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BRD
Ideal
Good Alternatives
Lesser Alternatives
WeaponAllagan Composite BowElfin BowArtemis Bow
Off-handxxx
HeadBard's ChapeauAllagan Visor of AimingBallad Crown
BodyBard's ShirtAllagan Cuirass of AimingBallad Corselet
HandBard's RingbandsBallad GauntletsAllagan Gauntlets of Aiming
WaistHero's Belt of AimingAllagan Tassets of AimingBallad Sash
LegsBard's TightsAllagan Trousers of AimingBallad Sarouel
BootsAllagan Sollerets of AimingBard's SandalsBallad Boots
NeckAllagan Choker of AimingUltima Choker of AimingHero's Necklace of Aiming
EarsHero's Earring of AimingAllagan Earings of AimingTremor Earrings of Aiming
WristInferno Bangle of AimingAllagan Bracelets of AimingHero's Bracelet of Aiming
RingHero's Ring of AimingAllagan Ring of AimingGryphonskin Ring
RingVortex Ring of AimingUltima Band of AimingGryphonskin Ring

Ballad Set sucks, except for gloves. Just get them as good “fillers” in the meantime.

The above doesn’t account for your initial goal of reaching around 440~ Accuracy. It should be your first priority with gearing up.

With propper positioning, ~440 Accuracy is enough even for Turn 5. You just need to stay behind or flanking the target.

Allagan Bow isn’t too hot if you don’t need the Accuracy. Elfin Bow is superior in some cases, and in the worst case, only slightly weaker than the Allagan Bow. Don’t sweat it if you don’t have it.

Secondary Stats for Bard? Critical Chance? Skill Speed? Determination?

Critical chance hands down. This is not a point of discussion with the current setup possible by bards.

Skill Speed versus Determination for Bard? DETERMINATION is, in our opinion, a much more stable choice. Skill Speed will definitely increase DPS with all your cooldowns up. However, since Bards are the most mobile DPS class, Skill Speed will most likely only contribute to draining TP faster. More auto-attacks ain’t bad, but harder hits and more Bloodletters are just superior for the bards DoT reliant DPS.

Where to spend Tomes of Mythology as Bard?

Bard Mythology purchase order should be something like:

  • Pants (This drops in t5)
  • Belt (Same, another t5 drop)
  • Ring1 (Yes another bard t5 drop)
  • Chest (T4)
  • Boots (T4)
  • Head (T2)
  • Gloves  (T1)

Bard body slot drops are kind of deep. Besides, full myth leftstide is really good on Bards. Might as well buy them in this order, and insert Allagan when you’re lucky. For the right side the only stuff you really want are:

  • Ring
  • Earrings

The rest of the Myth pieces are optional.

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