Greagoir Pendragons Bard Guide GM and beyond - R77 updated

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  1. Duke Gréagóir

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    Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Bards everywhere rejoice as you are now able to use your songs to help and hurt your friends and foes.

    I am excited about this and I hope you are too.

    My goal is to help you starting on a barding journey that you find fun. Please share your experiences and tips with us to help build this guide.

    Here are my current skills I have GMed all of the skills.
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    In SotA, GMing a skill is a good achievement. That is where the skill starts. Getting your skills to 120 - 140 will greatly help your effectiveness. Aim to these levels with the Bard song skills you want to excel at.

    Barding Tools
    - Learn the bard song skill first
    - Place a Bard skill into your hot bar.
    - Use the skill from your skill hot bar that appears when you press the Z key.

    Where is the Bard Trainer?
    - Take the galleon from Kingsport (Hidden Vale) or Brittany (Novia) to Mistrendur.
    - Travel NorthWest from the starting Galleon, around the left Mountain to the Ruins of Utheim.
    - Enter in the North Entrance (if it is your first time here run around the "circle").
    - Oski will be there ready to train you.


    ** Pro Tip ** All of the Bard Skills are AOE so if you are in an area with 5 mobs they will eventually all target you. This makes the Bard better in groups and not solo if you want your tamed pet to keep arggo.

    Bard Skills

    Songs that help you and your party:

    Melody of Mending - Healing song
    A soothing melody that heals all friends targets.
    At 100 it will heal 50 hit points every 2 seconds for 6 seconds.
    At 120 it will heal 55 hit points every 2 seconds for 6 seconds.
    Specialization gives you a Heal Others Bonus at 120 it is 54.8%
    How to train: Play the song to gain.
    @Violet Ronso mentions - duration and heal/2 seconds increases as you stack it (60 health/2 seconds at lvl 100 with 5 stacks)

    Anthem of Alacrity - Increase your attacks and movement.
    A high-energy marching song that grants a speed boost to all friendly targets who hear it.
    At 100 it will +23.3% move rate and Attack speed.
    At 120 it will +24.6% move rate and Attack speed.
    Both gives you +32.9 Dexterity for 4.5 seconds.
    How to train: Play the song to gain.

    Savage Sonata - Boost your strength (and Hit Points) and Dexterity, plus give you a greater chance to critical hit with weapons.
    Gives allies and tamed creatures combat bonuses.
    At 100 it will increase +35 strength and dexterity and +150% weapon critical damage, both for 2 seconds.
    At 100 it will increase +35 strength and dexterity and +150% weapon critical damage, both for 2 seconds.
    Specialization gives you +5% Weapon Critical Modifier for 2 seconds.
    How to train: Target your tamed pet or group up with other players and Play the song to gain.

    Rhapsody of Recovery - Gives you focus
    A upbeat song that helps with recovery of focus.
    At 100 it will recover 31 focus every 1.3 seconds for 3.9 seconds.
    At 120 it will recover 33 focus every 1.3 seconds for 3.9 seconds.
    How to train: Play the song to gain.

    Refrain of Resistance - Gives magic and damage resistances.
    A short tune that grants friends that hear it an extra level of resistance to all magic.
    At 100 it will +50.4 magic resistance and +27.4 damage resistance for 6 seconds.
    At 120 it will +54.8 magic resistance and +27.4 damage resistance for 6 seconds.
    Specialization gives you +25% Damage Resistance for 6 seconds.
    How to train: Play the song to gain.


    Songs to fight with:

    Atonal Aria - Attack song
    A painful song that irritates all who hear it and damages unfriendly targets.
    At 100 it will cause 50 - 150 physical damage
    At 120 it will cause 55-164 physical damage
    Specialization gives -50% Melee and Ranged Critical Hit Damage Reduction for 2 seconds.
    How to train: Play the song to gain.

    Psalm of Stagnation -
    A slow-paced, low energy tune that causes nearby enemies to slow down.
    At 100 it will -65.5% Move Rate for 4.5 seconds
    At 120 it will -69.8 % Move Rate for 4.5 seconds
    Specialization gives -50 Dexterity for 4.5 seconds
    How to train: Play the song to gain.

    Concussive Canticle -
    Once charged and executed, releases a massive concussive force emanating from the musician.
    At 100 it will cause 100 - 200 physical damage and -150 focus cost.
    at 120 it will cause 100 - 200 physical damage.and -150 focus cost. ** same as 100 **
    Specialization gives 10% chance to knock back 3 meters.
    How to train: Select a target and Play the song to gain. ** using a gustball or Practice Target will also work. Thank you to @Mac2 for sharing this tip with me. **
    @Violet Ronso mentions - damage scales off of your max focus. Focus cost is reduced but damage stays the same when stacked. Canticles damage is based off of your max focus, so if you set yourself with some good Fustian gear you should see much higher numbers.

