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The Archer (弓術士, Kyuujutsu Shi?) is a Disciple of War in Final Fantasy XIV. The class can be upgraded to the Bard with the Soul Crystal obtained by completing the quest A Song of Bards and Bowmen that becomes available when the Adventurer reaches Archer level 30 and Pugilist level 15; the quest is given by Luciane after clearing The One that Got Away.

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ArcherEdit

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 a unique trait of still being able to attack while running away from aggressive enemies, a technique known in the MMORPG community as kiting.

Archers do not possess any combo actions, but they do possess abilities that deal damage, allowing them to let loose an extra attack whilst waiting for the weaponskill recast timer to expire. Archers also have access to Area-of-effect attacks early on in their development and are able to inflict several different status effects on their enemies.

BardEdit

Miqo'te Bard Artwork XIV
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

Bards have access to several support abilities with a reduction on his/her damage dealing potential, but only allow the use of Pugilist and Lancer cross class skills. Bards can only keep one song up at a time, but multiple bards can use multiple songs on the party. Songs slowly drain MP for their duration.

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HeavenswardEdit

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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 are exclusive to this class, the Aiming accessories are shared with Rogues and Ninjas.

AbilitiesEdit

ActionsEdit

Note: Weaponskills that have multiple class affinity will have their range reduced to 3 yalms when used in classes other than archer. Conversely, most weaponskills learned from other classes will have a range of 25 yalms when employed as an archer.

