|September 01, 2021
MMORPGs will rarely allow you to mix extremely high DPS with very high survivability, as doing so results in game-breakingly powerful builds that dominate the game and make all other setups almost irrelevant. All of us MMO players know at least a few examples of these kinds of builds from the games we've played in the past and most of us hope they won't show up in New World. Luckily, Amazon does a great job balancing the game, so far, but... there seems to be one build they've missed or didn't address properly yet.
While our "Raging Reaper" Hatchet/Great Axe Build is not "game-breaking", it comes really close with its solid DPS and great staying power; Hatchet's Berserker Tree makes it almost unstoppable in hand to hand combat, and the Great Axe gives it an incredible mix of damage and survivability. The results are simply astonishing; if you're looking for a build that excels in solo and group PvE play, look no further.
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|DPS with Tanking Capabilities||PvE-Focused - not optimized for PvP|
|High Survivability and Mobility||Loses on DPS when unable to attack enemies from behind|
|STRENGTH||150 (+0) This is the primary stat for both of your weapons - you should invest most of your points into it. Doing so will maximize your damage output and have a side-effect of making you better at mining. You should aim to get 6 Strength bonuses, which means 300 points in total.|
|DEXTERITY||5 (+0) No points added here|
|INTELLIGENCE||5 (+0) No points added here|
|FOCUS||5 (+0) No points added here|
|CONSTITUTION||50 (+0) Adding points into Constitution will make you more resilient. Extra health, armor, and damage reduction are welcome during solo play and while on Expeditions (especially if you are forced to tank for your team). You should spend 50 points here and work on your gear to eventually get ~150 Constitution in total.|
We propose an extremely simple, yet effective Hatchet setup for this build. Mainly, we recommend that you just max out the Berserker Skill tree. Doing so will give you some nice defenses, a cheat death mechanic, and turn you into a blood-crazed death machine. Thanks to Berserker Tree passives, you will become (almost) unstoppable - fully-upgraded Berserk Mode makes you immune to interruptions and stagger effects. On top of that, Fortifying Strikes and Berserking Refresh will greatly increase your overall survivability.
|[SECONDARY] GREAT AXE|
Great Axe is not only a very solid secondary weapon for Tanks, but it is also a deadly DPS weapon - especially if you can swing it freely at the enemies' backs. Thanks to Keen Edge (extra crit Damage), Feed (self-healing when attacking enemies below 30% Health), Critical Gains (self-healing after crits), and Greed (up to 15% extra damage for 5 seconds) Great Axe works wonders in groups as well as when solo. The skill setup we propose is focused on maximizing grouping and AoE damage while also providing an extremely high damage boost against wounded enemies. As a result, our build is great for dealing with packs of enemies as well as bosses.
First and foremost, you should try to get 300 total Strength points. After you do that, you'll have two options: Get some Dexterity for increased Critical Chance, or get some Constitution. If you choose the first option, you'll become an ultimate (but a bit less resilient) war machine. If you choose the second, you'll lose on DPS but will gain some much-needed staying power. As for Armor Weight, you should primarily use Heavy and/or Medium Armor as it will make you tankier - yes, you can tank with this build if you need to. Moreover, wearing Heavy Armor will let you solo more powerful monsters, so it's a much more versatile choice than going with Light Armor. That being said, if you want to maximize your DPS and don't play solo or tank, Light Armor might be the way to go - just consider all the downsides before deciding to use it over a heavier set.
We are obviously going to update this section when the full game is released, and we have more time to get familiar with all the Perks, Gems, and specific attributes of higher rarity equipment. Any changes to this guide will be described on top of the page in Build notes.
This is the initial version of our New World Hatchet/Great Axe DPS build. We tried to include all the important information on how to set up a character to run it, while also trying to keep the guide as compact as possible. If we've missed something of importance, please let us know!
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