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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. 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 increase the chance of critical strikes, allowing them to quickly deplete an enemy's HP. Archers also have access to area-of-effect attacks and are able to inflict several status effects on their enemies.

BardEdit

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

Bard shares same role actions with Machinist, as both are classified as Physical Ranged DPS. Bards specialize in various songs that enchant allies, if they are in range, and self with buffs. Some songs can only be executed while other songs are being sung, while some can drain MP while being sung. Songs extends Archer's abilities by granting additional effects, such as resetting recast time of other abilities.

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ArcherEdit

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BardEdit

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HeavenswardEdit

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StormbloodEdit

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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.

Job GaugeEdit

FFXIV BRD Mages Ballad Gauge

Mage's Ballad Gauge

The Job Gauge was introduced to players in 4.0 Stormblood. The Bard uses the Mage's Ballad, Army's Paeon, and The Wanderer's Minuet Gauges.

FFXIV BRD Armys Paeon Gauge

Army's Paeon Gauge

The Job Gauges share the same trigger effect called Repertoire. Repertoire can be triggered if either Caustic Bite or Stormbite has dealt critical damage over time. Repertoire grants more effect stacks, except for Mage's Ballad, and additional effects to songs.

FFXIV BRD Wanderers Minuet Gauge

The Wanderer's Minuet Gauge

The Mage's Ballad Gauge indicates the time remaining for its duration. While Mage's Ballad is being sung, the Repertoire effect resets the recast times for Bloodletter and Rain of Death.

The Army's Paeon Gauge indicates the time remaining for its duration and the number of stacks it currently has. If the Repertoire effect is triggered while Army's Paeon is being sung, the bard is granted one stack and reduced action cast and recast time.

The Wanderer's Minuet Gauge indicates the time remaining for its duration and the number of stacks it currently has. The action Pitch Perfect will become available if the Repertoire effect is triggered while the Wanderer's Minuet is being sung.

AbilitiesEdit

Class ActionsEdit

Ability Level Type Cast Recast TP Cost Range Radius
Heavy Shot
FFXIV Heavy Shot Icon
1 Weaponskill Instant 2.50sBase value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be 50 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 150.
Additional Effect: 20% chance next Straight Shot will deal critical damage
Duration: 10s
Straight Shot
FFXIV Straight Shot Icon
2 Weaponskill Instant 2.50sBase value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be 50 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 140.
Additional Effect: Increases critical hit rate by 10%
Duration: 30s
Raging Strikes
FFXIV Raging Strikes Icon
4 Ability Instant 80.00s
Increases damage dealt by 20%
Duration: 20s.
Venomous Bite
FFXIV Venomous Bite Icon
6 Weaponskill Instant 2.50sBase value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be 60 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Venom
Potency: 40
Duration: 18s
Misery's End
FFXIV Misery's End Icon
10 Ability Instant 12.00s 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 190.
Can only be executed when target's HP is below 20%.
Bloodletter
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12 Ability Instant 15.00s 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 130.
Shares a recast timer with Rain of Death.
Repelling Shot
FFXIV Repelling Shot Icon
15Complete Archer quest Violators Will Be Shot Ability Instant 30.00s 5y
Jump 10 yalms back from current position. 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 120 12y 12y
Delivers an attack with potency of 110 to all enemies in a cone in front of you.
Windbite
FFXIV Windbite Icon
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 60 25y
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).
Barrage
FFXIV Barrage Icon
38 Ability Instant 80.00s
Triples the number of strikes for a single-target weaponskill. Additional effects added only once.
Duration: 10s

