Bard Lost Ark Class Guide

Detailed breakdown of the Bard Class in Lost Ark
Bard Lost Ark Guide

This guide goes over everything you need to know about the Bard Class in Lost Ark. Showcasing an overview of the Bard’s playstyle. What are the Bard’s strengths and weakness; from levelling to end game content. The role of Bards in Raids, Dungeons, and PvP. This guide will go over skill abilities, builds, and tips to help you become a top-tier Bard.

Bard Class Guide Overview

The Bard in Lost Ark is a Mage type that wields a Magical Harp. Their musical instrument is a Pan Flute. The Bard is mostly a Ranged Support class that focuses on shielding and buffing party members. On a lesser note, they also can do some healing. If you are the type of player that excels at having knowledge of difficult encounters and gets satisfaction out of saving your friends lives and preventing damage, the Bard is the right choice for you.

Their Identity Gauge, the Serenade Meter, fills up to 3 bars when using skills and dealing damage to enemies. The more bars that are full, the more powerful the effect of the Identity Skill that is used. Once a bar is full, the player can choose to use one of two Identity Skills: Serenade of Courage or Serenade of Salvation. The Serenade of Courage increases damage of the bard themselves and also their party members. Serenade of Salvation is an Area of Effect that heals party members standing within it.

Role of a Bard

Bards are one of two support classes. They focus on attacking enemies at a distant range while providing an Increased Damage Taken Debuff as well as an Attack Power Buff to the Party, and coming into melee range to shield and mitigate damage to party members. While they can complete a lot of content on their own, it is much harder and slower to do.

It is not advisable to be a DPS Bard unless you already have a Support Bard in your Group.

Strengths

  • Provides Shields to self and party members
  • Provides Aura Buff to increase attack power
  • Provides Aura Buff to reduce damage taken
  • Provides Debuff on target that increases damage taken
  • Provides Heals to self and party members

Weaknesses

  • Lower overall damage
  • Difficulty levelling alone

Skills

The following table is a list of all Lost Ark Bard Skills that you will unlock and at which level you will do so.

Combat LevelIconSkill NameCooldown (seconds)TypeDescription
10iconConviction Core20NormalSummon 3 Cores to protect yourself for 10s. The Cores explode when there is a foe within 4 meters, inflicting 82 Damage.
10iconDissonance8PointCause a clash of musical notes at the target location, inflicting 21 Damage every 0.5s for 5s and reducing Move Speed by 60% for 1s.
10iconRhapsody of Light24PointSummon beautiful sound waves at the target location, inflicting 149 [Holy] Damage every 1.5s 3 times. Channeling will be canceled if you move.
10iconSound Shock6NormalPull the string of the harp to fire an orb of light that explodes on impact, inflicting 125 Damage to the target and nearby foes.
10iconSound Wave8NormalSummon a beautiful melody to inflict 26 Damage and push foes away.
10iconStigma16CastingCast a Stigma at the target location. The Stigma lasts for 4s, attacking foes for 60 Damage every 0.7s. Max of 5 times. Stigma’s Damage +12.5%, the faster it pulses.
12iconWind of Music18NormalCall forth a fierce wind that inflicts 49 Damage, Pushing foes. It will then spread wide to inflict 73 Damage on foes in an additional 1 meter radius.
14iconSonic Vibration24PointLift foes at the target location, inflicting 115 Damage, and then slam them back onto the ground, inflicting 289 Damage. This skill’s melody lingers for 3s, inflicting 43 Damage 4 times.
16iconRhythm Buckshot16NormalPull the string of the harp to blow up the musical note, inflicting 210 Damage and knocking foes away.
18iconSoundholic24NormalShoot a blinding ray of light for 3s, attacking foes 10 times to inflict 31 Damage every 0.3s. You can change the direction of the light ray, but the channeling will be canceled if you move.
20iconPrelude of Storm16NormalPlay a powerful tune to call forth a storm that inflicts 179 Damage and stuns foes for 3s.
24iconHeavenly Tune30NormalInflict 156 Damage on nearby foes. Atk. Speed for all party members within a 24 meter radius +3.5% and MP Regen Speed +12% for 8s.
28iconNote Bundle12NormalCast a group of musical notes that travels at a low speed while continuously inflicting 32 Damage and Move Speed -40% for s. The musical notes can hit the same foe up to 84 times.
32iconPrelude of Death24NormalPlay the Prelude of Death to attack nearby foes, inflicting 119 Damage 2 times, inflicting Death’s End on them, a debuff that expires after 3s, causing 80 additional Damage. For each stack of Death’s End, Move Speed -20% up to 40% and Damage upon expiration +50%.
36iconHarp of Rhythm24NormalSummon a harp that has a will of its own. The harp shoots a guided musical note that inflicts 76 Damage to foes within a 14 meter radius.
40iconMarch20HoldingPlay the harp, summoning musical notes every 1s. They follow the closest foe, inflicting 38 Damage. Move Speed -50% for 2s.
50iconGuardian Tune30NormalPlay the harp. Damage to all party members within a 24 meter radius -20% for 8s.
Combat LevelIconSkill NameCooldown (minutes)TypeDescription
50iconOratorio5NormalPlay the giant harp and sing with angels, inflicting up to 666.1 [Holy] Damage.
Explosion causes 111 [Holy] Damage and foe Crit Resistance -12.0% against attacks from all party members for 6s.
50iconSymphonia5NormalRise into the air and play in an ensemble with angels, granting a shield for every ally within 12 meters, which absorbs Damage equal to 100% of your Max HP for 10s. Inflict 111 Damage to foes. Foe Atk. Power -30%, foe Atk. Speed -20%, and foe Move Speed -40% for 10s. Gain 1 Bubble.

