Desperate Salvation Bard Build Guide for Lost Ark

Last updated on Sep 14, 2022 at 19:36 by Sywo 1 comment

Utilizing magic through the use of music and their harpe, Bard brings an immense amount of supportive actions to the group. Bards offer powerful shields, raw healing, and damage reduction debuffs to ensure a smooth combat experience for their party members, while also providing them strong damage boosts to maximize overall damage output.

1.

Desperate Salvation Bard Overview

The Desperate Salvation Icon Desperate Salvation build allows for easier healing of party members, making their mistakes less punishing. Your gear set choice is very important, and you can use either of the two supportive sets described below.

2.

Desperate Salvation Bard Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Good supportive abilities
  • +Strong heals and shields
X Weaknesses
  • -Requires good positioning
  • -Requires boss mechanics knowledge
3.

Desperate Salvation Bard Gear Sets

For support classes including Bard there are two viable sets, the Destructive set and the Swamp of Yearning set. The remainder of the guide is split between these two options, so ensure you are looking at the right section when picking out information.

  1. Destructive
  2. This is the off-meta set, focusing more on defense. Strengths: It has a lot better survivability, thanks to the Seed of Life (endurance increase) and Life Activation (healing, with double effect at 30% or less hp). With this set, it is important to focus on swiftness for max skill spam and that means more buffs from those skills, improving damage and defense of the party. The Second Wind buff from the set at level 1 starts out small, 2.4% damage increase, but goes up to 24% in 10 seconds and then lasts for 3 more seconds. If it lines up with party members burst, it outperforms builds using the Swamp of Yearning set. Even though you get Serenade Meter slower, thanks to good survivability, you can often use Bubbles for Serenade of Courage and increase the party dps even more.

    Weaknesses: This set lacks the synergy (Attack/Move Speed) from Swamp of Yearning and a lot of players might have created their DPS build with that in mind.

  3. Swamp of Yearning
  4. This is the meta set and it focuses more on offense. Strengths: It provides the Attack/Move Speed synergy for party members and with good positioning, a more constant dps increase for the party. Thanks to better Serenade Meter gain, some of the skills used with this set are more offensive, offering different gameplay and bit more damage. If your party is good at dodging mechanics, you can use Serenade of Courage more often then with the Destructive set.

    Weaknesses: The weakness of this set is the small range where party members can get the synergy buff, even though the buff’s 16 second duration fixes it somewhat. It has no defensive party effects, so the increase in Serenade Meter gain might seem good, but you almost always end up using Bubbles on Serenade of Salvation.

4.

Desperate Salvation Bard Skill Builds

Because Bard is a support class, you only need to have all skills leveled to 10 in order to maximize their purpose. Use excess skill points freely, though it is recommended to go beyond 10 on skills with the highest damage and/or lowest cooldowns.

4.1.

Destructive Skills

Sound Wave Icon Sound Wave: Low range and low cooldown, good damage reduction buff and one of the two skills in this build with Stagger. Good to use when close to the boss, hitting both the boss and party members. Can be exchanged with Soundholic Icon Soundholic, if you feel you have enough defensive skills and can trigger set buffs quickly. For tripods we use:

Rhapsody of Light Icon Rhapsody of Light: Has a high cooldown, very good damage reduction buff making it the best defensive skills in the kit, Awakening aside. It has Push Immunity and one of the two skills in this build with Weak Point. It is the best skill to use on big hits from the boss, after shielding your allies. You need to keep an eye out for your party positions and try to hit them all with the skill circle. You do not have to be in the circle yourself to receive the buffs. For tripods we use:

Wind of Music Icon Wind of Music: Gives a good shield and has the best Serenade Meter gain in this build. It gives a shield only to those party members that get hit by it and generates Serenade Meter only when the boss gets hit, so best to try and hit both birds with this skill. For tripods we use:

