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
- Metallic Ancestry Dragonborn – 3% + Healing – +2 to Any two stats – 1500 Crit – 3% Increased Damage
- Dragonborn – 3% HP + Healing – +2 to Any two stats – 1500 Crit – 3% Increased Damage
- 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%
- 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
Armor Penetration (Caps at 68k) > Critical Strike (Caps at 68k) > Accuracy (Caps at 68k) Combat Advantage (Caps at 118k) > Power (No Cap)
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 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
- 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.
- Blood Lust 3/3
- 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:
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
Wyvern-Venom Coated Knives (Best in Slot)
Choose secondary artifacts based on the stats you are lacking.
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.
Black Ice Enchantment – Radiant Enchantment
Dark Enchantment – Radiant Enchantment – Wicked Enchantment
Elven Battle Enchantment – Barkshield Enchantment – Shadowclad Enchantment – Eclipse Enchantment
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
There is a lot of viable companion powers to choose from. Generally, choose powers for the stats you are needing.
Gear from the Undermountain campaign
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
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.