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Referring to a character type in fantasy settings usually exemplified by combat prowess, disdain for heavy armor, and a familiarity with wilderness settings. Robert E. Howard's Conan The Barbarian is an archetypal barbarian.

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How much does it cost to cast Raise Dead on a Zealot Barbarian in Adventure's League?

Based off of the question, How much should NPCs charge for spells cast as services to PCs?, the cost of spells from NPCs follows the formula: Spell Service Cost = Square of the spell level, then ...
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Who lifts more, a Barbarian or a BEARbarian? [duplicate]

In short: Do totem barbarian features continue after they are polymorphed? In long: The 6th level bear totem barbarian feature doubles carrying capacity. Carrying capacity is your strength times 15 ...
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How you calculate a warforged barbarian's AC?

I am looking at the warforged AC calculation from the Integrated Protection feature, looking only at Darkwood Core (unarmored), for a possible warforged barbarian. (I am using the version of the ...
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How does Ancestral Protectors' resistance work against multiple damage types?

Related questions: Multiple Damage Resistance, Does a Rogue's Uncanny Dodge halve each type of damage individually or the total? While raging, an Ancestral Guardian barbarian (Xanathar's Guide to ...
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Do the temp HP points from a Storm Herald Barbarian's Storm Aura Tundra effect remain when rage ends?

The barbarian archetype Path of the Storm Herald from Xanathar's Guide to Everything has a class feature called Storm Aura (page 10): Storm Aura Starting at 3rd level, you emanate an aura ...
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How do I kill a 20th level raging Zealot Barbarian?

At 20th level, the Path of the Zealot barbarian (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 11) can rage indefinitely by virtue of starting a new rage just prior to their initial rage ending. This is ...
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How viable is this Support Dex-based Barbarian?

Based, essentially, on Can a support combat style be effective without magic?, I was thinking on a Dex-based Barbarian (at least for the low levels) using Ancestral Guardian. The fundamental concept ...
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Would allowing Path of the Storm Herald to change aura type after a rest unbalance the class?

I'm currently playing a Path of the Storm Herald barbarian (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 10-11). Would allowing my character to change aura type after a rest make the class unbalanced? I ...
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Most effective way of improving survivability for an Ancestral Guardian Barbarian?

The Path of the Ancestral Guardian Barbarian (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 9-10) is an extremely powerful barbarian. It pretty much makes your allies invulnerable against an enemy boss. But it ...
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How can I build a character optimised to be able to stay fighting at, or keep from falling to, 0 HP?

Okay, backstory first. This started off with a character concept I was going to call Ivan the Immortal. Essentially, through magical, racial, and class abilities, Ivan was going to be able to either ...
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Can a Barbarian choose which weapon die to add for his Brutal Critical?

Our Barbarian has a Flame Tongue longsword. While the sword is ablaze, it deals an extra 2d6 fire damage to any target it hits. When the Barbarian crits, he doubles all the weapons damage dice, ...
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Does the Zealot Barbarian's Divine Fury apply multiple times if you focus the same target?

The Path of the Zealot barbarian (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 11) gets the Divine Fury feature at level 3, which states: At 3rd level, while you're raging, the first creature you hit on each ...
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Barbarian Charger, does it work?

I was playing with the idea of a charging Barbarian in 5e. What I would like to know is if there is anything within this build that would not work. Step 1: Choose Variant Human as your race. This ...
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Barbarian HP Calculation [duplicate]

I was going through the PHB again recently and read something in the barbarian section that makes me think I've been calculating HP increases wrong when I level up. I noticed it says: Hit Points ...
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Beyond Athletics and action economy, what are the limitations to grappling? [closed]

I remember reading somewhere how the grappling rules are easily abused with the right character. Something like: 2 levels into Moon druid 1 level into barbarian Transform into Brown Bear Multiattack ...
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Can a raging barbarian carry live rabbits to kill them, in order to keep his rage going?

One of my players, a human barbarian, came up with the idea of carrying captured rabbits, feeding them and treating them nicely, so that he can rip them apart mid-battle if he knows he will be unable ...
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Does an enraged barbarian have resistance to only the +X damage or the damage in its entirety?

