Strategies for Barbarian Assault

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This article is a strategy guide for Barbarian Assault.
Information on mechanics, setups, and tactics is on this page. For the hard mode strategy guide, see here.

General strategies[edit | edit source]

There are two further main strategies for maximising the points you gain as a team, in the shortest amount of time:

Two attackers are suggested until the last wave, at which point two healers will be needed to survive, as killing both the Penance Healers and constantly healing team members will take longer time than the other roles. Those with Defence levels of less than 80 should be wearing armour to avoid death.

Wave breakdown[edit | edit source]

For waves with multiple numbers in a column, the number in parenthesis shows the total number of monsters in that wave, the first number shows the number of monsters that initially spawn, the second shows the monsters held in reserve, and the third shows the final reserve spawns.

For example, on wave 2, two runners spawn initially. Once the first runner is killed, another (the third) will spawn. On wave 3, two runners spawn initially. Once the first runner is killed, one more runner will spawn. Once another runner is killed, the fourth (and last) runner will spawn. Creatures can be killed in any order, the first ones to spawn do not need to be killed first to allow others to spawn.

Normal mode:

Wave Runners Healers Rangers Fighters
1 2 2 4 4
2 2 + 1 (3) 3 4 5
3 2 + 2 (4) 2 + 1 (3) 6 5
4 3 + 1 (4) 3 + 1 (4) 6 6
5 4 + 1 (5) 4 + 1 (5) 6 3+3 (6)
6 4 + 2 (6) 4 + 2 (6) 6 + 1 (7) 6
7* 5 + 1 (6) 4 + 3 (7) 6 + 1 (7) 5 + 2 (7)
8 5 + 2 (7) 5 + 2 (7) 6 + 2 (8) 6 + 1 (7)
9 5 + 4 (9) 6 + 2 (8) 6 + 2 (8) 6 + 2 (8)
10* 5 + 1 (6) 4 + 3 (7) 6 + 1 (7) 5 + 2 (7)


Wave Runners Healers Rangers Fighters
1 3 3 3 + 3 (6) 3 + 3 (6)
2 3 + 2 (5) 3 + 2 (5) 4 + 4 (8) 3 + 3 (6)
3 4 + 2 (6) 4 + 1 (5) 4 + 4 (8) 4 + 4 + 1 (9)
4 4 + 2 (6) 4 + 2 (6) 4 + 4 + 1 (9) 4 + 4 + 1 (9)
5 5 + 3 (8) 5 + 3 (8) 5 + 4 (9) 5 + 4 (9)
6 5 + 4 (9) 5 + 4 (9) 5 + 4 (9) 5 + 5 + 1 (11)
7* 6 + 3 (9) 6 + 4 (10) 6 + 5 (11) 6 + 5 (11)
8 7 + 4 (11) 7 + 4 (11) 7 + 4 (11) 7 + 5 (12)
9 8 + 4 (12) 8 + 4 (12) 8 + 4 (12) 8 + 4 (12)
10* 6 + 3 (9) 6 + 4 (10) 6 + 5 (11) 6 + 5 (11)

* Waves 7 and 10 have identical spawns.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

While playing Barbarian Assault, players may only suffer melee, ranged or poison damage from the Penance monsters. As such, wearing melee armour with both high melee and ranged defence bonus is recommended. During wave ten, the Penance Queen will attack with a ranged attack when distant and a melee attack when in range. She can also use a strong group ranged attack at any time, even if you are not in her view, so using armour with high ranged defence is the best choice.

Power armour is ideal for Attackers while tank armour is more useful for the other roles. Any melee armour is a good substitute.

Many players wear penance armour or related titles for visual appeal or as a sign of experience in the minigame, it may be worthwhile wearing any penance armour you have to help yourself get recruited into better teams.

Quick overview[edit | edit source]

Everyone[edit | edit source]

  • Call quickly. Calls change every 30 seconds, attempt to get a feel for when this will happen. You can use the horn or place the calls on the action bar.
  • Usually a second Attacker or Healer is more useful than another Collector or Defender.
  • Bring your enhanced Excalibur to heal, as this does not require adrenaline. This requires completion of Seers' Village tasks.
  • You always earn the same amount of honour points for wave 10.

