Bard PvE Build

The Bard is a support class that offers a lot shields, heals and buffs to your teammates. The playstyle revolves around saving your teammates with your tools at your disposal from damage and obviously increasing their damage output while also decreases your foes resistances. You are a semi-ranged class that sometimes needs to get into close range to shield your melees. Once your gauge is completely full, you can then chose to either heal your teammates with a puddle you summon or buff their damage respectively. Therefore bard has to take this decision on the spot to maximize their support output.

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Required Skill Points : 0

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ENGRAVING LEVEL:

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Desired Stats

You want to mostly focus on obtaining Swiftness as much as possible and then go for Specilization secondary. Reason being is that Swiftness decreases your cooldown and gives you additional movement speed, making it much easier to dodge and to keep more uptime on your buffs and shields.

Ultimate

As we are a support we want to shield as much as possible and use the “Symphonia” ultimate to also generaute more gauge.

Class Engravings

The bard gets access to the Desperate Salvation engraving, increasing the healing potency of the last tick of their healing puddle for the identity. It is pretty much mandatory to run this engraving as a support bard as it simply increases your healing out significantly. The Other Engraving is this Cantana of Valor, simply increasing its damage buff but only for the bard. It’s intended usage is for solo content.

Skilltree

The bard has multiple choices and should always opt for optimal choices depending on the raid. The Skilltree you see is a general raid setup with a mix of shielding, buffing, debuffing and also impairment. There’s more viable skills that you can opt for like:

  • Sound Shock
  • Rhyhtm Buckshot
  • Rhapsody of Light 
  • Prelude of Storm

Viable Engravings

As a support, the bard wants to focus on 3 engravings mostly:

  1. Class Engraving (Desperate Salvation)
  2. Awakening
  3. Specialist


After you have acquired these 3 engraving you can opt for more supportive engraving like:

  • Ether Boy,
  • Vital Attack


Or self buffing/quality of life engraving like:

  • Heavy Armour
  • Spirit Absorption

Basic Rotation

Since we are a support, we rather follow a certain priority when playing the bard. Keep up your debuff from Harp of Rhythm/Sound Shock. Make sure to spread out your 2 buffs from Sonic Vibration and Heavenly Tune. and lastly, use your remaining skills to shield apropriately and generate gauge to heal or buff your allies further.

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