When a barbarian is enraged, it says it has resistance to damage such as piercing, slashing etc. (which to my knowledge just halves the number and rounds down). So does that mean it has resistance to ...
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Does Barbarian reckless attack apply to only the first attack or all attacks that turn the Barbarian makes?

Does Barbarian reckless attack apply to only the first attack or all attacks that turn the Barbarian makes? I've recently gotten into a discussion and the group was saying its for the first attack ...
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Beast Sense and carrying items

If I'm controlling a creature with Beast Sense, are they able to carry items within reason with respect to their size? The Beast Sense description doesn't say anything about interaction with the ...
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Does a multiclassed rogue/barbarian get sneak attack almost always? [duplicate]

The rogue gets a sneak attack on attacks where you have advantage. Barbarians have advantage on attacks using strength with the reckless attack feature, which doesn't seem to have a limit on usage. ...
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As a Barbarian, how can I contribute to fights against slash-immune creatures?

I play a Totem Warrior with a greataxe. Last night we encountered our first black ooze, and all I could do was throw javelins to contribute damage! I'm not trying to deal glass-cannon levels of ...
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Barbarian Battlerager Spiked Armor Damage Bonus balance issues

So the Dwarven Barbarian Battlerager (from SCAG) gets a few class features that specifically tie in to his armor. These allow him to: Make a bonus attack that deals 1d4+Strength piercing damage ...
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Barbarian Battlerager Spiked Armor Damage Bonus via RAW? [closed]

So the Dwarven Barbarian Battlerager (SCAG p121) gets a few class features that specifically tie in to his armor. These allow him to: Make a bonus attack that deals 1d4+Strength piercing damage ...
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Can a character command a PC-possessed animal [closed]

One of the PCs was given a chance to possess his wardog, rather than creating a new character after dying. Can another character command the wardog, like an animal, such as with a Handle Animal check?...
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Can a Zealot Barbarian at 0 hp be disintegrated?

A Zealot Barbarian gets the feature Rage beyond Death at Level 14 which reads Beginning at 14th level, the divine power that fuels your rage allows you to shrug off fatal blows. While you’re ...
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Do Barbarians in Pathfinder lose any class abilities if they become lawful?

Looking to make a starting level 6 multiclass character with barbarian/monk/druid levels. First two levels are barbarian, then the others. I know paladins lose paladin-stuff if they slip from lawful ...
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Can a Sun Soul Barbarian make his ranged spell attack while raging?

While raging, a Barbarian cannot cast spells. The Sun Soul Monk's level 3 ability, Radiant Sun Bolt (Sword Coast Adventure Guide), enables to make ranged spell attacks. Is such an ability considered ...
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Can a berserker use his reaction for “retaliation” during his turn?

The barbarian subclass Berserker gets the feature Retaliation at level 14, which allows making a melee weapon attack as a reaction to taking damage. RETALIATION Starting at 14th level, when you ...
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How do I improve survivability of a Barbarian who's limited to light armor only?

I'm currently using a Barbarian Half-Orc in a custom made campaign. The campaign itself is set to hardcore, that means that encouters, enemies and the story itself is really, really hard and fights ...
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Can Hound of Ill Omen from Xanathar's Guide be used while raging?

One of my players enjoys experimenting with a lot of characters. He was tinkering with a sorcerer/barbarian multiclass and asked me if it would be possible to expend sorcery points while raging, ...
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How much bite damage does an Oversized Goblin Feral Gnasher Barbarian do?

Should "Hard Head, Big Teeth" for Oversized Goblins be 1d6 (1d8 with Savage Bite) or is the alternate racial trait 1d4 no matter the goblin's size? It's not obvious to me how these three things ...
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Can a Half Orc Barbarian use Relentless Endurance after failing to use Relentless Rage?

Relentless Rage allows you to avoid passing out with a successful Constitution saving throw. Starting at 11th level, your rage can keep you fighting despite grievous wounds. If you drop to 0 hit ...
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How to balance the Zealot in a setting without resurrection?

