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The Bard is a Job in Final Fantasy XIV, introduced as the Discipline of War Archer (弓術士, Kyuujutsu Shi?) in the original release. Players start as an Archer, and then may upgrade to Bard using the Soul Crystal obtained from the quest A Song of Bards and Bowmen after Archer reaches level 30. The quest is given by Luciane after clearing The One that Got Away.

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ArcherEdit

Archer Class Artwork ARR
The enduring popularity of the Bow is a testament to its elegant design, but this simple weapon would be of little worth without the surpassing skill of those who master it - the archers. Bow techniques such as high-angle fire enable archers to assail their foes with deadly precision, even from great distances.

Constant assessment of the battlefield enables them to carefully determine the most advantageous ground from which to loose, as well as the nature of the arrows best suited to their enemy. Along with the longbow sentries of the Elezen military, the shortbow hunters among the Miqo'te are widely regarded as the most skilled with a bow. The guild's teachings cover a variety of long distance weapons, down to the simplest throwing rock.
—Lodestone

Archers wield a bow and, while not possessing as much damage dealing potential as other DPS classes, Archers have the advantage of range. While their HP and defense is rather low compared to other disciplines, Archers possess the unique trait of being able to attack while running away from aggressive enemies.

Archers do not possess any combo actions, but they do possess abilities that increase the chance of critical strikes, allowing them to quickly deplete an enemy's HP. Archers also have access to area-of-effect attacks and are able to inflict several status effects on their enemies.

BardEdit

The word bard ordinarily puts folk in mind of those itinerant minstrels, fair of voice and nimble of finger, who earn their coin performing in taverns and the halls of great lords. Few know, however, that bards in fact trace their origins back to the bowmen of eld, who sang in the heat of battle to fortify the spirits of their companions.

In time, their impassioned songs came to hold sway over the hearts of men, inspiring their comrades to great feats and granting peace unto those who lay upon the precipice of death.
—Lodestone

Bard shares same role actions with Machinist, as both are classified as Physical Ranged DPS. Bards specialize in various songs that enchant allies, if they are in range, and self with buffs. Some songs can only be executed while other songs are being sung, while some can drain MP while being sung. Songs extends Archer's abilities by granting additional effects, such as resetting recast time of other abilities.

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ArcherEdit

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BardEdit

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HeavenswardEdit

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StormbloodEdit

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EquipmentEdit

The Archer class is defined by wielding bows. Unlike in version 1.0, arrows are no longer equipped.

In terms of late game armor and accessories, Archers and Bards wear "Aiming" gear sets, which tend to be more flamboyant than other DPS classes. While the armor is shared only with Machinists, the Aiming accessories are additionally shared with Rogues and Ninjas.

Job GaugeEdit

FFXIV BRD Mages Ballad Gauge

Mage's Ballad Gauge.

The Job Gauge was introduced to players in 4.0 Stormblood. The Bard uses the Mage's Ballad, Army's Paeon, and The Wanderer's Minuet Gauges.

FFXIV BRD Armys Paeon Gauge

Army's Paeon Gauge.

The Job Gauges share the same trigger effect called Repertoire. Repertoire can be triggered if either Caustic Bite or Stormbite has dealt critical damage over time. Repertoire grants more effect stacks, except for Mage's Ballad, and additional effects to songs.

FFXIV BRD Wanderers Minuet Gauge

The Wanderer's Minuet Gauge.

The Mage's Ballad Gauge indicates the time remaining for its duration. While Mage's Ballad is being sung, the Repertoire effect resets the recast times for Bloodletter and Rain of Death.

The Army's Paeon Gauge indicates the time remaining for its duration and the number of stacks it currently has. If the Repertoire effect is triggered while Army's Paeon is being sung, the bard is granted one stack and reduced action cast and recast time.

The Wanderer's Minuet Gauge indicates the time remaining for its duration and the number of stacks it currently has. The action Pitch Perfect will become available if the Repertoire effect is triggered while the Wanderer's Minuet is being sung.

