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Axe Deadeye Open World Build

GW2. Best Open World Build. Axe Deadeye. Condition Axe. Power Axe. Thief PvE.


Last Update: March 2024



Condition Variant


The Axe Deadeye is a thief build for open world PvE that has great single target damage with ranged capabilities while also having AoE from the piercing axes. The playstyle involves sending out axes to their cap of 6 and then converging them on your target for a heavy burst. This combo can cost heavy initiative, so the deadeye trait Maleficent Seven provides you the initiative you need if you can perform the right skills in the right order.

Because the axes linger and repeat their effect when using the Dual Attack (3), you can get the initiative gain from the Axe sneak attack twice. However, this also means that you will hit with the Malicious Sneak Attack twice, and that can consume your malice before you reach the threshold to trigger the Maleficent Seven. Using the proper rotation you can get maximum value from Maleficent Seven and the Axe Combo without wasting animations or resources.

For the condition build, you will port to your target when using the 3 skill, which can put you in danger. Be aware of the timing and delay the rotation if needed to avoid an attack since the 3 skill is an evade.

Skill Rotation:

  • Maintain F1 on main target and Swap Weapon off Cooldown (Doom Sigil)
  • Axe 2 > 2 > 3
  • Dagger 5 > Sneak Attack 1
  • Axe 2 > 2 > 2 > 3
  • Repeat

In the second Axe combo, the 3 skill will recast the Malicious Sneak Attack (1) since the first one you cast will still be spinning so you want to get to 7 malice before casting it. If you forget what part of the rotation you are in, you can always recover it using the F2 or Shadow Meld to enter stealth for a sneak attack at maximum Malice, or use Mercy to reset your initiative. Use shortbow for utility and mobility.


Difficulty
50%

Equipment

ItemStatRune / Sigil
Helm
Viper
Shoulders
Viper
Coat
Viper
Gloves
Viper
Leggings
Viper
Boots
Viper

Primary Weapon Set

Axe
Viper
Off Hand
Empty

Secondary Weapon Set

Main Hand
Empty
Dagger
Viper
ItemStat
Amulet
Viper
Ring
Viper
Ring
Viper
Accessory
Viper
Accessory
Viper
Backpiece
Viper

Relic

Consumables

Infusions

Optional
x18

Alternatives

  • Stats: Celestial for extra survivability
  • Weapon: Add a shortbow as second weapon for more utility (then replace Doom Sigil on Axe for Torment Sigil)

Skills

Axe / DaggerHeal / Utility / Elite
Shortbow

Alternatives

  • Utility: instead of Binding Shadow for another stun break

Traits


Variants

  • Deadly Arts instead of Trickery for slightly more damage but much less utility

Build Template

Chat Code: (copy/paste into in-game chat)

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Gameplay

Credit to Kaozelle for the video.

Power Variant

The power variant has more burst and better kiting capabilities due to the 3 skill not porting you towards the target. However, this also means you do not have access to the Dagger 5 skill to get stealth, so you need to reset Malice using Shadow Meld and the F2 for stealth. Alternatively, use Mercy to keep your initiative high while doing the Axe 2 2 3 combo.

Skill Rotation: F1
Axe 2 > 2 > 3
Shadow Meld (or F2) > 1
Axe 2 > 2 > 2 > 3


Equipment

ItemStatRune / Sigil
Helm
Berserker
Shoulders
Berserker
Coat
Berserker
Gloves
Berserker
Leggings
Berserker
Boots
Berserker

Primary Weapon Set

Axe
Berserker
Off Hand
Empty

Secondary Weapon Set

Main Hand
Empty
Pistol
Berserker
ItemStat
Amulet
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Backpiece
Berserker

Relic

Consumables

Infusions

Fractal
x18
Optional
x18

Skills

Axe / PistolHeal / Utility / Elite
Malicious Sneak Attack

Alternatives

  • Utility: for another stunbreak

Traits


Alternatives

  • Critical Strikes: if sustain is not needed and you can go full damage

Build Template

Chat Code: (copy/paste into in-game chat)

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Gameplay

Credit to Kaozelle for the video.

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