There are 10 playable classes in the PC game Rogue Legacy. The Barbarian is the hardiest of the starting classes. Despite the common depiction of a Barbarian, you will not deal as much damage as a Knight, but you can take more damage. This class is particularly good for players who are learning the ropes of the game because you will survive longer than with other classes. The following guide to the Barbarian class in Rogue Legacy will teach you how to best use this hard-to-kill class.
Attributes – The Barbarian has half as many hit points as a Knight of the same level, at the cost of half his magic points and a modest amount of sword damage. Beyond these altered stats, a barbarian does not have any other special abilities.
Unlock – The Barbarian is unlocked as soon as you start the game.
Upgrade – The Barbarian King is as easy to reach as the Archmage upgrade, though it requires a different path. You can potentially get this as your sixth castle upgrade, though the lure of Attack Up will probably mean that you get it no earlier than your seventh and more likely later than that. This upgrade allows you to perform a battle shout that causes all nearby enemies and projectiles to fly away from you. It costs 20 mana points which is expensive for a Barbarian King, but is remarkably useful in boss fights and mini-boss fights. It will also make some Fairy Chest challenges basically trivial to complete.
Spells – If you are a Barbarian King, your spell is basically meaningless, since your battle shout is much more important than any of the meager spells you can learn. If you are just a normal Barbarian, your preference should be for Conflux or Axe, if you have a choice in the matter.
Equipment – Barbarian is a class where you want to support your strengths. Since you get added benefit from it, you want to equip the best hit point increasing helm possible. After that, your chest piece is your next priority. Limb equipment is practically worthless for you and should always be the last thing you equip. Retribution gear and Vampiric gear is particularly effective for your class, though you never want to equip the Blood Helm. Finally, even with your high health, defense is always useful, so your chest should take slight priority over your cape.
Runes – You want your rune selection to be very similar to your equipment selection. Equip as many Vampire Runes and Retaliation Runes as you can. After that, focus on runes that improve your maneuverability or speed, though a single Siphon Rune can also be very useful.
Strategy – If you have managed to get enough of the right runes and equipment, you can literally walk through the early castle areas allowing enemies to hit you. They will kill themselves upon hitting you and you will heal almost as much damage as you take. Get easy gold this way while searching for chests. You generally don’t want to face mini-bosses, because you don’t really have the damage output for them. Instead explore areas that are normally at the edge of or beyond your level. Especially if you are a Barbarian King, you should have enough health and defense to survive these areas and get extra gold.