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Bards wander the land with instrument in hand and song in tongue. Their magickal tunes are a source of delight and wonder
—In-game description.

Bard is a job class exclusive to the moogle Hurdy in Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift. The class focuses on granting buffs to fellow allies and healing their HP. It suffers from weak physical stats, low Speed and no Evasion, but average-high magickal stats fitting his main role as a supporter unit. The class is unique due to its Magick Ballade and Requiem abilities; the first restores 10 MP in a small area, making him an ideal supporter for mages, and the second deals huge damage to undead enemies, as well as removing any undead coffins in a small area.

The Bard comes with the Critical: Vanish reaction as soon as he joins the party, an ability which cannot normally be learned by moogles. Although the Bard can equip any instrument, he can only learn new abilities from the four-stringed instruments. A notable class combination for the bard class in having it secondary to a Moogle Knight, since training as a Moogle Knight gives great physical stats, keeping him on the field and allowing him to support longer and defend himself. Another one would be mixing the Bard's buffs with a Juggler's debuffs to give fast and versatile support, especially with speed boosting daggers.


Weapons Head Body Equip Shields?
Instruments Hats Light Armor No

Race Move Jump Evasion Unarmed
Attack Raise
HP MP Atk Def Mgk Res Spd
3 2 0 10 60 D E F F C D 48%



The BARD plays songs that impart strange magicks on those who harken them.
Skill Source Equipment Effect Range AP To Master
Requiem Mastered Deals heavy damage to the Undead. Also exorcises undead that have 0 HP. 4
Hide Mastered Turns user Invisible Self
Angelsong Hurdy-Gurdy Grants Regen to an ally. 4 200
Battle Chant Mastered Raises Defense of the target 4
Magickal Refrain Mastered Raises Magick Defense of the target. 4
Nameless Song Frigid Viol Grants a random positive status to all in an area. 4 350
Magick Ballad Shining Lute Restores 10 MP in an area. 4 350
Soul Etude Brilliant Theorbo Restores HP and status in an area. 4 250


Skill Source Equipment Effect AP To Master
Critical: Vanish Mastered Enters Invisible status when at critical health.


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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