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    How much worse is Bard leveling than, say, Ranger main? Anyone have a build they enjoyed for solo play (Rifts (elites), questing, etc)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stigas View Post
    How much worse is Bard leveling than, say, Ranger main? Anyone have a build they enjoyed for solo play (Rifts (elites), questing, etc)?

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    I have been full bard spec from the start (just stopped points at 34).

    So I am gimpy, but able to slowly kill.

    How slow? Well let me give you some perspective. At lvl 31 (31 into bard) I was able to kill a lvl 17 elite foothold that had just over 10000 hp. The video recorder only holds 10 minutes, and it took over that to kill it. I was able to kill it, and all the series of adds that respawned because dps is so pitiful.

    Not a QQ, if you want DPS that is why for 30 gold you buy another role and spec it for dps.

    Point is, bards are viable to solo but dont expect dps from a support spec. This is the core of rift that so many folks fail to grasp.

    Yes I can bard, I know my bard, but I am a rogue and I can become a Ranger (or Sabo in my case) in 2 seconds to wang chang if thats what is needed.

    Bard itself alone is challenging to play as a start. Alone is the key here. Make friends, or drift from public rift/invasion group to another an you will see how much your bard heals/helps everyone as a whole.

    *short winded answer, killing mobs before they get to you is more effective then healing through the damage.*
    Last edited by Momolicious; 05-15-2011 at 10:25 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stigas View Post
    How much worse is Bard leveling than, say, Ranger main? Anyone have a build they enjoyed for solo play (Rifts (elites), questing, etc)?

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    It's very slow, and I would suggest Ranger instead. If you are on a PvP server I wouldn't suggest leveling bard at all, unless you want to die all the time. Definitely switch to bard for rifts and invasions though.

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    Thanks for the feedback!

    Also, huge props for Mario throwback avatar.

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    I leveled as bard/ranger, and mostly used bard skills for AE and ranger skills for single target. With the pet heal running + motifs + cadence you can pretty easily heal the pet with 5 or 6 mobs on it, and take them down with the AE coda whose name I forget for a moment. I had a few rough lvls in the low 30s where I had to choose between losing a substantial amount of healing or not having the greater razorbeast. Elites are more of a gamble than deep ranger. With virtuoso, they're easy to take down, but when that's down it can get a little hectic and I sometimes need to quick summon a replacement pet partway through.

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