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#1 May 18 2012 at 9:13 AM Rating: Decent
Hi all looking for some advice about starting a bard.

Are there any recommended threads/guides to get me started? Most things I've seen here and on FFXIclopedia are quite old. I know most things that have been added are high end so me being at 5 won't be too affected by it yet.

I need to work on my subs as currently all I have is WAR & DNC at 30 which wont be too much use, well maybe DNC if I do any soloing.

Anyway hope you can help I like to have as much info as I can before I start.

#2 May 18 2012 at 10:21 AM Rating: Good
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Bard's role in early game and midgame hasn't changed much; it's only the role in endgame that fluctuated dramatically over the last few years.

Your role is one of pure support in most parties. You're generally expected to have BRD/WHM and be able to lob cures and remove status ailments, at the same time buffing members of your party to make them perform better. Your three most important spells will be March (haste song for the melee), Ballad (refresh song for the mages), and Elegy (slow for the monster), with accuracy and regen spells being important too. Later on you'll add in Carols (bar spells), Threnodies (elemental weakness on monsters), and some oddball songs that will help out party members in a pinch at endgame (managing enmity levels, reducing chance of oneshots on NMs that do critical damage, etc.)

Bards may also melee situationally, although that depends on the taste of the bard in question, and if things are going poorly you are generally expected to fall back into a pure support role again. Bards also make excellent pullers for monsters that can be slept, as you can grab a fresh mob and sleep it until it's ready to be hit. (Not used nearly as much today as it was in ye olde colibri parties, but I find myself falling into that pattern for things like dolls out in the desert in Abyssea.)

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#3 Jun 09 2012 at 4:28 PM Rating: Good
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Catwho is correct that the job has changed little other than some Ja's and a few Song upgrades. Which sadly means the old guides are still very much relevant today.
For the most part you will be buffing zergs or singing triggers. Perhaps SE will bring back the glory days of Mazurka Bard Tanks. Or at the very least Bird Camps.
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