Scary Barbarian (4e Optimized Character Build)

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This build is for striking fear into the heart of anyone foolish enough to cross you.


Adventurer's Vault, Adventurer's Vault 2, Player's Handbook, Player's Handbook 2, Player's Handbook 3, Primal Power, Numerous Dragon Magazine Publications

Game Rule Components[edit]


Iron Armbands of Power, Ring of Sorrows, Screaming Hide Armor


Starting Ability Scores (Before Racial Adjustments): Str 17, Con 10, Dex 11, Int 8, Wis 10, Cha 16

Race (Templates): Dragonborn

Starting Racial Traits: Draconic Heritage, Dragonborn Fury, Dragonfear


Level 1: Intimidation of the Dragon

Level 2: Skill Training (Thievery)

Level 4: Weapon Proficiency (Fullblade)

Level 6: Versatile Expertise

Level 8: Skins of the Slain

Level 10: Weapon Focus (Heavy Blade)

Level 11: Acolyte of the Veil

Level 12: Nightmare Killer

Level 14: Nightmare Master

Level 16: Power Attack

Level 18: Toughness

Level 20: Dragon's Rejuvenation

Level 21: Bloodthirsty Visage

Paragon Path: Fear Walker


You will want to stick with fear attacks to benefit from this build. Doing so will grant you a damage base around 30 as well as attack bonuses around 3. You will also daze any creature hit with a fear power, including Dragonfear and Roar of Triumph.

Munchkin-Size Me[edit]

With an Intimidate bonus of 45 you can scare most creatures into submission after bloodying them.


Heaven forbid you encounter something immune to fear attacks.

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