    Mesmerizing Melody - Stun your targets
    Has a chance to mesmerize all of those nearby.
    At 100 - 100% change for 7.2 seconds
    At 120 -100% change for 7.2 seconds ** same as 100 **
    How to train: Play the song to gain.

    Passives that help your Bard songs:

    Rhythmic Readiness -
    Reduces the activation time for bard songs.
    At 100 +50 Singing Speed.
    How to train: This gains when you play any Bard song.

    Resounding Reach -
    Increases the range of all bard songs.
    At 100 +50 reach bonus.
    How to train: This gains when you play any Bard song.

    Musical Fortitude -
    Increases the duration of song bonuses persist.
    At 100 +50 duration of the song.
    How to train: This gains when you play any Bard song.


    Bard Specialization - Gives bonuses to all other Bard song skills.
    Bard Specialization is the devotion of oneself to the power of music.
    How to train: Play other Bard skills.

    Specialization gives you additional abilities listed above in the individual skills.


    How much xp will I need to train these skills up to 100 (GM)?

    Melody of Mending - 1,211,933
    Anthem of Alacrity - 1,211,933
    Savage Sonata - 1,211,933
    Atonal Aria - 1,211,933
    Pslam of Stagnation - 1,211,933
    Concussive Canticle - 1,211,933
    Mesmerizing Melody - 1,211,933
    Rhapsody of Recovery - 1,211,933
    Refrain of Resistance - 1,211,933

    Passives:
    Rhythmic Readiness -- 6,075,347
    Resounding Reach - 6,075,347
    Musical Fortitude - 6,075,347
    Bard Specialization - 24,249,107

    I used an Obsidian scroll of Unlearning to get a rough estimate of these above skills. All of my skills are GM (100) level but with any learning, extra skill points can flow in depending if the Obsidian Potion of Guidance was used (I was using that at the time to rapidly learn).


    Can I do something else while I am play a Bard song?

    No. Your combat bar will not be accessible while playing a Bard song.


    Old "Bard Skills"

    These are still available where you put the an instrument in your instrument slot, a piece of sheet music in your tool bar, then click the sheet music to play. These will not be covered here in this guide.


    Sincerely,
    Lord Greagoir Pendragon, ONBE
    Duke of Dara Brae
    Guildmaster of Druids and Bards of Dara Brae



    Edits:
    2020/03/30 - Original
    2020/04/19 - Added individual skill xp to level 100 GM.
    2020/04/01 - Added Bard new skills and Specalization. [4/30/2020 1:27:30 PM]
     
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    Reflecting on my Bard Experience

    Since I trained in the Bard skills, I helped do a control point and I had a lot of fun.

    Early on I noticed that they needed a healer more than another DPS person, so I switched and used three Bard skills to help my allies. Melody of Mending, Anthem of Alacrity, and Savage Sonata. These helped speed up their attacks, gave them more Hit Points due to the Strength bonuses, and healed them up for a bit.

    I noticed that with the strength boost the timer it "blipped" about 24 times. The Bard song would repeat 24 times before finishing. Their health would also "blip" as each cycle started and stopped.

    It takes 10 seconds to cast any of the Bard Spells when my Rhythmic Readiness is at 100 (GM) level.
     
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    2 details I could add :

    Concussive Canticle's damage scales off of your max focus, with a 2k focus pool, the tooltip gave me 709 as max damage.

    I have noted that 2 skills have an impact while stacking.

    Melody of Mending : duration and heal/2 seconds increases as you stack it (60 health/2 seconds at lvl 100 with 5 stacks)

    Concussive Canticles' focus cost is reduced but damage stays the same when stacked (good when used with Chaotic Feedback)

    The only one I did not check was the DOT one, but the buffs do not have any more power or longer duration as you stack them.
     
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    You might want to remove that bit I had added about "Good when used with Chaotic Feedback" on the concussive Canticle description, since CF is no longer supposed to work with bard skills (To be tested, heard Melody of mending still worked!)
     
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    I tried to locate the area using shroudoftheavatar.com/map/? But was unable to find the spot where the trainer is supposed to be. Is it a problem with the website, or something else?
     
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    Hehehe, I think you got confused in which Greagoir's guide you were replying to!

    For the Bard Trainer, he is in the new(ish) adventuring zone, The Ruins of Utheim, which can be found on the new continent "Mistrendur". To reach the new Continent, any "Cross-Continent Galleon" outside major cities will offer you the option, then, once you get there and find the ruins, the trainer should be standing by the default entrance of the zone!
     
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    Is this the old Ulfheim?
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Great guide =)

    I would add some precision on this:
    The damage resistance is added only when you have the specialization.

    and also on this one:
    I think is more like 909,318 (x0.75) than 1,211,933 (x1) but that may have changed since I skilled up
     
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