Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything is an upcoming sourcebook for Dungeons and Dragons 5E set to release this Fall. TCoE is an expansion to the current ruleset, adding a new racial stat bonus system, 18 new subclasses, and a host of other exciting new additions.
One of the new subclasses is confirmed to be the Barbarian Path of Wild Magic. The Path of Wild Magic, alongside the Genie patron for Warlocks, was revealed in a preview as part of the D&D Celebration weekend and are part of the official subclasses that will be shown in Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything.
With that being said, the article below will cover any and all changes made to the class since it’s original inception as an Unearthed Arcana playtest material.
Barbarians as a whole are deeply feeling people; emotion is a part of their namesake. Many realms and planes throughout the multiverse exist as places of raw power, emotion, and magic. As such, any barbarian that comes into contact with these places or is born from a parent that hails from one of these places can find themselves transformed, manifesting magic alongside their combative abilities.
At 3rd level, Wild Magic barbarians gain the Magic Awareness feature. As an action, you can open your mind to the presence of concentrated magic. Until the end of your turn, you know the location of any spell or magic item within 60 feet of you and not behind total cover. You also know what school of magic the item or spell belongs to as well. You can use this a number of times equal to your proficiency bonus each long rest.
Also at 3rd level, Wild Magic barbarians gain access to their Wild Surge ability. Whenever you enter your rage, roll on the Wild Magic table to determine what magical effect happens. If it requires a spell save, it is equal to 8 + proficiency bonus + Constitution modifier.
Some of the Wild Magic effects don’t directly affect the barbarian, such as regaining sorcery points.
Bolstering Magic comes in at 6th level, allowing the barbarian to bolster themselves or their allies with wild magic. As an action, choose one of the following two benefits to confer:
-For 10 minutes, the creature can roll a d3 and add it whenever they make an ability check or attack roll. -Roll a d3. The creature regains one expended spell slot, the level of which equals the number rolled or lower (the creature’s choice).
You can use this action a number of times equal to your proficiency bonus, and regain all uses after a long rest.
10th level brings the Unstable Backlash feature and dramatically increases the amount of times that the Wild Surge table is rolled on. Immediately after you take damage or fail a saving throw while raging, you can use your reaction to roll on the Wild Surge table and immediately produce the effect rolled.
Finally, at 14th level, Wild Magic barbarians are granted access to the Controlled Surge ability, allowing them to roll twice on the Wild Surge table and choose which one they would like to take effect. If the same number is rolled, you may choose from the table.
Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything releases worldwide on November 17th.