61 Bard / 10 Marksman / 5 Riftstalker

Rogue Support posted by mistical

This spec is designed for RIFT 2.0+ and last updated for RIFT 2.4 Raiding/PVE.

The build: 61 Bard / 10 Marksman / 5 Riftstalker
Alternative build: 61 Bard / 10 Marksman / 5 Nightblade

If you choose to use the alternative build, you will lose Planebound Resilience which is an endurance buff and Shadow Shift. This is a pretty big loss due to the more survivability you will get with more endurance and Bard’s are great support so you want to stay alive especially if you are lose on endurance and for specific raid fights such as Regulos or Crucia.

This is a pretty decent quick walkthrough to Bard to the few or none out there or as detailed. I may update this overtime with even much more information such as more details on what buffs or buffs do not stack then already mentioned or of course, if anything changes from patches and what not else. I also on rare occasion bard, so I almost never do.

I recommend finding out, some of what I have actually listed below as far as Coda’s go, on what buffs and debuffs do not stack with others if you are new to bard or your guild wants you to learn how to better or become a better bard. It is actually pretty easy, a lot easier than it use to be in vanilla Rift too.



Cadence is of course your healing, you are going to use this to build your combo points. It is also okay to clip a cast of this.

When you do not need to do any healing, you will use Cadenza to deal damage instead.

You are not going to use Power Chord, it is a HPS and DPS loss. However with that said, the only time you will want to use it and I recommend is to generate 2 quick combo points to put up a debuff or anything else either it be in PVE or PVP situation.


Coda of Distress
Coda of Cowardice
Coda of Jeopardy
Coda of Restoration
Coda of Fury
Coda of Wrath

Coda of Distress increases non-physical damage taken by 7% for 30 seconds when used with 5 combo points.
Coda of Cowardice increases physical damage taken by 5% for 30 seconds when used with 5 combo points.
Coda of Jeopardy causes the enemy to take additional physical damage for 30 seconds when used with 5 combo points.
Coda of Restoration restores health up to 5 party or raid members.

Coda of Fury deals life damage per combo point for a single enemy.
Coda of Wrath deals life damage per combo point up to 5 enemies.

Debuff Order:

Coda of Distress
Coda of Cowardice
Coda of Jeopardy

These should have 100% uptime. However, you might have an Archon putting up these debuffs instead so figure it out with your Archon or someone else from another class and spec.

Coda of Cowardice overwrites Ashen Defense from an Archon.
Coda of Distress overwrites Crumbling Resistance from an Archon or Spiritual Deficiency from an Inquisitor.
Coda of Jeopardy overwrites Illuminate from an Archon, Spotter’s Call from a Beastmaster or Thorns of Ire from a Druid.


Motif of Bravery
Motif of Tenacity
Motif of Regeneration

These should have 100% uptime after you manually apply them since you are specced into Bardic Inspiration which your Coda’s have 20% chance per combo point to refresh existing Motifs.

Verse of Joy:

Verse of Joy

This restores mana, charge, energy and power to everyone in the raid each second for 15 seconds.

If you want to put this into a macro and informing your raid that it is up, feel free too. I personally am not a fan of those.

You will want to use it when Flaring Power is put up, then use it on every cooldown after that unless you are informed or think otherwise.


#show Virtuoso
cast Riff
cast Virtuoso

Virtuoso will cause combo points to persist when using Codas for 15 seconds. While this is up, you are likely going to spam Coda of Restoration while you have Virtuoso up. This would be to help with healing.

If you do not need to do any healing, you will spam either Coda of Fury for a single target enemy or Coda of Wrath for AOE on up to 5 enemies.

Orchestra of the Planes:

Orchestra of the Planes

This places an aura at the Rogue’s feet that increases the damage of the raid members by 15%, healing them and dealing life damage up to 5 enemies over 15 seconds. Everyone must stack on the Rogue for them to get this as the radius is not extremely far. This has a 2 minute cooldown.

Harmonic Distortion:

#show Harmonic Distortion
cast @focus Harmonic Distortion

#show Harmonic Distortion
cast @mouseoverui Harmonic Distortion

You can use both of these macros or just the focus macro to make things easier for you, and also depending on what you will be doing.

Everytime that you use a Coda, you get a 20% chance per combo point to gain Harmonic Energy. This increases damage by 5% and stacks up to 5 times. This ability will consume 1 stack of Harmonic Energy and heal a single target for certain amount of health.

