Build for Sword Bard
Most Valor advantages can be achieved by picking the right race (half-elf for shields or glaives, elf for long bows, gith for greatswords), so Swords seems like a better option.
For DEX builds Swords Bard is a better version of Eldritch Knight – bards are full casters. Add a level of Wizard and you can cast haste and summon elementals.
Add 2 levels of Paladin and you can smite like crazy. Switch focus from DEX to INT and you get a skill monkey full wizard in mail that can sing and heal.
Good builds for Swords Bard:
- 1) 2 Paladin, 8/9/10 Bard, 0/1/2 Wizard (STR focus)
- 2) 6/8/10/11 Bard, 1/2/4/6 Wizard (DEX/INT focus)
If you want Lore Bard:
- 3) 10/11 Bard 1/2 Wizard (CHA focus offensive caster)