Job ActionsEdit

Ability Level Type Cast Recast TP Cost Range Radius
Mage's Ballad
FFXIV Mage's Ballad Icon
30Complete the quest A Song of Bards and Bowmen Spell Instant 80.00s 25y
Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Increases critical hit rate of all party members within a radius of 20 yalms by 2%
Duration: 30s
Effect is lost if party members move out of hearing distance.
Additional Effect: Activates Repertoire, resetting Bloodletter and Rain of Death recast time if critical damage over time is dealt by Caustic Bite or Stormbite
Foe Requiem
FFXIV Foe Requiem Icon
35Complete the quest The Archer's Anthem Spell 1.50s 2.50sBase value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be 20y
Increases damage taken by nearby enemies by 3%. MP is drained while singing. Effect is lost if targets move out of hearing distance, and ends upon reuse.
Army's Paeon
FFXIV Army's Paeon Icon
40Complete the quest Bard's-eye View Spell Instant 80.00s 25y
Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Increases critical hit rate of all party members within a radius of 20 yalms by 2%
Duration: 30s
Effect is lost if party members move out of hearing distance.
Additional Effect: Grants Repertoire if critical damage over time is dealt by Caustic Bite or Stormbite
Repertoire Effect: Reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay by 4%
Can be stacked up to 4 times.
Rain of Death
FFXIV Rain of Death Icon
45Complete the quest Doing It the Bard Way Ability Instant 15.00s 25y 8y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to the target and all enemies near it.
Shares a recast timer with Bloodletter.
Battle Voice
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50Complete the quest Requiem for the Fallen Ability Instant 180.00s 20y
Increases direct hit rate of all party members by 15%.
Duration: 20s
Can only be executed while singing Mage's Ballad, Army's Paeon, or the Wanderer's Minuet.
The Wanderer's Minuet
FFXIV Wanderer's Minuet Icon
52Complete the quest The Stiff and the Spent Spell Instant 80.00s 25y
Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Increases critical hit rate of all party members within a radius of 20 yalms by 2%
Duration: 30s
Effect is lost if party members move out of hearing distance.
Additional Effect: Allows execution of Pitch Perfect if critical damage over time is dealt by Caustic Bite or Stormbite.
Can be stacked up to 3 times.
Pitch Perfect
FFXIV Pitch Perfect Icon
52 Ability Instant 3.00s 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 when Repertoire stack is 1, 240 when Repertoire stack is 2, and 420 when Repertoire stack is 3.
Can only be executed when the Wanderer's Minuet is active.
Empyreal Arrow
FFXIV Empyreal Arrow Icon
54Complete the quest Requiem on Ice Weaponskill Instant 15.00s 50 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 230.
This weaponskill does not share a recast timer with any other actions.
Iron Jaws
FFXIV Iron Jaws Icon
56Complete the quest When Gnaths Cry Weaponskill Instant 2.50sBase value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be 50 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: If the target is suffering from Caustic Bite or Stormbite inflicted by you, the effect timer of each timer is reset.
The Warden's Paean
FFXIV The Warden's Paean Icon
58Complete the quest A Saint of Song Weaponskill Instant 45.00s 30y
Removes one select detrimental effect from a target party member or pet. If the target is not enfeebled, a barrier is created nullifying the target's next detrimental effect suffered.
Duration: 30s
Sidewinder
FFXIV Sidewinder Icon
60Complete the quest The Ballad of Oblivion Ability Instant 60.00s 25y
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.
Troubadour
FFXIV Troubadour Icon
62 Ability Instant 180.00s 20y
Adds an additional effect to the song currently being sung.
Mage's Ballad Effect: Increases maximum HP by 15%
Army's Paeon Effect: Reduces physical vulnerability by 10%
The Wanderer's Minuet Effect: Reduces magic vulnerability by 10%
Duration: 30s
Can only be executed while singing Mage's Ballad, Army's Paeon, or the Wanderer's Minuet.
Caustic Bite
FFXIV Caustic Bite Icon
64 Weaponskill Instant 2.50sBase value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be 60 25y
Deals wind damage with a potency of 120.
Additional Effect: Poison
Potency: 55
Duration: 30s
Stormbite
FFXIV Stormbite Icon
64 Weaponskill Instant 2.50sBase value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be 60 25y
Deals wind damage with a potency of 120.
Additional Effect: Wind damage over time
Potency: 55
Duration: 30s
Nature's Minne
FFXIV Nature's Minne Icon
66 Ability Instant 45.00s 30y
Increases HP recovery via healing magic for a party member or self by 20%.
Duration: 15s
Refulgent Arrow
FFXIV Refulgent Arrow Icon
70Complete the quest Sweet Dreams Are Made of Peace Weaponskill Instant 2.50sBase value; the higher the character's Skill Speed stat, the lower the recast time will be 25y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 300.
Can only be executed while under the effect of Straighter Shot.

Role ActionsEdit

Role actions replaced cross-class actions with the release of patch 4.0. Role actions are abilities common to classes and jobs with the same role.
Jobs can select and use up to five role actions, while classes can select and use up to ten. Archer and Bard shares the same role actions with Machinist, as both as classified as Physical Ranged DPS.

