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Job Overview

BRDJOB


A bright tune to soothe a party's wounds.... A brisk march to raise a party's spirits... A demoralizing lamentation to weaken a party's foes... The Bards of Vana'diel use music as their weapon.

A Bard (BRD) uses songs as the job's main advantage to boost the party's stats. Bards have many songs but only four non-meritable Job Abilities. A bard without an instrument or a player with the sub job bard can only keep one song up at a time, as opposed to instrument players that can use two. A party with multiple bards may stack more than 2 songs on the party as long as they are not the same song. The Bard job is available after completing the quest Path of the Bard.





Job Abilities

Level  Name
01  Soul Voice
20  Pianissimo
75 (Merit)  Nightingale
75 (Merit)  Troubadour
83  Tenuto
95  Marcato
96  Clarion Call

Job Traits

Level  Name
05  Resist Silence
25  Resist Silence II
45  Resist Silence III
65  Resist Silence IV
80  Critical Defense Bonus
81  Resist Silence V
85  Fencer
95  Fencer II

Group 1 Merits

Level  Name
Merit  Lullaby Recast
Merit  Finale Recast
Merit  Minne Effect
Merit  Minuet Effect
Merit  Madrigal Effect

Song List

or 'Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them'

Level Song Element Type Obtained From
1 Knight's Minne Earth Enhancing Merchants:
     Ferdoulemiont (San d'Oria)
3 Valor Minuet Fire Enhancing Merchants:
     Hortense (Bastok)
5 Army's Paeon Light Enhancing Merchants:
     Hortense (Bastok)
7 Foe Requiem Light Enfeebling Merchants:
     Hortense (Bastok)

Drops From:
     Yagudo Piper (Meriph. Mtns.)

9 Herb Pastoral Lightning Enhancing Merchants:
     Wije Tiren (Windurst)
10 Light Threnody Dark Enfeebling Merchants:
     Lusiane (San d'Oria)
11 Sword Madrigal Lightning Enhancing Merchants:
     Boncort (San d'Oria)
12 Dark Threnody Light Enfeebling Merchants:
     Mjoll (Bastok)
13 Sheepfoe Mambo Wind Enhancing Merchants:
     Dohdjuma (Selbina)
14 Earth Threnody Wind Enfeebling Merchants:
     Ensasa (Windurst)
15 Army's Paeon II Light Enhancing Merchants:
     Hortense (Bastok)
     Toji Mumosulah (Kazham)
16 Foe Lullaby Rare Light Enfeebling Drops From:
     Yagudo Piper (Meriph. Mtns.)
     Yagudo Drummer (Saur. Champaign)
     Yagudo Drummer (Castle Oztroja)
16 Water Threnody Lightning Enfeebling Merchants:
     Champalpieu (Jeuno)
17 Foe Requiem II Light Enfeebling Merchants:
     Hortense (Bastok)
18 Wind Threnody Ice Enfeebling Merchants:
     Champalpieu (Jeuno)
19 Scop's Operetta Ice Enhancing Merchants:
     Valeriano (Bastok, San d'Oria, or Windurst)

Furniture Quest:
     Stationery Set

20 Fire Threnody Water Enfeebling Merchants:
     Ensasa (Windurst)
21 Knight's Minne II Earth Enhancing Merchants:
     Ferdoulemiont (San d'Oria)
22 Enchanting Etude Light Enhancing Merchants:
     Leyla (Jeuno)
     Manyny (Windurst)
22 Ice Threnody Fire Enfeebling Merchants:
     Mjoll (Bastok)
23 Valor Minuet II Fire Enhancing Merchants:
     Hortense (Bastok)
24 Lightning Threnody Earth Enfeebling Merchants:
     Lusiane (San d'Oria)
24 Spirited Etude Water Enhancing Merchants:
     Leyla (Jeuno)
     Manyny (Windurst)
25 Mage's Ballad Light Enhancing Quest:
     (Intermediate Teamwork)
26 Learned Etude Ice Enhancing Merchants:
     Leyla (Jeuno)
     Manyny (Windurst)
27 Horde Lullaby Light Enfeebling Drops From:
     Yagudo Piper (Giddeus)
     Yagudo Drummer (Saur. Champaign)
     Yagudo Drummer (Castle Oztroja)

BCNM:
     Shooting Fish

28 Quick Etude Wind Enhancing Merchants:
     Leyla (Jeuno)
     Manyny (Windurst)
29 Advancing March Lightning Enhancing Merchants:
     Valeriano (Bastok, San d'Oria, or Windurst)
30 Vivacious Etude Earth Enhancing Merchants:
     Leyla (Jeuno)
     Manyny (Windurst)
31 Hunter's Prelude Lightning Enhancing Merchants:
     Mono Nchaa (Windurst)
32 Dextrous Etude Lightning Enhancing Merchants:
     Leyla (Jeuno)
     Manyny (Windurst)
33 Fowl Aubade Light Enhancing Merchants:
     Valeriano (Bastok, San d'Oria, or Windurst)
33 Magic Finale Light Enfeebling Drops From:
     Yagudo Drummer (Castle Oztroja)

