Critical Defense Bonus @ Level 80!
Foe Requiem VII: BRD Lv.76
Army's Paeon VI: BRD Lv.78
Knight's Minne V: BRD Lv.80
Requiem VII: Useless in most endgame (barring salvage). Worthwhile mobs are usually immune to it. Pretty lame unless SV'd, and even then.
Army's Paeon VI: Great. Another tier. Whoo. Rarely used. (Good bards know when and where. If you don't know, don't use it.)
Knight's Minne V: HAH. Ahahahahaha. Hah. You mean your tanks aren't screaming for marches?
Your career bards are going to be excited if and only if one of the following occurs:
New tiers of essential songs (Ballad, March, Minuet, Madrigal).
New augmentable instruments that have bonuses to more than one song, and/or skill bonuses attached to existing instruments.
New songs, like a party buff that increases magic acc/atk (girl can dream).
Edit: SE sez BRD gets nothing for five levels of grind. Except maybe increased skill levels and new uber-march tiers for those that have the merits/gear! Yay. Edited, Jun 20th 2010 3:30pm by Ezzelin