Alright, are you ready for one of the grindy parts of New World, though the part that I’m most obsessive about?
I cannot lie that Territory Standing is the game element I spend the most time completing. While I really do not need more Territory Standing in any of the game areas, the benefits are awesome, encouraging me to aim to get the maximum Territory Standing in all of the locations.
Although I don’t do this, I’ve debated spending my time streaming New World focussing on Territory Standing because of how much I want to max out all the Territories, but alas I don’t think it’s the most interesting to watch and focus on other aspects of the game.
Realistically players will be wanting to focus on at least 1-3 of the Territories, raising them to Standing 30 in order to purchase the best homes, especially if you’re someone who wants to optimize their Trophies for damage or for crafting. Even if a player is not trying to min-max, I would strongly recommend that players spend a good amount of time getting their Territory Standing up as it will greatly reduce the cost of anything you do in the Territory, such as crafting, purchasing anything on the Trade Post or even paying the upkeep of your home.
Though there are ways to optimize how much Territory Standing you get and how quickly you raise them, there is no way to completely blitz through these and they will take many days in order to get to a decent level.
The following guide will take you through everything you need to know about Territory Standing Cards, including what I recommend you spend your Territory Standing on. Be prepared for a fairly long guide and I specifically recommend that newer players go through each section of this of this guide, as although Territory Standing can seem like it is a personal preference, the reality is that there are some upgrades that are absolute trash that no one should take and some that players may think aren’t worth it, but really help improve the gameplay of a player in New World.
I will do my very best to be as informative as I can in hopes of helping players of all styles figure out what is important to them, though I am very open to your opinions and whether or not you agree with me. Let’s get started!
Note: If you want to know the fastest way to get Territory Standing, check out this post!
WHAT IS TERRITORY STANDING?
Territory Standing is essentially a way for players to be rewarded for their efforts in one of the many Territories found in Aternum.
As players complete tasks in each Territory they will receive various amounts of standing depending on the type of task they are completing.
While realistically a player can complete any task in order to get Territory Standing, a player will have to go out of their way to get large amounts of Standing. While I personally do not mind the farming element of Territory Standing, especially because it helps me figure out what I want to do for the day, some of the tasks can be very annoying to complete for players, or not feel very worth it.
Now, one of the biggest realities of Territory Standing is that players can easily collect Territory Standing passively or can technically even pay their way into getting Territory Standing.
Each time a player levels up their Territory Standing they will be able to make a single choice of a perk that they will receive.
While perks only provide small increments of assistance to a player, as a player grinds their Territory Standing, they will become a lot more substantial as the player continues to level them up.
WHAT PERKS CAN YOU GET FROM TERRITORY STANDING BONUSES AND WHAT ARE THE BEST PERKS?
When it comes to choosing which Territory Standing Bonuses a player is going to have to choose based on what it is they are currently working on or towards.
I strongly suggest that players choose their Territory Standing rewards differently for each Territory as you will not need all of the upgrades in every single Territory. There will also be better Territory Standing for places you select as your home versus areas you simply go to farm in.
I will cover these differences as we go through the different bonuses you can get.
The following section will be ranked from worst to best and I would love to hear your thoughts on if you agree.
(GUARENTEED) HOUSE OWNERSHIP
To begin, I’m going to start with House Ownership as it is one that you are required to take.
At level 10 Territory Standing everyone will always be forced to unlock the House Ownership Territory bonus which allows them to purchase a house in that Territory.
Now, players will need to be level 30 Territory in order to buy the largest home, so I would strongly recommend that you wait until then to make your purchase.
Now if you’re someone who doesn’t want to min-max and instead wants to just buy the prettiest house, I strongly recommend that you check out my husband’s layout guides that show you all the different houses you can purchase.
The good thing about this upgrade is that it will not replace whatever bonus you want to choose at level 10, so don’t sweat it when you only see one card appear, the next three will appear right after you select it.
#9. XP GAIN
By far the most tempting, but least useful Territory bonus is XP Gain. While it’s nice to have boosted experience when trying to get to level 60. Now, the biggest issue with this is the fact that by the time you get the Territory Standing you will probably already out-level the area that you are in and it will not be beneficial for Weapon Mastery later on.
If you are struggling with levelling up to 60 I would recommend checking out my guide on the fastest way to level to 60 and in regards to getting your Weapon Mastery you can check out this guide.
I have not seen an increase in Weapon Mastery experience with this bonus, so even if you were hoping to use it in the future after you hit level 60 it’s quite a bit of a waste.
I would strongly recommend ignoring this Territory perk as much as possible even if you’re someone who can only play New World very casually.
#8. FACTION REPUTATION
I honestly hate the idea of selecting the Faction Reputation Territory Standing bonus as you will only need it for a very short time until you max out your Faction.
While yes, this makes the grind a lot more manageable, the reality is that for the average player who cannot spend every waking moment playing New World you can simply do your three boosted Faction Quests in order to get all the reputation you need to get through the first few levels of your Faction.
