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Wait a minuet and stop wandering around! You’ve found the Bard BiS for 3.0!!! Thankfully, after a string of patches where BRD BiS was sucky, this patch offers a bit of value!

Quick stat summary: CRIT >>> DET >> SS

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Heavensward Bard Best-in-Slot

For the sake of “interchangeable filler slots”, Aoidos’ <-> Gordian serve as natural replacements to each other (May or may not be discussed within guide, but take that as an ‘unspoken truth’).

BRD SlotBiSfillerfiller
WeaponGordian Longbow
Offhand---
HeadGordian Hood of Aiming
BodyAoidos' Cloak
GlovesGordian Armguards of Aiming
BeltFabled Belt of Aiming
LegsGordian Poleyns of Aiming
BootsAoidos' Thighboots
NeckGordian Neckband of Aiming
EarringsFabled Earrings of Aiming
BraceletFabled Bracelet of Aiming
RingFabled Ring of Aiming
RingGordian Ring of Aiming
FoodBaked Pipira Pira

This set is actually great! It hits from the front 99.9 percent of the time WITHOUT FOOD, and not relying on Gordian Shirt!

BRD BiS Discussion, Notes & Options

All the slots are pretty clear cut. The only piece of contention would be the Legs (more on this later).

Weapon: Berimbau – to buy or not to buy? Truthfully yes, the stats suck. However, unless you’re farming A4S, this is the most bang for your buck in terms of pure damage. You can buy the body first, which is what I would do as Bard.

Legs: Okay, the extra Accuracy from ESO legs are completely wasted. HOWEVER, it does have DET. Here’s the only real choice you have in terms or bard BiS:

ESO Legs 63 DET (vs.) Gordian Legs 94 Skillspeed

So base your decision of BiS on that. I value 94SS more, but it’s not too far off. All the other pieces are pretty much non-negotiable. Any gear aside from legs not listed in the BiS is a clear loser to the counterpart.

3.0 Bard Esoterics Buy Order

“What should I buy first with Esoterics for my BRD!?” Well, here you go!

  1. Body: The Aoidos Cloak is so good that you can buy it over the weapon.
  2. Weapon: Since you’re almost forced to.
  3. Boots: Not too amazing but BiS none the less.
  4. Belt: Value, can be bought above boots.
  5. BRACELET: is the first thing you should pick up in right side!
  6. Ring > Earrings (any order)
  7. EVERYTHING ELSE IS OPTIONAL, and NON-BiS
  8. The AOIDOS TIGHTS make a lot of sense if A3S if far off.

On belt: If you have the Illuminati Gobcoat, buy it sooner than you would have.

BRD Melded Gear Viability? VIT Accessories?

If you feel your Bard needs some VIT/HP: First off we identify the worst accessory. That’s probably Fabled Ring of Aiming . Bad news is, the “not too good BiS accessories” don’t line up with the “value melded ones”, so I’ll just list down the options here-

GOOD CHOICESCitrine Choker of AimingChrysolite Earrings of Aiming

MEH CHOICE: Chrysolite Bracelet of Aiming

BAD: Chrysolite Ring of Aiming

Melding Strategy? Each of these holds (24 Accuracy, Skill Speed or Crit) (23 DET) and (29 Vitality). Sample melds would be…

  • MAXIMIZING VIT: would requite VIT IV, VIT IV, VIT IV, VIT III (‘pretty much’ maxing vit) and leaves ONE SLOT FOR ANY DPS STAT.
  • MAXIMIZING DPS SUBSTAT: requires (for example, accuracy) ACC IV, ACC IV, ACC III and has TWO SLOTS FOR VIT.
  • given these two factoids, meld to your hearts content.

I wont talk about melded leftside gear on BRD yet (due to the ordering and the existence of easily obtainable filler 190 gear, versus the currently brutally expensive 180 crafted). Will update once I’m done with all BiS.

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