Wondering what the Bard BiS Gear is in 2.4 (like many others, I presume!). You’ve found the right guide! Let me be honest with you, the stats on aiming gear this time around isn’t so good (an understatement). LUCKILY I’ve taken some pains to give you guys some really great and PRACTICAL gear progression tips and pieces. There are 2 lists for BiS… one being a Standard list which uses the highest item level. The second list is a powerful, creative upgrade path, that seems to bypass Bards unfortunate gear in 2.4 – give this list a try!

I suggest you read and understand the whole page: Bard gearing is a little tricky in 2.4.

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NIN BiS"Standard""PRACTICAL"Best Accuracy Filler
WeaponDreadwyrm LongbowDreadwyrm LongbowHigh Allagan Composite Bow
Off-hand--(Crit & ACC or DET Nexus work too)
HeadAugmented Ironworks Mask of AimingAugmented Ironworks Mask of AimingHigh Allagan Mask of Aiming
BodyDreadwyrm Tabard of AimingKirimu Coat (Notes Below)No other 110 gives ACC
HandDreadwyrm Bracers of AimingAugmented Ironworks Vambraces of AimingHigh Allagan
WaistDreadwyrm Sash of AimingAugmented Ironworks Belt of AimingArachne Sash (Melded)
LegsDreadwyrm Breeches of AimingDreadwyrm Breeches of AimingKirimu Brais (Amazing)
BootsAugmented Ironworks Legguards of AimingAugmented Ironworks Legguards of AimingHA / Kirimu
NeckAugmented Ironworks Choker of AimingAugmented Ironworks Choker of AimingAuroral Choker
EarsDreadwyrm Earring of AimingDreadwyrm Earring of AimingAuroral Earrings
WristDreadwyrm Bracelet of AimingDreadwyrm Bracelet of AimingAuroral Wristlet
RingAugmented Ironworks Ring of AimingAugmented Ironworks Ring of AimingHigh Allagan Ring of Aiming
RingDreadwyrm Ring of AimingIronworks Ring of AimingIolite Ring (For HP)
FoodFlint Caviar /
Akpallu Omelette
Black Truffle Risotto /
Steamed Catfish /
Lava Toad Legs

The leftmost list is the Standard list. It has the highest Ilevel and overall isn’t a very special or informative list… It will work, of course.  I prefer the second list a lot more… Most if not all discussion found in the rest of the page is in reference to the second list!

The second list, amazingly, has ZERO SS and sits at ACC cap without food!

The second list “Practical” is what we will be focusing on in terms of gearing up. There are unique elements here. First it uses the Augmented and Unaugmented Ring (or Iolite). Second, it values the Crafted Shirt (Kirimu) extremely high. This set is a great goal for PRE-T13 clear bards. If you buy of 1 or 2 crafted 110’s you can save a TON OF POETICS while not losing much power. So my goal with the second list is to provide the best possible “stepping stone” to Bahamut Prime! Going for this set can potentially save you THOUSANDS of poetic tomes!

WHY MAKE SUCH A SET? Many factors lead me to guide bards in this direction:

  • Extremely unbalanced stats on some of the armor pieces.
  • Really expensive Poetics investments that can be avoided.
  • Feedback from alot of bards not knowing “where to begin!!”

2.4 BRD Poetics Tomes Buy Order

Whats the 2.4 Bard Poe tome purchase order? Here’s a good outline: (Due to the limitation on stats, we won’t necessarily buy the highest turn drops first..)

  • Weapon (See notes)
  • Head (Dread t12)
  • Boots (Dread t11)
  • Ring (Dread t12)
  • Ring #2 (Only if your first ring is upgraded with Carboncoat) (See crafted if you don’t like this)
  • Neck (Dread t11)
  • Hands (Dread t10)
  • Belt (Dread t10)

Prioritize left-side if you’re struggling in T13!

Don’t rush weapon IF you’re some ways off the Tome from T11, and Carbontwine from T12. A CHUNKY amount of poetics for 5 ilevels (Compared to HA Bow) is better spent elsewhere if your group is stuck in the lower turns. NOTE THAT EVEN IF YOU CAN BUY IT, the stats are horrendous – you’re better off buying the pieces above in the list. Farm an HA Bow if you don’t already have it. You can beat Bahamut Prime with a 115 weapon.

2.4 BRD Crafted Gear Viability

Lets start with two pieces of Bard Crafted gear that will MAKE YOUR LIFE ALOT EASIER. The coat is essentially PART of the PRACTICAL BiS! The legs are a sickeningly good filler until you get yours from Phoenix!

Kirimu Coat is the only 110 gear that gives accuracy. The Poe chest gives it but the stats suck (And it costs 800+!!)
Cost effective melds: CRIT IV, CRIT IV, CRIT III x 3.
Alternative: CRIT IV, DET IV, CRIT III x 2, DET II

Kirimu Brais is an AMAZING piece, so much so that if you never get your Phoenix legs, this will carry you past t13 and beyond!!! (This is the BEST 110 leg!)
Cost effective melds: CRIT IV, CRIT IV, CRIT III x 3.
Alternative: CRIT IV, DET IV, CRIT III x 2, DET II (Same melding strategy as the coat)

Iolite Ring is EQUALLY GOOD as the nonupgraded Ironworks Ring (In terms of t13 life requirement boosts)
Try to meld: ACC IV, VIT IV AT LEAST. Heres some sample “cost effective” melds:
Peasant general meld: ACC IV, VIT IV, ACC III, VIT III


How about the other Crafted 110’s for bard? (My notes to those..)
Every piece of Crafted gear is VIABLE for bard. Only Arachne Sash has skillspeed BUT it’s the only belt in 110 that CAN have accuracy. So it still has a niche role! There are only two categories for the gear.. But they have a limited usefulness ONLY to those who have poetics to replace them. No doubt that these will be replaced by POE gear sooner or later. (Will add melding strats if requested)

On a closing note: It’s easy to “reach accuracy cap and minimize wasted stats” with bard (or any class), but with the current bard gear… some ingenuity definitely helped in maximizing use of poetics in relation to the growth of your bard. While I’m sure i’ll be criticized for pushing something like the second list (Heavy reliance on crafted 110!?!?!), those who seek VALUE will definitely understand my thinking getting there.

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