Bards for Protection
These tips focus on how you can use your friends to protect you and make them beefier.
Bards lead from the rear, but lead nonetheless. Not a tank, like your fighter or Paladin, maybe, but the bard can certainly boost the group HP and help keep the whole party alive and fighting longer. Take the Inspiring Leader feat (given you’ve met the Charisma prerequisite) and buff the whole party’s hit points, including your own. Headed into that ominous room that you’re sure is a boss fight, or perhaps a particularly difficult horde of undead?
Take 10 minutes to offer encouragement (and HP) to the whole group before bashing baddies. Hold Person or Hold Monster work great to incapacitate a foe to keep them out of the fight a while. Help keep the party in control of the fight, and keep your enemies at bay by removing one from combat completely. If an enemy would otherwise approach and decimate one of your teammates, a well-timed hold could completely change the course of the battle.
Bards in CombatSpeaking of combat prowess, Magical Secrets (open at 10th level) broadens the bard’s available spell options beyond the simple buffs and debuffs you may be used to up to this point. The bard’s strengths won’t be in some of the heavy hitting damage spells like a Wizard might use. But, a spell-like Heroism offers an extra combat boost for your tank or primary DPS ally to keep them in the fight longer (and hopefully keep the attention off of you).
Bards for Utility
Bard Class Abilities and Spell Selection
**Xanathar's Class Updates**
College of Glamour (Xanathar’s Guide to Everything)
College of Swords (Xanathar’s Guide to Everything)
College of Whispers (Xanathar’s Guide to Everything)
In Conclusion - Bards Rock
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Last updated: January 27, 2019
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