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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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Does the Magic Weapon spell, cast by a Mark of Making Human Barbarian, continue to function while Raging?

This version of Magic Weapon keeps functioning while you rage Seems pretty straightforward. You cast the spell while you were allowed to do so, and since it doesn't require concentration, it keeps ...
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Can the feature "Persistent Rage" make a Rage last for more than 1 minute?

No, it still ends after one minute The rules on Rage define the concept of a rage ending early (Player's Handbook page 48): Your rage lasts for 1 minute. It ends early if you are knocked ...
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Can a Barbarian/Wizard multiclass cast a spell with a magic item while raging?

No, you can't cast shield while raging. Rage specifically states (emphasis mine): If you are able to cast spells, you can’t cast them or concentrate on them while raging. While the Staff states (...
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With the new Unearthed Arcana on Barbarians, if you are conscious but at 0 HP do hits still give you auto failed death saves?

Automatically failing a death save doesn't depend on you being conscious or not, it depends on you having 0 HP. Damage at 0 Hit Points. If you take any damage while you have 0 hit points, you ...
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Can a barbarian keep raging if she shoves an enemy on her turn?

Yes, barbarians can shove or grapple enemies to continue raging. The description of the barbarian's Rage feature says: Your rage lasts for 1 minute. It ends early if you are knocked unconscious or if ...
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Can a barbarian maintain rage by attacking a creature that is not present?

(This started out as a comment on another answer, but was getting too long to be a comment, and threatened to turn the comments into an open discussion.) This Is Exactly What GMs Are For This is also ...
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Can a Zealot Barbarian apply Radiant rage damage?

Only the extra damage from Divine Fury is necrotic or radiant. The Divine Fury feature specifies exactly which damage is necrotic or radiant: While you’re raging, the first creature you hit on each ...
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Does an enraged barbarian have resistance to only the +X damage or the damage in its entirety?

The resistance is to all of the damage. When the raging barbarian takes bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing damage, the damage is halved in its entirety. Your confusion seems to come from the way ...
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Is it obvious to an opponent that a Barbarian has entered Rage?

Maybe The rage feature only states that "you fight with primal ferocity". The player could describe this in a number of ways: The character could launch him/herself into battle screaming maniacally ...
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Would allowing barbarians to maintain rage as an action be unbalanced or permit shenanigans?

From personal experience it's fine Apparently, my group had completely overlooked this rule during my last campaign which ran from 1st to 9th level. Several large map encounters had situations in ...
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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?

No, Wolf Totem Spirit does not grant advantage to the barbarian The Path of the Totem Warrior barbarian's 3rd-level Wolf Totem Spirit feature (PHB, p. 50) says (emphasis mine): While you're raging, ...
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Are Vengeful Ancestors' damage-dealing reactions enough to sustain the Barbarian's rage?

This doesn't work. Not because it's a reaction but because it's not an attack. The barbarians Rage ability states: Your rage lasts for 1 minute. It ends early if [...] your turn ends and you haven't ...
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