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Bard FAQ

  • Bards are intended to amplify a party or raids ability to perform within their own class. [2]
  • Not just intended to increase dps, but also for support, healing, damage reduction, and movement. [2][3]
  • Telling a story is going to be the thematic component for how the bard interacts with the party. [2]
  • That story is going to enhance player ability to perform, similar to buffing up the party. [2]
  • Not just a buff bot, buffs are short enough in duration that bards won't be invited to party for buffs and then kicked [2]
  • Those buffs are based on performance in combat. [2]
  • The Bard gives nearby allies buff based on skill used. For example a sword slash with a gladiatorial performance attack inspires nearby friends with bonus critical multiplier for 8-10 seconds. [2]
  • Positioning of party members compared to the bard will matter. [2]

How do you plan on making Bards cool?[4]

  1. Won't be a hybrid, don't have a role.
  2. Will make the role meaningful with engaging combat.
  3. Doesn't have to play musical instruments / lute [5]
    1. Dance
    2. Theater
    3. Poetry

[39:00] Will the bard class feature SWG non-combat skills… like music?[6]

  1. Probably not in that way.
  2. Will be more based on where the area is, who is taking part
  3. We do not want a specific class to be the downtime guy
  4. Bards will have utility out of combat like all classes


  1. Kickstarter | Image
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7
  3. Ashes_of_Creation_Livestream_2018-1-18#What_role_would_you_like_bards_or_summoner.27s_of_any_class_combination_to_play_within_a_party_.3F
  4. Death'sProxy_Q&A_2017-05-17#How_do_you_plan_on_making_Bards_cool.3F
  5. PAX_East_2018_Steven_Q&A_2018-4-6#Will_you_be_able_to_have_instruments_and_play_them_outside_of_the_skill.3F
  6. Aggelos_Q&A_2017-05-19#.5B40:00.5D_Will_the_bard_class_feature_SWG_non-combat_skills.E2.80.A6_like_music.3F