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Mage's Ballad and Mage's Ballad II, and Mage's Balled III are songs for the Bard. They each have a Refresh effect, which causes the character to recover a small amount of MP over time. Mages Ballad is learned at level 25, Mages Ballad II at level 55, and Mage's Ballad III at level 85.
Mage's Ballad is a Level 30 Bard spell. Both Mage's Ballad and the Bard Soul Crystal are obtained after completing the quest "A Song of Bards and Bowmen". Mage's Ballad deals unaspected damage to a target with a potency of 100.
Mage's Ballad activates the Song Gauge for a period of 30 seconds, granting them the Mage's Ballad status and allows the user to perform Battle Voice once they unlock the skill. For every damage dealt by Caustic Bite or Stormbite, there is a chance it will activate the Repertoire effect, resetting the recast times of Bloodletter and Rain of Death, allowing Bard to bypass the long cooldown of the skills.
Mage's Ballad has gone through numerous changes throughout each expansion. From the launch of A Realm Reborn throughout the entirety of Heavensward, Mage's Ballad granted an effect that refreshed the MP of nearby party members while lowering the user's damage by 20% and constantly had their MP drained while singing.
At the launch of the Stormblood expansion, Mage's Ballad received an entire overhaul, while its original effect of refreshing MP was transferred to the Refresh ranged DPS cross-role ability. This version of Mage's Ballad functioned similarly to the current version of the ability available in Patch 5.0, however its effect on Bloodletter and Rain of Death was dependent on the critical damage inflicted by its DoT abilities and it increased the critical hit rate of all nearby party members by 2% for 30 seconds. In addition, if the user was under the effect of Troubadour, Mage's Ballad would also grant an effect that would increase the party's max HP by 15%.
A ballade is "a poem normally composed of three stanzas and an envoi. The last line of the opening stanza is used as a refrain, and the same rhymes, strictly limited in number, recur throughout."