New World Best Great Axe Builds

During the open beta of New World, many players were rocking the Great Axe weapon due to its heavy damage, good CC, and ability to pull enemies closer to you. Now that the game is finally out, we will be showing you the New World Best Great Axe Builds in this guide.

New World Best Great Axe Builds

Great Axe is a two-handed weapon that scales only with Strength. It is suitable for players that love to be the main focus out of your teammates in a fight. The Great Axe can be used for a tank build or for a high DPS build in PvE and PvP modes.

Great Axe PvE Build

The DPS playstyle with the Great Axe should not be slept on. The ability to close the gap between you and the enemy with the Mauler tree makes it a heavy damage output weapon.

Below are some of the Strengths and Weaknesses of the PvE build for Great Axe.

Strengths

  • Excels in close combat situations.
  • Keeps enemies closer to you to deal extra damage.
  • Provides high Area of Effect (AoE) damage.

Weaknesses

  • Since Great Axe is a two-handed weapon, most of the attacks are slow to execute.
  • Hard to fight against enemies that are far away from you.
  • Tough time against Zoners.

Attribute Distribution

  • Strength: 150
  • Dexterity: 5
  • Focus: 5
  • Constitution: 50

The Great Axe only scales with Strength, so it is important for you to spend most of your attribute points on Strength. If you are going for a Tank build with the Great Axe, use some of your points in the Constitution as well.

Secondary Weapon

Since Great Axe is more of an aggro-weapon, it is best to pair it with Life Staff, Hatchet, Sword & Shield, or Warhammer.

With the help of the healing abilities of Life Staff and the defense of Sword & Shield, you’ll be able to take on many enemies in PvE, or even 1v3 in PvP mode.

The skill tree for Great Axe is divided into two main parts. These are:

  • Reaper
  • Mauler

Reaper Skills

These skills focus solely on your fighting capabilities by providing more damage, chasing ability, and an ability to heal yourself in combat. Following are the skills that you need to invest points in for this build:

  • Reap (Complete Upgrades): This allows you to extend your axe 5 meters in the forward direction and deal 110% weapon damage to the enemy.
  • Charge (Complete Upgrades): Allows you to charge in the forward direction and perform a deadly upswing attack to deal 120% weapon damage.
  • Execute: An overhead attack that deals 200% weapon damage to the enemies that get hit by it.
  • Maelstrom: A fast-spinning attack that pulls enemies closer to you and deals 110% weapon damage.
  • Whirlwind: Another spinning attack that allows you to move in any direction while spinning and deal 50% weapon damage.
  • Greed: Gives you extra 5% damage for 5s on Light attacks.
  • Keen Edge: Increases critical damage by 10%.
  • Critical Condition: A 15% chance for a critical hit on enemies with health below 30%.
  • Critical Gains: Heals you for every 10% of the damage you deal with a critical hit.
  • Frustration: Gives you 15% extra damage for 10s on every attack blocked by the enemies.
  • Death’s Embrace: Penetrates enemy armor by 10% for every attack against enemies with health below 50%.
  • Blood Lust: This is a must skill to invest your points in. It allows you to move 30% faster and increase damage dealt with 15%.

Mauler Skills

Since most of the skill points are invested in the Reaper skill tree because of immense damage gain, you will also need to invest some points in Mauler as it is crucial for this build.

With the ability to trap your enemies and pull them closer to you,  these skills will allow you to make the best use of the Great Axe.

These are the skills that you need in the following order:

  • Gravity Well: Throws an axe in any direction you want that creates a gravity circle and pulls enemies inside it for 3s. After 3 seconds, the circle explodes and deals 125% weapon damage to enemies in the vicinity of 10m.
  • Heavy Pull: Pulls enemies closer to you when you perform a Heavy Attack.
  • Gravity: After pulling the enemies, they will stay still for 30% longer than usual.

Great Axe PvP Build

This part of the build is required to be used when you have a decent number of points to invest into the required slots. Simply follow the Mastery tree given below to stack up your Great Axe Build.

Strengths

  • High mobility from Blood Lust/Charge.
  • Strong slow with Gravity Well.
  • Capable of self-healing.

Weaknesses

  • Finite crowd control.
  • Vulnerable towards Ancients.
  • Cooldown takes too much time.

Attribute Distribution

  • Strength: 345
  • Dexterity: 5
  • Focus: 5
  • Constitution: 101

Since Strength is your primary attribute for this build, you’ll be focusing heavily on investing points into Strength.

The best and the required option is to invest as many points as possible into Strength then go ahead and drop at least 100 points into the secondary attribute for this build, Constitution.

At a strength of 50, the damage of your light attacks sees an increase of 5%, while at a strength of 100, you’ll witness a 10% increase in damage of heavy attacks.

Taking it to the next level. At 300+ strength, you’ll have Grit during both heavy and light attacks that comes an awful lot in handy if you don’t want to be continuously staggered.

Secondary Weapon

For this build, you’ll be needing an unusual pairing of The Great Axe and the Life Staff. This may seem like a non-combinable weapon choice however; they make a really strong duo.

Start off by going for Focus and follow it up by using the Amber gem to alter the damage scaling to Focus.

Great Axe’s mobility and crowd control (from Gravity Well) helps out Life staff during battles and since it’s a healing weapon, it needs an associate like the Great Axe.

Reaper Skills

Following are the skills that you need to invest points in for this build:

  • Reap: This allows you to extend your axe 5 meters in the forward direction and deal 110% weapon damage to the enemy.
  • Charge: Allows you to charge in the forward direction and perform a deadly upswing attack to deal 120% weapon damage.
  • Frenzied Momentum: Depending upon how far you travel, charge deals 120-140% weapon damage.
  • Greed: Gives you extra 5% damage for 5s on Light attacks.
  • Critical Gains: Heals you for every 10% of the damage you deal with a critical hit.
  • Death’s Embrace: Penetrates enemy armor by 10% for every attack against enemies with health below 50%.
  • Frustration: Gives you 15% extra damage for 10s on every attack blocked by the enemies.
  • Feed: Fight against opponents below the health of 30%. Heal yourself for 10% of damage taken.
  • Keen Edge: Increases critical damage by 10%.
  • The Collector: Reap Range is now 8m.
  • Hunger: The damage done by reap heals you.
  • Fatal Attraction: After you pull, do a spin attack dealing 115% weapon damage.
  • Blood Lust: This is an important skill to invest your point in. It allows you to move 30% faster and increase damage dealt with 15%.

Mauler Skills

These are the skills that you need in the following order:

  • Heavy Pull: Pulls enemies closer to you when you perform a Heavy Attack.
  • Enduring Strike: Adds Grit to Great Axe Heavy Attacks, plus provides an additional 20% damage reduction when the Heavy attack Grit is active.
  • Gravity: After pulling the enemies, they will stay still for 30% longer than usual.
  • Revenge: Acquire 5% damage for 5 seconds upon blocking an attack with the Great Axe.
  • Crowded Protection: Acquire 10% damage absorption while holding a Great Axe. Make sure at least 3 opponents are nearby within a 4-meter range.