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! Here we discuss BiS and possible options, ESO and Page buy order, and crafted gear viability for Bards.
Quick stat summary: CRIT >>> DET >> SS
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’).
|Head||Gordian Hood of Aiming|
|Gloves||Gordian Armguards of Aiming|
|Belt||Fabled Belt of Aiming|
|Legs||Aoidos Tights OR ANY|
|Neck||Gordian Neckband of Aiming|
|Earrings||Fabled Earrings of Aiming|
|Bracelet||Fabled Bracelet of Aiming|
|Ring||Fabled Ring of Aiming|
|Ring||Gordian Ring of Aiming|
|Food||Baked 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 up there in bang for your buck in terms of pure damage. You can (and probably shoud) buy the body first, which is what I would do as Bard.
When do I buy the weapon? Man… this is a tough call. If it were ME, personally, I would buy the weapon after the 4~ body pieces. Then I would begrudgingly buy the weapon. Since your stats have refined a bit at this point, I wouldn’t feel THAT bad. Bards who outright REFUSE to buy the weapon are just being special snowflakes. I mean, it’s ok to hold off – but if you’re stuck in A4S and not spending that ESO… Don’t be that guy.
Legs – the only slot that’s not set in stone: In terms of pure stats, the below quote is really the only ‘choice’ you have to make…
ESO Legs 63 DET (vs.) Gordian Legs 94 Skillspeed
So base your decision of BiS on that. They both have upsides and the difference is honestly microscopic in terms of overall effect of performance. Some say, by math the 63 DET beats 94 SS and saves more TP (less than 5 DEX of DPS difference). Others say 94 SS provides a threshold of reduced GCD to squeeze off certain skill, and might even be better than 63 DET. But honestly, this difference is damn microscopic. It’s up to preference. I hate to shoot myself in the face here: But I might go for Gordian…. (But I listed Aoidos or ANY in the BiS list above)
Filler gear? Where is it? It’s quite sad really. In terms of 210 <-> 210 gear substitution bards are severely gimped. Oftentimes, the “other piece” is just so bad. You even have three pieces with no crit at all.. amazing, right?
A1S Pages: Ring > Neck > Filler
A2S Pages: Gloves > 3x Gobcoat > Filler
A3S Pages: Head > 3/4 Gobtwine > Legs (Here’s where your leg choice matters)
A4S Pages: WEAPON > Filler (seriously there’s nothing else you want)
“What should I buy first with Esoterics for my BRD!?” Well, here you go!
- Body: Aoidos Cloak is so good that you can buy it over the weapon.
- Weapon: Since you’re almost forced to. (YOU CAN PUSH THIS TO AFTER BELT/BOOTS)
- Boots: A risky buy since it has no Accuracy – careful!
- Belt: Value, can be bought above boots.
- BRACELET: is the first thing you should pick up in right side!
- Ring > Earrings (any order)
- EVERYTHING ELSE IS OPTIONAL, and NON-BiS
- 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.
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- (Check the MCH BiS for the simplified version)
MEH CHOICE: Chrysolite Bracelet 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 – FREE – VIT III and leaves ONE SLOT FOR ANY DPS STAT.
- HYBRID requires (example: Accuracy) ACC IV – ACC IV – FREE – FREE – ACC III and has TWO SLOTS FOR VIT.
- Personally, if you’re finding you need the VIT – go for the first meld.
Bard crafted 180 left and melding
Griffin Leather Blinder of Aiming: ACC IV – ACC IV – ACC IV – CRIT III – CRIT III
It caps crit with the above, and ACC can be freely changed out to DET.
Griffin Leather Longcoat of Aiming: ACC IV – ACC IV – DET IV – DET IV – DET IV
This is the best possible meld here. Again, ACC can be changed to DET.
Griffin Leather Gloves of Aiming: DET IV – DET IV – Any ACC/SS from here.
Strange item… It caps det with DET IVx2, and the rest basically doesn’t matter.
Astral Silk Sash of Aiming: ACC IV – Any DET from here.
Another weird one. After ACC IV, just stick any DET afterwards.
Astral Silk Slops of Aiming: CRIT IV x 5.
Well… not much to say. Use some III’s if you’re poor.
Griffin Leather Thighboots of Aiming: CRIT IV x 4 – CRIT III
Cleanly caps crit with the melding above.
Head: Luxury… stats are great, maybe a good investment if A3S is hard.
Body: Great stats but Aoidos Cloak smashes it – and should be one of your first purchases.
Hands: Hmmm 190 is right there, and compares favorably. Luxury.
Belt: Since no 210 has crit, this can be used all the way. It’s a minor piece, but not wasted.
Legs: Not a bad investment since NO OTHER LEG has crit! But the 200 ESO may beat this. Your call.
Boots: I wouldn’t bother since the 190 beats it easily.
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