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Edward Chris von Muir is a Bard from Final Fantasy IV.

Please others with love, please your heart with song.
—Dissidia Final Fantasy, Bard Lore

The Bard (吟遊詩人, Gin'yūshijin?, lit. Minstrel) is a job class that appears in various games in the series.


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.


Final Fantasy IIIEdit


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 3D remake, its arsenal is changed to using numerous songs to aid the party in battle.

Final Fantasy IVEdit

IV Edward is a bard, whose Bardsongs produce various effects. Edward is also the subject character for the famous quote "You spoony bard!".

Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit

FFIVTAY Edward returns as a bard, using 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.

Final Fantasy VEdit


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 people in different towns. If the player has played all the pianos, the bard can learn the last song.

Final Fantasy X-2Edit


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.

Final Fantasy XIEdit


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 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. The alter egos of Ulmia and Joachim are bards.

Final Fantasy XIVEdit


FFXIV Bard Icon 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.

The NPC and Circle of Knowing member Thancred claims to be a bard and, judging by the way he works with words, more than likely is one; although in battle, he usually functions as a Gladiator and, later, as a Rogue.

Final Fantasy Type-0Edit

TYPE0 Deuce has abilities similar to a bard. She utilizes a Flute that can increase allies' attributes and decrease enemies' attributes.

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit


The Bard job is exclusive to male units, obtained by training a male unit in magical job classes.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit


The Bard job is exclusive to Hurdy the moogle. Hurdy has several abilities that are mainly for helping his allies.

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of LightEdit


FFT4HoL Bard Icon

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.

Final Fantasy DimensionsEdit


Eduardo is a Bard. Bard also appears as a job class available only to the Light Warriors.

Final Fantasy Legends IIEdit


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Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

Dissidia012 The Bard appears as a job card in the new Labyrinth mode, reviving any fallen party members.

Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit


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Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit


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Final Fantasy ArtniksEdit

Artniks The Bard appears as a character card.

Final Fantasy All the BravestEdit


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.

Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit


A performer capable of bolstering allies with song. The enhancing effects of the bard's music on the party more than make up for his weakness in individual combat.

Bard appears as a recruitable character. He is unlocked in South Figaro Cave on Classic in Final Fantasy VI storyline as the First Time Reward.

Level HP Attack Defense Magic Resistance Mind Accuracy Evasion Speed
1 96 5 5 7 8 7 20 20 69
10 454 11 13 22 25 22 20 20 72
50 2,048 46 50 74 82 74 22 22 91

Bard can use Support school of Physical skillset up to rarity rank 4.

His initial Soul Break is Valor Minuet I which at the expense of two Soul Gauge segments temporarily increases party's Attack. The instrument Madhura Harp (III) can grant Bard access to Valor Minuet II which at the expense of two Soul Gauge segments temporarily increases party's Attack.


Bard can equip the following weapon types: daggers and instruments. The instrument Madhura Harp (III) allows Bard access to Valor Minuet II.

He can equip the following armor types: bracers, hats, light armor, and robes.

He can equip accessories.

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Final Fantasy ExplorersEdit


The Bard job is unlocked in the 3 star quest Aptitude Exam: Ninja and Bard Quest. The Bard uses recovery and support magic, and uses the sing ability to support allies in fights. The Bard boasts high spirit, focus, mobility, luck and load, making this job a versatile buffer/healer.

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Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

TCG The Bard job appears with eight Ice-elemental cards and one Fire-elemental card: four Ice-elemental cards with each of the main characters from Final Fantasy III, Luneth, Arc, Refia, and Ingus; one Fire-elemental card depicting Faris from Final Fantasy V; two Ice-elemental cards, featuring a Hume and an Elvaan respectively, from Final Fantasy XI; one Ice-elemental card which shows an Elezen from Final Fantasy XIV; and one more Ice-elemental card with the jobs artwork for Final Fantasy Explorers.

Triple TriadEdit

The Bard class featuring Ingus from Final Fantasy III appears on Triple Triad cards in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit

Knights of the CrystalsEdit

The Bard appears on a silver card.



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.