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Whether scholar, skald, or scoundrel, a bard weaves magic through words and music to inspire allies, demoralize foes, manipulate minds, create illusions, and even heal wounds. The bard is a master of song, speech, and the magic they contain.

You must have a Charisma score of 13 or higher in order to multiclass in or out of this class.

The Bard

Level      Proficiency Bonus      Features

1st           +2                                       Spellcasting, Bardic Inspiration (d6)

2nd         +2                                       Jack of All Trades, Song of Rest (d6), Magical Inspiration (Optional)

3rd          +2                                       Bard College, Expertise

4th          +2                                       Ability Score Improvement, Bardic Versatility (Optional)

5th          +3                                       Bardic Inspiration (d8), Font of Inspiration

6th          +3                                       Countercharm, Bard College feature

7th          +3                                       - 

8th          +3                                       Ability Score Improvement, Bardic Versatility (Optional)

9th          +4                                       Song of Rest (d8) 

10th        +4                                       Bardic Inspiration (d10), Expertise, Magical Secrets

11th         +4                                       -

12th         +4                                      Ability Score Improvement, Bardic Versatility (Optional)

13th         +5                                      Song of Rest (d10)

14th         +5                                      Magical Secrets, Bard College feature

15th         +5                                      Bardic Inspiration (d12)

16th         +5                                      Ability Score Improvement, Bardic Versatility (Optional)

17th         +6                                      Song of Rest (d12)

18th         +6                                      Magical Secrets

19th         +6                                      Ability Score Improvement, Bardic Versatility (Optional)

20th         +6                                      Superior Inspiration 

Spell Slots per Spell Level

Level  Cantrips Known   Spells Known  1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th  7th  8th  9th

1st        2                                 4                              2      -        -        -        -       -        -        -        -     

2nd      2                                  5                              3      -        -       -        -        -        -       -       -     

3rd       2                                  6                              4     2        -       -        -        -        -       -       -     

4th       2                                  7                              4     3        -       -        -        -        -       -       -     

5th       2                                   8                             4     3       2       -        -        -        -       -       -     

6th       2                                   9                             4     3       3       -        -        -        -       -       -     

7th       2                                  10                            4     3       3      1        -        -        -       -       -     

8th       2                                  11                             4     3       3      2        -       -        -       -       -     

9th       2                                  12                             4     3       3      3       1       -        -       -       -     

10th     3                                  14                            4     3       3      3       2       -        -       -       -     

11th      3                                  15                            4     3       3      3       2       1        -       -       -     

12th      3                                  15                            4     3       3      3       2       1        -       -       -     

13th      3                                  16                            4     3       3      3       2       1        -       -       -     

14th      4                                 18                            4     3       3      3       2       1        -       -       -      

15th      4                                  19                            4     3       3      3       2       1        -       -       -     

16th      4                                  19                            4     3       3      3       2       1        -       -       -     

17th      4                                  20                            4     3       3      3       2       1        -       -       -     

18th      4                                  22                            4     3       3      3       3       1        -       -       -     

19th      4                                  22                            4     3       3      3       3       2        -       -       -     

20th      4                                  22                            4     3       3      3       3       2        -       -       -     

Class Features

As a bard, you gain the following class features.

Hit Points

Hit Dice: 1d8 per bard level
Hit Points at 1st Level: 8 + your Constitution modifier
Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d8 (or 5) + your Constitution modifier per bard level after 1st


Armor: Light armor
Weapons: Simple weapons, hand crossbows, longswords, rapiers, shortswords
Tools: Three musical instruments of your choice
Saving Throws: Dexterity, Charisma
Skills: Choose any three


You start with the following equipment, in addition to the equipment granted by your background:

  • (a) a rapier, (b) a longsword, or (c) any simple weapon

  • (a) a diplomat's pack or (b) an entertainer's pack

  • (a) a lute or (b) any other musical instrument

  • Leather armor and a dagger


You have learned to untangle and reshape the fabric of reality in harmony with your wishes and music. Your spells are part of your vast repertoire, magic that you can tune to different situations.


You know two cantrips of your choice from the bard spell list. You learn additional bard cantrips of your choice at higher levels, as shown in the Cantrips Known column of the Bard table.

Spell Slots

The Bard table shows how many spell slots you have to cast your bard spells of 1st level and higher. To cast one of these spells, you must expend a slot of the spell's level or higher. You regain all expended spell slots when you finish a long rest. For example, if you know the 1st-level spell Cure Wounds and have a 1st-level and a 2nd-level spell slot available, you can cast Cure Wounds using either slot.

Spells Known of 1st Level and Higher

You know four 1st-level spells of your choice from the bard spell list.

The Spells Known column of the Bard table shows when you learn more bard spells of your choice. Each of these spells must be of a level for which you have spell slots, as shown on the table. For instance, when you reach 3rd level in this class, you can learn one new spell of 1st or 2nd level.

Additionally, when you gain a level in this class, you can choose one of the bard spells you know and replace it with another spell from the bard spell list, which also must be of a level for which you have spell slots.

