Baldur’s Gate 3 Barbarian Wildheart Build And Subclass Guide

The Wildheart build for the Barbarian class combines our favorite damage dealers with some mechanics from the Druid class in Baldur's Gate 3.

The Barbarian class are tenacious warriors who utilize their limitless rage to defeat and conquer their foes. In BG3, these characters are front liners that get into the thick of combat and defeat whatever enemy is stupid. You can specialize in three subclasses to further hone your abilities. One such option is the Wildheart Build in Baldur’s Gate 3. 

The Wildheart Sub-class are Barbarians in tune with nature and harness it to get supernatural abilities. You can consider them a cross between a Barbarian and a Druid.

Is Barbarian Wildheart any good in BG3?

Barbarian Wildheart build inherits all the bonuses of its parent Barbarian class. They have a strong damage output, get extra attacks, and have high resistance to incoming damage. In addition. Wildheart gets an additional animal spirit to summon in the game. 

When compared to other Barbarian subclasses like Berserker, Wildheart lacks extra actions. The Barbarian Berserker build enjoys two additional actions per turn. However, this can be compensated for by unlocking specific feats for the Barbarian Wildheart.

Starting abilities and skills for Barbarian Wildheart Build in BG3

Class Barbarian – 
Sub-Class Wildheart – 
Race Half-Orc The best choice for race for the Barbarian Wildheart build will be the Half-Orc in Baldur’s Gate 3. You will get the Relentless Endurance (Trait) that will allow you to regain one hit point and return to life if your HP drops to zero. Moreover, you will enjoy a bonus to Intimidation and get some Darkvision to help you see in dark places 
Ability Points Distribution 15+1 STR, 14 DEX, 14+2 CON, 8 INT, 12 WIS, 8 CHA – 
Skills Athletics, Animal Handling, Survival, Intimidation – 

Best background

The best background for a Barbarian Wildheart will be a Folk Hero. With this background, you will get bonus skill proficiency in Perception, Survival, History, Medicine, and Animal Handling. Also, the lore fits the Wildheart class as they use their rage to ward off evil and protect the innocent. Doing so may have made them famous among the public. Hence, the background choice.

Best feat for Barbarian Wildheart Build in Baldur’s Gate 3

As you reach level 4, you can choose a feat from a given list. Feats are like talents that can aid your party members in the battle, increase any ability, or add a skill. They unlock at levels 4, 8, and 12, respectively. Here are our recommendations for the feats in Baldur’s Gate 3

Level Feat Description 
Ability Improvement Assign your +2 points to strength and bump it up to 18. This will give you the ability to do more damage. 
Ability Improvement Assign your +2 points to strength and bump it up to 20. As your attacks will work off Strength, this will give you a ton of bonuses too. This will give you the ability to do unreal amounts of damage to your enemies. 
12 Ability Improvement Assign your +2 points to the constitution and increase your hit points. 

Best Actions/Features for Barbarian Wildheart in BG3

Level 2: At this level, you will get Reckless Attack as an action. You have an advantage in your attacks against enemies, but your enemies also have an advantage against you. You also get Danger Sense as a feature. 

Level 3: You will get the Speak with Animals spell and can use it as a bonus. Most importantly, you will get Bestial Heart. You can choose from 5 animals who will influence how you rage. 

Level 6: You will gain additional rage charges as a class feature at this level. This allows you to rage more times per long rest. You will also get the animal aspect as a sub-class feature. You can pick from a selection of 8 and give you passive features.   

Level 7: At this level, you will gain a class feature known as Feral Instinct. This allows you to gain +3 on the initiative bonus, and you cannot be surprised.  

Level 10: At this level, you can select another aspect of the beast.

Best armor and weapon  

Use the following armor and weapon for your Barbarian Wildheart. 

Head: Bonespike Helmet. This helmet deals 2-8 psychic damage to all the enemies in the vicinity unless they pass a saving throw. They still take half the damage. 

Cloak: Cindermoth Cloak. This shroud deals fire damage to the enemies who try to attack you within 2m range. 

Gloves: Bonespike Gloves. By wearing these gloves, you can ignore the enemy’s resistance to slashing, piercing, and bludgeoning damage. 

Boots: Bonespike Boots. Increases jump distance by 1.5m and knocks down any enemy with a brutal leap within 9m range. 

Necklace: Amulet of Greater Health. Increases your maximum constitution ability points to 23.

Ring 1: Killer’s Sweetheart. The next attack after killing a creature is a critical hit. However, you can only use it once per long rest. 

Ring 2: Ring of Regeneration. You get 1-4HP back at the start of each turn. 

Main Hand Weapon: Balduran’s Giantslayer. Deals double the damage of your Str modifier. You also get an advantage against large creatures on your attack rolls. 

Chest: Bonespike Garb. Grants you an additional 15HP every time Barbarian Wildheart rages. Reduces all incoming damage by up to 2.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Barbarian Wildheart Build level progression

Level Unlocks Description 
Select your race, class, and ability points. Follow our recommendations above. 
Reckless Attack class action, danger Sense feature. You get an advantage on Dex saving throws against traps, spells, and surfaces. 
Wildheart subclass, Speak with Animals spell, Bestial Heart Now, you can talk to any animal via a bonus action instead of using a spell slot. 
First Feat unlocks Ability Improvement to make STR 18. 
Extra Attack, Fast Movement class features. These class features allow you to perform two attacks in one turn and cover more distance at a faster speed. 
Additional Rage charges, Animal Aspect sub-class feature Allows to adopt powers of a mighty beast from a selection of 10. 
Fear Instinct class feature You can’t be surprised and gain +3 to the initiative bonus. 
Second Feat unlocks Ability Improvement to max your Str at 20. 
Brutal Critical class feature The game rolls your attack die twice and selects the higher number to deal damage to the enemies. 
10 Select second Aspect of the Beast – 
11 Relentless Rage class feature Instead of dying in a battle, your HP drops to 1 once per long rest. 
12 Final Feat unlocks Ability Improvement to increase your Con to 18. 
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