Questions tagged [barbarian]

For questions about the barbarian, 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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When substituting one ability for another on a skill check which kind of check does it qualify as?

The Unearthed Arcana Monk tradition Way of the Astral Self has the following ability (page 2 of the PDF): Arms of the Astral Self You can use your Wisdom modifier in place of your Strength ...
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Does a barbarian's rage end if they are trying to attack an invisible creature they don't know the location of?

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 ...
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Does a barbarian's rage end if they attack an illusion of a creature?

Here is the pertinent wording of the Rage feature: 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 ...
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Is it obvious to an opponent that a Barbarian has entered Rage?

I had a look around but couldn't find an answer to this. Is it obvious when a Barbarian begins to Rage? A canny opponent might know of a Barbarian's rage ability and therefore, if they determine the ...
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Is this barbarian Rage Mage subclass balanced compared to the official barbarian subclasses and the eldritch knight?

Rage Magic: At level 3, your rage allows you to tap into magical dark energy. Choose 2 cantrips and 3 1st level spells from the warlock spell list. Two of the 1st level spells you choose must be ...
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Mountain Rage Bonuses

With the substitution levels from Goliath Barbarian, does the Mountain Rage still give the bonus to Constitution or do you lose that in exchange for a size increase and bonus strength?
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Outside of combat, does a Totem Warrior Barbarian with Eagle Totemic Attunement still fall from flight?

Say a 14th-level Totem Barbarian chose the Eagle totem for the level 14 Totemic Attunement feature, and had the Persistent Rage barbarian feature. Would they fall after flying 80 feet, assuming they ...
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Can a Barbarian/Wizard multiclass cast a spell with a magic item while raging?

My party has a Barbarian who multiclassed to wizard. Levels 3 and 1, respectively. He has incorporated the Staff of Defense (from Glasstaff in the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure) into ...
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Does a Druid/Barbarian using Rage cancel out Wild Shape?

5e Player dipping toe into 3.5 with help of a friend, who is an old hand, but hasn't played in a long while. He was reading the 3.5 books and seems to think the phrasing of Barbarian Rage would ...
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If the UA Wild Soul barbarian's Wild Surge table causes a greatsword to gain the light property, can it be dual-wielded?

The playtest Wild Soul barbarian subclass (from Unearthed Arcana: Barbarian and Monk has the Wild Surge feature at 3rd level, causing magic to erupt from the barbarian when they rage. Row 7 in the ...
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Are the Path of the Totem Warrior barbarian's physical totems considered magical items/accessories?

I've had my fair share of arguments while playing sessions with my friends about rules & limitations in game. One for certain that caught my eye is the physical Totem you acquire as a Path of the ...
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What's the most amount of attacks that can be done per turn with barbarian as a base?

I'm thinking about DMing my first 5e campaign (I've GMed one Pathfinder one-off in the past). A player of mine was thinking about playing a female orc Barbarian that specializes in dealing as many ...
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How does a Barbarian's rage resistances interact with magic weapons? [duplicate]

In monster statblocks that include resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing it is stated that you can overcome that resistance with magical weapons or sometimes silvered weapons. In the ...
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What effect does giving the Rage action additional traits (e.g. “arcane and evocation”) confer?

Several of the Barbarian Instinct Abilities modify the traits of the Rage action. For example: Draconic Rage (Instinct Ability) While raging, you can increase the additional damage from ...
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What happens if the Spare the Dying cantrip is cast on a Zealot barbarian using Rage Beyond Death?

What happens if the spare the dying cantrip is cast on a Zealot barbarian using Rage Beyond Death? Would being stabilized mean he doesn't need to make death saves until he is attacked again?
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Does a Barbarian stack rages while raging or does he reset his rage?

If a barbarian enters a new rage while he is raging do the rages stack on top of each other or would his current rage just be reset? I think the rage would be reset because its closest equivalent ...
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Can a level 20 Berserker barbarian use the Frenzy feature all day with one use?

A level 20 barbarian gets unlimited rages. Can a Berserker barbarian extend his rage by raging again endlessly so that it never ends - which would lead to him never gaining exhaustion and never losing ...
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Is allowing Barbarian features to work with Dex-based attacks unbalanced?