Sonic Vibration Icon Sonic Vibration: Has a high cooldown, but is the best damage skill in this build. Has Stagger and Weak Point and it gives an Attack Power buff and Push Immunity to party members hit by it. When the skill is placed, it leaves an area of effect on the ground where party members can receive the buff by standing in it. Ideally you would place it so both boss and party members get hit, but if you had to choose a location, always pick party members. The buff is the same as Heavenly Tune Icon Heavenly Tune´s Attack Power buff, but lasts fewer and does not stack, so best to use it when Heavenly Tune Icon Heavenly Tune buff expires. For tripods we use:

Prelude of Storm Icon Prelude of Storm: The only stun and Counter skill in this build. It has a long range and the good cooldown reduction from our Swiftness stat makes countering a lot easier. For tripods we use:

Heavenly Tune Icon Heavenly Tune: Provides two times Attack Speed, Attack Power and Mana Recovery speed. It does not have to hit party members for them to get the buffs, but they need to be within 24 meters. provides a large damage boost and should be used as often as possible, unless you know that a burst window is approaching, in which case you would keep this skill for that time. As tripods we use:

Note Bundle Icon Note Bundle: Decent damage reduction buff. This is the most important skill for the build as its multi-hit allows you to proc the sets 20 stack effect with just two well placed casts, which means that after roughly ten seconds of combat you would already have all 20 stacks for the set bonus to be active. Thanks to the skill’s low cooldown and long aftermath, no other damage received debuff skill is needed. For tripods we use:

Guardian Tune Icon Guardian Tune: Gives decent damage reduction in a 24 meter radius and once it expires, a shield. Because of the shield proc after damage is received and the long range, using it makes it easy to keep gear set buff stacks on party members from timing out. For tripods we use:

You can opt for Wind of Protection Icon Wind of Protection instead of Agile Defense Icon Agile Defense, but whether it is useful or not, depends on the fight.

For our awakening skill we use Symphonia. It gives a full Speciality meter bubble, has stagger, provides a shield to all party members equal to 100% of your Max HP and a big 30% Attak Power debuff on boss, both lasting for 10s. The skill’s range is 12 meters, so you need to position yourself well and try to hit all party members. Use this skill only for defensive reasons or in rare cases, as an extra stagger.

4.2.

Swamp of Yearning Skills

For this set I recommend replacing Note Bundle Icon Note Bundle and Sound Wave Icon Sound Wave with Sound Shock Icon Sound Shock and Soundholic Icon Soundholic

Sound Shock Icon Sound Shock: It has good range and very low cooldown, plus a debuff on the target which makes it take more damage. The debuff lasts 3 seconds, so thanks to the skills' very low cooldown and 2 second refresh duration on the spot it was cast, it has 100% uptime. For tripods we use:

Soundholic Icon Soundholic: This is the best damage skill in this build and also the best Serenade Meter gain. Channeling of this skill lasts about two seconds, but luckily you can simply interrupt it and move, if needed. For tripods we use:

You can also opt for Melody Increase Icon Melody Increase, instead of Focus Fire Icon Focus Fire, as it gives better Serenade Meter gain, but doubles the channel time.

The rest of the skills remain the same as the Destructive set build above.

4.3.

Desperate Salvation Bard Skill Rotation

As a Bard, there are two skill rotations to keep in mind: The first rotation focuses on providing the maximum DPS increase for your group, and should be used when there is a good damage window during the fight.

The second rotation is to give maximum survivability to the party and yourself and it should be used when there are harsh mechanics that you feel the party will not avoid.

Additionally, If you are using Conviction Icon Conviction and Judgment Icon Judgment runes, it adds a third short rotation.

4.4.

Destructive Skill Rotations

The offensive rotation is: Serenade of Courage -> Note Bundle Icon Note Bundle -> Heavenly Tune Icon Heavenly Tune -> Sonic Vibration Icon Sonic Vibration.

Serenade of Courage should be used first, as it has a high uptime, 8-16 seconds, depending on the number of bubbles used.