Attacker[edit | edit source]

  • Bring your strongest weapons (ranged attacks are best as you can attack from a distance to save time)
  • At the beginning of each wave, run west of the leftmost cannon, not up the centre of the arena.
  • Place the attack style switches on your action bar. They can be found in the constitution ability book.
  • In later waves on hard mode, climbing up the stairs to the west cannon can be used to safespot to prevent being overwhelmed and dying.

Collector[edit | edit source]

  • In hard mode, you can and should take some eggs from the machines right at the start of the wave, then run to the west cannon, load it with the eggs, and fire green eggs first at the defender and then to the attackers.
  • At the start of the wave, run west with the attacker. Do not run up the centre of the arena.
  • Load eggs at the end of the first call, or after collecting a half invent of eggs and converting to red.

Healer[edit | edit source]

  • At the start, gather the healer supplies from the machine and fill the vial at the pool. Call from the ability book or action bar (calling from the horn will interrupt the actions).
  • Watch players' health carefully, including your own. Do not let anyone die.
  • Learn the Spawns of Penance healers.

Defender[edit | edit source]

  • At the start, gather the defender supplies from the machine. Call from the ability book or action bar (calling from the horn will interrupt the action).
  • Run up the centre once you have collected your food, drop four incorrect food west of the cannon, and 2 correct food at the hammer.
  • Create a trail from the runners' spawn (one from the right on waves 1-9).
  • Standing on food by a trap will prevent runners from getting it. This will allow you to get multiple runners (Up to 8) to be killed at once with a single piece of food. Run back to repair the trap and repeat.
  • Learn the Spawns of Penance runners.
  • After killing runners, go to the west cannon by the attacker and kill large groups of enemies with red eggs.

Gameplay strategy[edit | edit source]

Barbarian Assault gameplay is not quite as straightforward as it sounds. There are many ways your team can maximise the number of points earned. The following outlines some tactics players may employ in order to earn a high number of points each round.

The most basic rule of Barbarian Assault, and one of the easiest ways of avoiding penalties, is to remember to continually call with the horn given to each player at the beginning of the wave. Players should always promptly call out the correct action or item name to their teammates each time it changes. If players do not call, their team-mates are likely to perform the wrong action and, thus, incur penalties. Players should also remember that if they find themselves idle after completing their tasks, using the Horn of Glory is an excellent way of making sure that all members of a team are kept up-to-date. Using the cannon's red eggs to kill off penance runners is also efficient help for teams where everyone is being called. Red eggs should be used only on runners until all runners are dead—otherwise, they would be wasted, as the other Penance monsters can be killed rather quickly and easily.

Attacker[edit | edit source]

Auto-retaliate and Revolution should always be turned off, to prevent accidental incorrect attacks. One must-have for the Attacker is to have the styles on your action bar so you can switch by simply pressing a hotkey.

A way to avoid penalties is to keep track of the time after the style changes. This means that you stop attacking after a certain time and wait until the style changes. In order to do this effectively, it is recommended to use a stopwatch. Keep in mind that it is better to skip a potential hit in the right style than to hit a wrong style. These methods are not foolproof, so there is still a chance of getting penalties. Beware that hits done by DoT abilities will count as an incorrect attack after the style switches.

The first thing to do in the first wave is to call the Collector. As soon as you've done this run north-west (west of the cannon) and select the style you should use as soon as it is called to you. Start fighting the Penance Rangers and Fighters when you get the first call. Keep your eyes on what you should call back to the Collector. As soon as it turns white (try to predict this by timing), click anywhere to stop fighting, call the Collector, and wait for the style to be called. Change your style when it's called, attack the Penance again and repeat the cycle. This cycle ensures that you can always attack as soon as the style gets called, while not forgetting to call the Collector.

In wave 10, there are no point penalties for wrong attack style. It is best to kill all the Penance before the Queen arrives, so they won't bother you or your teammates anymore and will not slow the Queen-killing process down. After you kill all of the monsters, gather near the healing pool and allow the Healer to replenish your life points more efficiently. It would also be a good idea to collect spikes to save time when the queen comes.

Collector[edit | edit source]

By collecting as many eggs as possible, you earn more Honour points, so collect every correct egg you see until the wave ends. Call out to the Attacker when the style changes. When you have enough eggs, deposit them into the Egg launcher for the Defender and other idle teammates to use against the Penance. If the Penance group together as attacking penance often do, hitting one will cause area effect damage, hitting them all.

