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Bard
Abbreviation: BD
Role: Healer
DPS
Ability Scores
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Secondary:
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Bard (BRD) icon

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Bard (BRD) artwork

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The Bard is a versatile adventurer, the bard commands the power of song to be a powerful healer or a stylish combatant. Regardless of their path, it is a bard’s ability to perform that determines how far they can go. Upon reaching level 11 bards may specialize in either healing or DPS.

Ability Scores[]

Initial score of Bard
Strength Constitution Dexterity Intelligence Wisdom Charisma
15 15 14 10 12 20
Statistic Effect of Ability Score on stat
Strength Constitution Dexterity Intelligence Wisdom Charisma
Stamina Regeneration 0.5%
Maximum Hit Points 0.5%
Critical Severity 0.5%
Control Bonus 0.5%
Control Resist 0.5%
Forte 0.5%
Physical Damage Boost 0.25%
Action Point Gain 0.25%
Movement Speed 0.25%
Magical Damage Boost 0.25%
Outgoing Healing 0.25%
Recharge Speed 0.25%

Powers[]

Level Type Path Icon Name Range
AoE
Cast Cooldown Effect
1
3
At-Will
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Reprise
Range Melee
Arc 200°
0.4 Delivers a fourfold attack to enemies in a cone before you, dealing physical damage each hit.
Magnitude: 35
1
3
At-Will
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Fleche
Range 80
0.6 Deal psychic damage to target enemy.
Magnitude: 180
1
4
Encounter
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Lunge
Range 60'
0.25 18 Lunge at target enemy dealing physical damage.
Magnitude: 400
Added Effect: Stun
Duration: 1s
1
4
Encounter
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Dancing Lights
Range 80'
0.8 21 Deal psychic damage to target enemy.
Magnitude: 700
Added Effect: Daze
Duration: 3s
Added Effect: Decreases target's damage dealt by 5%.
Duration: 6s
1
1
Tactical
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Roll
Range Self
0 Quickly dodge the direction you are running and briefly become immune to most damage and control effects. May only be activated while moving.
1
2
Skill
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Thievery You can see and disarm traps, preventing you from taking damage or getting stuck. You can also collect and sell artifacts from special thievery objects.
2
4
Encounter
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Flourish
Range Self
0.9 18 Increases the damage bonus or healing potency of your next encounter power or song by 50%.
Duration: 9s

Activating any other encounter power or song reduces the cast time of this action for the next 4s.
2
6
Daily
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Inspiration
Range Self
0.8 Grants you and the nearest party member within 15' immunity to most control effects, reduces damage taken by 15%, and increases damage bonus by 15%.
Duration: 12s
Added Effect: Heal over time
Heal Magnitude: 200
Duration: 12s
2
7
Mechanic
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Perform
Range Self
0 Enter Performance Mode allowing for the activation of songs via a sequence of notes. The required inputs may be viewed in the tooltip of each song.

You must have at least 100 performance to begin. The Performance Gauge fills gradually over time and is depleted when you play a song.
2
7
Mechanic
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Free Perform
Range Self
0 Enter free perform mode and create songs. Must be out of combat.
2
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Blaze Flamenco
Range 30'
1.1 Deal fire damage to nearby enemies.
Magnitude: 350
Added Effect: Inreases the magnitude of your at-will and encounter actions by 20 and converts their damage type to fire.
Duration: 36s
Added Effect: Increases the damage bonus you and nearby allies by 2%. (sic)
Duration: 36s

Cancels other songs currently in effect.
3
5
Class Feature
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Soloist Increases damage bonus by 10% whenever there are no party members nearby.
5
4
Encounter
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Duet
Range 20'
0.7 16 Delivers a twofold attack to nearby enemies, dealing arcane damage each hit.
Magnitude: 230
Added Effect: Daze
Duration: 2s

If you hold a direction while initiating the power your character will launch in that direction.
5
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Rejuvenating Carol
Range 80'
1.1 Apply a heal over time to self and all nearby allies.
Heal Magnitude: 80
Duration: 30s

Cancels other songs currently in effect.
6
5
Class Feature
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Songward Whenever you are in Performance Mode, absorb 50% of incoming damage up to 20% of your total maximum hit points. This pool of hit points gradually regenerates when not in Performance Mode.

