Bard

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Introduction

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.

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Bard frame icon.png Bard is a job unlockable at level 30 as an upgrade from the archer class and is one of three physical ranged DPS jobs.

General information

Guild

The Archers' Guild is in New Gridania. Archers must specialize into bard once they reach level 30, and complete the quests Main Scenario QuestSylph-management and Feature QuestThe One That Got Away. The job trainer is Jehantel, who is normally located in South Shroud (21.8, 21.3).

Equipment

The bard is a disciple of war and wears armor "of Aiming." They use bows as weapons. The following crafting classes can create items that are useful to the bard:

Quests

Quest Type Level Quest Giver Unlocks Rewards
A Song of Bards and Bowmen Job quest 30 Luciane Bard
Mage's Ballad.png  Mage's Ballad
1 Soul of the bard icon1.png  Soul of the Bard
The Archer's Anthem Job quest 35 Jehantel The Warden's Paean.png  The Warden's Paean
Bard's-eye View Job quest 40 Jehantel Army's Paeon.png  Army's Paeon
Doing It the Bard Way Job quest 45 Jehantel Rain of Death.png  Rain of Death
Pieces of the Past Job quest 45 Jehantel 1 Choral chapeau icon1.png  Choral Chapeau
1 Choral ringbands icon1.png  Choral Ringbands
1 Choral tights icon1.png  Choral Tights
1 Choral sandals icon1.png  Choral Sandals
Requiem for the Fallen Job quest 50 Jehantel Battle Voice.png  Battle Voice
A bard's tale i icon1.png  A Bard's Tale I
1 Choral shirt icon1.png  Choral Shirt
1 Bards attire coffer (il 90) icon1.png  Bard's Attire Coffer (IL 90)
On the Road Again Job quest 50 Jehantel
The Stiff and the Spent Job quest 52 Sanson The Wanderer's Minuet.png  The Wanderer's Minuet
Requiem on Ice Job quest 54 Sanson Empyreal Arrow.png  Empyreal Arrow
When Gnaths Cry Job quest 56 Sanson Iron Jaws.png  Iron Jaws
A Saint of Song Job quest 58 Sanson
The Ballad of Oblivion Job quest 60 Sanson Sidewinder.png  Sidewinder
A bard's tale ii icon1.png  A Bard's Tale II
1 Aoidos attire coffer (il 210) icon1.png  Aoidos' Attire Coffer (IL 210)
Three's a Company Job quest 60 Jehantel
Masked Motives Job quest 63 Sanson
One Autumn's Secret Job quest 65 Sanson
Sleeping Truths Lie Job quest 68 Sanson
Sweet Dreams Are Made of Peace Job quest 70 Guydelot Refulgent Arrow.png  Refulgent Arrow
Straight Shot Mastery.png  Straight Shot Mastery
A bard's tale iii icon1.png  A Bard's Tale III
1 Storytellers attire coffer (il 290) icon1.png  Storyteller's Attire Coffer (IL 290)
A Harmony from the Heavens Sidequest 80 Jehantel A bard's tale iv icon1.png  A Bard's Tale IV 1 Heavens eye materia vii icon1.png  Heavens' Eye Materia VII
1 Savage aim materia vii icon1.png  Savage Aim Materia VII
1 Savage might materia vii icon1.png  Savage Might Materia VII

