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Old 04-23-2012   #1
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Bard hotkeys

All of you guys that box a bard could you post some of your hotkeys please? Also some of your song lineups for lvl 90 and 95. I'm trying to get the bard up to lvl 95 but its slow going.

My setup is war 95/nec 95/ bard 90.
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Old 04-23-2012   #2
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Got a 90 Bard I box with my Warrior

Song lineup:

1--melody1: Harmony of Sound (mapped to hotkey 4)
2--melody1: Requiem of Time (mapped to hotkey 4)
3 Single target mezz (forgot name)
4--melody2: Aria of the Composer
5--melody2: Arcane Aria
6--melody2: Noira's song of Suffering
7--melody2: Pulse of renewal
8 (swap slot) Selo's Song of Travel / Silence of the Dreamer / Chorus of renewal / Aura / Echo of the Composer
9 Kazumi's note of Preservation
0 Wave of Dreams (default hotkey 1)

Hotkeys:
1 Wave of Dreams (sometimes cure)
2 Melody 2 (combat) + /Assist Dre + /hidec NPC + /bandolier activate weapons
3 Boastful Bellow
4 Melody 1 (debuff/slow)
5 (scratches head)
6 Track
-break in ergo keyboard ftw
7 Fading memories
8 Burn hotkey w/ voice macro and call to group (I should move this)
9 Rapier of Somber Notes
(gets a little fuzzy after this)

Hotbar2
1 Deftdance
2 Selo's Sonata
3 Bandolier Shield
4 Fading Memories
5 Armor of Experience
6 Throne of Heroes
7 Origin
8 Fierce Eye
9 Quick Time
0 2.0
- Lucid BP
= Intensity of the Resolute

Hotbar 3 = self clickies

Always open to suggestions
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I main changed to my bard, but here's my standard song lineup at 95 in a melee group:

{Melody Keys}
1. Aria of the Orator (OverHaste+Flurry)
2. War March of Illdaera (Haste+ATK+DS)
3. Hykast's Song of Suffering (Proc Song)
4. Arcane Address (Proc Song)
{The Rest}
5. Pulse of Lunanyn (Regen)
6. Hykast's Insult (DD)
7. Lyrin's Insult (DD)
8. Slumber of Kolain (Single Mez)
9. Wave of the Conductor (AE Mez)
10. Kolain's Lively Crescendo (Delayed Heal/Mana/End)
11. Kazumi's Note of Preservation (Group DA)
12. Aura of Lunanyn (Regen Aura)

Standard melody is just 1,2,3,4... If different songs are needed, replace in the order of 4,2,3,1

Standard hotkeys...

1. Boastful Bellow
2. Selo's Kick (spammity spam spam)
3. Single Mez (/stopsong, /cast 8)
4. AE Mez (/stopsong, /cast 9)
5. Crescendo (/stopsong, /cast 10)
6. Melody
7. Ranged Attack
8. Burn melody (1,5,6,3,5,6)
9. Mez Melody (8,1,2,3)
10. Epic
11. VoA BP Clicky
12. Selo's Sonata (no longer use this key, just haven't replaced the hotkey with something else)

Numpad keys:
0. Fade Macro (/stopsong,/attack off,Fade)
1. /stopsong Macro
2. Fierce Eye
3. Quick Time
4. Third Spire
5. Normal Bandolier
6. Ranged Bandolier
7. Dirge of the Sleepwalker Macro (/stopsong,Dirge)
8. Shield Bandolier
9. Fade (not macro)

I have these set up as well, but might not be of much use for boxing a bard:
W. Lyre Leap
E. Shauri's Clouding (Invis)
A. Lure of the Siren
S. Sonic Displacement
D. Selo's Sonata
F. Assist Macro
Z. Incoming Call Macro/Utility Slot

My second page of the primary hotbar includes: Tracking, Pet Swarm AAs, and other Utility/Self Only Burn DPS stuff

For a box Bard, depending on what you will use it for... you probably only need the standard melody and Fade macros. Then just the hotkeys for the burn DPS stuff (Spires, Epic, etc)

One note, be sure to stop all songs before clicking your Epic (or any other clicky with a cast time). Not stopping songs will lock your gems for a few seconds.

Here's a somewhat recent screenshot of my layout:

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Thanks guys, I appreciate the help.

I guess the next question would be is how do I best utilize my dps for my set up (best song melody)?

More background on my toons:

War was max aa in HoT but lacking still since I took a couple months off.
Currently using BBB (From Beast raid T3) with +8 dmg aug from HoT (yes I know I need replace aug).
Still in HoT armor T4 raid but slowly working on VoA cultural (for foci).
Necro 5700 aa's at lvl 95. He has some raid foci from Conv and HoT T2/T3.
Has VoA pet foci T2 raid and the foci affects swarm pets dps pretty well.
All DoT VoA's are maxed.
Foci on necro is still from HoT group arms (Fire), wrists Conv (poison, disease), helm HoT T2/T3 (can't remember which). So the focus is dated unfortunately but I'm hoping to look some T1/T2 raid armor soon but you never know.

My necro's best dps would use the Swift DoTs so something to boost Fire/Magic/Disease (in that order of importance as well). Poison or corruption isn't something I use requently.

Suggestions on what song line ups you would use?
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Mendler:

I'd consider testing 2 song sets on your bard. One to amp up the warrior (for most situations the warriors sustained in a group is very solid with a bard) and then swap when it's time for a named to lay down everything you can via the necro.
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For that setup, I would use:

Aria
Psalm of Potency
Song of Suffering
Arcane
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Thanks guys, I'll try it out. I have to say that I've never really done much with the bard before and just sang melody. Last night I actually boxed the war and played the bard. That was a blast even though I dont know shit bout bards. Sad that the bard board is no longer up.
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Bard board! Not as extensive as the original, but that's what we have now
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