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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Bards inspire allies to battle forward with melodies of soothing, strengthening or healing properties. Born as archers, these minstrels learned how to evoke magicks to empower their allies' spirits, greatly boosting their prowess in battle.

General information

Guild

The Archer's Guild is in New Gridania. Archers may specialize into bard once they reach level 30, and complete the quests Sylph-management and The One That Got Away.

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
A Song of Bards and Bowmen Job quest 30 Luciane Bard
 Mage's Ballad
The Archer's Anthem Job quest 35 Jehantel  The Warden's Paean
Bard's-eye View Job quest 40 Jehantel  Army's Paeon
Doing It the Bard Way Job quest 45 Jehantel  Rain of Death
Pieces of the Past Job quest 45 Jehantel
Requiem for the Fallen Job quest 50 Jehantel  Battle Voice
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A Bard's Tale I
On the Road Again Job quest 50 Jehantel
The Stiff and the Spent Job quest 52 Sanson  The Wanderer's Minuet
Requiem on Ice Job quest 54 Sanson  Empyreal Arrow
When Gnaths Cry Job quest 56 Sanson  Iron Jaws
A Saint of Song Job quest 58 Sanson
The Ballad of Oblivion Job quest 60 Sanson  Sidewinder
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A Bard's Tale II
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
 Straight Shot Mastery
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A Bard's Tale III
A Harmony from the Heavens Sidequest 80 Jehantel
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A Bard's Tale IV

Actions

PvE actions

Action Acquired Quest requirement Level Type MP Casting Recast Description
 Heavy Shot Archer frame icon.png ARC 1 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 160.
 Straight Shot Archer frame icon.png ARC 2 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 200.
 Raging Strikes Archer frame icon.png ARC 4 Ability Instant 120s Increases damage dealt by 15%.
 Venomous Bite Archer frame icon.png ARC 6 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
 Bloodletter Archer frame icon.png ARC 12 Ability Instant 15s Delivers an attack with a potency of 110.
 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: Requiem on Ice 54 Ability Instant 15s Delivers an attack with a potency of 200.
 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 Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: The Ballad of Oblivion 60 Ability Instant 60s Delivers an attack with a potency of 300.
 Troubadour Bard frame icon.png BRD 62 Ability Instant 90s Reduces damage taken by self and nearby party members by 10%.
 Caustic Bite Bard frame icon.png BRD 64 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 150.
 Stormbite Bard frame icon.png BRD 64 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Deals wind damage with a potency of 100.
 Nature's Minne Bard frame icon.png BRD 66 Ability Instant 90s Increases HP recovery via healing magic for a party member or self by 20%.
 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 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 Bard frame icon.png BRD 76 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 220.
 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 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 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 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
 Burst Shot (PvP) Bard frame icon.png BRD Weaponskill Instant 2.4s Delivers an attack with a potency of 1200.
 Quick Nock (PvP) Bard frame icon.png BRD Weaponskill Instant 2.4s Delivers an attack with a potency of 800 to all enemies in a cone before you.
 Apex Arrow (PvP) Bard frame icon.png BRD Weaponskill Instant 2.4s Delivers an attack with a potency of 1200 to all enemies in a straight line before you.
 Empyreal Arrow (PvP) Bard frame icon.png BRD Ability Instant 15s Delivers an attack with a potency of 1000.
 Pitch Perfect (PvP) Bard frame icon.png BRD Ability Instant 1s Delivers an attack whose potency increases based on your stacks of Repertoire.
 Sidewinder (PvP) Bard frame icon.png BRD Ability Instant 30s Delivers an attack with a potency of 800.
 Shadowbite (PvP) Bard frame icon.png BRD Ability Instant 30s Delivers an attack with a potency of 600 to target and all enemies nearby it.
 Repelling Shot (PvP) Bard frame icon.png BRD Ability Instant 30s Delivers an attack with a potency of 800.
 The Wanderer's Minuet (PvP) Bard frame icon.png BRD Ability Instant 45s Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 600.
 Army's Paeon (PvP) Bard frame icon.png BRD Ability Instant 45s Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 600.
 Nature's Minne (PvP) Bard frame icon.png BRD Ability Instant 30s Reduces damage taken by self or target party member by 10%, while increasing HP recovered by healing actions by 10%.

