Barbarian 5e – Level 1 – Optimization UPDATED

Hit Die: d12
Primary Ability: Strength > Dexterity > Constitution
Saves: Strength & Constitution
Armor: Light armor, medium armor, shields
Weapons: Simple weapons, martial weapons
Tools: None
Skills: Choose two from Animal Handling, Athletics, Intimidation, Nature, Perception, and Survival

Optimal Races:

  • Bugbear: (+2 STR, +1 DEX)
    • 14-15-14-10-10-8
  • Variant Human: (Great Weapon Master, +1 STR, +1 DEX)
    • 15-13-14-10-10-10
  • Mountain Dwarf: (+2 STR, +2 CON)
    • 14-14-14-10-10-10
  • Half-Orc: (+2 STR, +1 CON)
    • 15-14-13-10-10-10

Optimal Skills:

  • Intimidation, Perception

Optimal Backgrounds:

  • Mercenary Veteran (Athletics, Persuasion)
  • Outlander (Athletics, Survival)
  • Urban Bounty Hunter (Deception, Persuasion)
  • Uthgardt Tribe Member (Athletics, Survival)

Optimal Weapons:

  • Greataxe (Two-Handed)
  • Greatsword (Two-Handed)
  • Maul (Two-Handed)
  • Longsword (Versatile)

Optimal Armor:

  • Shield