Bard

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Bard wearing Artifact Armor
The word "bard" ordinarily puts folk in mind of those itinerant minstrels, fair of voice and nimble of finger, who earn their coin performing in taverns and the halls of great lords. Few know, however, that bards in fact trace their origins back to the bowmen of eld, who sang in the heat of battle to fortify the spirits of their companions.
In time, their impassioned songs came to hold sway over the hearts of men, inspiring their comrades to great feats and granting peace unto those who lay upon the precipice of death.
—Game Description
Bard wearing Artifact Armor
Bard concept art

Bard is a job that specializes in buffing their allies with songs and other enchantments. Using bow in combat, Bard improves upon the archer class through the addition of group buffs. Bards have all the abilities and traits of Archers. They can also use all the cross-class abilities of Pugilist and lancer. The most important stat for the bard is dexterity, which increases attack power. The level of your Bard is equivalent to that of your Archer.

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Actions

Bards use all the Archer Actions in addition to having their own unique actions for their Job:

Action Icon Level TP Cost MP Cost Cast Time Cooldown Range Radius Description
Mage's Ballad mages ballad.png 30 0  ?? 3s 2.5s 0y 20y Refreshes MP of all nearby party members while lowering own damage dealt by 20%.
MP is drained while singing.
Refresh effect is lost if party members move out of hearing distance, and ends upon reuse.
Cannot be used with other songs.
Foe Requiem foe requiem.png 35 0  ?? 3s 2.5s 0y 20y Reduces elemental resistances of all enemies by 10%.
MP is drained while singing.
Effect is lost if targets move out of hearing distance, and ends upon reuse.
Cannot be used with other songs.
Army's Paeon armys paeon.png 40 0  ?? 3s 2.5s 0y 20y Refreshes TP of all nearby party members while lowering own damage dealt by 20%.
MP is drained while singing.
Refresh effect is lost if party members move out of hearing distance, and ends upon reuse.
Cannot be used with other songs.
Rain of Death rain of death.png 45 200 0 Instant 2.5s 25y 8y Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to the target and all enemies near it.
Additional Effect: Lowers target's evasion by 10% for 20s
Additional Effect: 15% chance next Quick Nock will cost no TP for 10s.
Battle Voice battle voice.png 50 0 0 Instant 300s 0y 0y Doubles the effectiveness of all songs for 30s.
Does not work with Swiftsong.

Cross Class Actions

Pugilist Lancer
Action Icon Level Action Icon Level
Featherfoot Featherfoot.png 4 Feint Feint.png 2
Second Wind Second wind.png 8 Keen Flurry Keen flurry.png 6
Haymaker Haymaker.png 10 Invigorate Invigorate.png 22
Internal Release Internal release.png 12 Blood for Blood Blood for blood.png 34
Mantra Mantra.png 42

Cross-Discipline Actions

Botanist Miner
Action Icon Level Action Icon Level
Triangulate Triangulate.png 1 Prospect Prospect1.png 1
Arbor Call Arbor call.png 3 Lay of the Land Lay of the land.png 3
Arbor Call II Arbor call ii.png 6 Lay of the Land II Lay of the land ii.png 6
Truth of Forests Truth of forests.png 46 Truth of Mountains Truth of Mountains.jpg 46

PvP Actions

Action Icon Classes/Jobs Description Upgrade 1 Upgrade 2 Upgrade 3
Manasong Manasong icon1.png Restores 25% of maximum MP for all nearby party members. Enhanced Manasong: Shortens recast time to 180 seconds. Enhanced Manasong II: Increases MP recovery to 40%.
Farshot Farshot icon1.png Delivers a ranged attack with a potency of 170.
Potency is not affected by distance.
Additional Effect: Attack delivered with critical hit rate increased by 15%.
Enhanced Farshot: Shortens recast time to 90 seconds. Enhanced Farshot II: Increases potency to 200. Enhanced Farshot III: Increases criticial hit rate by an additional 10%.
Blast Shot Blast shot icon1.png Delivers an attack with a potency of 150 to target and enemies near it.
Additional Effect: 10-yalm knockback to target.
Enhanced Blast Shot: Shortens recast time to 150 seconds. Enhanced Blast Shot II: Increases potency to 180. Enhanced Blast Shot III: Increases knockback distance to 15 yalms.
Mana Draw Mana draw icon1.png Restores 30% of maximum MP. Enhanced Mana Draw: Shortens recast time to 180 seconds. Enhanced Mana Draw II: Increases MP recovery to 50%.
Purify Purify icon1.png Removes all detrimental effects. Can be used regardless of status affliction. Enhanced Purify: Shortens recast time to 150 seconds.

Quests

Level Quest Quest-Giver Rewards
30 A Song of Bards and Bowmen Luciane - New Gridania (x15,y11) Unlocks Bard, Mage's Ballad
35 The Archer's Anthem Jehantel - South Shroud (x21,y21) Foe Requiem
40 Bard's-eye View Jehantel - South Shroud (x21,y21) Army's Paeon
45 Doing It the Bard Way Jehantel - South Shroud (x21,y21) Rain of Death
45 Pieces of the Past Jehantel - South Shroud (x21,y21) Choral Tights, Choral Ringbands
Choral Sandals, Choral Chapeau
50 Requiem for the Fallen Jehantel - South Shroud (x21,y21) Battle Voice, Choral Shirt
50 A Relic Reborn (Artemis Bow) Gerolt - North Shroud (x30,y20) Artemis Bow (Relic Weapon)

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