Actions

PvE actions

Action Acquired Quest requirement Level Type MP Casting Recast Description
Heavy Shot.png  Heavy Shot Archer frame icon.png ARC 1 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 160.
Straight Shot.png  Straight Shot Archer frame icon.png ARC 2 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 200.
Raging Strikes.png  Raging Strikes Archer frame icon.png ARC 4 Ability Instant 120s Increases damage dealt by 15%.
Venomous Bite.png  Venomous Bite Archer frame icon.png ARC 6 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Bloodletter.png  Bloodletter Archer frame icon.png ARC 12 Ability Instant 15s Delivers an attack with a potency of 110.
Repelling Shot.png  Repelling Shot Archer frame icon.png ARC 1Quest: Violators Will Be Shot 15 Ability Instant 30s Jump 10 yalms away from current target. Cannot be executed while bound.
Quick Nock.png  Quick Nock Archer frame icon.png ARC 18 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 110 to all enemies in a cone before you.
Windbite.png  Windbite Archer frame icon.png ARC 1Quest: The One That Got Away 30 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Deals wind damage with a potency of 60.
Mage's Ballad.png  Mage's Ballad Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: A Song of Bards and Bowmen 30 Ability Instant 120s Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.
The Warden's Paean.png  The Warden's Paean Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: The Archer's Anthem 35 Ability Instant 45s Removes one select detrimental effect from self or target party member. If the target is not enfeebled, a barrier is created nullifying the target's next detrimental effect suffered.
Barrage.png  Barrage Archer frame icon.png ARC 38 Ability Instant 120s Triples the number of strikes for a single-target weaponskill. Additional effects added only once.
Army's Paeon.png  Army's Paeon Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: Bard's-eye View 40 Ability Instant 120s Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.
Rain of Death.png  Rain of Death Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: Doing It the Bard Way 45 Ability Instant 15s Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Battle Voice.png  Battle Voice Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: Requiem for the Fallen 50 Ability Instant 120s Increases direct hit rate of self and all nearby party members by 20%.
The Wanderer's Minuet.png  The Wanderer's Minuet Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: The Stiff and the Spent 52 Ability Instant 120s Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.
Pitch Perfect.png  Pitch Perfect Bard frame icon.png BRD 52 Ability Instant 1s Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 when Repertoire stack is 1, 220 when Repertoire stack is 2, and 360 when Repertoire stack is 3.
Empyreal Arrow.png  Empyreal Arrow Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: Requiem on Ice 54 Ability Instant 15s Delivers an attack with a potency of 230.
Iron Jaws.png  Iron Jaws Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: When Gnaths Cry 56 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Sidewinder.png  Sidewinder Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: The Ballad of Oblivion 60 Ability Instant 60s Delivers an attack with a potency of 300.
Troubadour.png  Troubadour Bard frame icon.png BRD 62 Ability Instant 90s Reduces damage taken by self and nearby party members by 10%.
Caustic Bite.png  Caustic Bite Bard frame icon.png BRD 64 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 150.
Stormbite.png  Stormbite Bard frame icon.png BRD 64 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Deals wind damage with a potency of 100.
Nature's Minne.png  Nature's Minne Bard frame icon.png BRD 66 Ability Instant 90s Increases HP recovery via healing actions for a party member or self by 20%.
Refulgent Arrow.png  Refulgent Arrow Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: Sweet Dreams Are Made of Peace 70 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 280.
Shadowbite.png  Shadowbite Bard frame icon.png BRD 72 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 170 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Burst Shot.png  Burst Shot Bard frame icon.png BRD 76 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 220.
Apex Arrow.png  Apex Arrow Bard frame icon.png BRD 80 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to all enemies in a straight line before you.
Ladonsbite.png  Ladonsbite Bard frame icon.png BRD 82 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 130 to all enemies in a cone before you.
Blast Arrow.png  Blast Arrow Bard frame icon.png BRD 86 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack to all enemies in a straight line before you with a potency of 600 for the first enemy, and 60% less for all remaining enemies.
Radiant Finale.png  Radiant Finale Bard frame icon.png BRD 90 Ability Instant 110s Increases damage dealt by self and nearby party members.

