The Complete Barbarian Blademaster DPS Build – Neverwinter Mod 19 Avernus

Welcome to our Barbarian Blademaster Guide, updated for Mod 18: Infernal Descent and Mod 19 Avernus.

To learn more about the new mod, check out our Mod 19 Avernus Guide.

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.

Basic Barbarian Blademaster Info

Other Barbarian Builds

Best Barbarian 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

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:

  1. Armor Penetration (Caps at 90K)
  2. Critical Strike (Caps at 90k)
  3. Accuracy (Caps at 90k)
  4. Combat Advantage (Caps at 140k)
  5. Power (No Cap)

Defensive Stats:

  1. Defense (Caps at 90K )
  2. Deflection (Caps at 90K)
  3. Critical Avoidance (Caps at 95K)
  4. Awareness (Caps at 100K )
  5. Health (No Cap)

Barbarian Blademaster Paragon Path Feats, POwers & Rotation

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:

  • Barbed Strikes
  • 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.

At end-game, you should hit the stat caps without needing any of the boons.

Tier 1 Boons

  • Recruit’s Training – 250 Power
  • Critical Strike – 250 Crit
  • Cultist Bulwark – 1000 HP
  • Cultist Power – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. Cultists.

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
  • Simple Support – 2% Companion Influence
  • Dino Power – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. dinos.

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)

  • Severe Criticism – 1% Crit Severity per rank
  • Call of Power – 1% Action Point gain per rank

Master Boons

  • Deathly Rage 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.


  • Lion Guard’s Sallet
  • Fancy Duelist’s Mask of Cormyr (Bosses)


  • Ebonized Chainmail (Best in Slot)
  • Sentinel of the Star’s Breastplate


  • Spiked Defender Vambrace (Best in Slot)
  • Vivified Primal Assault Bangili
  • Templar of the Twilight’s Bracers


  • Rusted Iron Leggings (Best in Slot)


  • Celestial Set
  • Lionheart Set
  • Legion Guard Set
  • Alabaster / Burnished Set

Main Hand Modification:

  • Relentless Slash

Offhand Modifications:

  • Critical Severity


  • 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

  • Dark Remnant’s Set (Book of Vile Darkness, Whip of Erinyes, The Engine Master’s Mantle)
  • Orcus Set (Demogorgon’s Girdle of Might, Baphomet’s Infernal Talisman)


  • Ebony Stained Shirt (Best in Slot)


  • Pants of the Sentinel
  • Infernal 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.

Choose 3 Storyteller’s Journals for the bonus

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

Other 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
  • Radiant Enchantments

Defense Enchantments

  • Radiant Enchantment

Utility Enchantments

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

Armor Enchantments

  • Elven Battle Enchantment
  • Barkshield Enchantment
  • Shadowclad Enchantment

Weapon Enchantments

  • Bilethorn or Vorpal Enchantment (ST)
  • Lightning (AoE)

Overload Enchantments

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

Armor Reinforcement Kits

  • Power 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.

Get one from each of the rows below:

  • Empowered Chain of Scales (Best in Slot) > Adorable Pocket Pet > Tymora’s Lucky Coin
  • Wild Storm Elixir > Elixir of Fate
  • Squash Soup > Watermelon Sorbet

Barbarian Blademaster Companions

Summoned Companion

The most important thing to consider for a summoned compaion is to get a Augment Compaion. There are a bunch to choose from, some have more useful powers than others.

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

Enchantment Power

  • Potent Precision

Companion Powers

Below is a selection of viable companion powers.

Offense Powers

  • Tamed Velociraptor – 2000 Power per party member using it.
  • Staldorf – 8000 Combat advantage
  • Deepcrow Hatchling – 8000 Power
  • Batiri – 4% Damage against bosses

Defense Powers

  • Minstrel – 4000 Power and 2000 Awareness
  • Broom – 4% Critical Severity
  • Ioun Stone of Allure – 2000 Power, 10% Incoming Healing
  • Splinters – 4% Critical Severity and 2000 Critical Avoidance
  • Green Slime – 8000 Defense
  • Phase Spider – 2000 Critical strike and 4000 combat advantage

Utility Powers

  • Alpha Compy – 5% Power
  • Owlbear Cub – 10% chance to hit for 50% of you Power

Companion Equipment

Double offense slotted “Of the Companion” gear

Companion Runestones

  • Empowered Runestone

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 choice for a first legendary mount as a Barbarian Blademaster is a Swarm.

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.

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.

  • Cavalry’s Warning
  • Combatant’s Maneuver
  • Artificer’s Persuasion
  • Gladiator’s Guile
  • Survivor’s Gift
  • Survivor’s Blessing
  • Barbarian’s Revelry

Insignia Type

Brutality / Dominance for Power, or alternatively any other with stats you need. You can also use Insignia’s to get your defensive stats to cap for survivability.

Barbarian Blademaster Mount Powers

Mount Equip Power:

5000 or 10000 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.

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14 thoughts on “The Complete Barbarian Blademaster DPS Build – Neverwinter Mod 19 Avernus”

  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:
    +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.


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

    Cheers again everyone!

  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.

  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.

    • 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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