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Lost Ark Bard: Be the Best Protector and Support for Your Party
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Lost Ark Bard: Be the Best Protector and Support for Your Party

Lost Ark Bard  Tripod Studio / Smilegate

The newest MMORPG release, Lost Ark is a great success that is attracting players from all around the world. The thrilling storyline, great graphics, excellent mechanics, and gameplay are some important attributes. Thanks to them, players are always trying to find ways to explore as much as possible of this new incredible world as fast as possible. 

With that in mind, MMOPIxels are preparing guides about Lost Ark classes. That way, players can learn everything they need about builds, attacks, positioning, and everything else to start smashing their enemy foes. In this text, we're going to take a look at the Bard class, to help you create the best Bard possible.

Table of Contents

The Bard: A Fragile and Dedicated Support

Positioning, Healing, and Buffing

Best Bard Engravings

What are Engravings?

Bard Exclusive Engravings

Lost Ark Bard Build

Bard Tripods

Lost Ark Bard Abilities Explained

Identity Skill

Awakening Skills

Normal Skills

Conclusions

The Bard: A Fragile and Dedicated Support

The Bard is a subclass from the Mage main class, and their powers and abilities come from their harp. The Lost Ark Bard class does not deal damage in great amount and its attack power is not so big. 

You won’t blow your enemies but will help your DPS to inflict lots of pain from a long distance. That way, you won't be with heavy armor tanking or dealing tons of damage. The Lost Ark Bard works better as a dedicated support class.

Positioning, Healing, and Buffing

The Lost Ark Bard will evoke soothing serenades to heal. They will also provide buffs, such as attack speed, movement speed increase, and mana regen, helping the tanks and DPS classes. You will also apply a debuff on your enemies, knock unfortunate foes away, and do many other things. 

The bard can be played only as a female character. You must be aware that, as a squishy bard, you are an easy target for surrounding enemies. Attacking foes can easily harm you in both: PVE and PVP. That`s why you must be always aware of your positioning, to avoid death, which doesn’t mean being in the center of actions.

Bard attacking a group of foes

You must focus on staying alive, so, many times, the best is not to bring the fight to yourself and stay away from the center of the combat. The capacity of support allies makes the Lost Ark Bard fundamental for almost all the parties.

Best Bard Engravings

Lost Ark is full of ways to customize your character, making it more as you want and making it fit with your specific playstyle. Besides skills and tripods, there are also engravings. They are also essential and make your class unique in their way.

What are Engravings?

An engraving is a buff or debuff applied to your character stats, changing it. 

  • They can be found in accessories and stones, but they, specifically, are these stat change values. 

  • These values are generally randomized, making the game more unpredictable. 

  • You can use them when your character hits level 27.

Bard Exclusive Engravings

Bards have exclusive engravings that focus on this specific class improvement. They will boost your skills and stats, directly making them stronger, but it doesn’t mean you should use only them. The specific engravings are Desperate Salvation and Serenade of Courage.

  • Desperate Salvation - gives an additional effect after a recovery effect ends, recovering Max HP.

  • True Courage - increases outgoing damage and crit rate. 

Lost Ark Engravings

Lost Ark Bard Build

In this guide, we’re going to show you the best Lost Ark Bard build for different occasions and playstyles. A bard PVE build doesn’t stay the same forever and depends on the mission, so we brought two PVE builds. We also have a PVP build. 

We can’t give perfect bard builds for all the players, as it will depend on your playstyle. We encourage you to use the guide and look for the best options for yourself after that. It makes the game more fun. Also, things can change with meta, people can learn new things, and endgame content can give something new.

The best bard build will surely use some of the strong ideas we brought but also include your ideas. That’s why we bring a skill list and a set of tripods. However, don’t consider it a full build but a list of really strong options you surely should test. Some great skills are Heavenly Tune, Prelude of Storm, Sound Shock, etc.

Bard Tripods

Each skill you have in-game needs a specific level to be unlocked, but it also has its own level. That means it grows and becomes stronger as much as you use it. This level increase grants you tripods to equip and “refine” them. These tripods grant the skills extra characteristics, making them stronger. Your skill must hit level 10 to have all three tripod slots. 

They will change your skills, sometimes increasing your abilities radius, amplifying damages or buffs. Some useful tripods are Concentrated Fire, Melody Increase, Death Amplification, Harmony Enhancement, and Powerful Overture.

Skills and Tripods  Lost Ark Hub Forum

They all have specific characteristics. Melody Increase, for instance, amplify your chord energy, but there are plenty of other changes. Some of them can be a recovery effect, crit rate increase, heal, extra damage, and more.

