Hello all I'm new to Pathfinder 2e and wanted to make a melee kobold barbarian with Dragon Instinct for the Crown of the Kobold King adventure. I'm not sure if its viable? We are using point by in the Pathbuilder 2e app/website and cannot use 3rd party sources. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
It is viable
Dragonscaled (fire) is probably the best. Spellscale is not great, you cannot cast most spells while raging.
Recently the rules were changed, you can pick any 2 abilities to be increased, I recommend Str and Con.
The previous +2 Dex and Cha are not that useful, and the -2 Con is downright horrible.
For best possible AC you will need +2 Dex, you can select it as one of the 4 you can increase on 1st level.
Starting values: Str 18, Dex 12, Con 16, Wis 12, Int 10, Cha 10. You can switch Cha and Wis, it doesn't matter much either way.
Anything that gives you Str or Con is great.
- Martial Disciple gives you Athletics (basically any skill) and Quick Jump, while Farmhand gives you Assurance with Athletics
- Mechanic gives you Quick Repair, but you don't really need it before level 3
- Medicine can help with healing, especially once you are Expert and have Assurance
- Crafting helps you Repair your shield
- Diplomacy is widely useful
Quick Repair makes shield repair much faster, but won't really need it before level 3 (Shield Block).
Assurance on Athletics with Quick Jump and Powerful Leap gives you 20 feet Leap on level 4, 25 feet on level 6, which is useful for jumping over things.
Assurance on Medicine gives you reliable healing from level 3. Battle Medicine is not recommended, you will not have enough free hands.
1st level: You need to get to your enemy, so Sudden Charge is very useful.
2nd level: Nothing special, a good level to pick up a Dedication. Sentinel or a Champion multiclass gives you heavy armor (+1 AC), very useful for Barbarians.
4th level: Nothing special, probably Swipe is best. Healing Touch can be used in combat, while raging if you took Champion Dedication
6th level: I guess you want Dragon's Rage Breath.
Shield Block, you will need it.
A shield for better AC, from level 3 with Shield Block. A Battle Axe works well with Swipe, and a Trident can be thrown.
For armor you need the heaviest you are proficient with and can afford.
2nd level: Potency +1 on your weapon.
4th level: Striking on your weapon
No need to overcomplicate things.
- Sudden Charge
When you do not need to move, Raise Shield.
Instead of the weapon + shield you can use a two-handed weapon. Either one with a really big damage die, or one with reach, so you need to move less.
Either way, drop Crafting, Quick Repair and Shield Block. You should pick up the Intimidate skill, the Intimidating Glare skill feat, and pick 12 Cha, or even 14 Cha if you take Toughness on level 3. Warrior is a really good background for this.