BCNM:
     Petrifying Pair
     Carapace Combatants
     Birds of a Feather
     Creeping Doom
     Die by the Sword
     Grove Guardians

34 Sinewy Etude Fire Enhancing Merchants:
     Leyla (Jeuno)
     Manyny (Windurst)
35 Army's Paeon III Light Enhancing Merchants:
     Hortense (Bastok)
     Toji Mumosulah (Kazham)
36 Light Carol Dark Enhancing Merchants:
     Yoskolo (Jeuno)
37 Foe Requiem III Light Enfeebling Merchants:
     Hortense (Bastok)
37 Raptor Mazurka Rare Wind Enhancing Merchants:
     Khaf Jhifanm (Aht Urhgan Whitegate)
38 Earth Carol Wind Enhancing Merchants:
     Yoskolo (Jeuno)
39 Battlefield Elegy Earth Enfeebling Merchants:
     Thadiene (San d'Oria)
40 Water Carol Lightning Enhancing Merchants:
     Yoskolo (Jeuno)
41 Knight's Minne III Earth Enhancing Merchants:
     Ferdoulemiont (San d'Oria)
42 Wind Carol Ice Enhancing Merchants:
     Yoskolo (Jeuno)
43 Valor Minuet III Fire Enhancing Merchants:
     Hortense (Bastok)
44 Fire Carol Water Enhancing Merchants:
     Yoskolo (Jeuno)
45 Army's Paeon IV Light Enhancing Merchants:
     Hortense (Bastok)
46 Ice Carol Fire Enhancing Merchants:
     Yoskolo (Jeuno)
47 Foe Requiem IV Light Enfeebling Merchants:
     Hortense (Bastok)
48 Lightning Carol Earth Enhancing Merchants:
     Yoskolo (Jeuno)
49 Goblin Gavotte Dark Enhancing Merchants:
     Creepstix (Jeuno)
50 Dark Carol Light Enhancing Merchants:
     Yoskolo (Jeuno)
51 Blade Madrigal Rare Lightning Enhancing Drops From:
     Yagudo Lutenist (Castle Oztroja)
     Yagudo Lutenist (Castle Zvahl Baileys)
     Yagudo Lutenist (Castle Zvahl Keep)
     Yagudo Piper (West Sarutabaruta (S))
     Yagudo Drummer (Fort Karugo-Narugo (S))
53 Dragonfoe Mambo Rare Wind Enhancing Drops From:
     Yagudo Lutenist (Castle Oztroja)
     Yagudo Lutenist (Castle Zvahl Baileys)
     Yagudo Lutenist (Castle Zvahl Keep)
54 Gold Capriccio Rare Wind Enhancing Drops From:
     Yagudo Chanter (Castle Oztroja)
     Yagudo Chanter (Castle Zvahl Keep)
55 Mage's Ballad II Rare Light Enhancing Chest/Coffer:
     Castle Zvahl Baileys: Coffer
56 Shining Fantasia Rare Light Enhancing Drops From:
     Yagudo Conductor (Castle Oztroja)
57 Foe Requiem V Rare Light Enfeebling Drops From:
     Yagudo Chanter (Castle Oztroja)
     Yagudo Chanter (Castle Zvahl Keep)
59 Carnage Elegy Rare Earth Enfeebling Drops From:
     Yagudo Chanter (Castle Oztroja)
     Yagudo Chanter (Castle Zvahl Keep)

BCNM:
     Kindred Spirits

60 Victory March Rare Lightning Enhancing Drops From:
     Yagudo Conductor (Castle Oztroja)
     Abyss Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)
61 Knight's Minne IV Rare Earth Enhancing Drops From:
     Yagudo Conductor (Castle Oztroja)
     Coastal Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)
62 Bewitching Etude Light Enhancing Merchants:
     Harmodios (Bastok)

Drops From:
     Abyss Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)
     Coastal Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)

63 Valor Minuet IV Rare Fire Enhancing Drops From:
     Abyss Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)
     Coastal Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)

BCNM:
     Demolition Squad

     Brothers D'Aurphe

64 Logical Etude Water Enhancing Merchants:
     Harmodios (Bastok)

Drops From:
     Coastal Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)

65 Army's Paeon V Light Enhancing ENM:
     Like the Wind
     Shell We Dance?
66 Sage Etude Ice Enhancing Merchants:
     Harmodios (Bastok)