PvP actions

Action Acquired Quest requirement Level Type MP Casting Recast Description
Powerful Shot (PvP).png  Powerful Shot (PvP) Bard frame icon.png BRD 30 Weaponskill 1.44s 2.4s Delivers a ranged attack with a potency of 4,000.
Apex Arrow (PvP).png  Apex Arrow (PvP) Bard frame icon.png BRD 30 Weaponskill Instant 20s Delivers an attack with a potency of 6,000 to all enemies in a straight line before you.
Silent Nocturne (PvP).png  Silent Nocturne (PvP) Bard frame icon.png BRD 30 Ability Instant 20s Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 2,000.
Empyreal Arrow (PvP).png  Empyreal Arrow (PvP) Bard frame icon.png BRD 30 Ability Instant 15s Delivers a ranged attack with a potency of 4,000.
Repelling Shot (PvP).png  Repelling Shot (PvP) Bard frame icon.png BRD 30 Ability Instant 15s Delivers an attack with a potency of 2,000.
The Warden's Paean (PvP).png  The Warden's Paean (PvP) Bard frame icon.png BRD 30 Ability Instant 30s Removes one status affliction from self or target party member that can be removed by Purify. If a status affliction cannot be removed, creates a barrier that will nullify the next status affliction that can be removed by Purify.
Pitch Perfect (PvP).png  Pitch Perfect (PvP) Bard frame icon.png BRD 30 Weaponskill Instant 2.4s Delivers a ranged attack with a potency of 4,000.
Blast Arrow (PvP).png  Blast Arrow (PvP) Bard frame icon.png BRD 30 Weaponskill Instant 2.4s Delivers an attack with a potency of 8,000 to all enemies in a straight line before you.

Common actions (PvP)

Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Description
Standard-issue Elixir (PvP).png  Standard-issue Elixir (PvP) Any class frame icon.png ANY 30 Ability 4.5s 5s Restores your HP and MP to maximum. Casting will be interrupted when damage is taken.
Recuperate (PvP).png  Recuperate (PvP) Any class frame icon.png ANY 30 Ability 2,500 Instant 1s Restores own HP.
Purify (PvP).png  Purify (PvP) Any class frame icon.png ANY 30 Ability Instant 30s Removes Stun, Heavy, Bind, Silence, Half-asleep, Sleep, and Deep Freeze.
Guard (PvP).png  Guard (PvP) Any class frame icon.png ANY 30 Ability Instant 30s Reduces damage taken by 90% and grants immunity to Stun, Heavy, Bind, Silence, Half-asleep, Sleep, Deep Freeze, and knockback and draw-in effects.
Sprint (PvP).png  Sprint (PvP) Any class frame icon.png ANY 30 Ability Instant 1.5s Increases movement speed. Effect ends upon reuse or execution of another action.

Limit Break (PvP)

Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Description
Final Fantasia (PvP).png  Final Fantasia (PvP) Bard frame icon.png BRD 30 Limit Break Instant 10s Grants Final Fantasia to self and Heroes' Fantasia to nearby party members.

Physical Ranged DPS actions

Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Description
Leg Graze.png  Leg Graze Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS 6 Ability Instant 30s Inflicts target with Heavy +40%.
Second Wind.png  Second Wind Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS
Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS
8 Ability Instant 120s Instantly restores own HP.
Foot Graze.png  Foot Graze Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS 10 Ability Instant 30s Binds target.
Peloton.png  Peloton Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS 20 Ability Instant 5s Increases movement speed of self and nearby party members as long as they remain within distance.
Head Graze.png  Head Graze Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS 24 Ability Instant 30s Interrupts the use of a target's action.
Arm's Length.png  Arm's Length Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS
Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS
Tank role.png Tank
32 Ability Instant 120s Creates a barrier nullifying most knockback and draw-in effects.