Verse of Occlusion:

Verse of Occlusion

This places a shield on all raid members and absorbing up to 1586 damage for 30 seconds. This has a 2 minute cooldown.

Verse of Vitality:

Verse of Vitality

This is a instant heal that restores health up to 5 party or raid members and it has a cooldown of 20 seconds.


On The Double
Shadow Shift

Other Abilities:

Verse of Captivation - Mesmerizes for 8 seconds or until damage on a single enemy.
Motif of Encouragement - Forces up to 5 nearby critters to follow the Rogue for 20 seconds.

These abilities you may never, ever use and might more so in the open world and against mobs rather than actually ever using them in a raid or dungeon.

Raid Buffs and Anthems:

Fanfare of Power
Fanfare of Vigor
Anthem of Competence or Anthem of Fervor

Only 1 Anthem can be active at a time, you will more than likely be using or told to use Competence for the run speed buff and a Chloro will put up Living Energy. You also have Anthem of Glory but would also unlikely be using it.

Self Buffs:

Planebound Resilience

This is your endurance buff.

You also have a buff that you can toggle, when wanting to deal damage up to 3 enemies called Multiple Oscillations but when active it does cause Cadence, Cadenza and Power Chord to deal 50% less damage.

About mistical

I'm a Hardcore Gamer and not just with Rift. I'm also addicted to Technology, Sports, TV Shows and Movies on the side. You can find my Rogue 'Mistical' on the Deepwood shard.

  • Loirin

    Very nice Review on the Bard Mistical. I personally play Bard all the time (exept for dungeons where ppl don’t like being supported? 😉 //Loirin – Icewatch EU

  • Azishot yo

    Why no Riff or Verse of Agony in the dps rotation?

  • Naitachal

    Hi misti, I heard that for the new 10 man there is a Tac / Bard Hybrid who pulls around 9k DPS and would be pretty good for the 2. boss there – any chance we will see this spec here?

    • Naitachal

      Need to correct myself, tried around, I feel now this is the full bard explained here played on dmg skills… made 8.2k yesterday (due to the dmg buff in the stun phase) and my gear is not optimized for bard. ok false alarm!

  • Scabio

    great post but is lacking the planar attunement

    • http://mistical.com/ mistical

      There’s no need to include Planar Attunement information, that would entirely be dependent on your gear aside from already putting the obvious points into Dexterity (Rogue’s main stat) for increased AP than Strength afterwards. It is pretty straight forward, easy and I don’t think it would be necessary to be filled into every guide or this one.

      So if you have a Dagger and Sword, you’d put your points into them over increase AP for an Axe or if you had a Sword and Axe, you’d put points into them over a Dagger. It doesn’t matter for ranged weapons (Gun or Bow).

  • Scorpella

    My version of the 40 bard 36 Tactician Support Build. A bit heavier on the Heals as well as more Burst DPS on the Bard side while loosing 5% Damage and Heals while gaining 2 Heals and a +15% Damage Boost

    http://www.rifthead.com/stc/zMMctvVruoRcq0t0dVvVqcocdMuqkz while tossing in a Zero Point Assassin Soul to Poison your Weapons.

    :) =========================================================================== :)
    Also this is a Build I use when my Guild is Rift Hunting and we need an Extra Healer.


    This build is SQUISHY as Tacticians lack Self Preservation, but I am able to Keep one of the 2 Tanks alive by placing Curative Beam & Infernal Beam both on the Tank while using the Empyrean Bolt Macro [ #show Empyrean Bolt /cast Empyrean Bolt /cast Curative Remote /cast Curative Core ] Just so you know both Empyrean Bolt & Restorative Bolt cause the Curative Core to Activate. I tend to spam the Restorative Bolt on whomever I am healing at the time and the Core simply touches up anyone near it. Of Course I also use Cast on Target’s Target so I can deliver DPS amongst my heals.

    If you haven’t figured it out yet do not have anything Targeted and you can cast Restorative Bolt on yourself or if you are the mobs only target you can heal yourself.

  • Anonymous Coward

    This is so hard to read .. please proofread.

  • Tachy G

    This covers the Codas and Motifs.


Show some love

Help Out

We have a few non-invasive ads, however they can't quite cover the costs of our server. If you've got a spare dollar or few - please feel free to donate.

There will never be any pressure, and RiftScene isn't going to go down without it - so please never feel obligated.