Lost Ark offers a generous number of classes to test out at launch, and the choice will be definitive. For that reason, you should take your time when making your decision. If it’s already done and you’ve chosen Bard, though, know you’ll be the ally everyone wants in fights.

The Bard is an advanced class of the Mage, which is chosen shortly after creating a character. This support class can only be played by female characters. The Bard uses the harp’s melodies to deal damage to enemies and provide buffs for her allies. The class also features some crowd-control abilities such as knockbacks and stuns.

You’ll have a crucial role in your party, since the Bard must stay alive to help its allies in the fight. She must be careful of her positioning at all times since she’s squishy and can die easily compared to other tank and DPS classes.

Here are the best Bard builds in Lost Ark based on our experience. Since a lot of building comes to preference, you can adapt the abilities to best fit your playstyle and test out different tripods, which significantly change their use in combat.

The best Bard Builds in Lost Ark

Typical support build

Skill Skill Level Tripod I Tripod II Tripod III
Wind of Music 10/10 Quick Preparation Melody Increase Wind of Protection
Heavenly Tune 10/10 Quick Preparation Tough Tune Intense Tune
Sonic Vibration 10/10 Protective Vibration Brilliant Wave Wide-Angle Attack
Dissonance 4/10 Melody Increase
Guardian Tune 10/10 Tenacity Endless Protection Wind of Protection
Rhythm Buckshot 4/10 Melody Increase
Rhapsody of Light 10/10 Quick Preparation Note Brand Shining Protection
Harp of Rhythm 10/10 Summoning Will Melody Increase Note Brand

This build will provide the most utility for your team. You will focus on pushing the enemies back when they come too close to your party and apply AoE damage in areas where your DPS will also be able to receive your buffs.

If you need a bit more damage, you can swap out one of those attacks for Soundholic with a level 4/10 and the Tripod I Sound Concentration.

Solo build

Skill Skill Level Tripod I Tripod II Tripod III
Stigma 10/10 Sustain Enhancement Brilliant Stigma Pain Brand
Heavenly Tune 10/10 Quick Preparation Courageous Tune Intense Tune
Sonic Vibration 4/10 Protective Vibration
Dissonance 10/10 Melody Increase Law of the Jungle Harmony Enhancement
Wind of Music 10/10 Quick Preparation Melody Increase Wind of Protection
Soundholic 10/10 Sound Concentration Sustain Enhancement Focus Fire
Sound Wave 4/10 Excellent Mobility
Sound Shock 4/10 Maintained Explosion

The solo build isn’t that different from the support build, but those adjusted Tripods will allow you to deal more damage when playing alone, rather than focusing on crowd control and buff effects. You’ll also have to adjust your playstyle since your encounters will be longer and you’ll have to be more aware than ever of your positioning in the fight.

PvP build

Skill Skill Level Tripod I Tripod II Tripod III
Wind of Music- 10/10 Quick Preparation Melody Increase Wind of Protection
Heavenly Tune- 10/10 Quick Preparation Tough Tune Intense Tune
Sonic Vibration- 10/10 Tenacity Chain Vibration Spreading Vibration
Dissonance- 7/10 Melody Increase Law of the Jungle
Prelude of Storm- 10/10 Quick Preparation Melody Increase Powerful Prelude
Sound Shock- 7/10 Maintained Explosion Sacred Shock
Soundholic- 10/10 Sound Concentration Sustain Enhancement Focus Fire
Stigma 10/10 Wide-angle attack Brilliant Stigma Pain Brand

In PvP, know you can be as flexible as you want. It’ll all depend on your personal playstyle, on your allies, and on the meta.

If you see an overwhelming number of a specific class in your PvP scenarios, try to adapt to counter them as best as possible. It’ll also depend on how you like to assist your allies. You can go for this build, and then adjust after playing a few PvP encounters.