Welcome to our Dark and Darker Bard Guide. Bard is the next class coming to Dark and Darker. This guide covers everything we know so far about the Bard. We will keep this guide updated as new information is released.
Skills in Dark and Darker are the core abilities to each class has unique access to. Currently, you can select two of the following skills to complement the playstyle or build choice you prefer:
- Song Memory and Song Memory 2
Creates an unpleasant noise to block hostile targets within a certain area from casting spells and silence them for 3 seconds
The next song is automatically played to the end without any input and is sure to succeed. This song is also played at maximum song playing speed.
Song Memory 1 & 2
Can store up to 4 sweet music as space permits per Song Memory slotted
At this time, we would recommend using Song Memory 1 and Song Memory 2. Songs are a vital part of the Bards kit and without them, the bard is just a really bad version of rogue. Dissonance can be powerful if used at the right time in PVP battles, used to silence classes with powerful spells such as Clerics and Wizard. However, with so many songs available – doubling up on Song Memory is perfect.
Perks in Dark and Darker serve as unique passive traits. Each class can slot up to 4 perks once they reach max level:
Upgrades a ‘Good’ performance into a ‘perfect’ performance.
Increases your movement speed by 10 when holding an instrument.
Drinking ale heals 5 HP and increases your movement speed by 10 when drunk.
A High level of understanding of objects increases all types of interaction speed by 25%
While Playing, the caster’s physical damage reduction bonus is increased by 15%
When using a rapier, weapon damage increases by 3 and action speed increases by 5%
50% increased weapon damage bonus when attacking with a musical instrument.
Give all party members around a +3 Will and Knowledge buff.
50% faster switching time when switching between weapons/utility items.
Increases the chance of finding high-quality items when opening treasure chests. 50 Luck increase.
If the performance is successful, increases nearby allies’ weapon attack power by 3 for 6 seconds.
At this time, we’d recommend using Lore Mastery, Charismatic Performance, Dancing Feet, and Melodic Protection. Lore Mastery, Dancing Feet and Melodic Protection provide fantastic offensive and defensive benefits. However, Charismatic Performance allows the Bard to intentionally “fail” the last note of the song, completing it faster and still achieving a perfect song! It should be noted that a Perfect performance is mentioned as a “Great” performance in-game!
Songs are musical spells that the bard can play to buff his allies or de-buff enemies.
How to play songs as Bard in Dark and Darker
Songs are played using magical instruments by using the default “right click” to start the song. The player will then complete a mini-game event to play notes using the same input button. Depending on how well the song is performed, the bard will grant a buff to allies.
Here are the Songs available to the Bard, sorted by Instrument required:
Gradually increase the movement speed of you and your nearby allies for 8 seconds based on your performance. This movement speed buff can Stack 3 times.
- Poor Performance – 3 per second
- Good – 5 per second
- Perfect – 7 per second
Gradually increases the action speed and spellcasting speed of you and nearby allies as a result of the play for 8 seconds. This buff can stack 3 times.
- Poor Performance – 3 per second
- Good – 4.5 per second
- Perfect – 6 per second
Beats of Alacrity
Grants 5/7/9 movement speed for 30/60/120 seconds. This song does not stack on itself however.
Din of Darkness
Deal Dark Magic Damage to all enemies in an area around the performer. The amount of damage per beat is based on the quality of the played music. 3/4/5.
Increases all stats of nearby allies by 1/2/3 for 30 seconds.
Reduces all stats of nearby enemies by 1/2/3 for 20 seconds. Does not work on Boss or Sub-Boss monsters.
Does 10/15/20 physical damage to a target and causes the echo sound effect on the affected target for 3 seconds if the target is a player.
Shriek of Weakness
Lowers Physical Power Bonus by 3/4/5 and Armor Rating by 10/25/30 for 18 seconds.
Opens all nearby doors/containers, including locked containers. This song, however, does not work for doors that require a special key.
Ballad of Courage
Grants 10 Physical Power Bonus for 30/60/120 seconds. This song does not stack with itself.
