A player of Baldur’s Gate 3 recently realized with shock that he had unwittingly neutralized the Rage of Karlach for 90 hours. a>
Baldur’s Gate 3 incorporates many mechanics from Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons, including weapon proficiency, armor and class skills.
Although any character can theoretically use any weapon or armor, only those with proficiency in a specific category can use it effectively and without negative consequences. Additionally, certain class abilities make using certain equipment more or less attractive.
It’s a lesson one Baldur’s Gate 3 player learned the hard way after spending almost the entire game with a Karlach woefully underpowered.
Baldur’s Gate 3 player mistakenly ruins Barbarian’s Rage with armor
Reddit user sunshinesubmersible recently shared his experience on the BaldursGate3 subreddit. After going through most of the game, the player finally noticed that equipping Karlach with heavy armor “makes his rage almost useless.”
Karlach wore heavy armor from the start, meaning the player never really got to experience the brutal force of a full-powered Barbarian until this point. They had their suspicions, however, wondering what the point of the Rage was “other than an additional attack” .
By default, Barbarians have proficiency with light and medium armor. They can become proficient with heavy armor through a feat or multiclass build, but their Unarmored Defense passive feature means it’s best to forgo armor altogether.
However, wearing heavy armor causes the “Hindered Rage” condition, which negates crucial benefits of Rage such as bonus damage, resistance to physical damage, and advantage on Strength and saving throws.
As for what to use instead, it’s generally best to give your Barbarians clothing (not armor) and increase their Constitution status to improve their Armor Class.
You’ll also want to look for the Act 3 Bonespike set, as these four pieces of Very Rare gear provide particularly useful bonuses for Barbarians.