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Edward Chris von Muir is a Bard from Final Fantasy IV.

Please others with love, please your heart with song.

Dissidia Final Fantasy, Bard Lore

The Bard (吟遊詩人, Gin'yūshijin?, lit. Minstrel), sometimes abbreviated as BRD (, Gin?) is a recurring job class in the Final Fantasy series.


Bards are characterized as wearing lightweight tunics and feathered hats. The Bard's signature weapon is the harp, but they are often able to equip other types of instruments, especially in more recent games. Their ability is Sing, which allows them to sing and play songs that have various effects. The songs usually boost the Bard's party in battle, but some songs target enemies instead. Another ability attributed to the Bard is Hide, which allows the Bard to hide in battle.

When hidden, a Bard cannot perform actions, but is invincible. In some games, such as Final Fantasy Tactics, only males can be Bards—females become Dancers. In the majority of games, however, either sex can be a Bard. Bards often oppose Dancers in utility: Bards focusing on supporting the party and providing beneficial status effects on them, while Dancers focus on supporting the party by inflicting negative status effects on the enemies.


Final Fantasy III[]

The Bard is a job class gained from the Water Crystal. Bards use their Sing ability to support their allies or, in the 3D versions, deal damage to their enemy.

Final Fantasy IV[]

Edward is a bard, whose Bardsongs produce various effects. Edward is also the subject character for the famous quote "You spoony bard!".

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years[]

Edward is a bard, using Bardsong to produce various effects to assist the party. The player can pick its targets. The command can either inflict a status ailment on target enemies or grants a positive status/healing on the party.

Final Fantasy V[]

The Fire Crystal leaves behind a job that grants the Bard class, but it cannot be obtained until further on from a chocobo. The Bard uses songs for various effects in battle. Most of the songs are learned from talking to people in different towns. If the player has played all the pianos, the bard can learn the last song.

Final Fantasy X-2[]

The Songstress dressphere is acquired in Chapter 1 and plays an important role in the storyline. The Songstress's Sing abilities grant special effects to the party, while Dance will hinder the enemies.

Final Fantasy XI[]

The Bard (BRD) is a job obtained by a character upon reaching level 30. It uses its songs to boost the party's effectiveness in battle. In every district of city and town is at least one bard NPC who, for 10 gil, will allow the player to re-watch past cutscenes. There is another Bard NPC that will change the player's title to one they previously had. The alter egos of Ulmia and Joachim are bards.

Final Fantasy XIV[]


Bard (BRD) was added in patch 1.21 to be a job specialty for the Archer class. It gets extended Archer abilities and is able to perform songs to offer a range of different status improvements for the party.

Thancred Waters claims to be a bard, though he never exhibits any bard abilties in battle, instead acting as a Gladiator Gladiator, Rogue Rogue, or Gunbreaker Gunbreaker throughout the story.

Final Fantasy XVI[]

Bards are traveling musicians who entertain in gatherings and also inform the illiterate public by relaying events and tales in the form of song.

The bards are styled as the recurring job class in the Final Fantasy series, particularly Edward from Final Fantasy IV; before the bard at the hideaway is named, he is styled as "the Spoony Bard".

Final Fantasy Type-0[]

Deuce has abilities similar to a bard. She utilizes a Flute that can increase allies' attributes and decrease enemies' attributes.

Final Fantasy Tactics[]

The Bard job is exclusive to male units, obtained by training a male unit in magical job classes.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift[]

Bard is a job class exclusive to the moogle Hurdy. The class focuses on granting buffs to fellow allies and healing their HP.

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light[]

FFT4HoL Bard Icon

The Bard is a job used for basic buffing. The Musician job is a similar job that focuses on getting the most out of the party in the form of stat boosts.

Final Fantasy Dimensions[]

Eduardo is a Bard. Bard also appears as a job class available only to the Light Warriors.

Final Fantasy Dimensions II[]

Signet (3★).

The Bard appears as a wind-elemental eidolon for Aemo. Her signet allows Aemo to use Siren Song abilities. Her appearance is based on the Bard artifact armor from Final Fantasy XIV.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[]

The Bard is a job card in Labyrinth mode, reviving any fallen party members.

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[]

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Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade[]

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Final Fantasy Artniks[]

The Bard appears as a character card.

Final Fantasy All the Bravest[]

Listen carefully to the lyrics. Despite their lovely voices, bards often sing quite hateful things.


The Bard is a character available to the party, he uses the Requiem ability during battle. He unlocks at level 62.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

FFRK Bard Sprite

A performer capable of bolstering allies with song. The enhancing effects of the bard's music on the party more than make up for his weakness in individual combat.


Bard appears as a recruitable character. He is unlocked in South Figaro Cave on Classic in Final Fantasy VI storyline as the First Time Reward.

Final Fantasy Explorers[]

The Bard job is unlocked in the 3★ quest Aptitude Exam: Ninja and Bard Quest. The Bard uses recovery and support magic, and uses the sing ability to support allies in fights. It boasts high spirit, focus, mobility, luck and load, making it a versatile buffer/healer.

Mobius Final Fantasy[]

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Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

The Bard job appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as multiple Backup cards, but also as a few Forward cards. Most of the cards are Ice-elemental, but Fire-elemental cards are also present. The cards depict Arc, Luneth, Ingus, and Refia from Final Fantasy III, Faris from Final Fantasy V, a Hume and an Elvaan from Final Fantasy XI, an Elezen from Final Fantasy XIV, and the job from Final Fantasy Explorers and Final Fantasy Tactics.

Final Fantasy Portal App[]

Ingus from Final Fantasy III appears as a Bard on a Triple Triad card.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[]

Bravely series[]

The Performer is a job in Bravely Default and Bravely Second obtained defeating Praline à la Mode.

The Performers have fairly balanced stats with their Intelligence and Agility being slightly better, and their Strength and Vitality being slightly poorer. They are focused on bestowing buffs, with them having better stats overall. Performers excel in using rods, staves, and daggers, but are not skilled in offense. Its skillset is Singing.

Knights of the Crystals[]

The Bard appears on a silver card.



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.