The barbarian is a character class in Dungeons & Dragons.


Notable fightersEdit

For a complete list, see Category:Barbarians.

Publication historyEdit

AD&D 1st editionEdit

The barbarian was introduced in Dragon #63 (Jul 1982) as a fighter sub-class. It returned in Unearthed Arcana{{UnknownBook}}, with an Eastern variation introduced in Oriental Adventures (1e) (1985).

A revised version of the barbarian was introduced in Dragon #148 (Aug 1989).

AD&D 2nd editionEdit

The barbarian returns as a character kit in PHBR1 The Complete Fighter's Handbook (1989), then as a standalone class in PHBR14 The Complete Barbarian's Handbook (1995).

D&D 3rd editionEdit

Barbarians are one of 11 character classes introduced in the Player's Handbook (3.0) (2000), and returning in the Player's Handbook (3.5) (2003).

D&D 4th editionEdit

The barbarian did not appear in the initial Player's Handbook (4e) (2008), but was added later in the Player's Handbook 2 (4e) (2009).

D&D 5th editionEdit

The barbarian is one of 12 classes appearing in the Player's Handbook (5e) (2014).

At level 3, barbarians select a primal path which customizes the class further. The primal paths detailed in the Player's Handbook are the Path of the Berserker and the Path of the Totem Warrior.

Creative originsEdit

The barbarian was created by Gary Gygax. The class was inspired by characters such as Conan the Barbarian.


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