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Instruments used by a Bard to add effects to fellow party members or a party's enemy. Most of the instruments give boosts to certain songs that can be sung by a bard, which is why it's always great to have the +1 versions of the instruments.

Buff songs played with String Instruments have an area of effect that starts at 10' when you first learn the song, and rise with your String skill to a maximum of 20'. For instance, at String Instrument Skill 225 (cap for level 75) Ballad 1 sung with String has an area of 20', and Ballad 2 has an area of 13'. Adding +10 String skill from equipment or merits raises the Ballad 2 area to 14'. String may also increase the area covered by Horde Lullaby, but this is unverified.

Debuff songs played with String Instruments have lower Magic Accuracy than songs played with Wind Instruments. The Nursemaid's Harp and Sorrowful Harp increase the songs' effects more than Mary's Horn and Piccolo +1, but make it harder to land the songs.

Each +1 to a song on an instrument increases its duration by 10%, and also increases its effect. All buff songs have a base duration of 120 seconds, or 2 minutes.

The maximum equipment bonus to String Instrument Skill is +36, from Taillefer's Dagger, String Torque, String Earring, Musical Earring, Lambda Sash, Erato's Cape, Choral Justaucorps +1, and Marduk's Crackows.

The maximum combined bonus to String Instrument Skill and Singing Skill is +65, from Gjallarhorn, Chanter's Staff, Marduk's Tiara, String Torque, String Earring, Musical Earring, Lambda Sash, Choral Justaucorps +1, Choral Cuffs +1, Astute Cape, and Marduk's Crackows.

String Instruments by LevelEdit

Name Lvl Effects Jobs
Maple Harp 1 BRD
Maple Harp +1 1 Minne +1 BRD
Harp 14 Minne +1 BRD
Harp +1 14 Minne +2 BRD
Military Harp 33 Finale +2 BRD
Rose Harp 36 Etude +1 BRD
Rose Harp +1 36 Etude +2 BRD
Lamia Harp 44 BRD
Ebony Harp 60 Paeon +1 BRD
Ebony Harp +1 60 Paeon +2 BRD
Ebony Harp +2 60 Accuracy +1, Paeon +2 BRD
Nursemaid's Harp 60 Lullaby +2 BRD
Mythic Harp 70 Trans Dark +15, Etude +1 BRD
Mythic Harp +1 70 Trans Dark +20, Etude +2 BRD
Sorrowful Harp 70 Threnody +3 BRD
Angel Lyre Rare 71 Hymnus +2, Haste +2% BRD
Cythara Anglica 75 Charisma +2, Trans Light +5, Virelai +1 BRD
Cythara Anglica +1 75 Charisma +3, Trans Light +6, Virelai +2 BRD
Vihuela 81 Mambo +3, Mazurka +3 BRD
Crooner's Cithara RareExclusive 85 Ballad +1 BRD
Pyf Harp RareExclusive 85 String Instrument Skill +1 BRD
Daurdabla RareExclusive 85 Singing Skill +5 String Instrument Skill +5 BRD
Oneiros Harp Rare 88 Adds regen effect Paeon+3 BRD
Daurdabla RareExclusive 90 Singing Skill +20 String Instrument Skill +20 Increases song effect duration, grants an additional song effect BRD
Langeleik RareExclusive 90 March+3 "Etude"+3 BRD