What does GRIT mean in New World?
New World uses the term GRIT to describe certain weapons and abilities. For those trying to master combat, understanding what GRIT means, how to use it effectively, and what to do if you see an enemy using it, is essential to success. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to determine what GRIT is doing in New World, as the game doesn’t offer an explanation.
What is GRIT in the New World
GRIT refers to any attack or ability that puts a white effect around your character or an enemy character. GRIT attacks are also not offset sensitive, which means your attack animation will not be interrupted unless you run out of stamina (more info in a second).
Some weapons will have a GRIT attack or can be upgraded to include a GRIT attack. An example is the spear which can be upgraded with Tenacious Sweep. There are weapons that have GRIT attacks that can be canceled and others that cannot.
Reddit user m0nk3ytal3_ has a great explanation of GRIT and its effects on stamina. Essentially, when using a GRIT attack, you will take health damage as well as stamina damage. The only way to interrupt a GRIT attack is to exhaust the stamina bar of the player or enemy performing a GRIT attack. The amount of damage you need to deal is based on the equipment charge, the heavier the charge the more damage you need to deal to break the GRIT.
Interrupting a GRIT attack by depleting the stamina bar of the player or enemy using that attack will cause the GRIT attack to be interrupted, the player / enemy will be staggered, and the GRIT attack ability will recharge.
What this means for combat is that if you see an enemy using a GRIT attack with a heavy wind, you should try to attack them quickly to deplete their stamina. If you are successful, you will not only have dealt damage to them, but you will also have interrupted their GRIT attack and put their ability on cooldown. The flip side is that if you get hit by the attack you will likely take a lot of damage.
There are some nuances to the GRIT system in New World, and understanding GRIT and what it means will take some practice. The best way to figure this out is to train with a friend and see how your abilities and stamina interact. Be sure to check out the Shacknews New World page for more information on this vast game.