D&D 5e: Aasimar Barbarian Guide
D&D 5e: Aasimar Barbarian Guide
Do you like playing characters that are innately good and empathetic but are also insanely strong? If you want to try playing a Barbarian who is a natural goody-two-shoes, here’s your chance. Continue below to learn how to create and play as an Aasimar Barbarian for your next D&D game.
The Aasimar race can be found in Volo’s Guide to Monsters. Click here to pick up your own copy of Volo’s Guide to Monsters!
The Barbarian class can be found in the Player’s Handbook. Click here to pick up your own copy of The Player’s Handbook!
How to Make an Aasimar Barbarian
The first thing you should do when you’re making a character is to roll your stats. Barbarians must be strong first, tough second. All else is tertiary, so place your highest roll under Strength. The second-highest number will go to Constitution.
Next, think about which Barbarian subclass or Primal Path you want to take.
The Player’s Handbook offers two Primal Paths for Barbarian players. The first is the Path of the Berserker, and the other is the Path of the Totem Warrior. Berserkers are strength and rage-focused combatants. Totem Warriors follow spiritual animals, from which their strength and rage gain magical fuel. The best path for Aasimars is the Path of the Totem Warrior.
Pick one of the three Aasimar subraces detailed in Volo’s Guide to Monsters, as well. The three Aasimar subraces are:
- Protector Aasimar
- Scourge Aasimar
- Fallen Aasimar
If you want to optimize your character, be a Scourge or Fallen Aasimar. Depending on which subrace you choose, you’ll earn a +1 to either your Strength or Constitution which are crucial abilities for barbarians.
How to Play an Aasimar Barbarian
You’ll be at the frontlines every time you enter combat. At the beginning of every battle, use a bonus action to enter a Rage. This is where you’re at your strongest, fiercest, and most resilient.
Keep in mind that you also have Celestial Resistances, Healing Hands, and subrace-specific traits. For example, Scourge Aasimars have a Radiant Consumption trait. This trait transforms them into a radiant light source and damages nearby enemies.
Use your Feral Instincts, Danger Sense, and Fast Movements to avoid surprise attacks and chase after enemies. As you level up, your Rage damage becomes stronger and you get to do it more. You also gain Brutal Criticals, which give out extra damage to enemies when you make critical hits.
How to Roleplay as an Aasimar Barbarian
Roleplaying may feel awkward at times, especially when you’re not used to it. One way to get better and more comfortable at roleplaying is to use a different voice or accent for your character. This lets you get more into character and get a better feel of your Barbarian Aasimar.
Like Tieflings, the Aasimar are charismatic by nature. You can play charismatic characters in various ways. For example, Winden, a Barbarian Aasimar, is often very quiet, but his presence is almost always felt whenever he’s in a room.
You can also play to your Strengths literally if you want to, but don’t depend on it always for your character’s behavior. Roleplay based on your character’s background, personality traits, and goals. It also helps to take inspiration from pop culture like The Bride from Kill Bill.