Note Bundle Icon Note Bundle has to be placed, so it would hit the boss and the party members close to it.

The 10% damage received debuff on boss is very important and it lasts for up to 7 seconds, if boss stays in the aftermath area. Party members who got hit by Node Bundle gain 10 stacks of the Seed of Life set buff quickly and it takes 20 stacks to get the Life Activation and Second Wind damage increase set buff, meaning there is a high chance they get it.

After Note Bundle Icon Note Bundle we use Heavenly Tune Icon Heavenly Tune, because it gives 16% Attack Speed and Attack Power based on the caster´s Attack Power and it buffs all party members within 24 meters, making it easier to buff everyone.

Sonic Vibration Icon Sonic Vibration goes last, in case some party member was too far to get Heavenly Tune Icon Heavenly Tune Attack Power buff, so we place it on those party members. When everyone gets Heavenly Tune Icon Heavenly Tune buffs, there is no need to use Sonic Vibration Icon Sonic Vibration, as their Attack Power buffs are the same and do not stack.

A defensive rotation would look like this: Guardian Tune Icon Guardian Tune -> Note Bundle Icon Note Bundle -> Wind of Music Icon Wind of Music -> Rhapsody of Light Icon Rhapsody of Light.

Timing is very important with this rotation and you should always end up with Rhapsody of Light Icon Rhapsody of Light channelling active, when the big attack hits that you want to defend against. It takes about 4 seconds to cast all 4 skills, then Rhapsody of Light Icon Rhapsody of Light channel lasts for 3 seconds and that is when the big attack should happen.

We start the rotation with Guardian Tune Icon Guardian Tune as it lasts the longest, has 24 meter range, gives 30% damage reduction and once that expires, a 20% shield.

Next we use Note Bundle Icon Note Bundle but you can also skip this one if you feel time is not on your side. Note Bundle Icon Note Bundle gives a total of 30% damage reduction and lasts up to 7 seconds.

The third skill, Wind of Music Icon Wind of Music, gives a nice 30% shield, but only lasts for 4s and party members need to be very close to you. If party members are too spread out and you are low on casting time, then this should be the second skill that you can leave aside and not use.

When you only have 2-3 seconds to react, using Wind of Music Icon Wind of Music and then Rhapsody of Light Icon Rhapsody of Light is ideal, assuming you hit people that need it, with both skills. You can also use Serenade of Salvation at the start of the rotation, if party members have lost a lot of HP.

Tip: Sonic Vibration Icon Sonic Vibration -> Note Bundle Icon Note Bundle with Judgment Icon Judgment and Conviction Icon Conviction can have their runes swapped if you are already used to using the skills the other way around.

4.5.

Swamp of Yearning Skill Rotations

The offensive rotation is: Serenade of Courage -> Sound Shock Icon Sound Shock -> Heavenly Tune Icon Heavenly Tune -> Sonic Vibration Icon Sonic Vibration.

Serenade of Courage should be used first, as it has a high uptime, 8-16 seconds, depending on the number of bubbles used. Make sure you hit the boss with Sound Shock Icon Sound Shock, as the 10% damage received debuff is very important and it lasts for up to 6 seconds, if the boss stays in the aftermath area.

Then we use Heavenly Tune Icon Heavenly Tune, because it gives 16% Attack Speed, Attack Power based from the caster´s Attack Power and it buffs all party members in 24 meters, making it easier to buff everyone.

Lastly, we can use Sonic Vibration Icon Sonic Vibration, if some party member was too far to get Heavenly Tune Icon Heavenly Tune buff, so we place it on those party members.

If everyone gets the Heavenly Tune Icon Heavenly Tune buffs, there is no need to use Sonic Vibration Icon Sonic Vibration, as their Attack Power buffs are the same and do not stack.

A defensive rotation would look like this: Guardian Tune Icon Guardian Tune -> Wind of Music Icon Wind of Music -> Rhapsody of Light Icon Rhapsody of Light. The same ideas from the Destructive set rotation apply here as well.

