Skeletons have negative healing, which can cause problems. Only very few spells can provide healing during encounters.
Especially in Pathfinder Society, where each time you play with different people, so you cannot be sure someone can cast Harm or Sooth on you. As a Barbarian, it is very hard to cast spells.

(Healing in exploration mode is covered by Stitch Flesh + Assurance (Medicine) and a Pearly White Aeon Stone).

Battle Medicine would work, but the main reason I picked Skeleton is the Well-Armed feat, which doesn't leave an empty hand.

Potions take two actions (1 to retrieve, 1 to consume), and are rather small amounts. Also, they need free a hand.

Are there any other, better options?

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    \$\begingroup\$ First off, Healers Gloves don’t work - the item explicitly calls out the effect as being Positive. Just because you can’t harm undead with it, doesn’t mean you can heal them with it. (This is also why you can’t heal undead with literally any spell that does Negative/Void damage. The spell needs to explicitly call out that it does healing to heal a target.) \$\endgroup\$ Dec 25, 2023 at 15:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ You are right, I just checked the traits. Edited \$\endgroup\$
    – András
    Dec 25, 2023 at 20:02

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Fast Healing

The best option to heal with those restrictions would be to gain either fast healing or regeneration, though the options for achieving this are limited:

Regeneration has the positive trait and wouldn't work for a skeleton, and these options for fast healing are either inaccessible in Pathfinder Society play or otherwise quite limited.

Temporary Hit Points

Without an open hand, relying on your allies, or any of the above options, you could instead take any of several abilities which expand a barbarian's ability to gain temporary Hit Points through their rage:

  • Renewed Vigor (8th): 1/2 level + Constitution mod temporary HP as an action
  • Come and Get Me (10th): 1-2x Constitution mod temporary HP after hitting a creature that just hit you
  • Siphon Life (10th, aftermath Barbarian feat): temporary HP based on void damage dealt alongside an unarmed Strike

Or if you're willing to take an archetype, have a skill feat, or have an Adopted Ancestry (such as through the As in Life, So in Death skeleton feat), then there are additional options that could be considered:

Many of these options are limited or restricted in PFS play, but some are standardly available if you don't have access for your character (such as from a boon or charity reward).

  • \$\begingroup\$ Red Mantis Assassin is not allowed in PFS \$\endgroup\$
    – András
    Dec 26, 2023 at 13:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ And at least some of these are Uncommon/Rare, and should be indicated as such since they might have limited (or even no) access in PFS. \$\endgroup\$
    – Ifusaso
    Dec 27, 2023 at 19:03

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