Best New World Hatchet Builds for PvP and PvE

The New World Best Hatchet Builds consist of weapons that are capable of high DPS and durability. In this guide, we will discuss everything that you need to know in order to build the best character centralized around the hatchet weapon in New World.

New World Best Hatchet Builds

The Hatchet is a melee-focused weapon and also one of the best choices in New World. It is powerful and integrated with just the perfect secondary alternatives as well as passive abilities.

Hatchet Attribute Scaling

The Hatchet is a Dexterity and Strength weapon that blends well with Constitution. This weapon has two skill trees, the Berserker and the Throwing.

The Berserker focuses on increasing melee range damage and inflicting fast attack swings. On the other hand, the Throwing tree is focused more on ranged attacks and debuffs.

Hatchet Weapon Combinations

Hatchet and War Hammer are made for each other. While Hatcher requires crowd control, pairing it with the War Hammer can patch things up since it has access to crowd control. On the other hand, War Hammer lacks gap-closing power that can be removed by Berserk.

Hatchet and Musket are also an amazing pair when it comes to focusing on Dexterity and Intelligence. Using Musket’s hitscan attacks, you can perform long-range attacks and by using traps, can even provide some crowd control.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths

  • Superior to Angry Earth.
  • Allows rapid attacks.
  • Possesses Berserk which is one of the best abilities.
  • Capable of self-healing.

Weaknesses

  • When min-maxing, performs a disfigured attack rotation
  • Vulnerable against Ancients.
  • Possesses a Weak Throwing Tree
  • Possesses limited Range

Hatchet Great Axe PvP Build

This build is primarily focused towards PvP where Great Axe’s abilities like Gravity Well will help reduce the mobility of enemy players while you use your Hatchet to deal damage.

Best Hatchet Masteries

The Hatchet skill tree is divided into two parts, Berserker and Throwing. Below we’ve given the required Active skills and the passives that you need to unlock.

Berserk

An Active skill used for activating Berserk Mode for 20 seconds, dealing +20% on all attack types. The mode itself lasts of a total of 12 seconds and its cooldown is triggered once Berserk ends.

Passive Skills to Unlock in Order

  • On the Hunt: Increases 20% movement speed while in Berserk mode.
  • Berserking Refresh: Regain parts of your health back every 4 seconds to a max of 30% HP, while in Berserk.
  • Berserking Purge: Upon triggering Berserk, remove all Crowd Control Effects.
  • Uninterruptable Berserk: During Berserk, your attacks can’t be interrupted.

Feral Rush

Lunge towards your enemy and hit them with a double hatchet slash that stuns them. The first hit deals 100% weapon damage, while the weapon damage for the second hit is 115%.

Passive Skills to Unlock in Order

  • Dispatch: Feral Rush deals an additional 20% damage if the target is below 30% health.
  • Crippling Strikes: If Feral Rush hits a target in the back, it causes Root, immobilizing the target for 2 seconds.

Rending Throw

Allows you to throw a Hatchet up to 25m which deals approximately110.0% weapon damage and additionally applies rend thus reducing the enemy’s damage absorption by 10% till 10seconds.

General Passives

  • Defy Death: Avoid death and become immortal for 3 seconds upon taking lethal damage from attacks that drop your HP to zero.
  • Fortifying Strikes: Fortify is granted upon hitting the same target with 3 light attacks, increases 15% damage absorption for 3 seconds.
  • Relentless Fury: After a successful Heavy attack: gain Empower granting a 30% damage increase for 3 seconds or after 4 attacks.
  • Accumulated Power: After you make 3 successful light attacks to the same target, you gain Empower.
  • Desperate Refresh: Upon attacking an enemy while you’re below the health of 30%, grants 20% reduction to all cooldowns.
  • Frenzied Purge: When hitting an enemy while your health is below 30%: Removes all Bleed, Burn, and Poison DoT effects from the player.
  • Against All Odds: If an enemy is within 5 meters of you, it is dealt with 10% increased base damage.
  • Enraged Strikes: When your opponent is below 30% HP, both your Light and Heavy attacks dish out 20% more damage.
  • Critical Throw: Increases 5% of critical hit chance to all attacks. Additionally allows the hatchet to trigger headshots/ random critical hits when thrown.
  • Rejuvenating Crits: This General passive grants an additional 10% stamina with Critical hits with light attacks and aimed throws.