As a dedicated support class, bards will be looking to help the party allies. That way, a skill that deals AoE damage can push the closest foe away, or shields based on max HP will have their spaces. But this doesn’t mean you won’t see your damage dealt increase as well.

Lost Ark Bard Build PVE Raids

Skill

Skill Level

Tripod I

Tripod II

Tripod III

Wind of Music 

10/10

Quick Preparation

Melody Increase

Wind of Protection

Rhapsody of Light

10/10

Quick Preparation

Stabilized Light

Shining Protection

Sonic Vibration 

10/10

Protective Vibration

Brilliant Wave

Spreading Vibration

Sound Shock

7/10

Quick Preparation

Sacred Shock

-

Soundholic

10/10

Sound Concentration

Sustain Enhancement

Focus Fire

Prelude of Storm

10/10

Mind Concentration

Wide-Angle Attack

Powerful Prelude

Heavenly Tune

10/10

Quick Preparation 

Tough Tune

Intense Tune

Harp of Rhythm

10/10

Summoning Will

Melody Increase

Note Brand

Guardian Tune

10/10

Mend Enhancement

Endless Protection

Wind of Protection

Lost Ark Bard Build PVE

Skill

Skill Level

Tripod I

Tripod II

Tripod III

Sonic Vibration 

10/10

Protective Vibration

Brilliant Wave

Spreading Vibration

Sound Shock

7/10

Quick Preparation

Sacred Shock

-

Sound Holic

10/10

Sound COncentration

Sustain Enhancement

Focus Fire

Prelude of Storm

10/10

Mind Concentration

Wide-Angle Attack

Powerful Prelude

Heavenly Tune

10/10

Quick Preparation 

Tough Tune

Intense Tune

Oratorio

Awakening

-

-

-

Lost Ark Bard Build PVP

Skill

Skill Level

Tripod I

Tripod II

Tripod III

Wind of Music

10/10

Quick Preparation

Melody Increase

Wind of protection

Dissonance

7/10

Melody Increase

Law of the Jungle

Sonic Vibration

10/10

Tenacity

Chain Vibration

Spreading Vibration

Soundholic

10/10

Raid

Sustain Enhancement

Focus Fire

Guardian Tune

10/10

Tenacity

Endless Protection

Wind of Protection

Prelude of Storm

10/10

Quick Preparation

Melody Increase

Powerful Prelude

Heavenly Tune

10/10

Agile Cast

Tough Tune

Intense Tune

March

7/10

Cheerful March

Impaired Mobility

-

Symphonia

Awakening

-

-

-

Lost Ark Bard Abilities Explained

As a bard, you will have an entire set of skills as your levels grow. Remember, as a Lost Ark Bard is a support class, you have less attack power, inflicting less magical damage, and your abilities will reflect that. Note that, all the skills will be displayed in level one, with no effects of tripods, runes, or Lost Ark Bard Engravings. Your bard skills are divided into Identity Skills, Normal Skills, and Awakening Skills.

Lost Ark Bard

Identity Skill

An identity skill is an ability exclusive to each class of the game. That way, the bard’s identity skill is the technique directly related to the class, that no one other can use. It generally is charged by killing enemies. Bards can use two different Identity Skills, they are the Serenade of Courage and the Serenade of Salvation.

The skills charge in the form of Serenade Bubbles or Bars, depending on what you prefer to call. A Bards’ serenade consumes these bars. One serenade costs one bar, and you can stack up to three bars. These are some of the most important abilities of the class, and the best bard is always using special serenade songs for itself or the party.

Remember that bards generally focus on protecting the party, it may be hard to accumulate your bars, as you need to hit and kill enemies. So you should always prepare yourself for hard combat with your party, farming the bars before facing bosses and other hard enemies. That’s how the best bard takes advantage of their skills. 

Serenade of Salvation

Skill Cooldown: 25 Seconds

Use bubbles to restore party members HP 4/6/8% for 8/12/16 times. The duration is 14/18/24s, depending on the number of bubbles spent. 

Serenade of Salvation

Serenade of Courage 

Skill Cooldown: 25 seconds

Use your bubbles to increase your and your party's outgoing damage. Your outgoing damage is increased by 15% for 120 seconds, regardless of the number of bubbles spent. Your party members in a 24-meter small radius will deal +5/10/15% for 8/12/16 seconds, depending on the number of bubbles spent. When the recovery effect ends, you recover 24% of your max HP.

