The Baldur’s Gate 3 Bard is an excellent class, straightforward enough for newcomers with enough depth and specialization options to keep experienced players interested. Getting started with a Bard is a bit easier than other classes thanks to the performer having fewer additional features, but there are a few key points to bear in mind when putting yours together.
Our Baldur’s Gate 3 Bard class guide breaks down how the Bard works and which bonus perks work the best.
Baldur’s Gate 3 Bard class overview
The Bard lives up to their Jack-of-All-Trades trait, with a range of proficiencies across the board and the option to use spells, support skills, debuffs, and melee attacks. Their traits make them well-suited to combat and adventuring. Bards specialize in Charisma, which is the foundation for a good many social skill checks, including persuasion and intimidation. In addition to all that, the Jack-of-All-Trades trait adding a bonus point for every skill check roll.
Depending on which subclass you choose, you can even specialize your Bard as a melee fighter who holds their own in combat.
Bard Class Features
The Bard is comparatively straightforward, unlike the Monk, with their feature sheet consisting of two constitution overviews and their most important feature: Bardic Inspiration.
Hit Points at level 1: 8 + Constitution modifier
Hit Points at 5 + Constitution modifier
Bardic Inspiration lets you target one ally and grant them an extra six-sided die roll for their next attack, ability, or saving throw. This is a great way to help allies in a pinch and can be a life-saver.
Bards also have access to a number of other features, including the ability to use a musical instrument to cast spells, the ability to use a number of support skills, and the ability to use a number of debuffs and buffs.
Overall, the Bard is a versatile class that can be used for combat and adventuring. If you’re looking for a class that’s easy to get started with, the Bard is a great option. However, if you’re looking for a more specialized class, the Bard may not be the best option for you.