Infinite Rage (3.5e Optimized Character Build)

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Introduction[edit]

The Barbarian's ability to rage is helpful in any battle, but it's limited by the fact that the Barbarian has a limited amount of time per rage, a limited amount of rages and the lack of ability to use the rage ability to counter an enemy attack. This build gets rid of those limits as best it can.

References[edit]

Player's Handbook Version 3.5 and Complete Warrior

Game Rule Components[edit]

This build requires one of the following alignments: CE, CN, NE

Race and Templates[edit]

Half-orc or orc (requirement for Eye of Gruumsh)

Classes[edit]

This build uses the Barbarian (PHB v3.5), the Eye of Gruumsh (CW) and the Frenzied Berserker (CW).

Feats[edit]

Extra Rage, Weapon Focus (Orc Double Axe), Intimidating Rage, Destructive Rage, Power Attack, Cleave, Instantaneous Rage, Extend Rage, Improved Toughness and Faster Healing.

Spells, Powers, Items[edit]

You must wield an Orc Double Axe (or you waste some feats).

Miscellaneous[edit]

This build draws heavily from the Rage and Frenzy abilities from all of the classes used. I am assuming here that Half-Orcs and Orcs are automatically proficient with the Orc Double Axe (and therefore have the Exotic Weapon Proficiency (Orc Double Axe) feat from creation).

Progression[edit]

The scores after racial changes for Half-Orcs were: 20 Strength, 15 Dexterity, 15 Constitution, 10 Intelligence, 9 Wisdom and 8 Charisma.

The scores after racial changes for Orcs were: 22 Strength, 15 Dexterity, 15 Constitution, 10 Intelligence, 8 Wisdom and 8 Charisma.

ECL Class/HD/LA Feats Special
1st Barbarian 1 Extra Rage Rage 1/day (3/day with Extra Rage)
2nd Barbarian 2
3rd Barbarian 3 Weapon Focus (Orc Double Axe)
4th Barbarian 4 Rage 2/day (4/day with Extra Rage)
5th Barbarian 5
6th Barbarian 6 Intimidating Rage Eligible for Eye of Gruumsh prestige class
7th Barbarian 6 / Eye of Gruumsh 1 Cumulative Eye of Gruumsh and Barbarian Rage amounts
8th Barbarian 6 / Eye of Gruumsh 2 Rage 3/day (5/day with Extra Rage), Swing Blindly
9th Barbarian 6 / Eye of Gruumsh 3 Destructive Rage
10th Barbarian 6 / Eye of Gruumsh 4
11th Barbarian 6 / Eye of Gruumsh 5 Greater Rage
12th Barbarian 6 / Eye of Gruumsh 6 Power Attack Rage 4/day (6/day with Extra Rage)
13th Barbarian 6 / Eye of Gruumsh 7
14th Barbarian 6 / Eye of Gruumsh 8
15th Barbarian 6 / Eye of Gruumsh 9 Cleave eligible for Frenzied Berserker prestige class
16th Barbarian 6 / Eye of Gruumsh 9 / Frenzied Berserker 1 Frenzy 1/day (3/day with Extra Rage) and Rage 4/day (6/day with Extra Rage)
17th Barbarian 6 / Eye of Gruumsh 10 / Frenzied Berserker 1 Rage 5/day (7/day with Extra Rage), Sight of Gruumsh
18th Barbarian 6 / Eye of Gruumsh 10 / Frenzied Berserker 2 Instantaneous Rage
19th Barbarian 6 / Eye of Gruumsh 10 / Frenzied Berserker 3 Frenzy 2/day (4/day with Extra Rage)
20th Barbarian 6 / Eye of Gruumsh 10 / Frenzied Berserker 4 Deathless Frenzy
21st Barbarian 6 / Eye of Gruumsh 10 / Frenzied Berserker 5 Extend Rage Frenzy 3/day (5/day with Extra Rage)
22nd Barbarian 6 / Eye of Gruumsh 10 / Frenzied Berserker 6 Inspire Frenzy 1/day (unsure if Extra Rage affects this)
23rd Barbarian 6 / Eye of Gruumsh 10 / Frenzied Berserker 7 Frenzy 4/day (6/day with Extra Rage)
24th Barbarian 6 / Eye of Gruumsh 10 / Frenzied Berserker 8 Extra Rage (another application) Greater Frenzy, Frenzy 8/day, Rage 9/day, Inspire Frenzy 2/day (unless Extra Rage applies to it)
25th Barbarian 6 / Eye of Gruumsh 10 / Frenzied Berserker 9 Frenzy 9/day
26th Barbarian 6 / Eye of Gruumsh 10 / Frenzied Berserker 10 Inspire Frenzy 3/day (unless Extra Rage applies, tireless frenzy
27th Barbarian 7 / Eye of Gruumsh 10 / Frenzied Berserker 10 Faster Healing or Improved Toughness Tireless Rage
28th Barbarian 8 / Eye of Gruumsh 10 / Frenzied Berserker 10
29th Barbarian 9 / Eye of Gruumsh 10 / Frenzied Berserker 10
30th Barbarian 10 / Eye of Gruumsh 10 / Frenzied Berserker 10 Above feat you didn't choose Mighty Rage, Rage 10/day

Highlights[edit]

This build works by allowing a character to rage and frenzy as often and as effectively as possible by drawing upon the classes and feats in the Complete Warrior handbook.

Munchkin-Size Me[edit]

This build can be changed by removing the Frenzied Berserker levels. This still enables you to rage quickly and often, but slightly less often that if you had taken the Frenzied Berserker levels. If you do decide to do so, replace the feat Power Attack by Faster Healing and Cleave by another take of Extra Rage and replace the Frenzied Berserker levels with Barbarian levels. Also, should you go this route, eliminate the Frenzy ability and recalculate the Rages per day.

Side Notes[edit]

just get berserker strength feat

Limitations[edit]

This build excels in battle against multiple opponents, where the rage can slay multiple enemies quickly. Also, these battles generally end before too long, so the rage is really just a great buff that can be used in a lot of encounters. While fighting a boss, the build loses quite a bit of its power (as it can only frenzy and rage once per battle).

DM Counters[edit]

Lowering the save DCs on the fear from Intimidating Rage helps.

Miscellaneous[edit]

The feat point spent in Improved Toughness is there to help the character survive through multiple rages.



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