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Musicians whose dulcet tones soothe savage beasts...or kill them.


The Bard is a job in Final Fantasy V and part of the Fire Crystal job set, although the actual shard is found in a chocobo gullet later on. The Bard has the second-worst Magic Power out of all mage classes, just above the Red Mage, as well as the second-lowest Stamina in the game, making them prone to dying when not handled correctly. Bards focus on their Sing skillset, which comes to use against enemies vulnerable to Stop or Confuse, against undead enemies, or in drawn-out boss fights.

Bards are the only job outside of Freelancer to equip harps whose damage is often based on a percent of the enemy's current HP, and therefore will not do much damage (with the exception of the Apollo Harp, as it does not deal fractional damage).

Mastering Bard for all four characters in the mobile and Steam versions earns the player the achievement "The Music Man".


The Bard's costume is designed to reflect a medieval minstrel. All five wear a green shirt and headband. Lenna and Krile wear dresses, Bartz wears leggings and Faris wears baggy trousers, and Galuf wears a long tunic that reaches his ankles.


The Bard has a host of songs. Some can only obtained in the first or second world. While the effects of some songs are instantaneous, other songs are ongoing, meaning the Bard will continue to sing until he/she is hit by an attack, killed, or silenced, though in most cases the song's effect will remain even after the Bard stops singing. If a party member is turned into a zombie while singing, they will continue to sing as a zombie.

The Equip Harp ability gives characters the Bard's base Agility and Magic unless otherwise already at a higher value.

Upon mastery, Freelancers and Mimes gain the Bard's base Agility and Magic unless they already have a higher base from another mastered job.

Level-up abilities[]

Sing is the Bard's innate command ability, and they naturally equip harps. Leveling the job up allows the character's other jobs to use these as well.

Level 1 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Hide
Advance Name Hide
Anthology Name Hide
AP Required 25
Type Command
Innate N
Description Duck out of sight to avoid attacks.
Information Lets any job use the Hide command.
Level 2 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Equip Harps
Advance Name Equip Harps
Anthology Name EqHarp
AP Required 50
Type Support
Innate Y
Description Gain the ability to equip Harps.
Information Any job with this ability will be able to equip Harps, and will gain their character's base Freelancer Magic +11 and Agility +11 if their default stats are lower.
Level 3 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Sing
Advance Name Sing
Anthology Name Sing
AP Required 100
Type Command
Innate Y
Description Sing songs with various abilities.
Information Lets any job use the Sing command.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

Bard appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Fire-elemental Backup cards.



In medieval Gaelic and British culture, a 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.