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The Complete Bard Minstrel Healer Build – Neverwinter Mod 21 Jewel of the North

Welcome to our Bard Minstrel Guide, updated for Mod 21: Jewel of the North

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The new Bard class is the latest edition to the class lineup in Neverwinter. The class was introduced in Mod 21, and uses songs to either deal damage or heal their allies.

The Songblade is the DPS paragon path for Bards while the Minstrel path is the healer.

The purpose of our class guides is not just to show you a build that you can copy and use on your character, but to show you a base build and teach you the mechanics and stats of the game, so you can understand and play your class to its fullest capabilities.

Try different gear, feats, and powers, and learn to tailor your own build for your playstyle. See our guide to making your own build for more info.

  1. Basic Minstrel Info
    1. Best Minstrel Races
    2. Ability Score Priority
    3. Stat / Rating Priority
  2. Paragon Path Feats, Powers & Rotation
    1. Combat Powers
    2. Feats
    3. Rotation
  3. Boons
  4. Weapons & Gear
  5. Artifacts
  6. Enchantments
  7. Consumables & Buffs
  8. Companions
  9. Mounts

Basic Bard Minstrel Info

Below is all the basic information for the Minstrel from race choices to stats.

Other Bard Builds

Best Minstrel Races

What race you play doesn’t play a huge role, but will give you a small boost. Generally, I would advise you to play a race that you enjoy.

  1. Aasimar – 2% bonus Power, Outgoing Healing, Defense and Hit Points. – +2 to any two stats – 2% bonus Hit Points to party members.
  2. Metallic Ancestry Dragonborn – Recieve 5% more healing – +2 to Any two stats – 3% Critical Strike – 3% Power
  3. Dragonborn Recieve 5% more healing – +2 to Any two stats – 3% Critical Strike – 3% Power
  4. Human – 1% Bonus to all ratings – +3 to any Ability Score

Minstrel Ability Score Priority

Put all your available Ability Scores into Charisma and Wisdom. Alternatively, put some points into Dexterity.

Minstrel Stat / Rating Priority

The Combat Rework introduced major changes to how stats and item level work, for more info see the official post.

Your cap for each stat is based on your item level. To cap a stat, the numbers of the stat need to be equal to or higher than your item level.

If your stat number is higher than your item level, you are wasting stats and should try to allocate stats differently.

For every 1000 points, a stat is lower than your item level you lose 1% in that stat.

You won’t be able to easily cap all stats, but capping your power is quite easy.

As a healer Outgoing Healing is your most important stat.

Offensive Stats

  1. Power (90%)
  2. Combat Advantage (90%)
  3. Critical Strike (90%)
  4. Critical Severity (90%)
  5. Accuracy (90%)

Defensive Stats

  1. Defense (90%)
  2. Deflection (90%)
  3. Critical Avoidance (90%)
  4. Awareness (90%)
  5. Health (90%)

Bard Minstrel Paragon Path Feats, Powers & Rotation

This part is all about optimizing the Minstrel with the best feats, powers, and boons.

Bard Minstrel Paragon Path

Bard Minstrel Combat Powers

At-Will Powers:

  • Arpeggio (Heal)
  • Fleche (Damage)

Encounter Powers:

  • Delayed Play
  • Flourish
  • Bassline or Serenade

Daily Powers:

  • Play It Back
  • Starstruck

Songs:

  • Rejuvenating Carol (Keep Up)
  • Defender’s Minuet (Big Heal)
  • Aurora Fantasia (For AoE and Soloing)
  • Sheltering Etude

Class Features:

  • Mystifying Strikes
  • Musician’s Flow

Bard Minstrel Feats

  • Diminuendo
  • Rhapsody of Arms
  • Vamp
  • Desperate Finale
  • Storyteller

Bard Minstrel Rotation

Bard Minstrel Boons

You should always choose boons based on what stats you currently need. Therefore a selection of several viable boons is available to you for each tier.

Tier 1 Boons

  • Recruit’s Training – 0.2% Power Per Rank
  • Critical Strike – 0.2% Critical Strike Per Rank
  • Critical Avoidance – 0.2% Critical Avoidance Per Rank
  • Cultist Bulwark – 0.2% HP Per Rank
  • Cultist Power – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. Cultists.

