Baldur’s Gate 3 Wildheart Barbarian (Subclass & Progression)



Baldur’s Gate 3 has tons of classes that players can choose from, which can allow them to play the ones that they want, and one of the classes has to be a Barbarian. Players might want to choose the Baldur’s Gate 3 Wildheart Barbarian class; therefore, players might want to know its features, playstyle, piercings, bestial hearts, as well as actions! 

Important: While choosing the Barbarian, players will also need to choose between the Wildheart or Berserker subclass!

Key Takeaways

  • The Baldur’s Gate 3 Wildheart is a subclass of the Barbarian that focuses mostly on a support-based subclass, while the Berserker offers a damage-based subclass option. 
  • The Wildheart subclass will offer players the Beastial Heart with five options and the Speak With Animals at level 3. 
  • Level 3: Upon this progression, players obtain Speak With Animals, as well as needing to choose from one of the 5 Bestial Hearts, such as the Bear, Elk, Eagle, Wolf, and Tiger Heart. 
  • Level 4: At this level, you can change your Bestial Hearts and also need to pick from a selection of feats
  • Level 5: It offers players Extra Attack and Fast Movement as features and also being able to change their Bestial Heart. 

Baldur’s Gate 3 Wildheart Barbarian Subclass Overview 

Kicking things off, the first thing that players might be confused about is what Baldur’s Gate 3 Wildheart Subclass Barbarian is. 

Wildheart Overview
Wildheart Overview (Image Credits Exputer)
  • The Barbarian class itself is centric mostly around being able to take in melee damage that has been launched out from the opponent’s end, as well as being able to deal damage. 
  • The Berserker subclass is one that mainly focuses on being able to focus on Strength, which allows them to deal increased damage against enemies. 

As far as the Wildheart subclass is concerned, it will be focused on being a support-based subclass, as well as being able to Speak With Animals. 

Wildheart Features 

Whenever you end up choosing the Wildheart subclass, you will be able to gain access to a few initial features that are listed as follows. 

Features Wildheart
Features Wildheart (Image Credits Exputer)
  • The Bestial Heart will grant players the ability to choose between 5 options that will all be based on animals. 
  • Speak With Animals is granted at level 3 which gives you one Divination Spell.
    Barbarian Features
    Barbarian Features (Image Credits Exputer)

Apart from that, the Barbarian class itself will also have a few initial features that are concise in the table below. 

Baldur’s Gate 3 Barbarian Initial Features Details
Constitution Saving Throw Proficiency Players will be able to add their Proficiency Bonus to their Constitution saving throws.
Strength Saving Throw Proficiency Go ahead and add your Proficiency Bonus to the Strength Saving Throws.
Unarmored Defense Players will be able to have their bodies be extremely resilient.
Light Armor Proficiency If you are wearing Light Armor, then it doesn’t affect your attacks or spell-casting.
Medium Armor Proficiency If you wear any medium armor, then it also won’t affect your overall attacks and spell-casting.
Simple Weapon Proficiency If you carry out attacks with Simple Weapons, then you can add your proficiency bonus to it.
Martial Weapon Proficiency You can add your proficiency bonus to attacks that are carried out by Martial Weapons.
Shield Proficiency If you wear a shield, it won’t hinder your attacks or the spell-casting.

Level 3 Progression 

At level 3, players will be able to get the Speak With Animals feature, which is able to basically grant players the ability to understand beasts while also being able to communicate with them. Alongside that, players will also be asked to pick one of the Baldur’s Gate 3 Wildheart Bestial Hearts that are made available to you, as listed below. 

