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Basic Support Bard Build Guide for PvE

Build

required skill points: 384

This is the basic All-In-One Bard build that works for any raid in the game.

Sound Shock

10

Sound Shock

Maintained ExplosionSacred ShockRapid Fire
Why?Judgment
Rhapsody of Light

10

Rhapsody of Light

Quick PrepStabilized LightShining Protection
Why?Protection
Wind of Music

10

Wind of Music

Quick PrepMelody IncreaseWind of Protection
Why?Wealth
Sonic Vibration

10

Sonic Vibration

TenacityBrilliant WaveWide-Angle Attack
Why?Conviction
Rhythm Buckshot

10

Rhythm Buckshot

Mind EnhancementTenacityAgile Cast
Why?Galewind
Prelude of Storm

10

Prelude of Storm

Quick PrepMelody IncreasePowerful Prelude
Why?Wealth
Heavenly Tune

10

Heavenly Tune

Quick PrepTough TuneIntense Tune
Why?Galewind
Guardian Tune

10

Guardian Tune

TenacityEndless ProtectionAgile Defense
Why?Focus
Symphonia

Symphonia

Skill priority

Sound Shock
Heavenly Tune
Sonic Vibration
Prelude of Storm
Wind of Music
Guardian Tune
Rhapsody of Light
Rhythm Buckshot

If you lack skill points you can:

  • leave Rhythm BuckshotRhythm Buckshot at lower levels if you are confident that you can counter properly without push immunity and/or the extra casting speed
  • leave Guardian TuneGuardian Tune at level 7

You can switch Rhythm BuckshotRhythm Buckshot or Rhapsody of LightRhapsody of Light for SoundholicSoundholic if you need stagger.

How to play

rotation

  1. Cast Sound ShockSound Shock to maintain the note brand debuff on the boss (you can find the debuff's duration under the boss' HP bar) that gives only your party a +10% damage buff

  2. Cast Heavenly TuneHeavenly Tune and Sonic VibrationSonic Vibration off cooldown to cycle the +15% Atk. Power buff based off the caster's Atk. Power, it also increases your Atk. Power by +6%. Note that these buffs don't stack so ensure you cycle them for maximum buff uptime.

  3. SymphoniaSymphonia is your ultimate skill, use this to give your party a great shield, but most importantly to give yourself 1 mar of Serenade meter:
    • ideally, cast Serenade of Courage with 3 bars as it gives the most damage.
    • ideally, cast Serenade of Salvation with 1 bar - it heals enough with 1. Note that in the majority of cases you want to aim to use Serenade of Courage instead unless your party members are getting hit by many mechanics.
      • Serenade of Salvation has a set amount of healing, this means that it's not mainly based on duration, but rather how many ticks of healing are taken.

  4. Cast Prelude of StormPrelude of Storm to generate Serenade meter.

  5. Cast Wind of MusicWind of Music and Guardian TuneGuardian Tune mostly off cooldown to keep a shield up for your party, try to not stack these skills. Guardian TuneGuardian Tune also provides damage reduction. If you know there is a specific mechanic where your party may take damage, ensure that you have one of these skills available (e.g. Vykas typing mechanic in case someone failed.)

  6. Cast Rhapsody of LightRhapsody of Light beneath melee players whilst they are dealing damage to make their experience a more comfortable one. Save this shield for yourself and others for specific hard hitting abilities (e.g. the smash after Valtan's tomahawks in case someone can't reach the edge in time.)

  7. Cast Rhythm BuckshotRhythm Buckshot to counter the boss. Following a counter, there is a 30 second cooldown before another boss counter ability can take place, utilise this counter downtime by casting this skill to generate additional Serenade meter. You can also use Rhythm BuckshotRhythm Buckshot for destruction. This skill can be replaced by SoundholicSoundholic if you need an ability to stagger.
utility
  • Rhythm BuckshotRhythm Buckshot as your counter
  • Sonic VibrationSonic Vibration and Rhythm BuckshotRhythm Buckshot for destruction
  • Sound ShockSound Shock and, if you are using it, SoundholicSoundholic for stagger.

engravings

3

Desperate Salvation

3

Awakening

3

Heavy Armor

3

Drops of Ether

3

Max MP Increase

This is a great engraving setup if your party doesn't require much healing. If you have a less experienced party, it can be more beneficial to replace Max MP Increase with Expert.

Alternative engravings

3

Desperate Salvation

3

Awakening

3

Heavy Armor

3

Drops of Ether

3

Vital Point Hit

This is a great engraving setup if your party requires more stagger.

combat stats

Crit

0

Swiftness

1600

Specialization

500

Endurance

0

Domination

0

Expertise

0

It is extremely important that you have high swiftness, it is generally recommended to go 1,600 swiftness or more unless you have high level cooldown gems (e.g level 9) where you can switch 1 accessory to specialisation.

Cooldown Gems

Sound Shock

Wind of Music

Heavenly Tune

Sonic Vibration

Guardian Tune

Prelude of Storm

Rhapsody of Light

Rhythm Buckshot

Bard only requires cooldown gems. It is recommended to have all your skills with cooldown gems.

If you absolutely cannot afford to get all of the gems, you can delay the cooldown gem for Rhythm BuckshotRhythm Buckshot.

gear tripods

Heavenly Tune
Quick Prep
Wind of Music
Quick Prep
Melody Increase
Wind of Protection
Prelude of Storm
Quick Prep
Melody Increase
Rhapsody of Light
Quick Prep
Shining Protection
Guardian Tune
Endless Protection

The most important tripods Bard has are the ones that help generate Serenade meter, such as Melody IncreaseMelody Increase.

gear set

Bards should go for the Yearning gear set to provide their party with a swiftness buff and damage increase.