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Barbarian Feats 
4th-Nov-2005 07:29 am
Ugh. I have a small iddy biddy teensie weensie problem with my dnd group: THE BARBARIAN DOESN'T LIKE RAGE!

we have been playing this set of characters for about 2 months now ... we are all level 2, and have explored all of our abilities and know what are characters are capable of. Well, except for her :/

She FINALLY raged today ... and I think that we convinced her that rage=pwnage. Now, I have taken the task upon myself to better educate her in the ways of the dark side.

The help that I need from ya'll ... can you give me information relating to Barbarian rage feats? I have been scouring www.d20srd.org and came up with nothing.

Thanks in advance
4th-Nov-2005 02:24 pm (UTC)
Bah. Power attack is not actually that useful. You're trading ability to hit for damage. When you actually hit, you do more, but you hit less often. Essentially the extra 2 points of damage you do need to be more than 5% of your average damage for power attack to be useful. Even then, you don't account for multiple attacks or 'extra' damage (the damage you do past the amount needed to kill the monster).
4th-Nov-2005 03:16 pm (UTC)
That is a perfectly reasonable argument, and one that several fellow players have used with Al.


Every once in a while that full power attack combines with a crital hit from a dwarven urgosh (substitute with any two handed axe) and a sneak attack and that really tough evil drow wizard is cut in half before he/she even realizes you've become visible next to him/her.

Then the DM gets all pissy and has said evil wizard utter some dying curse along the lines of "Damn you for ruining my epic battle. Go to Hell!" and the rest of the party has to make a fortitude save every time they look at their disfigured dwarven compatriot...
4th-Nov-2005 03:39 pm (UTC)
There are plenty of times where power attacking is a valid tactic

When you'll only hit on a 20 anyway

When your second or 3rd attack is probably not going to hit anyway

When you are only allowed 1 attack (you moved, you've been slowed etc)

Also, I'm a big fan of power attacking for 1 with higher ground, 2 when flanking, with a two handed weapon you get serious extra damage (2 for 1).

Also it's totally within a Barbarians idiom to full power attack when raging. Heaven help you if you are on the other end of a full power attack crit from a raging orc with a great axe or falchion.
4th-Nov-2005 04:14 pm (UTC)
power attack at higher levels,,used wisely can be really rteally handy
4th-Nov-2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
"Essentially the extra 2 points of damage you do need to be more than 5% of your average damage for power attack to be useful."

So you're saying that anyone (two-handing) averaging under 41 damage should always power attack?
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