Bard Levelling Guide

We recommend you to just try out all the skills and play for whatever is the most fun for you. However, if you just want to speed up the process (maybe that’s the most fun for you) or you’re tying to power through with levelling an alt, follow this level by level breakdown of what skills to use and level up and which tripods to activate.

You can swap between saved skill tree slots whenever for free (even in combat as long as no skills are on cooldown). It’s recommended to use both your skillbook slots, choose abilities based on this: one for AoE (packs of normal enemies) and one for Single Target (Boss/Elites).

Skill Progression

Below is a chart that shows progression of placement of skill points and their Tripods.

LevelIconNameLevelTripod 1Tripod 2Tripod 3
11iconDissonance4Melody Increase
12iconStigma4Sustain Enhancement
15iconDissonance7Melody Increase Law of the Jungle
18iconSoundholic4Sound Concentration
19iconSoundholic7Sound ConcentrationSustain Enhancement
20*
(Skill Preset 1: used for Normal Enemies)
iconDissonance10*
(remove points from everything else)
Melody IncreaseLaw of the JungleHarmony Enhancement
20*
(Skill Preset 2: used for Bosses)
iconSoundholic10*
(remove points from everything else)
Sound ConcentrationSustain EnhancementFocus Fire
21iconStigma4Sustain Enhancement
24iconStigma7Sustain EnhancementBrilliant Stigma
25iconSoundholic4Sound Concentration
28iconSoundholic7Sound ConcentrationSustain Enhancement
30 iconSoundholic10*
(delevel all other skills except Dissonance)
Sound ConcentrationSustain EnhancementFocus Fire
31iconStigma4Sustain Enhancement
32iconHeavenly Tune4Quick Preparation
33 iconSound Shock4Maintained Explosion
34iconStigma7Sustain EnhancementBrilliant Stigma
39iconStigma10Sustain EnhancementBrilliant StigmaPain Brand
50iconSound Shock10Maintained ExplosionShock EnhancementRapid Fire

Combat

For Normal packs of enemies, the Bard rotation is generally Stigma>Dissonance. This combo will clear pretty much everything, however, if there are any leftovers use Sound Shock for a quick clean up.

Since Stigma has a longer cooldown than Dissonance, alternate between Stigma>Dissonance and Sonic Vibration>Dissonance

For Bosses you’ll use Serenade of Courage(if ready)>Stigma>Dissonance>Heavenly Tune>Soundholic

You’ll want to use Attack Buffs before Soundholic as it is the Bards highest Single Target damaging ability. Wait for a clear opportunity to use it and better yet: hit the boss from behind with it for extra damage potential.

