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Bards use their songs to enhance their party's performance. The effect of their songs varies depending on the harp they use.
—In-game description
The bearer of this certificate has expertly harnessed the power of song and is deemed worthy of the title of Master Bard.
—In-job mastery certificate description

The Bard (吟遊詩人, Gin'yūshijin?) is a Job class in Final Fantasy III. It is gained from the Water Crystal. Bards use their Sing ability to support their allies or, in the 3D versions, deal damage to their enemy.

AbilitiesEdit

NES versionEdit

Each use the Bard's 'Scare' command reduces all enemies' levels:

Enemy level = Enemy level - 3

Multiple uses of 'Scare' can eventually lead to enemies running away instead of attacking in battle. An enemy will only run away if:

(Lowest character level) - (Enemy level) > 15

If the above condition is met, then the chance that a monster will choose to Run will be:

%Chance to Run = 100 - Monster Hit%

As an enemy level is decreased there is the potential of reducing its Magic Attack Multiplier. Bosses are immune to 'Scare' and will also never attempt to Run.

  • Special Ability - Cheer

The Bard's 'Cheer' command gives an additive bonus to physical Base Damage for each party member. Base Damage = Base Damage + (10 * # of Cheers) (for physical attacks only).

3D Remake VersionsEdit

  • Special Ability - Sing

Selecting Sing will cause the Bard to sing a song depending on which harp the user has equipped. The song will always be performed as the first action of each turn.

StatsEdit

Level Str Agi Vit Int Mnd Level Str Agi Vit Int Mnd
NES Version Remake Versions
1 5 15 15 10 10 1 5 5 5 5 5
10 7 21 21 14 17 10 9 10 10 10 10
20 9 27 27 18 23 20 14 16 16 16 16
30 11 33 33 22 30 30 18 22 22 22 22
40 13 39 39 26 36 40 22 28 28 28 28
50 15 45 45 30 43 50 26 34 34 34 34
60 17 51 51 34 49 60 29 40 40 40 40
70 19 57 57 38 56 70 33 46 46 46 46
80 21 63 63 42 63 80 37 52 52 52 52
90 23 70 70 46 69 90 41 58 58 58 58
99 25 75 75 50 75 99 45 63 63 63 63

EquipmentEdit

WeaponsEdit

Name Attack Power Other Bonuses Element Other Information
Daggers
Knife 8 None None None
Dagger 9 None None None
Mythril Knife 14 None None None
Spark Dagger 23 +2 Agility Lightning None
Main Gauche 35 +3 Agility None None
Poison Dagger 40 +4 Agility None Inflicts Poison.
Harps
Madhura Harp 60 +5 Mind None None
Loki Harp 60 +5 Mind None None
Lamia Harp 60 +5 Mind None Inflicts Confusion.
Dream Harp 60 +5 Mind None Inflicts Sleep.
Apollo Harp 60 +10 Mind None Inflicts Silence.

ArmorEdit

Name Defense Power Magic Defense Power Other Bonuses Other Information
Head
Leather Cap 1 1 None None
Feathered Hat 10 16 +2 Agility None
Ribbon 23 20 None Protects against all status ailments.
Ballad Crown 35 34 +10 Vitality and +10 Mind Ultimate equipment from the Legendary Smith. 3D remake versions only.
Body
Vest 1 1 None None
Leather Armor 3 1 None None
Mage Robe 13 13 +1 Intellect and +1 Mind None
White Robe 31 45 +5 Mind None
Bard Vest 32 28 +2 Agility and +2 Mind None
Arm
Bronze Bracers 1 1 None None
Mythril Bracers 2 4 +1 Intellect and +1 Mind None
Rune Bracers 11 13 +2 Intellect and +2 Mind Protects against some status ailments.
Diamond Bracers 13 16 +3 Intellect and +3 Mind None
Protect Ring 18 18 +2 to all stats None

Other appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy ArtniksEdit

FF3 Bard Artniks

The Bard appears as a character card.

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Triple Triad (Portal App)Edit

031a Bard

Bard from the Final Fantasy III 3D version has a Triple Triad card.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

In medieval Gaelic and British culture, a bard was a professional poet, employed by a patron, such as a monarch or nobleman, to commemorate the patron's ancestors and to praise the patron's own activities. Originally a specific class of poet, with the decline of living bardic tradition in the modern period the term "bard" acquired generic meaning of an epic author/singer/narrator, or any poets, especially famous ones. For example, William Shakespeare is known as the Bard or the Bard of Avon.

TriviaEdit

  • Final Fantasy III marks the first appearance of Bards within the series, as well as their Sing ability and the use of instruments as a weapon type.
  • Whenever Bards use their Sing ability in the 3D remake version they chant the first five notes from the "Final Fantasy" theme.

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