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    Default Endgame Bard Builds Compendium

    Post your bard builds here and reasoning behind them!

    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...x.EIdqiqskqz.V for 15% more heals and 25m cadence
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hokonoso View Post
    Post your bard builds here and reasoning behind them!

    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...x.EIdqiqskqz.V for 15% more heals and 25m cadence
    Kinda have one of these going, more of a bard discussion on specs, and other information. Might want to check it out.

    http://forums.riftgame.com/showthrea...-Bard-Thoughts

    I went with
    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=1M...qiqskqz.Vh.V0b
    Last edited by Aglor; 04-05-2011 at 07:55 AM.

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    yea i just wanted a list of builds, the discussion thread is still good, but sometimes people dont want to read 1000 pages of talk to see the builds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hokonoso View Post
    Post your bard builds here and reasoning behind them!

    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...x.EIdqiqskqz.V for 15% more heals and 25m cadence
    IMO the 5 pts in ranger could be well better spent in the standard RS tree for more AP. More range on cadence yay, but thats pointless considering you ahve to move into range to cast yoru coda's n power rif...

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    Quote Originally Posted by IshmaelEmberstorm View Post
    IMO the 5 pts in ranger could be well better spent in the standard RS tree for more AP. More range on cadence yay, but thats pointless considering you ahve to move into range to cast yoru coda's n power rif...
    i use both, some fights that extra range is needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hokonoso View Post
    i use both, some fights that extra range is needed.
    ya know now that i think of it i dont think i took the RS for my last 5 pts either. At work n changed spec so much lately... i do believe i took either ranger or MM just so i could use my ranged wpn n get slightly bigger cadence healz.

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    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...Idqiqskqz.Vhbz

    so i see common bard build being 51/ 8 nb/7 rs

    I don't get what the extra points in RS are for, wouldnt the above build that gets 1 point in melted skin while keeping the endurance buff for your survivability be much better? you lose 3% ap.
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    I'm using the build mentioned above with different allocations.

    51 Bard (Obviously), 8 NB, 7 RS -> 2 in Boosted Recovery. 4% More healing on myself in dire situations, in my opinion, outweighs other available options.

    Points spent in Coup De Grace seem worthless in my opinion. I'm usually healing more than I'm using damaging abilities. Another viable option would be Exceptional Resilience -> 2 points, 2% reduced damage may not seem like much but counter in AoE fights or constant damage. That 2% just started to seem a bit more important.
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    Warfront:

    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...Vhxfhob0zz.V0o

    I haven't quite settled on where to spend the 4 points from Hasted Time and Rift Scavenger just yet. I honestly don't notice the Hasted Time when I am fighting. Freedom of movement often wears off before the enemy reacts and uses their stun/root/snare. 10 seconds with a 2 minute recast on Planer Refuge is just meh. At least with rift scavenger I get a free heal occasionally, not that I can recall it ever being the difference living/dying. I may just move all 4 points to Shadow Mastery.

    Open World (solo/duo):

    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...qz.0ARfxoboddo

    Been thinking about moving the enduring brew to blinding powder. It's rare that I need 2 cc's at once, and the cd on blinding powder is a bit of a put off. Not sure I want to give up a second heal that does not require hitting someone. I've also considered moving the points in Bardic Inspiration to Stage Presence, seeing as how the motifs are neigh useless in a from stealth fight that usually lasts no more than 10-15 seconds. Although they work well if I have time/place to put them up prior to attacking.

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    side note, i wear my full t2 tank set while barding. having over 7k hp really helps when you are heal-botting
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    the only really odd builds i've seen/tried so far are:


    44 brd/22nb - for heat retention in NB. you don't lose stacks unless you use a dmg finisher... which if you're healing isn't an issue.

    44 brd/8nb/14 sin - cruel vengeance. i also came up with another spec that gave you magnify pain which DOES work with CoR and VoV



    both give a decent bonus to cadence... but not really enough to be worth losing VoJ. now i'm back to boring old 51/8/7 :sigh:

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    Quote Originally Posted by thujone View Post
    the only really odd builds i've seen/tried so far are:


    44 brd/22nb - for heat retention in NB. you don't lose stacks unless you use a dmg finisher... which if you're healing isn't an issue.

    44 brd/8nb/14 sin - cruel vengeance. i also came up with another spec that gave you magnify pain which DOES work with CoR and VoV



    both give a decent bonus to cadence... but not really enough to be worth losing VoJ. now i'm back to boring old 51/8/7 :sigh:
    the magnify pain works with VoV and CoR, but not with Cadence, so basically it helps your burst healing right? (obviously incompatible with VoJ due to it being on the 4th row of the assassin tree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hokonoso View Post
    Post your bard builds here and reasoning behind them!

    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...x.EIdqiqskqz.V for 15% more heals and 25m cadence
    I was testing the MM ability with cadence and it did not seem to give the 5 meter extra range. I used two bard builds, one with the extra range and one without on a test dummy and changing back and forth between the two made no difference in range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hokonoso View Post
    Post your bard builds here and reasoning behind them!

    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...x.EIdqiqskqz.V for 15% more heals and 25m cadence
    Cadence is unaffected by the increased range from MM.... read your tool tips when you login, still 20m.

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