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An ocean human barbarian.
48 (+16 per level)
Skill bonuses

Barbarians are one of the playable classes in Pillars of Eternity.

They are the wild, unconventional counterparts to fighters – distinguished by their recklessness, ferocity, and their predilection to substitute raw aggression for discipline. Lacking the accuracy and strong Deflection of the fighter, the barbarian makes up for his lack of discipline through sheer speed, savagery, and abilities tailored for fighting groups of enemies. Barbarians are a challenge to deal with on a battlefield, though they are vulnerable to exhaustion if they don't pace themselves.[1][2]

Description[edit | edit source]

Brutes. Madmen. Berserkers. Though city-dwelling people often use the term "barbarian" with a dose of disrespect, these rural warriors are respected by their communities for their ferocity and fearsome presence on the battlefield. Barbarians have a special, almost religious role in some cultures, but in many places, the undisciplined, fearless style of the barbarian is simply how warriors conduct themselves.

Background[edit | edit source]

Barbarians come from many of the more remote cultures found across the world. In the Eastern Reach, barbarians most often come from Eir Glanfath, though some can be found in rural Dyrwoodan communities or drifting in from abroad through port cities like Defiance Bay and New Heomar. Barbarians are often used as shock troops for dealing with mobs or simply to intimidate the easily-cowed with their ferocity. As the Dyrwood has settled down over time, the regular employment of foreign barbarians has slowed significantly, but they still make up the majority of Glanfathan front-line forces. Barbarians all have a strong skill focus in Athletics and lesser focus in Survival.[1]

Attributes[edit | edit source]

Highly Recommended:


Abilities[edit | edit source]

Select one ability on each odd level.

Image Name Description Automatically learned on Level Learnable on Level
1 3 5 7 9 11 13 15
Barbarian passive icon.png Carnage Gives the barbarian automatic, lower-damage attacks against enemies near their primary target.[3] 1 no no no no no no no no
Frenzy-icon.jpg Frenzy Sends the barbarian into a frenzied state, granting a Might, Constitution, and Attack Speed bonus but causing a Deflection penalty against incoming attacks. While the barbarian’s Frenzy is active, his or her Endurance and Health are concealed. no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Barbaric yell icon.jpg Barbaric Yell Lets out a terrifying yell, Frightening enemies in the area of effect. no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Savage defiance icon.jpg Savage Defiance The barbarian channels his or her own irrepressible determination, regenerating a large amount of Endurance. no no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Barbarian passive icon.png Blooded When a barbarian falls below 50% Endurance, he gains a bonus to damage for as long as his Endurance is below 50%. no no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
WildSprint-icon.jpg Wild Sprint The barbarian becomes able to charge with reckless abandon, allowing the Barbarian to ignore the movement stop of Engagement and gain a Defense bonus against disengagement attacks. no no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Barbarian passive icon.png Bloodlust Imparts an unquenchable bloodlust to the barbarian, increasing his or her speed temporarily in battle once he or she has personally downed at least two enemies. no no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
Brute force icon.jpg Brute Force On any attack that normally targets Deflection, the barbarian will automatically target the enemy's Fortitude if it is the lower defense. no no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
Barbarian passive icon.png One Stands Alone When the Barbarian is in close proximity to two or more enemies, they gain a bonus to melee damage. They cannot be Flanked unless they are Engaged by more than three enemies. no no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
Barbarian passive icon.png Thick-Skinned Toughens the barbarian’s naturally thick skin, raising his or her Damage Reduction. no no no no yes yes yes yes yes
Barbarian passive icon.png Threatening Presence The barbarian’s mere presence becomes so intimidating as to fill all approaching enemies with nauseating dread. As long as the barbarian is stationary, nearby enemies may be Sickened. no no no no yes yes yes yes yes
Blood Thirst [WM2] After killing an enemy, the barbarian's recovery time is waived, allowing them to attack again immediately. no no no no yes yes yes yes yes
Barbarian passive icon.png Vengeful Defeat Exacts a final revenge when the barbarian reduced to 0 Endurance, causing him or her to perform instant Carnage Full Attacks at everyone in range. no no no no no yes yes yes yes
Barbaric shout icon.jpg Barbaric Shout Lets out a dreadful shout, Terrifying enemies in the area of effect. no no no no no yes yes yes yes
Heart of fury icon.jpg Heart of Fury The barbarian swings viciously in a lightning-quick flurry, taking on all comers. Each equipped weapon attacks every nearby enemy, doing extra damage and inflicting Carnage if applicable. no no no no no no yes yes yes
Barbarian passive icon.png Eye of the Storm [WM1] The barbarian cannot be Engaged by enemies that are more than 1 level lower than him or her. no no no no no no yes yes yes
Dragon Leap [WM1] Drawing upon reserves of intense spiritual power, barbarians are able to leap high into the air and crash down upon their foes, Dazing them. no no no no no no no yes yes
Barbaric Retaliation [WM2] The barbarian reflexively lashes out at anyone who hits him or her in melee doing Raw damage to anyone unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end. no no no no no no no yes yes
Echoing Shout [WM2] The barbarian projects his or her rage into a wave of energy that causes Crush damage and Dazes everyone in its path. If the shout strikes a solid surface it will bounce once. no no no no no no no no yes

Talents[edit | edit source]

  • Accurate Carnage – The barbarian learns to line up his or her most savage blows, improving the Accuracy of secondary attacks from Carnage.
  • Greater Frenzy – Cultivates the barbarian’s inner rage, granting additional bonuses while under the effects of Frenzy.
  • Powerful Sprint – The barbarian's charges become even more ferocious. Speed of Wild Sprint is increased.
  • Stalwart Defiance – Strengthens Savage Defiance, causing it to provide a bonus to all defenses.
  • Barbaric Blow – The barbarian deals a massive blow, causing additional critical hits and extra critical hit damage for both the blow and any resulting hits from Carnage. Carnage also hits a bigger area.

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Notable NPCs[edit | edit source]

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