Don’t have a barbarian in your Dungeons & Dragons party? No problem! This new magic potion lets any character get a taste of the primal side.
Potion of Rage
This orange potion bubbles and steams as if boiling. When you drink this potion, you gain the barbarian’s Rage feature for 1 minute.
While raging, you gain the following benefits if you aren’t wearing heavy armor:
- You have advantage on Strength checks and Strength saving throws.
- When you make a melee weapon attack using Strength, you gain a +3 bonus to the damage roll.
- You have resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage.
If you are able to cast spells, you can’t cast them or concentrate on them while raging.
Your rage lasts for 1 minute. It ends early if you are knocked unconscious or if your turn ends and you haven’t attacked a hostile creature since your last turn or taken damage since then. You can also end your rage on your turn as a bonus action.
If you are a barbarian who drinks this potion, you gain an extra rage that ends early only if you fall unconscious or if you choose to end it.
What do you think? Should certain class features like the barbarian’s Rage be available to other classes through magic items like this potion? Or should the features that make a class unique be exclusive to maintain a distinction between the playable classes in 5th edition?
Personally, I think it’s fun to let the paladin get a taste of raging or a wizard enjoy the advantage of a rogue’s sneak attack. But I also think those class features should only be used by other classes as a one time boon or expendable magic item like the Potion of Rage, especially if there’s already a barbarian in the group.
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