Chorale of Clarity
Restores the Spell Memory of all nearby allies who rest for 8/16/24 seconds, 2 per second.
Grants a shield that lasts for 60/90/120 seconds that gives 15 armor rating and 15 magic resist to self and all nearby allies.
Song of Shadow
Turns self and all nearby invisible for 15/25/35 seconds. Invisibility break upon movement.
Gradually restores the Recoverable Health of yourself and nearby allies when resting based on your performance.
- Poor Performance – 1 HP for 10 seconds
- Good – 1 HP for 20 seconds
- Perfect – 1 HP for 30 seconds
Aria of Alacrity
Grants 4/6/8% to action speed for 30/60/120 seconds. This song does not stack with itself.
Excites nearby monsters to attack the nearest target except for the performer.
Lament of Languor
Reduces the movement speed of all enemy targets by 20 in an AoE for 6 seconds.
All nearby players and monsters temporarily lose the will to fight when enchanted by the channelling section of the song.
Song of Silence
Intercepts all enemy spells and prevents the caster from casting magic for 1/1.5/2 seconds. Does not work on Boss or Sub-Boss monsters. AoE range 300/300/300.
Musical Instruments will be similar to a spell book for a Wizard or a Cleric and allow Bards to play songs (cast spells). Players will need to play the songs to cast the spells. Depending on how the player performs is how effective the spell will be. Currently, the Bard can use the following instruments:
- War Drums (that can be thrown!)
Bards are experts at using the rapier, one of the best melee weapons in Dark and Darker.
Different stats in Dark and Darker have different properties, as a result we recommend prioritizing the following stats on gear:
- +All Attributes
+All Attributes is a no-brainer, allowing you additional stat points in every stat is a huge value. Will currently increases the buff duration from your songs. And Agility increases your movement and Attack speed with your Rapier.
How To Play Bard
When playing the Bard Class, you want to play in two major positions in a fight:
- In your team’s backline, casting buffs through playing songs.
- On your opponent’s flank, casting certain songs that affect your Opponent, such as Peacemaker or Shriek of Weakness.
Sitting in your backline allows you to play fairly safely while helping and supporting teammates, much like the Cleric class. However, you can also aggressively position to cast Peacemaker at an angle that doesn’t affect your teammates but hits your opponents. As a result, this allows your teammates to freely fight – especially if they’re ranged! The Bard class typically plays as a support, however, can play offensively with a melee weapon when cornered. When you enter a fight, make sure to pre-buff your teammates with Accelerando so you can aggressively catch your enemies off guard! If all else fails, you can at least throw your drums at the enemy!
New Bard Options
Combining some of the new songs the Bard has access to creates a very potent class setup. For example, Shriek of Weakness is an incredible new song that massively lowers the Armor Rating and Power of enemies. Using Shriek of Weakness combined with the new perk Dancing Feet, the Bard has the ability to up in battle and land these AoE songs for maximum output. The best way to play Bard currently is to use double Song Memory to make the most out of the 19 songs you now have access to! Making the most out of Drums, Lyre and Flute are your best options as the most powerful songs come from them. Start off with the combination below and switch songs as and when you require them!
A few situational alternatives include:
- Using Piercing Shrill with enough Will to deal incredible damage. Importantly, Piercing Shrill does AoE damage – which is perfect for mob clearing or team fighting.
- Chaotic Discord is a fantastic Solo alternative, potentially in the Goblin Cave. This song allows you to make multiple monsters fight themselves – keeping you safe!
Bard Rework September 2023
The Bard has been reworked slightly to slow down the snowball effect the class has. As a result, it is much more difficult to equip 10 songs from the get-go. Starting off as a Bard, take the Drums Songs Allegro, Rousing Rhythms and Beats of Alacrity. Pair those Drum Songs with the Lyre Songs Harmonic Shield and Tranquility.
Dark and Darker Bard Guide Conclusion
That concludes our Dark and Darker Bard Guide. Make sure to continue to check back here for up-to-date information about the Bard Class and other Dark and Darker Information!