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The Complete Bard Songblade DPS Build – Neverwinter Mod 21 Jewel of the North

Welcome to our Bard Songblade 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 Songblade Info
    1. Best Songblade 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 Songblade Info

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

Other Bard Builds

Best Songblade 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. Metallic Ancestry Dragonborn – Recieve 5% more healing – +2 to Any two stats – 3% Critical Strike – 3% Power
  2. Dragonborn Recieve 5% more healing – +2 to Any two stats – 3% Critical Strike – 3% Power
  3. Tiefling5% + Damage to targets below 50% health – +2 Cha and +2 Con or Int – 10% to reduce damage of target for 5 sec by 2.5%
  4. Gith – 5% Combat Advantage – +2 Dex and +2 Str or Int – 5% Stamina Regen

Songblade Ability Score Priority

Put all your available Ability Scores into Charisma and Intelligence. Alternatively, put some points into Strength.

Songblade 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.

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 Songblade Paragon Path Feats, Powers & Rotation

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

Bard Songblade Paragon Path

Bard Songblade Combat Powers

At-Will Powers:

  • Fleche (ST)
  • Con Elemento (AoE)

Encounter Powers:

  • Lunge (ST) – Duet (AoE)
  • Dancing Lights (ST) – Flourish (AoE)
  • Ad Libitum (ST) – Contre (AoE)

Daily Powers:

  • Encore
  • Inspiration

Songs:

  • Tailwind Mambo – Good for AoE with Con Elemento / Con Moto
  • Ballad of the Hero – Single Target
  • Ballad of the Witch
  • Steel March
  • Blaze Flameco

Class Features:

  • Mystifying Strikes
  • Musician’s Flow

Bard Songblade Feats

  • Backup Performer or Voice Throw
  • Battlefield Ostinato
  • Ballad Colla Voce
  • Martial Performance
  • Performer

Bard Songblade Rotation

Bard Songblade 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)

  • Masterclass – 1% Forte per rank
  • Quick Turnaround – 1% Recharge Speed

Master Boons

  • Deathly Rage 3/3 or Blood Lust 3/3

Guild Boons

  • Offense – Power or Critical Strike Bonus
  • Defense – Defence or Hit Point Bonus

Bard Songblade 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

  • 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

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

Arms

  • 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

  • Rusted Iron Leggings (Avernus Rare Monsters)
  • Greaves of the Lightguard (Avernus Hunts)
  • Forest Guardian’s Ward/Raid Cuisses(Vault of Stars)
  • Weathered Wood Gaiters (Seals Store)

Weapons

  • Lionheart Set
  • Mirage Set
  • Celestial Set
  • Masterwork Set

Main Hand Modification:

  • Fleche or Con Elemento

Offhand Modifications:

  • Recharge Speed or Forte

Rings

  • The Red Eye’s Glare
  • Guiding Ring of the Sharp-Shooter
  • 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

  • Star Set: Starshard Choker & Twinkle of the Stars (Trickster’s Gift)
  • Lostmauth Set: Lostmauth’s Hoard Necklace & GoldeBelt of Puissance
  • Apprentices’ Spoils: Jhesiyra’s Tattered Mantle & Trobriand’s Conduction Cable

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 Songblade Artifacts

Primary Artifact

  • Envenomed Storyteller’s Journal

Secondary Artifacts

Choose secondary artifacts based on the stats you are lacking.

  • Sparkling Fey Emblem (For Set)
  • Lostmauth’s Horn of Blasting (For Set)
  • Arcturia’s Music Box (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 Songblade 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

  • Vorpal Enchantment
  • Lightning Enchantment (AoE)

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 Songblade 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 Songblade 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

  • Bulette Pup
  • Deepcrow Hatchling
  • Owlbear Cub
  • Ioun Stones
  • Quasit

Active Companion Choices

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

Enchantment Power

  • Acute Senses
  • Potent Precision
  • Precision

Companion Powers

Below is a selection of viable companion powers.

Offense Powers

  • Wild Hunt Rider (Wild Hunt Discipline) – 2/3/5% chance to increase damage by 10% for 5 seconds.
  • 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

  • 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 Songblade 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

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

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 Aggression
  • Insignia of Skill
  • Insignia of Brutality or Dominance if you still need power

Mount Collars

  • Sturdy Crescent Collar
  • Wayfaring Barbed Collar
  • Unified Regal Collar

Bard Songblade Mount Powers

Mount Equip Power:

  • Armor Breaker (Critical Severity)
  • Rapid Accuracy (Accuracy)
  • Precision (Critical Strike & Severity)
  • Ruthless Efficiency (Critical Strike
  • Dominant Force (Power)
  • Opportunistic (Combat Advantage)

Mount Combat Power:

  • Magnificent Inspiration (Noble Pegasus)
  • Tunnel Vision
  • Cauldron Gasses
  • Giant Toad Tongue Lash

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