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What does a barbarian need?

TPKStudio

First Post
Hi everyone,

Earlier this year we released a free app that helps barbarians in need to calculate their attack and damage bonuses. This all started due to the barbarian in our party struggling with number crunching when a few bonuses were thrown into the mix.

However now that he's no longer stressing over adding numbers to add to the dice, he's looking for useful items to purchase/acquire. He has his trusty great axe, light armour, healing potions and bow, but wants to get creative. Looking for unique support items roughly levels 0-10.
What are some of the more creative items barbarians in your party have carried on them that you could recommend? Fellow barbarians, he needs your help!

We're hoping to add any feedback into our app so current and future barbarians including himself can be inspired by these items :)

For anyone wandering about the app:
Android App
Web Browser version
 

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rgoodbb

Adventurer
An Immovable Rod and somewhere to shove it!

Seriously though, I like the non-weapon utility items such as above. Others:
  • Slippers of Spider Climb
  • Gloves of Missile Snaring
  • Hat of Disguise (for no other reason than it's fun to see a barb squirm at deception)
  • Boots of Springing and Striding
  • Cape of the Mounteback
Getting to enemies is important.
 






A loin cloth and a bigger weapon?

Boots of Springing and Striding are good. Cloak of Arachnida. Healing, anything that he can use to heal. Heroism, potions or other effect items.
 

Eltab

Is this a moon, or is it a space station?
Cloak of My Own Will. Because too many times our Barbarian falls for a Suggestion " Make him stop hurting me!"
 



JustinCase

the magical equivalent to the number zero
Hot water, good dentishtry and shoft lavatory paper.

But seriously, immovable rods, magic weapons and belts of giant strength (if Str isn't already that high) seem like the most obvious items. I've played a barbarian who carried a lightning bolt sword (adapted Javelin of Lightning to a greatsword) which was a lot of fun, and it made for some tactical decisions (if I hurl the sword and hit multiple opponents, I'm unarmed until I can retrieve it...).

For fun roleplaying opportunities, you could look for non-combat things like the cloak of billowing or dread helm (XGtE).
 





Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
Hi everyone,

Earlier this year we released a free app that helps barbarians in need to calculate their attack and damage bonuses. This all started due to the barbarian in our party struggling with number crunching when a few bonuses were thrown into the mix.

However now that he's no longer stressing over adding numbers to add to the dice, he's looking for useful items to purchase/acquire. He has his trusty great axe, light armour, healing potions and bow, but wants to get creative. Looking for unique support items roughly levels 0-10.
What are some of the more creative items barbarians in your party have carried on them that you could recommend? Fellow barbarians, he needs your help!

We're hoping to add any feedback into our app so current and future barbarians including himself can be inspired by these items :)

For anyone wandering about the app:
Android App
Web Browser version
What edition are you playing?

And no I'm not clicking on your link to find out.
 


Undrave

Hero
Cloak of Displacement, it grants disadvantage to all attacks against you until your are hit, and then its effect comes back online at the start of your turn.

This would cancel the granted advantage when using Reckless Attack and make them even more hard to bring down. Particularly useful against missile attacks early on in the fight, allowing them to just charge ahead unscathed.
 

jgsugden

Legend
Psychopharmacology is not your strong suit. Stick to your day job.

A number of medications are known to reduce aggression and prevent rage outbursts, including antidepressants (namely selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs), mood stabilizers (lithium and anticonvulsants), and antipsychotic drugs...
You know, I may just have to go with the Harvard Mental Health Letter over you on this one.
 

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