The barbarian requires that you make attacks using Strength in order to get a number of benefits. This, to me, sounds very much like someone trying to enforce their personal notion of what a barbarian ...
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Will allowing a Dex-based barbarian to multiclass based on Dex instead of Str cause any future balance issues?

A player of mine plays a dex barbarian and multiclassed into fighter for a fighting style. His strength score is 8 and he is using fitness weapons based on Dex for attacking. I didn't understand at ...
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What is the spellcasting ability of a Barbarian Totem Warrior?

At third level, a Barbarian can take the Path of the Totem Warrior, gaining (among others), the following feature: Spirit Seeker Yours is a path that seeks attunement with the natural world, ...
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Does Reckless Attack work with Multiattack when wild shaped?

A druid/barbarian turns into an animal with multiattack and each of the attacks count as melee weapon attack. Reckless attack states When you make your first attack on your turn, you can decide to ...
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As a half-orc Barbarian, is it worth it to dip some levels into the Fighter class?

TL;DR: as a Great Weapon Master, half-orc Barbarian, is it worth it to take 3-4 (or more?) levels of Fighter, in order to deal more damage? I'm going to play a half-orc Barbarian in a soon-to-begin D&...
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Great Weapon Master vs. Dual Wielder for a half-orc Barbarian

I'm going to play a half-orc Barbarian (with a STR modifier of +4) in a soon-to-begin, pure PHB D&D 5E campaign, starting at level 1, and I'm wondering what the best overall attacking style is, ...
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Does the Ancestral Guardian barbarian's Ancestral Protectors feature only work on your first attack after raging, or can you apply it every turn?

Does the Ancestral Protectors feature only work on your first attack after raging, or can you apply it every turn? I have been wanting to make a Path of the Ancestral Guardian Barbarian, and I have ...
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How does the barbarian's bonus damage from Rage interact with two-weapon fighting?

Some days ago, I created for someone a barbarian dwarf character sheet. Everything went well, and the sheet is complete. As I'm very new to D&D, I decided to read through the barbarian class to ...
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What are the advantages a Champion fighter has over a Berserker barbarian?

Both the fighter and barbarian in this comparison are using a two-handed weapon build. I'm asking for the pros a fighter may have in combat over the barbarian because it feels like in combat the ...
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How can I make a macro for rage in Roll20?

So I'm playing using Roll20, and I just took a level in barbarian. I want to save my DM time and set up a macro for rage myself, problem is I have literally not a clue how macros work and the 3.5e ...
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Do gauntlets count as armor?

Do gauntlets count as armor? Specifically, would wearing Gauntlets of Ogre Power negate the AC bonus that barbarians and monks get because they are technically armor? I feel like they wouldn't.
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Would a non-attacking Barbarian's rage end the same turn he started it?

QUESTION: If a Barbarian enters a Rage on their first turn, and does not attack, and furthermore has taken no damage yet in this fight, does the rage cease at the end of that same turn? Reference: ...
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When can a Barbarian, who has just levelled up, use the additional Rage gained from that level?

At certain levels, Barbarians gain additional Rages to use between Long Rests. My question is, when can these additional Rages be used? The PHB seems a little unclear on this. PHB pg.48 Once ...
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What all the sources of Rages per day?

Linked to this question:What are all sources of extra uses of bardic music? I am working on a Character Optimization exercise, in trying to maximize the potential of a Bard 5/Barbarian 5 start, I ...
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Which resurrection spells are valid to use with the Zealot's 'Warrior of the Gods' Feature?

Introduced in Xanathar's Guide to Everything is the Barbarian Path, Path of the Zealot, which among other things, provides a feature called "Warrior of the Gods" that makes revival of this character ...
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How does the Duergar Magic shrink/enlarge ability work with rage?

Is the Duergar's ability to shrink/enlarge considered a spell? How does that combo off with the barbarian's "Rage" ability? Am I able to do this after I go into a rage? Does it cancel before I go ...
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Does the spell Clone require any material components to cast on a Zealot barbarian?

Zealot barbarians don't require any material components for spells that would bring them back to life. Would this include clone as well, or just the main resurrection spells that would bring you back ...
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Does a 3rd-level Wolf Totem barbarian get advantage against enemies when an ally is within 5 feet of the enemy?

