Bards use their songs to enhance their party's performance. The effect of their songs varies depending on the harp they use.
The bearer of this certificate has expertly harnessed the power of song and is deemed worthy of the title of Master Bard.
Mastery certificate description
The Bard is a job class in Final Fantasy III gained from the Water Crystal. Bards use their Sing ability to support their allies or, in the 3D versions, damage their enemies. Final Fantasy III introduced the Bard into the series, as well as their Sing ability and the use of instruments as a weapon type.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
NES version[edit | edit source]
- Special ability - Scare
Each use of the Bard's 'Scare' command reduces all enemies' levels:
- Enemy's level = Enemy's level - 3
Multiple uses of 'Scare' can eventually lead to enemies running away instead of attacking in battle. An enemy will only run away if:
- (Lowest character's level) - (Enemy's level) > 15
If the above condition is met, then the chance that a monster will choose to Run will be:
- %Chance to Run = 100 - Monster Hit%
As an enemy's level is decreased, there is the potential of reducing its Magic Attack Multiplier. Bosses are immune to 'Scare' and will also never attempt to Run.
- Special ability - Cheer
The Bard's 'Cheer' command gives an additional bonus to physical Base Damage for each party member:
- Base Damage = Base Damage + (10 * # of Cheers) (for physical attacks only).
3D versions[edit | edit source]
- Special ability - Sing
Selecting Sing will cause the Bard to sing a song depending on which harp the user has equipped. The song will always be performed as the first action of each turn.
Stats[edit | edit source]
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Equipment[edit | edit source]
Weapons[edit | edit source]
Armor[edit | edit source]
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
The Bard appears as a character card.
The Bard appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as multiple Ice-elemental cards.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
When a Bard uses his or her Sing ability in the 3D version, they chant the first five notes from the "Final Fantasy" theme.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Etymology[edit | edit source]
bard was a professional poet, employed by a patron, such as a monarch or nobleman, to commemorate the patron's ancestors and to praise the patron's own activities. Originally a specific class of poet, with the decline of living bardic tradition in the modern period the term "bard" acquired generic meaning of an epic author/singer/narrator, or any poets, especially famous ones. For example, William Shakespeare is known as the Bard or the Bard of Avon.In medieval Gaelic and British culture, a