Action Level Type Cast Recast Range Radius Role Affinity
Second Wind
FFXIV Second Wind Icon
8 Ability Instant 120s FFXIV Physical Ranged DPS IconFFXIV Melee Dps Icon
Instantly restores own HP.
Cure Potency: 500
Cure potency varies with current attack power.
Foot Graze
FFXIV Foot Graze Icon
12 Ability Instant 30s 25y FFXIV Physical Ranged DPS Icon
Binds target.
Duration: 10s
Cancels auto-attack upon execution.
Target unbound if damage taken.
Leg Graze
FFXIV Leg Graze Icon
16 Ability Instant 30s 25y FFXIV Physical Ranged DPS Icon
Inflicts target with Heavy +40%.
Duration: 10s
Peloton
FFXIV Peloton Icon
20 Ability Instant 5s ?y FFXIV Physical Ranged DPS Icon
Increases movement speed of self and nearby party members as long as they remain within distance.
Duration: 30s
Effect ends when enmity is generated. Cannot be used in battle.
Invigorate
FFXIV Invigorate Icon
24 Ability Instant 120s FFXIV Physical Ranged DPS IconFFXIV Melee Dps Icon
Instantly restores 400 TP.
Tactician
FFXIV Tactician Icon
32 Ability Instant 180s ?y FFXIV Physical Ranged DPS Icon
Gradually restores own TP and the TP of all nearby party members.
Duration: 30s
Additional Effect: Halves enmity
Refresh
FFXIV Refresh Icon
36 Ability Instant 180s ?y FFXIV Physical Ranged DPS Icon
Gradually restores own MP and the MP of all nearby party members.
Duration: 30s
Additional Effect: Halves enmity
Head Graze
FFXIV Head Graze Icon
40 Ability Instant 30s 25y FFXIV Physical Ranged DPS Icon
Silences target.
Duration: 1s
Arm Graze
FFXIV Arm Graze Icon
44 Ability Instant 25s 25y FFXIV Physical Ranged DPS Icon
Stuns target.
Duration: 2s
Palisade
FFXIV Palisade Icon
48 Ability Instant 150s 25y FFXIV Physical Ranged DPS Icon
Reduces physical damage taken by a party member by 20%.
Duration: 10s

Class TraitsEdit

Name Level Description
Heavier Shot
FFXIV Heavier Shot Icon
8 Adds to Heavy Shot a 20% chance that your next Straight Shot will deal critical damage.
Duration: 10s
Enhanced Dexterity
FFXIV Enhanced Dexterity Icon
20 Increases dexterity by 8.
Increased Action Damage
FFXIV Increased Action Damage Icon
20 Increases base action damage by 10%.
Enhanced Dexterity II
FFXIV Enhanced Dexterity II Icon
40 Increases dexterity by 16.
Increased Action Damage II
FFXIV Increased Action Damage II Icon
40 Increases base action damage by 20%.
Enhanced Dexterity III
FFXIV Enhanced Dexterity III Icon
60 Increases dexterity by 24.

Job TraitsEdit

Name Level Description
Bite Mastery
FFXIV Bite Mastery Icon
64 Venomous Bite and Windbite are upgraded to Caustic Bite and Stormbite respectively.
Enhanced Empyreal Arrow
FFXIV Enhanced Empyreal Arrow Icon
68 Guarantees the trigger of the additional effects for Mage's Ballad, Army's Paeon, and the Wanderer's Minuet when these actions are executed while under the effect of Empyreal Arrow.

PvP ActionsEdit

Action Type Cast Recast Cost
Heavy Shot
FFXIV Heavy Shot PVP Icon
Weaponskill Instant 2.30s
Delivers an attack with a potency of 500.
Minuet/Paeon Additional Effect: Grants Repertoire if used on target suffering from a Caustic Bite effect inflicted by you

※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Straight Shot
FFXIV Straight Shot PVP Icon
Weaponskill Instant 2.30s
Delivers an attack to target.
Combo Action: Heavy Shot
Combo Potency: 1,000
Minuet/Paeon Additional Effect: Grants Repertoire if used on target suffering from a Stormbite effect inflicted by you

※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Caustic Bite
FFXIV Caustic Bite PVP Icon
Weaponskill Instant 2.30s
Delivers an attack with a potency of 250.
Additional Effect: Poison
Potency: 250
Duration: 15s

※Action changes to Heated Clean Shot when executed while a Gauss Barrel is attached and the Heat Gauge is 50 or higher.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Stormbite
FFXIV Stormbite PVP Icon
Weaponskill Instant 2.30s
Delivers an attack to target.
Combo Action: Caustic Bite
Combo Potency: 500
Additional Effect: Wind damage over time
Potency: 200
Duration: 15s

※Action changes to Cooldown while a Gauss Barrel is attached and the Heat Gauge is 50 or higher.
Empyreal Arrow
FFXIV Empyreal Arrow PVP Icon
Weaponskill Instant 5.00s 250 TP
Delivers an attack with a potency of 1,000.
Repelling Shot
FFXIV Repelling Shot PVP Icon
Ability Instant 10.00s 300 TP
Delivers an attack with a potency of 500.
Additional Effect: 10-yalm backstep
Additional Effect: Bind
Duration: 3s
Cannot be executed while bound.
Bloodletter
FFXIV Bloodletter PVP Icon
Ability Instant 15.00s
Delivers an attack with a potency of 750.
Cannot use while under the effect of Army's Paeon or the Wanderer's Minuet

