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To Barbarians, strength and power are end-alls.  And no creature embodies these traits like dragons.  Those who seek to emulate these majestic beings call themselves Dragon Shamans.  Their very bodies adapt to more draconic forms, granting them boosting auras, resilient scales, and even powerful wings.  To walk the Path of the Dragon Shaman is to become power, and to gain the will to use it.

The Path of the Dragon Shaman archetype presented in this title is based on the Dragon Shaman in 3.5e's Player's Handbook II.  Then, the Dragon Shaman was a full class, and acted as something of a buff-providing leader and damage-dealing striker.  Their auras gave the entire party useful combat as well as social buffs, while the dragon shaman herself slowly became more and more dragonlike.  In 5e, the Dragon Shaman is not varied enough to warrant its own class, but offers just enough to function as a Barbarian archetype.  Though the archetype is a bit frontloaded (gaining the player a language, adaptation, breath weapon, and various auras), I believe this is still the best bet for a 5e port of the original class.  Because it builds off the Barbarian class, the 5e Dragon Shaman loses much of its "party-face" abilities.  But in return, it becomes a strong front-line fighter.


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