Best New World PvE Builds

Discover the best weapons, armor and accessories for character builds in the New World's PvE mode.

There are several ways to build your character in New World, and the builds you'll want to use will be different depending on whether you have a PvP or PvE focus.

This guide will provide you with the list of some of the best PvE builds for New World, including offensive and defensive strategies. You will learn which types of weapons and abilities to choose, how to allocate stats, and what type of armor is the best for every given build.

The Best New World PvE Builds

Hatchet/Great Axe Build

This DPS build focuses almost all of its stat points into Strength, with a little in Constitution, to maximize the damage potential of these slower weapons.

Weapons

  • Conquest (for high critical hit chance)
    • Berserk
    • Feral Rush
    • Raging Torrent
  • Enforcer's Battleaxe (for fire and bleed damage)
    • Maelstrom
    • Reap
    • Execute

Stat Allocation

Stat Name
Point Allocation
Strength 320
Dexterity 5
Intelligence 5
Focus 5
Constitution 110

 

Armor and Accessories

  • Best Armor: Voidbent Set
  • Scorpian Stone
  • Doom's Chance Earring
  • Herald's Finger Curse

Fire Staff/Rapier Build

This unusual combination of weapons, using magic and ranged damage, can be a deadly combination against a variety of enemies in PvE.

Weapons

  • Wildfire Torch (for high fire damage)
    • Fireball
    • Meteor Shower
    • Incinerate
  • Last Hope (for reducing cooldowns)
    • Evade
    • Riposte
    • Fleche

Stats Allocation

Stat Name
Point Allocation
Strength 5
Dexterity 5
Intelligence 300
Focus 5
Constitution 120

 

Armor and Accessories

  • Best Armor: Syndicate Alchemist Occultist Set
  • The Eye of Pithe Amulet
  • The Edmund's Squire Token
  • Oath of Abiogenesis

Musket/Ice Gauntlet Build

Here is an alternative DPS build, but unlike the first one on our list, this one is mostly based on Dexterity and survivability.

Weapons

  • Infamy (for high critical hit chance)
    • Shooter's Stance
    • Stopping Power
    • Powder Burn
  • Master Cryomancer's Gauntlet (for survivability)
    • Ice Storm
    • Ice Shower
    • Entombed

Stats Allocation

Stat Name
Point Allocation
Strength 5
Dexterity 250
Intelligence 115
Focus 5
Constitution 50

 

Armor and Accessories

  • Best Armor: Syndicate Plague Doctor Brigand Set
  • Orichalcum Ranger Amulet of the Ranger
  • Orichalcum Scholar Earring of the Scholar
  • Orichalcum Ranger Ring of the Ranger

Hatchet/Ice Gauntlet Build

If you like using Ice Gauntlet but you'd rather melee your enemies than use ranged weapons, then this is an excellent alternative to the previous build.

Weapons

  • Axe of the Abyss (for high critical hit chance)
    • Berserk
    • Feral Rush
    • Raging Torrent
  • Frostgrasp (for increased ice damage)
    • Ice Storm
    • Ice Shower
    • Ice Pylon

Stats Allocation

Stat Name
Point Allocation
Strength 195
Dexterity 5
Intelligence 150
Focus 5
Constitution 100

 

Armor and Accessories

  • Best Armor: Harbinger Set
  • Protector's Fortune Charm
  • Doom's Chance Earring
  • Oath of Abiogenesis

Fire Staff/Ice Gauntlet Build

Many believe that it is impossible to combine the power of fire and ice in the same build, but you should definitely try this one for some unique effects.

Weapons

  • Signum Phalarae (for high critical hit chance)
    • Pillar of Fire
    • Fireball
    • Burn Out
  • Winter Wish (for increased critical damage)
    • Ice Storm
    • Ice Shower
    • Entombed

Stats Allocation

Stat Name
Point Allocation
Strength 5
Dexterity 5
Intelligence 110
Focus 5
Constitution 90

 

Armor and Accessories

  • Best Armor: Covenant Adjudicator Occultist Set
  • The Eye of Pithe Amulet
  • Felix Follow Token
  • Signet Ring of the Forger

Spear/Sword Build

Here's a build for tanky characters that want to be able to take on a lot of damage and provide support in multiplayer format.

Weapons

  • Javelin of Dryadic Empowerment (for high critical hit chance)
    • Javelin
    • Sweep
    • Cyclone
  • Primordial Edge (for bleed and backstab damage)
    • Shield Rush
    • Shield Bash
    • Defiant Stance
  • Everlasting Shade (shield for increased protection)

Stats Allocation

Stat Name
Point Allocation
Strength 20
Dexterity 210
Intelligence 5
Focus 5
Constitution 205

 

Armor and Accessories

  • Best Armor: Highwayman's Set
  • Diamond Heart
  • Ecnelovelam's Yvne
  • Ring of Seadog's Watch

Life Staff/War Hammer Build

If you wish to play the role of a healer with some good damage on you, then this build is designed exactly for that purpose.

Weapons

  • Covenant Adjudicator Life Staff (for low cooldowns and higher healing)
    • Orb of Protection
    • Light's Embrace
    • Sacred Ground
  • Bloodfeud (for critical damage and cooldown reduction)
    • Armor Breaker
    • Shockwave
    • Clear Out
  • Gilded Defense (shield for increased protection)

Stats Allocation

Stat Name
Point Allocation
Strength 5
Dexterity 5
Intelligence 5
Focus 135
Constitution 65

 

Armor and Accessories

  • Best Armor: Covenant Adjudicator Cleric Set
  • Eyes in the Abyss
  • Ecnelovelam's Yvne
  • Propergate

Hopefully, this New World best PvE builds guide helped you choose the character you want to use for your playthrough. For more, be sure to read our best weapons guide for New World.

Correspondent

Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.

Published Oct. 7th 2021

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