Traits

PvE traits

Trait Acquired Quest requirement Level Effect
Heavier Shot.png  Heavier Shot Archer frame icon.png ARC 2 Adds to Heavy Shot a 20% chance that you will become Straight Shot ready.
Increased Action Damage (archer).png  Increased Action Damage Archer frame icon.png ARC 20 Increases base action damage by 10%.
Increased Action Damage II (archer).png  Increased Action Damage II Archer frame icon.png ARC 40 Increases base action damage by 20%.
Bite Mastery.png  Bite Mastery Bard frame icon.png BRD 64 Upgrades Venomous Bite and Windbite to Caustic Bite and Stormbite respectively.
Enhanced Empyreal Arrow.png  Enhanced Empyreal Arrow Bard frame icon.png BRD 68 Guarantees the trigger of the additional effects for Mage's Ballad, Army's Paeon, and the Wanderer's Minuet when Empyreal Arrow hits a target.
Straight Shot Mastery.png  Straight Shot Mastery Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: Sweet Dreams Are Made of Peace 70 Upgrades Straight Shot to Refulgent Arrow.
Enhanced Quick Nock.png  Enhanced Quick Nock Bard frame icon.png BRD 72 Adds to Quick Nock a 35% chance that you will become Shadowbite Ready.
Bite Mastery II.png  Bite Mastery II Bard frame icon.png BRD 76 Adds to Stormbite, Caustic Bite, and Iron Jaws a 35% chance that you will become Straight Shot Ready.
Heavy Shot Mastery.png  Heavy Shot Mastery Bard frame icon.png BRD 76 Upgrades Heavy Shot to Burst Shot.
Enhanced Army's Paeon.png  Enhanced Army's Paeon Bard frame icon.png BRD 78 While under the effect of Army's Paeon with at least one stack of Repertoire, singing Mage's Ballad or the Wanderer's Minuet will grant Army's Muse, reducing weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay.
Soul Voice.png  Soul Voice Bard frame icon.png BRD 80 Increases Soul Voice Gauge by 5 each time Repertoire is granted.
Quick Nock Mastery.png  Quick Nock Mastery Bard frame icon.png BRD 82 Upgrades Quick Knock to Ladonsbite.
Enhanced Bloodletter.png  Enhanced Bloodletter Bard frame icon.png BRD 84 Allows a third charge of Bloodletter and Rain of Death.
Enhanced Apex Arrow.png  Enhanced Apex Arrow Bard frame icon.png BRD 86 Grants Blast Arrow Ready upon executing Apex Arrow after the Soul Voice Gauge has reached 80 or higher.
Enhanced Troubadour.png  Enhanced Troubadour Bard frame icon.png BRD 88 Reduces Troubadour recast time to 90 seconds.
Minstrel's Coda.png  Minstrel's Coda Bard frame icon.png BRD 90 Grants Mage's Coda, Army's Coda, or Wanderer's Coda upon singing Mage's Ballad, Army's Paeon, or the Wanderer's Minuet respectively.

Job mechanics

Singing Mage's Ballad will display its corresponding Song Gauge, which indicates the effect's remaining duration.

During a song, there is a chance you will be granted Repertoire, shortening the recast timer of Bloodletter (required at level 12) and Rain of Death (acquired at level 45).

Song gauge pve1.png

Singing Army's Paeon will display its corresponding Song Gauge, which indicates the effect's remaining duration. During a song, there is a chance you will be granted Repertoire, reducing weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay. This effect increases for each stack of Repertoire you accumulate up to a total of four.

Song gauge pve2.png

Singing The Wanderer's Minuet will display its corresponding Song Gauge, which indicates the effect's remaining duration. During a song, there is a chance you will be granted Repertoire, allowing the execution of Pitch Perfect. The Repertoire effect can be stacked up to three times.

Song gauge pve3.png

Simple Mode

Song gauge pve simple mode1.png Mage's Ballad

Song gauge pve simple mode2.png Army's Paeon

Song gauge pve simple mode3.png The Wanderer's Minuet


Soul Voice Gauge:

Song gauge pve4.png

Upon learning the trait Soul Voice, the Soul Voice Gauge will be displayed. This gauge increases in tandem with Repertoire, and is depleted when using the action Apex Arrow (acquired at level 80).

Coda:

Song gauge pve5.png

When you learn the trait Minstrel's Coda, the Coda will be displayed.

There are three types of Coda: Mage's Coda, Army's Coda, and Wanderer's Coda. Each is granted respectively by executing the actions Mage's Ballad, Army's Paeon, and The Wanderer's Minuet. You can execute the action Radian Finale if you have at least one Coda.

Simple Mode:

Soul coda pve simple mode1.png


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