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Soul Voice is the Final Fantasy XI Bard's special job ability. Soul Voice lasts for a period of three minutes, unlike most of the two-hour abilities available to other Jobs which are instant or last for 30 seconds. This is largely due to the time involved in singing songs, which is generally between 3 and 8 seconds. A Bard might also be responsible for singing as many as a dozen songs in certain party combinations.
During the period when the special ability is active, any songs a Bard sings will have an "increased effect", as the game puts it. While this is not exact, in most cases, this means the effect of a song is doubled (for example: Foe Requiem VI, which normally would do 6 HP of damage every 3 seconds, would do 12, or if Valor Minuet ordinarily would boost a party member's Attack by 25, it would boost it by about 50). Offensive songs also become more difficult to save against, so they are more likely to affect the target.
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