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The 5e Barbarian Class Reborn

Wild berserkers, the cursed, and people with serious anger issues. Barbarians fight recklessly, throwing themselves into a mighty rage which allows them to shrug off grievous wounds.

​The following is a revision of the 5e barbarian class, meant to add quality of life features and revitalize or replace abilities that weren't useful. The class now also has some choice when it comes to mid and high level abilities. Existing 5e subclasses will all work mechanically with this form of the barbarian class. Click here for a summary of changes.

Navigation

Progression Chart

Ability Scores

Hit Points

Proficiencies

Items

Multiclassing

Class Features by Level*

1: Fighting Style

1: Rage

1: Rumination

2: Barbarian's Defense

2: Reckless Attack

3: Primal Path

4: Ability Score Improvement

4: Feat

5: Extra Attack

5: Fast Movement

7: Feral Instinct

9: Stubborn Will

11: Relentless Rage

13: Mindless Rage

17: Focused Slaughter

18: Improved Feral Instinct

19: Superior Ability

20: Primal Champion

*For abilities that appear at multiple levels, only the first case is listed. eg. Ability Score Improvement is only listed at level 4.

Ability Scores
Hit Points
Proficiencies
Items

Level 1 Barbarians

When you create a level 1 Barbarian, follow these steps to add the following to your character:

Ability Scores

You can take one of these recommended ability score arrays, or you can roll or assign them yourself. You can switch any two ability scores, but you do not add any further bonuses (they're already included).

Strength: 16   Dexterity:14   Constitution: 14   Intelligence: 8   Wisdom: 12   Charisma: 12 

Strength: 16   Dexterity:13   Constitution: 16   Intelligence: 8  Wisdom: 10   Charisma: 12  

Hit Points

At First Level: 12 + Constitution Modifier

At Higher Levels: 1d12 (or 7) + Constitution Modifier

Hit Dice: 1d12 per barbarian level

 

Proficiencies

Armor: Light Armor, Medium Armor
Weapons: All Weapons
Saving Throws: Strength, Constitution

Skills: two of: Animal Handling, Athletics, Insight, Intimidation, Nature, Perception, and Survival

Items

Multiclass Characters

Instead of leveling up in your original class, you can take a barbarian level when you level up. When you do, you gain only a portion of what first level barbarians gain.

Hit Points

Per Level: 1d12 (or 7) + Constitution Modifier

Hit Dice: 1d12 per barbarian level

 

Proficiencies

Armor: Light Armor, Medium Armor
Weapons: Simple Weapons, Martial Weapons

Multiclass
Class Features

Class Features

Class features here are sorted by level. When you reach a level as indicated by the icons on the left, you gain all feature or feature improvements listed between the red lines. For example, at first level barbarians gain the Rage ability.

Fighting Style
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Fighting Style
You adopt a particular style of fighting as your specialty. Choose one of the following options. You can't take the same Fighting Style option more than once, even if you later get to choose again. 
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Archery

You gain a +2 bonus to attack rolls you make with ranged and thrown weapons.

Defense

While you are wearing armor, you gain a +1 bonus to Armor Class.

Protection

Reaction - 1 Ally (5 ft.)

When a creature hits one of your allies with an attack and that ally is within 5 ft. of you, you can force the attacker to reroll the attack, targeting you instead. You must be holding a shield or melee weapon to use this ability.

Single Weapon Fighting

When you are wielding a single one or two-handed melee weapon and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with that weapon.​

Two-Weapon Fighting

When you make an attack with an off-hand weapon, you do not suffer disadvantage on the attack roll.

Rage

You enter a state of primal ferocity or intense focus.

Bonus Action - Self - 1 Minute

You have a bonus called the Rage Bonus that increases as you gain levels as a barbarian, listed in the Rage Bonus column of the Barbarian Progression Chart. At level 1, your Rage Bonus is +2.

While raging, you gain the following benefits:

  • Your rage bonus is added to weapon damage with melee weapons (including thrown melee weapons).

  • You have resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage.

