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The Complete Barbarian PvP Build – Neverwinter Mod 18 Infernal Descent

Welcome to our Barbarian PvP Guide, updated for mod 17: Undermountain / Uprising and mod 18 Infernal Descent. To learn more about the new mod, check out our mod 18 Infernal Descent guide.

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 PvP Info

Other Barbarian Builds

Best Barbarian PvP 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 PvP Ability Score Priority

Put all your available Ability Scores into Strength and Constitution.

Barbarian PvP Stat / Rating Priority

Offensive Stats:

  1. Power (No Cap)
  2. Armor Penetration
  3. Critical Strike
  4. Accuracy
  5. Combat Advantage

Defensive Stats:

  1. Health (No Cap)
  2. Defense
  3. Deflection
  4. Critical Avoidance
  5. Awareness

Barbarian PvP Paragon Path Feats & Powers

Barbarian Swordmaster build for Neverwinter
Blademaster is the current recommended Paragon path for Barbarians in PvP

Barbarian PvP Combat Powers

At-Will Powers:

  • Relentless Slash
  • Sure Strike

Encounter Powers:

  • Bloodletter
  • Punishing Charge
  • Indomitable Battle Strike

Daily Powers:

  • Avalanche of Steel
  • Savage Advance

Class Features:

  • Trample the Fallen
  • Barbed Strikes

Barbarian PvP Feats

  • Relentless Speed
  • Bloodspiller
  • Overpenetration
  • Steel Slam
  • Relentless Battlerage

Barbarian PvP 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

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

Tier 2 Boons

  • Demonic Bulwark – 1000 HP
  • Squire’s Training – 250 Power
  • Armor Penetration – 250 Armor Penetration

Tier 3 Boons

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

Tier 4 Boons

  • Necrotic Bulwark – 1000 HP
  • Captain’s Training – 250 Power
  • Accuracy – 250 Accuracy

Tier 5 Boons (Choose 2)

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

Master Boons

  • Focused Retaliation 3/3

Guild Boons

  • OffensePower
  • DefenseHit Points
  • UtilityHealing Potion or Glory Bonus
  • PvPEnhance Overload: PvP Ward

Campaign: PvP Boons

  • Tier 1 – Health or other stats you are low on
  • Tier 2 – 1 Recharge Speed & 1 Stamina Gain
  • Tier 3 – Role Reversal

Barbarian PvP 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.


  • Arbiter’s Armet – Bought for Glory and Seals at Kyrian Foss in Trade of Blades
  • Imperator’s Armet – Bought for AD at Myriss Olden in Trade of Blades
  • Lion Guard’s Sallet- From Infernal Citadel
  • Bone Harvester’s Hood – From Juma’s Surprise Bag / Avernus Rare Mob


  • Arbiter’s Breastplate – Bought for Glory and Seals at Kyrian Foss in Trade of Blades
  • Imperator’s Breastplate – Bought for AD at Myriss Olden in Trade of Blades
  • Dark Ritual Robe – From Juma’s Surprise Bag / Avernus Rare Mob
  • Barkhide – From Master Expeditions


  • Spiked Defenders Vambrace – From Yuma’s Surprise Bag
  • Arbiter’s Vambraces – Bought for Glory and Seals at Kyrian Foss in Trade of Blades
  • Imperator’s Vambraces – Bought for AD at Myriss Olden in Trade of Blades


  • Arbiter’s Greaves – Bought for Glory and Seals at Kyrian Foss in Trade of Blades
  • Imperator’s Greaves – Bought for AD at Myriss Olden in Trade of Blades


  • Lionheart Set (Best in Slot)
  • Alabaster / Burnished Set

Main Hand Modification:

  • Relentless Slash

Offhand Modifications:

  • Critical Severity
  • Enhanced Power


  • Striking Ring of the Master / Veteran
  • Ring of the Shadowstalker +4/+5

Neck & Waist

  • Armaments of the Wyvern


  • Ebony Stained Shirt – From Master Expeditions


  • Ebony Stained Trousers – From Master Expeditions

Barbarian PvP Artifacts

Primary Artifact

  • Sigil of the Paladin
  • Wyvern-Venom Coated Knives

Secondary Artifacts

Choose secondary artifacts based on the stats you are lacking.

  • Erratic Drift Globe
  • Arcturia’s Music Box
  • Trobriands Ring
  • Staff of Flowers
  • Halaster’s Blast Scepter
  • Wyvern-Venom Coated Knives

Barbarian PvP 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 Enchantments

Utility Enchantments

  • Tactical Enchantments

Armor Enchantments

  • Shadowclad Enchantment

Weapon Enchantments

  • Vorpal Enchantment

Overload Enchantments

  • Corrupt Black Ice / Lethal / Piercing
  • Black / Red Dragon Glyph

Armor Reinforcement Kits

  1. Hit Points Armor Kit
  2. Power Armor Kit

Jewelry Reinforcement Kits

  • Stamina Regeneration Jewels

Barbarian PvP 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.

One of the following:

  • Empowered Chain of Scales
  • Adorable Pocket Pet
  • Doohickey
  • Tymora’s Lucky Coin


  • Battle Potions

Barbarian PvP 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

  • Redemption
  • Potent Precision

Companion Powers

Below is a selection of viable companion powers.

  • Rimfire Golem’s Presence – 16.000 HP and 2000 Armor Penetration
  • Zhentarim Warlock – 16.000 Hit Points and 4000 Combat Advantage
  • Staldorf – 8000 Combat advantage
  • Deepcrow Hatchling – 8000 Power

Defense Powers

  • Harper bard – 12.000 HP and 15000 Awareness
  • Red Dragon Ioun Stone – 10% Incoming Healing and 8000 HP
  • Alluring Insight – 10% Healing and 2000 Power
  • Monshea Druid’s Wisdom – 16.000 HP and 2000 Critical Avoidance
  • Iron Golem’s Presence – 16.000 HP and 2000 Defense
  • Minstrel – 4000 Power and 2000 Awareness
  • Broom – 4% Critical Severity
  • Splinters – 4% Critical Severity and 2000 Critical Avoidance
  • Green Slime – 8000 Defense
  • Phase Spider – 2000 Critical strike and 4000 combat advantage

Utility Powers

  • Energon – 32.000 Hit Points

Companion Equipment

Double offense slotted “Of the Companion” gear

Companion Runestones

  • Empowered Runestone

Barbarian PvP Mounts

When choosing a Legendary Mount for the Mount Powers, look for a mount that has both a useful equip and combat power.

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

  • Oppressor’s Reprieve
  • Survivor’s Blessing
  • Combatant’s Maneuver
  • Barbarian’s Revelry
  • Champion’s Return

Insignia Type

  • Prosperity Insignias

Barbarian PvP Mount Powers

Mount Equip Power:

  • Stalwart – 50.000 Hit Points

Mount Combat Power:

  • Aurel Armament (Swift Golden Lion)
  • Bat Swarm (Swarm)

If you have any questions or suggestions about our Neverwinter Barbarian PvP 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.