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Can a raging barbarian carry live rabbits to kill them, in order to keep his rage going?

No, that's not how rage works. Murdering random rabbits does not fuel rage. A barbarian's rage works as follows: It ends early if you are knocked unconscious or if your turn ends and you haven't ...
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How do I kill a 20th level raging Zealot Barbarian?

Brute force won't work, but any other effect will work, provided it is hit point-dependent At first blush, the 20th level Zealot Barbarian seems unkillable, and this is true if you play the Barbarian'...
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As a Barbarian, how can I contribute to fights against slash-immune creatures?

Have a non-slash damage type weapon. Well, that's an easy one. I would usually have at least a simple bludgeoning weapon as a replacement - it might be usefull to bash skeletons as well! A warhammer ...
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Does a barbarian's rage end if they attack an illusion of a creature?

RAW, yes. An illusion is not a creature. The rule is clear that Bobby must attack a hostile creature, or take damage, to maintain his rage. Spirit of the Rule If Bobby does not know that what he is ...
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Magic weapons being given to NPCs because I am immune to nonmagical weapon attacks

Only your DM can fix the problems they caused by handing out a broken homebrew feat OK, I'm sorry to say it so starkly, but this feat of yours is unbalanced, and your DM should know better than to ...
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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?

Excellent combo. You quoted all the relevant rules. To read lips, you need to see a creature's mouth while it is speaking a language you understand And with the Eagle totem at 6th level, you get to ...
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How can I balance the Zealot barbarian's Warrior of the Gods feature in a setting without resurrection?

Power level is important, but think about effect. Try to give them something that offers the same sort of flavor as the feature. The original is there to encourage the zealot to be willing to charge ...
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Does a barbarian's damage resistance from Rage apply to damage from magical weapons?

The exclusion of any mention of magical weapons isn't accidental, Barbarians are resistant to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage whether it's magical or otherwise as it's key to their ability ...
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Can a Wild Magic Barbarian restore a 7th(+) Level Warlock's spell slots?

While not a RAW answer, I would consider how the pearl of power works and has been errata'd over time in this scenario. The original text of the item read: You can use an action to speak this pearl's ...
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Does Elusive trump Reckless Attack?

Enemies don't get advantage against you in this scenario. Yes, Reckless Attack grants them advantage. However, no-one ever has advantage unless something grants it to them. If Elusive doesn't work ...
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Can a bear totem barbarian gain damage resistance while wearing heavy armor?

Yes. Counter to Airatome's point (which relies on a designer's input without errata), the rules as written are quite clear. In battle, you fight with primal ferocity. On your turn, you can enter a ...
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Does Barbarian reckless attack apply to only the first attack or all attacks that turn the Barbarian makes?

I can see where the confusion may lie. Reckless Attack states: When you make your first attack on your turn, you can decide to attack recklessly... That could easily be construed as only applying ...
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Would allowing barbarians to maintain rage as an action be unbalanced or permit shenanigans?

No this is not unbalanced because your barbarian can do this now All they need is a decent long range weapon like a longbow and make an attack with their action. Frankly, if your battles have nearest ...
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Do gauntlets count as armor?

The Gauntlets aren't armor Every magic item has a category they belong to: Each magic item belongs to a category: armor, potions, rings, rods, scrolls, staffs, wands, weapons, or wondrous items. ...
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When specifically stated "this weapon is magical for overcoming resistances" does that mean it does full damage against a character in rage

Generally speaking, such a feature would not overcome the barbarian's resistances from their Rage feature. First, for an example of such a feature, let's refer to the (NPC) archdruid's Wild Shape ...
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Can a monk-barbarian benefit from Reckless Attack & Rage damage if he chooses Dexterity for his attacks?

No, because the weapon isn't using Strength any more. Down in the Making An Attack section (PHB p193-194) we get this... Ability Modifier. The ability modifier used for a melee weapon attack is ...
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Can a Barbarian/Wizard multiclass cast a spell with a magic item while raging?

No Interesting choice of multiclass, but the answer is still no. Raging barbarians are subject to the following requirement as you know: If you are able to cast spells, you can't cast them or ...
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If a Barbarian/Sorcerer multiclass casts False Life on himself, then rages, will the spell's effect remain active?

Yes, because False Life does not require concentration. The false life spell has a duration of 1 hour, and doesn't require concentration. Because it requires no concentration, if you cast it before ...
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What is the best race for a barbarian?

I'll give a few of the best races with pros and cons. Half-Orc (PHB) Pros: +2 Str, +1 Con Proficiency in Intimidation Relentless Endurance lets you tank a mortal blow 1/day Savage Attacks meshes ...
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Is a Raging Barbarian immune to 1-damage attacks?

Alas, there is no minimum damage value. From page 10 of the Sage Advice Compendium: Can damage be reduced to 0 by resistance or another form of damage reduction? There is no damage minimum in the ...
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Does an enraged barbarian have resistance to only the +X damage or the damage in its entirety?

It resists the entire damage that has that damage type. It seems you are misunderstanding how the damage works. I randomly picked a monster from the monster manual to exemplify the scenario. The Deva ...
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How do I kill a 20th level raging Zealot Barbarian?

I agree with Pyrotechnical's comprehensive answer, but I think he missed a few spells: Plane shift (CHA save) to the Abyss, the Plane of Fire, or some other inhospitable plane on a non spellcaster is ...
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What happens if the Spare the Dying cantrip is cast on a Zealot barbarian using Rage Beyond Death?

The spare the dying spell will set a character's number of failed and succeeded death saves to zero, even a Barbarian that is Raging Beyond Death; a character will start making new death saves if they ...
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Does a Barbarian need to be in combat to rage?

No, a barbarian does not need to be in combat to rage. Defining things as "Actions", "Bonus actions", "Reactions" etc. are only to specify how much you can do in a turn ...
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Can a barbarian maintain rage by attacking a creature that is not present?

The important part of the question: If no, and the barbarian is allowed to attack an opponent that is not actually there based on the plausible belief that an opponent is present, then what prevents ...
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Can a tiefling barbarian cast Hellish Rebuke while raging?

The rules are quite clear (emphasis mine): Rage [...] If you are able to cast spells, you can't cast them or concentrate on them while raging. [...] & Infernal Legacy. [...] you can cast the ...
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Most effective way of improving survivability for an Ancestral Guardian Barbarian?

Take the Mobile feat Your goal should be to get into melee, apply your ancestors to the boss, and get away. With the Mobile feat (PHB, p. 168), you won't provoke opportunity attacks from enemies you ...
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Can a Barbarian self-inflict damage to keep raging?

Yes, a Barbarian can self-inflict damage to keep their Rage going. It shows this right in the rules text you quoted: It ends early if you are knocked unconscious or if your turn ends and you haven'...
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Does a barbarian need to damage a target to keep Rage from ending, or just attack the target (whether or not it hits)?

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 since your last turn or taken damage since then. You just ...
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Does Rage Prevent Divine Smite?

You can smite divinely while enraged. There's no spell named divine smite; you're not casting a spell when you use that class feature. It's a feature triggered when you hit with a weapon attack. This, ...
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