AbilitiesEdit

Ability Level Type Cast Recast Cost Range Radius
Heavy Shot
FFXIV Heavy Shot Icon
FFXIV Archer Icon1 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s (Base value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be) 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 180.
Additional Effect: 20% chance of becoming Straight Shot Ready
Duration: 10s
Straight Shot
FFXIV Straight Shot Icon
FFXIV Archer Icon2 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s (Base value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be) 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 200.
Can only be executed while Straight Shot Ready.
Raging Strikes
FFXIV Raging Strikes Icon
FFXIV Archer Icon4 Ability Instant 80s
Increases damage dealt by 10%.
Duration: 20s
Venomous Bite
FFXIV Venomous Bite Icon
FFXIV Archer Icon6 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s (Base value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be) 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Venom
Potency: 30
Duration: 30s
Bloodletter
FFXIV Bloodletter Icon
FFXIV Archer Icon12 Ability Instant 15s 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 150.
Shares a recast timer with Rain of Death.
Repelling Shot
FFXIV Repelling Shot Icon
FFXIV Archer Icon15 (Complete the quest "Violators Will Be Shot") Ability Instant 30s 5y
Jump 10 yalms back from current position.
Cannot be executed while bound.
Quick Knock
FFXIV Quick Nock Icon
FFXIV Archer Icon18 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s (Base value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be) 12y 12y cone
Delivers an attack with potency of 150 to all enemies in a cone in front of you.
Additional Effect: 30% chance the recast timer for Bloodletter and Rain of Death will be reset
Windbite
FFXIV Windbite Icon
FFXIV Archer Icon30 (Complete the quest "The One That Got Away") Weaponskill Instant 2.5s (Base value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be) 25y
Deals wind damage with a potency of 60.
Additional Effect: Wind damage over time
Potency: 40
Duration: 30s
Mage's Ballad
FFXIV Mage's Ballad Icon
FFXIV Bard Icon30 (Complete the quest "A Song of Bards and Bowmen") Spell Instant 80s 25y
Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Grants Mage's Ballad to all party members within 30 yalms, increasing their damage dealt by 1%
Duration: 30s
Additional Effect: 40% chance to grant Repertoire when damage over time is dealt by Caustic Bite or Stormbite
Repertoire Effect: Resets the recast timer of Bloodletter and Rain of Death
This action does not share a recast timer with any other actions. Furthermore, the recast timer cannot be affected by other actions.
the Warden's Paean
FFXIV The Warden's Paean Icon
FFXIV Bard Icon35 (Complete the quest "The Archer's Anthem") Ability Instant 45s 30y
Removes one select detrimental effect from self or target party member. If the target is not enfeebled, a barrier is created nullifying the target's next detrimental effect suffered.
Duration: 30s
Barrage
FFXIV Barrage Icon
FFXIV Archer Icon38 Ability Instant 80s
Triples the number of strikes for a single-target weaponskill. Additional effects added only once.
Duration: 10s
Additional Effect: Grants Straight Shot Ready
Duration: 10s
Army's Paeon
FFXIV Army's Paeon Icon
FFXIV Bard Icon40 (Complete the quest "Bard's-eye View") Spell Instant 80s 25y
Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Grants Army's Paeon to all party members within 30 yalms, increasing their direct hit rate by 3%
Duration: 30s
Additional Effect: 40% chance to grant Repertoire when damage over time is dealt by Caustic Bite or Stormbite
Repertoire Effect: Reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay by 4%
Can be stacked up to 4 times.
This action does not share a recast timer with any other actions. Furthermore, the recast timer cannot be affected by other actions
Rain of Death
FFXIV Rain of Death Icon
FFXIV Bard Icon45 (Complete the quest "Doing It the Bard Way") Ability Instant 15s 25y 8y circle
Delivers an attack with a potency of 130 to the target and all enemies near it.
Shares a recast timer with Bloodletter.
Battle Voice
FFXIV Battle Voice Icon
FFXIV Bard Icon50 (Complete the quest "Requiem for the Fallen") Ability Instant 180s 20y circle
Increases direct hit rate of all nearby party members by 20%.
Duration: 20s
Can only be executed while singing Mage's Ballad, Army's Paeon, or the Wanderer's Minuet.
the Wanderer's Minuet
FFXIV Wanderer's Minuet Icon
FFXIV Bard Icon52 (Complete the quest "The Stiff and the Spent") Spell Instant 80s 25y
Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Grants the Wanderer's Minuet to all party members within 30 yalms, increasing their critical hit rate by 2%
Duration: 30s
Additional Effect: 40% chance to grant Repertoire when damage over time is dealt by Caustic Bite or Stormbite
Repertoire Effect: Allows execution of Pitch Perfect.
Can be stacked up to 3 times.
This action does not share a recast timer with any other actions. Furthermore, the recast timer cannot be affected by other actions.
Pitch Perfect
FFXIV Pitch Perfect Icon
FFXIV Bard Icon52 Ability Instant 3s All Repertoire 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 when Repertoire stack is 1, 250 when Repertoire stack is 2, and 450 when Repertoire stack is 3.
Can only be executed when the Wanderer's Minuet is active.
Empyreal Arrow
FFXIV Empyreal Arrow Icon
FFXIV Bard Icon54 (Complete the quest "Requiem on Ice") Ability Instant 15s 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 230.
Iron Jaws
FFXIV Iron Jaws Icon
FFXIV Bard Icon56 (Complete the quest "When Gnaths Cry") Weaponskill Instant 2.5s (Base value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be) 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: If the target is suffering from Caustic Bite or Stormbite effect inflicted by you, the effect timer is reset.
Additional Effect: 35% chance of becoming Straight Shot Ready
Duration: 10s
The Warden's Paean
FFXIV The Warden's Paean Icon
FFXIV Bard Icon58 (Complete the quest A Saint of Song) Weaponskill Instant 45.00s 30y
Removes one select detrimental effect from a target party member or pet. If the target is not enfeebled, a barrier is created nullifying the target's next detrimental effect suffered.
Duration: 30s
Sidewinder
FFXIV Sidewinder Icon
FFXIV Bard Icon60 (Complete the quest "The Ballad of Oblivion") Ability Instant 60s 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: If the target is suffering from a Caustic Bite or Stormbite effect inflicted by you, Sidewinder's potency is increased to 200 for one effect, or 300 for both
Shares a recast timer with Shadowbite.
Troubadour
FFXIV Troubadour Icon
FFXIV Bard Icon62 Ability Instant 120s 20y circle
Reduces damage taken by self and nearby party members by 10%.
Duration: 15s
Effect cannot be stacked with machinist's Tactician or dancer's Shield Samba.
Caustic Bite
FFXIV Caustic Bite Icon
FFXIV Bard Icon64 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s (Base value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be) 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 150.
Additional Effect: Poison
Potency: 40
Duration: 30s
Additional Effect: 35% chance of becoming Straight Shot Ready
Duration: 10s
Stormbite
FFXIV Stormbite Icon
FFXIV Bard Icon64 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s (Base value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be) 25y
Deals wind damage with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Wind damage over time
Potency: 50
Duration: 30s
Additional Effect: 35% chance of becoming Straight Shot Ready
Duration: 10s
Nature's Minne
FFXIV Nature's Minne Icon
FFXIV Bard Icon66 Ability Instant 90s 30y
Increases HP recovery via healing magic for a party member or self by 20%.
Duration: 15s
Refulgent Arrow
FFXIV Refulgent Arrow Icon
FFXIV Bard Icon70 (Complete the quest "Sweet Dreams Are Made of Peace") Weaponskill Instant 2.5s (Base value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be) 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 330.
Can only be executed when Straight Shot Ready.
Shadowbite
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FFXIV Bard Icon72 Ability Instant 60s 25y 5y circle
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Additional Effect: If the target is suffering from a Caustic Bite or Stormbite effect inflicted by you, Shadowbite potency is increased to 160 for one effect, or 220 for both
Shares a recast timer with Sidewinder.
Burst Shot
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FFXIV Bard Icon76 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s (Base value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be) 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 230.
Additional Effect: 35% chance of becoming Straight Shot Ready
Duration: 10s
Apex Arrow
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FFXIV Bard Icon80 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s (Base value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be) All Soul Voice 25y 25y line
Delivers an attack with a potency of 120 to all enemies in a straight line before you.
Soul Voice Gauge Cost: 20
Potency increases up to 600 as Soul Voice Gauge exceeds minimum cost.
Consumes Soul Voice Gauge upon execution.

