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Job Base(s): Archer
Job Type: 2-2
Race: Human
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.

Unbarring Octave and Pang Voice are usable regardless of weapons.

Job Change 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 Roaming Bard.


Bards are an interesting class due to having access to two very different weapon types, Instruments and Bows.

Instruments allows for easy access to strong supportive Performance Skills as well as the bards strongest single target skill in Melody Strike, a shield can also be equipped alongside an instrument for additional defence.

Bows on the other hand are a good choice for safely auto-attacking enemies from long range, bows are also necessary to use the only AoE skill bards have access to in Arrow Shower. Although a single cast of Double Strafe doesn't hit as nearly hard as Slinging Arrow does, with high enough ASPD Double Strafe can be spammed much quicker but at a considerable cost to SP.

Keep in mind that you do not have to limit yourself to just one weapon type. Having both weapons on hand is often a good idea so that you can switch freely to adapt to any situation.

Melody Strike and Support Instrument Build

  • STR: 1
  • AGI: 1+
  • VIT: 60-80
  • INT: 40-60
  • DEX: 80-99
  • LUK: 10-20

Melody Strike has a low SP cost and deals significantly more damage than Double Strafe making it ideal for leveling. Using Level 1 Melody Strike alongside Level 5 can be a good idea when SP is scarce since it only costs 1 SP but still hits quite hard. Magic Strings is the most popular Bard song for PVM purposes, as it substantially lowers cast times for all party members. Song of Lutie can also be a strong alternative when facing strong enemies that threaten to kill your party very quickly. Mental Sensing is the most popular Ensemble skill, giving a large experience boost to the entire party when grouped with a Dance. DEX improves damage for any offensive skills. INT is helpful for upkeeping SP. VIT is necessary for survivability / HP pool. AGI is optional. Some Bards may also already have AGI from leveling as an Archer for the ASPD / FLEE.

Arrow Shower Build

  • STR: 1
  • AGI: 1+
  • VIT: 60-80
  • INT: 40-60
  • DEX: 80-99
  • LUK: 10-20

The Archer skill Arrow Shower is the only AoE accessible to a Bard, but still offers decent damage. With HP Healing Items, this build can AoE level very effectively and quickly. This build can actually have similar or identical stats with a melody strike/support oriented build, and it is simply the equipment that differs. Double Strafe offers respectable single target damage output but tends to be lower than Slinging Arrow.

AGI Bow Build

  • STR: 1
  • AGI: 80-99
  • VIT: 30-60
  • INT: 30-50
  • DEX: 80-99
  • LUK: 20-40

This build is generally recommended for newer players with less funds. This Bard build is specialized in left click auto-attacking single targets from long range with a Bow, which uses minimal HP / SP Healing Items. Note that Double Strafe can be spammed quicker with higher AGI (and ASPD as a result) as well. This allows for lots of burst damage at the cost of substantial SP. Impressive Riff is an excellent song for improving your auto-attack damage with this build but will require a quick weapon switch to an Instrument then back to the Bow each time you want to cast it. Perfect Tablature Is another solid choice when you want to really stack your FLEE as high as possible.


Kingdom Guild Equipments Quests

Main article: Kingdom Guild

Kingdom Guild Equipment is a great series of starter equipment. All items have 1 slot, carry different bonuses, and are enchantable.

Class Data


See Archer Skills for first class skills.

Solo Skills

Skill Description Levels Type
A Poem of Bragi.png A Poem of Bragi
Applies a buff that reduces Cast Time and Cast Delay of the caster and all nearby party members. 10 Active
A Whistle.png A Whistle
Applies a buff that increases Flee Rate and Perfect Dodge of the caster and all nearby party members. 10 Active
Adaptation to Circumstances.png Adaptation to Circumstances
Reduces the SP cost of Performance Skills. 1 Active
Apple of Idun.png Apple of Idun
Applies a buff that increases the Max HP and healing received for the caster and all nearby party members. 10 Active
Assassin Cross of Sunset.png Assassin Cross of Sunset
Applies a buff that increases ASPD of the caster and all nearby party members. 10 Active
Dissonance.png Dissonance
Hits nearby players with an attack based on your MATK. PvP Only 5 Offensive
Encore.png Encore
Recast the last Performance Skill that was cast at half of the SP cost. 1 Active
Frost Joker.png Frost Joker
Freeze monsters and party members within caster's view by chance. 5 Active
Musical Lesson.png Musical Lesson
Increases damage, ASPD, and Max SP with Instruments. Also increases Movement Speed during Ensemble Fatigue. 10 Passive
Musical Strike.png Musical Strike
Use an instrument-class weapon to do ranged damage to a single target. 5 Offensive

Ensemble Skills

Ensemble skills need the two performers to be within 9x9 range of each other. After casting an ensemble skill both performers suffer from Ensemble Fatigue for 30 seconds, this slows down their movement speed and attack speed, as well as blocking them from using other skills except Melody Strike or Slinging Arrow. When an Ensemble skill is performed by a Bard and Dancer, the lower level of the Ensemble is performed. (i.e. when a Bard that has learned Acoustic Rhythm Lv.5 performs the skill with a Dancer that has only learned Acoustic Rhythm Lv.3, the Bard and Dancer will perform Acoutic Rhythm Lv.3)

Skill Description Levels Type
A Drum on the Battlefield.png A Drum on the Battlefield
Applies a buff that gives increased ATK and soft DEF to all nearby party members. 5 Active
Eternal Chaos.png Eternal Chaos
An ensemble that removes all soft DEF from nearby enemy players. PvP Only 1 Active
Into the Abyss.png Into the Abyss
Applies a buff that nullifies item costs for most skills to all nearby party members. 1 Active
Invulnerable Siegfried.png Invulnerable Siegfried
Applies a buff that gives elemental and status effect resistance to all nearby party members. 5 Active
Loki's Veil.png Loki's Veil
An ensemble that prevents all nearby players from using skills. PvP Only 1 Active
Lullaby.png Lullaby
Perform dreamy ensemble to put nearby enemies to sleep. 1 Active
Mr. Kim A Rich Man.png Mr. Kim A Rich Man
Applies a buff that increases EXP earned from monsters to all nearby party members. 5 Active
The Ring of Nibelungen.png The Ring of Nibelungen
Applies a randomized buff to all nearby party members. 5 Active

Quest Skills

Skill Description Levels Type Job Level
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

Job Bonuses

Stat\Amount +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 156 0
Shield -5 +4
Dagger -13 +2
Bow -8 +2
Instrument -5 N/A
ASPD Potions Usable
645.png Concentration
656.png Awakening
657.png Berserk

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