Great Axe PvE Builds for New World

Last updated on Oct 22, 2023 at 12:30 by Lemoni 2 comments
General Information

Welcome to our PvE builds page for Great Axe. Here, we provide builds for use in PvE encounters.


Great Axe PvE Builds

In PvE the Great Axe is known for its AoE damage output and ability to clump enemies together with its pulls and roots. It is most commonly seen as a "Trash Clearing" weapon as it shines when there are large packs of enemies to hit. It has very impactful cooldowns and can reset them very quickly. Its damage on single-target can still be great, but it is not typically needed for boss fights. Its PvE builds will play to its strengths in most cases and pair it with a strong single-target weapon for bosses, and use the Great Axe for everything else.


Greatsword and Great Axe DPS

This is a great build for having all aspects of DPS covered. You can deal some of the highest damage in New World with the Greatsword for single-target fights, and the Great Axe can be used to clear trash packs, deal AoE damage, or it can be used to CC and group enemies together.



  • Relentless Rush Relentless Rush
  • Crosscut Crosscut
  • Skyward Slash Skyward Slash
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    Great Axe


    Hatchet and Great Axe DPS

    This is another great build for having all aspects of DPS covered. The Hatchet provides very high damage output, and it is one of the easiest and most forgiving weapons there is. It will be your weapon for bosses and single-target fights. The Great Axe will strictly be used on trash or AoE situations. Its abilities will group enemies together, and deal large bursts of AoE damage.



  • Berserk Berserk
  • Raging Torrent Raging Torrent
  • Rending Throw Rending Throw
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    Great Axe


    Melee Bruiser

    This is a niche build for those looking to use the Great Axe as their primary damage weapon. It prioritizes execute windows and still has fantastic AoE potential! This is commonly overshadowed by the builds listed above when trying to get maximum single-target damage.


    Great Axe


    War Hammer



    A tanking secondary is up to the Tank's preference of weapon. While a War Hammer can be a great option, it is best to refer to the Sword and Shield guide to understand how to be a Tank.

    To learn how to use the Great Axe as a secondary, please refer to the Great Axe guide.



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