5.

Desperate Salvation Bard Stat Priority

Our main combat stat is Swiftness and with good quality accessories, it should be close to 1700. That amount gives ~36%+ cooldown reduction, also the 29%+ Atk and Move Speed is very useful, making sure you can have an easier time with mechanics and get your skills off in time.

Secondary stat is specialization, around 500 from the necklace plus any bonuses. It is useful for the extra Serenade Meter gain and making Serenade buffs stronger. You can even the stats out more, if you do not like full Swiftness, but then you lose a bit from the pet’s value.

Speaking of the pet, we always have Vitality Training (Max HP) as the defensive pet effect, because some skills give shields and heal based on your Max HP. For the combat stat pet effect we use Improved Swiftness, as you should always have the stat that is the highest, to maximize the 10% increase.

5.1.

Destructive Gear Set Engravings

We have four main engravings that you should always have:

  1. Heavy Armor Icon Heavy Armor level 3 increases your defenses by 100%, making sure that you survive, as otherwise the class can feel squishy.
  2. Awakening Icon Awakening level 3 because the awakening skill Symphonia Icon Symphonia is a very good defensive skill and also gives Bubbles so the more you can cast it, the better.
  3. Expert Icon Expert level 3 is the bread and butter of the support class as it increases shields and heals you cast, even more when targets are under 50% hp and that is when they need them the most.
  4. Magick Stream Icon Magick Stream level 3 because both the mana recovery and cooldown reduction are vital for the build, so you can spam skills as often as possible.
5.1.1.

Optional Engravings

We focus more on mana recovery, as the set bonus benefits from continuous usage of skills, so as a fifth engraving you can choose Desperate Salvation Icon Desperate Salvation at level 1: We use this engraving at level 1 because most of the time you can heal the party with Life Activation buff and this extra heal also affects Second Wind, so it should be rare when you use Serenade of Salvation and not worth going to level 3.

Increased Max MP Icon Increased Max MP or +MP Regen Icon +MP Regen. These two engravings help with your MP problem that having full uptime on skills will cause.

Increased Max MP Icon Increased Max MP helps more with mana, but +MP Regen Icon +MP Regen gives you a bit more damage. While you are a support and should not focus on damage, it is a choice for those who care about it. You can use either of these engravings at any level.

Drops of Ether Icon Drops of Ether helps the party out with random Ether orbs and while its randomness makes it a questionable engraving, it is still useful and a DPS increase for your group.

5.2.

Swamp of Yearning Gear Set Engravings

  1. Heavy Armor Icon Heavy Armor level 3 increases your defenses by 100%, making sure that you survive, as otherwise the class can feel squishy.
  2. Awakening Icon Awakening level 3 because the awakening skill.
  3. Symphonia Icon Symphonia is a very good defensive skill and also gives Bubbles so the more you can cast it, the better.
  4. Expert Icon Expert level 3 is the bread and butter of the support class as it increases shields and heals you cast, even more when targets are under 50% hp and that is when they need them the most.
  5. Desperate Salvation Icon Desperate Salvation level 3: It restores extra HP for party members, depending on your max HP, once Serenade of Salvation has expired. It is not dependent on the used Bubble amount, making 1 Bubble Serenade of Salvations a lot better.
5.2.1.

Optional Engravings

Skill spamming is not needed for this set, so running into mana problems is a smaller issue, but can still happen.

5.3.