Tier 2 Boons

  • Squire’s Training – 0.2% Power Per Rank
  • Armor Penetration – 0.2% Critical Severity Per Rank
  • Lingering Medicine – Increase effectiveness of Healing Potions by 1%
  • Defense – 0.2% Defense Per Rank
  • Demonic Bulwark – 0.2% HP Per Rank
  • Demonic Mastery – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. demons.

Tier 3 Boons

  • Knight’s Training – 0.2% Power Per Rank
  • Combat Advantage – 0.2% Combat Advantage Per Rank
  • Lingering Fortification – Increase effectiveness of Healing Potions by 1%
  • Awareness – 0.2% Awareness Per Rank
  • Dino Bulwark – 0.2 HP Per Rank
  • Dino Power – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. dinos.

Tier 4 Boons

  • Captain’s Training – 0.2% Power Per Rank
  • Accuracy – 0.2% Accuracy Per Rank
  • Lingering Power – Increase effectiveness of Healing Potions by 1%
  • Deflect – 0.2% Deflect Per Rank
  • Necrotic Bulwark – 0.2% HP Per Rank
  • Necrotic Mastery – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. undead.

Tier 5 Boons (Choose 2)

  • Blessed Touch1% Outgoing Healing Per Rank
  • Masterclass1% Forte per rank

Master Boons

  • Blessed Advantage3/3

Guild Boons

  • Offense – Power or Critical Strike Bonus
  • Defense – Defence or Hit Point Bonus
  • Utility – Group Heal Potion Bonus

Bard Minstrel Weapons & Gear

If you are new to Neverwinter and need to know how to get better gear and increase your item level, check out our Gearing Up Guide.

Note that the best in slot for your build might vary depending on what stats you have.

The best way to gear up in Neverwinter is by making a lot of Astral Diamonds, check out our Astral Diamond Guide to learn all the secrets of AD farming.

Head

  • Rain-Catcher
  • Blessed Goristro’s Horns (Avernus Hunts)
  • Blessed Whisper’s Hood of Quiet (Avernus Hunts)
  • Blessed Helm of The Skyblazer (Avernus Hunts)
  • Forest Guardian’s Ward/Raid Coif (Vault of Stars)
  • Weathered Wood Hood(Seals Store)
  • Lion Guard’s Ward/Raid Hat

Armor

  • Raindrop Raiment
  • Blessed Bone Devil’s Ribcage (Avernus Hunts)
  • Forest Guardian’s Ward/Raid Leathers(Vault of Stars)
  • Lion Guard’s Ward/Raid Leathers

Arms

  • Wristguards of Precipitation
  • Forest Guardian’s Ward/Raid Braces(Vault of Stars)
  • Lion Guard’s Ward/Raid Gloves
  • Star Rover’s Bracers
  • Weathered Wood Braces (Seals Store)
  • Spiked Defenders Vambrace

Feet

  • Faerie’s Steps
  • Midnight’s Whispers
  • Greaves of the Lightguard (Avernus Hunts)
  • Forest Guardian’s Ward/Raid Cuisses(Vault of Stars)
  • Weathered Wood Gaiters (Seals Store)

Weapons

  • Celestial Set
  • Mastered Set
  • Blessed Blade Set
  • Lionheart Set
  • Legion Guard Set

Main Hand Modification:

  • Arpeggio

Offhand Modifications:

  • AP Gain

Rings

  • The Red Eye’s Glare
  • The Grove’s Crystal Tears
  • Gold Ring of the Herald
  • Silver Ring of the Herald
  • Twisting Gold Ring
  • Striking Ring of the Veteran / Master
  • Ring of the Shadowstalker +4/+5

Neck & Waist

  • Tiamat Set: Amulet of Tiamat’s Demise, Tiamat Sash, Tiamat’s Orb of Majesty
  • Star Set: Starshard Choker & Twinkle of the Stars (Trickster’s Gift)

Shirt

  • Weathered Wood Shirt (Seals Store)
  • Upper Pact Brands (Avernus Hunts)
  • Infernal Forged Shirt
  • Ebony Stained Shirt

Pants

  • Lower Pact Brands (Avernus Hunts)
  • Weathered Wood Trousers (Seals Store)
  • Infernal Forged Trousers

Bard Minstrel Artifacts

Primary Artifact

  • Envenomed Storyteller’s Journal
  • Staff of Flowers

Secondary Artifacts

Choose secondary artifacts based on the stats you are lacking.