Ability Level Type Cast Recast TP Cost Range Radius Class (Job) Affinity
Heavy Shot
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1 Weaponskill Instant 2.50sBase value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be 50 25y 0y ARC (BRD)
Delivers an attack with a potency of 150.
Straight Shot
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2 Weaponskill Instant 2.50sBase value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be 50 25y 0y GLA, PGL, MRD, LNC, ARC (BRD)
Delivers an attack with a potency of 140.
Additional Effect: Increases critical hit rate by 10% for 20s.
Raging Strikes
FFXIV Raging Strikes Icon
4 Ability Instant 180.00s - 0y 0y GLA, PGL, MRD, LNC, ARC (BRD), CNJ, THM (BLM), ACN (SMN)
Increases damage dealt by 20% for 20s.
Venomous Bite
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6 Weaponskill Instant 2.50sBase value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be 80 25y 0y GLA, PGL, MRD, LNC, ARC (BRD)
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Venom with potency of 40 for 9s (combined total potency of 220, 340 traited).
Misery's End
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8 Ability Instant 12.00s - 25y 0y ARC (BRD)
Delivers an attack with a potency of 190.
Can only be executed when target's HP is below 20%.
Shadowbind
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10 Ability Instant 40.00s - 25y 0y ARC (BRD)
Binds target for 10s
Cancels auto-attack upon execution.
Target becomes unbound if damage is taken.
Bloodletter
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12 Ability Instant 15.00s - 25y 0y ARC (BRD)
Delivers an attack with a potency of 150.
Repelling Shot
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15Complete Archer quest Violators Will Be Shot Ability Instant 30.00s - 5y 0y ARC (BRD)
Delivers an attack with a potency of 80.
Additional Effect: 10y backstep.
Cannot be executed while bound.
Quick Knock
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18 Weaponskill Instant 2.50sBase value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be 140 8y 8y ARC (BRD)
Delivers an attack with potency of 110 to all enemies in a cone in front of you.
Swiftsong
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22 Spell*does not cost MP 1.00sBase value; the higher the character's Spell Speed stat, the lower the cast time will be 2.50sBase value; the higher the character's Spell Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be - 0y 20y ARC (BRD)
Increases movement speed of all nearby party members as long as they remain within hearing distance. Effect ends upon reuse or when enmity is generated. Cannot be used in battle or with other songs.
Hawk's Eye
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26 Ability Instant 90.00s - 0y 0y GLA, PGL, MRD, LNC, ARC (BRD), CNJ, THM (BLM), ACN (SMN)
Increases Dexterity by 15% and guarantees that all attacks land.
Windbite
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30Complete Archer quest The One that Got Away Weaponskill Instant 2.50sBase value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be 80 25y 0y ARC (BRD)
Deals wind damage with a potency of 60.
Additional Effect: Wind damage over time with potency of 50 for 18s (combined total potency of 360).
Mage's Ballad
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30Complete the quest A Song of Bards and Bowmen Ability 1.50s 2.50sBase value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be 0 0y 25y BRD
Refreshes MP of all nearby party members while lowering own damage dealt by 10%.
MP is drained while singing.
Refresh effect is lost if party members move out of hearing distance, and ends upon reuse.
Cannot be used with other songs.
Quelling Strikes
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34 Ability Instant 120.00 - 0y 0y GLA, PGL, MRD, LNC, ARC (BRD), CNJ, THM (BLM), ACN (SMN)
Reduces enmity generated by each attack for 15s.
Foe Requiem
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35Complete the quest The Archer's Anthem Ability 1.50s 2.50sBase value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be 0 0y 20y BRD
Reduces the magic resistance of all enemies by 10%.
MP is drained while singing.
Effect is lost if targets move out of hearing distance, and ends upon reuse.
Cannot be used with other songs.
Barrage
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38 Ability Instant 90.00s - 0y 0y ARC (BRD)
Multiplies the number of non-critical strikes for a single-target weaponskill by 2. Additional effects added only once. 10s duration.
Army's Paeon
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40Complete the quest Bard's-eye View Ability 1.50s 2.50sBase value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be 0 0y 20y BRD
Refreshes TP of all nearby party members while lowering own damage dealt by 10%.
MP is drained while singing.
Refresh effect is lost if party members move out of hearing distance, and ends upon reuse.
Cannot be used with other songs.
Blunt Arrow
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42 Ability Instant 30.00s - 25y 0y ARC (BRD)
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Silence for 1s.
Rain Death
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45Complete the quest Doing It the Bard Way Ability Instant 15s 0 25y 8y BRD
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to the target and all enemies near it.
Additional Effect: Lowers target's evasion by 10% for 20s.
Shares a recast timer with Bloodletter.
Flaming Arrow
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46 Ability Instant 60.00s - 25y 5y ARC (BRD)
Sets the ground ablaze, delivering damage with a potency of 40 to enemies that enter the flames for 30s (combined total potency of 400 per target).
Wide Volley
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50 Weaponskill Instant 2.50sBase value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be 160 25y 5y ARC (BRD)
Delivers an attack with a potency of 110 to target and enemies near it.
Battle Voice
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50Complete the quest Pieces of the Past Ability Instant 180s 0 0y 0y BRD
Doubles the effectiveness of all songs for 30s.
Does not work with Swiftsong.
Wanderer's Minuet
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52Complete the quest The Stiff and the Spent Ability Instant 15s 0 0y 0y BRD
Increases damage dealt by 30%. You cannot auto-attack in this stance.
Cast times are added to all archer and bard weapon-skills.
Can be used with other songs. Effect ends upon reuse.
Empyreal Arrow
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54Complete the quest Requiem on Ice Weaponskill 1.5s 15s 0 25y 0y BRD
Delivers an attack with a potency of 230. Can only be executed while under the effect of Wanderer's Minuet.
This skill has a cast time but is off the global cooldown.
Iron Jaws
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56Complete the quest When Gnaths Cry Weaponskill 1.5s 2.5s 60 25y 0y BRD
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100. Can only be executed while under the effect of the Wanderer's Minuet.
Additional Effect: If the target is suffering from Venomous Bite or Windbite inflicted by you, the effect timer of each of those skills is reset.
The Warden's Paean
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58Complete the quest A Saint of Song Weaponskill 3s 2.5s 0 30y 0y BRD
Creates a barrier on a target party member or pet that nullifies the next detrimental effect suffered. Can be used with other songs. Duration: 30s.
Sidewinder
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60Complete the quest The Ballad of Oblivion Ability Instant 60s 0 25y 0y BRD
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: If the target is suffering from a Venomous Bite or Windbite effect inflicted by you, Sidewinder's potency is increased to 175 for one effect, or 260 for both.

TraitsEdit

Name Level Description
Heavier Shot
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8 Adds to Heavy Shot a 20% chance that the next Straight Shot will deal critical damage.
Enhanced Dexterity
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14 Increases dexterity by 2.
Enhanced Dexterity II
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16 Increases dexterity by 4.
Increased Action Damage
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20 Increases base action damage by 10%.
Enhanced Venomous Bite
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24 Extends Venomous Bite duration to 18 seconds.
Enhanced Raging Strike
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28 Shortens Raging Strike recast time to 120 seconds.
Enhanced Dexterity III
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32 Increases dexterity by 6.
Enhanced Quick Nock
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36 Extends Quick Nock range to 12 yalms.
Increased Action Damage II
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40 Increases base action damage by 20%.
Enhanced Barrage
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44 Increases number of weaponskill strikes to 3.
River of Blood
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48 Grants a 50% chance that critical damage over time inflicted by Venomous Bite or Windbite will reset the Bloodletter or Rain of Death recast timer.

Cross-classEdit

Bards can cross-class Pugilist and Lancer abilities.

PvP ActionsEdit

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Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

TCG Bard and Archer appear in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game. Bard has an Ice-elemental card and Archer a Wind-elemental.

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