Level 3 Bestial Heart Options
Level 3 Bestial Heart Options (Image Credits Exputer)
Bestial Hearts Effects Special Effects
Bear Heart While being able to rage, you can also make use of Unrelenting Ferocity, and gain resistance to all damage except for Psychic damage. Unrelenting Ferocity: Players can heal themselves.
Elk Heart While you are raging, you can make use of Primal Stampede and the overall movement speed is enhanced by 4.5m. Primal Stampede: Charge forth, and you can attack all creatures that are hostile, and deal Bludgeoning damage.
Eagle Heart Make use of Diving Strike, and enemies gain a disadvantage on attacks that are carried out against you, and you can also use Dash. Diving Strike: Leap towards an opponent that is below you, knocking them down.
Wolf Heart While you rage, you make use of Inciting Howl, and your allies will gain an advantage on melee attack-based rolls against opponents that are within a 2m radius of you. Inciting Howl: Stir up the fervor for your allies and they can move an extra 3m.
Tiger Heart While you rage, use Tiger’s Bloodlust, and and the jump distance gets enhanced by 4.5. Tiger’s Bloodlust: Go ahead and lash out against the opponents and cause them to bleed.

There are also a plethora of Bestial Heart actions or actions that will be included in each of the Bestial Hearts that players can see as follows. 

Bestial Heart Actions Effects
Rage (Bear Heart) Enter a stage of rage that is able to make you resilient enough to hold off against any punishment.
Unrelenting Ferocity Provides healing.
Rage (Elk Heart) Go into rage mode that is able to grant the player ultimate swiftness.
Primal Stampede Deal bludgeoning damage while charging forth.
Rage (Eagle Heart) Enter a state that makes you practically untouchable.
Diving Strike Head down to attack enemies, and you won’t take any fall damage.
Rage (Tiger Heart) Enter a state of rage that will instantly boost up your leaps.
Tiger’s Bloodlust Make upto 3 enemies bleed.
Rage (Wolf Heart) Enter a rage mode that can affect allies too.
Inciting Howl Players can stir the allies’ fervor.

Level 4 Progression 

Level 4 Change Bestial Heart
Level 4 Change Bestial Heart (Image Credits Exputer)

While being at level 4, players will be able to change their Bestial Hearts while also being able to pick one feat from a few options that are listed as follows. 

Feats Effects
Ability Improvements +2 Ability points are granted to players between Strength, Constitution, Dexterity, Intelligence, Wisdom as well as Charisma.
Athlete The overall Dexterity or Strength gets boosted up by 1 to a max of 20.
Dual Wielder +1 Bonus is granted to Armor Class whenever you are wielding a melee weapon in each of your hands.
Defensive Duelist If you end up being attacked with a melee attack, then your reaction can be used to enhance your Armor Class by 2.
Great Weapon Master If a melee attack lands a crit hit or murders a creature, then you carry out another melee attack as a bonus.
Lightly Armored Your proficiency with Light Armor is gained by you and your Dexterity or Strength gets increased by 1-20.
Druid Magic Initiate Players can learn 2 cantrips and a spell from the Druid spell list.
Bard Magic Initiate 2 Cantrips and one 1-level spell can be learned from the spell list.
Cleric Magic Initiate Get a level 1 spell slot that gets restored after resting for a while.
Sorcerer Magic Initiate Learn 2 cantrips and a spell from the list.
Warlock Magic Initiate Get a level 1 spell slot that gets restored.
Wizard Magic Initiate A level 1 spell slot can be obtained.
Martial Adept Players are able to learn two manuevers that are from the Battle Master archetype.
Moderately Armored You get proficiency using Medium Armor as well as shields, and the overall Dexterity and Strength ends up increasing by 1-20.
Mobile Your overall speed will end up being enhanced.
Skilled Gain proficiency in a total of 3 skills of your choice.
Shield Master Get a +2 bonus to Dexterity saving throws whenever you are using a shield.
Tough Your hit points get enhanced by 2 for each of your level.
Weapon Master Enhance your Dexterity or your Strength from 1-20.

Level 5 Progression 

As far as the Level 5 progression is concerned, players will be able to have two extra class features: 

  • Extra Attack: You can make an extra free attack after you make a weapon attack. 
  • Fast Movement: The overall movement speed enhances by five anytime you are not wearing heavy armor. 

You will also be able to change your Bestial Heart.

And that’s just about it! All that players need to know about the Baldur’s Gate 3 Wildheart Barbarian guide, and with that, let’s wrap up this guide! While you’re here, why not read up on the Baldur’s Gate 3 Bear Scene guide, which goes into (rather interesting details) about a romantic encounter with.. a bear. 

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