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Barbarian


For some, there is only rage. In the ways of their people, in the fury of their passion, in the howl of battle, conflict is all these brutal souls know. Savages, hired muscle, masters of vicious martial techniques, they are not soldiers or professional warriors—they are the battle possessed, creatures of slaughter and spirits of war. Known as barbarians, these warmongers know little of training, preparation, or the rules of warfare; for them, only the moment exists, with the foes that stand before them and the knowledge that the next moment might hold their death. They possess a sixth sense in regard to danger and the endurance to weather all that might entail. These brutal warriors might rise from all walks of life, both civilized and savage, though whole societies embracing such philosophies roam the wild places of the world. Within barbarians storms the primal spirit of battle, and woe to those who face their rage.

Role: Barbarians excel in combat, possessing the martial prowess and fortitude to take on foes seemingly far superior to themselves. With rage granting them boldness and daring beyond that of most other warriors, barbarians charge furiously into battle and ruin all who would stand in their way.

Alignment: Any non-lawful

Class Skills

The barbarian’s class skills are Acrobatics (Dex), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Handle Animal (Cha), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (nature) (Int), Perception (Wis), Ride (Dex), Survival (Wis), and Swim (Str).

Skill Ranks Per Level: 4 + Int modifier.

Table: Barbarian
Level Special
1st Fast movement, rage
2nd Rage power, uncanny dodge
3rd Trap sense +1
4th Rage power
5th Improved uncanny dodge, improved rage
6th Rage power, trap sense +2
7th Damage reduction 1/—
8th Rage power
9th Trap sense +3
10th Damage reduction 2/—, rage power
11th Greater rage
12th Rage power, trap sense +4
13th Damage reduction 3/—
14th Indomitable will, rage power
15th Trap sense +5
16th Damage reduction 4/—, rage power
17th Mighty rage
18th Rage power, trap sense +6
19th Damage reduction 5/—
20th Rage power

Class Features

All of the following are class features of the barbarian.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency

A barbarian is proficient with all simple and martial weapons, light armor, medium armor, and shields (except tower shields).

Fast Movement (Ex)

A barbarian’s land speed is faster than the norm for her race by +10 feet. This benefit applies only when he is wearing no armor, light armor, or medium armor, and not carrying a heavy load. Apply this bonus before modifying the barbarian’s speed because of any load carried or armor worn. This bonus stacks with any other bonuses to the barbarian’s land speed.

Rage (Ex)

A barbarian can call upon inner reserves of strength and ferocity, granting her additional combat prowess. She may enter rage as a free action. She must sacrifice 1 hit point per round spent in rage. She can end rage as a free action. She cannot enter a new rage while fatigued or exhausted but can otherwise enter rage multiple times during a single encounter or combat. If she falls unconscious, her rage immediately ends. While in rage, she gains a +2 morale bonus to her Strength and Constitution and a -2 penalty to her Armor Class.

Rage Powers (Ex)

As a barbarian gains levels, she learns to use her rage in new ways. Starting at 2nd level, a barbarian gains a rage power. She gains another rage power for every two levels of barbarian attained after 2nd level. A barbarian gains the benefits of rage powers only while raging, and some of these powers require the barbarian to take an action first. Unless otherwise noted, a barbarian cannot select an individual power more than once.

Uncanny Dodge (Ex)

At 2nd level, a barbarian gains the ability to react to danger before her senses would normally allow her to do so. She cannot be caught flat-footed, nor does she lose her Dex bonus to AC if the attacker is invisible. She still loses her Dexterity bonus to Armor Class if immobilized. A barbarian with this ability can still lose her Dexterity bonus to Armor Class if an opponent successfully uses the feint action against her.

If a barbarian already has uncanny dodge from a different class, she automatically gains improved uncanny dodge (see below) instead.

Trap Sense (Ex)

At 3rd level, a barbarian gains a +1 dodge bonus to Armor Class against attacks made by traps. This bonus increases by +1 every three barbarian levels thereafter (6th, 9th, 12th, 15th, and 18th level). Trap sense bonuses gained from multiple classes stack.

Improved Uncanny Dodge (Ex)

At 5th level and higher, a barbarian can no longer be flanked. This defense denies a rogue the ability to sneak attack the barbarian by flanking her, unless the attacker has at least four more rogue levels than the target has barbarian levels.

If a character already has uncanny dodge (see above) from another class, the levels from the classes that grant uncanny dodge stack to determine the minimum rogue level required to flank the character.

Improved Rage (Ex)

At 5th level, when a barbarian enters rage, the morale bonus to her Strength and Constitution increases to +4.

Damage Reduction (Ex)

At 7th level, a barbarian gains natural damage reduction. This begins at DR 1/- and stacks with any other DR the character possesses. At 10th level, and every three barbarian levels thereafter (13th, 16th, and 19th level), this natural damage reduction rises by 1 point. Damage reduction can reduce damage to 0 but not below 0.

Greater Rage (Ex)

At 11th level, when a barbarian enters rage, the morale bonus to her Strength and Constitution increases to +6.

Indomitable Will (Ex)

While in rage, a barbarian of 14th level or higher is immune to enchantment spells and effects.

Mighty Rage (Ex)

At 17th level, when a barbarian enters rage, the morale bonus to her Strength and Constitution increases to +8.

Ex-Barbarians

A barbarian who becomes lawful loses the ability to rage and cannot gain more levels as a barbarian. She retains all other benefits of the class.