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Musicians whose dulcet tones soothe savage beasts...or kill them.

The Bard (吟遊詩人, Gin'yū Shijin?, lit. Minstrel) is a job in Final Fantasy V, and part of the Fire Crystal job set, although the actual shard is located on a chocobo later on. The Bard has the second-worst Magic Power out of all mage classes, just above the Red Mage, as well as the second-lowest Stamina in the game, making them prone to dying when not handled correctly. Bards focus on their Sing skillset, which comes to use against enemies vulnerable to Stop or Confuse, against undead enemies, or in drawn-out boss fights.

Bards are the only job outside of Freelancer to equip harps whose damage is often based on a percent of the enemy's current HP, and therefore will not do much damage (with the exception of the Apollo Harp, as it does not deal fractional damage).

Mastering Bard for all four characters in the mobile and Steam versions earns the player the achievement "The Music Man".


Bartz-Bard Lenna-Bard Faris-Bard Galuf-Bard Krile-Bard

The Bard's costume is designed to reflect a medieval minstrel. All five wear a green shirt and headband. Lenna and Krile wear skirts, Bartz and Faris wear pants or leggings, and Galuf's shirt hangs down, covering his legs.


  • Job command - Sing
  • Innate abilities - None
  • Equipment - Knives, Harps, Hats, Robes, Armlets

The Bard has a host of songs. Some can only obtained in the first or second world. While the effects of some songs are instantaneous, other songs are ongoing, meaning the Bard will continue to sing until he/she is hit by an attack, killed, or silenced, though in most cases the song's effect will remain even after the Bard stops singing. If a party member is turned into a zombie while singing, they will continue to sing as a zombie.

The Equip Harp ability gives characters the Bard's base Agility and Magic unless otherwise already at a higher value.

Upon mastery, Freelancers and Mimes gain the Bard's base Agility and Magic unless they already have a higher base from another mastered job.

The base stats for Bards are:

  • Strength: 16
  • Agility: 32
  • Stamina: 15
  • Magic: 35

Level-up abilitiesEdit

Level 1 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Hide
Advance Name Hide
Anthology Name Hide
RPGe Name Hide
AP Required 25
Type Command
Description Duck out of sight to avoid attacks.
Information Lets any job use the Hide command.
Level 2 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Equip Harps
Advance Name Equip Harp
Anthology Name EqHarp
RPGe Name Equip FFV SNES Harp Icon
AP Required 50
Type Passive
Description Gain the ability to equip Harps.
Information Any job with this ability will be able to equip Harps and gains the Bard's base Agility and Magic unless otherwise already higher.
Level 3 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Sing
Advance Name Sing
Anthology Name Sing
RPGe Name Sing
AP Required 100
Type Command
Description Sing songs with various abilities.
Information Lets any job use the Sing command.



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.

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