Drops From:
     Abyss Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)
     Coastal Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)

67 Foe Requiem VI Light Enfeebling Drops From:
     Abyss Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)
     Coastal Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)
     Yagudo Conductor (Castle Oztroja)
68 Swift Etude Wind Enhancing Merchants:
     Harmodios (Bastok)

Drops From:
     Abyss Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)
     Coastal Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)

69 Puppet's Operetta Ice Enhancing Merchants:
     Valeriano (Bastok, San d'Oria, or Windurst)
70 Vital Etude Earth Enhancing Merchants:
     Harmodios (Bastok)

Drops From:
     Abyss Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)
     Coastal Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)

71 Archer's Prelude Lightning Enhancing Drops From:
     Orcish Farkiller (Monastic Cavern)
     Antican Aedilis (Quicksand Caves)
     Jotunn Wallkeeper (Upper Delkfutt Tower)
71 Goddess's Hymnus Rare Light Enhancing Merchants:
     Valeriano (Bastok, San d'Oria, or Windurst)

Drops From:
     Abyss Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)
     Coastal Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)
     Yagudo Conductor (Castle Oztroja)

72 Uncanny Etude Lightning Enhancing Merchants:
     Harmodios (Bastok)

Drops From:
     Abyss Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)
     Coastal Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)
     Yagudo Conductor (Castle Oztroja)

73 Chocobo Mazurka Rare Wind Enhancing Merchants:
     Ferdoulemiont (San d'Oria)
     Generoit (Rabao)
     Mamerie (Kazham)
     Neigepance (Bastok)
     Quesse (Windurst)

Drops From:
     Abyss Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)
     Coastal Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)

73 Warding Round Light Enhancing Drops From:
     Abyss Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)
     Coastal Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)
74 Herculean Etude Fire Enhancing Merchants:
     Harmodios (Bastok)

Drops From:
     Abyss Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)
     Coastal Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)

75 Adventurer's Dirge Information Enhancing Limit Points:
     Merit Points Group 2
75 Foe Sirvente Light Enhancing Limit Points:
     Merit Points Group 2
75 Maiden's Virelai Rare Light Enfeebling Drops From:
     Abyss Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)
     Coastal Sahagin (Sea Serpent Grotto)
76 Foe Requiem VII Rare Light Enfeebling Merchants:
     Hortense (Bastok)
Gold Sturdy Pyxis:
     Abyssea - Konschtat
78 Army's Paeon VI Rare Light Enhancing Merchants:
     Hortense (Bastok)
80 Knight's Minne V Rare Earth Enhancing Merchants:
     Ferdoulemiont (San d'Oria)
Walk of Echoes:
     Veridical Conflux 2
81 Earth Carol II Rare Wind Enhancing Merchants:
     Valeriano (Bastok, San d'Oria, or Windurst)
Gold Sturdy Pyxis:
     Abyssea - Misareaux
82 Sentinel's Scherzo Rare Earth Enhancing Merchants:
     Yoskolo (Jeuno)
Gold Sturdy Pyxis:
     Abyssea - Attohwa
     Abyssea - Misareaux
     Abyssea - Vunkerl
SKCNM:
     Amphibian Assault II
     Tails of Woe II
83 Foe Lullaby II Rare Light Enfeebling Merchants:
     Toji Mumosulah (Kazham)
Gold Sturdy Pyxis:
     Abyssea - Misareaux
84 Water Carol II Rare Lightning Enhancing Merchants:
     Valeriano (Bastok, San d'Oria, or Windurst)
Gold Sturdy Pyxis:
     Abyssea - Attohwa
     Abyssea - Misareaux
     Abyssea - Vunkerl
85 Mage's Ballad III Rare Light Enhancing Merchants:
     Valeriano (Bastok, San d'Oria, or Windurst)
Gold Sturdy Pyxis:
     Abyssea - Attohwa
     Abyssea - Misareaux
HKCNM:
     Antagonistic Ambuscade
Unity NM:
     Heiligtum's Coffer
     Vedrfolnir's Coffer
87 Valor Minuet V Rare Fire Enhancing Merchants:
     Hortense (Bastok)
Dropped by:
     Alfard (Abyssea - Grauberg)
     Hazhdiha (Abyssea - Altepa)
     Orthrus (Abyssea - Altepa)
     Rencounter Chariot (Abyssea - Grauberg)
     Shinryu (Abyssea - Empyreal Paradox)
HKCNM:
     Antagonistic Ambuscade
SKCNM:
     The Worm's Tail
87 Wind Carol II Rare Ice Enhancing Merchants:
     Valeriano (Bastok, San d'Oria, or Windurst)
HKCNM:
     The Mobline Comedy
90 Fire Carol II Rare Water Enhancing Merchants:
     Valeriano (Bastok, San d'Oria, or Windurst)
92 Horde Lullaby II Rare Light Enfeebling Information
93 Ice Carol II Rare Fire Enhancing Walk of Echoes:
     Veridical Conflux 9
HKCNM:
     The Mobline Comedy
95 Pining Nocturne Rare Fire Enfeebling HKCNM:
     Antagonistic Ambuscade
96 Lightning Carol II Rare Earth Enhancing Information
99 Dark Carol II Rare Light Enhancing Information
99 Light Carol II Rare Dark Enhancing Unity NM:
     Vedrfolnir's Coffer
99 Dark Threnody II Light Enfeebling Capacity Points:
     100x Bard Job Points
99 Earth Threnody II Wind Enfeebling Capacity Points:
     100x Bard Job Points
99 Fire Threnody II Water Enfeebling Capacity Points:
     100x Bard Job Points
99 Ice Threnody II Fire Enfeebling Capacity Points:
     100x Bard Job Points
99 Light Threnody II Dark Enfeebling Capacity Points:
     100x Bard Job Points
99 Lightning Threnody II Earth Enfeebling Capacity Points:
     100x Bard Job Points
99 Water Threnody II Lightning Enfeebling Capacity Points:
     100x Bard Job Points
99 Wind Threnody II Ice Enfeebling Capacity Points:
     100x Bard Job Points

