Dark and Darker – Basic Bard Quick Guide

Basic Guide to Bard

Solo

Perks:

Rapier Mastery > Charismatic Performance/Fermata > 4th Perk free choice

Usable Alternatives:

Superior Dexterity, Dancing Feet, Story Teller, Wanderer’s Luck, War Song, Lore Mastery

Skills / Music:

Always double Music Memory with priority:

Rousing Rhythms > Beats of Alacrity > Shriek of Weakness > Ballad of Courage > Aria of Alacrity

Remaining Songs free choice(in suggested order): Tranquility, Unchained Harmony, Lament of Languor, Piercing Shrill, Song of Shadows, Song of Silence, Harmonic Shield

Duo / Trio

Perks:

Charismatic Performance/Fermata > Rapier Mastery/War Song

Usable Alternatives:

Superior Dexterity, Dancing Feet, Story Teller(very good when cleric/wizard in team), Wanderer’s Luck, Reinforced Instruments, Lore Mastery

Skills / Music:

Always double Music Memory with priority:

Rousing Rhythms > Beats of Alacrity > Shriek of Weakness > Ballad of Courage > Accelerando > Allegro

Remaining Songs free choice(in suggested order): Tranquility, Aria of Alacrity, Harmonic Shield, Song of Shadows, Unchained Harmony

Depending on classes in the party following can change:

  • Unchained Harmony – move up in prio if you’re the dedicated looter
  • War Song – not as important if playing with “casters”
  • Peacemaking – very fun and viable when playing with two casters (wizards)
  • Piercing Shrill – damage applies through walls, can get people out of invis
  • Tranquility – useful if you need to save on bandages or to survive in dark swarm

Items:

Usually run Rapier+Crossbow (with lantern/buckler), alternatively Falchion which allows to replace Rapier Mastery from your perks with anything else. Survival bow is also viable as a secondary weapon. Remaining gear preferrable with resourcefulness and as little negative movespeed.

Stats:

Enough knowledge/memory cap to enable as many songs as necessary. Not extremely important since you have 6-7 songs available by default (Rhousing Rhythms/Story Teller enables more if needed).

STR/AGI/MoveSpeed/RES/DEX > VIG/Phys Power/Knowledge/Max Health/Action Speed

  • RES = Resourcefulness is responsible for your buffs duration on you and other party members. Additional 5 RES from base extends duration of buffs by 33%, 15 res = 100%. Diminishing returns start at 35 RES.
  • DEX = Affects song casting speed

Charismatic performance allows you to skip a note and speed up music casts. Get used to doubleclicking each song and instantly “failing” the first note, and you will still get a perfect performance.

Shriek of Weakness affects PvE monsters a lot more than players. It’s almost like double damage when used against PvE.

Useful Note:

Casting accelerando as your last buff will remove the “confetti” particles from your character after it runs out, so doing a full buff cycle and ending with accel will allow you to remain hard to see in dark areas.

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