The Blue eggs can be used to add debuffs to the Penance, while the Green eggs buff your teammates.

There are times though that level 5 Collector does come in handy, as you can pick up any egg type and convert the eggs into red; getting red eggs into the cannon faster than a normal level 2 Collector who has to wait for the cycle to give them red eggs. This 100% red egg feedback function can be very helpful if the Defender is inexperienced at their job. Red explosives can save a lot of points for your team when used on Penance Runners.

Collectors in normal mode wave 10 should start picking yellow eggs as quickly as they can, always watching their own health and keep trying to pick the eggs that are close to the pool, so the healer doesn't have to run and fight to be able to click on the collector. Before the Queen arrives, it can be useful just to stay at the horn of glory and call out to team-mates as you will not get any extra points for collecting normal eggs. Take into account however, you must kill all other Penance before you can damage the Queen so it could be useful to collect a few eggs for the purpose of killing the last one or two. Eight eggs are required to kill the Queen.

Defender[edit | edit source]

This is perhaps one of the most difficult jobs to master. But, as impossible as it may seem, a skilled Defender can easily be finished far before any of the other teammates. The Defender level of a player greatly affects performance, since the lure range determines if runners are stopped or not. One way to stop runners from reaching the lure cave is by dropping a straight line of random types of bait parallel to the south wall, as it is almost an impenetrable barrier that stops runners from getting past. Important: There is no penalty for using the wrong type of bait, and there is also no penalty for using the egg launcher, so you can put up a line of bait and use explosive/poison eggs instead. Two explosive eggs or three poison eggs kill a runner. Remember to call to the healer frequently. Blocking the caves using planks will only slow your team down and will not be required if you play Defender properly and keep the bait line in place. Keep an eye out for the occasional single runner that gets past on the far left side. In wave 10 you will not lose points if the runners go through the lure cave. Because the collector may not get the eggs loaded fast enough, here is a good strategy for actually getting them to the trap:

As soon as the wave starts, get the food and run straight for the trap, dropping incorrect food on the way. If runners eat the wrong type of food, they automatically run 5 squares back north, giving you time to get them to the trap. Low level defenders may want to "barricade", zigzagging east to west before going to the trap. Drop some of the correct food on the trap or on a square next to it. If you make a sort of a square around the trap with correct food, you have a chance of killing several runners at a time. An easier way to get multiple kills at the same time is to place a few pieces of correct food on the same spot next to the trap, and stand on it until you have 4-5 runners standing around you (you may want to lay a lure or two by their entrance to lure them to the trap first), waiting to feast on the lures. After you deem there are enough runners to be killed, move off the food, and successfully watch five lines of "Chomp, chomp" appear next to the trap. Remember that the trap will then be broken, so you'll have to fix it Place a line of food from the trap to the hammer. This will distract and lure runners coming out of the cave. Grab a hammer and logs and head right back for the trap to fix it and lay more food.

Amount of logs per wave needed:

  • wave 1: 0
  • wave 2 & 3: 1
  • wave 4 & 5: 2
  • wave 6 & 7: 3
  • wave 8 & 9: 4
  • wave 10: 2

Note: As said above, if you lure several runners at a time to a correct food next to the trap, the trap will kill them all, even if it should have been broken. This way, you can kill, for example, 3 runners before you need to repair the trap.

After repairing the traps, look for any runners which may have gotten past and lure them back to the trap with a trail of wrong food, which is faster than good food, since they run north immediately instead of trying to go south. Note: you need to drop the correct food on the traps, otherwise the trap will not spring! The trap is good for killing 2 runners before it needs to be repaired. It's also a good idea to stick to one trap so that you don't have to run back and forth. As the runners spawn in the north-east cave, the eastern trap is ideal. The western trap should hardly ever be used. The amount of runners you will have is one more than the wave you are on. For instance... in wave one, you will have 2 runners, in wave two, 3 runners, and so on. Note however that wave four has the same number of runners as wave three (i.e. 4), though the number of runners increments by the same rate after that wave.

