Bard

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Bard wearing Artifact Armor
Bard wearing Artifact Armor

Lore

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

General Information

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. 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.

Requirements

Trainer Locations

NPC Location Description
Luciane New Gridania (x15,y11) Job Start for ARC
Jehantel South Shroud (x21,y21) Job Trainer for 30-50
Jehantel South Shroud (x21,y21) Job Start for Heavensward
Sanson Located in different locations based on level
52 - Foundation (x10,y12)
54 - Coerthas Western Highlands (x31,y37)
56 & 58 - The Dravanian Forelands (x33,y24)
60 - The Churning Mists (x30,y36)
Job Trainer for 52-60
Jehantel South Shroud (x21.8,y21.3) Job Start for Stormblood
Sanson 63, 65 & 68 The Fringes (x9,y11)
70 - New Gridania (x10,y11)
Job Trainer for 63-70

Actions

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

Action Icon Level Type Cast Time Cooldown Range Radius Description Stormblood Adjustment
Heavy Shot Heavy Shot.png 1 weaponskill 0s 2.5s 25y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 150.
Additional Effect: 20% chance next Straight Shot will deal critical damage
Duration: 10s
Additional effect removing the cast time of Straight Shot while under the effect of Wanderer's Minuet has been removed.
Straight Shot Straight Shot.png 2 weaponskill 0s 2.5s 25y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 140.
Additional Effect: Increases critical hit rate by 10%
Duration: 30s
Action now exclusive to archer and bard.
Raging Strikes Raging Strikes.png 4 ability 0s 80s 0y 0y Increases damage dealt by 10%.
Duration: 20s
Action now exclusive to archer and bard.
Recast time reduced from 180 to 80 seconds.
Damage bonus reduced from 20% to 10%.
Venomous Bite Venomous Bite.png 6 weaponskill 0s 2.5s 25y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Venom
Potency: 40
Duration: 18s
Requirement changed to archer and bard only.
TP cost reduced from 80 to 60.
Misery's End Misery's End.png 10 ability 0s 12s 25y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 190.
Can only be executed when target's HP is below 20%.
Now acquired at level 10 (previously level 8).
Bloodletter Bloodletter.png 12 ability 0s 15s 25y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 130.
Shares a recast timer with Rain of Death.
Potency reduced from 150 to 130.
Repelling Shot Repelling Shot.png 15 ability 0s 30s 5y 0y Jump 10 yalms back from current position. Cannot be executed while bound. Is now an ability.
Potency has been removed.
Quick Nock Quick Nock.png 18 weaponskill 0s 2.5s 12y 12y Delivers an attack with a potency of 110 to all enemies in a cone before you. TP cost reduced from 140 to 120.
Windbite Windbite.png 30 weaponskill 0s 2.5s 25y 0y Deals wind damage with a potency of 60.
Additional Effect: Wind damage over time
Potency: 50
Duration: 18s
TP cost reduced from 80 to 60.
Mage's Ballad Mage's Ballad.png 30 ability 0s 80s 0y 20y Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Increases critical hit rate of all party members within a radius of 20 yalms by 2%
Duration: 30s
Effect is lost if party members move out of hearing distance.
Additional Effect: Activates Repertoire, resetting Bloodletter and Rain of Death recast time if critical damage over time is dealt by Caustic Bite or Stormbite
Is now an ability.
The effects of this ability have been completely revamped.
Cast time has been made instant.
Recast time increased from 2.5 to 80 seconds.
Song effect will now be granted even when the attack deals no damage to the target.
Foe Requiem Foe Requiem.png 35 spell 1.5s 2.5s 0y 20y Increases damage taken by nearby enemies by 3%. MP is drained while singing. Effect is lost if targets move out of hearing distance, and ends upon reuse. The effect "Reduces all enemy magic resistance by 10%" has been changed to "Increases damage taken by nearby enemies by 3%."
“Cannot be used in battle or with other songs” has been removed.
Barrage Barrage.png 38 ability 0s 80s 0y 0y Triples the number of strikes for a single-target weaponskill. Additional effects added only once.
Duration: 10s
Now allows for critical strikes with weaponskills.
Army's Paeon Army's Paeon.png 40 ability 0s 80s 0y 20y Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Increases critical hit rate of all party members within a radius of 20 yalms by 2%
