Shadowbringers Bard Guide

Verzell Varion [Adamantoise]

This guide will cover concepts of Bard gameplay, from fundamentals to  optimization, as well as serving as a pocket reference for all aspects of Bard. Contributions from Im’hotep Rah [Goblin], Sana Cetonis [Sargatanas], Ellunavi Sevald [Sargatanas], Yumiya Nagatsuki [Behemoth], Elya Kura [Ragnarok]


Level 80 Gear Guide

Meld Priority

Crit > DH > Det > Sks

5.55 Best in Slot (BiS)

Bard BiS

2.46 GCD

Opener & Priority Sheet

by Elya Kura

FFLogs Self-Review Checklist

by Cetonis

A standard list of things to check for when looking over logs. Note that this isn’t exhaustive, and specific fights may call for unique gameplans.

Fight-Specific Bard Notes

An overview of fight-specific tips for Eden’s Verse (Savage) and The Epic of Alexander (Ultimate).

Frequently Asked Questions

Taking the edge off of learning the job

It’s 600 potency at max gauge. Use it at 100 gauge.

Shadowbite potency only depends on the DoTs on the main target.

If you use another song during AP, or within 30s after AP ends, you get a lingering speed buff (Muse).

No changes. Don’t extend AP in general. Read the guide for more details.

No. Bard functions at any reasonable skill speed, but there’s almost never a good reason to meld it because it’s the weakest of the four substats on average.

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Log Analysis

xivanalysis is a fantastic site for an overview of your endgame encounter performance.

The Balance

An FFXIV community hub focused on teaching, learning, theorycrafting, and optimizing XIV jobs and encounters. 

Content on this page is provided in large part by the mentors and theorycrafters of the balance!