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Job Base(s): Archer
Job Type: 2-2
Job Level: 50
Changes At: Comodo
Number of Skills: 18
Total Skill Points: 91
Total Quest Skills: 1
Job Bonuses
+2 +7 +3 +5 +9 +4


After a life of plucking their bows, many Archers feel the itch to strum strings of a different kind. The Bards of Ragnarok Online are the right choice for the idealists among Archers who wish to change the world with their poetry.

The voice of a Bard is laden with magical harmonies, singing hymns that invoke the ancient Gods of Asgard to instill fear in the hearts of his enemies and inspire his comrades to victory with songs of eternal youth and glorious charges. Where their female counterparts, the Dancers, are more bent on disruption, Bards specialize in support, which make them central in all defensive strategies during the War of Emperium.

Supporting with a Bard or Dancer requires a different approach than other classes. Music-based buffs are mostly percentual values, as opposed to the absolute values of Priest buffs, and require careful strategy and positioning, but playing as an Archer should already provide some experience in this respect. Despite their supportive role, one should not forget that Bards are also capable of dealing good quantities of damage, one of their main advantages over Hunters is their immense SP pool which allows them to continually use Double Strafe instead of normal attacks, ensuring a very nice damage output.

In general, there are 2 types of skills for both Dancers and a Bards; skills which can be sung or danced without a partner of the opposite gender and those where the player needs another Bard or Dancer respectively.

As a Bard, only Instruments, Daggers, and Bows are available for weapons, whereas Dancers can use Whips instead of Instruments.

  • When armed with an Instrument:
  • Bow skills (Double Strafe, Arrow Shower, Arrow Repel) cannot be used
  • Performance Skills, as well as Amp and Encore are available
  • Instrument skills (Melody Strike) can be used

Unbarring Octave and Pang Voice are usable regardless of weapons.

Jobchange Guide

See Bard Job Change Guide for detailed information.

In order to become a Bard, one must go to Comodo and look for the Roaming Bard. The applicant has to perform various tasks:

Once these have been completed, the applicant will be made a bard by the Wandering Bard.

Class Data

Payon Stories Balance Changes

See Class Rebalance (Bard) for detailed information.

  • Musical Lesson: Skill now increases ATK of instruments from +3 per skill level to +5 per skill level. Now also reduces weapon delay of instruments by 1% per skill level.
  • Musical Strike: Now does [175 + (25 × SkillLV)]% ATK with an instrument weapon instead of [125 + (25 × SkillLV)]% ATK with an instrument weapon. In addition, the skill gets an extra +100% ATK if used while performing.


See Archer Skills for first class skills.

Solo Skills

Skill Description Levels Type Balance Changes
Adaptation to Circumstances.png Adaptation to Circumstances Cancels active Performance Skill the caster is performing. 1 Active No
A Poem of Bragi.png A Poem of Bragi Reduces Cast Time and Cast Delay of skills used inside the 7x7 area of effect. 10 Active No
Assassin Cross of Sunset.png Assassin Cross of Sunset Increases ASPD of all players in the 7x7 area of effect. 10 Active No
A Whistle.png A Whistle Raises Flee Rate and Perfect Dodge of all players in the 7x7 area of effect. 10 Active No
Dissonance.png Dissonance Hits enemies in a 9x9 area with a slow sonic attack, piercing their defense. 5 Active No
Encore.png Encore Recast the last Performance Skill that was cast at half of the SP cost. 1 Active No
Frost Joker.png Frost Joker Freeze monsters and party members within caster's view by chance. 5 Offensive No
Musical Lessons.png Musical Lessons Increases damage with Instruments, Movement Speed while singing and the effect of certain Performance Skills. The skill also increases weapon delay of instruments. 10 Passive Yes
Musical Strike.png Musical Strike Use an instrument-class weapon to do ranged damage to a single target. 5 Offensive Yes
The Apple of Idun.png The Apple of Idun Increases the the Max HP of all players in the area of effect. 10 Active No

Ensemble Skills

Ensemble skills can only be performed when a Bard and Dancer are in the same party and standing beside each other. When an Ensemble skill is performed by a Bard and Dancer, the lower level of the said Ensemble skill is performed. (i.e. when a Bard that has learned Mr. Kim A Rich Man Lv.5 performs the skill with a Dancer that has only learned Mr. Kim A Rich Man Lv.3, the Bard and Dancer will perform Mr. Kim A Rich Man Lv.3)

Skill Description Levels Type Balance Changes
A Drum on the Battlefield.png A Drum on the Battlefield Party members within this skill's 9x9 area will have increased ATK and DEF for the skill's duration. 5 Active No
Eternal Chaos.png Eternal Chaos Reduces all DEF derived from the VIT stat to 0 for all enemies within the 9x9 area of effect. 1 Active No
Into the Abyss.png Into the Abyss Cast a 9x9 cell area around the casters that nullifies item costs for most skills. 1 Active No
Invulnerable Siegfried.png Invulnerable Siegfried Increases resistance against all Elements and Status Effects of party members within the 9x9 area of influence. 5 Active No
Loki's Veil.png Loki's Veil Casts a 9x9 area around the caster where all skills are disabled. 1 Active No
Lullaby.png Lullaby Sing a dreamy song to put enemies in a 9x9 area to sleep. 1 Active No
Mr. Kim A Rich Man.png Mr. Kim A Rich Man Increases the EXP earned from monsters killed in the affected 9x9 area. 5 Active No
The Ring of Nibelungen.png The Ring of Nibelungen Provides a bonus of armor piercing damage (ignores DEF) to all players within the 9x9 area of effect, as long as they're wielding level 4 weapons. 5 Supportive No

Quest Skills

Skill Description Levels Type Job Level Requirement Quest Balance Changes
Pang Voice.png Pang Voice The Bard screams out at a single target, attempting to inflict Chaos status effect. 1 Active 40 Pang Voice Quest No

Job Bonuses

Stat +1 +2 +3 +4 +5 +6 +7 +8
STR 3 28
AGI 2 10 11 24 30 35 48
VIT 17 33 43
INT 5 13 21 40 47
DEX 7 15 16 19 32 38 46 50
LUK 6 9 20 41


Equip Attack Speed From Archer
Bare Handed 160 0
Dagger 145 (-15) +5
Bow 135 (-25) +5
Instrument 142.5 (-17.5) N/A
ASPD Potions Usable
645.png Concentration Potion
656.png Awakening Potion
657.png Berserk Potion

See Also

Classes of Payon Stories
Novice Class
NoviceSuper Novice
First Class
Second Class