lost land bark build

When it comes to finding teammates to enjoy the MMO part of MMORPG Lost Ark, the Bard is the uncontested belle of the ball. The best support character in the game by quite a margin, the Bard’s healing powers and shields are second to none, and she’s the most-requested class by players seeking to match with new party members. Choosing to play as the Bard is a smart move, therefore, if you’re looking   to quickly hop into team activities; and if you enjoy playing support characters, she’s an interesting one to master.                                                                                                                  

 Best Lost Ark Bard build: Overview 

The Bard plays music, as you might expect, and this is how she delivers the powerful buffs that support her team. Her identity skill is Serenade, and using it, she has a couple of go-to songs she can play for the party to grant special buffs:

  • Serenade of Courage boosts the whole party’s attack damage against all enemies.
  • Serenade of Salvation heals the rest of the party.                                                                         
  • Like most Lost Ark characters with a single identity skill, the Bard can stack up to three charges for her skill, and once depleted her Serenade metre is refilled by performing attacks against enemies. Each Serenade uses up one charge, so you can perform a little musical montage of up to three tunes before running out of energy, if that’s what the situation calls for.                                               
  •   As a general rule, Serenade of Salvation is the most useful part of the Bard’s kit — especially as you get towards the endgame and during PvP encounters, where you’ll often struggle to progress unless you have some hefty healing support in your party. However, other than keeping her Serenade mana charged, there’s nothing you really need to do to build up either aspects of her identity skill; so other than trying to keep at least one charge in reserve for healing at all times, there’s not much more for you to worry about.
  • Of course, no class is completely without downsides, and the Bard’s shortcomings are rather obvious. She has low HP and defence compared to sturdier characters, meaning that teammates will need to take care of her to allow her to look after them. She’s also, as you might expect, not much for fighting except for the hits she needs to land to recharge her mana, so you do risk missing out on some of Lost Ark’s best combat mechanics when you play as her.                                                                                                                                             

    Best Lost Ark Bard Build:Engravings 

 Once a Lost Ark character reaches Level 50, you can apply Engravings to them. Engravings are part of Lost Ark’s endgame content, and allow you to apply a variety of buffs and boosts to customise your character’s kit a little more. As well as generic engravings available to all characters, every class has two “class bonus” engravings unique to them. Effectively, these let you pick a subclass for them to specialise in.

The Engravings for the Bard are Desperate Salvation and True Courage:

  • Desperate Salvation activates when the Serenade of Salvation buff ends. It’s an additional buff which recovers another 24% of your max HP.
  • True Courage increases the outgoing damage of Serenade of Courage by 20%, and increases its crit rate by 10%.

          Since the Bard is commonly built around healing, Desperate Salvation ought to be your go-to choice of class engraving for her.However, the Bard is fundamentally a team player, so it’s worth considering switching out for True Courage if the rest of your party have a specific need for it.

  • The number of engravings you can equip is variable, and depends on the engraving slots you have available. Class-specific bonus engravings require Learned Engraving slots, which you unlock by reading books you accumulate throughout your adventures in Arkesia. The two “generic” engraving types that can be equipped by all classes (damage boosts and utility buffs) are equipped according to how many engraving points you have available through a combination of your character’s equipped accessories (such as necklaces, earrings, rings, etc.) and their Ability stones, all of which can be picked up as loot or from merchants throughout the game. Shuffle your loadout until you’ve maxed out your engravings points to 35 and you should be able to equip about three generic engravings in addition to your class bonus.
  • Since the Bard is one of the few characters in Lost Ark who you won’t be building for damage potential, the usual go-to engravings aren’t necessarily the best in her case. For this area of her build, focus on mana regeneration and improving her defences with a selection of the following:
  • Heavy Armour increases the Bard’s defence by up to 150%. There aren’t many other opportunities to improve this stat for her, so it’s an invaluable choice if you’re feeling vulnerable and squishy.
  • Spirit Absorption increases the Bard’s attack and movement speeds by 15% each. This is much more important than it might initially sound, since quick movements while dodging and kiting are important for ensuring the Bard’s safety, especially in boss fights.
  • Increased Max MP adds an extra 30% to the Bard’s mana pool, which is useful for ensuring that her normal skills don’t run out of juice.
  • Awakening reduces the cooldown time on the Bard’s awakening skill by 50%, and adds three more uses before triggering cooldown.

Best Engravings for Bard;                                   

In order of priority, you should take these drawings with Bard:

Desperate Salvation – Bard Class Engraved

Expert – Provides massive healing

Awareness – Your powerful awareness makes the most of healing.

Heavy Armour – Keeps you alive longer than the Bard.

Max MP Increase – Fast bards spin up abilities faster, which means you may need extra MP.

Best Lost Ark Bard Build: Combat Stats and accessories                                

In addition to Engravings, accessory items in Lost Ark (necklaces, earrings, and rings) are your source for Combat Stats. These substats can have a major effect on your character, and it is important to target gear with the right stats for your build. Bards should focus on Crit while levelling, which will increase your critical strike rate and damage for a nice clear speed boost. Use Specialisation as a secondary stat to build Serenade Meter faster.

Once you hit level 50 and start running group content like Abyssal Dungeons, you will want to drop the Crit in favour of Swiftness. This will decrease your cooldowns and help you cast support skills more often. Whether you prioritise Swiftness or Specialization first is up to you. Both are perfectly viable options.

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Is Bard the best class in Lost Ark?

One of the devoted support characters in Lost Ark is the Bard, who is typically the best option for a dedicated support in both PvE and PvP, though the Paladin (and, in the future, the Artist) also see play.

Why is Bard the best class?

The Bard is incredibly adaptable. The Bard can essentially play any position in the party thanks to access to all skills, specialties, full casting, and a respectable set of proficiencies.

Can you do everything solo in Lost Ark?

Although playing solo is not prohibited in Lost Ark, there are a few things to think about before deciding to adopt this playstyle. When playing alone, the game can be difficult because you don’t have other players to help you in battles with people of different classes and talents.