  • You have advantage on strength checks (including skill checks) and strength saving throws.

  • If you are able to cast spells, you can't cast them or concentrate on them while raging.

  • Your rage ends early if you fall unconscious. You can also end your rage at any time of your choice. Once you have raged the number of times shown for your barbarian level in the Rages column of the Barbarian table, you must finish a long rest before you can rage again.

  • Other abilities will give you additional benefits while raging.

You can use this ability once per long rest at level 1, and gain additional uses of this ability as you level up, listed in the Barbarian Progression Chart and below under the corresponding levels.

Rumination

You think for a while about everything happening around you, either stoking your rage or clearing your mind to focus in battles ahead.

During a Short Rest - Self - 1/Long Rest

You regain a number of uses of your Rage feature equal to half your rage bonus (rounded down).

Rage
Barbarian's Defense
Reckless Attack

Barbarian's Defense

  • While you are not wearing any armor, you can choose to calculate your armor class as 10 + your Dexterity modifier + your Constitution modifier. You can use a shield and still gain this benefit.

  • While wearing light or medium armor, you can choose to add your constitution modifier to your armor class instead of your dexterity modifier, with the normal maximum armor class applied to medium armor.

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Reckless Attack

As Part of a Weapon Attack - Self

You can throw aside all concern for defense to attack with fierce desperation. When you make your first attack on your turn, you can decide to attack recklessly. Doing so gives you advantage on melee weapon attack rolls during this turn, but attack rolls against you have advantage until your next turn.

Primal Path

Additional Rage

You can now Rage 2 times between long rests.

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Primal Path

Choose a Primal Path. This represents where your rage comes from and how it manifests. Some barbarians have primals paths that represent a deliberate mastery of rage, where some subclasses instead have been influenced by magical powers.

Your Primal Path gives you extra features at this level and at levels 6, 10, and 14, also listed below.

Primal Paths published elsewhere are compatible with this version of the barbarian class.

Path of the Berserker

Berserkers are the most unruly barbarians, deliberately working themselves into a chaotic frenzy and throwing themselves at enemies to deal as much damage as possible in as little time as they can. They are known for becoming so lost in the blood haze of combat that they never think of retreat.

Berserker: Frenzy

When you Rage - 1 Visible Creature (120 ft.)

When you enter rage, you can choose to make it a frenzy. Choose a hostile creature you can see. You are goaded by this creature until it is no longer within line of sight or it reaches 0 hit points. If you begin your turn while Frenzied and are not goaded by a creature you can see, then you can choose a new creature within line of sight if there is one.

Berserker: Seeing Red

Bonus Action - Self

You can make a single weapon attack against a creature you are goaded by, or to Dash towards a creature you are goaded by, whether you are goaded by your Frenzy feature or something else.

When you gain the Rampage feature at level 14, you can then either make two weapon attacks or dash and make a weapon attack when you use this feature.

Other Path: Level 3 Feature

Choose this option if you'd like to use a Primal Path that comes from a source that isn't Elkan 5e. Your chosen Primal Path grants you one or more features at this level. 

Ability Score Improvement

Ability Score Improvement

When you reach 4th level, and again at 8th, 12th, and 16th level, you can increase one ability score of your choice by 2, or you can increase two ability scores of your choice by 1. As normal, you can't increase an ability score above 20 using this feature.

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Feat

At this level and every level you gain an ability score improvement, you also gain a feat of your choice. You are eligible for general feats, barbarian feats, and combat maneuver feats by default.

Feat
Extra Attack

Extra Attack

You can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn. If you are dual-wielding, your off-hand attack brings you to a total of three attacks.

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Fast Movement

Your walking speed increases by 10 feet. Any speed you have that is equal to your walking speed also increases by 10 ft.

Rage Improvement

Your Rage Bonus increases to +3.

Fast Movement
Primal Path Feature 6

Path Feature

Your chosen Primal Path grants you a new feature.

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Berserker: Overbearing Challenge

When You Use Frenzy - 1 Visible Creature (120 ft.)

