Bardbarian (3.5e Prestige Class)
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|“||Raagh Raagh Ragh Ragh Raagh Raagh Raagh Ragh Ragh Raagh Ragh Ragh Ragh Ragh-Ragh.||”|
|—Rogart Rigley, Half-Orc Bardbarian, The Best Beats of Rogart Rigley|
Bardbarians are the ultimate pinnacle of Bardic Barbarianism. All other Bardic Barbarianists bow before their infinite glory.
Becoming a Bardbarian
Characters tend to decide to become Bardbarians because they like music and chopping limbs off.
|Base Attack Bonus:||+5.|
|Skills:||Listen 6 ranks and Perform 5 ranks.|
|Spellcasting:||Ability to cast 1st level Arcane spells in light armor without penalty.|
|Rage:||At least once/day.|
|1st||+1||+0||+0||+0||Harmonic Roaring, Bardic Ragemusic||+1 level of existing class|
|2nd||+2||+0||+0||+0||Autospell 0, Combat Performance||+1 level of existing class|
|3rd||+3||+1||+1||+1||Inspire Rage, Armored Casting||+1 level of existing class|
|4th||+4||+1||+1||+1||Beautiful Rage||+1 level of existing class|
|5th||+5||+1||+1||+1||Autospell 1||+1 level of existing class|
|6th||+6/+1||+2||+2||+2||Inspire Damage Reduction||+1 level of existing class|
|7th||+7/+2||+2||+2||+2||Persuasive Rage||+1 level of existing class|
|8th||+8/+3||+2||+2||+2||Autospell 2||+1 level of existing class|
|9th||+9/+4||+3||+3||+3||Glorious Rage||+1 level of existing class|
|10th||+10/+5||+3||+3||+3||Inspire Speed||+1 level of existing class|
|11th||+11/+6/+1||+3||+3||+3||Autospell 3||+1 level of existing class|
Class Skills (6 + Int modifier per level.
All of the following are class features of the Bardbarian.
Spellcasting: At every level, you gain new spells per day and an increase in caster level (and spells known, if applicable) as if you had also gained a level in a bardic spellcasting class to which you belonged before adding the prestige class level. You do not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained. If you had more than one bardic spellcasting class before becoming a Bardbarian, you must decide to which class to add each level for the purpose of determining spells per day, caster level, and spells known.
Harmonic Roaring: You can use Bardic Music while Raging, as well as charisma-based skills.
Bardic Ragemusic: You can use uses of Bardic Music to Rage, and vice versa. Also, you gain one additional use of Bardic Music for every level of Bardbarian you possess.
Autospell: At 2nd level, while raging, the Bardbarian can cast any level 0 spell with a casting time of a full-round action or less as a swift action. This ability is not counteracted by Rage's inability to cast spells. Every 3 levels after 2nd, the maximum level of spell the Bardbarian can cast as a swift action in this way increases by 1.
Combat Performance: At 2nd level, when the Bardbarian uses a standard action to start a bardic music ability, he may qualify for a single free attack. If his Perform ranks are gained from Perform (Percussion), he may take this free attack with any bludgeoning weapon. If his Perform ranks are gained from Perform (String}, he may take this free attack with any axe that has strings tied to it. If his Perform ranks are gained from Perform (Dance), he may take this free attack with a rapier, whip, nunchaku, or shuriken. Otherwise, he's out of luck.
Armored Caster: A level 3 Bardbarian can cast spells in Medium armor without fear of arcane spell failure.
Inspire Rage (Su): When a 3rd level or greater Bardbarian with 9 or more ranks in Perform rages, each ally within 30 feet of him may choose to gain the benefits and drawbacks of that rage. This effect continues even if the ally becomes more than 30 feet away, and uses the ally's constitution modifier to determine its duration.
Beautiful Rage: A 4th level Bardbarian adds his Bardbarian level to charisma-based skill checks he makes while raging.
Inspire Damage Reduction (Su): A Bardbarian of 6th level or higher with 12 or more ranks in Perform can expend a use of Bardic Music to grant all allies within 30 feet (including himself) Damage Reduction 3/- for 5 minutes. This Damage Reduction increases by 1 every two Bardbarian levels after 6th.
Persuasive Rage: A 7th level Bardbarian gets a bonus to his Charisma while raging equal to the bonus that raging grants to his Strength.
Glorious Rage: A 9th level Bardbarian and all allies within 30 feet of him get a +1d6 morale bonus to damage rolls while the Bardbarian is raging.
Inspire Speed (Su): A Bardbarian of 10th level or higher with 12 or more ranks in Perform can expend a use of Bardic Music to grant all allies within 30 feet (including himself) an enhancement bonus to all movement speeds equal to his Perform check (rounded down to an increment of 5') for 5 minutes.
|Allowed Alignments||Lawful Good +, Lawful Neutral +, Lawful Evil +, Neutral Good +, Neutral +, Neutral Evil +, Chaotic Good +, Chaotic Neutral + and Chaotic Evil +|
|Article Balance||High +|
|Base Attack Bonus Progression||Good +|
|Class Ability||Arcane Spellcasting + and Spontaneous Spellcasting +|
|Class Ability Progression||Partial +|
|Fortitude Save Progression||Poor +|
|Identifier||3.5e Prestige Class +|
|Minimum Level||6 +|
|Reflex Save Progression||Poor +|
|Skill||Appraise +, Balance +, Bluff +, Climb +, Concentration +, Craft +, Decipher Script +, Diplomacy +, Disguise +, Escape Artist +, Gather Information +, Handle Animal +, Hide +, Intimidate +, Jump +, Knowledge +, Listen +, Move Silently +, Perform +, Profession +, Ride +, Sense Motive +, Sleight of Hand +, Speak Language +, Spellcraft +, Survival +, Swim +, Tumble + and Use Magic Device +|
|Skill Points||6 +|
|Summary||Barbarians and Bards have always been a good combination. This makes them overlap more effectively. +|
|Will Save Progression||Poor +|