Gear

Just equip the highest Item Lv. item you find. Focus on Agility for increased movement speed, reduced casting time, and faster skill cooldowns. Secondly, your next best stat is Specialization.

Bard Solo PvE Build

Here’s the general strategy for DPS Bards Chaos Dungeons, Tower Event, and solo Quests. Focus on grouping up enemies and using AoE abilities. First cast Heavenly Tune for the Attack Speed and Damage Buff. Stigma and Dissonance are the main skills that clear most enemies on their own. Sonic Vibration is another good choice for AoE. An important note here is that Prelude of Death can be an incredible ability with Tripod 3: Area of Death; it will cause insane chain reaction explosions if an enemy dies from it.

The rest of the abilities is up to you. Sound Shock is an option for a quick skill while others are on cooldown. If you find yourself taking too many hits and are low on health, Guardian Tune is another good option for some damage reduction.

Also, it would be wise to pick up the second Awakening Skill: Oratorio for a very powerful boss killer.

Bard Solo Stat Priority

As a DPS Bard in Solo a content setting you should have a separate set of accessories that has Crit as a primary stat; then Swiftness as a secondary stat. A general ratio of roughly 70/30 is optimal.

Bard Skills Solo PvE Build

Below is a solo build that focuses on clearing trash quickly.

This build requires 296 Skill Points which will require the collecting all the available Points in Shushire or if you have Rohendel unlocked, then you can grab some from there.

IconNameLevelTripodsNotes
iconHeavenly Tune101
1
1
Attack Speed and Power Buff
iconStigma103
2
1
AoE
iconDissonance102
1
2
AoE
iconSonic Vibration101
2
1
Damage and Attack Power Buff
iconPrelude of Death101
1
1
AoE
iconSoundholic101
1
2
Line up enemies and Laser Beam them down
iconSound Shock41For use between cooldowns. (Can pick up Tripod 2: Sacred Shock for Increased Damage Taken Debuff)
iconGuardian Tune41Reduce Damage Taken
iconOratorioAwakeningN/ACan often kill bosses in one hit.

Bard Group PvE Guide

Here’s the general strategy for Paladins Guardian Raids, Chaos Dungeons and Abyss Dungeons in a group setting: Alternate using Heavenly Blessings and Wrath of God to keep the Attack Power Buff on Party Members. Use Light Shock on Cooldown to keep the 10% Increased Damage Taken Debuff on the boss. Mitigate damage taken with Godsent Law for heavy hitting attacks or Holy Land if on Cooldown. Use Holy Protection to shield and heal with the 3rd Tripod Vow of Light. And lastly, try to Counter any interruptible abilities with Holy Sword.

Bard PvE Party Build Stat Priority

As a Support Bard in Group setting you should have a separate set of accessories that has Swiftness as a primary stat; then Specialization as a secondary stat. A general ratio of roughly 70/30 is optimal.

Bard Skills Party PvE Build

This build requires 328 Skill Points which will require the collecting all the available Points in Shushire or if you have Rohendel unlocked, then you can grab some from there.

IconSkill NameSkill LevelTripodsNotes
iconWind of Music102
1
2
Shield
iconSonic Vibration103
2
1
Attack Power Buff
iconGuardian Tune101
1
2
Damage Reduction;
Tripod 2: Endless Protection for a Shield or
Tripod 2: Powerful Protection for even more Damage Reduction
iconHeavenly Tune101
1
1
AoE Attack Speed Buff;
Tripod 3: Intense Performance for Attack Power Buff.
iconHarp of Rhythm101
3
1
Tripod 3: Note Brand for Increased Damage Taken Debuff on Target
Tripod 2: For Identity Gauge generation
iconSound Shock71
1
Tripod 2: Sacred Shock for Increased Damage Taken Debuff on Target
iconPrelude of Storm71
2
Tripod 1: Mind Concentration for Mana Regen.
Tripod 2: Melody Increase for Identity Gauge Generation
iconSoundholic101
1
2
High Damage
iconSymphoniaAwakeningN/APowerful Shield

Bard PvP Guide

In Player versus Player Arenas, Bards are a valuable asset to the team. They provide great utility with attack buffs, shields, and minor healing through their identity skill. They also have some pretty decent CC with a slow, stun, and a 4 second fear.