When you become goaded by a creature as part of Frenzy, you can attempt to goad your target as well. You can use this every time you switch your Frenzy target.

The DC for this feature equals 8 + your proficiency bonus + your strength or dexterity modifier (whichever is higher).

Wisdom Save

  • Failure: Target is goaded.

  • Success: No effect.

Other Path: Level 6 Feature

Your chosen Primal Path grants you one or more features at this level. 

Feral Instinct
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Additional Rage

You can now Rage a total of 3 times between long rests.

Feral Instinct

Your mind becomes honed to danger and you are ready to enter rage at any moment.

  • When you roll initiative, you can enter Rage immediately. If you are surprised, you end the surprised condition when you enter Rage in this way. If you are not surprised, you can immediately move up to half of your movement.

  • You add your Rage Bonus to your initiative, even if you are not raging.

Ability Score Improvement

You increase one ability score of your choice by 2 or increase two ability scores of your choice by 1, to a maximum of  20.

Feat

You gain a feat of your choice.

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Rage Improvement

Your Rage Bonus increases to +4.

Stubborn Will

You gain proficiency in wisdom saving throws.

Stubborn Will
Primal Path Feature 10

Path Feature

Your chosen Primal Path grants you a new feature.

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Berserker: Bloodthirsty Focus

Your will to destroy your enemies is so great that you break through effects meant to hold you back.

No Action Cost - Self - 3/Long Rest

When you fail a saving throw while goaded by an enemy you can see, you can reroll the saving throw.

Other Path: Level 10 Feature

Your chosen Primal Path grants you one or more features at this level. 

Relentless Rage
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Additional Rage

You can now Rage a total of 4 times between long rests.

Relentless Rage

No Action Cost - Self

Your Rage can keep you fighting despite grievous wounds. If you drop to 0 hit points while you're raging and don't die outright, you can make a DC 10 Constitution saving throw. If you succeed, you drop to 1 hit point instead.

Each time you use this feature to avoid dropping to 0, the DC increases by 5. When you finish a long rest, the DC resets to 10.

Ability Score Improvement

You increase one ability score of your choice by 2 or increase two ability scores of your choice by 1, to a maximum of  20.

Feat

You gain a feat of your choice.

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Mindless Rage

Mindless Rage

You can't be charmed, dominated, or frightened while raging. If you are charmed, dominated, or frightened when you enter your rage, the effect is suspended for the duration of the rage. You still roll saves to end the condition at the end of your turns if applicable, and if you are still charmed, dominated, or frightened when your rage ends, you become affected by the condition again.

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Rage Improvement

Your Rage Bonus increases to +5.

Primal Path Feature 14

Path Feature

Your chosen Primal Path grants you a new feature.

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Berserker: Seeing Red Improvement

Your Seeing Red ability improves. Now you can then either make two weapon attacks or Dash and make a weapon attack when you use Seeing Red.

Other Path: Level 14 Feature

Your chosen Primal Path grants you one or more features at this level. 

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Unlimited Rages

You can now enter Rage an unlimited number of times per long rest.

Unlimited Rages

Ability Score Improvement

You increase one ability score of your choice by 2 or increase two ability scores of your choice by 1, to a maximum of  20.

Feat

You gain a feat of your choice.

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Focused Slaughter

Focused Slaughter

When you use your Reckless Attack ability and, instead of rolling twice on your attack roll with advantage, roll three times and take the highest attack roll of the three. As normal, if you have both advantage and disadvantage, you roll only once.​

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Rage Improvement

Your Rage Bonus increases to +6.

Improved Feral Instinct

Improved Feral Instinct

When you enter Rage as you roll initiative, you can immediately move up to your movement speed instead of half your movement, even if you are surprised.

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Superior Ability

You increase one ability score of your choice by 2, to a maximum of 22.

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Superior Ability

Primal Champion

At 20th level, you embody the power of the wilds. Your Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution scores increase by 2, to a maximum of 24 in any one ability score.

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