Common Actions (PvP)

Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Description
 Head Graze (PvP) Tank role.png Tank
Healer role.png Healer
Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS
Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS
Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS
30 Ability Instant 30s Silences target.
 Bolt (PvP) Tank role.png Tank
Healer role.png Healer
Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS
Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS
Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS
30 Ability Instant 30s Movement speed is increased.
 Medical Kit (PvP) Tank role.png Tank
Healer role.png Healer
Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS
Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS
Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS
30 Ability Instant 15s Restores own HP.

Additional Actions (PvP)

Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Description
 Leg Graze (PvP) Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS Ability Instant 30s Inflicts target with Heavy +50%.
 Foot Graze (PvP) Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS Ability Instant 30s Binds target.
 Concentrate (PvP) Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS Ability Instant 15s Increases potency of next weaponskill by 50%.
 Recuperate (PvP) Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS Ability Instant 45s Restores own HP.
 Peloton (PvP) Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS Ability Instant 60s Increases movement speed of self and nearby party members.

Adrenaline Rush (PvP)

Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Description
 Terminal Velocity (PvP) Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS Adrenaline Rush 1.5s Instant Delivers an attack with a potency of 6,000 to all enemies in a straight line before you.

Physical Ranged DPS actions

Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Description
 Leg Graze Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS 6 Ability Instant 30s Inflicts target with Heavy +40%.
 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 Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS 10 Ability Instant 30s Binds target.
 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 Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS 24 Ability Instant 30s Interrupts the use of a target's action.
 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 Archer frame icon.png ARC 2 Adds to Heavy Shot a 20% chance that you will become Straight Shot ready.
 Increased Action Damage Archer frame icon.png ARC 20 Increases base action damage by 10%.
 Increased Action Damage II Archer frame icon.png ARC 40 Increases base action damage by 20%.
 Bite Mastery Bard frame icon.png BRD 64 Upgrades Venomous Bite and Windbite to Caustic Bite and Stormbite respectively.
 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 Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: Sweet Dreams Are Made of Peace 70 Upgrades Straight Shot to Refulgent Arrow.
 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 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 Bard frame icon.png BRD 76 Upgrades Heavy Shot to Burst Shot.
 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 Bard frame icon.png BRD 80 Increases Soul Voice Gauge by 5 each time Repertoire is granted.
 Quick Nock Mastery Bard frame icon.png BRD 82 Upgrades Quick Knock to Ladonsbite.
 Enhanced Bloodletter Bard frame icon.png BRD 84 Allows a third charge of Bloodletter and Rain of Death.
 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 Bard frame icon.png BRD 88 Reduces Troubadour recast time to 90 seconds.
 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).

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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.

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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.

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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

Song Gauge in PvP

Singing Army's Paeon will display its corresponding Song Gauge, which indicates the effect's remaining duration. When damage over time is dealt by your Caustic Bite or Stormbite, there is a chance you will be granted Repertoire, reducing weaponskill cast time and recast time. This effect increases for each stack of Repertoire you accumulate up to a total of four.

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Singing the Wanderer's Minuet will display its corresponding Song Gauge, which indicates the effect's remaining duration. When damage over time is dealt by your Caustic Bite or Stormbite, 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.

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Simple Mode

Song gauge pvp simple mode1.png Army's Paeon

Song gauge pvp simple mode2.png The Wanderer's Minuet


Soul Voice Gauge:

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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:

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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:

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Soul Voice Gauge in PvP

The Soul Voice Gauge increases when using certain actions such as Burst Shot, and is consumed to execute Apex Arrow. The potency of Apex Arrow increases as the Soul Voice Gauge exceeds the minimum cost.

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Simple Mode

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