth mentioning that if another player kills you, you will lose all progress on your PvP Faction quests and be forced to restart them. It is very competitive and risky because it is how the PvP territory contention system works.
It is also worth mentioning that the PvE quests can range from anywhere between go and pick up things here, to run around the map collecting New World sheep.
Is there a New World best faction?
All of the New World factions are designed in the same way and offer no direct benefit to the players. However, the Syndicate is the most popular faction in the game, closely followed by the Marauders. If you care about being on a populated faction, then join the Marauders or Syndicate.
However, playing the populated factions does come with some drawbacks. The first is that there is no guarantee your guild will conquer a zone, as there are limited zones in the game. In addition, playing on the smaller faction means you’ll likely find more opportunities to assault and defend in upcoming wars. Even if a faction cannot pull together 50 players for war, they can always call for mercenaries from the neutral faction to fill any gaps.
Lastly, each server will have different players, One server may have a guild fighting for the Syndicate that dominates Aeternum. Meanwhile, another server may have the Marauders dominate. It all depends on the server community. Therefore, go with your heart when joining any of the New World factions. However, if you feel you made a mistake joining a faction, then you can change your New World faction by following our guide here.
Which faction did you join? Let us know in the comments below! If you’re looking for other best of guides for New World, we have a handy New World tier list here for you.