Destructive Gear Set Runes

  • Sound Wave Icon Sound Wave: Overwhelm Icon Overwhelm, for extra stagger. Optional is Bleed Icon Bleed for a bit more damage and a debuff or Conviction Icon Conviction /Judgment Icon Judgment.
  • Rhapsody of Light Icon Rhapsody of Light: Protection Icon Protection, this is important for your own safety, as you get fewer damage reduction than the party members and no shield from the skill. This also allows the skill to be used as Push Immunity skill without worrying about your health during cast.
  • Wind of Music Icon Wind of Music: Wealth Icon Wealth, because this skill has the best Serenade Meter gain in this build.
  • Sonic Vibration Icon Sonic Vibration: Conviction Icon Conviction, it can proc with each skill hit, including the aftermath. Optional is to change to Overwhelm Icon Overwhelm, for strong stagger check mechanics, because this is the strongest stagger skill in this build.
  • Prelude of Storm Icon Prelude of Storm: Galewind Icon Galewind, it helps ensure that your counter lands in time.
  • Heavenly Tune Icon Heavenly Tune: Focus Icon Focus, helps with mana problems as this skill consumes the most mana.
  • Note Bundle Icon Note Bundle: Judgment Icon Judgment, because it can proc with aftermath hits. Optional is to have Wealth Icon Wealth, to help gain more Serenade Meter.
  • Guardian Tune Icon Guardian Tune: Focus Icon Focus, to help with any mana issues.
5.4.

Swamp of Yearning Gear Set Runes

  • Sound Shock Icon Sound Shock: Judgment Icon Judgment, because it can proc with aftermath hits. Optional is to use Wealth Icon Wealth, to help gain more Serenade Meter.
  • Rhapsody of Light Icon Rhapsody of Light: Protection Icon Protection rune, this is important for your own safety, as you get a smaller damage reduction buff then party members and no shield from the skill. This also allows the skill to be used as a Push Immunity skill without worrying about your health.
  • Wind of Music Icon Wind of Music: Wealth Icon Wealth rune, for more Serenade Meter gain.
  • Sonic Vibration Icon Sonic Vibration: Conviction Icon Conviction rune, it can proc with each skill hit, including the aftermath. You can change to Overwhelm rune, if there are strong stagger check mechanics.
  • Soundholic Icon Soundholic: Overwhelm Icon Overwhelm rune, for extra stagger. You can use Wealth Icon Wealth rune instead, for more Serenade Meter gain.
  • Prelude of Storm Icon Prelude of Storm: Galewind Icon Galewind rune helps to make sure your counter lands in time.
  • Heavenly Tune Icon Heavenly Tune: Focus Icon Focus rune helps with MP consumption as this skill costs the most MP.
  • Guardian Tune Icon Guardian Tune: Focus Icon Focus rune to help with MP consumption.
6.

Desperate Salvation Bard Gems

As a Bard, we want to use skills as often as possible, so it should not be a surprise that we have cooldown gems for all the eight skills that we use. The last three empty spots go to damage increase gems.

Destructive: Cooldown gems on all eight skills. Damage increase gems for Sonic Vibration Icon Sonic Vibration, Note Bundle Icon Note Bundle and Prelude of Storm Icon Prelude of Storm.

Swamp of Yearning: Cooldown gems on all eight skills. Damage increase gems for Sound Shock Icon Sound Shock, Sonic Vibration Icon Sonic Vibration and Soundholic Icon Soundholic.

6.1.

Destructive Gear Tripods

The most important tripods that you should level up are:

After these, you should level up tripods that affect buffs:

After the above are prioritized, you can get the remaining ones at your own pace.

6.2.

Swamp of Yearning Gear Tripods

The most important tripods that you should level up are:

After these, you should level up tripods that affect buffs:

After the above are prioritized, you can get the remaining ones at your own pace.

7.

Desperate Salvation Bard Card Set

The best set of cards is Lostwind Cliff Icon Lostwind Cliff, assuming your party members are using the Light of Salvation Icon Light of Salvation set and you are fighting dark-based bosses.

However if you are newer to the game or if the content does not require light type damage, then you can use Field Boss II Icon Field Boss II and/or "Farewell, Weapon" to increase your Max HP and thus making your shield and heals stronger. Both of those card sets give Max HP +4% for 2/4/6 cards and can be mixed, if you do not have a full card set.

8.

Changelog

  • 13 Sep. 2022: Guide Added
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