Path of the Spirit-bonded

It is common for a humanoid to have a spirit animal, often a beast spirit, which reflects its inner self and helps guide it when it is lost in anguish. For those of the Path of the Spirit-bonded, this spiritual creature is more than a guide or a shadow, for these barbarians can manifest their spirit animals to provide direct aid in other forms.

Path of the Spirit-bonded Features
Barbarian LevelFeature
3rdSpirit Animal
6thBonded from Birth
10thFeral Aspect
14thShared Strength

Spirit Animal

3rd-level Path of the Spirit-bonded feature

When you enter rage, you manifest your spirit animal within the nearest unoccupied space from you that you choose. As long as you remain in rage, your spirit animal remains manifested.

The spirit animal is friendly to you and obeys your commands. It uses the statistics below, which uses your proficiency bonus (PB) in several places. You determine its form, but it always appears ghostly, except when seen on the Ethereal Plane, in which case it appears solid.

The spirit shares your initiative count and takes its turn immediately after yours. It can move and use its reaction on its own, but the only action it can take is the Dodge action, unless you command it to take another action. On the turn you first active rage and as a bonus on each subsequent turn while raging, you can command your spirit animal to take one action which it will perform during its turn. The spirit animal’s attacks count as magical for the purpose of overcoming damage resistance and immunity and benefit from the bonus damage from your Rage feature.

When you reach 5th level, you can substitute one of your attacks during the Attack action instead of using your bonus action to command your spirit animal.

Your spirit animal is always summoned with full hit points when you enter rage, even if it was previously reduced to 0 hit points.

Bonded from Birth

6th-level Path of the Spirit-bonded feature

You share a soul with your spirit animal. Whenever one of you receives damage, the other can use its reaction to reduce damage in half, but takes force damage equal to the amount of damage prevented.

When your spirit animal is not present and you take damage, you can use your reaction and reduce the damage you take by an amount equal to your proficiency bonus.

Feral Aspect

10th-level Path of the Spirit-bonded feature

You gain one aspect of your choice from your spirit animal. Your options include:

Evasive Reflexes. You have proficiency with Dexterity saving throws and when you succeed on a Dexterity saving throw to take reduced damage, you take no damage instead.

Feral Stride. Your movement speed increases by 10 feet and you can take the Dash action as a bonus action.

Keen Senses. You have advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on hearing, sight, or smell and on initiative rolls.

Tough Hide. Your AC increase by 1.

Shared Strength

14th-level Path of the Spirit-bonded feature

Your spirit animal’s attacks benefit from your Brutal Critical feature. When you reach 20th level, your spirit animal increases its Strength and Constitution scores each by 4 (Constitution increase also increases the spirit’s hit points by 40).

Spirit Animal

Medium fey

Armor Class 13 + PB
Hit Points 5 + five times your barbarian level
Speed 40 ft., fly 40 ft., swim 40ft.


14 (+2)


14 (+2)


15 (+2)


10 (+0)


16 (+3)


15 (+2)

Damage Resistances bludgeoning, piercing, slashing
Condition Immunities charmed, frightened, unsettled
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13 + PB
Languages understands the languages you speak
Proficiency Bonus (PB) equals your bonus

Primal Bond. You can add your proficiency bonus to any ability check or saving throw that the spirit makes.


Strike. Melee Weapon Attack: +2 + PB to hit, reach 5 ft. one target. Hit: 1d8 + 2 + PB bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing damage (your choice).

Calm. The spirit removes the frightened and unsettled conditions from you.

Doom Stare. One creature within 30 feet which can see the spirit must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw against a DC equal to 11 + PB or become unsettled as long as it can see the spirit.

Bonus Actions

Misty Step (Recharge 6). The spirit casts the misty step spell.