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 leather armor. 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
The Archer's Anthem
Bard's-eye View
Doing It the Bard Way
Pieces of the Past
Requiem for the Fallen
On the Road Again
The Stiff and the Spent
Requiem on Ice
When Gnaths Cry
A Saint of Song
The Ballad of Oblivion
Three's a Company Job quest 60 Jehantel Fointeaume
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

Actions

PvE actions

Action Acquired Quest requirement Level Type MP TP Casting Recast Description
 Heavy Shot Archer frame icon.png ARC 1 Weaponskill 50 Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 150.
 Straight Shot Archer frame icon.png ARC 2 Weaponskill 50 Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 140.
 Raging Strikes Archer frame icon.png ARC 4 Ability Instant 80s Increases damage dealt by 10%.
 Venomous Bite Archer frame icon.png ARC 6 Weaponskill 60 Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
 Misery's End Archer frame icon.png ARC 10 Ability Instant 12s Delivers an attack with a potency of 190.
Can only be executed when target's HP is below 20%.
 Bloodletter Archer frame icon.png ARC 12 Ability Instant 15s Delivers an attack with a potency of 130.
Shares a recast timer with Rain of Death.
 Repelling Shot Archer frame icon.png ARC 1Quest: Violators Will Be Shot 15 Ability Instant 30s Jump 10 yalms back from current position. Cannot be executed while bound.
 Quick Nock Archer frame icon.png ARC 18 Weaponskill 120 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 60 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 Spell Instant 80s Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.
 Foe Requiem Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: The Archer's Anthem 35 Spell 1.5s 2.5s 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.
 Barrage Archer frame icon.png ARC 38 Ability Instant 80s 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 Spell Instant 80s 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.
Shares a recast timer with Bloodletter.
 Battle Voice Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: Requiem for the Fallen 50 Ability Instant 180s Increases direct hit rate of all party members by 15%.
 The Wanderer's Minuet Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: The Stiff and the Spent 52 Spell Instant 80s Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.
 Pitch Perfect Bard frame icon.png BRD 52 Ability Instant 3s 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.
 Empyreal Arrow Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: Requiem on Ice 54 Weaponskill 50 Instant 15s Delivers an attack with a potency of 230. This weaponskill does not share a recast timer with any other actions.
 Iron Jaws Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: When Gnaths Cry 56 Weaponskill 50 Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
 The Warden's Paean Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: A Saint of Song 58 Ability Instant 45s 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.
 Sidewinder Bard frame icon.png BRD 1Quest: The Ballad of Oblivion 60 Ability Instant 60s Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
 Troubadour Bard frame icon.png BRD 62 Ability Instant 180s Adds an additional effect to the song currently being sung.
 Caustic Bite Bard frame icon.png BRD 64 Weaponskill 60 Instant 2.5s Delivers an attack with a potency of 120.
 Stormbite Bard frame icon.png BRD 64 Weaponskill 60 Instant 2.5s Deals wind damage with a potency of 120.
 Nature's Minne Bard frame icon.png BRD 66 Ability Instant 45s 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 300.
Can only be executed while under the effect of Straighter Shot.

PvP actions

Physical Ranged DPS actions

Action Acquired Level Type MP TP Casting Recast Description
 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 12 Ability Instant 30s Binds target.
 Leg Graze Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS 16 Ability Instant 30s Inflicts target with Heavy +40%.
 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.
 Invigorate Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS
Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS
24 Ability Instant 120s Instantly restores 400 TP.
 Tactician Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS 32 Ability Instant 180s Gradually restores own TP and the TP of all nearby party members.
 Refresh Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS 36 Ability Instant 180s Gradually restores own MP and the MP of all nearby party members.
 Head Graze Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS 40 Ability Instant 30s Silences target.
 Arm Graze Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS 44 Ability Instant 25s Stuns target.
 Palisade Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS 48 Ability Instant 150s Reduces physical damage taken by a party member by 20%.

Traits

PvE traits

Trait Acquired Quest requirement Level Effect
 Heavier Shot Archer frame icon.png ARC 8 Adds to Heavy Shot a 20% chance that your next Straight Shot will deal critical damage.
 Enhanced Dexterity Archer frame icon.png ARC
Rogue frame icon.png ROG
Machinist frame icon.png MCH
20 Increases dexterity by 8.
 Increased Action Damage Archer frame icon.png ARC 20 Increases base action damage by 10%.
 Enhanced Dexterity II Archer frame icon.png ARC
Rogue frame icon.png ROG
Machinist frame icon.png MCH
40 Increases dexterity by 16.
 Increased Action Damage II Archer frame icon.png ARC 40 Increases base action damage by 20%.
 Enhanced Dexterity III Archer frame icon.png ARC
Rogue frame icon.png ROG
Machinist frame icon.png MCH
60 Increases dexterity by 24.
 Bite Mastery Bard frame icon.png BRD 64 Venomous Bite and Windbite are upgraded 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.

Job mechanics

Song Gauge is Bard's Job Gauge.

Song Gauge in PvE

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Singing Mage's Ballad will display the action's corresponding Song Gauge, indicating the effect's time remaining.

If the Repertoire effect is triggered while Mage's Ballad is being sung, the recast times for Bloodletter and Rain of Death (learned at level 45) are reset.

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Singing Army's Paeon will display the action's corresponding Song Gauge, indicating the effect's time remaining.

If the Repertoire effect is triggered while Army's Paeon is being sung, the bard is granted increased attack speed and damage.

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Singing the Wanderer's Minuet will display the action's corresponding Song Gauge, indicating the effect's time remaining.

If the Repertoire effect is triggered while the Wanderer's Minuet is being sung, the action Pitch Perfect will become available.

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Repertoire is accumulated when the damage over time effect for Venomous Bite (Caustic Bite) or Windbite (Stormbite) deals critical damage. When active, the status grants additional effects to songs such as increased damage dealt.

Song Gauge in PvP

Singing Wanderer's Minuet or Army's Paeon will display their corresponding song gauges, indicating their remaining time.

Using Heavy Shot on a target suffering from a Caustic Bite effect inflicted by you will grant Repertoire. Likewise, Straightshot will grant Repertoire when used on a target suffering from a Stormbite effect inflicted by you.

When Wanderer's Minuet is active, Repertoire can be spent to use the action Pitch Perfect. When Army's Paeon is active, Repertoire increases damage dealt and reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time.

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