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#1 Dec 07 2008 at 4:40 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm thinking of returning to leveling Bard soon and I have a question about the effectiveness of singing skill compared to wind and string (I'm sorry if this is an obvious one to you bard mains =P).

From what I understand singing and wind skill are used when using a wind instrument, and singing and string are used when using a string instrument. So my question is, would +singing or +wind skill on equipment do the exact same thing when using a wind instrument, or is it more effective to increase one rather than the other?

Edited, Dec 7th 2008 7:40pm by ChocoboDragoon
#2 Dec 07 2008 at 5:36 PM Rating: Excellent
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Buffs - Potency: Most songs scale in potency determined by the total amount of skill you have. Compared to 1 String or 1 Wind, 1 Singing Skill will add the same amount of skill in relation to buff potency. In otherwords, If you need 5 more skill to get to the next march tier, it can be overcome with 5 Wind or 5 Singing, or even 2 Wind and 3 Singing.

Buffs - Range: The range of your songs when using a Stringed instrument is solely determined by your string skill. No amount of Singing Skill will increase the ranges of your songs when sung by a string instrument.

Debuffs - Potency: Instruments determine potency. More research needs to be done on Requiem. Wiki says it increases in damage, but attributes it to an increase in level, not skill. It is possible that a certain amount of skill may increase the DoT effect. But meh, its requiem.

Debuffs - Accuracy: Tests have been done, but nothing conclusive. For the most part, you'll want a nice ballance between the two. This is my opinion given the fact that, like most things in the game, too much of one thing leads to diminishing returns. I've personally seen tests proving instrument skills are better and some proving singing skill is better. Best option is to try to find a nice ballance for yourself without sacrificing too much.

Your question was somewhat vauge. If this didn't cover it, pls clarify.
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#3 Dec 07 2008 at 7:09 PM Rating: Decent
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That covers just about everything. Thank you. ^^

I do have one more question though. You mentioned that string skill determines range on stringed instruments. Does wind skill do the same for wind instruments?
#4 Dec 07 2008 at 7:33 PM Rating: Excellent
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ChocoboDragoon wrote:
That covers just about everything. Thank you. ^^

I do have one more question though. You mentioned that string skill determines range on stringed instruments. Does wind skill do the same for wind instruments?


No, Wind Instruments have a flat distance of 10.0 units for buffs (not counting Piannisimo), which is also the minimum range of String Instruments.

Edited, Dec 7th 2008 9:33pm by Kingofthezyx
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#5 Dec 07 2008 at 9:08 PM Rating: Excellent
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Alright, that answers all of my questions then. Thank you.
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