Role ActionsEdit

Action Level Type Cast Recast Range Radius Role Affinity
Leg Graze
FFXIV Leg Graze Icon
6 Ability Instant 30s 25y FFXIV Physical Ranged DPS Icon
Inflicts target with Heavy +40%.
Duration: 10s
Second Wind
FFXIV Second Wind Icon
8 Ability Instant 120s FFXIV Physical Ranged DPS IconFFXIV Melee Dps Icon
Instantly restores own HP.
Cure Potency: 500
Foot Graze
FFXIV Foot Graze Icon
10 Ability Instant 30s 25y FFXIV Physical Ranged DPS Icon
Binds target.
Duration: 10s
Cancels auto-attack upon execution.
Target unbound if damage taken.
Peloton
FFXIV Peloton Icon
20 Ability Instant 5s 20y circle FFXIV Physical Ranged DPS Icon
Increases movement speed of self and nearby party members as long as they remain within distance.
Duration: 30s
Effect ends when enmity is generated. Cannot be used in battle.
Head Graze
FFXIV Head Graze Icon
24 Ability Instant 30s 25y FFXIV Physical Ranged DPS Icon
Interrupts the use of a target's action.
Arm's Length
FFXIV Arms Length Icon
32 Ability Instant 120s FFXIV Tank IconFFXIV Melee Dps IconFFXIV Physical Ranged DPS Icon
Creates a barrier nullifying most knockback and draw-in effects.
Duration: 6s
Additional Effect: Slow +20% when barrier is struck
Duration: 15s

TraitsEdit

Name Level Description
Heavier Shot
FFXIV Heavier Shot Icon
FFXIV Archer Icon8 Adds to Heavy Shot a 20% chance that you will become Straight Shot Ready.
Duration: 10s
Increased Action Damage
FFXIV Increased Action Damage Icon
FFXIV Archer Icon20 Increases base action damage by 10%.
Increased Action Damage II
FFXIV Increased Action Damage II Icon
FFXIV Archer Icon40 Increases base action damage by 20%.
Bite Mastery
FFXIV Bite Mastery Icon
FFXIV Bard Icon64 Upgrades Venomous Bite and Windbite to Caustic Bite and Stormbite respectively.
Enhanced Empyreal Arrow
FFXIV Enhanced Empyreal Arrow Icon
FFXIV Bard Icon68 Guarantees the trigger of the additional effects for current Mage's Ballad, Army's Paeon, and the Wanderer's Minuet when Empyreal Arrow hits a target.
Straight Shot Mastery
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FFXIV Bard Icon70 Upgrades Straight Shot to Refulgent Arrow.
Enhanced Quick Nock
FFXIV Enhanced Quick Nock Icon
FFXIV Bard Icon74 Adds to Quick Nock a 30% chance that the recast timer for Bloodletter and Rain of Death will be reset.
Bite Mastery II
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FFXIV Bard Icon76 Adds to Stormbite, Caustic Bite, and Iron Jaws a 35% chance that you will become Straight Shot Ready.
Duration: 10s
Heavy Shot Mastery
FFXIV Heavier Shot Icon
FFXIV Bard Icon76 Upgrades Heavy Shot to Burst Shot.
Enhanced Army's Paeon
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FFXIV Bard Icon78 While under the effect of Army's Paeon with at least one stack of Repertoire, singing Mage's Ballad or the Wanderer's Minuet will grant Army's Muse, reducing weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay.
Duration: 10s
Allowing the effect of Army's Paeon and accumulated stacks of Repertoire to expire without singing Mage's Ballad or the Wanderer's Minuet will grant Army's Ethos.
Duration: 30s
While under the effect of Army's Ethos, singing Mage's Ballad or the Wanderer's Minuet will grant Army's Muse. Both Army's Ethos and Army's Muse require stacks of Repertoire, the number of which will determine the potency of the latter.
1 Repertoire: 1%
2 Repertoire: 2%
3 Repertoire: 4%
4 Repertoire: 12%
Soul Voice
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FFXIV Bard Icon80 Increases Soul Voice Gauge by 5 each time Repertoire is granted.