※Action changes to Pitch Perfect while under the effect of Army's Paeon.
※Action changes to Barrage while under the effect of the Wanderer's Minuet.
Sidewinder
FFXIV Sidewinder PVP Icon
Ability Instant 30.00s
Delivers an attack with a potency of 250.
Additional Effect: If the target is suffering from a Caustic Bite or Stormbite effect inflicted by you, Sidewinder potency is increased to 750 for one effect, or 1,250 for both
Blunt Arrow
FFXIV Blunt Arrow PVP Icon
Ability Instant 30.00s
Silences target.
Duration: 2s
The Wanderer's Minuet
FFXIV The Wanderer's Minuet PVP Icon
Ability Instant 25.00s Oath: 20
Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 500.
Additional Effect: Allows accumulation of up to 3 Repertoire stacks
Duration: 30s
Repertoire Effect: Allows execution of Pitch Perfect

※Action changes to Army's Paeon upon execution.
Troubadour
FFXIV Troubadour PVP Icon
Ability Instant 45.00s
Adds an additional effect to the song currently being sung.
Army's Paeon Effect: Reduces damage taken by 5%
The Wanderer's Minuet Effect: Increases damage dealt by 5%
Duration: 10s
Can only be executed while singing Army's Paeon or the Wanderer's Minuet.
Pitch Perfect
FFXIV Pitch Perfect PVP Icon
Ability Instant 3.00s All Repertoire stacks
Delivers an attack with a potency of 500 when Repertoire stack is 1, 1,250 when Repertoire stack is 2, and 2,000 when Repertoire stack is 3.
Can only be executed when the Wanderer's Minuet is active.

※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Barrage
FFXIV Barrage PVP Icon
Ability Instant 15.00s
Triples the number of strikes for a single-target weaponskill. Additional effects added only once.
Duration: 5s
Can only be executed while under the effect of Army's Paeon

※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Army's Paeon
FFXIV Army's Paeon PVP Icon
Ability Instant 25.00s
Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 500.
Additional Effect: Allows accumulation of up to 4 Repertoire stacks
Duration: 30s
Repertoire Effect: Increases damage dealt by 5% and reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time by 5%

※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Additional PvP ActionsEdit

These actions are common to all jobs, and can only be used in PvP areas.
The number of additional actions that can be set is limited to two.

Action Type Cast Recast
Recuperate
FFXIV Recuperate Icon
Ability Instant 45s
Restores 25% of maximum HP.
Muse
FFXIV Muse Icon
Ability Instant 90s
Restores 25% of maximum MP.
Enliven
FFXIV Enliven Icon
Ability Instant 90s
Restores 50% of maximum TP.
Purify
FFXIV Purify Icon
Ability Instant 45s
Removes Stun, Sleep, Bind, Heavy, Slow, and Silence from target. Can be used regardless of own status affliction.
Concentrate
FFXIV Concentrate Icon
Ability Instant 45s
Creates a barrier preventing Stun, Sleep, Bind, Heavy, Slow, Silence, and knockback effects.
Duration: 10s
Safeguard
FFXIV Safeguard Icon
Ability Instant 90s
Reduces damage taken by 25%.
Duration: 10s
Bolt
FFXIV Bolt Icon pvp
Ability Instant 45s
Reduces damage taken by 25%.
Duration: 10s

PvP TraitsEdit

These traits are common to all jobs, and only take effect when in PvP areas.
The number of PvP traits that can be set is limited to three.

Traits Effect
Increased HP
FFXIV Increased HP pvp Icon
Increases maximum HP by 5%.
Increased Action Speed
FFXIV Increased Action Speed Icon
Decreases weaponskill and spell cast and recast times by 3%.
Increased Damage Dealt
FFXIV Increased Damage Dealt Icon
Increases damage dealt by 3%.
Decreased Damage Taken
FFXIV Decreased Damage Taken Icon
Decreases damage taken by 3%.
Increased Healing Potency
FFXIV Increased Healing Potency Icon
Increases spell-based HP restoration by 5%.
Decreased Recast Time
FFXIV Decreased recast time Icon
Decreases recast time of additional actions by 20%.
Increased Resistance Duration
FFXIV Increased REsistance Duration Icon
Increases duration of resistances by 50%.
Increased MP Regeneration
FFXIV increased MP Regeneration Icon
Increases MP regeneration rate by 25%.
Increased TP Regeneration
FFXIV Increased TP Regeneration Icon
Increases TP regeneration rate by 40%.

Limit BreakEdit

Archers' and Bards' Limit Breaks focus dealing powerful damage to enemies in a straight line in front of the player. They both share the same Level 1 and Level 2 limit breaks as Machinist.

Ability Level Description Image
Big Shot 1 Deals damage in a line to enemies in front of player. Big Shot XIV
Desperado 2 Deals damage in a line to enemies in front of player. Desperado XIV
Sagittarius Arrow 3 Deals damage in a line to enemies in front of player. Saggitarius Arrow

Other appearancesEdit

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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