Bow and Hatchet PvP Build for New World

Last updated on Feb 23, 2023 at 12:00 by Lemoni 12 comments

The Bow is a high powered ranged damage weapon. It only requires a secondary weapon that can help with survivablity. For those who do not care for a strict mobility option, the Hatchet is a powerful alternative that will survive through burst damage and be able to break out of crowd-control effects.


Hatchet Bow - PvP

The Bow is an incredibly strong PvP damage weapon that can be played in any content. It is an easy weapon to learn, but it is difficult to master its techniques properly. With that being said, this is by far one of the strongest weapons there is. This version is the lesser played variant, it is most commonly seen with a Rapier. This build gives you much more survivability and another way to break out of crowd-control. Your preference of Bow secondary is dependent on your playstyle.


Bow Build

  • Rapid Shot Rapid Shot — High damage cooldown that launches three quick shots and staggers targets which opens up a vulernability window to secure kills or interrupt casts.
  • Penetrating Shot Penetrating Shot — High damage ability that can be weaved into another heavy shot. This will go through multiple targets. Try to finish off kills with this ability.
  • Explosive Arrow Explosive Arrow — Great damage option that can be weaved into another heavy attack to potentially one shot squishy targets. This shot fires off quickly and can be used as a source of empower or an execute.

Hatchet Build

  • Berserk Berserk — In PvP, this can be used to get out of crowd-control, even stuns. This will also provide movement speed and free healing in addition to its damage increase.
  • Social Distancing Social Distancing — This is mobility that can be used to escape roots or other crowd-control. But it can also be used to root players who are attempting to escape.
  • Infected Throw Infected Throw — This is a great way to add support to clump fights or is an option for self-peel. You will disease and exhaust the target, making them more vulnerable and more difficult to chase you.



This is the most optimal damage split for a bow in PvP combat. In Wars it may be best to go with 150 Constitution, or if you are just wanting to be a bit more defensive.





Slot Perks Gem Weight Attribute Source
Bow Elemental Damage Gem*** - Dexterity Crafted/BoE
Hatchet Runeglass of Ignited Opal Runeglass of Ignited Opal - Dexterity Crafted/BoE
Helmet Elemental Damage Runeglass** or Sighted Runeglass*** (Moonstone or Onyx) Light Dexterity Crafted/BoE
Chest Elemental Damage Runeglass** or Sighted Runeglass*** (Moonstone or Onyx) Medium Dexterity Crafted/BoE
Gloves Elemental Damage Runeglass** or Sighted Runeglass*** (Moonstone or Onyx) Light Dexterity Crafted/BoE
Pants Elemental Damage Runeglass** or Sighted Runeglass*** (Moonstone or Onyx) Light Dexterity Crafted/BoE
Boots Elemental Damage Runeglass** or Sighted Runeglass*** (Moonstone or Onyx) Light Dexterity Crafted/BoE
Amulet Cut Pristine Emerald Cut Pristine Emerald - Dexterity or Constitution Crafted/BoE
Ring Cut Pristine Emerald Cut Pristine Emerald - Dexterity or Constitution Crafted/BoE
Earring Cut Pristine Emerald Cut Pristine Emerald - Dexterity or Constitution Crafted/BoE

*: The ability perks you need to make sure are in your build are Penetrating Rapid Shot Penetrating Rapid Shot, Refreshing Penetrating Shot Refreshing Penetrating Shot, and Empowering Explosive Arrow Empowering Explosive Arrow.

**: Elemental Aversion Elemental Aversion or Freedom Freedom, are viable third perk options.

***: Dex players will often use an elemental damage gem that matches the Attunement perk on their weapon. This will still deal significant damage because of the primary scaling with base weapon damage. The gem will then split that value by 40% and scale with Intelligence or Focus (Nature). Since you then use an elemental damage Runeglass and perk on your Ring, this will increase the elemental damage dealt by the weapon, its Attunement, and its DoT effect. This also avoids some players increased resistances to Thrust and Physical damage sources.

****: Technically, if you have a maximum 15 stacks of Mortal Empowerment Mortal Empowerment, then you reach empower cap due to passives. The elemental damage bonuses on Runeglass count toward this cap. As such, only when you are at 15 stacks, it is a damage increase to use Sighted Runeglass, such as Runeglass of Sighted Emerald Runeglass of Sighted Emerald, since this is a flat damage increase. This is a very marginal top end damage increase that applies when you are at very high stacks. For all purpose content, it is better to pursue elemental variants.


Gem Optimization

For more specific information on optimizing your gems in PvP and PvE please refer to our dedicated guides.



When playing with a Bow you have great damage output, as such, use a defensive Heartrune. Either Stalwart Heartrune of Stoneform Stalwart Heartrune of Stoneform or Cunning Heartrune of Stoneform Cunning Heartrune of Stoneform are great options that will keep you alive through defensive buffs and crowd-control immunity.


Heartrune Usage

Your Heartrune will be used similarly in PvP and PvE scenarios. As such, please refer to our Bow guide or Hatchet guide for tips on how it can be used most effectively.


Rotation and Priority List

  • Open on a target with a heavy shot into a Explosive Arrow Explosive Arrow immediately after.
  • Use Rapid Shot Rapid Shot to do damage quickly or potentially stagger a target.
  • Weave a heavy shot into a Penetrating Shot Penetrating Shot when trying to finish a target.
  • Shoot heavy or light Bow shots at low health targets to secure kills, or to apply damage pressure.
  • Use Infected Throw Infected Throw on clumps, or a single-target who is pursuing you.
  • Swap to Hatchet if you are about to die to use Defy Death Defy Death. Also swap and use Berserk Berserk to escape CC.
  • Use Social Distancing Social Distancing to escape crowd-control or to offensively or defensively root targets.

Gameplay Tips

When using the Bow or Hatchet in PvP and PvE there are many similar aspects that go into gameplay decisions and rotations. To learn more about how you can improve your gameplay, use certain secondary weapons, or additional information on specific abilities, please refer to the Gameplay section of the Bow page or Hatchet page.



For more information on the most frequently asked Bow or Hatchet questions please refer to the FAQ section of the Bow, or Hatchet, for answers on PvP and PvE topics!



  • 22 Oct. 2023: Guide updated for expansion.
  • 23 Feb. 2023: Guide added.
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