So in our homebrew universe, we don't have resurrection (as we feel it cheapens character dead, etc, etc... don't really want to get into that debate). Spells like revivify, raise dead and ...
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Can you reckless attack and choose to hit a limb?

I'm a DM playing D&D 5e and have a barbarian in my game. He is using the usual advantage on attack with reckless attack. But then he says he chooses to "hit a limb" like a headshot which, he says, ...
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Does Unarmored Defense stack with a staff of power and the Bladesong class feature?

I'm playing a level 10 blade singer wizard with one level into barbarian for unarmored defense. I have a +5 Dex modifier, a +5 Int modifier, and a +4 Con modifier. I also have a staff of power that ...
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What primal path should I take at 3rd level as a Half-Orc Barbarian? [closed]

I really can't decide what primal path to take. I hesitate between Path of the Totem Warrior and Path of the Ancestral Guardian. And I would be really happy if you can give me advice because I am ...
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Frenzied Rage as Wild Shape Elemental

I just noticed something while looking at the stat card of the fire elemental - it, and the 3 other elementals for that matter, are immune to exhaustion. Condition Immunities: Exhaustion, [...] ...
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What is the most logical race for a barbarian

In Dungeons and Dragons, what is the best race for a character that is a barbarian? "Best" would be defined as the following: bonuses to a barbarians primary/secondary stats race features that work ...
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Can the feature “Persistent Rage” make a Rage last for more than 1 minute?

The feature "Persistent Rage" states that your rage ends early only if you end it yourself or fall unconscious. The normal duration of a Rage is 1 minute. Can a Rage lasts for more than 1 minute if ...
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Can a Level 20 Barbarian Elf rage when in his Trance?

At level 20, a Barbarian has an unlimited number of rages per long rest, meaning he can rage non-stop until he wants to sleep. Elves can Trance instead of sleeping. Can an elf barbarian continue his ...
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Tips on roleplaying a barbarian who is unable to control when to rage [closed]

So, I met with my DM and made my very first character. Basically a barbarian who is unable to control when or at whom he rages, and whose rage is triggered by suffering enough pain or seeing himself ...
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How does a Zealot Barbarian's critical hits interact with Divine Fury? [duplicate]

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything, the Path of the Zealot feature Divine Fury has been changed from an aura potentially affecting multiple creatures to an effect triggered when the first creature is ...
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Should paying an NPC to resurrect a Zealot Barbarian be less costly?

Zealot Barbarians (from Xanathar's Guide to Everything) can be the target of resurrection-type spells without the caster being required to spend material components. In Adventurers League (and ...
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Is a Barbarian 1/Warlock n effective as a tank?

Playing my first 5e game soon. We're using PHB material only for characters. Is it possible to have a character that is sort of the main tank/off tank with a character who will start as a barbarian ...
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How to best play the CON boost from a raging Chained Barbarian [closed]

When raging, HP increases from a boosted CON aren’t lost first. If the barbarian falls in a fight, when the rage is done that can mean that the barbarian suffers instant death. Obviously the ...
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Does the unchained Barbarian rage power 'calm stance' allow the stalwart defender ability defense stance to be used while in rage?

One of my players is playing a Barbarian that has taken levels in stalwart defender. They have been using the calm stance rage power to allow themselves to utilize the Defensive stance ability of the ...
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Can a monk-barbarian benefit from Reckless Attack & Rage damage if he chooses Dexterity for his attacks?

A barbarian, while raging, gains a damage bonus when striking with a "melee weapon that uses Strength". He can also gain advantage to his attacks for the turn when he chooses to attack recklessly with ...
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Can I enter a rage while raging? [duplicate]

If I am raging, can I enter the rage again, without dropping out of the rage, to reset the minute duration? RAW preferred. RAI accepted.
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Can I start a new rage before the previous one ends?

Is there anything preventing a Barbarian that is currently raging from using a bonus action to expend another rage and restart the 1 minute duration on their rage?
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Which of these size enlarging options for a barbarian stack?

I'm just interested in theorycrafting. The barbarian class provides two mechanisms of growing a character's size one step: Titan Mauler's Titanic Rage the bloodrage power: Abyssal Rage There are ...