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The Bard is a class added by the Thorium Mod as of version 1.4.0.0. The Bard class' weapons, armor, and accessories focus on providing short, stat-improving empowerments while still dealing symphonic damage.

Although the Bard buffs themselves when fighting, a larger benefit can be found through teamwork; empowerments are also given to friendly players standing near the Bard, so they are a great addition to a multiplayer scenario.

The Bard class is largely developed, with content spread throughout the game. This includes 9 armor sets, 56 accessories, 29 buffs and 106 items.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Inspiration[edit | edit source]

Main article: Inspiration

Instead of using Mana, the Bard weapons draw from a unique resource called inspiration, which is increased using Inspiration Fragments, Inspiration Shards, and Inspiration Crystals. Inspiration regenerates automatically. Although many of the Bard items are specific to inspiration, the fact that it's separate from Mana makes it a tempting choice for another class' backup.

Symphonic Damage[edit | edit source]

The Bard's musical weapons hit with a specific damage type called symphonic damage. Accessories and armor can be used to augment symphonic damage output, and generic 'damage' buffs, such as the one from the Scuba Curva, still increase Bard's damage.

Big Instruments[edit | edit source]

Big instruments are a subset of Bard weapons that utilize a timing mechanic. When held out, a timer will appear underneath the player (or underneath the cursor if the Move Instrument Timer to Mouse configuration setting is set to true); the instruments' effects vary depending on whether their attacks are used within a specific window of time or not. As the player successfully times their attacks, the big instrument will gain power, provided empowerment level, along with other effects, whereas missing the timing will greatly decrease these bonuses.

Each instrument category, except for Electronic, has its own unique timer, with differing patterns:

Instrument Category Timer Instruction Instruments
Brass
Timer (Brass).gif Hold the attack button while the marker is over the highlighted area. Alphorn.png Alphorn
Organ.png Organ
Percussion
Timer (Percussion).gif Attack while the marker is over the highlighted area. Steel Drum.png Steel Drum
Xylophone.png Xylophone
The Set.png The Set
String
Timer (String).gif Attack in three-round bursts as the marker passes over each of the highlighted area. Grand Piano.png Grand Piano
Scholar's Harp.png Scholar's Harp
Wind
Timer (Wind).gif Alternate between the left- and right-click buttons while the marker is over the left and right sides respectively. Song of Ice & Fire.png Song of Ice & Fire
Bagpipe.png Bagpipe

While a big instrument is held out for the first time, a mouse icon will appear in order to provide a guide on each timer's function.

Accessories[edit | edit source]

 
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Armor[edit | edit source]

 
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Buffs[edit | edit source]

 
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Empowerments[edit | edit source]

 
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Items[edit | edit source]

Brass Instruments[edit | edit source]

Percussion Instruments[edit | edit source]

String Instruments[edit | edit source]

Wind Instruments[edit | edit source]

Electronic Instruments[edit | edit source]

Crafting Materials[edit | edit source]

Item Function Source
Cloth.png Cloth Used to craft some early-game Bard items Crafted from 4 Cobweb.png at Work Bench.pngWork Bench
Bloom Weave.png Bloom Weave Used to craft Ornate armor Dropped by Plantera
Shooting Star Fragment.png Shooting Star Fragment Used to craft a variety of endgame Bard items Dropped by the Celestial Towers

History[edit | edit source]

Game mechanics
 
Combat Minions • Special Ability
Environment Events • Music • Status messages
Thrower Thrower Exhaustion • Technique Scrolls
Healer Additional Healing • Auras • Healing Effects
Bard Empowerments • Inspiration • Big Instruments
Items Consumable • Crafting stations (By Hand) • Drops • Rarity • Vanilla item recipes
Game Fishing • Game controls • Mod Config settings • NPC names
Player Buffs and Debuffs • Death Prevention • Defense • Resource • Life Shield