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Last Updated: May 26, 2022 Reading Time: 6 min

New World Great Axe PvP Build

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Bruiser PVP – Great Axe and Warhammer


This New World Great Axe War Hammer Build is suitable for all types of PvP, including wars (depending on your role), Arenas, and Outpost Rush. 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. 


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


  • 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, AoE CC, and big AoE damage. The recommended abilities are:



Gravity Well

First, Upgrade Charge ability to the second upgrade, Frenzied Momentum. You have to take that upgrade along with the remaining passives in the tree in order to get the Blood Lust passive. 

Next, take Blood Lust over its counterpart in the Mauler tree, Mauler’s Fury, because you will oftentimes not be in a situation to deal enough attacks to stack your damage. The Goal is to cast Gravity Wells into an immediate Maelstrom, so having the additional 15% damage and speed boost will take precedence in this build. 

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 passives in the Mauler tree, Gravity, and Center of Attention. These two passives will enhance your CC and provide you additional damage to groups of enemies.

The remaining passives you take will support additional damage, and more importantly, allow you to push into the Bloodlust Passive in the Reaper Tree.


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:

Mighty Gavel

Wrecking Ball


You will want to fully upgrade Might Gavel to significantly increase your damage from this ability. You will also want to upgrade Wrecking Ball fully in order to get increased damage mitigation and a larger radius for the CC. Shockwave will also be fully upgraded to weaken your target and to expand the radius of the stun. 

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


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. 


In this section of the New World Great Axe Hammer Build – New 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 more 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:




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 – Maelstrom – Shockwave – Wrecking Ball – Mighty Gavel 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 or Refreshing move in order to lower the max cooldowns of all abilities and not just the abilities that are active.

You could replace the 2 freedom with additional Refreshing perks if you so choose, or add additional Freedom to the build if you feel like you are getting caught in CC too often, and can’t escape.

Most of the gear for this build will need to be crafted, but there is one piece you could farm if you choose. The Protector’s Vindication of the Soldier. This is a headpiece that can be farmed from Malevolence. This piece of gear has Refreshing, Freedom and Refreshing Might Gavel perks making it ideal for this build. However, it is a medium piece so you would have to adjust some of the other pieces to still maintain the light armor category, or simply push into medium if you prefer.  


You will ideally want to obtain a Great Axe with Thwarting Strikes on it. Currently, there is not a Great Axe Drop that has that perk on it, so you would 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.


AmuletStamina Recovery, Divine, Health

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.


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

Honing Stone

Infused Health Potion

Infused Regeneration Potion

Hearty Meal

Along with one of the following 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, get close and Maelstrom everyone within. You can then go straight into a Shockwave – Heavy Attack – Wrecking Ball – Mighty Gavel to dish out a ton of damage to anyone else left. 

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 your charge to either gap close, jump into your grav well quickly, or as an escape. Bear in mind that if you hit anything or anyone with your charge you will be stopped. So make sure your path is clear when utilizing the ability. 

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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