I have always said that the best way to murder someone in a fantastical-industrial-revolution-pixelated-fantasy setting is to embed a giant axe-head so far into their skull that the axe becomes so impossible to remove that it need be abandoned such is the permanence of its lodgement in the cranium – like Excalibur in ‘The Sword in the Stone’.
Much like Michael Scott, this is something that I live by, and it is yet to steer me wrong, and had been the leading contributor to every success in my life thus far. To that end I have decided to share this success with the world, leading to part ten of the weapon mastery system for Amazon’s new MMO in New World.
If you’re unfamiliar with the serious thus far, we’re going through every weapon that is available in the game, providing all the skills, passives and augments that are available for each weapon type and their weapon mastery. Thus, when the game (finally) launches, well, you’re not starting from scratch when it comes to planning out your Great Axe wielding character.
Using this guide you will know exactly what skills that you want to collect and prioritize, and which ones are going to fall by the wayside when it comes to your specific build.
Over the course of the series, we’ll be looking at every weapon type that is available, and how to accentuate them with your statistical decisions. So, if we haven’t covered your preferred weapon type yet, or you know what archetype you want your character to follow, but there isn’t a guide as of yet – fear not, I’m going to do them all!
If you’re wondering what statistical investment you’re going to need to follow to make the best of your Great Axe character, the weapon benefits only from your strength stat. And as such it pairs well with other weapons that do so, as to not waste attributes diluting your character with other stat contributions. Given this I’m going to recommend pairing it with the Hatchet. It also benefits highly from a great strength stat, and the ranged portion of the weapon will give you another method of pulling foes toward you.
Now that we’ve covered your attribute decisions, we’re going to look at the weapon mastery for the Great Axe itself, in it’s skill trees. The leftmost tree is referred to as ‘Reaper’, and this tree focused on dealing heavy damage to a single target, whilst also providing some movement and life utility also. The rightmost tree is referred to as ‘Mauler’ and this one focuses on more AoE damage, hurting crowds and inflicting some CC also.
We’re going to take a look at the active abilities of the Reaper skill tree first, and then the augmentations that you can select along with those actives, before swapping over to the Mauler tree and doing the same, and then going over the passives for both of those trees:
Active Skill 1: Reap
Reach your axe out 5 meters, pulling foes impacted toward you, and dealing 110.0% weapon damage.
Reap’s range is extended to 8 meters.
Reap gains 30.0% life-steal.
Once the pulling has completed, finish the attack with a spin of your Great Axe and deal 115.0% weapon damage.
Active Skill 2: Charge
Charge 10 meters forward, dealing 120.0% weapon damage when you impact the target or end the charge by clicking. Charge in uninterruptible.
Charge gains more damage the further you travel, to a maximum of 140.0%.
Right clicking during the charge animation will cause you to sing your Great Axe, dealing 140-160 weapon damage to those hit, depending on how far you traveled before swinging.
Active Skill 3: Execute – Taz’dingo baby!
Swing the Great Axe over your head and deal 200.0% weapon damage to those hit. Damage increased to 300.0% to foes hit under half health.
Execute gains Grit, making it unstoppable and unblockable.
Execute will always inflict a critical hit, every time, always, 100.0% of the time, every time, when hitting foes below 30.0% health.
Active Skill 1: Maelstrom
Perform a fast swinging spin attack, that pulls those around closer to you, and deals 110.0% weapon damage.
Extend the range of Maelstrom by 50.0%.
Destroy all incoming projectiles while Maelstrom is active.
Adds an extra spin attack, that pulls foes and deals 110.0% weapon damage.
Active Skill 2: Whirlwind
Spin around and deal 50.0% weapon damage to those hit around you. Successfully connecting with a foe causes the whirlwind to spin again, to a max of four spins.
You can move whilst these spins occur.
Increase max spins to 7.
Movement speed during spins increased by 50.0%.
If you have three or more foes around during the Whirlwind, deal 30.0% more damage.
Active Skill 3: Gravity Well
Throw your axe up to 10 meters and create a whirlpool of gravity, pulling foes towards its center for 3.0 seconds. After that time, deal 125.0% to those caught.
Gravity Well Augments:
Increase the final burst damage by 10.0% for each foe caught.
Allies gain 20.0% damage reduction whilst inside the well.
Hitting two or more targets with a single light attack grants you 20.0% increased movement speed for 3.0 seconds.
Successful light attacks with your Great Axe grant 5.0% increased damage for 5.0 seconds, to a maximum of 15.0%.
Attacks against foes with lower than 50.0% health have their armor penetration increased by 10.0%.
Great Axe attacks against foes below 30.0% will have their critical chance increased by 15.0%.
Critical hits gain 10.0% lifesteal.
After your attack is blocked by an enemy, gain 15.0% increased damage for 10.0 seconds. Does not stack.
Critical hit damage increased by 10.0%.
Great axe attacks against foes with less than 30.0% health gain 10.0% lifesteal.
Aiming at a foe within 15.0 meters increased your movement by 30.0% and your damage by 15.0%.
Taking damage whilst wielding your Great Axe below 50.0% health grants you 40.0 stamina.
Cooldown: 20 Seconds
Pulls that you cause are held for 30.0% longer.
Center of Attention
Wielding your Great Axe with 3 or more foes within 4.0 meters, grants you 10.0% more damage.
Heavy attacks pull in foes around you.
Heavy attacks become unblockable and unstoppable, and grant 20.0% during their animation.
Blocking an attack with your axe grants 5.0% increased damage for 5.0 seconds, to a max of 15.0%.
Wielding the Great Axe grants 10.0% damage absorb when 3 or more foes are within 4.0 meters of you.
Successful attacks increase your damage by 3.0% for 3.0 seconds, to a max of 30.0%.
That just about wraps things up for our overview of the Great Axe mastery for Amazon’s new MMO in New World, we hope that you’ve found the information useful in planning out your character, and we hope to see you online!
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