Serenade of Courage

Awakening Skills

An awakening skill is the ultimate technique of your character. They have the greatest potential of changing the battlefield, turning any fight. An awakening Skill is extremely strong but also has long cooldowns, so you must think strategically before using them. You can use them only on level 50. As a support class, one of the bard techniques focuses on buffs and debuffs. The other gives and amplifies other damages.

Symphonia 

This skill is complete and gives everything your party will need in battle. It buffs your companions and applies huge debuffs in your foes. You rise to the air singing with the angels. The angelical performance grants every ally in 12 meters a shield that absorbs damage equal to 100% of your Max HP for 10 seconds. The skill also causes damage and a lot of debuffs that last for 10 seconds. They are

  • Foe Atk. Power -30%

  • Foe Atk Speed -20%

  • Foe Move Speed -40%

Bard using Symphonia

Oratorio

This skill intends to help the party to kill the foes. You rise to sing with the angels in a heavenly performance. Besides bonuses, what they give you is a huge explosion of holy damage, hurting enemies and decreasing their crit resistance by 12%.

Bard Using Oratorio

Normal Skills

Besides Bard’s Identity Skill set, there are plenty of normal skills that the bard class gains as the levels grow. These skills generally have a smaller cooldown and varied effects.

Name

Cooldown (Seconds)

Level Required

Description

Sound Shock

6

10

That’s a skill of attack. Your harp creates an orb of light that explodes when hits an enemy. The orb deals damage to the target you shoot and nearby foes.

DIssonance

8

10

You will create a clash of musical notes. This impact hits the target, dealing damage each 0.5s for 5 seconds. The foe’s move speed is reduced by 1 second.

Sound Wave

8

10

Through your magical powers, you will summon a beautiful melody. This attack of beauty and pain inflicts damage. It will also push foes away.

Stigma

16

10

Cast a brilliant stigma at a target location. Your stigma lasts for 4 seconds and attacks nearby foes. 

Conviction Core

20

10

A skill intended to protect. You will summon cores to keep you safe against enemies. These cores explode if a foe gets within 4 meters. It deals damage.

Rhapsody of Light

24

10

Spell channeling will be canceled if you move. While standing still, cast beautiful sound waves at the target location. They will deal Damage 3 times, with 1.5 seconds between each other.

Wind of Music

18

12

Cast a skill that damages more than once. You invoke a fierce wind that, first, causes damage, pushing foes. Then, it spread wide. Enemies within a 1-meter radius will suffer as well.

Sonic Vibration

24

14

You use your powers to lift enemies through pure music. You will be throwing them to a target location, knocking foes. The skill will deal damage in the lifting and slam. This skill’s melody lingers for 3 seconds. 

Rhythmic Buckshot

16

16

The harp sound will send a musical note that causes damage and knocks foes away.

Soundholic

24

18

The power of your song creates a blinding ray that causes damage 10 times, every 0.3 seconds all along during three seconds. After slaying your target, you can change the direction of your light ray. Moving cancels the casting.

Prelude of Storm

16

20

You all forth a storm through your powerful tune. It deals damage and stuns foes. The stun duration is 3 seconds. 

Heavenly Tune

30.  

24

A complete skill that causes damage, increases party members’ within a 24-meter radius attack speed by 3.5%. Your skill also boosts their MP regen by 12% for 8s.  

Note Bundle

12

28

Through your power, you will be summoning musical notes. They may travel at a low speed but also cause a move speed reduction of 40%. This guided musical note can hit the same foe up to 84 times.

Prelude of Death

24

32

Attack nearby foes that hear the prelude of death suffer causing damage twice. The skill will also be inflicting Death’s End, a debuff that expires after 3s and causes damage again. For each stack of Death’s End, the enemy suffers 20% to up 40% of move speed slow and 50% more damage.

Harp of Rhythm

24

36

Summons a giant harp with its own will. After summoning this new partner, the harp shoots musical notes, causing damage to enemies in a 14-meter radius. 

March

20

40

Your music notes now hunt your target. They will follow it, causing damage and movement speed slow of 50% for 2s.

Conclusions

Positioning, characteristics, utility, power, and abilities. Now you know everything you need to perform best as a Bard. 

Being a good Bard will make you indispensable for practically all parties in Lost Ark, so use it to prepare your builds and select what works better for your playstyle. Don’t forget that doing your changes are important as well, as the game can change from player to player. 

Thinking about playing with other classes in Lost Ark? Or what about other MMOs? If you’re having trouble deciding what to play, check MMOPixels`other guides and content! The Lost Ark gold is hot selling on our website, professional online sellers to provide you with fast and safe delivery. 
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