The barbarian rage ability includes this rule stating when it will end:

Your rage lasts for 1 minute. It ends early if you are knocked unconscious or if your turn ends and you haven't attacked a hostile creature since your last turn or taken damage since then.

What happens if the barbarian sees an enemy turn invisible during a battle and begins wildly swinging their weapon at seemingly empty air? From the point of view of the barbarian the enemy might be in the location they are trying to attack. Would that be enough to continue their rage, or would they need to actually hit their enemy or be certain of their location before attacking?


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Your question is flawed, but... it should work

If the Barbarian sees the enemy turning invisible, they know exactly where they are, regardless of how strange that might sound. Being invisible is not the same as being hidden, so despite the fact that the enemy is invisible, the Barbarian will be able to locate it exactly and attack it with disadvantage. See this answer for an extra explanation.

An invisible creature is impossible to see without the aid of magic or a special sense. For the purpose of hiding, the creature is heavily obscured. The creature's location can be detected by any noise it makes or any tracks it leaves.

However, being invisible does allow the creature to now try to hide, even if they would otherwise be in plain sight. If they succeed their stealth check, they are now not just unseen, they are also hidden.

At this point, you no longer know the location of the creature.

When you attack a target that you can't see, you have disadvantage on the attack roll. This is true whether you're guessing the target's location or you're targeting a creature you can hear but not see. If the target isn't in the location you targeted, you automatically miss, but the DM typically just says that the attack missed, not whether you guessed the target's location correctly.

This paragraph seems to suggest that you are still trying to attack the creature, even if you guess its location wrong, so it should count for the purposes of rage.

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    \$\begingroup\$ As a further point, the act of rolling to attack when the PC is swinging at an empty space is partly to prevent meta-gaming. If the PC swings at a spot and the DM simply says 'You missed' the player has gained some knowledge. \$\endgroup\$
    – Steve
    Commented Jan 5, 2020 at 23:00
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    \$\begingroup\$ "This is further explained in this answer on a different question." — Did you forget to put a link there? \$\endgroup\$
    – jwodder
    Commented Jan 5, 2020 at 23:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ This one, I think? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 6, 2020 at 0:40
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    \$\begingroup\$ @jwodder Yeah that's my bad, I linked an answer to a 4e question by accident, then couldn't find the 5e version of the answer and forgot to remove the line. But I found the answer again, I'll add it. :P \$\endgroup\$
    – Theik
    Commented Jan 6, 2020 at 7:02

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