In the Jugdral games, Bards are a combat magic class that is noticeably speedier as compared to its regular Mage counterpart. In Thracia 776, Bards are further able to wield Light Magic alongside standard Anima Magic. Unlike regular Mages, they promote into the Sage class.
In the Elibe games, the Bard is a support class that acts as the male version of the Dancer, blessed with the ability to refresh the turn of allies who have expended their turn in any given Player Phase.
History in the SeriesEdit
In its original inception in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, the Bard class is a offensive magic-using class armed with both Anima Magic and Light Magic as its weapons of choice. It promotes into the Sage class.
Beginning from Binding Blade, the Bard class completely loses its ability to engage in combat, instead assuming a supportive role in battle. Through music performed with either the harp in Binding Blade or the flute in Rekka no Ken, Bards are able to reinvigorate allies who have expended their turn and grant them an additional turn of action. This establishes them as the male counterpart to the traditional female-only Dancer class.
In Rekka no Ken, the Bard class, alongside its female counterpart, is able to perform special ballads with the aid of rings in order to bless their allies with additional bonuses that improve their combat prowess for the duration of one turn. Four of such rings exist in the game; Ninis' Grace increases Defense and Resistance, Filla's Might increases Attack by 10, Thor's Ire increases Critical hit chance by 10% and Set's Litany increases Avoid by 10.
In the Jugdral series, the two playable Bards, Lewyn and Homer, are lauded for possessing Speed that is markedly superior to that of their Mage counterparts, allowing them to both perform double attacks and dodge hostile onslaughts with ease. In addition to this, they are also defined by high HP, a fact that aids their combat survivability immensely, allowing them to sustain several attacks before facing the risk of being felled. Like other Mages, however, Bards are still rather frail in the Defense department, and should thus be prevented from engaging in direct melee combat with physical units possessing high Strength.
In the Elibe series, Bards are the male equivalent of the Dancer class and as such, they have the ability to "reinvigorate" units who have already expended their turn on the most current Player Phase. Although they cannot equip weapons of any sort, Bards can refresh the turn of an ally unit who has exhausted their turn using the "Play" command, allowing them to move and/or attack again in the same phase. In Rekka no Ken, Nils, like his sister Ninian, can also perform special songs using special rings like Set's Litany in order to boost his allies' combat effectiveness for one turn.
Care should be taken when using bards as they have very low Defense, which makes them vulnerable to the onslaughts of enemies. However, Bards do possess high Speed and Luck, thus letting them easily dodge most attacks that come their way. Generally, with proper positioning, Bards should be able to survive as long as the player does not subject them to situations where they are at risk of being slain.
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- Homer - A traveling bard and womanizer.
- Nils - A juvenile bard who is forced, under difficult circumstances, to mature prematurely and is the younger brother of Ninian.