Duration: 30s
Effect is lost if party members move out of hearing distance.
Additional Effect: Grants Repertoire if critical damage over time is dealt by Caustic Bite or Stormbite
Repertoire Effect: Reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay by 4%
Can be stacked up to 4 times.
Is now an ability.
The effects of this ability have been completely revamped.
Cast time has been made instant.
Recast time increased from 2.5 to 80 seconds.
Song effect will now be granted even when the attack deals no damage to the target.
Rain of Death Rain of Death.png 45 ability 0s 15s 25y 8y Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Shares a recast timer with Bloodletter.
The additional effect "Lowers target's evasion by 10%" has been removed.
Battle Voice Battle Voice.png 50 ability 0s 180s 0y 0y Increases direct hit rate of all party members under the effect of your Mage's Ballad, Army's Paeon, or Wanderer's Minuet by 15%.
Duration: 20s
The effects of this ability have been completely revamped.
The Wanderer's Minuet The Wanderer's Minuet.png 52 ability 0s 80s 0y 0y Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Increases critical hit rate of all party members within a radius of 20 yalms by 2%
Duration: 30s
Effect is lost if party members move out of hearing distance.
Additional Effect: Allows execution of Pitch Perfect if critical damage over time is dealt by Caustic Bite or Stormbite
Can be stacked up to 3 times.
Is now an ability.
The effects of this ability have been completely revamped.
Cast time has been made instant.
Recast time increased from 2.5 to 80 seconds.
Song effect will now be granted even when the attack deals no damage to the target.
Pitch Perfect Pitch Perfect.png 52 ability 0s 3s 25y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 when Repertoire stack is 1, 240 when Repertoire stack is 2, and 420 when Repertoire stack is 3.
Can only be executed when the Wanderer's Minuet is active.
New Action
Empyreal Arrow Empyreal Arrow.png 54 weaponskill 0s 15s 25y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 230. This weaponskill does not share a recast timer with any other actions. Requirement of Wanderer's Minuet has been removed.
TP cost reduced from 60 to 50.
Iron Jaws Iron Jaws.png 56 weaponskill 0s 2.5s 25y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: If the target is suffering from a Caustic Bite or Stormbite,Venomous Bite or Windbite effect inflicted by you, the effect timer is reset
Requirement of Wanderer's Minuet has been removed.
TP cost reduced from 60 to 50.
The Warden's Paean The Warden's Paean.png 58 ability 0s 45s 30y 0y Removes one select detrimental effect from a target party member or pet. If the target is not enfeebled, a barrier is created nullifying the target's next detrimental effect suffered.
Duration: 30s
Can no longer be used to both remove a detrimental effect and prevent a subsequent effect.
Sidewinder Sidewinder.png 60 ability 0s 60s 0y 20y Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: If the target is suffering from a Caustic Bite or Stormbite,Venomous Bite or Windbite effect inflicted by you, Sidewinder potency is increased to 175 for one effect, or 260 for both
Troubadour Troubadour.png 62 ability 0s 180s 0y 25y Adds an additional effect to the song currently being sung.
Mage's Ballad Effect: Increases maximum HP by 15%
Army's Paeon Effect: Reduces physical vulnerability by 10%
The Wanderer's Minuet Effect: Reduces magic vulnerability by 10%
Duration: 30s
Can only be executed if a song is being sung.
New Action
Caustic Bite Caustic Bite.png 64 weaponskill 0s 2.5s 25y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 120.
Additional Effect: Poison
Potency: 45
Duration: 30s
New Action
Stormbite Stormbite.png 64 weaponskill 0s 2.5s 25y 0y Deals wind damage with a potency of 120.
Additional Effect: Wind damage over time
Potency: 55
Duration: 30s
New Action
Nature's Minne Nature's Minne.png 66 ability 0s 45s 30y 0y Increases HP recovery via healing magic for a party member or self by 20%.
Duration: 15s
New Action
Refulgent Arrow Refulgent Arrow.png 70 weaponskill 0s 2.5s 25y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 300.
Can only be executed while under the effect of Straighter Shot.
New Action