PvP Stats

  • 1000 Agility
  • 249 Endurance
  • 1 Crit

Bard Skills PvP Build

Feel free to change whatever skills you like depending on your playstyle and how you see fit.

The one change below, especially if you play in 3v3’s, is including Rhapsody of Light with the Tripod 3: Shining Protection for a very strong damage taken reduction buff. You will definitely also want Tripod 2: Stabilized Light for Knockback Immunity.

The Best Bard PvP Awakening Skill is Symphonia due to it’s very high Shielding. However, if your team finds it would be more helpful to have more damage use Oratorio.

Below is a general PvP build that is a great foundation to build upon.

IconSkill NameSkill LevelTripodsNotes
iconHeavenly Tune102
1
2
Precast for buff
iconGuardian Tune101
1
2
Precast for buff
iconSonic Vibration103
3
Knock up enemy
iconPrelude of Storm102
1
2
CC: Stun
Tripod 3: Lightning Concentration for Longer ranged stun
iconPrelude of Death103
2
2
CC: Fear
Tripod 3: Howling of Pain for the fear effect
iconSoundholic102
1
2
Once CC’d, free burst damage.
iconMarch73
3
Useful to run away and slow enemies
iconRhythm Buckshot72
2
Quick Knock Down to Peel

Here’s Youtuber Pum with some extraordinary 1v1 PVP.

For further pvp reading check out gFeverTV’s PvP Guide here.

Engravings

Mandatory

The Awakening engraving allows for more usages and more frequent usage. It also fills up the Identity Gauge very quickly so that you can use your Identity Skill more often. Desperate Salvation is also a no brainer as you will now heal more when using the Identity Skill Serenade of Salvation. Heavy Armor Equipment is up here in the Mandatory section as Bards are one of the most susceptible to damage. Having 150% increased defense combined with all the other abilities means it will be very hard to be killed.

IconEngravingDescriptionSource
iconAwakeningLv. 1: Awakening Skill Cooldown -10%. +1 maximum use.
Lv. 2: … -25% … +2
Lv. 3: … -50% … +3
Chaos Dungeons
Cube
iconDesperate SalvationLv. 1: When the recovery effect ends, an additional recovery effect is activated, recovering 8% of your Max HP.
Lv. 2: … 16% …
Lv. 3: … 24% …
Guardian Raid
Abyss Dungeon
iconHeavy Armor EquipmentLv. 1: All Defense +30%. The amount of Defense increased by Heavy Armor Equipment is not affected by effects that cause Defense reduction.
Lv. 2: …+75%.
Lv. 3: …+150%.
Chaos Dungeons
Cube
Specialist*Lv. 1: Shield and HP recovery effects used on yourself and party members are increased by 6%, and when the target’s HP is below 50%, this effect is increased by an additional 3%
Lv. 2: … 14% … 7%
Lv. 3: … 24% … 12%
*May not be available on launch

Optional

True Courage will further improve party damage .

Spirit Absorption is a great option to reduce cooldowns on skills. In particular, if going for a high Specialization stat build, this makes up for the loss of Agility. Increased Max MP is great option for high Agility builds, as you use more abilities you use more Mana and can run into Out of Mana problems.

IconEngravingDescriptionSource
iconSpirit AbsorptionLv. 1: Atk./Move Speed +3%.
Lv. 2: …+8%.
Lv. 3: …+15%
Chaos Dungeons
Cube
iconTrue CourageLv. 1: Serenade of Courage makes outgoing Damage +10% and Crit Rate +10%.
Lv. 2: … Damage +15% …
Lv. 3: … Damage +20% …
Guardian Raid
Abyss Dungeon
iconIncreased Max MPLv. 1: Max MP +5%.
Lv. 2: Max MP +15%.
Lv. 3: Max MP +30%.
Chaos Dungeons
Cube

Gear Sets

Below is a list of all the gear sets and their bonuses that available to Tier 1 Bards. You can mix and match 2-Set bonuses using 2 or 3 different ones. Depending on your playstyle and what’s available to you, you may want to take two 2-set bonuses instead of a full 5-set Bonus. You can also have one set for Chaos Dungeons and other Solo Content, and another for Guardian Raids and other Group Content.

