by deathpigeon, Feb 13,2010
Guides: Index | Defenders | Leaders | Strikers | Controllers | RacesBards: [[Bards's_Handbook|Intro]] | [[Bardic/Overview|Overview]] | [[Bardic/Attributes|Attributes]] | [[Bardic/Archetypes|Archetypes]] | [[Bardic/Races|Races]] | [[Bardic/Powers|Powers]] | [[Bardic/PP|Paragon Paths]] | [[Bardic/ED|Epic Destinies]] | [[Bardic/Feats|Feats]] | [[Bardic/Equipment|Equipment]] | [[Bardic/Tactics|Tactics]]

The Song of the Bard: The Bardic Handbook

“Hear the voice of the Bard! / Who present, past, and future sees; / Whose ears have heard/ The Holy Word / That walked among the ancient trees.” William Blake

Why Play a Bard? =
  • To have the greatest versatility of any class

If you like the sound of this, you may just be a bard

Formatting notes = This is my guide for making D&D 4 edition Bards.
This guide uses the traditional CharOp color coding standards for ratings:
  • Red: Garbage, Trap, or overshadowed by another option. Don't take this.
  • Purple: Situationally useful, but overall pretty meh.
  • Black: Ok. You could do worse.
  • Blue: Good stuff. You probably want this.
  • Sky Blue: You want this. Period.
  • Gold: Mandatory. Get this no matter what.

I have avoided the new scheme of Gold for now, but may in the future use Gold to indicate feat taxes and other mandatory elements.
In general, things that are black, blue, or sky blue are all things you can choose. You may avoid a sky-blue selection if it doesn't fit your character. It's still a choice. If you don't take things that are gold, you won't fulfill your function.
Sometimes decent options will be rated red. That's because there's some other option that is strictly better (better in all ways, worse in no ways), and the rating should point out the other choice.
  • [[Bardic/Overview|Overview (Role, Class Features)]]
  • [[Bardic/Attributes|Attributes]]
  • [[Bardic/Archetypes|Archetypes]]
  • [[Bardic/Races|Races]]
  • [[Bardic/Powers|Powers(Heroic, Paragon, Epic, Multiclass powers)]]
  • [[Bardic/PP|Paragon Paths]]
  • [[Bardic/ED|Epic Destinies]]
  • [[Bardic/Feats|Feats (Heroic, Paragon, Epic, Racial)]]
  • [[Bardic/Equipment|Equipment (by slot)]]
  • [[Bardic/Tactics|Tactics]]