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How do I become a Bard in ARR?
The new Job requirements are yet to be finalized, until then you may look at our Job Requirement assumptions. You need to be a Archer (30) and Pugilist (15) First)! If you’ve met these requirements, you can return to the Archers Guild in Gridania to get your quest to obtain the “Soul of the Bard”. In FFXIV ARR, becoming a job is as simple as equipping the required Soul.

What’s the Bard playstyle?
The main role of Bards still remain the same as Archers; Ranged DPS. Bards gain a few supportive skills, augmenting their allies in battle by helping with resource management (Regenerating TP or MP of your party). They also place significant debuffs to enemy defenses (-10% Elemental Resist, +10% Damage Taken).

Basically, Bards help your party do better and more consistent damage.

What are good Bard stats?
DEX is still most important for Bards, to do damage. PIE becomes an attractive secondary stat, to maintain songs for a longer time. For secondary stats, CRITICAL CHANCE is an obvious choice.

What are the Bard Traits?
As of now, there are no advanced job specific traits. You inherit all Archer traits you’ve already learned.

What are the Bard Skills?
Aside from the skills below, you may use any skill you’ve learned as an Archer. Bards also have access to some Lancer and Puglist skills.

Patch 2.1 changes:

  • Rain of Death – Additional effect has been changed to reducing enemy evasion by 10%. TP cost has also been reduced to 180 from 200.
Name
Level
Cast
Recast
Cost
Range
Radius
Mages Ballad303.00s2.50sFree25y0y
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 Requiem353.00s2.50sFree25y0y
Reduces all enemy elemental resistance 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.
Armys Paeon403.00s2.50sFreeSelf0y
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 Death45Instant2.50s200 TP25y0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to target and enemies near it.
Additional Effect: Lowers target's evasion by 15%
Duration: 20s
Additional Effect: 15% chance next Quick Nock will cost no TP
Duration: 10s
Battle Voice50Instant300.00sFreeSelf0y
Doubles the effectiveness of all songs. Does not work with Swiftsong.
Duration: 30s

How many cross-class skills can I use?
When choosing advanced job, the amount of cross-class skills you may equip decrease to a total of 5 (as compared to 10)

Do I have to level up Bard separately?
No, your EXP in Bard rises as you level up your Archer class.

Any other Bard Guides and Resources?
As we learn more about each job, we will be linking useful guides in each Job page, as well as our community discussion on the Job.

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