The following page breaks down the Barbarian class in Pillars of Eternity 2 Deadfire. You shall also find here the basic information concerning the class, a description of sub-classes along with rewards and penalties, the results of combining multiple classes, as well as a few helpful tips and tricks.
Barbarians in Pillars of Eternity 2 are typical warriors charging head-on at the enemies with no fear at all. They can learn many different abilities that increase their combat potential, enter a battle rage, and are very mobile during fights.
Main role: Crowd Control
Secondary Role: Defender
Power Source: Rage
Berserker - Real killing machines. Unfortunately, in battle, they can mistake friend for a foe.
Bonus: Deals more critical damage when frenzied.
Penalty: When frenzied, you can't see this character's health bar and they also keep receiving raw damage.
Corpse-Eater - They spread fear among their foes, mainly because of their ritual that involves eating corpses of the fallen enemies.
Bonus: A character can eat a corpse of a defeated enemy to restore health and increase Rage.
Penalty: Cost of all Rage-based abilities is increased by 1.
Mage Slayer - Trained to quickly track and kill any character that wields magic.
Bonus: A character receives passive resistance to spells, and their attacks can disrupt spells casted by enemies.
Penalty: A character can't use potions nor scrolls.
Upon starting the game, you can select one of the following abilities:
Affected enemies receive Shaken status (-5 Resolve, -3 Power Levels). Duration: 12 seconds.
+25% Action Speed
-10% Deflection for 15 seconds.
+5 Might and +5 Constitution for 15 seconds.
By combining the Barbarian with other classes, you can get the following results:
- Barbarian + Chanter = Howler
- Barbarian + Cipher = Witch
- Barbarian + Druid = Tempest
- Barbarian + Fighter = Brute
- Barbarian + Monk = Ravager
- Barbarian + Paladin = Fanatic
- Barbarian + Priest = Priest
- Barbarian + Ranger = Savage
- Barbarian + Rogue = Marauder
- Barbarian + Wizard = Warlock
Tips and hints
- The source of the Barbarian's power is Rage - the equivalent of mana or stamina from other games. Every time you use an ability, some Rage is used up - should it drop to zero, you won't be able to use abilities. Rage replenishes fully after every fight.
- Barbarian is a character meant for direct, melee combat. It's a great complement to tanks (i.e. Fighter or Paladin), since barbarians are able to deal lots of damage with Barbaric Blow. Apart from that, they can access some crowd-control skills - remember to use the Barbaric Yell, which decreases enemies' stats.
- Barbarian's unique passive skill is called Carnage - it makes you deal damage not only to the target, but to nearby enemies as well. Use it and try to attack bigger groups of enemies.
- If you want to try mixing it with another class, you should choose a class that has a lot of health and resilience, such as Paladin. The Barbarian is by default rather poor with these.
- Use light or medium armors. Heavy armors will significantly decrease the frequency of your attacks.
- The main Barbarian's attributes are Might and Constitution - invest most points here, even at the expense of Perception or Resolve. Because of that, the Dwarf or Aumaun are great races for the Barbarian.