Berserker Fury every encounter?

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So I am reading the text and it seems to assume that a Berserker can enter their fury every single encounter. Is this true? How is this not overpowered? Because it only affects certain powers and cripples your defender abilities?
Yes Berserker can enter Berserker Fury every encounter by taking the necessary action.

HoTF 44 Berserker Fury: When you use a barbarian primal attack power, you enter your Berserker Fury until the end of the encounter. Alternatively, you can use a minor action while you are bloodied to enter the fury.

 

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So I am reading the text and it seems to assume that a Berserker can enter their fury every single encounter. Is this true? How is this not overpowered? Because it only affects certain powers and cripples your defender abilities?



Exactly.

The Berserker is designed to switch from Defender to Striker when the player feels it is appropriate. After going into Fury, he loses defender abilities, his defenses go down, he cannot switch back to Defender mode until after the encounter is over, and his extra damage is limited to a few abilities.

I'd say the limitations are at least worth being able to potentially fury in every encounter.

Also, what about regular barbarian dailies? For instance, Behemoth's Rage has the primal keyword, so it triggers Berserker's Fury but do you also gain the benefit of the side benefit, ie THP for all hits? Or does that require the rage mechanic that the berserker doesn't have?
Also, what about regular barbarian dailies? For instance, Behemoth's Rage has the primal keyword, so it triggers Berserker's Fury but do you also gain the benefit of the side benefit, ie THP for all hits? Or does that require the rage mechanic that the berserker doesn't have?



You would gain all the benefits of the power. The PHB2 Barbarian does not have a "Rage mechanic." The PHB2 Barbarian has a Rage Strike mechanic that they get at level 5, which allows them to convert a Daily power usage into extra damage. The Berserker does not get this.

Berserker Fury does not make the Berserker overpowered. In fact, the Berserker is considered subpar when compared against the PHB2 Barbarian, which can consistently deal out the damage. The Berserker trades the Barbarian's very consistent damage for a little bit of role-flexibility.

Great. Thank you for the help. My last questions are:
-in powers like Howling Strike which give bonuses if you are raging. Does berserker's fury count as a rage to get this benefit as well?
-any primal power sets off Berserker's rage. So at higher levels when you have multiple dailies with the primal keyword, are you just stuck changing benefits all the time since you don't have the Rage Strike of regular barbarians? How does multiple primal daily use work?

Again, thank you. You have been a great help!
No, fury is not rage, and rage is not fury.  Howling Strike is somewhat useful, but a Berserker doesn't need it much at all because the Fury benefit outweighs it rather substantially, both on the at-wills but also MBA for charges.

At every level there is also a choice of a martial Daily as well as a non-rage Primal daily that was added in HotF, with the Berserker class.  Yes, if you use a second rage, the old rage bonus ends and you gain the new bonus, and no, you don't have Rage Strike.    Sometimes they're good, sometimes they're not, and the Berserker suffers from being a late addition and not having much flexibility in power selection, but if you really want to you can avoid stacking on too many Rage powers.
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