PvP ActionsEdit

Ability Type Cast Recast Cost Range Radius
Burst Shot
Weaponskill Instant 2.4s 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 1,000.
Minuet/Paeon Additional Effect: Grants Repertoire if under the effect of the Wanderer's Minuet or Army's Paeon
Additional Effect: Increases Soul Voice Gauge by 10 if under the effect of the Wanderer's Minuet or Army's Paeon
Quick Knock
Weaponskill Instant 2.4s 12y 12y cone
Delivers an attack with a potency of 600 to all enemies in a cone before you.
Additional Effect: Increases Soul Voice Gauge by 10 for each enemy hit while under the effect of the Wanderer's Minuet or Army's Paeon
Apex Arrow
Weaponskill Instant 2.4s All Soul Voice 25y 25y line
Delivers an attack with a potency of 1,200 to all enemies in a straight line before you.
Soul Voice Gauge Cost: 50
Potency increases up to 2,400 as Soul Voice Gauge exceeds minimum cost.
Consumes Soul Voice Gauge upon execution.
Empyreal Arrow
FFXIV Empyreal Arrow PVP Icon
Ability Instant 15s 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 800.
Additional Effect: Grants Repertoire if under the effect of the Wanderer's Minuet or Army's Paeon
Additional Effect: Increases Soul Voice Gauge by 10 if under the effect of the Wanderer's Minuet or Army's Paeon
Maximum Charges: 2
Pitch Perfect
FFXIV Pitch Perfect PVP Icon
Ability Instant 1s All Repertoire 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 400 when Repertoire stack is 1, 800 when Repertoire stack is 2, and 1,200 when Repertoire stack is 3.
Can only be executed when the Wanderer's Minuet is active.
Sidewinder
FFXIV Sidewinder PVP Icon
Ability Instant 30s 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 800.
Potency increases up to 2,400 as the target's HP decreases.
Shadowbite
Ability Instant 30s 25y 5y circle
Delivers an attack with a potency of 600 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Potency increases up to 1,800 as target's HP nears maximum.
Repelling Shot
FFXIV Repelling Shot PVP Icon
Ability Instant 30s 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 400.
Additional Effect: 10-yalm backstep
Additional Effect: Grants Repertoire if under the effect of the Wanderer's Minuet or Army's Paeon
Additional Effect: Increases Soul Voice Gauge by 10 if under the effect of the Wanderer's Minuet or Army's Paeon
Cannot be executed while bound.
The Wanderer's Minuet
FFXIV The Wanderer's Minuet PVP Icon
Ability Instant 45s 25y
Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 600.
Additional Effect: Grants the Wanderer's Minuet, increasing damage dealt by all party members within a radius of 30 yalms by 5%
Duration: 30s
Repertoire Effect: Allows execution of Pitch Perfect
Can be stacked up to 3 times.
Army's Paeon
FFXIV Army's Paeon PVP Icon
Ability Instant 45s 25y
Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 600.
Additional Effect: Grants Army's Paeon, reducing weaponskill cast time and recast time, as well as spell cast time and recast time of all party members within a radius of 30 yalms by 5%
Duration: 30s
Repertoire Effect: Reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time by 5%
Can be stacked up to 4 times.
Nature's Minne
Ability Instant 45s 30y
Reduces damage taken by self or target party member by 10%, while increasing HP recovered by healing actions by 20%.
Duration: 10s

Common ActionsEdit

Common Actions have no cost

Action Type Cast Recast Range Radius
Head Graze
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Ability Instant 30s 25y
Silences target.
Duration: 2s
Bolt
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Ability Instant 60s
Movement speed is increased.
Duration: 10s
Rearward Potion
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Ability Instant 30s
Restores own HP.
Cure Potency: 2,000
Potency increases up to 6,000 as HP decreases.
Maximum Charges: 2

Additional PvP ActionsEdit

Players are restricted to equipping two Additional PvP Actions at once. These actions have no cost.

Action Type Cast Recast Range Radius
Leg Graze
FFXIV Leg Graze PVP Icon
Ability Instant 45s 25y
Afflicts target with Heavy +50%.
Duration: 5s
Foot Graze
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Ability Instant 45s 25y
Binds target.
Duration: 3s
Concentrate
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Ability Instant 30s
Increases potency of next weaponskill by 20%.
Duration: 5s
Recuperate
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Ability Instant 45s
Restores own HP.
Cure Potency: 3,000
Additional Effect: Removes Heavy, Bind, and Holmgang effects
Peloton
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Ability Instant 60s 20y circle
Increases movement speed of self and nearby party members.
Duration: 10s

Limit BreakEdit

Archers' and Bards' Limit Breaks focus dealing powerful damage to enemies in a straight line in front of the player. They both share the same Level 1 and Level 2 limit breaks as Machinist.

Ability Level Description Image
Big Shot 1 Deals damage in a line to enemies in front of player. Big Shot XIV
Desperado 2 Deals damage in a line to enemies in front of player. Desperado XIV
Sagittarius Arrow 3 Deals damage in a line to enemies in front of player. Saggitarius Arrow

Other appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Bard and Archer appear on cards. Bard has an Ice-elemental card and Archer a Wind-elemental.

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