Barbarian Blademaster Build for Neverwinter

The Complete Barbarian Blademaster DPS Build – Neverwinter Mod 16 Undermountain

Welcome to our Barbarian Blademaster Guide, updated for the Undermountain, mod 16. In this guide, we will give you tips and info on how to play the Barbarian class.

The Barbarian Blademaster is a typical melee DPS class. They rely on strength to deliver huge blows to their enemies with their two-handed weapons. Barbarians are also some of the fastest and best solo classes in the game, as well as being sought after in groups.

This build uses much of the same gear as the Barbarian Sentinel Tank Build, so you can easily switch between the two roles.

The purpose of our class guides is not just to show you a build that you can copy and use on your character, but to show you a base build and teach you the mechanics and stats of the game, so you can understand and play your class to its fullest capabilities. Try different gear, feats, and powers and learn to tailor your own build for your playstyle. See our guide to making your own build for more info.

Barbarian Blademaster Guide Index

Best Barbarian Blademaster Races

  1. Metallic Ancestry Dragonborn – 3% + Healing – +2 to Any two stats – 1500 Crit – 3% Increased Damage
  2. Dragonborn – 3% HP + Healing – +2 to Any two stats – 1500 Crit – 3% Increased Damage
  3. Tiefling – 5% + Damage to targets below 50% health – +2 Cha and +2 Con or Int – 10% to reduce damage of target for 5 sec by 2.5%
  4. Half-Orc – 5% Crit Severity – +2 Dex and +2 Con or Str – 10% Movement Speed for 3 sec when entering combat

Barbarian Blademaster Ability Score Priority

Put all your available Ability Scores into Strength and Dexterity. Alternatively switch out Dexterity for Charisma.

Barbarian Blademaster Stat / Rating Priority

Offensive Stats:

Armor Penetration (Caps at 68k) > Critical Strike (Caps at 68k) > Accuracy (Caps at 68k) Combat Advantage (Caps at 118k) > Power (No Cap)

Defensive Stats:

Defense (Caps at 60k) > Deflection (Caps at 60k) > Critical Avoidance (Caps at 73k) > Awareness (Caps at 78k) > HP (No Cap)

Barbarian Blademaster Paragon Path Feats & Powers

Barbarian Swordmaster build for Neverwinter

Barbarian Blademaster Combat Powers

At-Will Powers: Sure Strike – Relentless Slash

Encounter Powers: Indomitable Battle Strike – Hidden Daggers – Frenzy (ST) / Axestrom (AoE)

Daily Powers: Avalanche of Steel – Adamantine Strike

Class Features: Barbed Strikes – Raging Strikes

Barbarian Blademaster Feats

  • Relentless Speed
  • Indomitable Rage
  • Overpenetration
  • Steel Slam
  • Relentless Battlerage

Barbarian Blademaster Boons

You should always choose boons based on what stats you currently need. Therefore a selection of several viable boons is available to you for each tier.

Tier 1 Boons

  • Recruit’s Training – 250 Power
  • Critical Strike – 250 Crit
  • Cultist Bulwark – 1000 HP

Tier 2 Boons

  • Squire’s Training – 250 Power
  • Armor Penetration – 250 Armor Penetration
  • Demonic Bulwark – 1000 HP
  • Demonic Mastery – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. demons.

Tier 3 Boons

  • Knight’s Training – 250 Power
  • Combat Advantage – 250 Combat Advantage
  • Dino Bulwark – 1000 HP

Tier 4 Boons

  • Captain’s Training – 250 Power
  • Accuracy – 250 Accuracy
  • Necrotic Bulwark – 1000 HP
  • Necrotic Mastery – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. undead.

Tier 5 Boons (Choose 2)

  • Focused Precision – 1% Crit Severity per rank
  • Call of Power – 1% Action Point gain per rank
  • Quick Turnaround – 1% Recovery Speed per rank.

Master Boons

  • Blood Lust 3/3

Guild Boons

  • Offense – Power
  • Defense – Hit Points

Barbarian Blademaster Weapons & Gear

If you are new to Neverwinter and need to know how to get better gear and increase your item level, check out our Gearing Up Guide.

The best way to gear up in Neverwinter is by making a lot of Astral Diamonds, check out our Astral Diamond Guide to learn all the secrets of AD farming.


Protégé’s Helm / Sallet of the Spy’s Guild (Best in Slot)


Fured Kuino of the Bear (Best in Slot)


Fearbringers (Best in Slot)


Heels of Fury (Best in Slot)


Alabaster Greatsword / Alabaster Sword Knot (Best in Slot)

Main Hand Modification:

Offhand Modifications:


Ring of the Shadowstalker +4/+5 (Best in Slot)

Neck & Waist

Orcus Set (Demogorgon’s Girdle of Might, Baphomet’s Infernal Talisman)


Ebony Stained Shirt (Best in Slot)


Protégé’s Pants / Trousers of the Spy’s Guild

Barbarian Blademaster Artifacts

Primary Artifact

Wyvern-Venom Coated Knives (Best in Slot)

Secondary Artifacts

Choose secondary artifacts based on the stats you are lacking.

Arcturia’s Music Box – Staff of Flowers – Shard of Orcus’ Ward (For set)

Barbarian Blademaster Enchantments

When getting enchantments, always get the ones with the stats you are lacking in with your gear, boons, etc in mind. For example, if you’ve capped Crit with your gear and boons, don’t get azure enchantments for your offense slots. If you still need to refine your enchantments, see our Refinement Guide for tips on how to farm refinement.

