Ice Gauntlet Blunderbuss PvP Build for New World

Last updated on Jan 23, 2023 at 20:00 by Lemoni 8 comments

The following is a PvP burst damage build using the two potent burst damage weapons, the Blunderbuss and the Ice Gauntlet. While the Ice Gauntlet is generally for more AoE, sustained damage and crowd-control, this build will take advantage of Ice Spikes Ice Spikes for burst damage on low health targets. It has plenty of defensiveness compared to most backline dive builds and it can be used for dedicated kill squads in War. This is a great build if you are looking to rack up a lot of kills.


Blunderbuss Burst Damage - PvP

There are a few variations of Ice Gauntlet and Blunderbuss that allow for the weapon combination to be played in a plethora of ways. This build uses light armor and specifically focuses on burst damage aspects of the Ice Gauntlet with the incredibly high damage ouptut of the Blunderbuss. The Blunderbuss will function as your primary weapon, and although at times it can be an awkward weapon to use, this has some of the highest damage output in New World and offers great debuff potential and utility.

There are TWO versions of this build:

  • Option 1: Blunderbuss Focused - This will be paired with a Support IG build and adopt a hybrid attribute distribution to maximize Blunderbuss damage.
  • Option 2: Ice Gauntlet Focused - This has less burst and can be more difficult to play. It lacks CC and prioritizes Ice Spikes Ice Spikes for damage. Your Blunderbuss will have moderate damage still and will offer secondary burst.

Video Guide

This variation of the Blunderbuss can be used with a War Hammer or an Ice Gauntlet in either light or medium armor. The attributes and Blunderbuss build will always be the same no matter what weapon you choose. You will only need change gear sets depending on your second weapon perks.


Blunderbuss Builds


Double Down

  • Net Shot Net Shot — When combined with Exhaustive Net Shot Exhaustive Net Shot this is a powerful CC ability that will slow a target and make them vulnerable to exhausting themselves and being easily taken down. It will deal a moderate amount of damage but allow you to quickly close gaps. It can also be a fantastic source of mobility if you use this while walking backwards so that you can escape enemies.
  • Azoth Shrapnel Blast Azoth Shrapnel Blast — This is the Blunderbuss's highest damaging ability. This should always be used immediately after firing off a basic attack so that you can deal a potent burst of damage. It has incredible range, AoE potential, and when used in combination with a regular shot it can take away a significant amount of health. It should also be used on clumps of enemies to take advantage of the bomb it leaves on the ground after being used.
  • Splitting Grenade Splitting Grenade — Aim to use this on Gravity Well Gravity Well or other clumps of enemies. It will deal a great amount of initial burst damage, but it can also leave a devastating damage over time effect that lasts 10 seconds and can stack up to 3 times depending on how many of the bombs hit the target. This is the greatest source of AoE damage on the Blunderbuss.

This is the optimal build for maximizing cooldown usage and being able to get more abilities out for burst damage.


Ice Spike Build

  • Ice Spikes Ice Spikes — When used properly this is one of the highest damage abilities in the game. If you aim at the target's feet and slightly to the right it will allow for all of the Ice Spikes to hit one target. This is because the largest Spike will shoot out two seperate projectiles. If tight enough to the hit box a target will take three devistating hits that can all critically strike. This can be reactivated earlier to shorten its range and immediately cause the Mighty Spike to strike the target.
  • Ice Storm Ice Storm — This activates a large AoE damage ability that has high overall damage ouput but also results in large amounts of crowd control (CC) opportunity. Those within the ability will be slowed and when using the perk Unending Thaw Unending Thaw the slowing effect will last an additional two seconds. This makes them prone to being rooted from Heavy Freeze Heavy Freeze. It is fantastic for frontlines due to its stacking damage component based on the number of players within the storm.
  • Entombed Entombed — The most common use for this ability is for survival. It can be held in times where there is heavy damage, to avoid incoming CC, or simply for damage reduction. Also, when used correctly it can be used for cooldown reduction through Refreshing Frost Refreshing Frost.

Support Ice Gauntlet (Blunderbuss Focused Build)