Beyond that, unless you’re trying to power to the last tier to get Gypsum, you should be fine. Realistically, a player will not need Gypsum until they are level 60 and though it is extremely easy to get here… chances are you’ll get your Faction up to the max by doing the 3 daily quests long before you hit Level 60.
The only time I would ever recommend choosing Faction Reputation is if you are switching around your Factions, but even then… I don’t think it’s worth it. This is also coming from someone who had to switch Factions to join his online friends in their Company and truthfully, it’s not that bad.
#7. HOUSING ITEMS
I have to say, while I love the fact that you can have and design a house in New World, I can’t say that I have the mindset to prioritize for it. Though I’m sure I will one day level up my ability to have more Housing items, especially as I’m a high-level Furnisher who can craft some really beautiful Furniture.
At the moment my houses are glorified Trophy Storage compartments, which I can see being the case for the majority of players.
There is really no benefit to this upgrade other than for those of you who really want to get into the gritty of decorating in New World or you are the most serious about getting the highest Housing Score so your House always appears when folks walk down your Settlement streets.
Again, there is no benefit to this other than bragging rights as there are no contests for having the most furnished or prettiest house.
I rank this very low because I don’t really care about making my House look great, but I would do this after I have all of my other buffs in Territory Standing.
Obviously, players will want this only in Territories where they are hoping to actually have a home in, so I would strongly recommend that you only start upgrading this after you purchase a home. Chances are there will be 3-5 areas that you like the aesthetic of and while you can only purchase 3 houses maximum, you can always switch where you live and get half your money back.
I would recommend that players only grab these upgrades when they have purchased their homes, but if you can imagine yourself living in areas soon it might be worth grabbing early.
#6. GATHERING SPEED
Gathering Speed is by far one of the best Territory Standing upgrades you can get in the game. Though when I first started playing New World I thought “I will never need this” especially after I bought better Tools, nothing can be more untrue.
I would recommend that players get at least 30% of this in all of your Territories that you do not want a house in or at least the ones that you most commonly farm in.
Now, I wouldn’t recommend that you focus on getting Territory Standing in these areas unless you are obsessive or find it fun to do, but whenever the Territory Standing bonus pops up, choose it.
#5. STATION FEE REDUCTION
Station Fee Reduction is going to sit in different places depending on what it is you are focussing on in New World.
While I’m of the mind that you should always get into crafting and refining (specifically refining) in New World, not everyone is going to do it.
Realistically, sometimes things can be more expensive when they are the raw materials as many players will want to level up their own crafting or refining. This will heavily depend on what is going on with the Trading Post on your server, but also with what tasks you enjoy doing.
Let’s be honest, most crafting is extremely cheap, but when you get into the tier 5 resources or Gypsum crating it’s going to start getting a bit pricy.
I would strongly recommend getting this upgrade in Territories such as Ebonscale or Brimstone for the reduced price of crafting Gypsum, though this would be extremely important for players who spend the majority of their time Gathering and Crafting.
#4. PROPERTY TAX REDUCTION
As someone who has three of the maximum level Houses, I find Property Tax extremely beneficial. While yes, you can shave off something as little as 50 Gold, it definitely stacks up and quite frankly, I’d rather have that Gold, because you can shave off about 100 by the time you max out this stat.
Due to the big discount that you get in the later stages, it makes it very useful to level up all of the Territories where your homes are in.
Admittedly, this can be a pretty long grind, I will not lie but it’s really worth it in the long run.
#3. TRADE TAX REDUCTION
I feel like I have a generally unique feeling about the Trade Tax reduction because realistically a player will only need the Trade Tax Reduction in a single Settlement, but I’m constantly all over the place and will buy anything in the Settlements I’m currently in, even if the taxes I’m paying are higher.
The reason I rank Trade Tax so high is that while I would not craft in Settlement, I would 100% purchase in any, especially if I simply need to get something done.
Realistically this can also be extremely useful for players when selling as well as this will make it so you don’t have to pay as much task when selling. Due to this, players will want to at least ensure that their home city is the one that has the biggest upgrade as this will probably be where you do the most buy orders and sell orders.
Typically Taxes are not that expensive unless players are selling something for thousands. For players on small servers, this is going to make a huge difference as things tend to sell for a lot more than on larger servers where everything is farmed out so regularly.
The main reason I recommend that players choose Tax Reduction in the Settlements they call home is that you would assume that they are the Settlements that have the most storage (due to chests) and will essentially be the easiest to sell from due to the compiled inventory.
I won’t lie, even with this you probably won’t be able to hold all of your resources in a single Settlement, especially due to the 500 unique item limit. This is truly the most annoying part of inventories, especially when you are in the late game.
For this reason, I would recommend that you differentiate between what you use each Territory for and split up resources according to this. For example Everfall for Logging and Mining and leaving all the Music and other miscellaneous resources elsewhere so you don’t hit the 500 unique cap. I truly don’t understand the reason for this cap… at all.