  • Tiamat’s Orb of Majesty (For Set)
  • Sparkling Fey Emblem (For Set)

Choose 2 Storyteller’s Journals for the bonus

  • Frozen Storyteller’s Journal
  • Flayed Storyteller’s Journal
  • Darkened Storyteller’s Journal

Other Artifact Choices

  • Arcturia’s Music Box
  • Trobriands Ring
  • Staff of Flowers
  • Halaster’s Blast Scepter
  • Shard of Orcus’ Wand
  • Lantern of Revelation

Bard Minstrel Enchantments

When getting enchantments, always get the ones with the stats you are lacking in with your gear, boons, etc in mind.

For example, if you’ve capped Crit with your gear and boons, don’t get azure enchantments for your offense slots.

If you still need to refine your enchantments, see our Refinement Guide for tips on how to farm refinement.

Offense Enchantments

  • One Tenebrous Enchantment
  • Assassin’s Enchantment
  • Savage Enchantment
  • Gigantic Enchantment
  • Tactical Enchantment
  • Radiant Enchantment
  • Dark Enchantment

Defense Enchantments

  • Brutal Enchantment
  • Tactical Enchantment
  • Demonic Enchantment
  • Draconic Enchantment

Utility Enchantments

  • Dark Enchantment
  • Azure Enchantment
  • Tactical Enchantment
  • Fey’s Blessing / Dragon’s Hoard / Quartermaster’s Enchantment

Armor Enchantments

  • Barkshield Enchantment
  • Negation Enchantment
  • Fireburst Enchantment

Weapon Enchantments

  • Frost Enchantment
  • Holy Avenger Enchantment

Overload Enchantments

  • Rage of Flames or Devil’s Precision
  • Various Marks from Stronghold Vendor
  • Corrupt Black Ice / Lethal / Piercing
  • Black / Red Dragon Glyph

Armor Reinforcement Kits

  • Power / Critical Strike or Severity / Accuracy Kit

Jewelry Reinforcement Kits

  • Combat Advantage Jewel

Bard Minstrel Consumables & Buffs

Consider getting VIP for the Power of VIP HP buff if you aren’t already. Also always stand in campfires to get the +1 ability campfire buff.

Pick one from each of the categories below depending on the stats you are lacking.

Invocation Blessing: Grace of Battle / Gift of Awareness / Righteous Boon / Gamber’s Fortune

Stronghold Food: Seared Tuna / Prime Rib / Ratatouille

Event Food: Watermelon Sorbet / Hotwings / Squash Soup / Mochi

Elixir: Wild Storm Elixir

Potion: Superior Flask of Potency +1

Reusable Item: Awakened Forger’s Box > Empowered Chain of Scales > Adorable Pocket Pet > Tymora’s Lucky Coin

Bard Minstrel Companions

Summoned Companion

For your summoned companion you have the choice between using Augmented companions which will make it easier to cap stats or an active combat companion which will do damage.

Augment Companion Choices

  • Golden Bulette Pup
  • Stalwart Golden Lion
  • Deepcrow Hatchling
  • Owlbear Cub
  • Ioun Stones
  • Quasit

Active Companion Choices

  • Xuna
  • Cold Iron Warrior
  • Mercenary
  • Black ice Prospector
  • Air Archon

Enchantment Power

  • Reinvigorate

Companion Powers

Below is a selection of viable companion powers.

