War Hammer Dive Bruiser PvP Build for New World

Last updated on Feb 23, 2023 at 12:00 by Lemoni 8 comments

The following is a PvP dive build that will use the abundance of crowd-control options from both weapons to pick one target and afflict them with a chain of abilities that prevent them from moving. When done properly a single enemy will not be able to escape. This is a great option for killing healers or other priority targets.


War Hammer Dive Bruiser

This build focuses on crowd-control and using that to your advantage to take out a single enemy at a time. When used properly, both weapons synergize perfectly to allow for a flurry of abilities that will leave an enemy staggered, stunned, or knocked down, over and over again. This prevents them from moving and its additive damage sources will surely kill them. It does not have high burst damage, but it can certainly pick up kills.


Sword and Shield Builds


Shield Rush

  • Leaping Strike Leaping Strike — This will be used to initiate a CC combo, or to just get yourself into combat. It will deal a large amount of damage if you hit an enemy from behind, and add a slowing effect. This can also be used for a quick escape.
  • Shield Bash Shield Bash — This is needed for any chain CC combos. It is powerful ability for locking down a priority target, or interrupting abilities due to its quick casting speed.
  • Shield Rush Shield Rush — This will provide a stagger that initiates a CC chain and quick damage. It also will add an AoE slowing effect. So when used on a clump, it can result in great utlity to secure several kills.

Reverse Stab

  • Reverse Stab Reverse Stab — This will do a large burst of damage, stagger the target, and reset cooldowns. It should always be used after your two other abilities are on cooldown. It is best to try and use it on a target who is stunned or affected by CC.

This build can result in higher burst damage and ability cooldown reduction, but it can be difficult to land Reverse Stab Reverse Stab unless the target is stunned or CC'd.


War Hammer Build

  • Wrecking Ball Wrecking Ball — This is a great tool for defensiveness and crowd-control. When it is used it will apply a Fortify buff that will help with survivability. Additionally, it has a unexpectedly large AoE knockdown effect that is essential for starting any kind of crowd-control combo.
  • Shockwave Shockwave — In most cases, this should be used as soon as a target is knocked down by Wrecking Ball Wrecking Ball. Not only with it provide a massive AoE stun. Every target will be debuffed and rended as long as you use its perk. This makes all targets extremely vulnerable.
  • Path Of Destiny Path Of Destiny — This is perfect for free AoE damage and it does stagger, so you can use it to interrupt healers or other players. It is primarily used to catch targets who are running away because of its stagger and its slowing debuff. It can also be used defensively with its perk to provide quick healing.



This split prioritizes scaling your War Hammer damage. It can be nice to have Dexterity in most dive Sword builds because of the mobility and damage scaling, but this has no benefit to the War Hammer. Since this is your primary damage source, it is best to purely focus on Strength.

If you would prefer, you can increase your Constitution to 200 or lower it to 100.





Slot Perks Gem Weight Attribute Source
Sword Runeglass of Ignited Opal Runeglass of Ignited Opal** - Strength Crafted/BoE
Shield - Round Shield Strength or Constitution Crafted/BoE
War Hammer Runeglass of Ignited Opal Runeglass of Ignited Opal** - Strength Crafted/BoE
Helmet Cut Pristine Onyx Cut Pristine Onyx Light Strength Crafted/BoE
Chest Cut Pristine Onyx Cut Pristine Onyx Light Strength Crafted/BoE
Gloves Cut Pristine Onyx Cut Pristine Onyx Light Strength Crafted/BoE
Pants Cut Pristine Onyx Cut Pristine Onyx Light Strength Crafted/BoE
Boots Cut Pristine Onyx Cut Pristine Onyx Light Strength Crafted/BoE
Amulet Cut Pristine Opal Cut Pristine Opal - Strength or Constitution Crafted/BoE
Ring Cut Pristine Opal Cut Pristine Opal - Strength or Constitution Crafted/BoE
Earring Cut Pristine Opal Cut Pristine Opal - Strength or Constitution Crafted/BoE

*: The ability perks you need to make sure are in your build are Empowering Leaping Strike Empowering Leaping Strike, Sundering Shockwave Sundering Shockwave, and Penetrating Wrecking Ball Penetrating Wrecking Ball to maximize damage. Depending on your build choices, you may also need Contagious Reverse Stab Contagious Reverse Stab. You can use Fortifying Shield Rush Fortifying Shield Rush and Leeching Path Of Destiny Leeching Path Of Destiny for more defensiveness if you wish. If you do not use a perk, fill that slot with a viable defensive passive.

**: Your Opal Runeglass on your weapons can be any variation of elemental damage, the same goes for your Attunement and Chain Damage perks. It is best practice to match your Attunement or Chain with the type of DoT damage your Opal does.

***: Freedom Freedom, Elemental Aversion Elemental Aversion, and Refreshing Refreshing, are all viable options. When using Freedom Freedom you should stack 3 or 5 times. Any combination of these perks is viable.


Gem Optimization

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



When you are looking to have higher damage output and burst down multiple targets within a clump should use Brutal Heartrune of Detonate Brutal Heartrune of Detonate. You just need to play safely after activating it.

If you are wanting to push through choke points, doorways, or want a more defensive option, Stalwart Heartrune of Stoneform Stalwart Heartrune of Stoneform is great to have some independent burst healing if you do not have a healer. For max defensiveness, Cunning Heartrune of Stoneform Cunning Heartrune of Stoneform is the better option.


Heartrune Usage

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


Rotation and Priority List


Shield Rush


Reverse Stab


War Hammer Opener


Gameplay Tips

When using the Sword or War Hammer 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 Sword page or War Hammer page.



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