D&D 5e: Elf Barbarian Guide

D&D 5e: Elf Barbarian Guide

Do you want to create an Elf PC who is super strong, tough, and angry? Look no further because we will discuss the best way to make an Elf Barbarian here.

Most people look at the elven race as a noble race. Often, people imagine them as majestic fighters or powerful mages. Yet, there will always be outliers in every peoples and nation. Elf Barbarians are unique in many ways, and you’re free to let your creative roleplaying flow from them.

The Elf race AND 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 Elf Barbarian

When you roll the character, place your highest roll in Strength, and then in Constitution. Next, decide what subclass you’re getting. Barbarians follow many paths, including The Path of the Berserker and The Path of the Totem Warrior.

A Berserker Barbarian is one driven by pure rage. This rage can be the color of righteousness, vengeance, or other motives. It can be difficult to imagine an Elf entering a frenzy of mindless rage. This is the path for you if you want to maximize your damage potential. 

However, elves often tend to be more in tune with nature, which suits the Path of the Totem Warrior. Totem Warriors follow spiritual animal guides and receive their gifts.

The best backgrounds for Barbarians are Outlander, Sailor, and Soldier.

How to Play an Elf Barbarian

Elf Barbarians aren’t spellcasters. Because of the class’s simple mechanics, it’s perfect for new players. Players also have the luxury of roleplaying as a well-known and well-regarded race.

When the party engages in combat, your job is to be at the frontline. Don’t be afraid to jump into the middle of battle. Your Rage, high Constitution, and Unarmored Protection will cut down the damage dealt to you. Your elven nimbleness may also help you dodge some big blows.

Your Strength will make you a heavy hitter. Focus on cutting down big and dangerous foes. Use your speed to chase down the runners. 

How to Roleplay as an Elf Barbarian

Barbarians aren’t always the stereotypical big, quiet, and serious characters who stand as the rock of the team. Unless that’s your jam, then be as silly, fatherly/motherly, or raucous as you can be in roleplay.

You don’t always need to be driven by anger every minute of every day. You can be as chill as a Monk if the situation doesn’t call for violence.

First, pick a voice and accent that you’re comfortable with. Pick a deep, high, or normal tone of voice. Don’t force yourself to speak in a low voice if you don’t feel comfortable doing it.

Next, imagine your character. Let’s say your Elf Barbarian hails from high elven society and is of noble blood. You have a ton of tutors, older brothers, sisters, and caretakers. Yet, your family’s opulence made you feel empty and directionless. 

To find meaning, you traveled to a smaller elven city. There, you discovered an underground fight club. You know the basics of the sword, but the violence on that stage gripped you and sparked a passion inside you. Since then, you’ve trained and pushed yourself to take over as the reigning champion. 

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