Offense Powers

  • Golden Bulette Pup (Golden Bulette Pup’s Presence) – 7,5% Outgoing Healing
  • Baby Deep Crow (Baby Deep Crow’s Presence) – 7,5% Power
  • Tamed Valociraptor (Raptor’s Instincts) – Part of the Pack (Good in Groups)
  • Quickling – 10% Outgoing Healing and 2000 Critical Strike
  • Neverember Guard – 10% Outgoing Healing and 2000 Awareness
  • Siege Master (Siege Master’s Discipline) – Combined Rating – Increases the power of your At-Will powers by 11% (Doubled on Stronghold Map)
  • Black Dragon Ioun Stone (Black Dragon’s Insight) – 7.5% Critical Chance
  • Staldorf (Staldorf’s Presence) – 7.5% Combat Advantage
  • Razorwood (Twigblight’s Insight) – 3.8% Critical Severity & Accuracy
  • Hawk (Hawk’s Insight’s) – 3.8% Critical Severity & Critical Chance
  • Armored Orc Wolf (Orc Wolf’s Instincts) – 3.8% Critical Chance & Accuracy
  • Batiri (Batiri’s Wisdom) – 11% Damage Versus Bosses
  • Dancing Blade (Dancing Blade’s Insight) – 3.8% Critical Severity & Combat Advantage
  • Flame Sprite (Flamesprite’s Insight) – 3.8% Critical Chance & Accuracy

Defense Powers

  • Phasespider (Phasespider’s Presence) – 3.8% Critical Chance & Combat Advantage
  • Fire Archon (Fire Archon’s Insight) – 10% on At-Will use to increase Combat Advantage for 10 seconds

Utility Powers

  • Alpha Compy (Compy’s Insights) – 7,5% Power
  • Ghost (Ghost’s Wisdom) – 3.8% Critical Chance & Power
  • Wolf (Wolf’s Instincts) – 7.5% Critical Strike
  • Fawn (Fawn’s Instincts – 3.8% Critical Chance & Power
  • Alchemist Experimenter (Alchemist’s Discipline) – 3.8% Critical Chance & Combat Advantage

Companion Equipment

Double offense slotted “Of the Companion” gear

Companion Runestones

  • Indomitable x6 (If using a combat companion)
  • Profane Runestone
  • Arcane Runestone
  • Recondite Runestone
  • Empowered Runestone
  • Whatever you need for stats

Bard Minstrel Mounts

Bolster

When it comes to mounts, you should focus on getting them all to Mythic quality to increase Bolster.

Bolster Contribution depends on the quality of the mount, with Mythic mounts contributing 10% Bolster, this again increases the values of your Equip Power and Combat Power.

Mount Insignia Bonuses

All classes and specs should consider using Wanderer’s Fortune and or Traveler’s Treasures before you have refined all your gear and enchantments, for extra refinement every day.

Insignia bonuses are mostly down to preference. Some boost damage a bit, and some boost survivability, while others add utility.

DPS

  • Gladiator’s Guile
  • Assassin’s Covenant
  • Shepherd’s Devotion
  • Warlord’s Inspiration
  • Calvary’s Warning
  • Artificers Persuasion

Self Healing

  • Barbarian’s Revelry
  • Survivor’s Blessing
  • Survivor’s Gift
  • Knight’s Rebuke
  • Oppressor’s Reprieve

Utility

  • Wanderer’s Fortune
  • Traveler’s Treasures

Insignia Type

  • Insignia of Brutality or Dominance
  • Insignia of Aggression
  • Insignia of Skill

Mount Collars

  • Supportive Regal Collar
  • Wayfaring Crecent Collar
  • Wayfaring Regal Collar
  • Unified Regal Collar
  • Supportive Crescent Collar

Bard Minstrel Mount Powers

Mount Equip Power:

  • Armor Breaker (Critical Severity)
  • Ferocious Predator (Power & Critical Severity)
  • Runic Aura (Power & Defense Party Buff)
  • Rapid Accuracy (Accuracy)
  • Precision (Critical Strike & Severity)
  • Ruthless Efficiency (Critical Strike
  • Dominant Force (Power)
  • Opportunistic (Combat Advantage)

Mount Combat Power:

  • Tyrannosaurus Rex’em (King of Spines)
  • Eclipsed Armaments
  • Magnificent Inspiration (Noble Pegasus)

If you have any questions or suggestions about our Neverwinter Bard Minstrel guide, please leave a comment below!

Zac

Saturday 27th of November 2021

Why no mention of Tiamat set? Set effect increases outgoing and incoming healing by 5%

Faye

Wednesday 8th of September 2021

Play it Back and Starstruck are not Daily Powers, yet you've listed them as such.

deebish73

Sunday 5th of September 2021

You have as class feature mystifying strikes ok but then you have(musicians flow) what is that it isn't on my class feature maybe it's called something else on PlayStaion? Just curious