Hatchet Great Axe PvE Build

Berserk

An Active skill used for activating Berserk Mode for 20 seconds, dealing +20% on all attack types. The mode itself lasts of a total of 12 seconds and its cooldown is triggered once Berserk ends.

Passive Skills to Unlock in Order

  • On the Hunt: Increases 20% movement speed while in Berserk mode.
  • Berserking Refresh: Regain parts of your health back every 4 seconds to a max of 30% HP, while in Berserk.
  • Berserking Purge: Upon triggering Berserk, remove all Crowd Control Effects.
  • Uninterruptable Berserk: During Berserk, your attacks can’t be interrupted.

Raging Torrent

This Active Skill allows you to carry out four quick attacks, each dealing 90% weapon damage.

Passive Skills to Unlock in Order

  • Aggressive Approach: Receive Haste and increase 20% movement speed for 6 seconds upon damaging the opponent with Raging Torrent.
  • Final Blow: At the end of Ragin Torrent, press the light attack button to deal 120% weapon damage.

Feral Rush

Lunge towards your enemy and hit them with a double hatchet slash that stuns them. The first hit deals 100% weapon damage, while the weapon damage for the second hit is 115%.

Passive Skills to Unlock in Order

  • Dispatch: Feral Rush deals an additional 20% damage if the target is below 30% health.

General Passives

  • Defy Death: Avoid death and become immortal for 3 seconds upon taking lethal damage from attacks that drop your HP to zero.
  • Fortifying Strikes: Fortify is granted upon hitting the same target with 3 light attacks, increases 15% damage absorption for 3 seconds.
  • Relentless Fury: After a successful Heavy attack: gain Empower granting a 30% damage increase for 3 seconds or after 4 attacks.
  • Accumulated Power: After you make 3 successful light attacks to the same target, you gain Empower.
  • Desperate Refresh: Upon attacking an enemy while you’re below the health of 30%, grants 20% reduction to all cooldowns.
  • Against All Odds: If an enemy is within 5 meters of you, it is dealt with 10% increased base damage.
  • Enraged Strikes: When your opponent is below 30% HP, both your Light and Heavy attacks dish out 20% more damage.
  • Critical Throw: Increases 5% of critical hit chance to all attacks. Additionally allows the hatchet to trigger headshots/ random critical hits when thrown.
  • Rejuvenating Crits: This General passive grants an additional 10% stamina with Critical hits with light attacks and aimed throws.

Attribute Distribution

  • Strength: 195
  • Dexterity: 5
  • Intelligence: 5
  • Focus: 5
  • Constitution: 5

Recommended Armor

  • Weapon: Covenant Lumen Hatchet/Corruption’s Resurgance.
  • Headwear: Waterlogged Headwear of the Cavalier.
  • Chestwear: Desecrated Breastplate of the Warden.
  • Gloves: Profane Gauntlets of the Barbarian.
  • Legwear: Corrupted Leather Pants of the Brigand.
  • Footwear: Corrupted Boots of the Barbarian.
  • Jewelry: Magnum Force.

Hatchet Bow PvE Expedition Build

As mentioned in the title, this build pairs your Hatchet with a Bow so you are not only a force to be reckoned with in melee attacks but also have a lot of range and mobility.

Best Hatchet Masteries

The Hatchet skill tree is divided into two parts, Berserker and Throwing. Below we’ve given the best possible Active skills along with the passives that you should unlock for an optimum build.

Berserk

An Active skill used for activating Berserk Mode for 20 seconds, dealing +20% on all attack types. The mode itself lasts of a total of 12 seconds and its cooldown is triggered once Berserk ends.

Passive Skills to Unlock in Order

  • On the Hunt: Increases 20% movement speed while in Berserk mode.
  • Berserking Refresh: Regain parts of your health back every 4 seconds to a max of 30% HP, while in Berserk.
  • Berserking Purge: Upon triggering Berserk, remove all Crowd Control Effects.
  • Uninterruptable Berserk: During Berserk, your attacks can’t be interrupted.

Raging Torrent

This Active Skill allows you to carry out four quick attacks, each dealing 90% weapon damage.

Passive Skills to Unlock in Order

  • Aggressive Approach: Receive Haste and increase 20% movement speed for 6 seconds upon damaging the opponent with Raging Torrent.
  • Final Blow: At the end of Ragin Torrent, press the light attack button to deal 120% weapon damage.

