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Update 4.0.4

 Update 4.0.4

Improved Group Finder and New Event!

The big changes in this update include the introduction of an improved Group Finder system including Cross World capabilities, and the beginning of the micro event The Year of the Dragon. There are also some bug fixes and minor balance tweaks. The server will go down at midnight Delos server time (12am 8/2) and will remain down for about 1.5 hours.

Items of note

  • The Frigid Dawn set will be craftable with materia at the Gypsum Kiln
  • Increased the number of Mutated Expeditions from 2 to 3 per week.
  • OPR kegs are cheaper and stronger to aid in defeating gates

New Known Issues section

These patch notes have a new section at the bottom, titled Known Issues. These address problems that players may encounter and provide work arounds where appropriate. This is a great idea and I hope we see more of these in future patch notes.

From the source:

You can visit a direct link here, or read a copy of the news below:

Greetings, Adventurers!

New World Update 4.0.4 downtime will begin at 5:00AM PT (1:00PM UTC) on February 7 and last approximately 1.5 hours. Find Expedition groups faster through Cross-World Expeditions, gear up for the harsh winter with new Store items, and check out the winners of our Winter Fashion Week contest. Here are the full release notes, plus another episode of Patch Notes Breakdown. Please continue to share your video feedback on Discord or in the YouTube comments section.


Your favorite Expeditions will now offer less wait times and even more rewards. Through player feedback, the Activity Finder menu, and our matchmaking system, we have taken big steps toward our vision of more accessible instanced modes. We can’t thank our players enough for their patience as we took the time needed to get these cross-world systems in place. Explore each new feature, including details on our new bonus rewards.


With a heart as cold as the frozen landscape and a willingness to fight in conditions unbearable for others, the Winter Mercenary is a fearsome foe! Outfit yourself for the winter months with new items available in the Store.


Thanks to everyone that participated in our Winter Fashion Week Contest. First place will receive 20,000 Marks of Fortune, second place will get 10,000 Marks of Fortune, and third place will net 5,000 Marks of Fortune. Look forward to future contests on the New World Discord.



  • Fixed an issue that caused players to not properly get contribution (including loot bags) for killing enemies while in a group.

  • Fixed issue that caused Defensive Formation to remain active while sprinting.

  • Outpost Rush Powder Kegs:

    • Reduced the cost from 100 Azoth to 50 Azoth, and doubled their health (15K to 30K)

  • Pestilence (Artifact):

    • Increased cooldown between activations from 0.5s to 1s and updated tooltip to clarify that there is a cooldown.


  • Added flag to track if a player was kicked from their group. Don’t apply leaver penalty when kicked.

    • Leaver penalty applies when closing the client or connection times out.

  • Fixed respawn point filtering for Outpost Rush and Expeditions.

  • Respawn shrines are now available in Cross-World Expeditions.

  • Expedition counts are now consumed for Cross-World Expeditions.

  • Revive counts are now enforced in Cross-World Expeditions.

  • Added “Elapsed Time In Expedition” to control when to apply Deserter Penalty after “X” time.

  • The number of Mutated Expeditions will be increased to 3 per week. Every Mutation rotation that follows this update will have a set of 3 Mutated Expeditions.

    • Please note, there will be an interruption to the Mutation schedule for this upcoming rotation. Mutations will rotate on 2/6 at 11PM PST per the usual schedule, but there will be another rotation during the 2/7 downtime that’ll change the list of Mutations again.


  • All seasonal event quests will be appropriately removed outside of the event, and players who were holding summer event quests will no longer have a broken Journal screen.

  • Fixed an issue in which three quest rewards characters appeared as generic NPCs instead of their unique appearances.

  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from entering the Sandworm Elite Trial remotely through the map or activities UI.

  • Fixed an issue that caused Cross-World Expeditions to not display on the Expedition map.

  • Fixed an issue that caused Outpost Rush matches to start with only backfilled players.

  • Fixed a visual issue with element positioning for Soul Trials.


  • Fixed an issue that allowed players without Rise of the Angry Earth to receive unusable loot above 625 Gear Score.

  • Fixed an issue that caused the Frigid Dawn armor set to not appear as a material replica recipe at the Gypsum Kiln.


  • Players in pre-made groups disband after abandoning or completing an Expedition.

  • Role selection DOES support the Lost Stopwatch artifact to quality for Tank role, but the UI only mentions Carnelian Gems

  • Role counter does not update after kicking member from group and can stall the queuing process.

    • Work around – If any remaining player revisits the Role Select screen, the group size will update and will proceed as expected.

  • Soul Trial entrances can sometimes show both lobby and matchmaking elements.

    • No workaround needed, just click the button and proceed to the entrance screen.

  • Trying to change your role while in a Cross-World match does not give a reason why it fails to update.

  • When queuing for Outpost Rush or Arena, the global “Leave Queue” button is missing from the updated UI.

    • Players must leave queue through the main Queue Status HUD (top right), or from the specific Outpost Rush/Arena screens.

  • After playing an Outpost Rush match, the Expedition’s queue HUD can briefly show Outpost Rush match sizes before the first player accepts the invite.

Thanks for your support! We’ll see you in Aeternum.

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