- “Please others with love, please your heart with song.”
- —Dissidia Final Fantasy, Bard Lore
Bards are characterized as wearing lightweight tunics and feathered hats. The Bard's signature weapon is the harp, but they are often able to equip other types of instruments, especially in more recent games. Their ability is Sing, which allows them to sing and play songs that have various effects. The songs usually boost the Bard's party in battle, but some songs target enemies instead. Another ability attributed to the Bard is Hide, which allows the Bard to hide in battle.
When hidden, a Bard cannot perform actions, but is invincible. In some games, such as Final Fantasy Tactics, only males can be Bards - females become Dancers. In the majority of games, however, either sex can be a Bard. Bards often oppose Dancers in utility: Bards focusing on supporting the party and providing beneficial status effects on them, while Dancers focus on supporting the party by inflicting negative status effects on the enemies.
- Main article: Bard (Final Fantasy III)
The Bard job is obtained from the Water Crystal. In the original game, it can either decrease the enemy's level or increase the physical Base Damage. In the Nintendo DS remake, its arsenal is changed to using numerous songs to aid the party in battle.
Edward returns as a bard, using the ability "Bardsong" to produce various effects to assist the party. Unlike the previous game, the player can now pick its targets. The command can either inflict a status ailment on target enemies or grants a positive status/healing on the party.
- Main article: Bard (Final Fantasy V)
The Fire Crystal leaves behind a job that grants the Bard class, but it cannot be obtained until further on in the game from a chocobo. The Bard uses songs for various effects in battle. Most of the songs are learned from talking to persons in different towns. If the player has played all the pianos on the game, the bard can learn his last song.
- Main article: Songstress
The Songstress dressphere is acquired at the beginning of the game and plays an important role in the storyline. The Songstress's Sing abilities grant special effects to the party, while Dance will hinder the enemies.
- Main article: Bard (Final Fantasy XI)
The Bard is a job obtained by a character upon reaching Level 30. It uses its songs to boost the party's effectiveness in battle. In addition, while the NPC character Ulmia is never seen in battle, she uses a harp and sings in cutscenes, thus suggesting that she is a bard. Furthermore, in every district of city and town is at least one bard NPC who, for 10 Gil, will allow the player to re-watch past cutscenes. There is another Bard NPC that will change the player's title to one they previously had.
Bard was added in patch 1.21 to be a job specialty for the Archer class. It gets extended Archer abilities and is able to perform songs to offer a range of different status improvements for the party.
- Main article: Bard (Tactics)
The Bard job is exclusive to male units, obtained by training a male unit in magical Job classes.
- Main article: Bard (Tactics A2)
The Bard job makes an appearance here as a job used for basic buffing. The Musician job is a similar job that focuses on getting the most out of the party in the form of stat boosts.
- Main article: Bard (Dimensions)
Eduardo is a Bard. Bard also appears as a job class available only to the Light Warriors.
The Bard appears as a job card in the new Labyrinth mode, reviving any fallen party members.
The Bard appears as a character card.
- Main article: Bard (Airborne Brigade)
- “Listen carefully to the lyrics. Despite their lovely voices, bards often sing quite hateful things.”
The Bard is a character available to the party, he uses the Requiem ability during battle. Unlocks at level 62.