The Great Axe is a popular weapon in New World, and it is viable in both PvE and PvP. Depending on what sort of playstyle you want to try in New World, you can build as a medium bruiser, a lightweight damage dealer and chaser, or go for something more interesting. There's a lot of flexibility when it comes to weapon pairings for the Great Axe.
Of course, certain builds and attributes will scale the Great Axe far better than other alternatives. This guide will cover some different playstyles for the Great Axe, the best masteries and active skills to choose, and which weapons work well alongside the CC and damage of the Axe.
We updated this guide on September 29, 2022, ahead of the upcoming Brimstone Sands patch. A lot of players are returning to the game, and a lot of our guides were outdated, almost from a year ago. We've returned to help old and new players alike rekindle their knowledge of the game, and that starts with updated build guides for the various weapons in the game. Let's go!
Great Axe And War Hammer Build
This weapon combination is hugely popular for tankier builds, or for PvP bruisers. If you want to deep-dive into other tank builds, make sure to check out our updated tank bulld guide.
Its utility covers most areas of the game, from PVP to PvE mutations. There are a few options when it comes to playing with the two-handed weapons: a classic Tank build, a DPS build designed for PVP sieges and duels, or a support tank build. There is a lot of flexibility here so make sure you are experimenting alongside our recommended build.
- Both the Great Axe and War Hammer provide some great CC and damage output.
- The Great Axe's Charge ability allows you to close gaps between enemies during duels and open-world PVP.
This build is all about PvP, where the Great Axe really excels.
Best Masteries For The Great Axe
In terms of masteries, you're going to want to almost fill out the Mauler tree, including the Mauler's Fury for its impressive damage scaling, and the two defensive masteries, Center of Attention and Crowded Protection for survivability in the chaos of wars or OPR.
You can experiment with Reap, especially if you are trying to adapt this build for PvE. It's a very reliable AoE skill, decent for 1v1s as well, and is pretty much essential for solo PvE content.
Best Masteries For The War Hammer
Here are the masteries we might pick up for the War Hammer alongside the Great Axe for a preferred tanky PVP build:
- Armor Breaker - Debuffs galore. Deals damage, can be activated with Grit, which means the attack is unblockable, and its third passive applies "Rend" to your target, which basically makes them easier to kill for a short period of time.
- Mighty Gavel - The main damage dealing ability for the War Hammer. A jump and a swing. Deals big damage, can slow down your opponents and reduce their stamina, and will grant you haste if you successfully land an attack.
- Wrecking Ball - Just pick up this ability without its passives. Another solid damage-dealing attack.
You want to leave room for some passives from the Crowd Crusher tree, primarily: Outnumbered, Facilitated Expedition, Concussive Impact, Acceleration. Aim for the ultimate Justice For All under the Mighty Gavel mastery tree.
Best Attributes And Gear
- Attribute: Strength (300) and Constitution (150+)
- Armor: Medium weight
A healthy mix of Strength and Constitution is recommended for this build. If you want to tank more, go for more Constitution than strength. Strength will scale the damage of both weapons, while Constitution will keep you alive during long-winded engagements. Medium armor is your best option for PvP as it means you are more mobile. For perks, look for anything that enhances your critical stats, ability cooldowns, and overall health pool.
The current BiS perks for PvP are Resilient, Shirking Fortifications, and Freedom - these are pretty much standard across the board, and while we may see changes in the upcoming Brimstone Sands update, this is what you want to aim for right now!