Spellcasting Ability

Charisma is your spellcasting ability for your bard spells. Your magic comes from the heart and soul you pour into the performance of your music or oration. You use your Charisma whenever a spell refers to your spellcasting ability. In addition, you use your Charisma modifier when setting the saving throw DC for a bard spell you cast and when making an attack roll with one.

Spell save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier

Spell attack modifier = your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier

Ritual Casting

You can cast any bard spell you know as a ritual if that spell has the ritual tag.

Spellcasting Focus

You can use a musical instrument (found in chapter 5) as a spellcasting focus for your bard spells.

Bardic Inspiration

You can inspire others through stirring words or music. To do so, you use a bonus action on your turn to choose one creature other than yourself within 60 feet of you who can hear you. That creature gains one Bardic Inspiration die, a d6.

Once within the next 10 minutes, the creature can roll the die and add the number rolled to one ability check, attack roll, or saving throw it makes. The creature can wait until after it rolls the d20 before deciding to use the Bardic Inspiration die, but must decide before the DM says whether the roll succeeds or fails. Once the Bardic Inspiration die is rolled, it is lost. A creature can have only one Bardic Inspiration die at a time.

You can use this feature a number of times equal to your Charisma modifier (a minimum of once). You regain any expended uses when you finish a long rest.

Your Bardic Inspiration die changes when you reach certain levels in this class. The die becomes a d8 at 5th level, a d10 at 10th level, and a d12 at 15th level.

Jack of All Trades

Starting at 2nd level, you can add half your proficiency bonus, rounded down, to any ability check you make that doesn't already include your proficiency bonus.

Song of Rest

Beginning at 2nd level, you can use soothing music or oration to help revitalize your wounded allies during a short rest. If you or any friendly creatures who can hear your performance regain hit points at the end of the short rest by spending one or more Hit Dice, each of those creatures regains an extra 1d6 hit points.

The extra Hit Points increase when you reach certain levels in this class: to 1d8 at 9th level, to 1d10 at 13th level, and to 1d12 at 17th level.

Magical Inspiration (Optional)

At 2nd level, if a creature has a Bardic Inspiration die from you and casts a spell that restores hit points or deals damage, the creature can roll that die and choose a target affected by the spell. Add the number rolled as a bonus to the hit points regained or the damage dealt. The Bardic Inspiration die is then lost.

Bard College

At 3rd level, you delve into the advanced techniques of a bard college of your choice. Your choice grants you features at 3rd level and again at 6th and 14th level.

College    Source

Creation Tasha's Cauldron of Everything

Eloquence Mythic Odysseys of Theros

Glamour Xanathar's Guide to Everything

Lore Player's Handbook

Spirits Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft

Swords Xanathar's Guide to Everything

Valor Player's Handbook

Whispers Xanathar's Guide to Everything

Unearthed Arcana

Mage of Lorehold Unearthed Arcana 79 - Mages of Strixhaven

Mage of Silverquill  Unearthed Arcana 79 - Mages of Strixhaven

The following domains are unofficial content developed by Eberron writer Keith Baker and released on the Dungeon Master's Guild

Dirge Singer Exploring Eberron

The following subclass is unofficial homebrew created by WOTC affiliated DM, Matthew Mercer

Maestro DMSGuild

Archived Unearthed Arcana

Creation Unearthed Arcana 68 - Subclasses, Part 2

Spirits Unearthed Arcana 74 - Subclasses, Part 4

Satire Unearthed Arcana 12 - Kits of Old


At 3rd level, choose two of your skill proficiencies. Your proficiency bonus is doubled for any ability check you make that uses either of the chosen proficiencies.

At 10th level, you can choose another two skill proficiencies to gain this benefit.

Ability Score Improvement

When you reach 4th level, and again at 8th, 12th, 16th, and 19th level, you can increase one ability score of your choice by 2, or you can increase two ability scores of your choice by 1. As normal, you can't increase an ability score above 20 using this feature.

Bardic Versatility (Optional)

Whenever you reach a level in this class that grants the Ability Score Improvement feature, you can do one of the following, representing a change in focus as you use your skills and magic:

  • Replace one of the skills you chose for the Expertise feature with one of your other skill proficiencies that isn't benefiting from Expertise.

  • Replace one cantrip you learned from this class's Spellcasting feature with another cantrip from the bard spell list.

Font of Inspiration

Beginning when you reach 5th level, you regain all of your expended uses of Bardic Inspiration when you finish a short or long rest.


At 6th level, you gain the ability to use musical notes or words of power to disrupt mind-influencing effects. As an action, you can start a performance that lasts until the end of your next turn. During that time, you and any friendly creatures within 30 feet of you have advantage on saving throws against being frightened or charmed. A creature must be able to hear you to gain this benefit. The performance ends early if you are incapacitated or silenced or if you voluntarily end it (no action required).

Magical Secrets

By 10th level, you have plundered magical knowledge from a wide spectrum of disciplines. Choose two spells from any classes, including this one. A spell you choose must be of a level you can cast, as shown on the Bard table, or a cantrip.

The chosen spells count as bard spells for you and are included in the number in the Spells Known column of the Bard table.

You learn two additional spells from any classes at 14th level and again at 18th level.

Superior Inspiration

At 20th level, when you roll initiative and have no uses of Bardic Inspiration left, you regain one use.

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