Item LevelRaritySet Bonus NameEffectsSource
385RelicDark Night2-Set: When attacking a foe, 30% chance for +8% Atk and Move Speed for 6s. (Cooldown: 3s)
5-Set: Increases Crit Rate by 40%, but decreases Crit Damage by 40%.
Chaos Dungeons Rohendel (Welcome 3)
Chaos Dungeon Rohendel (Nightmare 1-4)
385RelicPhantom Memory2-Set: Attack Speed and Move Speed +5%
5-Set: Increases Damage with an Awakening Skill to Seed or lesser monsters by 60%. Increases Damage to Challenge or lesser monsters by 60% when hitting them with an Awakening Skill for 10s. (Cooldown: 60s)
Chaos Dungeons Rohendel (Welcome 3)
Chaos Dungeon Rohendel (Nightmare 1-4)
385RelicVoid Afterimage2-Set: Decreases damage taken by 30% when HP is below 30%.
+15% Atk. Speed and Move Speed, +10% Skill Cooldown.
5-Set: When hitting a foe with a normal attack, +15% Additional Damage for 3s (Cooldown: 1s)
Chaos Dungeon Rohendel (Welcome 3)
Chaos Dungeon Rohendel (Nightmare 1-4)
340LegendaryAwakened Hatred2-Set: Combat Resource Recovery Speed: +30%
5-Set: Crit Damage +25
Abyss Dungeon (Corridor of the Twisted Lord)
Abyss Dungeon (Hildebrigne, Dream Palace)
340LegendaryBoisterous Elemental2-Set: Increases Attack Speed and Move Speed by 4% for 6s, up to 8% when attacking monsters Boss rank or above. (Cooldown: 3s)
5-Set: Increases damage to monsters Boss ranked or above by 12%.
Abyss Dungeon (Corridor of the Twisted Lord)
Abyss Dungeon (Hildebrigne, Dream Palace)
340LegendaryDense Confusion2-Set: Attack Speed and Move Speed +4%
5-Set: Crit Rate +15%
Abyss Dungeon (Corridor of the Twisted Lord)
Abyss Dungeon (Hildebrigne, Dream Palace)
340LegendaryEnraged Nature2-Set: Move Speed +8%
5-Set: Atk. Power +4% for 8s, up to 12% when attacking a monster Boss ranked or above. (Cooldown: 3s)
Abyss Dungeon (Corridor of the Twisted Lord)
Abyss Dungeon (Hildebrigne, Dream Palace)
340LegendaryMist2-Set: Decreases damage taken from Normal ranked monsters by 20%.
5-Set: Increases damage dealt to monsters Challenge rank or below by 15%.
Abyss Dungeon (Corridor of the Twisted Lord)
Abyss Dungeon (Hildebrigne, Dream Palace)
302EpicAncient2-Set: When hit while HP is below 20%, restores 3% of Max HP for 15s each time you hit a Normal monster. (Cooldown: 60s)
5-Set: Increases damage by 17% when hitting 3 or more foes.
Abyss Dungeon (Valley of Beasts)
Abyss Dungeon (Spirit of the Necromancer)
302EpicRugged Valley2-Set: Move Speed +8%
5-Set: Atk. Power +4% for 8s, up to 12% when attacking a monster Boss ranked or above. (Cooldown: 3s)
Abyss Dungeon (Valley of Beasts)
Abyss Dungeon (Spirit of the Necromancer)
302EpicSeraphic Oath2-Set: Attack Speed +8%
5-Set: Additional Damage +10%
Abyss Dungeon (Valley of Beasts)
Abyss Dungeon (Spirit of the Necromancer)
302EpicStalwart Years2-Set: Attack Speed +8%
5-Set: Additional Damage +10%
Abyss Dungeon (Valley of Beasts)
Abyss Dungeon (Spirit of the Necromancer)
Total
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