Traits

Trait Icon Level Description Stormblood Adjustment
Heavier Shot Heavier Shot.png 8 Adds to Heavy Shot a 20% chance that your next Straight Shot will deal critical damage.
Duration: 10s
The additional effect removing the cast time of Straight Shot while under the effect of Wanderer's Minuet has been removed.
Enhanced Dexterity Enhanced Dexterity.png 20 Increases dexterity by 8. Now acquired at level 20 (previously 14).
Dexterity bonus increased from 2 to 8.
Increased Action Damage Increased Action Damage.png 20 Increases base action damage by 10%.
Enhanced Dexterity II Enhanced Dexterity II.png 40 Increases dexterity by 16. Now acquired at level 40 (previously 16).
Dexterity bonus increased from 4 to 16.
Increased Action Damage II Increased Action Damage II.png 40 Increases base action damage by 20%.
Enhanced Dexterity III Enhanced Dexterity III.png 60 Increases dexterity by 24. Now acquired at level 60 (previously 32).
Dexterity bonus increased from 6 to 24.
Bite Mastery Bite Mastery.png 64 Venomous Bite and Windbite are upgraded to Caustic Bite and Stormbite respectively. New Trait
Enhanced Empyreal Arrow Enhanced Empyreal Arrow.png 68 Guarantees the trigger of the additional effects for Mage's Ballad, Army's Paeon, and the Wanderer's Minuet when these actions are executed while under the effect of Empyreal Arrow. New Trait

Role Actions

Physical Ranged DPS Actions

PvP Actions

Action Icon Type Cost Cast Time Cooldown Range Radius Description
Heavy Shot (PvP) Heavy Shot (PvP).png weaponskill - 0s 2.3s 25y 0y Delivers an attack with a potency of 500.
Minuet/Paeon Additional Effect: Grants Repertoire if used on target suffering from a Caustic Bite effect inflicted by you
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Straight Shot (PvP) Straight Shot (PvP).png weaponskill - 0s 2.3s  ??  ?? Delivers an attack to target.
Combo Action: Heavy Shot
Combo Potency: 1,000
Minuet/Paeon Additional Effect: Grants Repertoire if used on target suffering from a Stormbite effect inflicted by you
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Caustic Bite (PvP) Caustic Bite (PvP).png weaponskill - 0s 2.3s  ??  ?? Delivers an attack with a potency of 250.
Additional Effect: Poison
Potency: 250
Duration: 15s
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Stormbite (PvP) Stormbite (PvP).png weaponskill - 0s 2.3s  ??  ?? Delivers an attack to target.
Combo Action: Caustic Bite
Combo Potency: 500
Additional Effect: Wind damage over time
Potency: 200
Duration: 15s
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Empyreal Arrow (PvP) Empyreal Arrow (PvP).png weaponskill 250 TP 0s 5s  ??  ?? Delivers an attack with a potency of 1,000.
Repelling Shot (PvP) Repelling Shot (PvP).png ability 300 TP 0s 10s  ??  ?? Delivers an attack with a potency of 500.
Additional Effect: 10-yalm backstep
Cannot be executed while bound.
Bloodletter (PvP) Bloodletter (PvP).png ability - 0s 15s  ??  ?? Delivers an attack with a potency of 750.
Cannot use while under the effect of Army's Paeon or the Wanderer's Minuet
※Action changes to Pitch Perfect while under the effect of Army's Paeon.
※Action changes to Barrage while under the effect of the Wanderer's Minuet.
Sidewinder (PvP) Sidewinder (PvP).png ability - 0s 30s  ??  ?? Delivers an attack with a potency of 250.
Additional Effect: If the target is suffering from a Caustic Bite or Stormbite effect inflicted by you, Sidewinder potency is increased to 750 for one effect, or 1,250 for both
Blunt Arrow (PvP) Blunt Arrow (PvP).png ability - 0s 30s  ??  ?? Silences target.
Duration: 2s
The Wanderer's Minuet (PvP) The Wanderer's Minuet (PvP).png ability - 0s 25s  ??  ?? Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 500.
Additional Effect: Allows accumulation of up to 3 Repertoire
Duration: 30s
Repertoire Effect: Allows execution of Pitch Perfect
※Action changes to Army's Paeon upon execution.
Battlefield March (PvP) Battlefield March (PvP).png ability - 0s 120s  ??  ?? Restores 25% of maximum MP and TP for self and all nearby party members.
Pitch Perfect (PvP) Pitch Perfect (PvP).png ability All Repertoire 0s 3s  ??  ?? Delivers an attack with a potency of 500 when Repertoire stack is 1, 1,250 when Repertoire stack is 2, and 2,000 when Repertoire stack is 3.
Can only be executed when the Wanderer's Minuet is active.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Barrage (PvP) Barrage (PvP).png ability - 0s 15s  ??  ?? Triples the number of strikes for a single-target weaponskill. Additional effects added only once.
Duration: 5s
Can only be executed while under the effect of Army's Paeon
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Army's Paeon (PvP) Army's Paeon (PvP).png ability - 0s 25s  ??  ?? Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 500.
Additional Effect: Allows accumulation of up to 4 Repertoire
Duration: 30s
Repertoire Effect: Increases damage dealt by 5% and reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time by 5%
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Quests

