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Sword/Hatchet PvE Tank Build New World

Sword/Hatchet PvE Tank Build New World

Build Written By: Dottz Gaming – PC NA

Role: Tank

Purpose: PvE

Table of Contents

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


Welcome to DottzGaming.com’s Sword Hatchet New World Tank PvE Build! This build is intended for tanking in expeditions, but with the Hatchet’s damage, this build can get away doing some solo overland content if need be!

The Sword and Shield is your primary tanking weapon in New World, so every tank build will have it equipped. Where a lot of the flexibility comes in is with the secondary weapon. For this setup, we decided to pair the Hatchet, which offers some great CC immunity and healing passives, as well as a good bit of damage. If you’re looking for a highly survivable tank build that has the ability to maintain aggro with its damage output, this setup will be for you!

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 Sentry Heavy Refreshing & Ward Diamond Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Chest Sentry Heavy Refreshing & Ward Diamond Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Gloves Sentry Heavy Refreshing & Ward Diamond Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Legs Sentry Heavy Refreshing & Ward Malachite Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Boots Sentry Heavy Refreshing & Ward Malachite Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Shield Soldier Tower Hated N/A Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Ring Soldier Jewelry Keen Awareness Malachite Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Amulet Soldier Jewelry Health Malachite Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Earring Soldier Jewelry Refreshing Toast Diamond Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Weapon 1 Soldier Sword Keenly Fortified Carnelian Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor
Weapon 2 Soldier Hatchet Keenly Jagged Carnelian Crafted/Overland/Faction Vendor

NOTE: Ward refers to any of the defensive wards for mob types, such as “Corrupted Ward.” More details can be found below under “Perks.”

Gear Explanation

  • Equipment Load (Heavy): Heavy armor, in my opinion, is the best equipment load for the build. Heavy armor helps the sword and shield a lot, giving us block stability to allow us to block longer. We also get 20% increased duration on crowd control, allowing us to lock down enemies for a long time. We also get a ton of tankiness from being in heavy, giving this build the ability to tank out damage for a long time!
  • Name/Set: We run a combination of set types in order to help us hit the maximum Constitution perk (300) without too much overflow, since the scaling dramatically drops after that point. When no extra constitution is needed, strength is prioritized to help boost our offensive capabilities.
  • 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. We choose our defensive ward perk based on the PvE instance we are doing (mob type we will be fighting), and Refreshing for some cooldown reduction! In terms of skill perks, we want whatever skill perks we can get to enhance the capabilities of our build. Secondary perks to consider would be freedom, vigor, invigorated, elemental aversion, and physical aversion. Weapon wise, you want the bane perk for the mob type you’re fighting. The other weapon perks are up to personal choice!
  • 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. Carnelian gems are used in both weapons, since those are required for PvE tanking to allow our abilities to taunt.


  • Constitution: 190
  • Strength: 5

Skill Tree

NOTE: Click here to view the skill tree calculator.

Consumables & Heartgem

  • Heartgem
    • Brutal Heartrune of Stoneform
  • Consumables
    • Health Potion
    • Regeneration Potion
    • Strength Food
    • Flex – the choice is up to you!

Rotation & Tips

  • The sword bar on this build is the primary weapon bar for this build. Utilize Shield Bash to stun opponents and AoE taunt around the struck enemy, utilize Defiant Stance when you need to reduce your damage and taunt all enemies around you, and utilize Whirling Blade to apply rend to all enemies (allowing allies to deal more damage) and lower the cooldowns on your two taunts! Since this is a heavy armor tank build, you should be looking to block significantly more than dodging.
  • The Hatchet offers a lot of self healing, damage, CC immunity, and even a cheat death effect. Utilize Berserk to break yourself out of crowd control, heal yourself, increase your damage, taunt enemies around you and make yourself uninterruptable (since it has so many effects, use it as the situation calls for it). Once you’re buffed with Berserk, use Feral Rush to get on top of your enemies, and follow it up with Raging Torrent for some damage.
  • 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
9/19/2022- armor updated
5/8/2023 – heartgem added