#2. STANDING GAIN
Players are going to have mixed feelings on this one, though I’m of the camp of getting at least a 30% boost on your Territory as this will make all other upgrades so much more accessible.
Admittedly, the boost you get from Music is going to be drastic enough to make everything feel easier, but you don’t get to Territory Standing 300 without a good boost.
I would start focussing on other cards as soon as you hit 30% on Standing Gain and then focus on other things when you hit this as the depreciation is way too low to even care anymore. The choice is your though and some players will completely ignore Standing Gain, but I found it very worth it.
#1. STORAGE SPACE
By far the most important and beneficial upgrade to ever have when it comes to Territorial Standing is Storage space. I cannot tell you how full my Storage is in the majority of Settlements because I’m constantly farming resources.
While players can utilize Chests in order to expand their inventory in Settlements where they have houses, the reality is that they will need much more storage than even the 3 biggest chests. Realistically, this is why it is important to get your Territory Standing in as many Territories as high as possible as even if it’s not your home base it will be extremely useful to get as much storage space as possible, especially if you are a gatherer or simply trying to get as many unique weapons or armour as possible.
I promise you, not a single person who has ever played this game has said “there’s enough storage” in the game. It’s simply not true and there will never be enough.
Though this upgrade only provides you with 25 storage space for each upgrade, this really builds up if a player always chooses it whenever it is available.
I cannot tell you how many Settlements I have started grinding Territory in just for this because I’m outright tired of all my items being in different Settlements.
One straight-up example is the hoard of Potions I have. I usually keep them in Mourningdale, but I’m sure you all know that the more you play the game the more potions you end up collecting even without crafting them.
I personally do not sell my potions, so I don’t have to purchase them for Town projects, but if you’re someone who simply wants to make money Gold and don’t care about crafting or saving their resources up for Town Projects.
I currently have at least 3 full storage units filled with Potions and 3 others with a mixture of Armour and Weapons. At this point, I would say I have a total of 8 Storages filled completely, even with 3 Territories with the biggest chests.
I can only expect this to get worse and worse until the game gets an update, though we’ll see how I feel when I ultimately get my Territory Standing to 300 in multiple areas.
What I love most about this upgrade is it tends to be available every other level up. At first, you may not want to take this upgrade as the others are more beneficial until you get pretty far into the game and you’re picking up loot all the time.
WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM LEVEL OF TERRITORY STANDING YOU CAN GET?
The maximum level that is currently available in New World is 300. Admittedly, this is a massive grind that the majority of players will never obtain or be interested in obtaining as there is a massive drop in utility.
I have to say, the sweet spot in my opinion is Territory Standing 80 as beyond this the percentage increase is so minimal that it will not impact you much at all. Still, I would recommend powering beyond this as some of the upgrades technically have no limit and no depreciating upgrades.
CAN YOU MAX OUT EVERY TERRITORY STANDING BONUS?
No, you unfortunately will not be able to max out all of the cards for Territory Standing, even if you have level 300 Territory Standing.
As unfortunate as this is, trust me it won’t really matter especially due to the diminishing returns you get from the cards. With that being said, this is why it is so important that you are specific with your upgrades and know what tasks you want to complete in every Territory
Try not to waste your cards on useless upgrades such as crafting if you are never going to craft in a specific Territory or are just going to craft there occasionally.
Honestly, I beg you to always get Storage upgrades because you never know when you need them. I’m honestly so tempted to just spend my time getting Territory Standing and not doing any Dungeons for a full week because I need more inventory space.
CAN YOU RESET YOUR TERRITORY STANDING CARDS?
No, unfortunately you will not be able to reset the cards you have selected. As soon as you choose a card it is locked in and you will never be able to change it.
Now with that said, don’t fret if you chose “the wrong cards” as the difference between a fully optimized deck versus one that’s less optimized isn’t much different. Still, I would avoid choosing suboptimal cards for locations you’re not going to want to spend time in.
While yes, I can understand trying to make every area as balanced as you can, the reality is that you will probably want to choose locations you like the houses in or Territories your company is constantly in control of, but otherwise it will be a very long grind to get everything up to level 300.
So while Territory Standing bonuses are going to be a bit subjective and will vary from person to person the general consensus is that you should get the following cards:
Faction Reputation (36 Cards) equalling to 36.8% <- which I personally don’t agree with (I don’t think you should take this)
Gather Speed (36 Cards) equalling to 36.8%
House Items (20 Cards)
Standing Gain (36 Cards) equalling to 36.8%
Storage (64) equalling to 1,600 Standing
Trading Tax (36 Cards) equalling to 36.8%
XP Gain (1 Card) equalling to 3%<- which I personally don’t agree with
But I’m curious, what are your thoughts on this? Do you use the same cards? Do you have a preference to any of the Territory Standing Cards? Let me know in the comments below!
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