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Barbarian is one of the 31 Playable Characters in the game Castle Crashers. Their magical attacks are Non-Elemental and their starting weapon is the Barbarian Ax.

Barbarian's specialties include combo locking and basic juggling.



The Barbarians are the ones that attack the Home Castle, and kidnap the four princesses at the beginning of the game. They have been fighting in a war with the Home Kingdom for some time, and it is the player's duty to turn the war in favor of the King and his soldiers. They are completely loyal to the Barbarian Boss. In Forest Entrance, you can see Barbarians and Thieves trading the 3 remaining kidnapped princesses for Gold with the Industrial Prince. Barbarians don't reappear until much later when they're resurrected by the Necromancer twice in Wizard Castle Interior. Also, as an enemy, he wields the Barbarian Ax, Club, or Black Morning Star.


Barbarians are very detailed. Brown fur that surrounds its entire body, common dark gray arms with gray pauldrons, a cracked dark beige visor, two ivory/dark beige colored horns with some scars on them, and a khaki backpack. They possess metal shoes and dark leg clothing. Barbarians have a mask/visor that has a inverted drop shape, featuring 3 lines on the visor's bottom. The mask also possesses 6 small circular holes which probably serves as eye or nose hole. In their very bottom of their rectangular heads, a thin line can be seen.

On their portrait, their mask is seen with a tiny shattered long crack and a more dynamic appearance.

Barbarians' Beefy version features a six pack, 3 more hip backpack belts along with a enlarged backpack (both are also more dynamic), and their arms are clothed with a dark brown tape textured arm sleeves, ending in the hand. Their fingers are still visible, and while they are also nailless, they have only four.

Their Shields are normal shields, and they also have ivory/beige colored outlines and their center is colored brown and do not have any special shape other than flat-shaped. The shields are similiar to their user's body colors.

Barbarians are one of the main antagonists of Back Off Barbarian, along with Iceskimos and Fire Demons.


Splash Attack

"Blunt Weapons"

Element: Non-Elemental

Max Hits: 1 per upgrade level (max 7)

Damage/Hit: Base Magic Damage x 0.5

Use 360 RT.png360 Y.png / PS3 R2.pngPS3 Triangle.png to perform. Weapons rain from the sky in alternating directions. Contrary to popular belief, this Splash Attack is not like the "Arrow Rain" Splash Attack. As opposed to the arrows, the weapons rain from left to right and right to left when cast. Something special about this Splash Attack is that it basically bounces off of walls.

Magic Projectile


Element: Non-Elemental

Damage: Base Magic Damage

Use 360 RT.png360 B.png / PS3 R2.pngPS3 Circle.png to perform. Tosses an ax that damages normal enemies.

Air Projectile


Element: Non-Elemental

Damage: Base Magic Damage

Use 360 A.png, 360 RT.png360 Y.png / PS3 Cross.png, PS3 R2.pngPS3 Triangle.png to perform. Tosses an ax that damages normal enemies.

An advanced use of Juggling, named Spellweaving, can use this Air Projectile for flashy techniques.

Elemental Infusion

"Armor Pierce"

Element: Non-Elemental

Damage: Base Magic Damage^2 + Base Melee Damage^2

Use 360 X.png360 X.png360 X.png360 Y.png / PS3 Square.pngPS3 Square.pngPS3 Square.pngPS3 Triangle.png to perform. This attack pierces armor, and it deals two times normal damage. That means it deals as much damage to a Barbarian or Thief on Normal Mode as it does to a Stove Face or Brute on Insane Mode.

Magic Jump

"Dust Jump"

Element: Non-Elemental

Damage: Base Magic Damage

Use 360 RT.png360 A.png / PS3 R2.pngPS3 Cross.png to perform. Leaps up with a dust effect with a metal impact-like sound that damages overlapped enemies.



Barbarian's "Blunt Weapons" Splash Attack is a decent option, for Juggling. It is not to be considered boss slayer material. Overall Barbarian is an average character that like most average characters struggles in difficult or time consuming levels like Desert or Full Moon.

Castle Crashers

Barbarian's incredibly easy to pick up and learn. Since he has Magic that doesn't really help him too well, it is best to use a Strength heavy weapon or a Magic heavy weapon that does not reduce Strength. Make sure to attribute to Magic early on, at least for the Elemental Infusion, first. The top 5 Animal Orbs in Snoot, Burly Bear, Hawkster, Piggy, and BiPolar Bear will suffice.


Barbarian is a below average character that is also the gold standard of Arena. Just like the Arrow Rainers.


Blue Knight

Once Blue Knight has you in a reset, you're done. Be sure to move around a lot to counter act his tools. Difficult match-up.


Difficult match-up.


Restrict Saracen's options, to several 50/50s. but counter with a Shield bash. Watch out for his Magic Projectile because it is unblockable.


Splash Attack comes out quickly. Difficult match-up.

Fire Demon

Splash Attack comes out quickly. Difficult match-up.

Skeleton/Cult Minion

Splash Attack comes out quickly.


Splash Attack comes out quickly.


Splash Attack comes out quickly.

Pink Knight

Splash Attack has long range and comes out quickly. Air Projectile and Magic Projectile can Critical Strike and can be converted to a reset.


Restrict Necromancer's options to a 50/50. Watch out for his Magic Projectile and Air Projectile because they are the fastest in the game.

Orange Knight

Splash Attack has long range.

Conehead/Royal Guard

Magic Projectile and Air Projectile have the ability to reset, so watch out for them.


Restrict Bear's options to several 50/50s. but counter with a Shield bash.

Gray Knight

Magic Projectile and Air Projectile have the ability to reset, so watch out for them.


Punish on whiff.


His Air Projectile is the same as his Splash Attack, which could lead to a confirm.

Green Knight

Punish on whiff.

Thief/Stove Face/Peasant/Civilian/Open-Faced Gray Knight

Punish on whiff.

Red Knight

Punish on whiff.

Hatty Hattington

Punish on whiff.


Doesn't have an offensive Splash Attack, punish on whiff.

Killer Beekeeper

Punish on whiff.

Unlock Path

Start Character Unlocks Unlocks
Barbarian Killer Beekeeper N/A



  • The Barbarian can be used to earn the "Traitor" Achievement/Trophy by defeating the Barbarian Boss.
  • A Barbarian was made as a collectible figurine along with the 4 main knights.
  • The Beefy Barbarian seen at the start of the battle is one of only four Beefy Barbarians seen in the game. Besides this one, there is the one who kidnaps one of the princesses in the Barbarian War level (possibly the same one due to how close they are in location), the one in the Necromancer boss battle (which still could have been the first one as well as he is undead) and lastly the one who sells the Thick Sword at the Swamp Store.
    • Out of all of these appearances, they are only actually fought once throughout the entire game, making the Beefy Barbarian tied for the least fought normal enemy, along with the Elite Conehead.
  • Barbarian was a star head skin in Battleblock Theater.
  • Barbarian appeared for a limited amount of time in Happy Wars.
  • On the Xbox 360, players can dress up their Avatar with the Barbarian's head by purchasing it in the Avatar Store.
  • Barbarian is one of Dan Paladin's favorite character designs, along with the Barbarian Boss and Green Knight.[1]
  • NPC Enemy Barbarians in Castle Crashers Remastered now use the Thief Sword.

See also