Offense Enchantments

Black Ice Enchantment – Radiant Enchantment

Defense Enchantments

Dark Enchantment – Radiant Enchantment – Wicked Enchantment

Armor Enchantments

Elven Battle Enchantment – Barkshield Enchantment – Shadowclad Enchantment – Eclipse Enchantment

Weapon Enchantments

Vorpal Enchantment

Overload Enchantments

Various Marks from Stronghold Vendor > Corrupt Black Ice / Lethal / Piercing > Black / Red Dragon Glyph

Armor Reinforcement Kits

Accuracy Kit – Armor Penetration Kit – Critical Strike Kit – Power Kit

Jewelry Reinforcement Kits

Combat Advantage Jewel

Barbarian Blademaster Companions

Summoned Companion

Deepcrow Hatchling

Companion Powers

There is a lot of viable companion powers to choose from. Generally, choose powers for the stats you are needing. Otherwise choose companions with Power.

Companion Equipment

Gear from the Undermountain campaign

Companion Runestones

Empowered – Any stat you might need.

Barbarian Blademaster Mounts

When choosing a Legendary Mount for the Mount Powers, look for a mount that has both a useful equip and combat power. The best choices for a first legendary mount as a Barbarian Blademaster is a Swarm or a Tenser’s Floating Disk.

What other mounts you use is not that important. What is important is to get the right insignia bonuses, and many different mounts can offer the various bonuses. To find out what mount has the bonus you want, check out our Insignia Bonus Guide.

All classes and specs should consider using Wanderer’s Fortune before you have refined all your gear and enchantments, for extra refinement every day.

Barbarian Blademaster Mount Insignia Bonuses

Assassin’s Covenant –Barbarian’s Revelry –  Artificer’s Persuasion – Gladiator’s Guile – Cavalry’s Warning

Insignia Type

Aggression – Brutality – Mastery – Dominance – Skill

Barbarian Blademaster Mount Powers

Mount Equip Power:

2000 or 4000 Power

Mount Combat Power:

Bat Swarm (Swarm) (Best in Slot) > Tenser’s Transformation

If you have any questions or suggestions about our Neverwinter Barbarian Blademaster guide, please leave a comment below! More info about the Barbarian class can be found at The Neverwinter Reddit. More builds and further info can also be found at MMOMinds.

  • Wolfie
    June 7, 2019

    YAY!! Thank you!

  • Mychal Byrum
    June 9, 2019

    This is now outdated

  • Dark Lord White
    July 5, 2019

    If this is outdated what would be the best spec to follow?

  • Red beard
    July 8, 2019

    What is outdated and what are the changes?

  • LeathalShad0w
    August 11, 2019

    Ok firstly let’s talk about some things. This is an old build now. If you equip the wyvern set you will lose 2 strength but gain 2 CON, 3 Dex, and 2 Int. You will also gain 36k more HP. The necklace will give 2k critical strike and 2k awareness. The belt gives 2k armor penetration and 2k deflection both of these are at legendary as well.

    Demogorgon set gives 2300 Critical Strike and 2300 deflection.

    Moving onto rings yes you net gain 4.5% dmg to encounter powers only and net a total of about 9979 Armor pen and and 6653 combat advantage.

    Now compare the stats of using the Ebonized Raid and Assault Rings. 7409 Armor Pen 6350 Critical Strike, 3175 Accuracy, and 4234 Combat Advantage. More impottantly… YOU GAIN 3% DMG to ALL MELEE POWERS per ring so thst nets another 6 percent dmg for everything you do.

    In summary demogorgon and set has these advantages over Wyvern Set:
    +2 Stength
    +300 critical strike
    +300 deflect.
    Bonus dmg based on HP Ratio

    The ShadowStalker rings set:
    +2570 Armor Pen
    +2419 Combat Advantage.

    Wyvern set has the following advantages:
    +2000 awareness
    +2000 Armor Pen.

    The Ebonized rings:
    +6350 Critical Strike
    +3175 Accuracy.

    Now notice when we put in all of the new suggestions above this is the net change to stats:
    +6050 Critcal Strike.
    +3175 Accuracy
    +36k HP roughly
    -570 Armor Pen
    -2 STR
    +Every time you use a daily create a rune to give yourself and all party members +5000 Power and +5000 Armor Pen. Additionally increase all outgoing damage by 5%.
    -Increase Dmg based on HP ratio.

    Overall the selling points here are the enormous amounts of critical strike and accuracy gain. Also eith more HP you could easily now tank it you wanted or could strip the radiant enchantment you may have in defensive slots for something else you need. Most likely defense or critical avoidance. Lastly you are guaranteed an additional 6% dmg to all melee you do which is the entire character anyway. And combined with the daily bonus from the set. It will easily out preform the gear above. Lastly it will increase your item level so you appear higher geared if you’re lacking enchantment.


  • LeathalShad0w
    August 11, 2019

    For the above. Sorry left this out.
    The +2INT should impact the vorpal enchantment arcane damage.

    Cheers again everyone!

  • Dave
    August 12, 2019

    Too much crit and accuracy already. Would rather have the strength

  • Dave
    August 15, 2019

    exactly. Don’t listen to this dude. He wants you to give up +2 strength, 1 of the most important stats in the game for a barbarian, so u can overcap crit, ap, and accuracy.
    Maybe u should stop trolling prople LethalShadow and just publish ur crappy build.

  • Gerald K
    October 9, 2019

    I found this build useful. Let me point out that he states clearly that it’s a BASE build and u can either cut and paste or expand and tweak to your liking.

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