The Complete Barbarian Blademaster DPS Build – Neverwinter Mod 20 Sharandar

Welcome to our Barbarian Blademaster Guide, updated for Mod 20: Sharandar

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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.

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.

  1. Basic Blademaster Info
    1. Best Blademaster Races
    2. Ability Score Priority
    3. Stat / Rating Priority
  2. Paragon Path Feats, Powers & Rotation
    1. Combat Powers
    2. Feats
    3. Rotation
  3. Boons
  4. Weapons & Gear
  5. Artifacts
  6. Enchantments
  7. Consumables & Buffs
  8. Companions
  9. Mounts

Basic Barbarian Blademaster Info

Below is all the basic information for the Blademaster, from race choices to stats.

Other Barbarian Builds

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

Best Blademaster Races

What race you play doesn’t play a huge role, but will give a you a small boost. Generally I would advice you to play a race that you enjoy.

  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

Blademaster Ability Score Priority

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

Blademaster Stat / Rating Priority

The Combat Rework introduced major changes to how stats and item level work, for more info see the official post.

Your cap for each stat is based on your item level. To cap a stat, the numbers of the stat needs to be equal to or higher than your item level.

If your stat number is higher than your item level, you are wasting stats and should try to allocate stats differently.

For every 1000 points, a stat is lower than your item level you lose 1% in that stat.

You won’t be able to cap all stats, but capping your power is quite easy.

Offensive Stats

  1. Power (90%)
  2. Critical Strike (90%)
  3. Critical Severity (90%)
  4. Combat Advantage (90%)
  5. Accuracy (90%)

Defensive Stats

  1. Defense (90%)
  2. Deflection (90%)
  3. Critical Avoidance (90%)
  4. Awareness (90%)
  5. Health (90%)

Barbarian Blademaster Paragon Path Feats, Powers & Rotation

This part is all about optimizing the Blademaster with the best feats, powers, and boons.

Barbarian Swordmaster build for Neverwinter

Barbarian Blademaster Combat Powers

At-Will Powers:

  • Relentless Slash (AoE)
  • Brash Strike (ST)

Encounter Powers:

  • Mighty Leap (AoE) / Indomitable Battle Strike (ST)
  • Not so Fast (AoE) / Frenzy (ST)
  • Bloodletter

Daily Powers:

  • Avalanche of Steel
  • Savage Advance

Class Features:

  • Steady Rage (ST) or Trample The Fallen (AoE)
  • Steel Blitz

Barbarian Blademaster Feats

  • Mightier Leap
  • Bloodspiller
  • Overpenetration
  • Steel Slam
  • Relentless Battlerage

Barbarian Blademaster Rotation

Single Target Rotation:

Relentless Slash > Indomitable Battle Strike > Bloodletter > Frenzy > Brash Strike (until battlerage wears off) > Use Savage Advance & Mount Power when available

AoE Rotation:

Mighty Leap > Not So Fast > Relentless Slash > Bloodletter

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 – 0.2% Power Per Rank
  • Critical Strike – 0.2% Critical Strike Per Rank
  • Critical Avoidance – 0.2% Critical Avoidance Per Rank
  • Cultist Bulwark – 0.2% HP Per Rank
  • Cultist Power – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. Cultists.

Tier 2 Boons

  • Squire’s Training – 0.2% Power Per Rank
  • Armor Penetration – 0.2% Critical Severity Per Rank
  • Defense – 0.2% Defense Per Rank
  • Demonic Bulwark – 0.2% HP Per Rank
  • Demonic Mastery – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. demons.

Tier 3 Boons

  • Knight’s Training – 0.2% Power Per Rank
  • Combat Advantage – 0.2% Combat Advantage Per Rank
  • Awareness – 0.2% Awareness Per Rank
  • Dino Bulwark – 0.2 HP Per Rank
  • Dino Power – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. dinos.

Tier 4 Boons

  • Captain’s Training – 0.2% Power Per Rank
  • Accuracy – 0.2% Accuracy Per Rank
  • Deflect – 0.2% Deflect Per Rank
  • Necrotic Bulwark – 0.2% HP Per Rank
  • Necrotic Mastery – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. undead.

Tier 5 Boons (Choose 2)

  • Masterclass – 1% Forte per rank
  • Quick Turnaround – 1% Recharge Speed

Master Boons

  • Deathly Rage 3/3 or Blood Lust 3/3

Guild Boons

  • Offense – Power or Critical Strike Bonus
  • Defense – Defence or Hit Point Bonus

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.