Quest Level NPC Zone Coordinates EXP Reward
A Song of Bards and Bowmen 30 Luciane New Gridania (x15,y11) 7410 Soul of the bard icon1.png, Mages ballad icon1.png
The Archer's Anthem 35 Jehantel South Shroud (x21,y21) 9020 Foe requiem icon1.png
Bard's-eye View 40 Jehantel South Shroud (x21,y21) 11270 Armys paeon icon1.png
Doing It the Bard Way 45 Jehantel South Shroud (x21,y21) 12420 Rain of death icon1.png
Pieces of the Past 45 Jehantel South Shroud (x21,y21) 12420 Choral tights icon1.png, Choral ringbands icon1.png, Choral sandals icon1.png, Choral chapeau icon1.png
Requiem for the Fallen 50 Jehantel South Shroud (x21,y21) 0 Choral shirt icon1.png, Battle voice icon1.png
A Relic Reborn (Artemis Bow) 50 Gerolt North Shroud (x30,y20) 0 Artemis bow icon1.png
On the Road Again 50 Jehantel South Shroud (x21,y21) 24000
The Stiff and the Spent 52 Sanson Ishgard (x10,y12) 26400 Wanderers minuet icon1.png
Requiem on Ice 54 Sanson Falcon's Nest (x31,y36) 31200 Empyreal arrow icon1.png
When Gnaths Cry 56 Sanson The Dravanian Forelands (x33,y23) 36000 Iron jaws icon1.png
A Saint of Song 58 Sanson The Dravanian Forelands (x33,y23) 40800 The wardens paean icon1.png
The Ballad of Oblivion 60 Sanson The Churning Mists (x30,y36) 0 Sidewinder icon1.png
Three's a Company 60 Jehantel South Shroud (x21.8,y21.3) 167400 1407 Gil
Masked Motives 63 Sanson The Fringes (x8,y11) 191700 737 Gil
One Autumn's Secret 65 Sanson The Fringes (x8,y11) 207900 1995 Gil
Sleeping Truths Lie 68 Sanson The Fringes (x8,y11) 232200 1158 Gil
Sweet Dreams Are Made of Peace 70 Guydelot New Gridania (x10,y11)  ? 3100 Gil

Bard Guide

Bard Endgame Rotations

Bard Macros

Images

Bard concept art Bard af3.jpg


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