Make your own free website on Tripod.com
Neverwinter Nights Home Neverwinter404 Home
Neverwinter Nights Home
News
System Requirements
Image Gallery
Official FAQ
Official Site
Bioware Forums

Player Guide
Abilities
Races
Classes
Skills
Feats
Equipment
Creatures

Links
Contact Us

 

 Classes

Bard

Bards often serve as negotiators, messengers, scouts, and spies. They love to accompany heroes (and villains) to witness heroic (or villainous) deeds firsthand, since a bard who can tell a story from personal experience earns renown among his fellows. A bard casts arcane spells without any advance preparation, much like a sorcerer. Bards also share some specialized skills with rogues, and their knowledge of item lore is nearly unmatched. A high Charisma score allows a bard to cast high-level spells.

Bards are very difficult to classify as they are part scholar, part thief, part spy, part spell caster and part warrior. With so many routes to focus on a common error is to try and be good at everything and that leads to being mediocre at all. To play a successful Bard a player must think about what sort of character they would want to play and select certain parts to emphasize. For example, a combat based Bard would focus on his physical attributes over Cha (which determines spell ability) and take a few spells that aid directly to fighting. On the other hand, a player who wishes to be a spy or entertainer would focuses on persuasion and more Char-based skills.

  • Hit Die: d6
  • Proficiencies: All simple weapons, all armor, and shields
  • Skill Points (x4 at 1st level): 4 + Int Modifier
  • Spellcasting: Arcane (Charisma based, armor-related chance of spell failure has to be taken into account)

The Bard's skills (and the key ability for each skill) are:

  • Concentration (Con)
  • Discipline (Str)
  • Heal (Wis)
  • Hide (Dex)
  • Listen (Wis)
  • Lore (Int)
  • Move Silently (Dex)
  • Parry (Dex)
  • Perform (Cha)
  • Persuade (Cha)
  • Pick Pocket (Dex)
  • Spell Craft (Int)
  • Taunt (Cha)
  • Use Magic Device (Cha)

Bard Spell lists and descriptions

Class Packages

Default Bard:
This bard package is built around a broad assortment of skills, feats, and spells, making the character a jack-of-all-trades who is useful in any situation.

Bard, Blade:
The blade is a combat-minded bard, more focused on fighting with two weapons and his Parry skill than performing.

Bard, Gallant:
The gallant strikes a balance between combat and artistry, often writing ballads of the deeds that he has accomplished.

Bard, Jester:
The jester prefers to use a cutting wit and a glib tongue over blade or bow.

Bard, Loremaster:
The loremaster is sage-like in many ways, but is driven to adventuring to gather more and more knowledge.

Barbarian Druid Paladin Sorcerer
Bard Fighter Ranger Wizard
Cleric Monk Rogue