Note that the best in slot for your build might vary depending on what stats you have.

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.

Head

  • Blessed Whisper’s Hood of Quiet (Avernus Hunts)
  • Forest Guardian’s Ward/Raid Sallet (Vault of Stars)
  • Goristro’s Horns (Avernus Hunts)
  • Weathered Wood Helm/Sallet (Seals Store)
  • Lion Guard’s Ward/Raid Sallet

Armor

  • Blessed Bone Devil’s Ribcage (Avernus Hunts)
  • Forest Guardian’s Ward/Raid Scalemail (Vault of Stars)
  • Lion Guard’s Ward/Raid Scalemail

Arms

  • Forest Guardian’s Ward/Raid Vambraces (Vault of Stars)
  • Lion Guard’s Ward/Raid Vambraces
  • Weathered Wood Vambraces / Gauntlets (Seals Store)
  • Spiked Defenders Vambrace

Feet

  • Rusted Iron Leggings (Avernus Rare Monsters)
  • Forest Guardian’s Ward/Raid Greaves (Vault of Stars)
  • Weathered Wood Sabatons/Graves (Seals Store)

Weapons

  • Celestial Set
  • Mastered Set
  • Blessed Blade Set
  • Lionheart Set
  • Legion Guard Set

Main Hand Modification:

  • Brash Strike

Offhand Modifications:

  • Critical Severity

Rings

  • Guild Ring of the Herald
  • Silver Ring of the Herald
  • Ring of the Brutal Fiend +5
  • Ring of Fallen Power +5
  • Ring of the Shadowstalker +4/+5
  • Bypass Gold Ring
  • Striking Ring of the Veteran / Master

Neck & Waist

  • Star Set: Starshard Choker & Twinkle of the Stars (Trickster’s Gift)
  • Lostmauth Set: Lostmauth’s Hoard Necklace & GoldeBelt of Puissance

Shirt

  • Upper Pact Brands (Avernus Hunts)
  • Weathered Wood Shirt (Seals Store)
  • Infernal Forged Shirt
  • Ebony Stained Shirt

Pants

  • Lower Pact Brands (Avernus Hunts)
  • Weathered Wood Trousers (Seals Store)
  • Infernal Forged Trousers

Barbarian Blademaster Artifacts

Primary Artifact

  • Envenomed Storyteller’s Journal
  • Wyvern-Venom Coated Knives
  • Decanter of Atropal Essence

Secondary Artifacts

Choose secondary artifacts based on the stats you are lacking.

  • Sparkling Fey Emblem (For Set)
  • Lostmauth’s Horn of Blasting (For Set)

Choose 2 Storyteller’s Journals for the bonus

  • Frozen Storyteller’s Journal
  • Flayed Storyteller’s Journal
  • Darkened Storyteller’s Journal

Other Artifact Choices

  • Arcturia’s Music Box
  • Trobriands Ring
  • Staff of Flowers
  • Halaster’s Blast Scepter
  • Shard of Orcus’ Wand

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

  • One Tenebrous Enchantment
  • Assassin’s Enchantment
  • Radiant Enchantment
  • Dark Enchantment

Defense Enchantments

  • Brutal Enchantment
  • Radiant Enchantment

Utility Enchantments

  • Dark Enchantment
  • Tactical Enchantment
  • Fey’s Blessing / Dragon’s Hoard / Quartermaster’s Enchantment

Armor Enchantments

  • Fireburst Enchantment
  • Elven Battle Enchantment
  • Barkshield Enchantment
  • Shadowclad Enchantment

Weapon Enchantments

  • Bilethorn (ST)
  • Lightning (AoE)

Overload Enchantments

  • Rage of Flames or Devil’s Precision
  • Various Marks from Stronghold Vendor
  • Corrupt Black Ice / Lethal / Piercing
  • Black / Red Dragon Glyph

Armor Reinforcement Kits

  • Power / Critical Strike or Severity / Accuracy Kit

Jewelry Reinforcement Kits

  • Combat Advantage Jewel

Barbarian Blademaster Consumables & Buffs

Consider getting VIP for the Power of VIP HP buff if you aren’t already. Also always stand in campfires to get the +1 ability campfire buff.