Feral Rush

Lunge towards your enemy and hit them with a double hatchet slash that stuns them. The first hit deals 100% weapon damage, while the weapon damage for the second hit is 115%.

Passive Skills to Unlock in Order

  • Dispatch: Feral Rush deals an additional 20% damage if the target is below 30% health.
  • Crippling Strikes: If Feral Rush hits a target in the back, it causes Root, immobilizing the target for 2 seconds.

General Passives

  • Defy Death: Avoid death and become immortal for 3 seconds upon taking lethal damage from attacks that drop your HP to zero.
  • Accumulated Power: After you make 3 successful light attacks to the same target, you gain Empower.
  • Fortifying Strikes: Fortify is granted upon hitting the same target with 3 light attacks, increases 15% damage absorption for 3 seconds.
  • Relentless Fury: After a successful Heavy attack: gain Empower granting a 30% damage increase for 3 seconds or after 4 attacks.
  • Enraged Strikes: When your opponent is below 30% HP, both your Light and Heavy attacks dish out 20% more damage.
  • Against All Odds: If an enemy is within 5 meters of you, they are vulnerable to 10% more base damage from you.
  • Critical Throw: Makes thrown axes capable of triggering headshots or random critical strikes. Apart from that, it enhances the critical hit chance of every attack by 5%.
  • Aimed Throw: Swaps a block with an Aimed throw dealing 95% weapon damage.

Best Bow Masteries

The Bow skill tree is divided into two parts, Skirmisher and Hunter. Below we’ve given Active skills along with their passives in an order.

Poison Shot

Shoot an arrow dealing 50% weapon damage and creating a poison cloud for 6 seconds around a 3m radius. Anyone entering that cloud deals 10% weapon damage for 20 seconds

Passive Skills to Unlock in Order

  • Infected Arrows: Poison shot’s poison deal 12% weapon damage for 20 seconds.
  • Direct Hit: Direct hits deal 150% weapon damage and are more powerful than before.

Penetrating Shots

This Active Skill is used for shooting arrows that deal 150% weapon damage that penetrates through the target and goes an extra 100-meters.

Passive Skills to Unlock in Order

  • Blood-Soaked Arrow: Increases damage by 10% on each hit.

Rapid Shot

This Active skill is used for shooting back-to-back arrows. Two of them deal 100% weapon damage while the last one causes knockback and deals 125% weapon damage.

Passive Skills to Unlock in Order

  • Rapid Accuracy: Rapid Shot’s cooldown goes down to 50% if all 3 arrows hit the same target.
  • Final Blow: The third and last shot of Rapid shot deals an additional 25% damage.

General Passives

  • Finishing Shot: If the target is below 50% HP, deal an additional 20% damage.
  • Surprise Attack: Deals 20% additional damage to the enemy if you haven’t targeted it in the last 10 seconds.
  • Concussion: Upon landing a headshot, deal an additional 20% damage along with a 50% arrow return possibility.
  • Opening Strike: Heavy attacks deal +20% damage to opponents with 100% health.
  • Bullseye: Bow shots critical damage increase by 10%.
  • Aim True: Heavy attack arrows fly faster and deal 30% more damage.
  • Evasive Tactic: Deal an additional 20% damage for 5s after dodging.
  • Closing In: Reduces 5% bow ability recharge by hitting an opponent below 50% health.
  • Dodge and Weave: Gain an additional 10% haste for 2 seconds upon dodging.
  • Mark: Deal an additional 10% damage to opponents suffering from a debuff.
  • Arrow Range: Increases the distance the arrow travels in until struck by gravity by 100%.

Attribute Distribution

  • Strength: 50
  • Dexterity: 99
  • Intelligence: 5
  • Focus: 5
  • Constitution: 56

Recommended Armor

  • Weapon: Hatchet of the Fighter/Forsaken Bow of the Zealot.
  • Headwear: Forsaken Cloth Hat of the Zealot.
  • Chestwear: Windsward Scout’s Longcoat.
  • Gloves: Boatswain Gloves of the Cavalier.
  • Legwear: Waterlogged Leggings of the Warden.
  • Footwear: Forsaken Cloth Shoe of the Ranger.
  • Jewelry: Flawed Carnelian Amulet of the Brigand.

With a hatchet and bow by your side, you’re going to want armor that boosts both your dexterity and strength for maximizing your damage.

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