Tips for when healers don't call (or don't call correctly):

  • If, after you're at the trap, the food type has not changed yet, only drop tofu and worms. One of these 2 is surely correct. Otherwise, try to drop all 3 types of food equally, the runners are sure to pick up the right one eventually.
  • Don't forget to make the runners recoil by dropping food if they're getting to much south. You've got a 2/3 chance that they'll run back north once they come across your food.
  • Always call the Healer.
  • The most important calls to the healer are the second and third calls. By the time the healer is ready to poison the penance healers, the first call is usually about to expire. A good healer poisons as many penance healers as possible on the second and third calls before players start needing healing. This is the healer's only chance to get ahead of the penance healers. After players start needing healing, the poisoning takes a lower priority Having penance healers uncontrolled results in heavier player damage due to poisoning as well as making the attacker's job much more difficult. This in turn makes the healer even less able to deal with the penance healers as he is healing players.

Note: this will surely slow your defending down, but it is still better than just letting them all go south (making you lose points). Your teammates might get angry at you for being slow, but don't mind them.

A slight variation to the above method is to barricade the Runner’s cave (The third cave, going west to east) before checking on the trap. This gives you time to grab more logs, repair your trap and bait it again, before letting another 2 runners through and re-barricading the cave. This way is slower but better for points because it is unlikely many runners will reach the south cave. It should also be pointed out that this method is redundant for Wave 10, where you lose no points to Runners getting past.

Here's another method, which works very well for some people. It is quite easy to do, and does not require a higher defender level. First, you should call and get the bait. Then, run to the right platform and use up all but 12 baits. Use ALL types, in a few different locations above the platform. Then, use ALL 12 of the other baits right on top of the trap. Now, go refuel baits and pick up logs/hammer. Repair as necessary, and keep stocking the baits as indicated above. Since the wrong bait only causes the runners to recoil, you can ensure that they all stay in the top right corner of the map. It seems as though the runners "pick" one bait within their range to go eat, and they will eat/recoil based on what type it is. This method may seem slow, however it usually finishes faster than most other defender methods. Essentially, this method traps all the runners in one spot so they can't escape, and some of them end up running to the trap. As long as the defender restocks all the bait and repairs the trap, this method will allow the defender to get through all the waves with no escaped runners. Don't forget to call often! Another good thing about the above method is that it does not require the defender to know what type of bait is called.

At wave 10, speed is of the essence, so don't mind Runners getting past as much (though it might slow you down). Make sure they're dead before the Queen shows up, since it will be very risky for you to kill them when she's shooting at you. Not to mention how stressed the Healers will be if they need to keep running between you and the pool.

When you get the 8 spiked eggs, dip them into lava (preferably the pools west of the healer pool, since it's the closest) and pass them on to the collector. Remember: the collector is the only one who can load the Omega Eggs.

Also on wave 10 the defender's job will get very easy as the east hill will be gone and the runners cave will now be the last one on the right instead of the second last one. This will make it possible to just put food on or around the trap and wait for runners to pass. Plus, there is a spot just south of the trap that runners might get stuck in, making it easy to pull the runners back to the trap by putting food behind them.

It is best if you work out your own method, like less barricading or luring the defenders from their cave to the trap with only correct food. Changing your methods often result to faster killing, but might let one runner slip. You will notice for example that a more defensive tactic is needed when doing higher waves, while you don't need to nearly drop as much incorrect food when in wave 1.

Healer[edit | edit source]

The Healer role is only second in importance compared to the Defender role. The percentage of LP restored per dose can greatly affect a team's survival chances.It is important for you to generally heal first and kill healers later on in Waves 9 and 10.

You can drop a poison pack into healers when you are near one, but by concentrating on healing, you ensure the team's survival. On every wave except wave 10, the more life points healed, the more Honour points earned from healing (It's capped at 51200 LP and 28 points.) For that reason, it's a good idea to heal every teammate to the maximum after the Penance Healers are dead. If you are confident in your healing skills, you can concentrate more on killing the Healers. One way to balance poisoning-healing is to wait to heal teammates until their health drops below half. This gives you plenty of time to find and patch them up. This is a bad idea if you are only a level 1 Healer or if your teammates are rather low-levelled, however (level 1 can only heal 15% life points per dose).

Because of the complexity of the Defender's job, Healers are often the ones who need to keep up on their calling the most. Although healing is top priority to avoid losing a teammate, failing to update the Defender on proper bait can result in the loss of a lot of points and a long time waiting for all Runners to be killed. It would be a good idea to check every 7 or so seconds to see if you need to call for the Defender again. Remember that calls change every 30 seconds, so it may even be smart to count in your head the seconds that pass as you either poison or heal.