Pick one from each of the categories below depending on the stats you are lacking.

Invocation Blessing: Grace of Battle / Gift of Awareness / Righteous Boon / Gamber’s Fortune

Stronghold Food: Seared Tuna / Prime Rib / Ratatouille

Event Food: Watermelon Sorbet / Hotwings / Squash Soup / Mochi

Elixir: Wild Storm Elixir

Potion: Superior Flask of Potency +1

Reusable Item: Awakened Forger’s Box > Empowered Chain of Scales > Adorable Pocket Pet > Tymora’s Lucky Coin

Barbarian Blademaster Companions

Summoned Companion

Augment Companion Choices

  • Bulette Pup
  • Deepcrow Hatchling
  • Owlbear Cub
  • Ioun Stones
  • Quasit

Active Companion Choices

  • Xuna

Enchantment Power

  • Acute Senses
  • Potent Precision
  • Precision

Companion Powers

Below is a selection of viable companion powers.

Offense Powers

  • Wild Hunt Rider (Wild Hunt Discipline) – 2/3/5% chance to increase damage by 10% for 5 seconds.
  • Siege Master (Siege Master’s Discipline) – Combined Rating – Increases the power of your At-Will powers by 11% (Doubled on Stronghold Map)
  • Black Dragon Ioun Stone (Black Dragon’s Insight) – 7.5% Critical Chance
  • Staldorf (Staldorf’s Presence) – 7.5% Combat Advantage
  • Razorwood (Twigblight’s Insight) – 3.8% Critical Severity & Accuracy
  • Hawk (Hawk’s Insight’s) – 3.8% Critical Severity & Critical Chance

Defense Powers

  • Phasespider (Phasespider’s Presence) – 3.8% Critical Chance & Combat Advantage
  • Fire Archon (Fire Archon’s Insight) – 10% on At-Will use to increase Combat Advantage for 10 seconds

Utility Powers

  • Alchemist Experimenter (Alchemist’s Discipline) – 3.8% Critical Chance & Combat Advantage

Companion Equipment

Double offense slotted “Of the Companion” gear

Companion Runestones

  • Profane Runestone
  • Arcane Runestone
  • Recondite Runestone
  • Whatever you need for stats

Barbarian Blademaster Mounts

Bolster

When it comes to mounts, you should focus on getting them all to Mythic quality to increase Bolster.

Bolster Contribution depends on the quality of the mount, with Mythic mounts contributing 10% Bolster, this again increases the values of your Equip Power and Combat Power.

Mount Insignia Bonuses

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

Insignia bonuses are mostly down to preference. Some boost damage a bit, and some boost survivability, while others add utility.

DPS

  • Artificers Persuasion
  • Assassin’s Covenant
  • Calvary’s Warning
  • Gladiator’s Guile

Self Healing

  • Barbarian’s Revelry
  • Survivor’s Blessing
  • Survivor’s Gift
  • Knight’s Rebuke
  • Oppressor’s Reprieve

Utility

  • Wanderer’s Fortune
  • Traveler’s Treasures

Insignia Type

  • Insignia of Aggression
  • Insignia of Skill
  • Insignia of Brutality or Dominance if you still need power

Mount Collars

  • Sturdy Barbed Collar
  • Wayfaring Barbed Collar
  • Unified Regal Collar

Barbarian Blademaster Mount Powers

Mount Equip Power:

  • Armor Breaker (Critical Severity)
  • Rapid Accuracy (Accuracy)
  • Precision (Critical Strike & Severity)
  • Ruthless Efficiency (Critical Strike
  • Dominant Force (Power)

Mount Combat Power:

  • Tunnel Vision
  • Giant Toad Tongue Lash

If you have any questions or suggestions about our Neverwinter Barbarian Blademaster guide, please leave a comment below!

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16 thoughts on “The Complete Barbarian Blademaster DPS Build – Neverwinter Mod 20 Sharandar”

  1. 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:
    +2CON
    +3DEX
    +2INT
    +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:
    +2CON
    +3DEX
    +2INT
    +6050 Critcal Strike.
    +3175 Accuracy
    +36k HP roughly
    -570 Armor Pen
    -2000Awareness
    -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.

    Cheers!

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

    Cheers again everyone!

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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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    • Uses the exact same since there are barley any changes. That’s why mod 17 was so short. Mod 18 is supposed to last nearly all year.

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