Classes: The Bard

Bards - the jack of all trades. Each level is a new song and a new way to play. Handy with a weapon and able to wear decent armor, bards can hold their own in a fight. Plus, the ability to twist two to three songs without using mana gives the bard a magical ability like no other class.

What are the strengths and weaknesses of the bard? Can they solo, and if so how? How should they best contribute to the group? What is the best strategy to develop your bard? What skills and songs are the most important for you to master? What equipment should you be trying to get for your bard.

Post your strategies on how to best play and develop the bard and read, rate and comment on what others have to say.

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#1 Aug 27 2007 at 10:44 AM Rating: Decent
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I have a laptop coming in the mail and I was wondering what you all think would be a good box with a 62 bard ?
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#2 Aug 27 2007 at 11:31 AM Rating: Decent
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Probably a dot casting class like a necro or Druid, maybe a shammy. Bards are not tanks or even very good melee DPS, even a well equipped bard will lose agro quickly.

Bards power scales in groups so a boxed bard is much less powerful than a bard in a full group.

The only exception to this is charm or swarm kiting in which case, don't box another toon unless you are trying to pl it.
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#3 Aug 27 2007 at 7:44 PM Rating: Decent
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Boxing a bard is HIGHLY inefficient.

You are better off just soloing with the bard itself. In my opinion, the only reason to box a bard is to power-level a toon.
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#4 Nov 08 2007 at 3:24 PM Rating: Decent
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I box a pal sham with my bard and have no problem boxing it. when you actually need cc just make a hotkey /stop /cast (whatever slot number your mez is in and bada boom one keystroke and your mez is going. I have had no problems other than a few human errors. boxing a bard with /melody is cake
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#5 Nov 09 2007 at 10:15 AM Rating: Decent
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What is your goal?

If it's a class to help level the bard faster then don't waste your time, bards solo for XP much faster than you can box for xp.

If you want to kill summoning mobs then likely a Shaman is the best bet. Better make sure the shammy is well equipped though, Bards don't hold agro well.
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#6 Jan 02 2013 at 9:08 AM Rating: Good
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Why does everyone say a Shammy is the best duo with any class? Isnt the haste and slows a shammy provides redundant with what a bard does? How about a class that offers dps like a Zerker? Zerker can add the few things that a bard does not bring to the table, amazing dps, can tank and mana free snare. That along with bard track, slows, mez and over haste isnt that the best combo in the game? Along with mercs the only thing they cant do is port, or am I missing something??
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