On wave 10, two Healers, or one maxed Healer, is recommended since the penance queen damages quite frequently. It is a good idea to kill the Penance Healers as fast as possible, so you don't need to search for them when the Queen is there (which is generally a bad idea). You only need to use 2 packs on them for them to die, so it's best to use them both fast and then go on to the other healers.

When you receive the eggs, first, make sure your teammates will not die before poisoning the eggs. Do not bother to poison more than 8 eggs, since any eggs past 8 is a waste of time. If all eggs are poisoned, heal your teammates again and then pass the eggs to the Attacker. Keep track of your teammates' LP until the queen is dead.

Advanced Strategies[edit | edit source]

Attacker[edit | edit source]

The attacker role is one of the most important roles to finish first, due to the more powerful attacks of the penance fighters and rangers. Having two attackers is generally recommended for hard mode. Ranging is generally preferred due to the ability to safespot from the west cannon on later waves, reducing the strain on the healer. Specifically, chinchompas are ideal to hit multiple Penance at once. However, be very cautious on using combo abilities too close to when the next call is coming.

Collector[edit | edit source]

The collector's job is to pick up the eggs that the attacker calls, which are dropped from fallen monsters, and, if needed, to load them into the cannon. If you notice on the advanced part of the screen for the points you received after a wave, it shows for collector, "eggs picked up, minus eggs exploded." So, this role is unlike any other role, in that the penalties that you receive from this role are not permanent. Meaning, it is possible to "get out of debt."

Defender[edit | edit source]

As soon as the wave starts, get the food and run straight to the top of the room, dropping two incorrect food by the cannon - If runners eat the wrong type of food, they automatically run 5 squares back north, which when they are northern again they will be lured by the right food that you will place. Once you are at the top of the room by the runner cave, drop 1 right food and then go straight down to the trap dropping 4 pieces of food as a lure, when you get to the trap don't place the food on the trap, place it one square above the trap. You should stand on the food until you have piled up all of the current runners, if one has gone off west, grab the hammer and wood, place a wrong food 3 steps under the escapee runner and it should go back to the trail of right food you placed at the start. Once you have killed all of the piled runners, grab the wood, on the way back down to the trap drop the rest of your right food leaving one left for you to pile them, drop the last piece of right food under you when you are 1 square above the trap, repair the trap and pile them up. Using this method you can be first on every wave.

Number of runners to kill on each wave using this method:

  • Wave 1: 2
  • Wave 2: 2 then 1 (1 then 2 - This way you don't need to repair the trap)
  • Wave 3: 2 then 2
  • Wave 4: 3 then 1 (1 then 3 - This way you don't need to repair the trap)
  • Wave 5: 4 then 1 (1 then 4 - This way you don't need to repair the trap)
  • Wave 6: 4 then 2 (2 then 4 - If you are quick enough to get the repair)
  • Wave 7: 5 then 1 (1 then 5 - This way you don't need to repair the trap)
  • Wave 8: 5 then 2 (2 then 5 - If you are quick enough to get the repair)
  • Wave 9: 5 then 4 (4 then 5 - if you are quick enough to get the repair)
  • Wave 10: 5 then 1 (1 then 5 - This way you don't need to repair the trap)

Healer[edit | edit source]

Healing is actually much easier than it seems. A good solo healer can be finished killing off the opposing Penance Healers before anybody else finishes on waves 1-7. Waves 1 - 7 feed each Penance Healer one piece of food ASAP. Once all have been poisoned, find one near you that is lower on its life points than the others. Concentrate on feeding it until it is nearly dead. After that, run to the Healer Cave where they spawn, and begin to poison the incoming Penance Healers with one food each. Be sure to heal team-mates as needed, though this shouldn't be as prevalent until Wave 8ish.

For waves 8 - 9 feed each healer one piece of food initially, then feed any healer who is receiving lower poison damage a second piece of food. This will ensure enough damage will be dealt to each healer to kill them. Then, simply repeat with new incoming spawns as the first group of them dies off. It's best not to bother with the vial unless absolutely necessary.

If you are done, call on the Horn of Glory if another team-mate is calling too slowly, or make your way to the cannon and help out whoever's falling behind. Remember, the team still gets full points when using one of the cannons.