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Greataxe/Warhammer PvE Build New World

Greataxe/Warhammer PvE Build New World

Build Written By: Dottz Gaming – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Purpose: PvE

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Setup
    1. Gear
    2. Attributes
    3. Skill Tree
    4. Consumables
  3. Rotation & Tips
  4. Contact Info
  5. Update Log


Welcome to DottzGaming.com’s Greataxe Hatchet New World PvE Build! This build is intended for general overland PvE and expeditions!

The Greataxe Warhammer weapon combination in New World is an extremely strong and well-balanced setup, offering strong burst, CC, chase potential and damage reduction. This build is similar to the Greataxe Hatchet in a lot of ways, but in my opinion the peak damage and healing is a bit lower, but it does bring more CC and damage reduction to the table. Similarly to that build though, this setup is very strong and straightforward to use, giving you an easy build to get into the game with!

Keep in mind that builds are very personal. This is what worked for ME. If you don’t like something about it, change it to fit your playstyle.



Gear Loadout
Gear Slot Name/Stats Weight Perk Gem Acquisition
Head Barbarian Medium Refreshing Diamond Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Chest Barbarian Heavy Refreshing Diamond Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Gloves Barbarian Medium Refreshing Diamond Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Legs Barbarian Light Resilient Malachite Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Boots Barbarian Heavy Resilient Malachite Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Shield N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ring Soldier Jewelry Keen Awareness N/A Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Amulet Sentry Jewelry Health N/A Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Earring Sentry Jewelry Refreshing Toast N/A Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Weapon 1 Knight Greataxe Enchanted Emerald Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Weapon 2 Knight Warhammer Keen Emerald Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor

Gear Explanation

  • Equipment Load (Medium): Medium armor, in my opinion, is the best equipment load for the build. This gives us the best of all worlds, giving us a decent amount of armor, a solid dodge (which we get 3 of), a 10% damage and healing boost as well as a 10% duration increase to our crowd control skills.
  • Name/Set: We run a combination of set types in order to help us hit the maximum strength perk (300) without too much overflow, since the scaling dramatically drops after that point. When no extra strength is needed, health is prioritized to help boost our defensive capabilities. You can mix and match the sets as you want, as long as your strength is as close to 300 as it can be with everything else in constitution.
  • Perks: For jewelry, Health tends to be the best Amulet Perk to help pad your max HP. Refreshing Toast is used for our Earring Perk, to allow us to use our potions much more frequently, thus increasing our HP/MP sustain by a ton. Finally, we go with Keen Awareness on our ring for more crit chance. Weapon perks are chosen to help augment our build’s strengths! For armor perks, we use a combination of Refreshing and Resilient to get a healthy mixture of cooldown reduction and critical damage reduction. Past these perks, try to get perks that augment the abilities chosen in the build!
  • Gems: For this setup, we went for a mixture of Malachite and Diamond gems in the armor. This will give us boosts physical damage reduction and elemental damage absorption, giving us a good spread of damage reduction for the game’s varied enemy types. We use an Emerald on both weapon bars to increase our damage to low health enemies!


All points into Strength.

Skill Tree

NOTE: Click here to view the skill tree calculator.


  • Health Potion
  • Regeneration Potion
  • Health Regeneration Food
  • Flex – the choice is up to you!

Rotation & Tips

  • One of the great things about Greataxe/Warhammer is the chase capability and lockdown this weapon combo has. With your greataxe, your goal is to stay up on your opponents, using Reap to pull them in and deal damage, use Gravity Well to vacuum your opponent(s) into one area and go for a burst. This weapons light attacks hit hard, so weave them in as you’re locking down your opponent. As enemies get below 50% health, use Execute for a massive hit of damage.
  • The Warhammer is your more “defensive” weapon between the two, since it offers a lot of damage reduction, but it still can hit hard. Open up with Armor Breaker, follow it up with a Shockwave to stun your opponent, and then use Wrecking Ball to hit your enemies with some big burst. Use heavy attacks on the warhammer to gain empower and grit, giving your increased damage and damage reduction!
  • As you start taking damage, use your regeneration potion. This will help keep your health topped off.
  • When you take a big burst of damage, use your health potion to help recover!
  • If you are in a desperate need for health and your potions are on cooldown, get some distance from your opponent and eat food. As long as you dont take damage, your health will quickly regenerate. Once your health gets to a respectable amount or a potion comes off of cooldown, feel free to re-enter the fight!


If you have any questions about the build, join our discord server and ask @Dottz about the build!

Update Log

10/21/2021 – Build created
1/1/2022- build perks added