The Path of the Totem Warrior barbarian's 3rd-level Wolf Totem Spirit feature (PHB, p. 50) says: While you're raging, your friends have advantage on melee attack rolls against any creature within 5 ...
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How to explain an ancestral guardian's spirit features suddenly gained at level-up? [closed]

I'm a new DM leading a 5e campaign with new players. Most of the characters, who are a cleric, two druids, and a fighter, do not gain weird new powers when they level up. But the barbarian (still ...
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How does the Ancestral Guardian barbarian's Ancestral Protectors feature work if you hit something before you start raging?

The Ancestral Guardian barbarian feature Ancestral Protectors (XGtE, p. 10) reads as follows: Starting when you choose this path at 3rd level, spectral warriors appear when you enter your rage. ...
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What’s the interaction between darkvision and the Eagle Aspect of the beast, if you have Darkvision past 100 feet?

Directly based off of the question, What’s the interaction between darkvision and the Eagle Aspect of the beast?, what happens if your Darkvision extends past 100 feet? This question is focused ...
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Does the Barbarian's Danger Sense feature work against invisible spellcasters?

Say a spellcaster under the effect of Greater Invisibility casts a spell at a Barbarian. Does the Danger Sense feature of the Barbarian protect against the spell? You have advantage on Dexterity ...
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Can a barbarian keep raging if she shoves an enemy on her turn?

A barbarian has to stop raging if their turn ends and they haven't attacked a hostile creature since their last turn or taken damage since their last turn. (PHB 48) Can I shove an enemy on my turn (...
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Is this Axemaster homebrew barbarian Primal Path balanced?

A little bit ago, I was exploring my first Barbarians, and noticed that a big, scary Greataxe was nearly always more effective than a Barbarian with two handaxes or even two battleaxes! So, I designed ...
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Can an Ancestral Guardian Barbarian use Spirit Shield to reduce damage against themselves?

If a level 6 Path of the Ancestral Guardian Barbarian is hit by an attack, can he use his reaction to Spirit Shield himself? The Spirit Shield feature (XGtE, p. 10) says: Beginning at 6th level, ...
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Do the temporary hit points from the Battlerager barbarian's Reckless Abandon stack if I make multiple attacks on my turn?

If I'm a Battlerager barbarian (from Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, p. 121) and make 3 attacks on my turn while using Reckless Attack and raging, do I get 5 temporary HP total, or 5 temp HP per ...
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Can a Barbarian end his rage if he is paralyzed?

The situation came up last time we played, where the Barbarian has just began ragin and was then paralyzed. He asked if he could end his rage so as not to waste his rounds (and also eat up his fatigue ...
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Is there a feat that improves one's level for Rage?

Is there a feat that can improve a character's level for the purpose of Rage? For example, something similar to Boon Companion but for the rage class feature?
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Is this homebrew Sky Barbarian subclass balanced against other barbarian paths?

This Sky Barbarian path is loosely based on the Path of the Storm Herald barbarian and the Way of the Four Elements monk. It is designed to give barbarians a way to deal damage on range without ...
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If a Barbarian/Sorcerer multiclass casts False Life on himself, then rages, will the spell's effect remain active?

In an adventure I am playing, I play a barbarian 1 / sorcerer 1, and I am in a dispute with my DM. My DM says that if I cast False Life on myself, then Rage, the spell's effect will not remain. Page ...
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How effective in combat regarding damage output could a Dexterity-based Barbarian be?

The Barbarian is a MAD (Multiple Ability Dependent) class. They require a good Strength stat for their attacks, good Constitution due to their need for a large amount of HP, and good Constitution and ...
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Does the Totem Warrior barbarian's 6th-level Eagle totem allow you to see through anything up to a mile away?

The Path of the Totem Warrior barbarian (PHB, p. 50) gets the Aspect of the Beast feature at 6th level, with a number of different totem options with different benefits. The Eagle totem description ...
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Can a 6th-level Totem Warrior barbarian (Eagle totem) with the Observant feat read the lips of a creature a mile away?

A level 6 Path of the Totem Warrior barbarian (PHB, p. 50) can choose the Eagle totem, which states: You gain the eyesight of an eagle. You can see up to 1 mile away with no difficulty, able to ...