Best Hatchet Builds in New World

The best skills, attributes, and weapons to combine with the hatchet in New World!

The hatchet is one of the best weapon choices for DPS builds in New World, but what combinations work the absolute best? Players can combine two weapons in any build, but only certain ones work well together. We'll cover the best choice in secondary weapon and skill trees for a hatchet build.

The Hatchet & Great Axe Build

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As both of these weapons are melee, they are both impacted by the Strength attribute. This makes Strength the perfect dump stat choice. For secondary attributes, drop some into Constitution and a little into Dexterity to boost the hatchet's damage. With the Great Axe as the secondary weapon, this build will focus on more group damage and AOEs.

Reaper Skill Tree Choices:

  • Greed
  • Critical Gains

Mauler Skill Tree Choices:

  • Maelstrom - Take at least the first upgrade for this skill.
  • Whirlwind - Invest in this skill fully.
  • Gravity Well - Invest in this skill fully.
  • Center of Attention
  • Mauler's Fury

Berserker Skill Tree Choices:

  • Berserk - Fully upgrade this skill.
  • Raging Torrent - Invest in this skill fully.
  • Feral Rush - Upgrade this skill once.
  • Enraged Strikes
  • Against All Odds
  • Fortifying Strikes
  • Defy Death

The Hatchet & Life Staff Build

While the Life Staff is known to buff any weapon fairly well, it works particularly well with the Hatchet. In fact, it might be the best Life Staff combination. This combination offers a good deal of damage with the DPS hatchet and a great support option with the healing Life Staff. Due to this, players should put the majority of their attribute points into Focus and Dexterity.

Berserker Skill Tree Choices:

  • Berserk - Fully upgrade this skill.
  • Raging Torrent - Invest in this skill fully.
  • Feral Rush - Upgrade this skill once.
  • Enraged Strikes
  • Against All Odds
  • Fortifying Strikes
  • Defy Death

Protector Skill Tree Choices:

  • Beacon - Invest in this skill fully.
  • Bend Light
  • Protector's Touch
  • Protector's Strength
  • Balance

Healing Skill Tree Choices:

  • Sacred Ground - Fully upgrade this skill.
  • Splash of Light - Invest in this skill fully.
  • Absolved
  • Enchanted Justice

For more New World content, be sure to check out Best Fire Staff Builds in New World

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