In addition for 6s after entering Performance Mode you are granted immunity to most effects. This effect may only occur once every 12s.
6
2
Skill
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Harmonize Increases passive action point generation.
8
6
Daily
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Encore
Range Self
0 Activate the last song you played without depleting your Performance Gauge,

Mystifying Strikes/Tooltip Sforzando/Tooltip Critical Tuning/Tooltip Truly Inspired/Tooltip

Paragon Path[]

Minstrel[]

Bard Minstrel

Abbreviation: BD MT

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A travelling songwriter and performer; the minstrel's call to adventure is a call for new material. Not just great to have around at the tavern, the minstrel spins ballads and carols on the battlefield that revitalize and strengthen their allies. The minstrel sings ballads that can heal, cleanse, and even make their allies more durable.
Choose Minstrel to play as a healer. Healers focus on keeping their teammates alive while their team keeps the attention of the enemy.

Once you choose a paragon path, you must switch to an empty loadout, pay astral diamonds or use a retraining token to change paths.

Level Type Path Icon Name Range
AoE
Cast Cooldown Effect

Arpeggio/Tooltip Phantasmal Concerto/Tooltip Serenade/Tooltip Delayed Play/Tooltip Bassline/Tooltip Curtain Call/Tooltip Defender's Minuet/Tooltip Warding Carol/Tooltip Aurora Fantasia/Tooltip Sheltering Etude/Tooltip Reprised Carol: Enhance/Tooltip Reprised Carol: Recover/Tooltip Arpeggio Fortissimo/Tooltip Vamos Alla!/Tooltip Play it Back/Tooltip Startstruck/Tooltip The Gift of Song/Tooltip Natural Talents/Tooltip Musician's Forte/Tooltip Crescendo/Tooltip Diminuendo/Tooltip Art of War/Tooltip Rhapsody at Arms/Tooltip Vamp/Tooltip Sudden Muse/Tooltip Desperate Finale/Tooltip Pianissimo/Tooltip Storyteller/Tooltip Gambler/Tooltip

Songblade[]

Bard Songblade

Abbreviation: BD SB

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A DPS role that focuses on supplementing the groups power while performing visually stylish moves. The swashbuckling songblade is as much a master fencer as a master musician. The songblade complimeents their swordplay with a variety of magic for a fighting style as versatile as it is flamboyant.
Choose Songblade to specialize in DPS. DPS are damage dealers who focus on dispatching foes while their party members keep the enemy's attention.

Once you choose a paragon path, you must switch to an empty loadout, pay astral diamonds or use a retraining token to change paths.

Level Type Path Icon Name Range
AoE
Cast Cooldown Effect

Con Moto/Tooltip Staccato/Tooltip Ad Libitum/Tooltip A Due/Tooltip Volti Subito/Tooltip Lore (songblade)/Tooltip Tailwind Mambo/Tooltip Steel March/Tooltip Ballad of the Witch/Tooltip Ballad of the Hero/Tooltip Advancing Parry/Tooltip Advancing Blade/Tooltip Masterful/Tooltip Musician's Flow/Tooltip All the World's a Stage/Tooltip Battle Harmony/Tooltip Bladesinger's Forte/Tooltip Backup Performer/Tooltip Voice Throw/Tooltip Battlefield Ostinato/Tooltip Elemental Medley/Tooltip Ballad Colla Voce/Tooltip A Due/Tooltip Redoublement/Tooltip Martial Performance/Tooltip Performer/Tooltip Lore Master/Tooltip

Equipments[]

  • Collection/Epic Equipment (Bard)
  • Collection/Epic PVP Equipment (Bard)


Free Perform Mode[]

A bard can enter free perform mode while not in combat and play their instrument freely. This feature is now available in all platforms and allows to play notes and chords in the scale of C Major while also performing flats and sharps.

Some Songs[]

This part of the article does not reflect any ingame benefits at all and is just intended for players who want to have fun and maybe roleplay a little bit with their friends.[]

Here is a list with some songs and how to play them with the default keybinds in the PC version of the game. This very same songs can also be played in the console versions, but using the gamepad keys instead of the keypad numbers.

To understand what you are looking at:

  • Each row is a phrase
  • Consecutive numbers have to be played in a fast sequence, but not at the same time (that would be a chord)
  • Numbers in brackets have to be played at the same time (chords, octaves and similar stuff)
  • A before a number represents a flat note, played with the down arrow ↓ as a default keybind on PC.
  • A before a number represents a sharp note, played with the up arrow ↑ as a default keybind on PC.

When The Saints Go Marching

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Stranger Things Intro

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Smoke on The Water

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