Combat Skill Ratings

 Skill Skill Ranking Cap at Level 1 Cap at Level 49 Cap at Level 99
 Dagger B- 5 144 388
 Staff C+ 5 139 378
 Sword C- 5 139 368
 Club D 4 133 334
 Throwing E 4 124 300
 Evasion D 4 133 334
 Parrying E 4 124 300


Magic Skill Ratings

 Skill Skill Ranking Cap at Level 1 Cap at Level 49 Cap at Level 99
 Singing C 5 139 373
 String C 5 139 373
 Wind C 5 139 373

See Bard Skill Caps for a by-level breakdown of Weapon Skill limits.

Job Specific Equipment

To see a side by side comparison of Artifact/Relic sets visit Bard Artifact/Relic Sets Comparison.
To see a side by side comparison of Empyrean sets visit Aoidos' Sets Comparison.
Artifact Set
Level Artifact
30  Choral Torque
40  Paper Knife
52  Choral Slippers
54  Choral Roundlet
56  Choral Cannions
58  Choral Justaucorps
60  Choral Cuffs
Artifact Set +1
Level Artifact
74  Choral Slippers +1
74  Choral Roundlet +1
74  Choral Cannions +1
74  Choral Justaucorps +1
74  Choral Cuffs +1
Relic Set
Level Relic
70  Bard's Cape
71  Bard's Slippers
72  Bard's Roundlet
73  Bard's Cuffs
74  Bard's Justaucorps
75  Bard's Cannions


Relic Set +1
Level Relic
75  Bard's Slippers +1
75  Bard's Roundlet +1
75  Bard's Cuffs +1
75  Bard's Justaucorps +1
75  Bard's Cannions +1

Relic Set +2
Level Relic
90  Bard's Slippers +2
90  Bard's Roundlet +2
90  Bard's Cuffs +2
90  Bard's Justaucorps +2
90  Bard's Cannions +2
Relic/Mythic/Empyrean Weapons
Level Weapon
75  Gjallarhorn (Relic)
 Mandau (Relic)
 Carnwenhan (Mythic)
80  Gjallarhorn (Relic)
 Mandau (Relic)
 Carnwenhan (Mythic)
 Twashtar (Empyrean)
85  Gjallarhorn (Relic)
 Mandau (Relic)
 Carnwenhan (Mythic)
 Twashtar (Empyrean)
 Daurdabla (Empyrean)
90  Gjallarhorn (Relic)
 Mandau (Relic)
 Carnwenhan (Mythic)
 Twashtar (Empyrean)
 Daurdabla (Empyrean)
95  Gjallarhorn (Relic)
 Mandau (Relic)
 Carnwenhan (Mythic)
 Twashtar (Empyrean)
 Daurdabla (Empyrean)
99  Gjallarhorn (Relic)
 Mandau (Relic)
 Carnwenhan (Mythic)
 Twashtar (Empyrean)
 Daurdabla (Empyrean)
Empyrean Set ( +1, +2)
Level Empyrean
80  Aoidos' Belt
81  Aoidos' Cothurnes / +1 / +2
83  Aoidos' Rhingrave / +1 / +2
84  Aoidos' Matinee
85  Aoidos' Calot / +1 / +2
87  Aoidos' Manchettes / +1 / +2
89  Aoidos' Hongreline / +1 / +2
90  Aoidos' Earring

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