Last Updated: August 14, 2022 Reading Time: 7 min

New World Great Axe PvP Build

Bruiser PVP – Great Axe and Warhammer

Introduction

This New World Great Axe War Hammer Build is most suitable for Outpost Rush and Wars. This build excels at crowd control and dishing out high amounts of AoE damage. You can clear crowds of enemies with a well-placed and well-timed Gravity Well and Maelstrom combination. 

Pros

  • Very high burst damage
  • A lot of Crowd Control
  • High AoE Damage

Cons

  • Can be kited by ranged
  • Long cooldown on abilities

Mastery Points

Great Axe

For this New World, Great Axe Build you are going to utilize your Great Axe for mobility, increased damage resistance, AoE CC, and big AoE damage. The recommended abilities are:

Whirlwind

Maelstrom

Gravity Well

Upgrade Maelstrom fully in order to get additional range on the ability, consume incoming projectiles, add grit to the attack, and increase the attack’s damage. Next, upgrade Gravity well to the second upgrade, Crowded Well, to receive the additional burst damage. You will not fully upgrade it so you can take the additional passive, Enduring Strikes. You will be going 300 strength with this build so you will have active grit quite a lot. The damage reduction you receive from this passive outweighs the fortify from casting gravity well.

You will also want to upgrade whirlwind fully in order to take advantage of the additional damage it provides. Whirlwind is not going to be utilized within your combo. This ability is going to be used mostly as utility and extra damage as you see fit. You will want to take the perk fortifying whirlwind for the additional mitigation you’ll receive when using the ability.

The remaining passives you take will support additional damage and mitigation.

great axe build

Warhammer

For this New World War Hammer build the Warhammer abilities you are going to take will provide you with loads of damage and additional crowd Control. The recommended abilities for this build are the following:

Wrecking Ball

Shockwave

Path of Destiny

You will want to upgrade Wrecking Ball fully in order to get increased damage mitigation and a larger radius for the CC. Shockwave will be fully upgraded to weaken your target and to expand the radius of the stun. Path of Destiny will also be fully upgraded to take advantage of the stagger and cooldown reduction it provides.

You are not going to be taking a key passive (or ultimate) on the War Hammer. Instead you will utilize the additional points to gain some additional damage and cooldown reduction from the Juggernaut tree.

The remaining passives you take will support additional damage and increased damage mitigation. 

war hammer build

Attributes

For this Great Axe War Hammer build you will keep it simple. The attribute distribution will be 300 Strength and 200 Constitution. You will want to make your way to 300 Strength for the grit you will get and for pushing out a lot of damage. 

Then, you will push the remaining 200 attributes into constitutions for the additional armor increase and the additional health it provides. You will be in the thick of things quite a lot and will need survivability. 

Equipment

In this section of the New World Great Axe Hammer Build – Bruiser Build, we will break down what equipment you will use. This includes armor perks, weapon perks, and equip weight.

For this Bruiser build, we will be in the Medium equip weight category. This gives you a good balance of damage and mitigation with more dodges to proc Shirking Fortification. The way to obtain Medium equip weight for this build is the following:

1.) Heavy Chest, Light Pants, (2 Medium, 1 Heavy) Head, Gloves, and Boots

2.) Heavy Chest, Heavy Legs, (2 Light, 1 Medium) Head, Gloves, and Boots

Barrier to Entry

Obtaining best in slot gear can is very difficult. The below recommendations are what you should shoot for, however, if you’re just getting started with the build you would want 5 piece resilient and the necessary perks of insatiable gravity well and sundering shockwave.

This will allow you to be competitive as you progress into better gear.

Armor

Most of the armor you need to run the Bruiser build will be obtained through crafting or random drops. Below are the recommended perks for your setup:

The bread and butter of this build is the Gravity Well – Shockwave – Maelstrom – Wrecking Ball – Heavy Attack combo. If you can land the entire combo you will likely kill your target or multiple targets if you catch multiple targets in the Gravity Well.

For this reason, refreshing is an excellent perk to have on your armor for this build. Although your light and heavy attacks deal quite a bit of damage and can be utilized, the build still relies heavily on abilities to be off cooldown.

Refreshing is going to be preferred over Refreshing Evasion in order to lower the max cooldowns of all abilities and not just the abilities that are active. However, refreshing move is preferred on your great axe.

Weapons

You will ideally want to obtain a Great Axe with Thwarting Strikes on it. You will want to shoot for the following when crafting or purchasing:

Thwarting Strikes, Keen, Refreshing Move

Thwarting Strikes, Refreshing Move, Chain or Attunement

If you do not have the means to purchase a 3 perk legendary then shoot for a Thwarting Strikes with one of the above damage perks on the weapon. 

You will ideally want to slot an Opal in the weapon. However, slotting a Malachite or Emerald would work as well depending on your preference. 

War Hammer

You can farm the Blackguard’s War Hammer for this build. This War Hammer can be obtained from the Tempest Heart Expedition from Vroeg. 

You could also farm the Fury as a second option if you can’t obtain Blackguard’s Warhammer. The Fury drops from the Lazarus Instrumentality Expedition from the final boss, Chardis. 

If you choose to craft the Warhammer you will ideally want to shoot for similar perks as listed above for the Great Axe.

Jewelry

AmuletShirking Empower, Divine, Health A good alternate option that is farmable is the Blessing of Forefathers Amulet. It can be farmed from the Depths mutation.

Ring – For your ring, you can farm out Smooth Bone Ring from the Caretaker in Garden of Genesis

Earring – For your earring, you can farm out the Doom’s Chance from the Lazarus Instrumentality Expedition.

Consumables

You’ll want to utilize the following consumables for this build:

Honing Stone

Infused Health Potion

Infused Regeneration Potion

Hearty Meal

Along with a stat food depending on your attribute distribution from your gear. You can check a full list of consumables by checking out our consumables guide.

How to Use Build

This New World Great Axe War Hammer Bruiser build lends itself to an aggressive playstyle. It excels at taking out groups of enemies. You will want to catch your targets in a Gravity Well, and then land your combo.

The combo is Gravity Well – Shockwave – Maelstrom – Wrecking Ball – Heavy Attack. You will want to shockwave after the gravity well to stun your target in the gravity well. The shockwave will also rend targets caught inside. This will allow you to deal more damage with your maelstrom. You can then go immediately into your wrecking ball to continue the crowd control chain. While they are on the ground you follow up with a heavy attack for the finishing blow.

It’s important to manage your cooldowns properly as this build relies on setting up the kills with your CC abilities. However, if you miss your CC don’t be afraid to jump in and utilize your light and heavy attacks to dish out damage as well. 

You can utilize you whirlwind for additional utility and tankiness. You can utilize path of destiny to slow and stagger your targets to set up the combo.

New World Great Axe PVP Build Conclusion

That’s it for our New World Bruiser PVP build guide. Use your cooldowns effectively, dodge, and utilize your grit attacks, and you’ll be stacking kills in no time!

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