Heal / Mass Heal (level 6/9): Boost your healing capacity. Though get adjacent, since it’s not worth taking disadvantage for. I didn't find it that overpowered. +2 Dex: Initiative is nice, and helps valor with your bow attacks, or lore with AC. It’s usually ally safe as well. What feats would you recommend? Finally, the third build can only be played optimally with the Tengu race and cannot substitute in any archetypes optimally. Weapon Master: If your valor, you have weapon proficiency, if your lore, you don’t have multi-attack. What saves are they likely susceptible to? You also don’t provoke an opportunity attack when you teleport or when someone or something moves you without using your movement, action, or reaction. Jack-Of-All Trades: You are moderately good at everything. And farmers appreciate it’s utility. I'd just like a little advice on which rout I should go, highland/woodland? 18 – Magic Secrets This let’s you get wish. Utilize your high skill potential to gather the following information: What type of damage are they likely going to do? Cyberpunk RPG Carbon 2185 Returns to Kickstarter! So it could definitely be a trap without good Con saves. Intelligence: You’re most likely dump stat. It also scales very well. By Jacob Bourque Mar 07, 2020. 6: Multi-attack: Not too impressive unless you’ve invested in weapon boosting stuff. Especially for a Valor 14+ nova. And a damage cantrip for both. Note you won’t get enough PP to twin higher level spells, so choose carefully. You can ignore this feature and boost just stick with cantrips. Revivify (level 3): A cheaper version of raise dead. Note you can attack before or after you cast, but cannot grapple+cloud of daggers. ©Mislead: A strong scouting spell, and it’s non-verbal. Then I wouldn't change a thing. Optimized Character Builds Core Rules Only. Is it poisonous? Any insights you could share would be great.Thanks! Font of Inspiration: This is like getting bardic inspiration all over again. Blue: Grade B, solid, if not quite optimal. Consider cure wounds when you drop to 0 HP or lower. Next turn, you can make 1 attack, then magic stone, then the other attack. Again, no new spells, but another 6th level slot. ©Moonbeam/Call Lighting/Sunbeam (level 2/3/6): Blast spells for spread out hordes. Black if you take find steed as a spell. It has since sadly been deleted, and we can present it in an easier to read format, that has been edited for your enjoyment. Bard’s main shtick is support. Tiefling / Aasimar: Darkvision, +Cha, and a few extra spells per day. Which doesn’t happen without setup, and you can just use blindness more reliably. AoE elemental damage? Vicious Mockery: The damage is pitiful, but the effect is pretty strong at low levels. 21. Character Builds/ Dungeons & Dragons/ Roleplaying. ©Project Image: Orange: OK options, or useful options that only apply in rare circumstances. Wisdom: Perception is important, and Wisdom saves can be very nasty (as you can prove yourself). General Stats: (both types) Though only if you do enough to kill something, since a wounded dragon is still a threat. Assuming you know about it ahead of time. Elemental affinity can be pretty solid, for a valor with elemental weapon. Note the lore bards 2 extra do not count against the known spells. Martial weapons are nice too. Paladin 3: The channel divinity (devotion or nature, not vengeance) generally makes up for the loss of a slot and you get extra spells as well. Find out what kind of damage they do and if they fight in a pattern. U.GG analyzes millions of LoL matches to give you the best LoL champion build. Each of these Spells must be of a level for which you have Spell Slots. And more HP is nice for everyone. Bard: College of Swords. Glibness: Most of the time you are better off with expertise in bluff. Healer kits being 5gp each, the cost is negligible.Beacon of Hope might be a good 3rd level spell to add to your list. The best class for damage mitigation is Bard (Lore College), because of the spells and options for them. Fighter 2: Action surge can allow you to try a disable again if you miss. (rogue 10 with reliable talent is a close second). They use the same casting stat so it's not MAD either. Paladin 1: Armor is nice, and you get lesser restoration hands (since HP doesn’t scale), but you lose a spell slot. This should just be a skill (perform) check. It’s expensive components keep it from being abused though. Share Share Tweet Email. Hallucinatory Terrain I do actually understand where people are coming from on this. Healer: This is right up your ally as support. Scales ok with slots. This isn’t a character optimization guide, but the first step in playing your class effectively is building it effectively. ©Clairvoyance: Scouting is useful. ;). It’s cast time and the fact that it can’t be moved keep it from being too good. Better if you don’t hinder yourself (flight, misty step, Earth Genasi) Lucky doesn’t help your spells though. Cutting Words is the best use of your inspiriation 9/10, leaving your BNS action open to other things. You can view our current digital titles at: Copyright 2020 Tribality.com. Effectively you heal a character for the amount you prevent - before the damage has even taken place! Crossbow Expert adds a fair bit of damage when you have nothing else to do, even for lore. ©True Polymorph Multi-functional spell that’s can save-or-die, give someone a huge HP pool as a dragon, or let you turn rats into diamonds to fuel your other spells. There’s loses steam later on. Most of their power comes from here with a large selection of save-or-suck spells, as well as some healing spells. For most people it refers to the how much damage you can possibly do every round on your turn. Superior Inspiration: Possibly the worst capstone in the game. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. It does have a few saving graces, since you can sleep -> attack -> sleep until a target saves. ©Silent Image: A nice upgrade to minor image. You gain an extra level 7 slot, which is another cast of force cage. Still ok for valor bards who don’t rely on weapons too much. Magic Initiate: You’re going to get your choice of spells anyways, so this loses value. Assuming they can’t just walk around. Planar Binding: Geas works better in most situations. One helpful mindset to keep and to help weigh the importance of stat boosting/debuffing is this: For the Bardic healer, it is important to have your Charisma as high as possible - make it a priority to increase it to 20 as quickly as possible. ©Polymorph: Generally you want to use this to add a massive amount of Temporary Hit Points (Tyrannosaurus Rex), to a friendly. I may be behind the boat, but are these the spells you choose each level? Druid 1: You can pick up a number of good spells here. As you level, you will run into more and more creatures and hazards that will bestow conditions to you and your allies. Bardic Inspiration: Who want’s a bonus! ©Cloud of Daggers: Good auto-damage but small area, scales well with slots. ®Locate Animals or Plants Grappler: Bards can make good grapplers, but this feat isn’t good. It can also provoke OA’s. The issue is, if just 1 enemy makes his save, it can quickly devolve into combat again. Scorching Ray (level 2): Scales extremely well, and can critical, so combo it with sleep or hold person. Better with changeling/disguise self/disguise kit, and a lenient DM. ... Multiclass Lore Bard Builds. Prestidigitation : Not quite as versatile as minor illusion, but still lot’s of fun things to do. Hey! Observant: For the scout in you. Zone of Truth ©Dominate Monster: A very strong effect, but has too many saves. Much like the Barbarian guide I hope this will help build a Bard that will be an amazing addition to the party. REQUEST AN ARTICLE Better if your DM allows for more creative curses like immobilizing a melee only guy. If we average 3 short rests per long, that ends up being 18 level 1 cure wounds (spread around admittedly, but still, 18 saved spell slots). Note that if you start rogue 1, you get an extra skill. You don’t need to have been there before like teleport does. Skilled: This is weaker than usual since you have jack of all trades. It’s cast time prevents the majority of abuse. Feather Fall Note stating fighter gives you heavy armor and Con saves, though at the cost of Wis saves. Monthly Encounter #16: Saving the giant, a Jinglemas Adventure (lvls 5-10), Character Spotlight: Sassa the Lorehunter, How to make "leveling up" a narrative tool, How to: Time traveling in RPGs - The Unique Timeline, Unearthed Arcana 2020: Subclasses, Part Five Breakdown. Note also that it doesn’t require attacking. However, this isn't the case for everyone, with the last build 'Nature's Beast' we explored some of the most tenacious options in the game - today we're exploring the best healing options in the game where I argue that Bard is one of the best option for healing. Watch D&D Live 2020: Roll w/ Advantage Today in Support of ... Gen Con 2020 Cancelled - Gen Con Online Announced, Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything Breakdown, Part Two, Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything Breakdown, Part One, Nerdarchy - Out of the Box: Encounters for 5th Edition - Review, Mythic Odysseys of Theros Breakdown, Part Two, Mythic Odysseys of Theros Breakdown, Part One, Strongholds & Followers Breakdown, Part Four. ©Wall of (Force, Fire, Stone, Ice, Thorns) (level 4-6): Block enemies off or cutting a group in 2 so you can deal with less of them at a time. 2. Better for lore who otherwise doesn’t have attack options. While you need to pre-use this, its versatility, being able to use it after a roll, and 10 minute window, there’s a pretty low chance of it being wasted. Breath attack helps make up for a weakness on the bard list. Finally going to be finishing up our best race to play this character class, in this case the bard. Magic Secrets > Eldritch Knight. ©Conjure Animal/Minor Elemental: (level 3/4): A mass of low level things can be pretty dangerous, as long as you avoid AoE’s. But if you do have all those, it’s can be pretty good. Blue for lore bards who still like concentration. General Feat: (both types) Message: Most of the time you can simply whisper, or use hand signals. Awaken: The number of things you can do with this makes up for it’s otherwise niche application. They fit into parties who have a good front line that can protect and defense (fighters, barbarians), and could use support and skills. Dispel Magic: Great if you fight a lot of mages, but can be a little niche. On it’s surface +1 AC and Saves for 1 hours is it’s a weaker buff. Focus on them (20 Str/Dex, weapon feats, 16 Cha) and take non-save spells, like heroism, cloud of daggers, polymorph, animate objects, and force cage. Great old one also allows you to land suggestions better. Druid 3 : Magic secrets let’s you keep Cha as your cast stat. Just don’t use it on stealth missions. Counter Charm: Pretty niche, you could easily forget you have this. Longstrider Could counter the slow of heavy armor. Lightfoot Halfling: For stealthy valor bards. ®Animal Messenger Pretty good for paladins and rangers. This build is useful for improving grappling and athletics abilities with Jack of All Trades (level 2) and Expertise (level 3). ©Detect Magic Ah, Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). Bards get a moderate number of known spells. Lesser Restoration - This is the quintessential spell in a healer's arsenal. It scales ok with slots. An extra 5th level slot isn’t bad either. ©Entangle/Web/Watery Sphere/Evard’s Black Tentacles/Maelstrom/Whirlwind (level 1/2/4/4/5/7): Dex/Str is nice to add to your list. Ritual Caster: This can cover a lot of those “nice to have” spells freeing up your prepared slots. Put high scores in Dex and Charisma, and at least a 13 in Wisdom. Increasing/Decreasing an attack roll by 1 increases/decreases the chance for it to hit by 5%. I've played a support bard in the past and here was my setup: Lore bard. ©Detect Thoughts WRITE FOR TRIBALITY Tribality Publishing takes our best received content and ideas and develops books. Looking at doing 1 Lore Bard/ 1 Life Cleric / 18 Lore Bard with medium armor. With the right subclass you can even take on the role of frontline fighter. Etc.Thanks. Better with sharpshooter. They are, hands down, my favorite class in 5e. Deathward (level 4): Save a life, donate a spell slot today. Not shabby on the rest. 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