I was creating a Path of the Totem Goliath Barbarian, and had chosen the Bear Totem for his third level ability. The sixth level ability, however is redundant for a bear/goliath combination, since they both basically double his carrying capacity. I wondered if I could choose a different totem at 6th level.

I did notice the following language for each subsequent totem choice after the first:

At ___ level, you gain a magical benefit based on the totem animal of your choice. You can choose the same animal you selected at 3rd level ora different one.

My first assumption was that this is like swapping out spells known when you level in some spell casting classes, such as the Bard. I.e. if you choose Wolf at 6th level, your abilities switch over to a Wolf Totem Barbarian. After all, in online discussions, people often refer to a Bear Totem Barbarian, or a Wolf Totem Barbarian, but never do I see reference to a multi-totemed Barbarian. I wanted the 6th level wolf ability, but didn't want to give up the 3rd level bear ability.

Can a Barbarian have multiple totems?


Yes, you can have different totem animals for different level abilities.

Though few people discuss multi-totemed Barbarians, this is the RAW of the class's wording. Consider the 10th level ability, Spirit Walker:

At 10th level, you can cast the commune with nature spell, but only as a ritual. When you do so, a spiritual version of one of the animals you chose for Totem Spirit or Aspect of the Beast appears to you to convey the information you seek.

(emphasis mine)

This quite unambiguously conveys the idea that you can make different totem choices at different levels, and that they do not have to agree.


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