Appearances: FF3, FF4, FF5, FFX-2, FF11, FFT, FFTA2
The spooniest of all job classes. The bard's primary job is support through singing songs which affect either the party's or enemies' status through their equipped harps. Their other ability is hiding from battle, which essentially means reducing the party by one, then leaving that one weak member to fend for himself if everyone dies. They have poor strength and can't do much on their own. They are generally seen as one of the worst job classes, especially in the earlier games.
Similar Job Classes: Dancer
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|OVERVIEW: Sing performs the same action as Fight, meaning it causes damage.|
|WEAPONS: Madora Harp, Loki Harp|
Sing - Sing a song to weakly damage the enemy
Cheer - Increase party's attack power slightly
Scare - Cause the enemy to run from battle, high chance of failure
Item - Use an item from inventory
|ATTRIBUTES: High agility, high HP, low strength|
|NAME: Edward Chris von Muir/Gilbert Chris von Muir|
|OVERVIEW: Edward will automatically hide when his HP is critical. He only has two songs which cast Sleep of Confuse on one enemy. He stays in your party for a relatively brief time.|
|WEAPONS: Uses harps best|
Sing - Sing a melody to the target, causing a random status ailment
Hide - Remove self from battlefield to avoid damage, but disable all actions, but "Show"
Show - Return to battlefield after activating "Hide"
Heal/Medicine - Split a potion from the inventory amongst the party
|ATTRIBUTES: Average in all stats|
|OVERVIEW: Bards sing a song at random which usually has an enhancing effect on the party.|
|WEAPONS: Knives, Harps|
!Hide - Remove self from the battlefield to avoid damage, but disable all other actions but "Appear"
!Appear - Return to battlefield after activating "Hide"
!Sing - Sing a random melody that affects the status of allies or enemies
Equip Harps - Equip any harp despite job class
Sinewy Etude - Increases party strength
Swift Song - Increases party speed
Mana's Paean - Increases party magic
Hero's Rime - Increases party stats
Mighty March - Casts Regen on party
Romeo's Ballad - Casts Stop on enemy
Alluring Air - Casts Confuse on all enemies
Requiem - Casts damage on undead enemies
|ATTRIBUTES: High magic, low strength|
|OVERVIEW: Songstress also includes traits of the Dancer. Songstresses cannot attack, unless they are afflicted with Berserk.|
Darkness Dance - Cast Blind on enemy for length of dance
Samba of Silence - Cast Silence on enemy for length of dance
MP Mambo - MP cost for party is 0 for length of dance
Magical Masque - Party is invulnerable to magic attacks for length of dance
Sleepy Shuffle - Puts all enemies to sleep for length of dance
Carnival Cancan - Party's max HP is doubled for length of dance
Slow Dance - Cast Slow on all enemies for length of dance
Brakedance - Cast Stop on all enemies for length of dance
Jitterbug - Cast Haste on party for length of dance
Dirty Dancing - All allies' attacks are critical hits for length of dance
Battle Cry - Raise party's strength for length of song
Cantus Firmus - Raise party's defense for length of song
Esoteric Melody - Raise party's magic power for length of song
Disenchant - Raise party's magic defense for length of song
Perfect Pitch - Raise party's accuracy for length of song
Matador's Song - Raise party's evasion for length of song
|SUPPORT ABILITIES: None|
|ATTRIBUTES: Low HP, low strength, low physical defense, low accuracy, low luck|
|OVERVIEW: Bard is one of the most effective support jobs, and is often sought after by party leaders. They have a wide variety of songs availble.|
|WEAPONS: Uses String Instruments and Wind Instrments best|
Soul Voice - Double effectiveness of songs
Bard Song - Sing a song to enhance party attributes or debilitate enemies
|SUPPORT ABILITIES: Resist Silence|
|ATTRIBUTES: Low strength, low magic|
|OVERVIEW: Only males can be bards. Females become Dancers, whose abilities only affect enemies. Bards sing until they are told to stop.|
Seraph/Angel Song (PSX) - Restore MP
Life's Anthem/Life Song (PSX) - Restore HP
Rousing Melody/Cheer Song (PSX) - Raise speed
Battle Chant/Battle Song (PSX)- Raise strength
Magickal Refrain/Magic Song (PSX) - Raise magic power
Nameless Song - Various divine protection
Finale/Last Song (PSX) - Raise ally's CT count to 100
Reaction Abilities: Magick Boost/MA Save (PSX) - raise magic attack power; Faith Boost/Face Up (PSX) - raise Faith
Support Abilities: None
Move Abilities: Move +3, Fly (leap over enemies and obstacles)
|ATTRIBUTES: Low evasion, low HP, low MP, low attack power
|FF: Tactics A2|
|OVERVIEW: Hurdy the Bard is a cross between the FF Tactics and FF4 versions; he generally supports nearby allies, but can also hide himself or harm undead enemies.|
Requiem - Harm/destroy undead enemies.
Hide - Turn self invisible.
Battle Chant - Raise defense.
Magickal Refrain - Raise resistance.
Angelsong - Cause Regen status.
Soul Etude - Restore HP and remove debuffs.
Magick Ballad - Restores MP.
Nameless Song - Cause random buffs.
Reaction Abilities: None
Support Abilities: None
Traits of Bard in Other Games
|FF10: Tidus can Cheer like the FF3 Bard, which raises the party's strength.|
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